Kansas City, MO – August 19, 2018 – Ryann Richardson is the 50th National Miss Black America titleholder. She joined the ranks of successful movie and television icons such as Oprah Winfrey, Toni Braxton and Bernadette Stanis and more at the GEM Theater on Saturday, August 18, 2018 Kansas City, MO. She was crowned by the reigning queen, Brittany Lewis.
Ryann is a 28-year-old native of Washington, DC who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She is the Marketing vice president for Victor, the global leader in private jet charter technology. As VP, she is responsible for growing Victor’s on demand private jet marketplace in North America. She is a Technology marketing professional, an entrepreneur and advocate for diversity and inclusion in business and technology. She has a undergraduate degree in business and marketing from Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University) in Philadelphia.
The new Miss Black America, has led east coast regional marketing, strategic partnerships, and business development at Uber. She spearheaded the company’s presence at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and designed Uber’s first comprehensive multicultural marketing strategy
Ryann is a veteran pageant queen spending years as a spokesperson, titleholder, volunteer and judge. She was Miss Philadelphia 2009 and a six-time Miss America state pageant runner-up and has served as the Miss District of Columbia USA 2017, dedicating her term to supporting efforts to advance the professional, political, and economic condition of women and minorities in the District and beyond. She left the judges and the audience in utter amazement with her grace, poise, uncanny vocal skills and quick and insightful answers in the projection segment
Judges for the spectacular event included: Model/actresss Claudia Jordan, Record Producer, Mike Zombie, Ebony Haley from Revolt, Andre Williams, Sr A&R Executive at Universal Music Group,the 1991 Miss Black America Sharmell Sullivan and 8 year child prodigy Amoy Antunet.
One of the highlights of the 50th anniversary was the reunion of 8 former Miss Black Americas including: Stephanie Clark-Epps (1970), Von Gretchen Shepherd (1974), Helen Ford (1975), Amina Fakir (1985), Paula Gwynn Grant (1989) Alexandria Morton, (2014), Jelissa Barringer (2015), Sharmell Sullivan (1991) and the current Miss Black America- Ghani, Linda Kust.
As the 2018-19 Miss Black America, Ryann won a brand new 2018 Ford Escape, a movie role in Terrance Tyrek’s upcoming movie, artist development cultivated by major talent development agencies, trips to Cuba and Cayman Islands, designer wardrobes, professional photo shoots, weekend getaways and clothes and cosmetic products packages and more.
The Miss Black America Pageant was created in 1968 on Atlantic City, NJ as a positive protest of the discriminatory practices of the Miss America. It has since grown to be a symbol of Black pride, achievement and determination of woman of African descent both nationally and globally.