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Miss Africa USA 2014 contestants

" The Miss Africa USA Pageant is grooming a new generation of African women leaders to impact their communities in Africa, America and the rest of the world.

The Pageant enables  African  girls in America to shine the spotlight on Africa, tell their stories to the world,  inspire one another, build self esteem, and feel beautiful inside and out. This pageant is like no other, the delegates are very intelligent young women from some of the most respected educational institutions in North America, with careers spanning from the Sciences to the Arts, some in Medical School or Pharmacy School, others are upcoming Journalists or Human Rights Activists and more. “

To vote and find out more visit: http://missafricausa.org/

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The Luncheon of Oprah’s Legends Ball weekend (2005)

(From Left to Right) [Top Row] Tyra Banks, Missy Elliott, Ashanti, Brandy Norwood, Kathleen Battle, Kimberly Elise, Alfre Woodard, Gayle King, Patti Labelle*, Halle Berry, Phylicia Rashad, Judith Jamison, Anna Deavere Smith, Beverly Johnson [Middle Section] Melba Moore, Angela Bassett, Terry McMillian, Mary J. Blige, Natalie Cole, Audra McDonald, Diahann Carroll*, Alicia Keys, Shirley Caesar*, Dr. Maya Angelou*, Roberta Flack*, Gladys Knight*, Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Simms*, Nancy Wilson*, Coretta Scott King*, Elizabth Catlett*, Pearl Cleage, Leontyne Price*, Pam Grier, Dr. Dorothy Height*, Susan L. Taylor, Debbie Allen, Yolanda Adams, Darnell Martin, Valerie Simpson, Naomi Campbell [Bottom Row] Iman, Michelle Obama, Chaka Khan, Suzan Lori-Parks, Suzanne de Passe, Della Reese*, Cicely Tyson*, Ruby Dee*, Tina Turner*, Diana Ross*, Dionne Warwick*, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson
(*Legends)
If you have not seen the special, thankfully I found it online:

Part 1Part 2 |Part 3 |Part 4Part 5

Check out my blog post about this photo! Here

» I love this special. I can watch it over and over again. Watching beautiful powerful black women celebrate and honor one another was so … I cannot even describe my feelings of pride and self-worth witnessing that. The Church Sunday bit was one of the most electrifying things I’ve seen on TV. It reminded me so much of Sundays at my church when I was a little girl.

That special is everything! I had chills all throughout I’m so glad that those legends received that honor, and to know that some of those great women have passed since then makes it even more touching. Oprah is nothing short of awesome!! Just another reminder that a little appreciation goes a long way!

I want this blown up on my wall
You realize how much wisdom is here?

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