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Brittany Lewis crowned 2017 Miss Black America | The Philadelphia Tribune Venice Island Theatre hosted to the 49th Miss Black America Pageant on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The 2016 winner Nicole Lyn Hibbert crowned the new queen Brittany Lewis.">Brittany Lewis crowned 2017 Miss Black America | The Philadelphia Tribune Venice Island Theatre hosted to the 49th Miss Black America Pageant on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The 2016 winner Nicole Lyn Hibbert crowned the new queen Brittany Lewis.

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Venice Island Theatre hosted to the 49th Miss Black America Pageant on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The 2016 winner Nicole Lyn Hibbert crowned the new queen Brittany Lewis.
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First black Miss Alabama Calls Dallas Cop Killer A ‘Martyr’

by JESSICA CHASMAR | THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The first black woman to hold the title of Miss Alabama posted a tearful message Sunday calling Dallas cop killer Micah Xavier Johnson a “Martyr.”

Kalyn Chapman James, who was crowned Miss Alabama before placing as a top-10 semi-finalist in the 1994 Miss America pageant, posted a live video on Facebook that’s been viewed more than 7,400 times.

KALYN CHAPMAN
AFRICAN AMERICAN – Model, Television Host & Beauty Pageant Titleholder
Kalyn Chapman James is an American model, television host, and beauty pageant titleholder from Mobile, Alabama, who was crowned Miss Alabama in 1993, the first African American to win the pageant. She competed for the Miss America 1994 title and placed as a top-ten semi-finalist.

Chapman is a native of Mobile, Alabama, and graduated from Murphy High School in 1988. After graduation, she traveled the country to teach dance camps at colleges throughout the country for Memphis-based Universal Dance Association. In the fall, she attended Loyola University New Orleans. She attended an audition for a Walt Disney show while in New Orleans and was the only candidate selected to perform in The Dick Tracy Show at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida, where she stayed for one year. She suffered a knee injury and returned to Mobile to complete her degree. She never returned to Loyola University.[7] After regrouping, she attended the University of South Alabama from 1990 until her reign as Miss Alabama interrupted her studies in 1993.[6] She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1997.
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“I don’t want to feel this way,” Ms. James said into the camera. “I’m dealing with a bit of guilt because I don’t feel sad for the officers that lost their lives, and I know that that’s not really my heart. I value human life, and I want to feel sad for them, but I can’t help but [feel] like the shooter was a martyr. And I know it’s not the right way to feel, because nobody deserves to lose their lives and I know that those police officers had families and people who loved them and that they didn’t deserve to die.”

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Black Iris Project Soars Into Its Debut Season With a Plan to Buck Ballet’s Traditions

by RAJUL PUNJABI | VILLAGE VOICE

It’s a bustling Saturday afternoon at the Harlem School of the Arts.

Sunlight filters through the floor-to-ceiling windows into the main performance space and energizes the children, who squirm impatiently in the audience, the little ones standing on their seats for optimal viewing. “Sit still, they’re about to start,” one mother says, and her toddler son acquiesces as dancers Stephanie Rae Williams and Da’Von Doane take the stage.


THE HARLEM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
CREATIVE CENTER – Harlem, New York
Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) in Harlem, New York was founded in 1964 by soprano Dorothy Maynor, and offers its programs to students of all ages. Mezzo-soprano Betty Allen succeeded Maynor as President in 1979 when a new 37,000 square foot facility designed by Ulrich Franzen was completed. Other Presidents include Allicia Adams, Camille Akjeu, and Daryl Durham. In August 2015, new President and CEO, Eric G. Pryor, was named.

According to its website, the mission of the Harlem School of the Arts is “to enrich the lives of children and their families in the Harlem community and beyond, through exposure to and instruction in the arts.” In 2005, the school was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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There’s a tender familiarity between them as their movements tell the captivating, fraught story of a white woman and a black man in love in 1940s Munich. Williams leans in, arches away, and rises, her relevés coquettish. Doane feeds off her energy and counters it with confidence.

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Black Iris Project Soars Into Its Debut Season With a Plan to Buck Ballet’s Traditions