THE MISS BLACK NEW YORK AND MISS BLACK NEW JERSEY USA Pageants are affiliates of THE MISS BLACK USA PAGEANT AND SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION, INC. The mission of the Miss Black USA Pageant is to provide educational opportunites to outstanding young women of color and develop the 'whole woman:mind, body and spirit.'
The Miss Black New York and Miss Black New Jersey Pageants are produced by the Amoeji Foudation. The Amoeji Foundation's mission is to mentor and advocate for underrepresented young women and instill valuable tools in them to ensure they lead successful and fulfilling lives. The foundation promotes entrepreneurship,develops workshops and provides skills training.
I had the opportunity to serve as a preliminary judge of the Personal Interview sections of both pageants. I met many exceptional women of color. The contestants ranged from wealthy to poor socio-economic backgrounds but one thing was common: they were determined to commit to the upliftment of young minority women. They all had a drive to do better in life in order to be not only an example, but an advocate for young minority women.
The platforms they chose ranged from socio-mental, socio-political and health and wellness issues.
The finanl events of the pageant was held November 5th, 2011 at the Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem, NY. The 2012 Miss Black New York and Miss Black New Jersey were chosen. The picture provided is of the winners. I pray God blesses them in all of their future endeavors. You may find out more about Miss Black New York, Miss Black New Jersey and The Amoeji Foundation at the following websites:
Please read the Testamony of a Finalist of the Pageant:
E. Williams - NJ Top 5
"My feet are swollen, my legs hurt, heel broke, and I'm broke (financially) all because of this pageant. The thing is I would do it all over again. I had an amazing time and experience. It was refreshing to see women of color strong, educated, outgoing, and down to Earth. The most rewarding part was making top five and my mother saying I made her cry because she never saw that side of me. I have never danced before like that and did my talent until I got to the pageant. I have been through depression,self esteem was so low, and just thought I was a star no one would ever see. I have been through so much in my life and this is the best of it so far. For the first time in my life I put my heart into
something and didn't run because of fear of losing. The pageant taught me to feed my faith to starve my fears. I wouldn't have changed anything. Thank you so much."
There are many different cliche sayings about the mind and how it connects to your life as a whole. One is 'A mind is a terrible thing to waste', another is 'The idle mind is the devil's workshop.' The list goes on and on. Lets look at the biblical references of how the mind is connected to life.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Translation: Ever been in an unfavorable life situation and nothing changed until you changed your thought process? Well that is what Romans 12v3 is saying. If you want better, then you must think then do better!
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Translation: Figure out what is truly of importance to self success. Many of the things that are truly important are just a waste of time, mentally, physically and spiritually.
James 1:8 He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his
Translation: Make up your mind. Nothing can be accomplished by pushing and pulling in two different directions.
Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Translation: Since God is all knowing, all present, all powerful and more, why wouldn't you keep your mind, body and spirit focused on Him? He can definitely keep us in perfect peace serving a God that IS Everything!