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:
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."