$150 Application Fee for Online Preliminary Competition
Must be natural born female.
Single, Married, Divorced, Widowed.
Contestants may have children.
Must consider yourself to be of the Black American community.
25%, 50%, 100% African American or African lineage who identifies oneself as Black American.
The competition cycle begins with a preliminary online competition to sift through the applicants and find the most ambitious, committed, and disciplined contestants for entry into the Class of 2013 Miss Black United States Program. Contestants will be required to solicit a number of online votes in order to gain the opportunity to compete in the state competition. Moreover, they must submit an official application and participate in a series of interviews prior to acceptance into the state competition. Depending on the number of applicants, a select number of top online & interview winners (ranging from 15-50 applicants) will be chosen to compete in their state competition.
State competitions will be held at select regional locations. Contestants are responsible for paying for their travel, wardrobe, and their non-refundable state competition fee of $996, to which their initial non-refundable application fee of $150 will be applied. State competition fee covers hotel, production costs, and most meals. Only 7-8 regional locations will host all 51 state representative competitions (50 States + Washington D.C.)
Unlike most pageants, our state competition is closed. No family members or friends will be there to watch this competition; however, it will be filmed. This is not a traditional pageant whereby the queen is selected from the pageant alone. The state delegate selected during this competition weekend must participate in the program for 1 year, compete against herself at the national competition, receive state queen training, and earn her title as a State Queen. If you participate 100% in the program, you will score high enough to be crowned your state title at the national competition.
Why do we structure the program like this? In the majority of pageants, contestants work extremely hard to compete for 1 place in the royal throne. Unfortunately, more women go home upset than happy. The Miss Black United States Program mitigates this. Everyone gains an experience of a lifetime. Everyone walks home celebrating their success and achievements. Everyone starts their reign at the same time. We all celebrate together. We are all empowered together as one. This is unity.
Still I Rise
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
© 2008-2012 Miss Black United States Program [TM]| The Miss Black United States Program is not affiliated with any other pageant system. It is offered to women of African American lineage. We pay homage to the former leaders and trailblazers in black pageantry.