Tonille Watkis, Miss Black USA 2016
Former Miss Black Connecticut USA 2016, Tonille Simone Watkis is an alumna of Adelphi University and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art studying Theatre and Classical Acting. Tonille will spend 2016 advocating her platform Perfecting Your Voice: Free Your Mind in the state of Connecticut. She travels to inner city schools and churches performing her auto-biographical one- woman play entitled “No Boxes Allowed” and teaching theatrical performance, creative writing, dance, and diversity workshops to at risk youth. Tonille is an active member of both the North United Methodist Church in Hartford and the community. She was also first runner up in the Miss Caribbean United States Pageant as former Miss Connecticut Caribbean United States. She strives to empower Connecticut’s youth with her talents and inspire them to discover and fulfill their purpose through theatrical outreach thus giving them a voice within the community and cathartic release to promote better mental health practices within the black community.
Madison Gibbs, Miss Black USA 2015
Madison Nicole Gibbs, current Miss Black USA, is a native of Greensboro, NC. In May 2015, Madison received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech Communications from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is currently furthering her education as a first year law student at Howard University School of Law. Madison is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC, a Delta G.E.M.S mentor (growing and empowering myself successfully), a big sister with Big Brother Big Sister of the Central Piedmont area and served as an after school teacher at Triad Math and Science Academy. Madison previously reigned as Miss Black NC USA 2015 under her personal platform: Project R.S.V.P – Reaching our Society through Virtue and Public service. As Miss Black USA, Madison will spend her reign as the official spokesperson for The Heart Truth, the national platform of Miss Black USA Organization to raise awareness of heart disease, the #1 killer of women. Madison will also travel to underserved communities with the “Are You Okay?” Tour, a partnership with Contemporary Family Services of Washington, D.C., to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
Aliah Butler, Miss Black Talented Teen USA 2015
Michaela Dunn, Miss Black Junior Teen USA 2015
Deya Smith, Miss Black USA 1994
Osas Ighodaro, Miss Black USA 2010