From his offices in Philadelphia, J. Morris Anderson, founder and executive producer of the Miss Black America Pageant and TV Special announced the appointment of Mother and Daughter, Staci and Donielle Turner to head the production of the Little Miss Black America Philadelphia Pageant.”
With a joyous smile on his face, Anderson said, “I’m ecstatic to have discovered that Donielle Turner who is the current Miss Black America of Philadelphia, is also an intrinsic part of a mother and daughter team which owns the Grace and Style Dance Program. The Grace and Style Dance Program has been consistently successful in their productions and promotions of their dance and talent concerts and their fund raisers, and I am overjoyed that they agreed to sit at the helm of the Little Miss Black America Philadelphia Pageant, and lead it deep into the Twenty First Century.”
When I first met with Staci and Donielle Turner, I immediately became aware that I was talking with a mother and daughter united to instill their concept of Grace and Style into Little Miss Black Americas.
Anderson founded the Miss Black America Pageant in 1968 to provide a showcase for the beauty, talent and poise of young Black American Women. Since then, the pageant has been staged in various cities throughout the united states, and abroad. It has been nationally televised since its inception.
“The Little Miss Black America concept was added during the re-birth of the MBA Pageant in 2010”, Anderson said, and he emphasized that, “The time to develop self-esteem, self reliance, and self-confidence is at the earliest possible age.”
When asked to describe the types of contestants for which the Little Miss Black America Pageant was looking, Anderson said, “Black Women fall in all colors, shapes and contents of the rainbow. Some of the most talented women in the world are black women – and that’s for whom the MBA Pageant’s stage was created.”
Anderson continued, “Every Black woman who walks on the face of the earth has specific talent and her own form of unique beauty, therefore, I am absolutely positive Staci and Donielle Turner will insure that no Little Black Girl is precluded from entering the Little Miss Black America Philadelphia Pageant.”
Anderson was quick to point out that, “The MBAP was founded in 1968 and aired on National TV for decades to provide a stage on which the black woman could display her talent, a microphone through which she could air her views and a platform from which she could be presented as a Universal Symbol of Pride and Dignity”.
Uninterruptedly, Anderson drove his point home, “Because Black Women were brainwashed into believing women with Afro American Features were less beautiful than women with European Features, there was a tendency among Black Americans to believe that Black was ugly as opposed to beautiful. The MBA Pageant went a long way in erasing such negative concepts of black beauty, however, there still remains a long way to go,”
Anderson was eager to emphasize that, “It is absolutely necessary to start causing Black Ladies at the earliest possible age to display their talent and awaken the exultant pride that lives in all Black Females; and, Staci and Donielle Turner are eminently qualified to fulfill that objective.” Anderson also said, “Donielle Turner firmly convinced me that I was face to face with a motivating energy that would keep the Little MBA Philadelphia Pageant at the forefront of its undertaking when I overheard her counseling and inspiring one of her little students at the Grace and Style Dance Program.” She said to the child, “I want you to relax, hold your head high, have confidence in yourself and you can accomplish the task at hand .”
The Miss Black America Pageant is on a roll and is standing tall. “My goal is to again make the Miss Black America Pageant the most spectacular Pageant on television and I can now see it happening,” Anderson said.
Anderson was asked to reiterate why he chose Staci and Donielle as the driving Forces of the Little MBA Philadelphia Pageant and he answered without wavering, “Staci is a successful educator with the School system. She is also an accomplished dance and talent instructor who has done a yeoman job in rearing her own daughter, Donielle; and, Donielle is also a rising star. She has won an array of pageants in her young life, and she is a 20ll graduate of Lincoln University.”
Anderson was especially buoyant about Staci and Donielle’s backgrounds, particularly the fact that their careers exemplify the exact example of what the Little Miss Black America Pageant is about.
“Not coincidentally”, Anderson stated, “The experiences of Staci and Donielle are specifically what the Little MBA Philadelphia Pageant demands. The Turners’ Grace and Style program offers an advantage to the Pageant because the Turners understand the nuances of the MBA Pageant System. This especially, since Donielle currently holds the title of Miss Black America Philadelphia Adult.
“Because both of these ladies are clear headed, they are focused, they are fashionable, they are clever, and they are accomplished in their own business right, they bring an indefatigable amount of energy to this venture; and, above all, they are profoundly enthusiastic about standing at the vanguard of the new Little Miss Black America Philadelphia Pageant.”
Little Miss Black America Contestants are accepted from the age of 9 thru 12 years. The Little Miss Black America Pageant also has a program for Tiny Miss Black Americas for those Seeds of Positivity who fall under the age of nine years.
The 2011-12 Little Miss Black America Pageant will be staged at 3:00 p.m. on September 10th at The Community College, Bonnel Building’s Auditorium – located on 17th Street. The Little Miss Black America Pageant is seeking contestants from All areas of Metropolitan Philadelphia and surrounding areas, including Chestnut Hill, Germantown, North Philadelphia, South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia, Mt. Airy, and any and all areas within a 50 mile radius of Philadelphia which does not have an official Miss Black America Pageant.
For more information about the Little Miss Black America Pageant visit www.MissBlackAmerica.com and apply on line, or call (267) 357-7078 or (215) 844-8872.