Miss America 2019 - Nia Imani Franklin

There she is Miss America 2019 – Nia Imani Franklin

Nia Imani Franklin, Miss New York, was crowned the 92nd Miss America during the 2019 Miss America pageant event held in Atlanta City, New Jersey. Franklin, 24-year-old also won a $50,000 college scholarship in the first Miss America pageant to be held without a swimsuit competition. Franklin's social platform is advocating for the arts.

Franklin who is a Winston-Salem native earned a master’s degree in music composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She completed her undergraduate degree in music composition at East Carolina University.

During her talent portion of the pageant, Franklin a classical vocalist sang Puccini’s “Quando m’en vo”. Also known as "Musetta's Waltz", it is a soprano aria, a waltz in act 2 of Puccini's opera La bohème.

Franklin said,

“I want America to see that classical music is still alive and thriving, especially that an African American woman is singing opera. Because there’s so many kids out there that don’t know that they can do classical music.”

According to the pageant organization, the Miss America Organization, Franklin's win marks the seventh title for New York, the most of any state in the pageant’s nearly 100-year history.

Franklin earned a master’s degree in music composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She completed her undergraduate degree in music composition at East Carolina University.

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Khaira Arby, Malian Diva of the Desert, has died at 59

Khaira Arby, Malian Diva of the Desert, has died at 59

Khaira Arby, Malian Diva of the Desert, has died. She died on Sunday in Bamako, Mali’s capital at the age of 59. Her death was announced by her American tour manager, Christopher Nolan, who said that she died in a Bamako hospital. The cause of her death was not disclosed. Her family told the AFP that she was buried on Monday.


Through marriage, Arby was related to one of Africa's biggest stars, the late Grammy-winning guitarist, Ali Farka Touré with whom she performed in concert. She was affectingly called the “Nightingale of Timbuktu” and the “Diva of the Desert”. Her most popular album was “Timbuktu Tarab,” released in 2010.

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Eve Ewing Chicago Southsider pen Marvel series Ironheart

Eve Ewing, Chicago Southsider to pen upcoming Marvel series Ironheart

Marvel has confirmed that Eve Ewing, a Chicago native, will pen the upcoming Marvel series Ironheart. The 32-year-old, African-American, Marvel writer is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

She holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University with a concentration in Cultures, Communities, and Education, as well as a master degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, a MAT in elementary education from Dominican University, and an AB in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.

Riri Williams (Ironheart) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Riri Williams, a black teen girl from Chicago who is a genius and a superhero experienced a loss in her family when she was very young (her stepfather who had raised her and her best friend were both killed in a drive-by shooting), and she’s trying to cope.

Riri’s intellect is so incredible that she is able to re-create the Iron Man suit on her own, without all the resources of a Tony Stark (aka Iron Man). Stark mentors her and for a brief time she actually takes over as Iron Man and wears the suit. Riri eventually strikes out on her own in her own suit.

Ewing is moving on to join the Marvel's ranks along with Nnedi Okorafor. Okorafor, a Nigerian-American afro-futurist writer is penning a Shuri comic book. The new comic book which is set to be released in October 2018. Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, who most will remember was the tech genius little sister of T'Challa in the Black Panther movie.

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Aretha Franklin has died, her niece, Sabrina Owens, confirmed to the Free Press

Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul is dead at 76-year-old

According to the Detroit Free Press:

“Aretha Franklin, whose impassioned, riveting voice made her a titan of American music, has died, her niece, Sabrina Owens, confirmed to the Free Press. She was 76.”

Aretha Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a nonspiritual career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul".

(1985). Who's Zoomin' Who? (1982) and Jump to It and with the albums The Blues Brothers before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the 1980 film Amazing Grace and Young, Gifted and Black, Lady Soul, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouFranklin recorded acclaimed albums such as

In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria "Nessun dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose".

Franklin's other popular and well-known hits include "Rock Steady", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Chain Of Fools", "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)", "Something He Can Feel", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.

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