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April 1, 2013
For Immediate Release
Ebony Pyramid Entertainment
EPE Wins Miss Black America
New National Plan
WASHINGTON, DC – April 1, 2013 – On March 17, 2013, Nichelle Paris, Miss Ebony Pyramid Black America, was crowned Miss Black America 2013-2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. Nichelle was crowned during the 34th Anniversary of Black America Pageants, “A Symbol of Excellence.” On her way to winning the crown, Nichelle – the new Miss Black America, also won several categories, including talent – where she gave an unbelievable performance despite technical difficulties. Ebony Pyramid Entertainment is extremely proud of their queen and believes she will be one of the best Miss Black America, ever. Nichelle’s court also includes the newly crowned Miss Black America Plus, Ivy White, and Mr. Black America, Kory Iman.
Ebony Pyramid Black America is part of Ebony Pyramid Entertainment’s Pageantry and Competitions Department headed by Executive Director, Bernard C. Howe. Bernard’s hard work paid off for his first time at the Black America Pageant with Nichelle winning the crown. Bernard posted on facebook, “Twenty-five months ago, I was offered an opportunity with Ebony Pyramid Entertainment (EPE) as Director of Pageantry & Entertainment and I did not accept the challenge. Once again 12 months later the very same opportunity presented itself and I could not refuse this time around the opportunity to commit myself to what I love and I do best. This was the inception of Miss Ebony Pyramid Black America (EPBA) and so our search began to find the first Miss Ebony Pyramid Black America.” Bernard planned the preliminary that crowned Nichelle Paris and Monet Dupree as the First Alternate. After Nichelle’s EPBA win, Bernard dedicated himself to helping her gain the title, Miss Black America.
“It was an honor and privilege to be a part of the legendary and community-centered organization, Black America Pageantry,” said DaJuan Patrick Xavier, President/CEO of Ebony Pyramid Entertainment. Bennie Mosley, CEO of Black America Pageantry, announced a major community initiative to be launched late 2013 and that the 2014 and 35th Anniversary will be a monumental one. Ebony Pyramid is proud of the heritage and opportunities Black America provides to the community. In a March 25 letter to Bennie, DaJuan wrote, “Having an EPE queen representing Black America makes this decision very emotional for me. But, it is with regrets that I officially notify you that Ebony Pyramid Black America will not return to Black America as an official preliminary.” The letter went on to explain, “…we’ve decided to return back to our original plans to host our own national pageant… and hope that we can continue a business relationship.”
Bernard’s Pageantry and Competition Department staff is currently working on the details for its national pageant and an announcement will be made in mid-May 2013. Among the details being discussed is the title of the pageant. Whatever the name, Ebony Pyramid Entertainment is determined to ensure that it represents quality, professionalism, leadership, mentorship, and service. All of the qualities possessed by the current Miss Ebony Pyramid Black America and reigning Miss Black America. Congratulations, Nichelle!