Tonille Watkis Crowned Miss Black USA 2016

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Tonille Simone Watkis also known as Toni has done it! As reported Tonille Watkis took on the competition this year in order to become Miss Black Connecticut USA 2016. Nevertheless, we are happy to say that her end goal was met! Miss Black Connecticut USA 2016 was crowned Miss Black USA 2016 on Sunday night August 7th, 2016. The pageant was held at the UDC Performing Arts Center in the nation’s Capital District of Columbia.

Tonille Watkis Crowned Miss Black USA 2016

Over the weekend, Tonille competed against 24 professional young women. The ladies are from all across the country. They came from far and wide in order to compete for the Miss Black USA 2016 title.





The contestants taking part in the pageant compete in various categories. These include On-stage Q&A, Personal Interview, Athletic, Talent and Evening Gown.

Toni is the 3rd contestant from Connecticut to compete and win the Miss Black USA title. Previous title holders include Deya Smith (1994) and Osas Ajibade (2010). As a result they prove Connecticut is the home of national queens with a proven track record.

Tonille Watkis Crowned Miss Black USA 2016

Miss Black USA 2016

The Miss Black Connecticut USA Pageant and Scholarship is the official preliminaries for Miss Black USA. It returned after a 20 year hiatus looking for a new queen between the ages of 18 to 27. A teen queen between ages 14 to 17 will also represent the state of Connecticut for 2017 Miss Black USA Pageant.

Furthermore, the Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation Inc. provides young African American women with a vehicle to further their personal and professional goals. Moreover, it aims to instill a spirit of community service through a variety of nationwide community based programs.

80% of the contestants are in graduate or professional studies. The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is a non­profit corporation in the state of Maryland, founded in 1986 by Karen Arrington.

Tonille Watkis

Tonille is an alumna of Adelphi University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. While there she studied Theater and Classical Acting. She especially enjoys traveling to inner city communities, schools, and churches. Watkis uses her time there to perform her autobiographical one-woman play entitled “No Boxes Allowed.” 

Toni also takes time to teach theatrical performance, creative writing, dance, and diversity workshops to at risk youth. All in an effort to advocate for her national platform “No Boxed Allowed” debunking the stereotypes for Black Women. Nonetheless, congratulations Tonille Watkis on your huge win! You truly are beautiful inside and out.

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