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Why Vanessa Williams Never Thought She'd Win Miss America

OWN | Posted 07.11.2014 | OWN

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams made history as the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America. In her interview for "Oprah's Master C...

Seeing is Believing: Role Models Inspire Student Achievement

Stephen M. Coan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Stephen M. Coan

There she was: Miss America, certainly one of the best-known personalities in the United States, if not the world. Once judged on certain "finishing ...

More Than One Healthy Body: Former Pageant Queens Weigh In

Shannon Oliver | Posted 04.30.2014 | Style
Shannon Oliver

I may have been overjoyed with how amazing my body looked, but I never felt as though I was "living."

Former NBA Star & Miss America support Anti-Bullying Campaign

Darryl Roberts | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Darryl Roberts

Before bullying can be severely curbed, it seems that parents, teachers and students must learn how to recognize it.

Even in the Face of Oppression and Intimidation, Beautiful Things Can Happen: A Q&A With Former Miss Universe Brook Lee

Michael Chang | Posted 11.07.2013 | Celebrity
Michael Chang

The 2013 Miss Universe® pageant is just around the corner (Saturday, November 9th on NBC), and I had the chance to catch up with the winner of the 19...

Dark Skin = Un-American?

Reef Karim, D.O. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Reef Karim, D.O.

Apparently being American means being white and having a name everyone's familiar with.It means being comfortable with what you know and who you know. It means being fearful of the unknown. And it means not having dark skin.

Hillary Clinton and Ray Kelly Remember Sept. 11

Tom Murro | Posted 12.22.2013 | New York
Tom Murro

The 6th Annual Voices of September 11 "Always remember'' Gala was held at Gustavinos in NYC on October 16th. Voices is an organization that helps fa...

Post-Pageant: What's 'America's Choice' Doing Now?

Susan Kraus | Posted 12.18.2013 | Entertainment
Susan Kraus

Vail was not a typical contestant. She could take apart an engine (she was also a mechanic for a few years) more easily than she could do hair or make-up. She was an expert marksman, but dance skills? Not so much.

Changing The Job Description From Bullying to Supporting Our Peers

Amy Crain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Crain

Should being a teenager or simply existing "come with the job" of being bullied?

Miss America Nina Davuluri Speaks About Need for Diversity at Anti-Bullying Symposium

Darryl Roberts | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Darryl Roberts

The most impressive thing to me about this 20 city anti-bullying symposium is that it came to fruition as a result of a 17-year-old girl speaking up and a multi-billion-dollar company listening.

Solidarity for Women of Color in the Public Eye

Atima Omara | Posted 09.27.2013 | Women
Atima Omara

Instead of dismissing Nina Davuluri because she participated in a beauty pageant, why not stand with her when she asserts a woman of color's right to be who she is and exist no matter what the context?

Now What?

Crystal Mei Yuk Lee | Posted 11.24.2013 | Hawaii
Crystal Mei Yuk Lee

Deep down I'm competitive. I don't like letting anyone down, especially my own state. Throughout the competition I stayed very focused. I knew who I was, what I was there for and what I wanted to do as Miss America.

Beauty Pageants and High School Queens: Is it Psychologically Good for Us?

Anne Speckhard | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Anne Speckhard

For a country that got rid of royalty on its road to independence it seems Americans could also now grasp the wisdom of doing away with the hierarchal idea of beauty queens as well. Can't we see the beauty in everyone and celebrate without any beauty king or queen being crowned among us?

Miss America or Miss 7/11?

Vishakha N. Desai | Posted 11.23.2013 | Women
Vishakha N. Desai

The truth is that it's one thing to accept Indian-Americans or brown skin people in professional fields, like medicine, computer science, or finance. But when it come to ideas of beauty and national concepts of beauty, old habits die hard, if at all.

Both Sides Now: 'Pickett's Charge' as GOP Votes 42 Times Against Obamacare But Zero on Guns

HuffPost Radio | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgShrum & Erickson debate why the GOP House votes repeatedly to defund Obamacare but not once to defend people from nuts with guns. While Erick scoffs at diplomacy deterring Iranian nukes, Bob thinks that bipartisan sanctions and Obama's Syrian saber-rattling are working.

Diss America

Patricia McGuire | Posted 11.22.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Okay, I'm still not a fan of the beauty pageant. But I have new respect for Miss America as I have watched the new queen cope with the seriously depraved Neanderthals that troll through the dark side of American life.

What's So Sexy About Bigots!?

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 11.20.2013 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

We can't stop ourselves from busying with which bigot said what, which hater said something even more inconceivably stupid and who beat the others in radicalism, extremism, shame and embarrassment.

The Week to Week News Quiz for 9/20/13

John Zipperer | Posted 11.20.2013 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Here are some random but real hints: 41st time's the charm; no-blame game; maybe he'll become Harvard's president again, instead; and that'd become da museum. Answers are at the bottom of the quiz.

In Our Changing Nation, Who Is Miss America?

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Angela Glover Blackwell

What a sad commentary on the values of some Americans. It suggests a super narrow and wrong view of the nation. Why is it that a Miss America who is not white engenders so much angst in the populous?

The First Asian American Miss America Responds to the Hate

Noel Alumit | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Noel Alumit

It is a small sorority of women who can call themselves Miss America. It gets even smaller when you consider how many women of color have won. This week, the sisterhood of Asian Miss Americas has grown to two.

What Duke Students Are Saying About the Miss America Backlash

Jacob Tobia | Posted 11.19.2013 | College
Jacob Tobia

On Sunday, Nina Davuluri was the first Indian-American woman to be crowned Miss America, and Twitter exploded with racist, xenophobic, and islamophobic comments about the choice. The next day, students at Duke University made a video about what they think about the backlash. Check it out, and make your own! Do you #StandwithNina?

PHOTOS: Boundary Breaking Beauties Meet!

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices

Two women who broke color barriers and made history had the chance to meet for the first time on Wednesday. The first Indian American Miss America...

In 2013, Can People of Indian Descent Be American?

Sarika Arya | Posted 11.18.2013 | College
Sarika Arya

Where do I come from? When people ask me this, I usually say America. "No," they persist, "where are you from?" What they are really asking me is, "Why are you brown?" (Or, as my mother likes to say, "golden." Right on, Mom.)

The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same

Tamara Jacobs | Posted 11.18.2013 | Style
Tamara Jacobs

We've come a long way since the world was electrified when an outstanding Jewish girl named Bess Myerson was crowned Miss America in 1945.

Dear World, Nina Davuluri Is 'American Enough'

Munmun Khan | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Munmun Khan

Doesn't Nina also represent "what is best of America"? Her parents immigrated here 30 years ago, her dad is a physician, she graduated from a top university and she is headed to med school.