Mariah Renae Rhodes, is a senior, Political Science major from Memphis, Tennessee born on September 29th, 1999. Mariah is a graduate of Power Center Academy High School, in which she participated in the Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor’s Society, and the Beta Club. During graduation, she was recognized for earning 3.8 Million dollars in scholarships.
Outside of school, Mariah served in the Memphis community as the Vice President of Modern Distinctive Ladies, Inc. After graduating from the program, she became a mentor for young ladies that went through similar experiences. Mariah believes that her participation in school and community programs have prepared her post-secondary education.
In August of 2017, Mariah arrived at Tennessee State University. During her matriculation, she has served as a campus Ambassador, a TSU Tom Joyner Foundation Ambassador, the Executive Secretary for the 79th Administration of the Student Government Association, appointed as a Justice on Student Court and Disciplinary Board, graduated from TSU’s Citizens Collegiate Police Academy, and represented Tennessee State University as a HBCU White House Initiative Ambassador while maintaining a cumulative 4.0 GPA. In the spring 2019, she was initiated into Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, International to focus on achieving her goal of attending law school with a focus in Criminal and Educational Law. Her long-term aspiration is to become an elected official advocating for criminal and education reform.
During the fall of 2020, Mariah was officially crowned, the 91st Miss Tennessee State University on the platform “The MARIAHthon Continues”. Mariah’s goal as Miss Tennessee State University is to inspire and encourage individuals to never give up. Additionally, Mariah was initiated into the Alpha Chi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Needless to say, she is excited to serve her tiger family as Miss Tennessee State University.
From a little African girl learning to love her identity, to a soldier learning the values of duty and respect, to a student who was given the opportunity to soar. Heave Nahra is a senior, Computer Information Systems Major, from Alexandria, VA. Vying to be Miss NBCA Hall of Fame 2020-2021. Her time at Saint Augustine’s University has been productive and fulfilling.
She is the Public Relations Officer of Campus Activities Board. She is a member of the Saint Augustine’s University Chamber Singers. Heave is also a part of the NCICU Ethics Bowl Team. She became a charter member of the Saint Augustine’s Section of the National Council of Negro Woman. Heave also serves as the Pre-Alumni Council President and is currently serving in the United States Army Reserve.
While engaging on campus she manages to stay ahead of her academics. Since 2017 she has remained on the Deans and Provost List. In 2018 she participated in her first pageant and was crowned Miss Black and Gold. In 2019 she was inducted into Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Also, she was delighted to represent the university as Miss UNCF. In February of 2020 she had the honor and pleasure of representing the university in the Miss National UNCF Pageant. They took first place by gathering the most toiletry items, (Four Thousand Nine Hundred and Nine).
Her platform “In My Skin” is to promote self-confidence, self- awareness, and HBCU culture. Every day at an HBCU is a celebration. A Celebration of our lives, our freedom, our culture and our beliefs. As an HBCU Queen she plans to encourage every student to embrace school pride, community engagement, recruitment, and self-love.
Ashlee Davis is a senior Mass Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Law Studies. As Miss Delaware State University, she has combined her communication skills and leadership ability to establish DSU Connect, an innovative Alumni Mentoring Program that strengthens students’ transition from undergraduate to professional life. Additionally, she has implemented voter registration drives and forums that have successfully registered hundreds of students to vote. A frequent event panelist and moderator, Ashlee had the honor of conducting a live televised interview with the Delaware Department of Elections to address concerns of students.
Before her tenure as Miss Delaware State University, she served as Vice President of the Student Government Association, Miss Sophomore and Miss Freshman. Academically, Ashlee is a Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholar, achieving consistent Presidents’ and Dean’s listing throughout her undergraduate career. Always believing in the power of giving back, she is an accomplished mentor of freshmen and high school girls. Upon graduation, Ashlee plans to earn a Juris Doctorate and own her own law firm as an attorney. She is dedicated to giving back to HBCUs, hoping to offer scholarship opportunities and internships to undergraduate students seeking to become lawyers who will equalize the justice system.
Brianna Rascoe is a Senior Psychology Scholar minoring in Public Relations. Home grown in Greensboro, North Carolina, she has aspirations to enter corporate America upon graduation. Brianna has served in various positions in the Student Government Association to include: Freshman class historian, Miss Sophomore and now the 86th Miss North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In addition to those positions, she has also served her university as an Aggie Success Leader, Resident Assistant, Peer Facilitator with the Health Centers Healthy Learning and Living Initiative and she has also served as a University Tutor. Brianna is a true advocate for her community, serving at Bluford STEM Academy as a K-2 and an After-School Enrichment Services volunteer for two years. She also serves her community by volunteering with the Out of the Garden Project and the Interactive Resource Center. Working with organizations that serve East Greensboro where A&T is located is extremely important to Brianna. She wants to leave a lasting impact on the community that has given so much to her.
She is also a proud member of the University Honors Program, a 2018 inductee to the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and a two time Thurgood Marshall College Foundation Leadership Institute Scholar. During the fall of 2019 Brianna studied abroad at the University of Nicosia in Nicosia, Cyprus. She lives by the scripture, “But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved” (Hebrews 10:39).
Lucinda K. Conteh is a senior Business Management Major with a concentration in Finance from Ewing, New Jersey by way of Sierra Leone, West Africa and she humbly serves as the 92nd Miss Virginia State University. Lucinda formerly served on the Royal Court as Miss Sophomore 2018-2019, is a Trojan Leadership Program mentor to freshmen students, as well as the Events Coordinator and former Vice President of Virginia State University’s African Student Association. In addition to those previously listed, Lucinda is also a member of the Richmond Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants and frequently volunteers her time on campus and in her community through various acts of service.
Upon receiving her degree in May of 2021, Lucinda has accepted a full-time job offer with TD Bank in their headquarters as a Business Process Analyst. She intends on being a major advocate for the preservation of HBCUs. Being a student at an HBCU is considered one of her greatest accomplishments and serving as an HBCU Queen is an honor Lucinda holds to high regard.
Miss Erika Nicole Johnson is a fourth year Voice Performance student at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida and the 114th Miss FAMU. She was born in Dallas, Texas to Mr. Frederick and Dr. Vivian B. Johnson and is the youngest in a long line of FAMU Rattlers.
Erika wants a business and career in classical voice. Her pursuit of classical voice began in high school and continued with church and community performances both domestically and internationally. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Erika’s musical journey has allowed her to network with artists such as Jubilant Sykes, Harolyn Blackwell, David Jones and Kathleen Battle.
Her talent has gifted her the opportunity to participate in the Varna International Music Academy (VIMA) in Varna, Bulgaria. Erika was also selected to participate in the 2020 American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria and to perform at Carnegie Hall but had to be deferred due to the pandemic.
Erika is interested in the music industry and is the first music student to be initiated into FAMU’s Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity,i`1nc. She was chosen to be a summer intern with the Power2inspire Foundation and a member of Theta Nu Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She is a member of the FAMU Concert Choir and serves as a Section Leader to help teach underclassman sightreading and sounds.
Erika wants to inspire other black and brown girls to perform classically. Erika plans to attend graduate school after attaining her undergraduate degree. She serves the community by helping to paint residential homes, helping at food banks and collecting essential supplies for the homeless and hurricane victims.
Erika enjoys singing, shopping, cooking and spending time with family.
Amiya JaBrea Crockrom is the youngest daughter of Wayne and Cynthia Crockrom. Amiya was born on January 28, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a graduating senior at the Illustrious Clark Atlanta University, with a 3.5 GPA, majoring in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Radio, TV, and Film. Amiya is currently serving as the 32nd Miss Clark Atlanta University.
From a young age, Amiya has always had a love for being involved in school and in her community, and her true passion is in music and performing. She has been developing her vocal talents since the age of 8 years old, with the After School Matters: Artist Development Program. She has attended Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church since birth, and through her active involvement in the church and her willingness to serve its members through song
Amiya has also found her passion in many places on Clark Atlanta’s campus. She is a part of numerous organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, CAU Choir, Orientation Guide Corps, CAU NSLS, and CAU Pre-Alumni Council. While she remains active on her campus, Amiya continues to serve the community; she works as a student teacher at an elementary school in the Atlanta area.
Her aspiration in life is to find what truly makes her happy and live life to the fullest, while inspiring every person that she encounters to do the same. When Amiya graduates from college, she wants to open a nonprofit program for black youth that aids in the elimination of the school to prison pipeline. The program will have scholarship opportunities, community service opportunities, high school/ college readiness and cultural experiences. Lastly, in everything she does, she always reminds herself of what God’s promises for her in His word, in Jeremiah 29:11.
“Aspire not to make a living but to make a difference.” Greetings and humble salutations I am Patria Gatson, hailing all the way from the magical city of Birmingham Alabama, where I was brought up within a substantial loving home. Raised by my single mother Shannon Gatson, I was exposed at an early age the importance of humble beginnings and resilience through hardships. Though my family did not have much, we had what we needed, unconditional love and tight netted support.
My mother is a strong believer that education is power and made sure that my brother and I always had the access to the best education possible. Attending a predominantly white high school as a young black woman, taking advantage of opportunities was always my top priority. However, growing up within a society that does not typically accept or embrace black culture served as a hindrance resulting in me often being overlooked and seen as the black sheep. I was a young girl who felt that she did not have a valued voice or worth. Attending an HBCU, my illustrious Talladega College opened my eyes and mind to the countless opportunities. Now, I am a proud 2021 graduating senior studying, Biology Pre-Med and minoring in Psychology. I am extremely involved on campus, being a part of over 10 clubs and organizations while maintaining over a 3.0 GPA. I enjoy the arts and expressing myself through my poetry and painting. As the newly elected Miss Talladega College my platform is Aspire to inspire, which implies the importance of originally, creativity, productivity and perseverance.
Brianna Blake is a graduating senior studying biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in biology and bioinformatics. She was born in Washington, D.C. from her parents LaShawn Johnson and Vernon Blake, and has seven wonderful siblings. Her single mother raised her and her sister in Prince George’s County of Maryland. From an early age, Brianna knew she was called to make a difference in the world and was now the first in her family to go to a four-year college. Brianna found out about the first degree-granting HBCU through her counselor and to her surprise they granted her a full academic scholarship. Brianna acclimated herself to the campus and became a natural leader for her peers. In 2018, she reigned as the first Miss Sophomore of Lincoln University. From her involvement in academic courses, she was granted a fully-funded opportunity to research in Morocco. She then ran for Miss Lincoln University and became the 2019-2020 Miss Legacy. During her reign as Miss Legacy, she collaborated with alumni and organizations on campus to uplift and showcase the community of kings and queens. She also founded the Kings and Queens Coalition, giving the campus kings and queens the opportunity to serve and network with the surrounding community. Throughout it all, she never lost sight of her dreams of becoming a doctor and was one of three Lincoln students granted early admissions to the University of Pittsburgh school of medicine. Brianna currently serves on the executive board for the National Council of Negro Women, the president of the Minority Association of Pre-health Students, and a chemistry tutor. Upon graduation, Brianna hopes to be at the University of Pittsburgh Physician Scientist Program, while also finding a way to give young African American girls exposure to the STEM field.
Imani Johnson is a woman of faith, creativity and confidence. Born in the concrete jungle, where dreams are made of New York, New York, but raised in the Civil Rights City of Atlanta, Georgia, Imani accredits her roots for branding her into the woman she is today. Her experiences have shaped her to develop passions for poetry, fashion, politics, and art. Since the age of nine Imani has been involved in civic engagement work. Within our campus community, Imani is a senior political science and business student with a superb GPA. As a woman who wears many hats, Imani, always has shoes to match. Whether it is heels for Capitol Hill as an effective lobbyist of HBCU issues, or on the rare occasion sneakers for dorm storming across campus to spread the message for students to get out and vote. Imani’s shoes have carried her from New York, Atlanta, to now her home of Durham, North Carolina where she serves as an active participant around campus and in the community. As an intern for Durham City Hall, a researcher for the US Department of Education, an HBCU Voting Advocate, member of the Student Government Association, Collegiate 100 Black Women, Aspiring Eagles Academy, and the reigning Miss North Carolina Central University, Imani works to continue all of her efforts to engage, enlighten and empower all of those around her to promote her true passion of enhancing civic engagement. Imani’s mission as Miss NCCU is to remind students that there is blood pumping through their veins and a purpose to their life because they are royalty. Upon graduation, Imani plans to further pursue her education in public policy and law to work as a community organizer and social entrepreneur. She is a woman of action filled with a heart full of passion.