Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Stars to Shine at 25th Little Miss African American Pageant

Pageant : Penny Johnson Jearld, Claudia Jordan, and James Pickens Jr, Grey’s Anatomy. Ella Joyce, Roz Ryan, and Lisa Ruffin

*Celebrities always support Actress Lisa Ruffin’s Annual Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant and in this milestone year reaching the 25 years it continues. The 25th Little Miss African American Pageant will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2018 @ 3 PM at the Nate Holden Theatre, 4708 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

Actresses Penny Johnson Jearld (Castle/The Orville) and Claudia Jordan (Celebrity Apprentice/Real Housewives of Atlanta) will Co-host the event and special guests and judges include; Actors James Pickens Jr. (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Ella Joyce (Roc), Roz Ryan (Amen), and Author/Professor Ron Brewington. Musical guest performers are Neo-Soul vocalist Janice Freeman, and Krista Campbell, the reigning Little Miss African American.

The Little Miss African Pageant (LMAA) is first and foremost an educational program cleverly disguised in a pageant format whose mission is dedicated to the intellectual success of your African American girls.

“Within each girl, is the promise of unlimited possibilities, and the pageant is a vehicle for bringing that potential to the forefront.” Says Lisa Ruffin.

For the past 24 years, dozens of girls between the ages of 6-12 years old have participated in this program, hundreds of scholarships have been awarded, and lasting memories have been created for these young Academic and intellectual princess. While some of them come from strong supportive families, the majority of them come from under-served, single family homes. The pageant provides an early introduction to the arts and training in public speaking, while promoting individual creativity and stimulating a heightened cultural understanding. For more information visit our website:

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @LMAApageant.

About Lisa Ruffin
Lisa Ruffin is a multi-talented performer and choreographer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she entered Carnegie Mellon University at age sixteen then went on to New York to complete her education at The Julliard School of Music. The first video she choreographed, “JoAnna” won an American Music Award. Her choreography credits include, UPN’s “Moesha”, and “The Steve Harvey Show”. Lisa is the youngest African American woman to choreograph a Broadway Stage production, “Up Close and Personal” at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre. Among many other achievements, she has also performed on Broadway, and had 2 Billboard Top 20 R&B hit record.

Her acting credits include, “Him and Us”, “Seth”, “The Raven”, and her very memorable role as “Deena” on the long running soap “All My Children”. Lisa has made appearances on The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live, and has graced the covers and interiors of respected magazines such as Essence, Ebony and Black Enterprise. She had numerous commercials, including her “Secret” commercial, directed by award winning director, Jessicia Yu. Lisa has been a national judge& Choreographer for the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition.

Lisa created an non-profit, educational program called Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant, for young girl’s 6-12 years. They are celebrating their 25th year of teaching how to create beauty and be Presidents of everything.




Edna Sims
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