Miss Black USA, the nation’s premier pageant for women of color, will commence in D.C. on Aug. 7 at the University of the District of Columbia Performing Arts Theatre, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. The pageant will feature more than 25 contestants from across the United States. With society’s uproar of #RaceRelations as it relates to #BlackLivesMatter, the pageant will also take time for a call to action to share with women and men the importance of a Movement to change how society views race. The winner of the pageant will receive a $5,000 scholarship, trip to West Africa, career development opportunities and other amenities. Ocielia Gibson, Miss Black USA 2011, will host the event and Laundau Murphy Jr., winner from America’s Got Talent, will provide musical entertainment. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/2016-miss-black-usa-pageant-tickets-25443988655