20th Anniversary Little Miss African American Crowned at Scholarship Pageant

(L-R) Adia Shabazz (blue dress) , Miyae Folkes, Nay Nay Kirby (Little Miss African American 2013), pageant producer Lisa Ruffin, Mariah Hall, Alexis Pryor, Laila Ali, and far right - Shavon Lucky (Little Miss African American 2012) - photo credit: Dana Fikes

(L-R) Adia Shabazz (blue dress) , Miyae Folkes, Nay Nay Kirby (Little Miss African American 2013), pageant producer Lisa Ruffin, Mariah Hall, Alexis Pryor, Laila Ali, and far right – Shavon Lucky (Little Miss African American 2012) – photo credit: Dana Fikes

Los Angeles – The beautiful Laila Ali served as host for the 20 year anniversary of the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) held on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Pageant producer Lisa Ruffin once again inspired a full house as her talented tots and pre-teens performed amazingly. Celebrity judges included ABC-TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, Jr., OWN TV star Kym Whitley from “Raising Whitley,” Nicklelodean’s Arjay Smith, actress Roz Ryan and radio host and tv personality, Mother Love.

The Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant is one of the nation’s most astute educational programs dedicated to empowering young African American women between the ages of 6 and 12 with the concepts of CAP – Confidence, Awareness and Pride. Lisa Ruffin, an actress and choreographer, has successfully utilized the pageant format to introduce girls from around the country to the arts, introduce them to public speaking and engage them in individual creativity.

For more information on the pageant, go to www.Littlemissafricanamericaninc.org.