*Celebrities always support Actress Lisa Ruffin’s Annual Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant and this year it continues.
The 24th Little Miss African American Pageant will be held at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, LA 90027 at 4:00 PM. (Red Carpet begins at 3:00 PM)
Celebrities donating their time to make the pageant contestant’s young ladies feel special include; Actors James Pickens Jr. (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Keith David (OWN’s Greenleaf), Danielle Mone’ Truitt (Star of BET’s Rebel), Jennifer Freeman (My Wife and Kids), Ella Joyce (Roc), Debra Wilson (MADtv), Casting Agent Peter Wise, Author/Professor Ron Brewington, Reality Stars Sherre Fletcher (Hollywood Exes) will host the event and Mel’isa Morgan will be the musical guest performer.
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 underserved, 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: littlemissafricanamerican.org. 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 24th year of teaching how to create beauty and be Presidents of everything.
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