25 yr-old, Nia Franklin (a North Carolina native), Miss New York, was crowned Miss America! She follows in the footsteps of Vanessa Williams who was also crowned Miss New York and then Miss America.
Here's am excerpt of her speech: "I'm feeling really blessed right now. I want to thank God because without him I wouldn't be standing here. It took a lot of perseverance to get here, and I just want to thank my beautiful family for coming, my mom and my dad, who's a survivor of cancer, and I love him so much. I want to thank all of my sisters behind me. We've had a wonderful week together, and I love each and every one of you." CONGRATS NIA IMANI FRANKLIN YOUR A BLACK GIRL WHO ROCKS!