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Campbell Wins Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant 
By Cora Jackson-Fossett, Staff Writer 
Published August 24, 2017

Warren Campbell (left) and Ericka Campbell (right) join their children in congratulating their daughter, Krista Campbell (center), who was crowned as Little Miss African American 2017. (Brian Ellis/Jovahna Chamblain Photo)

A new queen will reign for the next year with the crowning of Krista Campbell as the winner of the 24th annual Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA).

Campbell is the daughter of top record producer Warren Campbell and his wife, Erika Campbell of the award-winning gospel duo, Mary Mary.

Serving as members of the royal court are Jael Toppin, 1st runner-up; Loren Creighton, 2nd runner-up; Nasreen El Shabazz, 3rd runner-up and Octavia Elaine Carey, 4th runner-up.


The gala event, held recently at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles, was created by actress/choreographer Lisa Ruffin to introduce 6-to-12-year-old girls to the public speaking training, individual creativity and a heightened cultural understanding.

“The Little Miss African American Pageant 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,” said Ruffin.

“Within each girl, is the promise of unlimited possibilities, and the pageant is a vehicle for bringing that potential to the forefront. Dozens of girls have participated in this program, hundreds of scholarships have been awarded, and lasting memories have been created for these young academic and intellectual princesses.”

(l-to-r) Pageant founder Lisa Ruffin, actor James Pickens Jr., and actress Penny Johnson Jerald. (Brian Ellis/Jovahna Chamblain Photo)

Several performers donated their time to serve as presenters and judges.  The entertainers included Penny Johnson Jerald of Fox’s “The Orville,” James Pickens Jr. of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” Keith David of OWN’s “Greenleaf,” Danielle Moné Truitt of BET’s “Rebel,” Ella Joyce of Fox’s “Roc,” Debra Wilson of CW’s “MADtv.”  Other industry participants were casting agent Peter Wise and author/professor Ron Brewington.

Reality stars Sherre Fletcher of “Hollywood Exes” and Claudia Jordan of “Housewives of Atlanta” served as event hosts and Mel’isa Morgan was the musical guest performer.

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