Ohio State student and Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart competed Sunday night in the 2015 Miss America Competition and successfully made the top 10 finalists. She also received a $5,000 scholarship.
Bart and 52 other women competed throughout the week in preliminary competitions in different categories, including interview, swimwear, evening wear and talent.
“The 53 contestants (including DC, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) are split into three groups. Each group has a talent and a swimwear winner,” said Jay Jesensky, executive director of the Miss Ohio Scholarship Program, in an email.
Bart won the talent competition in her preliminary group, which featured her and her puppet, Roxy, singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in a… Read more
Last year, “Saturday Night Live” experienced backlash after cast member Kenan Thompson prompted a conversation about not only the lack of diversity on the show but, specifically, the exemption of black women.
His comments implied that black female comedians were simply not prepared to join the cast, and it was met with widespread outrage.
In an effort to undoubtedly diffuse the uproar, the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels, hired LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones as writers and comedian Sasheer Zamata as a cast member.
On Thursday, the show proved to once again be working toward expanding and diversifying its cast when it announced Michael Che would be working as the… Read more