Kyara Murry is the 2022 Miss Black Texas USA, and she will honorably represent Texas in the national Miss Black USA pageant that will be held this August in Washington D.C.

The Miss Black USA organization is highly respected and has redefined what it means to be a courageous, compassionate, and confident woman of color. The Miss Black USA Pageant allows for Black women to have a platform to showcase the power and beauty that comes with being unapologetically Black. Miss Black USA is proud that FOX SOUL is airing the Miss Black USA Pageant for the very first time-emphasizing their commitment to the community.

In addition to holding the title of Miss Black Texas, Kyara Murry, is also the co-founder and CEO of Legally Black and the co-founder of Select Three consulting. A native of Janesville Wisconsin, Kyara completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Tennessee State University, where she majored in Political Science with a minor in Spanish. She then went on to attend Columbia University, where she completed her Masters of Science in Nonprofit Management. 

After graduating with her masters degree, she participated in a certificate of legal studies program at Washington University at St. Louis Law School. Currently, she is 2021 Juris Doctor graduate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where she serves as the current Miss Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) 2021-2022.

Becoming Miss Black USA will be a dream come true for Kyara, and will aid her reach as an attorney, advocate, and servant to the Black, Indigenous and People of color (BIPOC) community. More importantly, this will allow her to have a larger platform to continue to reach the youth and inspire them to dream big, work hard, and believe in themselves to achieve their goals.

Kyara’s L.I F.E.conduct includes community focusing on transportation, housing, land use, and public health concerns, as well as climate policy as a whole. She plans to use her intellectual skills to engage others in critical study, thought, reflection, voting, public policy, promoting sustainability, and community outreach. While doing so, she plans to uphold a legacy of family and friends who have instilled in her the desire and dedication to serve and help others. Her mission is to rise out of poverty and sustain families. She also wants to address food justice and economic development by harnessing the local, food good movement, and creating small business.

We are very excited for Kyara and look forward to seeing what great thing she’ll do next! Click here to see how you can support Kyara in her efforts to become Miss Black USA!

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Ivy Storehouse is honored to congratulate Ivy Box Ambassador, prominent retail executive, and creator of Patti Pies, Kinna Thomas, on her digital feature in the USA Today article entitled “Target, Costco, Starbucks and more. Black women shopping groups grow on Facebook, Instagram.” The article documents the success of her Facebook group, Black Women Who Love Fashion as well as the rise of other Black women shopping groups. On Monday, February 28th, Kinna was invited to speak about the group and her professional success on KNWA & Fox 24 News!

Kinna currently serves as a Senior Divisional Planner at Target after a highly decorated 9-year career at Walmart Incorporated where she served as the Director of Global Customer Insights and Analytics. She is the proud mom of two boys as well as an active member of the Phi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in Northwest Arkansas. Kinna has been happily married to her husband, Gerry Thomas, for seventeen wonderful years.

A proud HBCU alumnae, Kinna received her Bachelor of Science in Business from Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee where she was initiated into The Beta Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She then furthered her education by receiving her Master of Arts in Management and Master of Business from Webster University.

Black Women Who Love Fashion began as a passion project for Kinna in 2020 as she felt moved to create a safe space for Black women to uplift one another after the May 25th murder of George Floyd. Though she worked from home during the pandemic, Kinna continued to dress up as though she was going to the office as an act of self-care and started the group by sharing photos of her chic outfits with members. The group has gone on to achieve rapid success and its membership currently spans over 72,000 Black women across the globe.

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Kinna is no stranger to innovation as she is also the founder of the best-selling Patti Pies and the Patti Labelle Peach Cobbler. She conceptualized the dessert line just two weeks into her role as the Senior Buyer for Cakes and Pies at Walmart. What many may not know, is that the recipe for the base of the famous pie is Kinna’s family recipe. In fact, when she approached the President of Bakery and Deli at Walmart about her idea, it was only a mere 24 hours later before she was in contact with Patti Labelle and the finishing touches were being crafted for the Patti Pies.

Patti Pies went on to take the world by storm in 2015 and became an overnight internet sensation-selling out on shelves across the country. Five years after its launch in 2020, Walmart reported that 36,000 Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pies are sold a day. Following the success of the Patti Pies, the line has expanded to include peach cobbler, banana pudding, bread pudding, and many more variations of African American dessert staples.

A highly decorated executive, Kinna is the recipient of the 2017 Buyer of the Year for Walmart and was nominated in both 2015 and 2016.  On her KNWA segment, Kinna stated that she is “very serious about making sure that her purpose is realized and is very intentional about showing up for people in a positive way.” Through the creation of the Black Women Who Love Fashion Facebook group and Patti Pies, Kinna has found a way to uplift the culture, share our stories, and amplify our voices in a meaningful way.

Ivy Storehouse is extremely proud to commence Women’s History Month by celebrating one of our very own! Kinna is a phenomenal talent, a bright light, and an inspiration to us all. As an Ivy Box subscriber since 2018, we are extremely proud to have her serve as a Brand Ambassador, and we look forward to seeing what she creates next! Visit here to read her USA News article and here to view her segment on Good Day NWA.

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On Thursday, October 21, 2021, Jennifer Brown, was named Henry County Schools District Teacher of the Year! She was selected out of over 4000 teachers in the county. With this achievement, she made history by becoming the first person in the Hampton Cluster to win teacher of the year. To celebrate her victorious feat, she gave a riveting acceptance speech that left the audience in awe and earned her a standing ovation.

Students and family and friends threw virtual watch parties to see Jennifer accept her award. She is is now on billboards and kiosks throughout Henry County. Jennifer made sure to represent Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as she wore her June Ivy Box sweater during the photoshoot for her billboard. Her students couldn’t be more proud! Currently, she teaches English/Language Arts at Hampton Middle School.

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Jennifer has been an educator for nine years, and she’s taught over 1,200 students throughout her teaching career. Congratulate her on this phenomenal achievement in the comments below!

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Andolyn Medina, a member of the Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be competing for the coveted title of Miss America 2022 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on December 16th.  The reigning Miss District of Columbia, Medina will be the only Divine Nine member to compete in this year’s pageant.

Medina is the daughter of two naval officers. Her mother retired after 20 years as a Lieutenant Commander and her father retired after 24 years as a Lieutenant. She followed in her parents’ footsteps, joining the Navy in 2019. “My parents believe heavily in giving back, and so I began to join them in volunteering at the age of four,” says Medina. “I remain an avid volunteer to this day and encourage others to find their passion and give back.”

If crowned the 100th Miss America, Medina would make history as the first Afro-Latina, due to her Puerto Rican and African American ancestry, and she would also be the first military member to be wear the crown. She is hopeful that becoming Miss America will show the next generation of girls that they can have it all. “I feel blessed to be in the position I am in and I thank God for all of the many blessings he’s given me,” says Medina. “I am humbled by all of the many memorable moments I have experienced thus far and look to the future for many more.” To learn more about Andolyn Medina, visit her website here.

Currently, she is raising money for the Miss America Foundation as a part of the Miss America 2022 competition. To donate to her cause, click here. 

We wish Andolyn much success in her pursuit of the Miss America title and welcome you to leave your well wishes in the comments below!

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On September 10th, 2021, Star Jones made her return to the View for its 25th Anniversary sporting our Metallic Tweed Mock Dress from the Summer 2021 Collection, and our Ivy Leaf Chain Link Scarf from August’s Ivy Box!

In the opening of the show, Joy Behar highlighted Jones’s 9-year tenure on The View as one of its original co-hosts from 1997 to 2006.  Whether Star was showcasing plus-size models for the first time in history on daytime television, introducing Destiny’s Child and exposing the audience to the RnB music, or providing insightful legal analysis, Jones certainly left an indelible mark on The View and made it the cultural phenomenon it is today.

Jones’s impressive background as a New York City prosecutor and senior district attorney allowed her to and examine headlining news from a legal lens and provide a legal education the audience. Soror Sunny Hostin thanked Jones for “bring(ing) the law to daytime television.”

When reflecting on her best moments on The View, Jones stated that “Being able to introduce Black and Brown people as experts, not just TV stars or celebrities or sports stars, but to be a contributor, was really one of my great honors.”

Jones shared a sisterly moment with fellow Alpha women, Sunny Hostin, when she began reciting the Greek Alphabet, to The two Alpha women raised their pinkies and high-fived one another after Jones recitation of the Greek alphabet-warning the audience members that the “Delta” variant wouldn’t be the only Greek letter they would become familiar with if people refused to get vaccinated.

We are so thankful that we got to witness Star make her return to The View, and we are honored that she allowed the Ivy Box to be a part of her special moment.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has once again made its mark among some of the most powerful women in the country, with soror Kimberly Godwin recently becoming the first Black woman to be named president of ABC News. This new position also makes Godwin the first Black executive to lead a broadcast network news operation, as well as one of the most powerful professionals in broadcast media.

In her new position, Godwin will reportedly “oversee editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming and audio news across the organization which includes trusted and iconic franchises Good Morning America, World News Tonight, 20/20, Nightline, FiveThirtyEight, The View and This Week, according to a statement from ABC News.”

Godwin is a 1984 journalism graduate of Florida A&M University, the first HBCU to have an accredited journalism program. Her long career includes a role as acting news director and assistant news director at WCBS-TV in New York City. She also served as vice president and news director at both KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, and KXAS-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth. Throughout her 14-year career with CBS News, Godwin served as CBS News executive director for Development and Diversity, senior broadcast producer of the CBS Evening News and executive vice president for CBS News.

The National Association of Black Journalists recognized Godwin for her accomplishments in November 2020. She also received the Ida B. Wells Award from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Both accolades acknowledged her relentless dedication to coverage of communities of color, as well as increasing diversity within the newsroom and mentoring upcoming young journalists.

“I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News,” said Godwin. “As the most trusted brand in news, they are to be commended for the extraordinary work and dedication of the journalists, producers, executives, and their teams across the organization. I am honored to take on this stewardship and excited for what we will achieve together.”

We are incredibly proud of Kimberly’s commitment to excellence and are excited to follow along her journey. Add your congratulations in the comments below!

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A woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha has made another first! On Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 at 9 pm EST Eboni K. Williams made her debut as the first Black housewife on the Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY). This is especially notable, since the show starring women from the most diverse city in the world hadn’t casted a Black woman since its inception in 2008.

Eboni had a headlining entrance and has already delivered many beautiful #blackgirlmagic moments! In her debut scene in Central Park, Eboni wore a hoodie with the names of the ‘Exonerated 5,’ then while filming in her Tribeca apartment she wore a pink crewneck with the words “Howard University, Alpha Kappa Alpha” sprawled across the middle in green-paying homage to the birthplace of this powerful sisterhood. Finally, when conversing about The Hamptons with her cast members at the end of the episode, she educated viewers about the rich history of Black homeownership in Sag Harbor, NY.

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Hailing from Charlotte, NC native, Eboni graduated high school at the age of 16 and enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in communications and African-American studies. She then went on to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a trial attorney and received her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Whether working as a public defense attorney, hosting and producing her podcast, Holding Court with Eboni K., co-hosting and executive producing REVOLT Black News, or signing copies of her best-selling memoir Pretty Powerful, Eboni is committed to amplifying the voices of our people! On Holding Court with Eboni K., she educates her audience by providing insightful legal analysis on the biggest headlines in news in order to help right the wrongs of the justice system.

Eboni is a true disruptor, and we’re excited for her to continue showing the RHONY viewers, what Black excellence is all about!

Pretty Girls, did you watch your Soror’s debut? Let us know in the comments!

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On Sunday, April 9th, 2021 we celebrated the power, the beauty, and the duty that is Black motherhood. As Black mothers living in the United States, our goals as a parent are two-fold; we must not only raise our children to have a good heart, but we must also teach them how to navigate the challenges that come with being black in America. It is this duality that makes being a Black mom such a unique and tender experience. We truly give our children our everything, and we hope your loved ones showed you just how much they appreciated you last Sunday!

Many of us kicked off Mother’s Day weekend by tuning into the Xscape vs. SWV Verzuz battle on Saturday night which left us wanting to hop into a time machine and go back to the classic era of 90s RnB. Music transcends time, and it was a beautiful sight to behold as multiple generations gathered online to watch this celebration of Black women in music. It was then that we began to think about what it means to build a legacy for your family.

Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. are natural born leaders. Likewise, leaders often desire to expand their impact so that it continues well past their lifetime, into perpetuity, if you will. When thinking about the legacy of the dynamic sisterhood of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a few thoughts come to mind: service to all mankind, scholarship and the first. Women of Alpha Kappa Alpha are constantly breaking barriers, pushing the envelope, and making history even when it appears that the world isn’t ready.

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It’s important to emphasize that legacy isn’t only about what you leave behind, it’s also about how you choose to live your life on a daily basis. Your living legacy may be your ability to put a smile on all of the faces you encounter, advocating for the arts, or even creating a ministry for women. Your living legacy is a reflection of the world you wish to inhabit, your talents, and your hope for a better future.

Cultivating a legacy involves creating value for the world by tapping into your talents whether that be your kind heart, your passion for helping others, or artistic flair. You add to your legacy with every choice you make, and we hope in writing this blog, that we remind you to be intentional with your actions, have a vision, and share your gifts with the worlds to shape your legacy.

Pretty Girls, what are your doing to shape your living legacy? Let us know in the comments!

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