Just one week and one day after the tragedy in Orlando, FL, the Broadway community came together for Broadway Sings for Pride, the annual LGBT event, this year benefitting the Tyler Clementi Foundation. Through song, dance, motivational speeches and even a stand-up routine, performers championed diversity and equality, promoting the idea of love and acceptance for all.
Baton Rouge native and Southern University graduate Avery D. Wilson on Tuesday was crowned Mr. United States 2016 at the annual pageant in New York.
Wilson competed as Mr. Louisiana against 19 contestants from throughout the nation.
Wilson is a consultant specializing in the spiritual and physical growth of individuals through creative expressions. He competed in such categories as social media/platform, runway, swimwear, formal wear and interview.
Wilson’s optional talent segment, which consisted of a ballet/jazz performance, helped earn him the title.
The pageant winner’s road to Mr. United States 2016 started with his nomination by the Miss Louisiana Pageantry Organization for the title of Mr. Louisiana. He gained community support by asking everyone to join his social media L.O.V.E Matters Campaign — Living Optimistic Values Everyday.
“I look forward to continue spreading L.O.V.E across the country,” he said, adding that he is excited to take his L.O.V.E Matters Campaign nationwide with the new platform that his title provides.
Mister United States 2016 is Avery Wilson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana who was crowned on May 8th at the Harlem Repertory Theater in New York City. Second place went to Christopher Negron of Illinois who was crowned Mister Global USA 2016. And third place went to André Bland of Virginia who was also crowned Mister Tourism USA 2016. All three men are expected to compete internationally.
Completing the top 5 were Raul Granados of Texas and Emanuel Anzules of Garden State. Rounding up the top 13 were the delegates from Mississippi, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Michigan, Aloha State, Ocean State, Rhode Island, and Pacific. Twenty men from across the country competed in the first national pageant. The contestants were judged in several categories that included social media/platform, runway, swimwear, formal wear and interview. An optional talent segment was also included and won by Wilson who performed a ballet/jazz routine.
The pageant was hosted by the current Miss Teen United States Andreia Gibau and Lisa Opie (creative director and co-founder of Vizcaya Swimwear and a top 5 finalist at Miss United States 2012).
The panel of judges included Miss U.S. International 2015 Lindsay Becker (4th runner-up at Miss International 2015), her mother Denise Becker (Miss Minnesota 1995 for Miss All American Beauty Pageant), Rocky Graziano (executive director of Miss Boston Scholarship Organization), Nick Keeney(Mister USA at Men Universe 2015), Jodie Bergeron (talent manager att MMG), Justin Allen Tate (vocalist, dancer and performer), and Rafa Delfin (director of Critical Beauty).