olanda Pinckney was crowned Miss Black New York International Ambassador in March of 2020 and is now a representative of the largest International African-American pageant in the world. Residing in Bronx, New York, Yolanda is soon to be a certified Phlebotomist, Doula, and EKG tech. She’s currently a paralegal in the Army National Guard and has numerous accomplishments and accolades throughout her matriculation. Moving up the ranks to Sergeant E5, Yolanda is devoted to serving her country and building a commodore amongst her fellow soldiers. Our Miss Black New York embodies the everyday women through her activism, volunteerism, and passion to serve.
With such a large title comes even bigger responsibility. Yolanda Pinckney centers her year as Miss Black New York International Ambassador towards advocating for Epilepsy Awareness, specifically amongst minority communities. Diagnosed less than a year ago, Yolanda faced Epilepsy head-on as she managed the sudden diagnosis. After doing extensive research, she noticed the lack of informative conversation around Epilepsy as it’s not discussed as regularly compared to other health conditions. As Miss NY, Yolanda aims to shed light on this silent killer and how it affects everyone. She hopes to implement resources and educational seminars about the importance of self-awareness, mental health, and general warning signs for those at-risked. Pinckney is currently writing a book geared towards middle school-aged students about Epilepsy Awareness. Outside of being certified in seizure first aid, Yolanda was also recognized by the Epilepsy Awareness Foundation for her outstanding work in her community.