- Faith & Family
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dreams with the world in hopes that he could make a change in the lives of Blacks everywhere. Kaylah Taylor is living that dream. Taylor, a 19-year-old Miami-Dade College music student, was recently selected in a contest sponsored by Crest to serve as the face of Billboard for a night.
“I was on Billboard.com looking and I saw the contest and decided to enter,” she said. “I sent a photo of myself and I created a slogan that went with my photo — ‘Make Your Smile Worthwhile.’ A few days later a woman from Billboard.com called me and told me that I had won the contest.”
Taylor got the opportunity to fly to New York City and walk the red carpet with popular entertainers including country star Taylor Swift and rap sensation Nicki Minaj. It was the first time Taylor had ever been to New York City.
“When I got off the plane I couldn’t believe that I was there,” she said. “I really didn’t know what was going to happen next. I even got the chance to sing a jingle that I created for Crest. At first I sang for the editor of Billboard’s website. Then I ended up singing the song for about 12 people. I sang the song over and over again.”
While she admits that her journey has been fun she realizes that her dream would not have been possible without the sacrifices of Dr. King.
“I think his dream was all about striving for something better to come for all humankind,” she said. “In the past, Black musicians couldn’t even walk the red carpet with the white stars. They had to go through the back door. For me, just being afforded this opportunity was really big. Coming from Miami they really didn’t understand what life is like here or what my community is like. It was really a big deal to be a part of something like this. It was really a chance of a lifetime — thanks to Dr. King.”
By Randy Grice