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Former Miss Alabama Suspended From Her TV Gig For Calling Dallas Shooter A 'Martyr'

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This is a tough one.

Kalyn Chapman James, the first black Miss Alabama in the state's history, has been suspended from her TV hosting gig after calling the man who shot and killed five Dallas police officers last week a "martyr".

James, who's a host on south Florida PBS station WPBT, posted a video to Facebook on Sunday, opening up her emotions to the world and trying to make sense of all the terrible violence we've seen of late in America.

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The video is raw, honest, and nuanced, but it's also highly controversial, because in the span of two minutes, James goes from grappling with a tough period of violence, to essentially excusing Micah Xavier Johnson's horrific shooting spree.

Watch James, who was named Miss Alabama in 1993 and finished in the top 10 of 1994's Miss America competition, let it all hang out in the video (below):

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Miss Teen USA Is Eliminating Their Swimsuit Competition — See What They're Doing Instead!

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FINALLY!

The Miss Teen USA competition is doing away with its swimsuit portion, and we couldn't be happier!

Honestly, we don't understand why the contestants were forced to parade around in bikinis in the first place, considering they're underage TEENS.

Related: Miss Teen USA Contestant Almost Committed Suicide!

On Wednesday, USA Today revealed the pageant made the incredible decision to ditch the misogynistic, sexualized swimwear competition for a more family-friendly alternative!

The 51 girls competing for the crown will be trading in skimpy two-pieces for athletic wear!

In the past, organizers defended the swimsuit event, claiming that it shows the contestants' athleticism. However, the Miss Universe organization believes workout wear is a more age-appropriate way for the girls to be judged on their fitness!

Reigning Miss Teen USA, Katherine Haik, applauds the pageant's move away from bikini exploitation, saying:

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LGBT History Is Made! The New Miss Missouri Is The First Openly Gay Miss America Contestant!

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This is so great to see!!

Erin O'Flaherty is the newly crowned Miss Missouri, and she will compete in the national Miss America pageant this coming September, which is fantastic in and of itself… but there's a twist!

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The 23-year-old beauty queen is also openly gay, having come out of the closet at 18 years old — and that makes her the first out woman to represent her state as Miss Missouri AND the first to compete in Miss America!

The groundbreaking beauty — pictured on the right, above, taking the crown over from the last Miss Missouri representative — is very aware of her place in history, and she sounds SO excited about the future:

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Former Miss USA Contestant Samantha Edwards Found Dead — Details Here

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On Tuesday morning, the body of Miss USA 2003 contestant Samantha Edwards was found inside her house in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Star Tribune reports that authorities were called around 8:30 a.m. EST to a house in the 1700 block of Upton Avenue N., where they found the brunette beauty's body.

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Unfortunately, the cause of death is unknown at this time as investigators wait for the Hennepin County medical examiner's report on the tragedy.

One of Samantha's friends, Jessica Dereschuk, has already set up a GoFundMe page — with the contestant's sister's permission — to help pay for funeral expenses and to take care of Edward's dachshund, Peanut. Awww…

Jessica, who affectionately refers to her late friend as "Sami", remembers her fondly, saying:

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Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber Talks Breaking Pageant & Army Stereotypes, Being Bullied, & More On GMA! Watch!

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She ain't no ordinary beauty queen!

On Sunday, Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber was crowned the winner of the 2016 Miss USA pageant after charming the judges with her beauty, intelligence, and strength.

And when the 26-year-old Army Reserve officer stopped by Tuesday's Good Morning America, she reminded everyone how truly unique she was from the rest of the competition!

Video: Miss California Makes Fun Of Her Terrible Miss USA Economy Answer!

Speaking to Robin Roberts, Barber — who joined the Army at age 17 — explained how she set out to break stereotypes for pageant contestants being "air headed," while disproving the belief that women in the military were "unattractive" and "very masculine."

The beauty queen also admitted she was a "late bloomer," and spoke out on being bullied in high school for her thin frame.

Now fully bloomed, it's clear the sky's the limit for this very accomplished Miss USA!

Ch-ch-check out DeShaunda's interview (below)!

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Miss California May Not Know Much About The Economy — But THESE Are The Worst Pageant Answers Of All Time!

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On Sunday's Miss USA pageant Miss California Nadia Mejia really blew her question about economic inequality, but she earned back our respect by handling her flub infamy with poise and humor.

She even got Backstreet Boys member Howie Dorough to help her make fun of herself!

But some of these other answers are BEYOND help!

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Miss California Makes Fun Of Her Terrible Miss USA Economy Answer With Help From One Of The Backstreet Boys — Watch!

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Talk about embarrassing!

On Sunday, Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber was named the winner of the 2016 Miss USA pageant and had A LOT better day than Miss California Nadia Mejia!

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That's because when it came time for the question portion of the competition, Mejia — who was a favorite going into the competition — was asked about our current economy and well, her answer was pretty disastrous as you can tell by a clip of her answer (below):

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