Blair Dottin-Haley is a New Orleans native, the first grandchild of civil rights leader Oretha Castle Haley, who has lived in the Washington DC area for almost 10 years. His tenacity, sharp-witted spirit, and authentic presence have been a source of joy and poignant commentary intended to connect and strengthen his community. Blair has worked in politics for both the Texas and Louisiana legislatures, and in the field of education, as a teacher and National Program Operations Manager for a college access non-profit. Blair’s alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana, acknowledged him on its inaugural Top 40 under 40 Alumni list in 2014, and since then, he has served on the selection committee for the honors. In 2016, Blair and his husband Brandon founded The Dottin-Haley Group to provide a range of personal and professional development services to individuals and organizations. In recent years he’s used his talents in the entertainment and philanthropic arenas as a strategy and operations expert for Rachelle Ferrell, the historic Warner Theatre in DC and The DL Hughley Foundation.. Blair also does a yearly concert in New Orleans on Lundi Gras night called Lundi Gras Love now in its 7th year!
Last December, Blair and his husband Brandon, launched The Blairisms, a lifestyle and apparel brand devoted to inspiration, reflection, resistance, joy and blackness. The Blairisms brand was recently featured on News With A Twist, AfroPunk, Exxpose Magazine, and Garvey Magazine. The Blairisms has also partnered recently with Cafe Mocha Radio, the largest syndicated radio show by black women, hosted by Loni Love. Blair was recently a guest lecturer at Howard University’s Business School to a class of MBA students.
I am excited for all of us and look forward to joining the Miss Africa USA Judges’ Panel this year as well. I LOVE YOU BOTH Dearly…and honored to share this experience with you.