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MISS BLACK USA 2003 NAMED: Amidst the drama, a queen was crowned and Jaheim acts ghetto.

Elizabeth Muto, Miss Black USA 2003
(Aug. 28, 2003) *Though it was touch and go, because somewhere along the way, the money got funny, the Miss Black USA 2003 pageant was held in Miami Saturday night.
Of course, the crowning moment of the event was the announcement of the new queen, Miss Black Nevada, Elizabeth Muto.

A 2003 graduate of the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, Muto was crowned after competing against 40 other finalists. The pageant, which dates back to 1986, is conducted by the Miss Black USA organization, which is headed by Ingrid Owens.

Muto was an infant when she was abandoned at the Reno airport in 1980. She was placed with Tom and Catherine Muto as a foster child and was adopted by the couple shortly thereafter.

For the talent portion of the competition, Elizabeth performed a dramatic monologue based on the story of "Antwoine Fisher" and described how the power of love, like that provided by her adoptive parents, can help anyone overcome hardship.

The Miss Black USA organization suffered growing pains and money problems, but Saturday's pageant was not to be stopped. Most people involved, including our own Lee Bailey, who hosted alongside Kyria Virshelle and singers Howard Hewett and Ann Nesby, followed the professional credo of "The show must go on!"

Unfortunately, self-professed ghetto thug Jahiem and his management, lived up to, or should we say, down to his image. After saying he would perform, after demanding and getting all the money the organization took in from ticket sales, he proved he really was ghetto by going back on his word.

The crappy thing is he and his boys and manager, Pookie (yes, Pookie), didn't even have the courtesy to leave the premises. Instead, he hung around to ogle the contestants and front like he was still part of the show. Sorry Jaheim, we're putting you on blast and on our A-hole list. And don't be surprised if your karma takes a beating, 'cause God don't like ugly.

Look for the Miss Black USA 2003 pageant, hosted by Lee Bailey and the beautiful Kyria Virshelle, to show up on cable soon. We'll keep you posted.

pict avail of her at the source

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[This message was edited by Nykkii on September 14, 2003 at 10:42 PM.]
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Looking at her picture, one wonders, "Do dark skinned African Americans ever win in any of these contests?" What message is black America sending out to vote a virtually white woman as what epitomizes black beauty. Do you think a dark skinned black woman with short Afro hair would ever get a look-in in any of these pageants? Personally I doubt it.

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It is not a very good picture of her. I would have prefer a frontal picture. I guess, I will have to wait for the contest on cable. The average American Male does not believe in the beauty of huedness. I am a cocoa hued sister and I always get comments like, "you're pretty for a darkskinned female." Like us dark chocolates aren't sweet. Well, I have grown to love my beautiful sun-kissed self, period -- the blessing of my ancestors. Word to the unconcious ones, until we embrace the rainbow huedness of us all, we will be always be in the lye brew of a Mammy's caldron

WHEN THE HELL FORCES IS KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR AND THE DEVIL IS OUT TO DESTROY, GOD COMMANDS YOU TO ORDER PEACE INTO YOU LIFE. MMMMM...IS THAT NOT WONDERFUL. LIVE, LOVE, AND GET ON YOUR KNEES \O/ KDO
Nykkii,

Thanks again for the website. Those are some beautiful young women. But, yes there is a but Confused, why do they look like there are so many with extensions in their hair. This doesn't represent the beauty in my world. The hued women in my circles love to wear their hair 'au natural,' me included. What is your thought, does these representative of hudness a representation of you and yours?

Recently, I took to rockin a 'Fro' and the compliments I recieve are awesome.

Peace,

WHEN THE HELL FORCES IS KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR AND THE DEVIL IS OUT TO DESTROY, GOD COMMANDS YOU TO ORDER PEACE INTO YOU LIFE. MMMMM...IS THAT NOT WONDERFUL. LIVE, LOVE, AND GET ON YOUR KNEES \O/ KDO
We need to go and 'Holla' at Jaheim. I know that Kaygee would not appreciate the negativity and it seems that he always help people who become less appreciative. Remember, Zhane? Yeah, probably don't remember them but in the early 90's they had the hit, 'Hey Mister DeeJay.'

I remember meeting up with them at a function here in NYC and the tall darkskinned one was very nasty and that is a 'nasty' with a capitol 'N'. It is a small world, I happen to work for Illtown record for a minute and I spoke to their management regarding this behavior and management said that is why they will never be platinum. They faded to nil, now.

Oh, Kaygee new Artists is a group name 'Tha Rayne'. Check them out and get a snippet of their new release. These girls are hot and they can sang, especially QT. She has a piece of my heart, I knew her way back when.

Tha Rayne

WHEN THE HELL FORCES IS KNOCKING AT YOUR DOOR AND THE DEVIL IS OUT TO DESTROY, GOD COMMANDS YOU TO ORDER PEACE INTO YOU LIFE. MMMMM...IS THAT NOT WONDERFUL. LIVE, LOVE, AND GET ON YOUR KNEES \O/ KDO
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Originally posted by NubianEssences:
Nykkii,

Thanks again for the website. Those are some beautiful young women. But, yes there is a but Confused, why do they look like there are so many with extensions in their hair. This doesn't represent the beauty in my world. The hued women in my circles love to wear their hair 'au natural,' me included. What is your thought, does these representative of hudness a representation of you and yours?

Recently, I took to rockin a 'Fro' and the compliments I recieve are awesome.



while the women who applied for the pagent and made it to the national level may not represent the beauty of your world---it's hard to know if women who represent your world were even interested in something like this.

sometimes i think we get caught in pointing a finger at the women who end up being portrayed on the screen, in video, and in pagents as not being a true reflection of ALL black women, but the question i think we need to step back and ask is "are ALL black women--all types that is--interested in these roles and stepping up to apply for them?"

having modeled-print and runway in my past, i know that the type of female generally interested are those who like playing that "fashion" role. they don't mind putting the extensions in their hair, wearing all the make up, and dressing the part. with that said--women who choose to wear their hair naturally, go without makeup and dress in a more ethnic manner may or may not be interested in the "attention spotlight". they may or may not be out there knocking on doors for these types of parts--and im sure they are, but they are out there in A LOT fewer number.

who defines beauty? on an individual level i think we each do, but on a societal level i think what we respond to with our $$$ defines it. our dollar (the aa dollar) could shift a definition of beauty or at least make our own definition known if we used it correctly--but we don't.

nubianesscense--my cirle of women is small, but we are multi-hued, and multi hair textured. ive posted that i am in the process of transitioning from chemical to natural and have worn a TWA in the past. i love my hair many ways, straight, natural, short, long, braided, hairpieces, etc.

i believe the woman who won miss black usa is wearing her hair naturally.

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Everything we women do to ENHANCE ourselves is PHONY beauty. Otherwise, we'd all be able to get up and go out the door, doing absolutely nothing other than bathing and dressing. Who'd still be a BEAUTY?? Personally, women can do anything they want to themselves. To me an African woman sporting a BLONDE wig makes me wanna puke!! But that's just ME. So be it!!

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