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.
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