Pssssst. All you pageant junkies out there.
The Miss Universe pageant is on Sunday. July 23. NBC.
Image on left is Miss Universe 1999 crowning... Miss Botswana, Mpule Kwelagobe, the first black winner from continent of Africa (other black winners hailed from USA, Trinidad and Tobago, and, well Venezuela and Puerto Rico too -- if you wanna get technical but we won't).
Tamiko Nash, Miss California, SHOULD be there representing USA. Won 1st runner up. Oh well. Miss Universe is only taking place in her hometown, Los Angeles, at the Shrine Auditorium. Former home of the Academy Awards.
So set your Tivo/DVR systems. I will.
I'll be in San Diego this weekend. Meeting with book club of black professional guys who chose my novel, Down For Whatever, as their summer pick. I love men who read. And San Diego should be a fun treat.
Anyway, some pageant trivia for you:
History of Miss Universe
Little known facts and stats on Miss Universe pageants
Author Noel Alumit's one-man show, Master of the (Miss) Universe.