Nine contestants graced the stage as part of the 2011 Miss Black and Gold Pageant on Sunday, Nov. 6 in the Student Center Ballroom. Galactic Beauty was the theme of this year’s Miss Black and Gold Pageant where one special contestant blew the audience and judges away with her wardrobe, poise, talent, intelligence and passion for community involvement.
Galactic Beauty number nine, Jazmine Scroggins, was crowned Miss Black and Gold 2011. Her royal Court consisted of first attendee, Ms. Zeta Mu, Lucy Edosomwan and Galactic Beauty number three, Lydia Kallon who was crowned second attendee Ms. Sphinx.
The pageant was sponsored by the Zeta Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., winner of the National Chapter of the Year Award and Student Organization of the Year Award, and spearheaded by co-chairs Michael Oloyede and Nathan Codes who took the helm in organizing the event along with pageant coordinator Maisha Wood.
The contestants, in chronological order, were Jasmine Stevens, ShavonneVerdree, Kallon, Mysty Meadors, Edosomwan, Samantha Schikowski, Bridget Harris, Ebony Njie and Scroggins.
Each contestant represented a platform for community activism that would be fulfilled with the aide of the Zeta Mu chapter for the contestants that placed first, second and third with $1,200, $500, and $300 scholarships also being awarded to the winners, respectively.
Contestants were chosen after going through an interview process where their grade point averages, involvement on campus and platforms were all taken into consideration, according to Oloyede.
Chandler Brown, Director of Presidential Communications at Georgia State, hosted the event while DJ Peter Parker provided the music for the evening.
The audience was given a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes of the pageant as each Galactic Beauty talked about their experiences being part of the pageant.
Brown then set the scene for the evening by saying that the ladies had all arrived on planet Alpha Centauri to take reign as the new ruler.
Contestants competed in categories of introduction, swimwear, dance, talent, evening wear and on-stage question. Introductions included a brief summary of the contestants and their platforms,The talent portion of the competition, where the ladies showed off their various skills with renditions of poems by Maya Angelou and Langston Hughes in addition to musical selections by artists such as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys, was a highlight of the night.
“It was exciting to see a unique blend that ranged from singers to pianist to even inspirational dancers,” said Ashley Ashton, a past participant in the pageant. “All were winning talents that connected with the diverse audience.”
The final portion of the competition of the evening was the question and answer round, where each contestant was given the opportunity to show their intelligence and ability to answer questions with varying degrees of difficulty. The topics of the questions ranged from song selections on iTunes and inspirational people to questions on the legitimacy of the death penalty and possible ways to solve the federal deficit.
President of the Zeta Mu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Roi Johnson, along with Codes and Oloyede, closed the night with a few words for the court.
“You all bring so much talent to the stage,” said Codes. “We love you all.”
Published November 15, 2011 online in The Signal: “Miss Black and Gold 2011 shows off out of this world Galactic Beauties”