Well, ladies and gents, here I go again! You know the drill — it’s about crowns and gowns here and sometimes a tux or two. Just depends. I hope everyone is doing well, getting ready for a gorgeous autumn full of contests.

Y’all know how I do — if there’s anything to clear up from the last one, I start with that. I did want to go back and mention a couple awards and such from Miss NC America that took place recently at Scorpio. The other finalists from Top 10 included Aqua St. Mark, Jazmun Tomas, Aiesha Paris, Robyn Cassadine and Valerie Rockwell. Best Non-Finalist was Paris Nicole Brooks. The Erica Van Cort Congeniality Award went to Nirobi. Natalie Smalls won Best Promoter. Macy Alexander and husband, Jason, won the Melissa Montgomery Best Preliminary Award for their Miss Divas contest. Tara Storm won the Brandy Alexander Horizon Award and Tiffany Bonet and Kirby Kolby were inducted into the Miss NC Hall of Fame. Just as I predicted, I missed a former who was in the house, not dolled up, but working just as hard and that was Tiffany Storm. Not only does Tiff help run the pageant, she also hosts the shows there on Wednesdays and Fridays!

While on the subject of Miss Gay America prelims, other recent winners include Miss Arkansas, Shawn Tyler Andrews; MidWest, Trixie LaRue; IL, Tabitha Sexton; AZ, Celebrity Starr; Miss Mid-East, Jessica Jade with gorgeous runner-up Dior Douglas; VA, LaCountress Farrington and RU Charlotte’s own Jessica Raynes Starr; Atlantic States, Tatiyanna Voce’ and RU Miss D. Meaner (a former Miss NC America); TN, Ashlyn Tyler and RU Pat McCooter; and Tri-States, Jade Sinclair and RU Dakota Riviera. The reigning Miss America, Coco Montrese, looked great for her quick walk and presentation at Miss Continental in Chicago on Labor Day Monday, along with Brooke Divine LaReese (pictured this time), among others.

Brooke is the new Miss World National, crowned in Atlanta the last week in August. Her RU was Malayka Dickerson. Her king is Cameron Black. There will be a victory party at The Closet here in Charlotte on Fri., Oct. 8 featuring Brooke and Jamie Monroe, a former Miss GA U.S.ofA. (she made Top 5 that year!), NC America and Hawaii LaCage star.

That brings us to Continental talk, of course — final night seemed to fly! The Top 12 included the winner, Mokha Montrese, 1st RU Sassy Divine, 2nd RU Fontasia L’Amour, Angel Cavalli, Melina Velina Famosz, Chevelle Brooks, Lorna Vando, Aurora Sexton, Tiffany T. Hunter, Genesis, Kym Moore and Miss Carolina, Tatianna Braxton. The contest was outstanding and I’ll change subjects with this thought — congrats to Mokha, finally, and good job, Armani!

On the eve of Miss NC U.S.ofA. at Large taking place at Night Owls in Gastonia on 9/24, I’ll mention other recent prelim winners like Missouri, Robyn Hunter; South Central States, Gizelle Bevon Ashton with RU Donet McKim; Sunshine States, Noel Leon and RU Angelica Sanchez; TX, Sasha Lauren and RU Chanel LeMasters; and AZ, Delorian Chase. Good luck to Big Shirli and Porkchop as they duke it out in the Gashouse! LOL!

Miss and Mr. Unlimited were recently held in Hickory at Club Cabaret and I’m happy to report that Arabia Knight-Addams is the new queen! She won Interview, Talent and Gown and tied with 2nd RU Unshantie Fox in Sportswear. The first RU was Miss NC, Raven Wood. Also on that night, Izaya Cole became the new Mr., along with RUs Ciero Whitney and that gorgeous Tucker Wood.

Other local news includes a new Miss Summer Dream by the name of Cherries Jubilee with RUs Roxy C. Moorecox and Vanessa Cottrell. A few NC Unlimited prelims include Miss Hickory, which Diamonique won with RU Vanity Micheals; Catawba Valley, Monica Jeffries and Ciera Fontaine; and finally, Tarhell, Mo’Nique Chanel with RUs Natasha Diamond and Vanna Black. The new Miss Roanoke At Large is Connie Williams with RU Anastacia Page. I’ve got to get over to Salisbury at some point to check out Club Babylon where all the girls are going to work. Cinnamen St. James is the show director and the ole gal has asked me to come take a peek. Also, I’ll mention that Miss Queen City NC U.S.ofA. is coming up on Nov. 12 and will take place at the Closet. Promoter Brandonna Dupree has asked Miss Della to get all dolled up and come judge. The judging part I can do — we’ll see about the big blonde lady showing up. Ha!

I’ll wrap it up with the Carolina Star Search I briefly mentioned in the last Rag. It’s a co-production of H20 in Columbia and Gastonia’s Night Owls with Whitney Leigh and Malibu Barbie running the shows. Quarterly at each of these bars, they’ll do semifinals. Next July 1, all the winners will compete for $1,000. The first winners were Buster Cherry of Gastonia and Talon of Columbia. : :

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