African beauty crowned Miss Universe

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Judges in Brazil voted Angola’s Leila Lopes the hands-down winner last week in the Miss Universe pageant.

The African beauty beat out 88 contestants who competed in Sao Paolo.

Lopes, a business management student was crowned during the 60th annual competition and is only the second winner from the African continent to win the title.

In 1999, Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana took the crown.

According to the Associated Press, when asked during the interview portion of the competition what physical trait she would change if she could, Lopes responded: “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

“I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.”

The 25-year-old was elated with her coronation.

She said she would like to use her title to bring better awareness of the continent and would also toil to thwart the universal spread of HIV/AIDS.

“I’ve worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs,” she said.

“I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more.”

In 1977, Janelle Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago claimed the first for the Caribbean and the first for a contestant of African descent.

The twin island scored again in 1998 when Wendy Fitzwilliam returned the crown to the Caribbean.

Judges included reporter Connie Chung and actress Vivica Fox.

Musical director for the event was Ray Chew, musical director of television’s “American Idol.”

Dr. King Monument Rescheduled For Anniversary Of MMM

The rescheduled date for the dedication of a monument named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is Oct. 16.

The $120 million memorial which opened to the public on Aug. 22 was originally slated for a huge, national tribute planned to coincide with the 48th anniversary of Dr. King’s march to Washington as well as his prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech.

However, the ceremonious gathering was postponed when Tropical Storm Irene blasted into the district capital.

The new date has been set for the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March.

President Barack Obama is expected to speak.

Clinton’s Belated 65th Will Be Star-Studded Tribute To Foundation Efforts

Pop stars Usher, Lady GaGa and U2 are among the celebrants for a double-header tribute to former President William J. Clinton on Oct. 15.

The growing list of personalities plan to rock the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California where a public celebration will herald his milestone 65th birthday anniversary and also laud his 10-year effort of working to diminish hunger and help victims of HIV/AIDS.

Clinton’s actual birthday is Aug. 19, however, organizers plan to fuse revelry of his accomplishments at this star-studded event.

This year marks a decade since the former world leader launched a charitable foundation to benefit his favorite charitable causes. Since that time he has raised $10 billion and established the WJCF as one of the most charitable and humanitarian in the world.

The event is expected to be open to the public and will be streamed live on Yahoo.com.

It is titled “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation.”

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