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CE CE PENISTON: Miss Black Arizona 1989

CE CE PENISTON: Miss Black Arizona 1989Disco diva Ce Ce Peniston seemed poised to become that genre's reigning crossover attraction. She was born in Dayton, OH, but her family moved to Phoenix when she was nine. Peniston was crowned Miss Black Arizona in 1989 and signed with A&M in the early '90s. Her debut, Finally, was a gold album; it peaked at number 36 on the pop charts and even landed a Top Ten pop hit with "Finally" and Top 20 pop single "We Got a Love Thang." After Thought 'Ya Knew in 1994, Peniston issued 1996's I'm Movin' On. Peniston continued to sing into the new millennium and regularly plays shows in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and San Francisco. Not entirely part of the mainstream that brought her success in the early '90s, Peniston's work is remixed and remains a favorite in dance clubs around the world. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
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Label: A&M Records


Cara Lavern Makeeswa Jackson: Miss Black Arizona 1994

Cara Lavern Makeeswa Jackson: Miss Black Arizona in 1994Voice of experience
Cara Lavern Makeeswa Jackson of Arizona is the only African-American in the 1995 Miss USA Pageant. What does she think about that? "Well, they won't forget me," she says cheerfully. And she's right.

Ms. Jackson is modest about mentioning her pageant successes, but they are extraordinary. She was Miss Talented Teen Arizona at age 14, showing the singing ability that has become her trademark.

She was a Fiesta Bowl princess in 1993 and Miss Black Arizona in 1994. She was chosen Miss Arizona 1995 and competed for the Miss America title. And now she's Miss Arizona USA.
Some people believe Miss USA is easier than Miss America because there's no talent competition to worry about. But Ms. Jackson doesn't see it quite that way. "In the Miss America system, I always had my talent to fall back on," she says.

It's a talent that people notice. She spent much of 1998 in Japan, where she is building a reputation as a vocalist, and she recently cut a "half-album" there. She's even learning Japanese (she already has a degree in Spanish). The world will hear a lot more from her, if not in one language, then another.

Photo courtesy of Cara Lavern Makeeswa Jackson

Vivian Phillips: Miss Black Arizona 1987

Vivian Phillips: Miss Black Arizona in 1987A dream Realized…CEO and Host of the Show, Vivian Phillips, a former Ms. Black Arizona, celebrates the accomplishment of a major dream; having her own television show. Share in the magic of giving with a live studio audience when she leads the way for one million people to make a difference. It's about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The pilot is the first of its kind in Arizona that combines passion and purpose with prompts to incite action. The show connects a wide audience to Vivian's interactive website!

Host of The Vivian Phillips Show
President and CEO of PEOPLE in Motion, Inc.
Professional Motivational Inspirational
International Speaker, Executive Coach and Trainer
Former, Ms. Black Arizona

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