After weeks of late night practices and preparation for the annual Mr. AKA pageant, it came down to one moment on Monday night. Alonzo Blalock, a freshman from Shreveport was crowned Mr. AKA.
The night’s theme was "The Phantom of the Opera," hosted by Charisma Sweat and Drew Harris. Donned in masquerade masks and tuxedos, the contestants did an opening dance number with members of AKA to a mix of a song from the musical Carmen.
Next, the men sported their daywear, a variety of suits, sweaters and other men’s spring attire. The men then introduced themselves.
After introductions, it was time for the contestants to model their "sleepwear". The contestants displayed their best assets, modeling everything from silk, to boxers and wife-beaters to lace pajama pants.
Then, it was time for the contestants to display their talent. The contestants performed many non traditional talents, from a monologue about a young man dying of AIDS, an upbeat salsa dance, cooking a peach foster, an even a painting of an abstract work.
Other talents included a rendition of the gospel song "I Won’t Complain," two spoken word performances about love and relationships and a re-enactment of a Malcolm X speech.
The contestants were then donned in their best suits, shirts and slacks, and escorted by the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha for the "evening wear."
The contestants were then tested on their knowledge during the question and answer session where they were asked questions about a range of topics from current events to issues facing the school.
Toward the end of the pageant, Sweat along with Nile Dixon sang their rendition of "The Prayer"
Finally, it was time to announce the winners. The title of Mr. Pink was given to sophomore June Wilson, along with "The People’s Choice" award. "Mr. Congeniality" was given to Ashford Perkins, a senior from Meridian, Miss., and Brunell McGee, a sophomore from Chicago won the Mr. Green title.
"I was surprised, yet pleased," said McGee when asked about his win.
The Gramblinite was unable to reach Blalock for comment about his win, but on a recent Facebook blog he said he was looking forward to a very productive year by abiding his philosophy of life "Love God, look good, and live great!"