BSU Pageant is Friday night at UF

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 2:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 2:20 p.m.

The University of Florida’s Black Student Union will present its annual Mr. and Mrs. Black Student Union Scholarship Pageant on Friday at the Reitz Union Rion Ballroom.

The theme of the event will be “Harlem Nights,” and students will have the chance to experience the Harlem Renaissance once again through music, dancing and imagery that depicts life in Harlem, past and present.

“By incorporating music, art, decorations, and poetry, the Black Student Union hopes to bring the essence of 1920s Harlem to 2010 Gainesville, Florida,” said Talia Jean Cadet, who handles publicity, productions and decorations for the BSU.

As a culmination of the pagaent, students will witness who will be crowned Mr. and Mrs. BSU, a distinction that goes beyond name recognition, said Cadet.

In addition to serving as the “face” of the Black Student Union on campus, the winners of the pageant will win a $500 scholarship, said Cadet.

She added that last year’s winners, Mikaelya Coffee and Andre Haughton, went on to represent the BSU in various student events and won the title of Mr. & Miss VISA (Volunteers for International Student Affairs).

The event will also feature performances by a university modeling troupe, poetry and singing.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event is expected to last until 10:30. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cadet at

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