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August 28, 2008

DVD Update #8 – Entertainer of the Year

Hey pageant fans,

It’s going on midnight again and here is the latest update from the DVD front:

1)  Sunday night of EOY is finished including DVD authoring and Encoding so all 3 nights are completed.  I wanted to thank Nina West, Dominique Shappelle & Dominique Polo for letting me use their original videos for the DVD.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints and some mpg2 issues, I was unable to pull your videos for the DVD.  Contact me via email and I have some other options for you if you want to explore them;

2)  I must now begin the duplication process for Friday and Saturday night (400 actual disks).  I am going to work on those duplications tonight.  I have only gotten through about 120 or so, so tomorrow I will work on the rest (about 480 more disks ugghh).  Tomorrow I will also create the DVD covers (about 100 of them).  Once the duplications and DVD covers are created and done, I will begin the process of packaging each combo set together and assigning them to a buyer.  All of the mailing labels for all buyers have already been created and are ready to go.

3)  The pageant pay per view (our online pageant digital download and rental service) has been updated with the following videos: a)  2006 Mr. Duval, b) 2004 Mr. and Miss Black America, c) 2008 Miss International Plus, d) 2008 Mr. EOY and e) Part 1 of the Mr/Miss International 2008 – which I am uploading now.  Enjoy the videos as we give you another alternative to those who can’t afford to buy every DVD that comes out.  After some feedback, we have improved the descriptions and title fields of all videos that are available online – so you will have a better idea what each video contains so you can rent or buy exactly what you are looking for.

That’s it for now.  Time to call it a night.

Thomas

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August 20, 2008

Simba R Hall on Episode 43 – Pageant Soup Podcast Show – Live Thursday 7pm EST

Simba R. Hall - Mr. International 2008
Simba R. Hall – Mr. International 2008
Simba R. Hall started his pageantry career in 2002 on the stage of 708 in Atlanta, GA competing for Mr. Liberty International.  With the crowd silent anticipating what to expect, he has transformed into what his name truly represents; the king of Prideland.  In such a short time, Simba has pioneered his way into the field of pageantry not to be forgotten by the people he touches with his vibrant smile, humble personality, charismatic talents, and eager determination.
Simba was attracted in the field of pageantry because of his desire to have a voice in the community and his love of performing on the stage.  He has shown to be diligent in all systems he has come in contact with.  Conquering Mr. Renaissance was the beginning of Simbaʼs dynamic career.  As Mr. Renaissance, Mr. Hall started the Kingʼs Alliance which united all the mister national titles together giving back to the community.  This cultivated Male Entertainers of National Systems (M.E.N.S.) Night.  All the male systems came together and each king performed one number along with an opening and a closing performed by all the current national kings including three of the top four (Continental, Entertainer of the Year and USA).
Next, Simba was appointed the emeritus of Mr. Global International.  Under his reign, the system grew to have seven competitive boys for the first year and Memphis took credit for hosting its first Male National pageant.  Simba went on to win Mr. Sweetheart International where he is now revered, adored, and serves as an official judge for the Nationals.  During his reign, Simba also went on to conquer the title of Mr. Continental.  Although this was the pentacle of his career, he continued to serve both titles with style and dignity.  Under his Continental reign, the system boasts growth from eight preliminaries to eighteen.
Simba also works outside the community as a professional opera singer.  In this line of study, he has sung in churches and recital halls across the US.  He just recently returned from Europe with the Atlanta Opera chorus where he toured singing Porgy and Bess.  He will return in October for three weeks to finish the tour.
Simba is reigning as Mr. International and continues to make a difference throughout the GBLT community.  While catapulting to new levels in the community, he merges his professional career by planning and working on his solo recital and debut live recording late this winter in Atlanta, GA.  

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