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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " KENYA MOORE " IS AN ACTRESS, MODEL, TELEVISION PERSONALITY, AUTHOR, PRODUCER AND FORMER MISS USA : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Kenya Moore


Kenya Moore
Beauty pageant titleholder
BornKenya Summer Moore
January 24, 1971 (age 44)[1]
DetroitMichiganU.S.[2][1]
EducationCass Technical High School
Wayne State University
OccupationActressModelTelevision PersonalityAuthorProducer
Years active1991–present
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Measurements38–24–39
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Title(s)Miss Michigan 1993
Miss USA 1993
Major
competition(s)
Miss USA 1993
Miss Universe 1993
(Top 6)
Official website
Kenya Summer Moore (born January 24, 1971)[2][1] is an American actressmodeltelevision personalityauthorproducer and former Miss USA. She participated in the 1993 Miss Michigan USA pageant and won the Miss USA 1993 title while later finishing in the top six of the Miss Universe 1993 pageant. Moore was the second Detroit native to be crowned Miss USA (following Carole Gistwho won the title in 1990).[3][4] She currently stars as one of six members in the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta since its fifth season premiere on November 4, 2012. Additionally, she founded the Kenya Moore Foundation, a charity which awards scholarships to underprivileged girls from her high school alma mater.
Moore is a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice season 7, which premiered on January 4, 2015, a near year after filming.

Early life, modeling and pageants

Moore was born in DetroitMichigan[1][2] to teenagers Patricia Moore and Ronald Grant, and raised by her paternal grandmother and aunt after her mother abandoned her at birth. The reality TV show star revealed that her mother never named her.“Since birth, my mother made the decision at age 16 to pretend she never had me. She has never spoken to me,” Kenya wrote. “Even if present in the same room with other people and family, she pretends that I simply don’t exist. She pretends I’m invisible" Kenya revealed on her bravo blog.”[5] She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1989[6] and attended Wayne State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in communication, graduating magna cum laude.[7] She began modeling at the age of 14 being on the cover of the January 1992 issue of Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company's Ebony Man's (EM) magazine. [8] She also became a model for the Ebony Fashion Fair cosmetic line. At 22, Kenya Moore won Miss Michigan USA (1993) and then became the second African American woman to winMiss USA. She then represented America in the Miss Universe 1993 pageant; she placed fifth.

Post-pageant career

Moore successfully leveraged her pageant wins into appearances in several television programs including: The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirMeet The BrownsHomeboys in Outer SpaceSparksSmart GuyVideo Soul Living SingleDamonIn the HouseThe Jamie Foxx ShowThe Parent 'HoodThe Steve Harvey ShowMartinNubian GoddessMen, Women & DogsThe ParkersUnder One Roof, and Girlfriends[citation needed]. She has also appeared on the covers of GlamourSeventeenEbony, and Essence magazines and can be seen in the music videos for Jermaine Dupri's "Money Ain't a Thang" (1998), Nas's "Street Dreams" (1996), Shai's "I Don't Wanna Be Alone" (1996), [9] and Tupac's "Tempataions". [10] Additionally, Moore has appeared in several films: Waiting to Exhale (1995), Senseless (1998), Trois (2000), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), Brothers in Arms(2005), Cloud 9 (2006), I Know Who Killed Me (2007), and Trapped: Haitian Nights (2010).[citation needed] Since 2007, she has also been producing and directing, and launched her own company, Moore Vision Media in 2008. So far, her company has produced an erotic thriller entitled, “The Confidant”. In May 2012, Moore joined the season five cast ofBravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta.[11] In 2013, she released a workout DVD titled Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp.[12] Moore was a contestant on the Celebrity Apprenticeseason 7 aired in 2015.[13]

Production

Moore was credited as producer/director of the film Haitian Nights;[14] after the project lost its director for unspecified reasons, Moore took over the production and completed the film. When the film failed to find distribution, Moore founded Moore Vision Media, an independent movie production and home-video distribution company.[15] The company's first production was The Confidant, released by Universal Vivendi on August 24, 2010.[16]

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1995Waiting To ExhaleDenise[17]
1998SenselessLorraine[18]
2000TroisJasmine Davis[19]
2001No Turning BackLia
2003Deliver Us From EvaRenee Johnson[20]
Hot PartsPassion
2004Nas: Video Anthology Vol. 1Herself
2005Resurrection: The J.R. Richard StoryLeticia
Brothers in ArmsMara
2006Cloud 9Champagne
2007I Know Who Killed MeJazmin[21]
2010Trapped: Haitian NightsNadine
The ConfidantEden Patterson[22]
2013Dolls of VoodooNadine
Television
YearShowRoleNotes
1994The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirDanaMothers Day
1996MartinLena BozackYou're All I Need
Homeboys in Outer SpaceNefertitiSuper Bad Foxy Lady Killer or Ty and Morris Get the Shaft
1997SparksMs. CollinsI, Spy
Smart GuyVivian KennedyBrother, Brother
Living SingleLisa DeLongPreOne Degree of Separation
Nubian GoddessHerselfHost
1998DamonJulia BurtonThe Designer
The Steve Harvey ShowMiss GerardEducating Piggy
1999The Jamie Foxx ShowHeidiChange of Heart
The Parent 'HoodCelesteWedding Bells Blues,
A Sister Scorned
In The HouseValerie BridgeforthHow Nana Got Her Groove Back,
Not as Good as It Gets
2001Men, Women, & DogsCarmenSick as a Dog
2004GirlfriendsKaraMaybe Baby,
New York Bound
2012–presentReal Housewives of AtlantaHerself
2013Walk This Wayn/aAbstinence
2015Celebrity ApprenticeHerself7th Place
2015The Millionaire MatchmakerHerself