Toni Seawright


Toni Deniece Seawright (born June 25, 1964 in Pascagoula, Mississippi) is an international actress and singer-songwriter. Seawright made history as the first African American to become Miss Mississippi and was the fourth runner-up in 1987’s Miss America Pageant. Seawright attended Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, where she was the first African American to earn a degree in music at Mississippi University for Women, and majored in Vocal Music and Business at that university. Toni became the first African American to hold a recital in vocal music at MUW as well. She went on to compete for Miss W, the local chapter preliminary to the Miss America Pageant and won. This win put her in the position to compete for the state's Miss Mississippi Pageant in 1987. She went on to capture the coveted crown, making history as the very first African American to ever win. She was the fourth runner-up in the Miss America Pageant, representing the state of Mississippi in 1987. Seawright sang background vocals for artists such as Teena Marie, Freddie Jackson, Tony Terry, RuPaul, Shaggy, and Laura Branigan. Seawright starred alongside Stephanie Mills and Andre DeShields in the  ( Wikipedia article )


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Date of birth
Place of birth
Qaasim Middleton
Actor, Singer-songwriter


Institution From To
Mississippi University for Women

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