Natchez’s Grand Mystique Ball Krewe will take place at 8 p.m. on January 8, 2022, at the Natchez Convention Center.

Founded in 2017 by Monica Smith, Delvie Gales, Nedra Hackett and Shawanda Robinson, Mystique Krewe is one of the youngest brotherhoods in the Miss-Lou region.

Since 2017, they have done community and outreach work in Miss-Lou, offered scholarships to senior graduates, provided entertainment for children and adults, and volunteered to help the elderly. Their motto is: “Mystique is on the move. “

Below are the 2021-2022 Grand Court members of the Krewe of Mystique.

Queen Whitney Houston Irving

Queen Whitney Houston-Irving is from Natchez, where she currently resides.

She is the wife of Davin Irving and a proud mother of three step sons, JaKel Houston-Irving, Davin Irving Jr. and JaDavin Irving. She is also Katiley Robinson’s godmother. Whitney is the daughter of Danny Houston and the late Joyce Houston.

Whitney is a graduate of Natchez High School and alumni of Alcorn State University, where she received her BA in Social Work. Whitney is currently pursuing her Masters in May 2022 at Jackson State University in Social Work.

Whitney is proud to be a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lucinda Robinson # 6, and a member of the Morningstar Baptist Missionary Church. She is Treasurer of the Natchez Gridiron Club, Secretary of Mystique Krewe of Natchez and Youth Advisor of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated Archonettes.

Whitney worked for Catholic Charities: Guardian Victim Services for six years as a case manager and training and prevention coordinator. She assists victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Whitney enjoys spending time with her family, attending her son’s soccer games, going to church, traveling and taking care of herself.

Whitney’s motto is, “No weapon formed against me will prosper!”

King Dave Dunmore

Dave Dunmore is a Natchez native and an Army veteran. He lived in Waco and Marlin, Texas for 20 years. He retired from the Texas Department of Criminal and Private Penitentiary System as a sergeant.

He is the proud father of two beautiful daughters and grandfather of four grandchildren, including three granddaughters and a grandson.

Dunmore says his greatest achievements and achievements are his daughters and grandchildren.

In his spare time, he enjoys family, spending time with family and friends, and being a valued member of his siblings.

Duchess Courtney Reed

Courtney Patrece Reed is the charismatic daughter of Benard Reed and Patricia Reed Gaines.

A native of Port Gibson, Courtney is the proud mother of a son, ExZavien Jha’Shun Reed, whom she calls her greatest asset.

Courtney also has four siblings, Tiwanda Reed, Benyatta Reed, Jalon Gaines and Christian Norrell.

Graduating from Port Gibson High School in 2008, Courtney continued her education at Alcorn State University, where she obtained a BA in Mathematics in 2014 and an MA in 2017. In May, Courtney will receive a second MA in Mathematics from the Jackson State University.

Courtney, who teaches math at Hinds Community College, became a member of what she calls “the world’s best sisterhood,” Delta Sigma Theta, in April 2021. As an ace in her lineage, she is known as name of “Threatened OWTspoken. “

In her spare time, Courtney enjoys sleeping, traveling, listening to music, serving her community and having fun.

Its motto is: “Live life. Learn lessons. Free yourself.

Duchess Tanya G. Carroll

Tanya is originally from Natchez, where she currently resides.

She is the wife of James Carroll. Tanya is also the daughter of the late Ida Ligon Bassett.

She is the mother of five children, Anthony Jr., Ashlee, Antione, Travonta and Asonta; three stepchildren; three godchildren and the grandmother of ten grandchildren.

Tanya graduated from the North Natchez High School Class in 1989.

She also attended Texas Southern University.

Tanya is the owner and Creative Director of a leading event planning organization in the South, Tweezy’s Creations LLC, named in honor of her son Antoine “Tweezy”.

She is also CEO and owner of “Classy Closet by Tanya”.

She is also president of “Grieving Mothers and Others”.

Her hobbies include spending time with her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

She also enjoys meeting new people and helping others.

Duchess Tamika Mcnealy

Tamika McNealy is a life resident of Natchez and the proud mother of three sons, Tylen, Tristan and Jreymarcius.

Daughter of Jacqueline McNealy and the late Kelvin “Cox” Smith.

Tamika is employed as a kindergarten teacher at Ferriday Lower Elementary School.

Tamika is a proud graduate of Natchez High School, Class of 1998, and attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She is also a graduate of Alcorn State University.

Tamika is an active member of the Daughters of Zion Baptist Church, where she is a member of the Women’s Ministry. She has been a member of Krewe of Mystique for two years.

In her spare time, Tamika enjoys shopping, spending time with family and friends, companion Keimon, traveling and watching the New Orleans Saints.

Its motto is: “Live every day as if it were your last day because tomorrow is not promised”.

Captain Shawanda Robinson

Shawanda currently resides in Natchez. She is the daughter of Mary Robinson and Josh Whitley. She is the mother of three children, Krystal, Kamicia and Kyron.

She is also the proud “Mimi” of Jordan, Kason, Jacolby and Journee.

Shawanda graduated from North Natchez High School in 1989 and continued her education at Copiah Lincoln Jr. College and Alcorn State University.

She attended Richland College in Dallas, Texas to become a certified meeting planner.

While living in Dallas for 21 years, Shawanda worked for Richardson Independent Schools until unforeseen health issues brought her home to Natchez.

Shawanda is one of the four original founders of the Mystique Krewe of Natchez.

She attends Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, where she runs the pantry.

She is a CASA volunteer for the Adams County Youth Court, headed by Angela Whitley-James. Shawanda’s favorite pastime is spending time with family and friends.

Shawanda is a team player and believes in treating others the way you want to be treated.


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