Melissa Howard (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Melissa Dawn Beck (born February 12, 1977; Okinawa, Japan), formerly Melissa Dawn Howard, is a reality show personality, and comedienne.
A mixed-race woman of African-American and Filipino descent, Melissa graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Mass Communications, Physics, and Applied Mathematics.
After The Real World
After appearing in MTV's The Real World: New Orleans, Howard moved to Los Angeles to try stand-up comedy briefly, and then to become an author, actress and painter. For several years, she maintained a personal blog and website Princess Melissa which she set up and began writing in shortly after her stint on The Real World.
Howard was ranked #92 on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100 Women of 2004" feature. She appeared regularly on Oxygen's Girls Behaving Badly. In 2005 she returned to reality TV with Bravo's Battle of the Network Reality Stars.
Howard is married to Glassjaw guitarist Justin Beck and the couple resides in Merrick, on Long Island, New York. In March 2009, she gave birth to their first child, Shalom Mazie.