Celeb Marriage Scene: Magic Wishes He Hadn’t Retired, Deion Sanders Heads To The Hall Of Fame

BY: - 5 Aug '11 | Black Celebrity Marriages

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Former NBA baller-turned-businessman Magic Johnson opened up to the Los Angeles Times, saying he wished he hadn’t chosen to retire early from basketball due to his HIV diagnosis 20 years ago. Magic said that if he had known more about the disease and that he would be able to stay healthy, he would have continued to play. He also talked about how important his wife Cookie’s support has been in helping him to live with HIV.  {Colorlines}

Beyonce admits that she like listening in on other people’s conversations in this September issue of Britain’s Harper’s Bazaar; a skill the singer honed in her mother’s beauty salon growing up. Bey also confesses that she finds it “scary” when women don’t have women friends, and rejects the term “feminist” when it’s used to describe her because she feels it’s unnecessary. “I need to find a catchy new word for “˜feminism,’ right? Like “˜bootylicious,'” the star says. {Show Biz Spy}

NFL superstar Deion Sanders talked family and reality television during an interview this week. “Prime Time” said that he loved doing his reality show, Prime Time Love with wife Pillar in 2008 because it gave them a chance to show a positive image of an African American family on television. He also admits that he was against Pillar appearing on the show, Football Wives. Deion will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. {ESPN Page 2}

President Barack Obama celebrated his 50th birthday this week. The President was treated to three birthday-themed celebrations in Chicago on Wednesday, had a birthday dinner at the White House with family and friends on Thursday, and will head to Camp David for the weekend with his family. {Huffington Post}

Several of our favorite celeb couples stepped out to attend Russell Simmons’ 12th Annual Art for Life benefit last weekend. Russell’s baby bro Rev. Run and his wife Justine, ex-wife Kimora Lee Simmons with partner Djimon Honsou and their family, and Mary J. Blige and hubby Kendu Isaacs were a few of the famous faces at the star-studded event. {Necole Bitchie}

Mariah Carey took a few moments away from her twins to take a dip in the ocean. The new mommy appears to be quickly getting back to her pre-baby figure. {Popsugar}

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Tia and Tamera Show Off Fabulous Life And Big Changes In New Reality Show

BY: - 8 Aug '11 | Black Celebrity Marriages

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“Tamera is the one with the mole. I’m the one with the belly.” And so Tia and Tamera’s self-titled show on the Style Network begins.

It’s kind of nice to see what the twins are up to now that they’re all grown up. I have to admit that it does feel a little dated in today’s “we know when celebs are pregnant before they do” culture, since Tia is still pregnant and Tamera is prepping for a wedding that took place months ago. Still, it is refreshing to see a reality show that doesn’t revolve around who slept with whose husband and how many drinks can be poured on weaves in a 60-minute show. Marriage and babies – pretty basic and feels like an authentic feel-good show.

The show starts with Tamera in the planning stages for her bridal shower. As they shop for a dress, Tamera bemoans the fact that her engagement photos were leaked online.  Tamera was upset by some of the negative comments on the blogs. “You know how Mom and Dad went through back in the day?” Tamera said. (Dad is white; Mom is black.) “They called me a white man’s whore. Why can’t it just be about two people in love?”

She’s also a little bummed because her sister, Tia, is preoccupied with the belly and not with the wedding. But alas,  Tia’s upset because Tamera hasn’t shown enough interest in her pregnancy.

Tamera’s best friend Andrea has been taking over most of the main of honor duties and Tamera spends most of the episode trying to figure out whether she should stick with Tia (who hasn’t done much of anything) or give the title to Andrea, who’s pulling out all the stops to celebrate Tamera on her big day.  “I know you have a lot of stuff going on, but so do I,” Tamera says over lunch. “I just want to check your head space. I was your maid of honor and I was there 110% – I did everything.”

I’m not trying to say that “baby > wedding,” but it is very obvious that Tamera’s never been pregnant and doesn’t know how much it takes out of you. When Tamera was Tia’s maid of honor, she wasn’t in her third trimester, so it’s really an unfair comparison.

Then Tia gets an offer for a magazine cover if she does a nude pregnancy photo, much like Demi Moore, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears have done. She mulls it over with her husband, Cory, and decides to go for it. I have to say that you can tell Tia and Cory have a great time together. After he sets her off laughing during the photo shoot, there’s a little concern about whether she peed on herself (as a pregnant woman, hey, sometimes it happens). Cory takes it all in stride and even pats the sofa where she was sitting. Now that’s true love. LOL.

At the photo shoot, Tia gets the distressing news that production on season 2 of The Game will resume only six weeks after she’s due to give birth. Juggling work with motherhood. “Having a baby and being a working mom is going to be extremely difficult and stressful at the same time,” she tells the camera. Girl, you ain’t neva lied!

The episode ends with Tia and Tamera patching up their rift and crying about how much they love each other. Awww. I think I will tune in to the next episode, if only to catch more of Tia and Cory’s love connection. What a great pair.

Did you catch the premiere? What did you think? Was Tamera fair in her criticism to her sister? Should Tia have worked harder to be there for her sister?

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