Celeb Marriage Scene: Angela Bassett Teams Up with NBC, Allan Houston Talks Fatherhood, and Holly Robinson Peete Discusses Youth Health in Sports

BY: - 14 Sep '12 | Black Celebrity Marriages

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Despite being married to former NFL player Rodney Peete, actress Holly Robinson Peete counts herself among the many baller wives who are not looking forward to their sons following in their dads’ football-playing footsteps. Although Robinson Peete loves football and married in to a football family (her brother-in-law is a Dallas Cowboys running back coach), new information about the risk of long-term health problems related to the sport motivated her to encourage her 10-year-old son to wait at least another year before playing. “It’s a major point of contention between Rodney and I,” she said. “But the information out there is scary. As a mom and a football fan, I’m at a crossroads.” ESPN

Former NBA baller Allan Houston, who has six kids with wife Tamara Houston, teamed up with the NBA’s Amare Stoudemire to speak to a group of Harlem dads as part of a panel stressing the importance of fathers being in the home. Houston credits his father for teaching him how to be a good parent, saying: “When I got to the NBA and I saw that a lot of the guys didn’t have the experience that I had, it was different for me. But what I went through with my father should be the standard. He set the example for me about how to be a great father. We can’t do that unless we have great connections to our kids.” Black Celeb Kids

After being part of a pilot that wasn’t picked up last season, actress Angela Bassett is teaming up with NBC as headliner and executive producer of a new dramatic series. The legal drama centers around two women, and the official logline states: “One is a brilliant yet unsympathetic rainmaker at a powerful NYC law firm, whose world is suddenly and permanently upended by a health issue. Facing this crisis, she makes her condition public and vows to continue her practice with the help of a young brilliant attorney she chooses to be her right hand.” Entertainment Weekly

Comedian Mike Epps will once again host the BET Hip Hop Awards. The funnyman took over the network’s 106 & Park Wednesday to announce some of the award nominees. The awards ceremony will take place in Atlanta and airs on Tuesday, October 9.

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who is married to Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes, opened up to HLN‘s Dr. Drew about the pain of divorce, which she experienced following her first marriage from 1990 to 2001 to art dealer Eric Maurice. “Divorce is all about ego,” she said. “Somewhere it gets into somebody’s head “...’You’re not taking me down. I’m taking you down first,’ and when it gets like that, it’s just ugly for everybody.” She also talked about the importance of dealing amicably with an ex-spouse to for the sake of the children involved. She and Maurice have two children together. HLN

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Where Are You Being Led in Your Marriage?

BY: - 17 Sep '12 | Black Celebrity Marriages

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If you weren’t watching OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) this weekend then you missed an enlightening interview. Iyanla Vanzant’s show “Iyanla Fix My Life” made its debut. The Show had been promoted for weeks and if you had been a viewer of Oprah’s Life Class you are already aware of the powerful work Iyanla Vanzant does in transforming lives.

Well, her new show wasn’t any different. This premier 2-part episode featured Evelyn Lozado of Basketball Wives. We know Evelyn from her tirades on the popular reality show.

Iyanla, as always, asked thought provoking questions and wouldn’t let Evelyn off the hook about being “a thug among women”, her relationship and being honest about who she truly is. Evelyn’s marriage to Chad Johnson was one of the many topics discussed. Iyanla, in so many words, told Evelyn that her marriage was in trouble. Keep in mind the part 1 interview was just a few weeks prior to the alleged incident of domestic violence.

Iyanla stated that their marriage was in trouble because Chad is the head of that family and Evelyn doesn’t even know where she is being led. How scary is that? We always find varied opinions whenever the subject of leading in a marriage comes up. There are my independent sisters who feel strongly about there not being a leader in a marriage and then there are my other sisters who apply biblical principles to guide their marriage which allows them to trust their husbands as the head of the family, (I fall in the latter category). But can you imagine being in a marriage where the husband is trusted to lead and the wife doesn’t know where she is being led? I can’t.

One of the reasons my marriage works is because I completely trust my husband to guide our family. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

1. He is continuously strengthening his relationship with God. Because he is active in our church, makes Godly decisions regarding us and shares his testimony and the goodness of God with his friends all make it easy for me to trust him in this area.
2. He loves his family. I can rest assured that any decision he makes (even it doesn’t quite work out the way he planned) is because of his love for us.
3. He fully accepts his responsibilities as the head of our household. He never looks for a way out; he takes his rightful position always, without question. This gives me confidence that we, as a family, is headed in the right direction.

I can’t imagine being in a marriage with a man I can’t trust and whose intentions and plans for our family aren’t established. Unfortunately, Iyanla seemed to be on point in regards to Evelyn’s marriage. It is my hope that as Evelyn heals and begins to move forward, she remembers the lessons Iyanla shared with her.


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