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‘Family or Fiance:’ A Happily Ever After?

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*The return of “Family or Fiance” has left us all wondering where our own relationships stand! We met Chase and Eric in Season One, who had been together for seven years and had a lovely “meet-cute.” Chase forgot her mobile phone while hanging with friends and Eric returned it to her the next day.

Fast forward, seven years, and they have been inseparable ever since. The twist…the night before Eric proposed to Chase, yet ultimately, got engaged; he cheated on her. Thus, bringing them to the house, where we met Tracy McMillan, relationship expert and relationship moderator.

If you haven’t seen Family or Fiance, you’re missing out! The premise of the show is whether or not you should marry the love of your life or should you heed the warnings of your disapproving family?

“Family or Fiancé” follows the dynamics between eight engaged couples who bring their disapproving families together under one roof. The families only spend three days with each other, and the clock is ticking as the couples decide if they’re going to tie the knot. Serving as the voice of reason in this chaotic time is relationship expert Tracy McMillan as she works to help the families confront their concerns. McMillan works with these newly engaged couples to strengthen their bond, air their differences, and reveal their true selves to their families. At the end of the third day, families are given their chance to speak. When that ends, the couples then have to make the ultimate choice — “I do” or “I don’t.”

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Enter Eric’s family; Daphne, his mom, Steven, his cousin and Joe his best friend. Entering the house on Chase’s side is her mom, Adrian, Paula, her best friend and her cousin, Amber.  Each family member has their own opinion of this relationship, with the “moms” having the strongest…and not in a good way! Amber is worried about the ‘trust factor’ and Eric’s spending habits.  Adrian thinks that they both spend unwisely and that this marriage should not happen.  She thinks her daughter is ‘settling and putting up with too much’.  Steven is worried about Chase’s anger and Joe thinks that Chase exhibits ‘toxic behavior’.

We learn that not only are Chase and Eric dealing with infidelity, but they are also struggling financially and have different views when it comes to spending and saving.  Chase would like to get caught up on their bills and save for their wedding, while Eric likes to go out partying and drinking. They both are also forced to address the fact that Eric, continued cheating for six months, post engagement until he ultimately got caught…which is the only reason he stopped! He said, “I was going to stop, after I got married.”  

We learn through assignments given out by Tracy McMillan, that there is a cause and effect in relationships, with one’s family dynamic. She teaches that issues can trace back to what has happened in your family, as you grew up.  With Tracy at the helm, the assignments that she gives the couples and families, we find out each episode, if the couples are going to make it or break it!  Three days.  Three nights.  Will they make it down the aisle? More importantly, though, are the couples willing to do the work?  Things got explosive in the house for Chase and Eric.  There was cussing, crying, drinking and smoking, but perhaps there was healing and love and an “I DO” at the end of their three-day journey? 

Each couple presents their own unique set of circumstances, all in love, but all with some issue(s) that have brought them to the house.  It promises to be explosive.  It promises to teach you tools for your own relationships.  It promises to be entertaining.  But, most importantly, it showcases Black Love!

You’ll want to tune into OWN, Saturdays at 9PM/8C to catch up on what happened with Chase and Eric and binge Season One, then continue the journey with the eight new couples that are trying to find their happily ever afters! You’ve got time…we’re still in a pandemic!

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THE REAL: Garcelle to Moms: ‘We Should Put Ourselves First! / WATCH

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*On Friday, October 23, the ladies discuss whether mothers should feel guilty for putting themselves first, especially during a pandemic.

Co-host Garcelle Beauvais gives examples of how her needs often taken a backseat for her children and how the pressures of being a mother frequently lead her to tears. She advises that self-care is absolutely necessary to be a better parent.

And, co-host Loni Love has always sworn that she would never marry again. But what if her longtime boyfriend James decided to pop the question in a public forum? Would she accept or stand her ground and just say “No!” to nuptials?

Later, Annie Potts drops in to talk about filming Young Sheldon during COVID-19, quarantining with her husband after living apart for seven years, and starting her foundation All Are One which helps those who are in dire need of assistance during the pandemic.

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Take It From Garcelle, Mothers Need To Take Care Of Themselves

Garcelle Beauvais: We should put ourselves first! We should put ourselves first. When you’re on an airplane, right, and there’s an emergency, they say, “Put on your mask before you help someone else”, right? If, us as mothers, don’t help us out, we can’t help our kids. And I feel like, so many times, people make you feel guilty if you put yourself first. And I’m not saying be selfish and ignore the kids, altogether. But, we have to take care of us! Even yesterday. I was in my feelings. My kids didn’t want to hang out with me. I’m like, “Come on! Let’s watch a movie Let’s go for a walk! Let’s drive to the beach!” And they were like, “No. We just wanna play with our friends through video games.” And I was really offended! I’m not just here to cook and clean! Somebody play with me! Right? (Laughs)

(The Real co-hosts laugh)

Loni Love: Whoa ho! Ow!

Garcelle: So many times we put them first. I remember when they would have late baseball games or football games–whatever. They would have a break and said, “We’re really cold.” In the back of the car I had sweatshirts. I had jackets. You know, I had under shirts for them. I had nothing for me… and I was cold, too. It just goes to show you that sometimes we do a disservice to our kids and let them think the world revolves around them. And it doesn’t. I’ll even tell you this, at Christmastime when Santa buys presents for them, Santa buys presents for me, too, because I want them to know that Santa loves me, too! It might be a little more expensive than they would buy, but, you know.

(EDIT)

Garcelle: When my kids were toddlers, sometimes I would turn on the shower in the bathroom and cry. Because I just felt overwhelmed or tired. I didn’t know how to handle it. I would turn on the shower so they wouldn’t hear me and bawl and put it back together and I’d come out.

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Loni: How did you get out of the situation, like you would cry? Was that just a release for you? Is that what you were saying?

Garcelle: Yeah. Sometimes it was just a release. Sometimes it was like, I’m tired and they’re both crying at the same time. And then other times, you know, I would call a girlfriend and say, “Hey, could you come over and watch the boys just so I can take a nap or just so I can go outside and take a walk. Just to, you know, take a bath. Anything.”

 

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About THE REAL

THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated talk show now in its seventh season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken hosts, Garcelle Beauvais and Emmy® Award-winners Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and Co-Executive Producer Tenia Watson (Judge Mathis, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court, WGN-TV Morning News, Just Keke, The Test) and shot in Los Angeles, California.

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Aaliyah Book Titled ‘Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah’ Dropping in 2021

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*Christmas has come early for Aaliyah fans, as an upcoming book has been announced that will chronicle her life and career. 

According to Billboard, “Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah” will drop Aug. 17, 2021, under Simon & Schuster/Atria Books. 

Written by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, the title “will focus on the span of Aaliyah’s life and career — from her earliest beginnings singing in Detroit all the way through to her game-changing musical era with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and the late Static Major,” revealed in a press release. “The book also includes a deep dive into her tumultuously abusive entanglement with R. Kelly and an intense investigation on the crash that ended her life.” 

Says Iandoli: “I wrote this book as an Aaliyah fan. This is for all of us who for the last twenty years can spot her influence everywhere, while wishing she was still here. I left no stone unturned, and I hope I’ve added to her legacy properly.”

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News of the book follows confirmation from Aaliyah’s estate that they are bringing her music to streaming services.

“To our loyal fans: We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future,” read the announcement from Aaliyah’s Twitter account. “Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”

Check out the official announcement via the Twitter embed above.

In a 2016 story from Complex on the singer’s uncle, Barry Hankerson, who owns her catalog under his Blackground Records label, writer Stephen Witt said of the absence of Aaliyah’s music on the internet,  “Aaliyah’s internet absence is different—there’s no logic to it. It’s not an artistic statement or a play for more money, and there’s no dedicated Aaliyah-only streaming service in the works.”

Witt continued, “Instead, there’s a single, stubborn man, sitting on a catalog that includes almost all of her most famous work. … The situation puts her entire musical legacy at risk of fading from memory. Year by year, streaming accounts for a greater portion of an artist’s visibility and reverence among the next generation of listeners. And he refuses to budge.”

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‘Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery’ Teaser Trailer Released by Bounce TV / WATCH

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*Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, released the teaser trailer of their all-new original true crime special Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery.

Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery is an intriguing six-episode, true-crime docuseries.  Bounce’s first which follows the extraordinary true story of the mysterious death, and likely murder, of Ryan Singleton, a young African American male, and aspiring film producer, who, after setting out to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood with two of his friends, ended up dead in California’s Mojave Desert, his body dumped, mutilated and missing all vital organs.

World Premieres Sun. Nov. 1 at 9:00 pm (ET) with two back-to-back episodes.

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About Bounce
Bounce (@bouncetv) is the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

 

 

 

 

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