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Mary Mary On Dress Controversy: “This Body Blesses My Husband, Which Helps Us Produce Baby Christians”
If conservative Christians thought they were going to slow Mary Mary down after slamming Erica Campbell for the form-fitting white dress she wore in a photo shoot not too long ago they were wrong. Though the gospel singer has already responded to the backlash several times in separate interviews, she shared a few more thoughts with us when we got her and her sister in the office last week. And, of course, Tina had to come to her baby sister’s defense:
“Being confident and feminine is sexy. If we were R&B singers they would say ‘Oh they’re going in a more conservative, wholesome direction,’ but because you’re singing gospel and you’ve got a body it’s a problem. God gave us this body. This body is what blesses my husband, which is what helps us produce baby Christians. What is the problem?”
Well when you put it like that, what is the problem? Check out what else the sisters had to say about being confident, feminine, and sexy Christian women in the video above. What do you think?
“God, I’m Probably Going To Hell.” Tina Campbell Talks Being In A Dark Place & How Her Faith Brought Her Out
By now, you’ve probably heard that Tina Campbell and her husband Teddy are trying to recover from infidelity on his part. While Tina ultimately decided to allow the cameras into her life while they worked on their healing, she said she might have made a different decision if she had known what it was going to entail.
She didn’t realize how broken down she was going to be. In our exclusive interview she speaks about her dark thoughts.
“I think people need to see what real life looks like. It’s not all this ‘Heavenly Father, I’m in a bad way.’ Like I’m probably going to go to hell but before I leave I’m taking some people with me. Either you gon’ help me or this is the way it’s going to be. This is the way I was talking to God because I was in a bad way…it was that bad.”
Tina said initially she thought revenge was the answer. But quickly realized that avenging herself didn’t relieve any of the hurt. And it was then that she decided to get back to her foundation. During this time, where she was studying the Bible and speaking candidly with God that she learned her faith wasn’t as strong as it appeared to be on stage.
Erica also explained how she was there for her sister at this time and how the family came together to help her get through this.
Check out the very real and very moving interview in the video above.
Be sure to tune into WeTV tonight and every Thursday at 9/8c to find out how Tina gets through this situation and what else is going on with the Marys.
Last spring 1/2 of gospel singing duo Mary Mary, Tina Campbell, revealed that her husband, Teddy Campbell, had an extramarital affair.
“Once I became aware [of the affair], I initially wanted to kill my husband,” Tina admitted during an interview with Ebony magazine. “I was considering adjusting the will, the living trust and all that kind of stuff. I did physically try to stab him. Several times…I never got to the point of physical harm, not really, but my words…My words hurt.”
As fate would have it, news of Teddy’s infidelity was revealed around the same time that she and her sister, Erica Campbell, decided to work on solo projects and give Mary Mary a break for a while. This however, is a decision that Erica later admitted to second-guessing.
“I didn’t want to watch my sister go through that,” the “A Little More Jesus” singer told Sister 2 Sister. “Then realizing that it was happening at the same time that I was going solo, it was like, ‘Wow, God, shouldn’t this have happened another way?’”
Though the group’s hiatus and Tina’s relationship troubles seemed to have the absolute worst timing, Erica says she trusts that God is simply testing her sister to make her stronger.
“Sometimes He allows things and it feels like a test but it’s going to make you stronger.”
We can only imagine how hard this all had to be for Tina. Anyone who watches their show on WE tv knows that Tina loves pretty hard. But just like her sister Erica, we’re confident that she’ll pull through.
Catch Erica’s full interview in the March 2014 issue of Sister 2 Sister.
Aside from picking up awards and watching some dope (and sometimes wack) performances, the Grammys are always good for fashion. It’s the night for stars to dress up like the rock stars they are–or to come out the house looking a mess. You never know what you’ll get. Let’s take a look at some fashions that had us talking and made us want to steal the looks or stop them dead in their tracks.
I guess after all that random backlash Erica Campbell received from some about the tight white dress she wore in a photoshoot for a new single, Campbell decided to stay covered up. She hit the red carpet with her daughter in this pink lace ensemble, and while I’m loving the hair and the makeup, I get “First Lady” vibe from this look. That’s not a bad thing…just not a good thing for the Grammys. Stop.
WE Tv’s hit reality show about the lives of Grammy-Award winning gospel duo Mary Mary is returning and in the third season fans will see how Tina and Erica lean not on their own understanding. Tina will open up about her husband’s infidelity and explain her remarks in Mary Mary’s high profile interview with Ebony Magazine in which she said:
“Once I became aware [of the affair], I initially wanted to kill my husband,” she admitted. “I was considering adjusting the will, the living trust and all that kind of stuff. I did physically try to stab him. Several times…I never got to the point of physical harm, not really, but my words…My words hurt.”
As we see in the season 3 trailer, after the interview, Tina’s marital life apparently becomes worse as she tries to forgive her husband. Although her sister Erica offers advice, Tina isn’t interested in what she has to say. While Erica continues to offer Tina help, she also takes the opportunity to become a solo artist. Erica finds out, though, going after your calling has a price as she constantly worries about connecting with her new audience, her health, and the ultimate fate of Mary Mary.
Besides their own personal drama, Tina and Erica also consider terminating their manager Mitchell. And while they try to balance their career and marital lives, another set of painful information comes their way- their father is diagnosed with stage four cancer and eventually passes away. It’s safe to say Mary Mary’s return to television will give fans an opportunity to see how they become victorious after their storms.
Mary Mary season 3 returns on February 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Check out the preview clip below. Will you be tuning in?
We told you earlier in the month about the criticism Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell received from some for wearing a tight dress for the cover of her new single, “A Little More Jesus.” The white dress covered her neck and even went below her knees, but because it hugged her curves quite well, some felt that as a woman who sings the word of God, she was doing a bit too much.
But gospel singer Yolanda Adams recently told Think Positive magazine (via S2S) that singing the word of God or not, curvy gospel singers have the right to wear what they want, and should just take such criticism with a grain of salt.
“I know for a fact that Mary Mary—because I’ve known them for years—they don’t try to be sexual. Some of the things that they want to wear, they’re in style.”
Adams says that many gospel singers, including herself of course, are curvy, and while they want to be tasteful, they don’t want to be in burlap sacks either.
“I’m very respectful in everything I wear. I think about it.
I’m tall. I’m thin, but I have hips. A gown my graze me in a place where somebody may find it offensive, but it’s not sexual. That was not my intent. We can’t walk around with sheets on and moomoos. Then, they’ll talk about [that]. You have to take criticism with a grain of salt because you’re never going to please everybody.”
Ain’t that the truth! What do you think? Do women of God get a bad rap too much for trying to wear things that might be a little bit more on the s*xy side?
The same day Meagan Good is clearing up her suspect wardrobe choices, another Christian icon is addressing the controversy that’s followed one of her recent clothing articles. Last week we told you how one half of the gospel duo Mary Mary was catching a lot of flack for the promo photos for her new solo project. While plenty of us saw the picture of Erica Campbell and thought the singer looked absolutely stunning in the all white fitted ensemble, others thought the dress, which hugs her in all the right places, wasn’t too becoming of a woman of God.
Essence.com recently had the opportunity to chat with Erica about the whole ordeal and when they asked her what she thought about the wardrobe backlash, she told them:
“I’m taking it in stride and I’m keeping it moving. When we took the picture I felt beautiful, I felt confident, I felt sexy and I felt strong. I thought I looked cute, but it obviously offended some people, which was never my intention.”
Erica also made a point to note both her husband and her sister support her photo choice, and further noted that it’s okay for christian women to be physically appealing, adding that it’s far better for young women to learn that lesson by observing a woman of God as opposed to the ladies who we normally get this message from.
“This is about confidence and realizing that God made you and that you are beautiful just the way you are. I think that young girls shouldn’t only get s*xy images from people who are not proclaiming Jesus. But I am. And I’m cute too.”
She told y’all. What do you think of Erica’s response to her dress controversy?
“No Ma’am You Are Singing The Gospel Of Jesus Christ”: Erica Campbell Of Mary Mary Criticized For Tight Dress
When I saw this picture of Erica Campbell of Mary Mary floating around on a few sites after she shared it on Twitter and Instagram, all I could think was ‘Good Lord! She looks great!’ While she’s always been a very beautiful woman, I don’t think very many people have seen Campbell quite like this. But still, there was nothing about the dress that screamed out risque or scandalous to me. Hell, the dress is literally a turtleneck that goes down below her knees. But as always, some people took issue with her figure-hugging look, saying that the gospel singer was doing a little too much with this dress, which she wore for a photo shoot as to promote her upcoming solo project. As pointed out by a site called America’s Preachers, one actual pastor took to Facebook to say:
“THIS IS NOT OKAY. Yes, you are a beautiful, curvy woman…but NO MA’AM YOU ARE SINGING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. Saints…smh COME ON.”
I don’t get it. I guess a burlap sack would have been the preferred way to go for the prudish folks? I can maybe understand the side-eye Meagan Good received after the BET Awards for that plunging velvet gown (I mean really, that was a bit much), but I thought Campbell looked pretty classy. Both Erica and Tina are curvaceous women, and they manage to stay pretty covered up a majority of the time. Why can’t they switch it up on us from time to time? Just because one sings “It’s The God In Me” doesn’t mean that you have to dress like Jesus. I’m just saying. All I know is that I hope I look this good after three kids. You better work!
What do you make of the look and the criticism?
“He Was Truly The Strength Of Our Family”: Erica Campbell Of Mary Mary Opens Up About The Loss Of Her Father
We told you yesterday that the sisters of Mary Mary, Erica and Tina Campbell, lost their father Eddie Atkins, Jr. to cancer on Tuesday in Los Angeles. While they initially thanked their supporters and fans for their well-wishes and support, Erica Campbell opened up to Essence recently about how they’re dealing with such a huge loss. She says that while they’re definitely hurting, the memories they have of their father are keeping them strong:
“It’s really hard to deal with losing my dad. He was truly the strength of our family. And even though him and my mom were not together anymore…they stood hand-and-hand and they stood side-by-side to support their children.
He had a lot of health issues my entire life. No matter what he went through, he was a fighter. That’s what I learned. He was super hilarious and super sarcastic. He never let life take him too low. He had his low moments, but he never let life take him too low. That’s what we learned. We learned to cope with the challenges and keep it moving—that’s why we keep singing, why we keep ministering, why we keep talking to people.
Even though my dad is gone, I have so much to hold on to. That gives me comfort. He didn’t leave here without knowing his daughters loved him. He didn’t leave here not knowing that we cared and that we cherished him.”
We send our condolences to the sisters for their loss and hope that they can find peace during this troubling time.
According to ChristianPost.com, Erica and Tina Campbell are bidding farewell to their father, Eddie Atkins, Jr. who had been fighting cancer.
Radio producer, Sheilah Belle, announced that Mr. Campbell had lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Erica and Tina have reached out to supporters via Twitter, thanking them for their prayers and well-wishes, saying:
“Thanks (for) all the kind words & prayers sent today. Our Dad was a great man, but he’s with Jesus now he taught us how to pray & trust God… Our hearts are heavy but we can rejoice knowing our father knew we loved him. RIP Elder Eddie A. Atkins Jr. Rest in the arms of Jesus Daddy.”
The sister singers have been supported by a host of celebrities, including former Glee star Amber Riley who tweeted:
“My condolences to Mary Mary and their families and friends for the loss of their father. I can’t even imagine losing a parent. Prayers.”
Comedian and actor, Rickey Smiley, reached out to the duo to express his condolences as well:
“So sorry to hear about Mary Mary’s loss … Please keep them lifted in prayer.”
The sisters have been a highly acclaimed and awarded Gospel duo since the early 2000s, bringing a new sound to the Gospel music world to reach those who might not listen to traditional Gospel music. Unfortunately, the sisters have recently decided to split up as a singing group. Erica has decided to pursue a solo career. Click here to listen to her first single.
Our thoughts and prayers go out the Atkins/Campbell families during this time of bereavement.