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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.
Life can throw some pretty big curve balls at you no matter how hard you try to stay on the straight and narrow. Just look at Gospel-singing duo Mary Mary. From the preview of Season 3 of their hit WE tv show “Mary Mary,” we see Tina and Erica will be struggling with just about every one of life’s problems imaginable, from infidelity, to the death of a loved one, to career issues that put pressure on their family relationship. To say these ladies are going through it would be putting it mildly, but in the end they always manage to stay strong and pull through together.
With “Mary Mary” returning to the small screen Thursday, February 27th, we came up with a few tips for dealing with life when there’s not a lot of good and plenty of bad and ugly so you can come out triumphant just like Tina and Erica.
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.
Mary Mary has been through a lot in the past year. And as they’re prepping for their third season of their hit eponymous WE TV series, they spoke to JET Magazine about some of the toughest challenges they’ve ever had to face.
Erica explained how fans will get to see how they reacted to all of it. ““You see our faith shine, but it was not easy at all– and it won’t look easy watching it,” said Erica about the series. “A lot of people will see themselves. There was so much damage and yet still so much work to be done. I learned that every wound doesn’t have to leave a scar that remains for the rest of your life.”
While they were smiling and spreading the gospel through song for their fans, behind closed doors, Tina was dealing with Teddy’s infidelity, Erica ruptured her vocal chords just as she’s breaking out into her own solo career, their relationship with manager Mitchell is on the rocks and the entire Campbell family is coping with the death of their father.
Referencing her personal relationship with Teddy, Tina said, “I still believe in God and love. I will not live in the horrible space of ‘I’m going to fix him’ or ‘I hate men and marriage.’ You do that for a moment and realize it doesn’t undo anything.”
Erica spoke about how she supported her sister during this trying time saying, “I’ve always been her protector. We are ride or die for each other. When she hurts. I hurt.”
Tina’s strategy in getting through all of this is learning to let go of the reigns a little bit. “I’ve tried to have all the answers and my life became filled with chaos and anxiety. So now I don’t go overboard thinking I must had things right all the time.”
The ladies, who are working solo now, each have different projects. Tina is working on a book of devotionals and Erica’s solo album is set to be released on March 25.
Mary Mary’s issue of Jet will hit newsstands, Monday, February 17th.
“Mary Mary” returns to WE TV on February 27th.
“I’m Dying Inside”: Tina Struggles To Trust Cheating Hubby While Out On The Road In “Mary Mary” Preview
The new season of Mary Mary premieres on February 27, but we’ve already been given a pretty deep glimpse into what to expect from season three. One big topic that will be extensively covered is how Tina deals with learning of her husband Teddy’s infidelity. According to the singer, he strayed while she was out on the road performing alongside her sister, so in the new season, as the sisters prepare to tour once again, she can’t help but feel worried.
“Whenever I’m on the road, I think about what my husband did to me. He was unfaithful to me while I was on the road. So I’ve got to wonder, since you got caught, are you faithful now? Do you really mean that you want to be a better man to me? Or are you still who you were?”
The scene is a very emotional one, as Tina breaks down about her feelings. “I gotta get on the stage and I gotta act like everything is all good, and it’s not all good! I’m dying inside!”
The group’s former manager, Mitch, freaks out at the same time because she has not shown up for a sound check for the group’s upcoming performance because she was in bed dealing with her feelings, and she has not shown up yet for their show. What will happen? Guess you’ll have to wait to find out, but check out the sneak peek below and let us know what you think.
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?