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Are you ready for a new season of Mary Mary!?
I know we are. And after watching the sneak peek trailer (and thank God that it’s more than 30 seconds!), I can tell you that this season is going to be the most dramatic yet. The women go head-to-head with former manager Mitchell Solarek (who sued them in September claiming they owe him more than $75,000 in commissions). Erica battles issues with her voice in the midst of trying to get a solo career off the ground when she finds out that her vocal chords are bleeding, and it’s more than just a temporary problem. And you can’t forget about Tina, who after finding out her husband Teddy cheated on her while she was out on the road with her sister, goes through an emotional rollercoaster of a time. She will eventually ask Teddy to leave their home, but for how long remains to be seen. We learned earlier in the year how she reacted to then news that he cheated during her interview in Ebony:
“Once I became aware [of the affair], I initially wanted to kill my husband. 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.”
And if THAT’S not enough, in the trailer there’s another question of whether or not the ladies want to stay together as Mary Mary, or if Erica thinks going solo and staying solo (and preserving her voice) will be the best thing for her career. These ladies have a great deal on their plate this season, and it looks like it’s going to be a good one. Check out the trailer for yourself and let us know if you’ll be tuning in.
As fed up as they may look in the above picture with him, it seems as Mitchell Solarek is the one who officially had enough of the roller coast ride as Mary Mary’s manager.
Maximum Artist Group which is owned by Solarek filed a lawsuit against Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, otherwise known as superstar gospel duo Mary Mary.
According to papers filed in a federal court in Tennessee and obtained by TMZ, Solarek says Max Art signed a deal with the group in 2011 that would have Mitchell Solarek serve as their manager. He says he reignited their musical career, obtaining over $3 million in various deals, one which includes their reality show Mary Mary on We Tv.
In turn, however, Solaek says he was pretty much shortchanged. He claims that Mary Mary stiffed him of more than $75,000 in commissions. He also says that he was publicly fired on the television.
The lawsuit is asking that a judge rule he be paid in back commission as well as the loss of commission on future music, books, sponsorships and anything else you can think of.
Wow. During the last season of Mary Mary, we often saw the duo arguing with him and quite often, our readers would say, “When is Mitchell Solarek going to get enough of their actions? He is extremely patient.” Well, it looks like he hit his breaking point with them.
As an avid viewer of the show, I don’t recall Mitchell being fired on the show so one can only assume the firing he mentions in the lawsuit during season three of Mary Mary. That season will premiere in February 2014.
Here She Goes! Lil Mo Questions How Stevie Wonder Would Know Whether Or Not He’s Performing In Florida
While many people are proud of artists like Stevie Wonder and Mary Mary taking a stand by choosing to no longer perform in Florida until the “Stand Your Ground” laws are changed, there are those – one, in particular – who question their actions.
On Friday night, Lil Mo, took to her Twitter page to “call out” Stevie Wonder for his stance and as usual, she threw some shade:
Oh yes, the woman went there about Stevie’s team possibly booking a show for him in Florida anyway and him not finding out the truth because he’s blind. She added that his team has basically dedicated their lives to his career and for him to make that decision, it takes money out of their pockets. Of course, she must have forgotten that Stevie Wonder performs at seemingly every event around the world so not performing in Florida may not kill anyone’s pockets as much as she’d like to believe.
Mo, on the other hand, does not really like to turn down a dollar. If any of you have been watching R&B Divas: Los Angeles, you know that she is very clear on doing almost anything she can just to make some money. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that she might not be a person in this position. As it stands, she can’t be in that position because…well, when was the last time promoters in Florida were booking Lil Mo left and right to perform there?
Girl, I guess.
What do you think about Mo’s take on the Boycott in Florida? What’s yours?
Several days have passed since George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges brought against him in relation to the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, but people everywhere are refusing to just lay down and accept this great injustice. A couple of days ago, we told you that legendary musician Stevie Wonder announced that he would not perform in Florida until “Stand Your Ground” laws are abolished. Today, gospel music duo Mary Mary announced on Facebook that they will also be boycotting performances in the state.
“We will stand with Stevie Wonder & boycott Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is changed! We love our fans but we MUST do something. We understand that a No from us isn’t as big as a ‘No’ from Stevie Wonder, but if all our voices join together we can REALLY change things,” the post read.
Fans wasted no time chiming in and praising the ladies for their decision.
“Thank you Mary, Mary for being courageous enough to STAND UP! love you!” said one fan.
“Go Tina and Erica and Stevie!!!! Your stand isn’t against color it’s against what’s right!!! I am a fan of all of you guys and I support u to the fullest!!!!” added another.
As to be expected, the announcement also garnered an abundance of negative responses, including one fan who promised to burn all of their CDs and refused to buy another album.
What do you think of their decision?
Sunday morning church suits, bibles, and tithes – yes, these celeb gospel artists take us to church on any day of the week, and have us worshipping and thanking our higher power for all the blessings bestowed upon us. Whether you’re sitting in your church pew swaying to the choir’s rendition of your favorite gospel artist or having a solo praise fest in your car on the way to or from work, these gospel singers have the ability to make us focus on our relationship with our higher power. From soul-stirring hymns to head-bobbing beats, we can identify with the stories their songs tell, from the constant day-to-day struggle of getting by to just taking the time to count your blessings. Speaking of which, check out the following gospel artists that pump you up to go get your blessing. After all, it’s your time.
“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.
Are there any, as they say in the church world, prayer warriors out there? If so, Tina and Teddy Campbell are reaching out to you.
As many of you know, the June 2013 issue of Ebony featured Gospel group Mary Mary on the cover and in the article, Tina Campbell revealed that she found out earlier this year that her husband, Teddy, cheated on her. The affair, according to Teddy, happened two and a half years ago and was with a now ex family friend.
Ebony pointed out in the article that when Tina showed up for the interview, she was not wearing her wedding ring.
Apparently, things have taken a turn for the worse.
On Friday afternoon, Tina posted a message on ILoveMaryMary.com from both she and Teddy. In the note, Tina says that they are struggling right now but are fighting back:
…Well since the article, the challenges have worsened. My hope turned into hopelessness & despair and I became unwilling to forgive and fight, until God showed me myself.
My husband’s struggle, was with sexual immorality BUT I have struggled with anger, rage, unforgiveness, pride, just to name a few, for over 2 decades. The devil wanted to use strongholds that took hold of our lives in our childhood, to remain and destroy us as adults. So now instead of being mad at each other we’re mad at the devil and we’re ready to fight…”
The good news is that they are prepared to fight to save their 13 year marriage. In fact, Tina and Teddy aren’t stopping at just communicating with each other, a therapist and/or a pastor; they are reaching out to the fans.
Tina and Teddy began a 30 day fast on Friday “for complete deliverance & restoration.” For those that aren’t aware, many Christians fast for the purpose of gaining clarity and healing for things going on in their lives. They asked that the fans join them in this process:
“If u are able to, please fast and/or pray daily that God would answer our prayers and give us a deeper love & commitment to him and to each other. We believe he still works miracles and he can give us the greatest marriage we could have ever imagined. We can pray alone BUT your prayers will certainly help.”
Well, this is…a lot. Many of us know, whether we’re single or married, that marriage is very hard. But once you add being in the public eye to the equation, things can be even harder. Many question why Tina even revealed that Teddy cheated on her in the first place because had she not, no one would have ever known. However, her revelation may be helping her (and Teddy) figure out her next steps.
Do you think Tina made things worse by going public with this news? Have you ever fasted to gain some type of clarity?
Well, this is somewhat of a surprise.
Gospel duo Mary Mary has opened their lives to the public with two season of their WE Tv self-titled reality show but there’s one thing that we had no knowledge about: one of the sisters has dealt with her husband having an affair. This according to Vibe Vixen.
Tina Campbell, the more boisterous one of the Marys admitted in the June 2013 issue of Ebony magazine that her husband, musician Teddy Campbell, had an affair and her reaction was one most of us have seen on shows like Snapped:
“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.”
It should be pointed out that so far, that is the only snippet that has been released about the interview. There’s not been any word on when this affair happened , if there was a reason stated (yes, we know cheating is a choice but some people give reasons for their affairs) or how they got through it.
During season one of their show, Tina and Teddy took a carriage ride and Teddy expressed that he’d not been as happy in the marriage due to Tina’s heavy schedule in the group. It was in that moment that Tina decided to devote more time to her husband and family.
The June issue of Ebony hits newsstands on May 7th.
Are you surprised by this revelation?
Remember the first day Goo Goo, real name Thomasina Atkins, introduced Erica and Tina to Justin on an episode of “Mary Mary?” The sisters put ol’boy through the ringer immediately, but that didn’t stop Goo from making things official — for over a year. But now the couple has confirmed that they’ve called it quits.
If you’re anything like us, you might be saying “Good!” Not that we’re happy at the thought of two people breaking up, it’s just that Justin seemed like a bit of a jerk, especially when he overstepped his relationship bounds and rolled up on Mitch questioning him about Goo’s work as a stylist. Regardless of outsider opinion of him, Goo insists the split was amicable, telling AlwaysAList things just simply didn’t work out.
“Justin and I are no longer together. It’s nothing horrible or bad or anything like that. It just kind of didn’t work out. There were some things we needed to work on and they just kind of didn’t work themselves out.
“I pulled back and looked at the overall relationship and I just thought it would be best if we went our separate ways just as friends,” she said before adding that Justin is a “good guy!”
Goo was also quick to defend Justin’s image on “Mary Mary,” and said “demanding schedules” and “her inability to travel to Atlanta as much” were a big part of the reason the relationship ended.
“I feel like the show didn’t paint him in the best light,” she said. “Justin has been the most supportive man I’ve ever had in my life. Very warm, very kind, very helpful. Never threatened by anything. He didn’t have an issue with me being me, he always supported that and that was something I just wasn’t used to. If there was something that was important to me, it was important to him.”
Likewise, Justin had only good things to say about Goo after the split, saying:
“I’d like to thank Goo for being the very best woman in the world,” he said. “She is the classiest and most-caring individual I have met to date, and I will always love her!
“I’d just like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who supported me and Goo and our relationship. It was not in vain. We are still great friends and I hope that our relationship can just be an example of how mature adults handle life and its seasons.”
We shall see. What do you think about Goo and Justin’s split?