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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?
A few months ago when gospel duo Mary Mary revealed that they would be taking a hiatus from the group, Erica Campbell announced that we would be hearing about her first solo project very soon. She definitely wasn’t kidding! A recently distributed press release says that we can expect to hear the first single from Erica’s forthcoming album as early as next month.
Erica’s solo venture is actually a part of a new partnership between hubby Warryn Campbell’s My Block Records and eOne Music. An excerpt from the press release, detailing the deal reads:
“In this deal, the strategic partnership will utilize eOne Music’s multi-faceted channels of production, distribution, sales, marketing, communications and more to support a range of My Block’s artists.
Upcoming releases will include a single in May 2013 and album from Campbell’s wife Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, a new single in June and album from his Gospel super group Soul Seekers in Fall 2013, as well as releases planned from Jason McGee and Jason Champion for 2014. With Entertainment One Television (eOne Television) already producing the hit Mary Mary reality series airing on WE tv, this deal expands the eOne relationship with Campbell, the My Block group’s founder, longtime producer and songwriting partner.”
Warryn says he’s very excited about the deal.
“I am very excited to be partnered with a company that truly understands the future of entertainment. Working across multiple genres with My Block, it’s important to have a clear vision and the resources for artists to be successful across multiple platforms today. In this strategic partnership with eOne Music, we share a similar vision in supporting Gospel’s great history and taking it to another level as well as other genres, to serve both emerging and established artists in creating innovative work that paves the way now and for the future. Let’s go.”
Are you ready for an Erica Campbell solo album?
When gospel music duo Mary Mary announced that they would be taking a musical hiatus from one another to focus on solo music, spending time with God and catering to their families, many wondered what that would mean for the fate of their popular reality show, which is generally based on their careers as a gospel group. It appears that whatever the ladies will be doing as separate entities, We TV wants in on it, as it was recently announced that Mary Mary would be returning for a third season, reports Deadline.
“During the current season of Mary Mary, viewers witnessed two incredible births: Tina’s baby boy and Erica and Tina’s hit single, ‘Go Get It,’ which went on to win the duo a Grammy Award. It’s exactly this type of dimensionality that WE tv spotlights in women,” said We TV’s Lauren Gellert.
The network will begin production of 10 one-hour episodes in Los Angeles next month. As of yesterday, viewership of Mary Mary‘s second season is up 16% from the first season, with 5.2 million total viewers. It will be fairly interesting to see the ladies doing their own thing next season. Erica, who recently discussed the group’s hiatus in an interview shared that although she’s a bit nervous about doing music without her sister, she’s also excited.
“You can expect music from me, possibly a children’s book and children’s music from Tina. I think she wants to just take a break and breathe. So, that’s what we’re going to do. Of course there’s anxiety with us stepping out to do different things. We’ve been joined at the hip for the last twelve years, and so now we’re taking chances and doing different stuff. You gotta flip it up every now and again. It’s been twelve years so it’s time to flip it around,” she revealed.
Mary Mary’s Season 2 finale airs tonight at 9/8 c.
Check out a sneak peak of tonight’s episode on the next page. Have you been watching the show this season?
Earlier this month, Gospel duo Mary Mary announced that they would be taking a hiatus to focus on solo music, traveling and reconnecting with God. While they made it clear that they are not breaking up, they did express that time apart is necessary and much needed. The ladies just snagged a Grammy earlier this week for their 2012 hit, “Go Get It”. Sister 2 Sister recently caught up with Erica Atkins-Campbell to get the scoop on how she feels about working on a solo project and what we can expect from her during the hiatus. She also had a word or two for her show’s critics. Check out what she had to say.
On what she currently has in the works:
“You can expect music from me, possibly a children’s book and children’s music from Tina [Campbell]. I think she wants to just take a break and breathe. So, that’s what we’re going to do.”
On being anxious about doing a solo album:
“Of course there’s anxiety with us stepping out to do different things. We’ve been joined at the hip for the last twelve years, and so now we’re taking chances and doing different stuff. You gotta flip it up every now and again. It’s been twelve years so it’s time to flip it around.”
On negative comments being made about the show:
“There are so many channels for you to watch, so… turn. I mean, my truth isn’t theirs. I’m not forcing nobody to watch just because I sing Gospel music. But, if there’s something that resonates, if there’s a truth that you can connect with, if there’s something that you see and you’re like ‘Gosh, I went through that same thing,’ and ‘How did they deal with this?’ because we’re committed to resolve in our show. We’re committed to forgiveness and not just slamming each other, but we’re telling the truth and sometimes it ain’t cute. If people can’t deal with that, there’s a lot of other channels for them to watch.”
Although I hate to see them apart, something tells me they could both put out great music as solo artists as well.
On another note: Doesn’t she look amazing?
Peep footage of Erica’s interview on the next page. What do you think of her response?
It Ain’t For Everybody: Tina Campbell Opens Up About Reality TV’s Impact On Her Marriage In Latest Issue Of ‘Juicy’
With the exception of a very select few, reality television seems to serve as the final nail in the coffin of many celebrity relationships. Sure, prior issues and problems that plague these couples are always a factor, but the constant rolling of cameras and the invitation of the entire world to peak into a relationship that is supposed to be shared between two people does not help. In the latest issue of Juicy, one half of gospel duo Mary Mary, Tina Campbell dishes on reality television, how it can negatively impact a relationship and what’s she’s learned about herself and her marriage from appearing on Oxygen’s Mary Mary. Check out some of what she had to say.
On the reality television curse:
“Reality TV destroys some relationships because [the couple] may not have had a strong foundation to endure public opinion… Some elements of your relationship might need to stay away from the cameras. Sometimes you wanna say insulting things if you feel like they hurt you – but you can’t do that in front of everybody. You have to be conscious of that. We took that into consideration when we created Mary Mary, knowing that if it tampered with the health of our marriage, the show was over, immediately.”
On the strain reality TV cameras placed on her marriage:
“The cameras can also put a strain on your relationship… At first, people were just invested in me [and my sister, Erica] as artists, but now they’re in my marriage… I’m like ‘Back up and shut up.’ You don’t get to have an opinion… I kind get ready to put my hands on people and not to pray for them, but in a physical, Hip-Hop kinda way. That part is a little challenging and I’m learning to handle it.”
Tina also went on to discuss how she sometimes feels restricted when attempting to show her husband affection while the cameras are around. You can check out her full response and other interesting news bits in the March/April issue of Juicy.
What do you think of Tina’s annoyance with the public poking their noses into her marriage?
If you’ve ever even watched a commercial or trailer for the latest season of WE TV’s Mary Mary, which follows the lives of gospel duo Tina and Erica Campbell, you know that subject of splitting up or going solo is being explored unlike ever before. Although this talk of splitting up after twelve years is one that many devoted fans don’t want to entertain, I don’t believe anyone can fault the sisters for considering it. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post’s Black Voices, the ladies discuss the option of a Mary Mary hiatus as well as a breakup. Check out what they had to say.
On considering what the next phase of life offers:
“Now that we’re evolving as women, we feel like we’ve made a pretty substantial mark with Mary Mary,” Tina, 38, said. “It’s part natural. It’s part being prepared for the next phase in life. We may just need to take some time to reassess, to pray and seek God and find out what we can individually offer to the world.”
On the difficulty of balancing work and home life:
“Tina has her 3-month-old with us, which means she’s not getting that much sleep on schedules where we have to wake up at 4:45 in the morning to be ready for 5 o’clock glam calls and be on absolutely all day,” her sister Erica, 40, explained, adding that she, too, struggles to keep up appearances without missing milestones in the lives of her three children at home. “I’m on the phone constantly … to check on them and make sure making sure my daughter doesn’t start walking while I’m gone,” Erica said.
“We always knew that we wanted to work and have kids,” TIna said. “We never looked at the kids or the husbands as a reason to not be a group. That’s not the motivation for either of us. It is 12 years — time to reassess, reevaluate, take a moment, breathe, inhale, exhale, all of that.”
“If Mary Mary is not meant to be together … it’ll be a smooth transition into whatever the next phase is,” Erica added. “It definitely won’t be a contentious, selfish decision. It’ll be something that our passions and what we feel our spirit is telling us to do.”
At the beginning of the year, Mary Mary singer Erica Campbell welcomed a little girl into the world and now her sister Tina has given birth to a healthy baby boy. According to Essence.com, baby Santana Campbell arrived at 9:16 am Saturday morning in Los Angeles weighing 7lbs, 5 oz and measuring 19.5 inches long.
“With the biggest grin plastered across his face, my husband and proud dad, Teddy, held my hand, as I cried tears of joy when my doctor handed me our new son,” the new mom told the site.
“After nine challenging months of carrying our son, every second of it all became so worth it, in this moment. We’re so privileged to have, once again, experienced the gift of childbirth.”
Santana definitely has a lot of love around him, joining four siblings in the Campbell household, Cierra, 18, Laiah Simone, 8, Meela Jane, 5, and Glendon Theodore, II, 3. He’ll also share a birth year with Erica’s daughter Zaya who was born January 24.
If you’re a fan of Mary Mary’s reality show, you know the sisters were very apprehensive about the timing of their pregnancies and how they would affect their singing careers. Now that both have given birth they should be back at the music soon. Congrats Tina and Teddy!
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