Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Black Love Hustle

After collecting a fat check from Essence magazine for a collection of wedding photos for a non-binding wedding ceremony, Tracey Edmonds and Eddie Murphy have split up. No wonder black folks have a warped idea of marriage. Never mind the fact that Essence magazine gave Eddie Murphy that much free press considering that he has rejected being a father to his new born baby girl by Mel B. Just a simple question, how many times in the last 12 months has Essence magazine presented stories on "black love" that turned out to be a complete dysfunctional mess?


JJ January 17, 2008 at 4:37 AM  


I'm confused.

Why do you go thru with a (non-binding) wedding ceremony if u are gonna break up later?

I mean was it really ALL for the press?


SheCodes January 17, 2008 at 9:27 AM  

What the heck is a 'non-binding' wedding ceremony?? That's an oxymoron...

I hate tabloid gossip, but frankly I'm beginning to believe the rumor that Eddie is hiding his true sexual identity. His relationships with women are bizarre and not normal.

And ANYONE who is so heartless as to reject their innocent little newborn baby girl needs to be shunned, period.


Professor Tracey, I take back everything that I said on the phone. LET'S BOYCOTT THOSE ditzy broads at Essence. WTH??

Professor Tracey January 17, 2008 at 9:36 AM  

Non-binding means no legal ties. Their marriage is not recognized as legal in the United States. 2 to 1, I'll bet they got to beefing over the pre-nup agreement and couldn't work it out. Eddie has taken some major money hits in the last two years and Tracey Edmonds wasn't about too not have some guaranteed paper to marry this dude!

Mes Deux Cents January 17, 2008 at 9:38 AM  

Hi Professor Tracey,

Essence Magazine is the BET of the magazine world. Time, Inc. doesn't give a hoot about Black women.

I do not buy Essence ever!

And about Eddie and Tracey, I have little respect for either of them. Tracey produces trash such as Who's Your Caddy? and College Hill on BET. She is not friend of Black people.

And Eddie, like you said, is a "no count" father. I also find his portrayals of Black women (Norbit) offensive.

wisdomteachesme January 17, 2008 at 11:29 AM  

LOL ! :-O
ok, YES--he is a big queen! he and orsenio!

the other thing for me. i don't like esssence-a hodge-podge of useless info.

i have other opinions conerning essence and s. taylor...but i will keep them and let them go!

i use to like both--the mag and her....but a moment long time ago - i meet her...and realized that the mag is shallow and is not inclusive of all black women- as they say they are!

tasha212 January 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM  

How much would u bet that this was a hoax from the beginning? The only thing is, what was the point. They supposedly dated for months. This is almost worse or at least equally as bad as the Kim Porter/ Diddy cover story.

And another question, why would u want to be with a man who won't claim his child?


JerseyBred January 17, 2008 at 12:46 PM  

@ Tasha212

I've been saying the same thing for a while now.

What a joke they've made of themselves.

quarter-life-crisis January 17, 2008 at 8:05 PM  

One of my new years "commitments" were to lay off the celebrity gossip (however it is not going well). They are saying that he is a control freak and if he cannot have total control, he do not want you. Also there is the situation with Tracey and Babyface. She is still entitled to some alimony. Just a sad case all around.

Can you tell me why you guys do not like Essence?

Naima January 18, 2008 at 3:34 PM  

I think a lot black people identify with the mess. Black people always look at the worst in people and identify it with black. Ex. Bill Clinton does drugs, cheat on his wife, no father somehow equaled black to some of us

The Angry Independent January 20, 2008 at 1:06 AM  

Marriage doesn't mean much anymore. It's basically all about money....(at least for the women) even down to the wedding ceremony itself.

That's why I say...Marriage is for those who can afford it. And for women.... it serves both as a showpiece and a contract of convenience.

They seem to be more like personal business agreements than marriages (that's a nice way of saying what I can't say here, lol). Or should I say... marriage is a legal, codified form of the World's oldest profession. That's basically what it has become. Perhaps I have been watching too many episodes of "Real Housewives of Orange County". Some might say that my mind has been poisoned.... But that's how I see it.

"Black marriages" seem to be even worse for some reason.

I am becoming resigned to the fact that I probably won't be able to marry.... since viability status has eluded me.(I earn less than the 40 or 50 thou that you really need to find a mate, support a home and build a family).

If I ever attain viability (earn enough money) I will see if it's possible for me to adopt...or do foster parenting.

Building a family has become unbelievably difficult....more difficult than in previous generations.

Brandy January 20, 2008 at 10:06 AM  

As one of the previous comments mentioned: We wonder why marriage is not respected and valued like it used be and it's even worse in our African American culture. The very people that our children look up to as successful do such things as this. This "relationship" was a fiasco from the start! This only prooves what many of us suspected all along. AND, Money should not be worth more that self-respect. Tracey has done a good job of trashing her name this time.

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