David & Tamela Mann Share Story of Their 30-Year Romance & Secrets to Love and Marriage in New Memoir Set to Release Nov. 13!

Hello World,

Two-time NAACP Image Award-Winning Actor and Comedian David Mann and his wife, Grammy® Award-Winning Recording Artist Tamela Mann, are celebrating their 30-year love story with the release of their new memoir, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family (W Publishing/Harper Collins Christian), available November 13, 2018.

David and Tamela first met as teens when they attended an after-school chorus class. Tamela heard David and his friends Kirk Franklin and Darrell Blair (now pastor of the couple) sing; in those days, the boys were known as the “Humble Hearts.” Tamela went on to a different high school, but impressed them with her voice. She and David became best friends, then married, and eventually began singing with Franklin and the large ensemble he created, The Family.

With a relationship spanning more than 30 years, David and Tamela are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of life together. In their new book, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage and Family, the superstar couple who has delighted and inspired audiences through music, plays, movies, and the television series’ Meet the Browns, TheManns, and Mann & Wife, candidly share a wonderfully inspiring, funny, and up-close look at their lives while offering hope and practical advice for building a strong relationship, marriage and family.

“We’ve always been transparent about our relationship and family with fans. In our first book we’ll tell our whole story and share our secrets to a successful marriage,” said David. “Our marriage is a top priority and our greatest accomplishment. We’re excited to share what we’ve learned about doing life together as a couple and how to fully love your spouse,” said Tamela.

Highlights of Us Against the World include:

  • Shares tips to help couples grow in love and commitment to each other.
  • No holds-barred honesty gives hope, no matter how difficult things may be.
  • Insight into how two successful people-built careers and a family together.
  • Lays out how to experience true unity and fulfillment in marriage.
  • Offers encouragement that though blending a family is difficult, it is definitely possible.

Check out the trailer for Us Against the World below:

To pre-order the book and or get on the Manns’ mailing list, go to: tillymannmusic.com

For more information about the Manns, go to:

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/davidtamelamann
INSTAGRAM: @DavidandTamela
TWITTER: @DavidandTamela

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Deborah Joy Winans aka Charity & Tina Lifford aka Aunt Vi from OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’ & ‘Queen Sugar’ Cover SHEEN Magazine!

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As of TODAY, the two-night season premiere of Season 3 of OWN’s “Greenleaf” is two weeks away!!! And we’re not the only ones who are excited about it!

SHEEN magazine is featuring Deborah Joy Winans aka Charity aka Lady Mae’s always crying baby girl (LOL) on its September cover. In addition, Tina Lifford who is Aunt Vi from another OWN show “Queen Sugar” is also a cover girl as well! They look beautiful, right?!!! See more information below:

Known for his elegant and illustrious looks, we pay homage to the guru of fashion, J. Bolin. 

September is the time of the year in which every page of SHEEN Magazine is inspired by fashion. Better put, September is when we remember that clothing is a part of life. Each and every outfit you choose—whether for work, play, or sleep—is ultimately a reflection of who you are. In our effortlessly chic issue, we pay homage to the fashion connoisseurs and their legacies that have paved the way.

Celebrated celebrity fashion J Bolin’s transformative styling has brought new light into the fashion world. His muses—Tina Lifford, of OWN’s Queen Sugar, and Deborah Joy Winans, of OWN’s Greenleafshare their testaments of his styling genius.

“Timelessness doesn’t go out of style. I love trends, I like being on trend, but I don’t follow trends.”

Our inside cover features none other than the fashion shapeshifter herself Misa Hylton, whose iconic styling has been shaping pop culture since the early 90’s, influencing the looks of Lil’ Kim, Mary J. Blige, Foxy Brown, and Missy Elliot. 

“I create to create, not for it to be big, and maybe that’s why it ends up being big. I create from the heart, and it’s just about art for me—fashion is storytelling through wardrobe, and I love to tell stories.”

Actress Erinn Westbrook, of Netflix’sInsatiable, shares her glam secrets in our Beauty Spotlight. Tippi Shorter, of Her Imports, expresses the artistic side of styling hairTangle teezers, finger detangling, oh my! Hair extraordinaire Cynthia Meadows has the answers to all of your lingering hair questions. And beauty blogger Kennedy Cymone guides us into fall with some of her favorite autumn looks.

Meanwhile, celebrity stylist Scot Louie proves why he is the glaminator every girl needs in her life and closet!  A lover of all things fabulous, Dwight Eubanks reveals the next move and what’s behind the Purple Door. Emmy nominated host and producer, Kéla Walker shares with us her touching story, about her journey through fear and into success. And this issue just wouldn’t be complete without taking you on a whimsical journey to the fashion capitals of the world, kismet with exquisite cuisines you can’t resist!

R&B musician Keith Stewart works alongside of some of today’s most well known artists. He reveals how he uses his musical touch to inspire the masses. Our featured On the Rise star Kheris Rogers makes it her job to teach everyone a bit about self-love and tells us how this inspired her new clothing line flexin’ in her complexion. Breast cancer is a battle that many fight, and Not Just October founder Lavar Jacobs, along with Married to Medicine star Dr.Jackie Walters, have both joined the fight to defeat the disease. And don’t forget. SHEEN’s annual celebration of life event, Pinkalycious, begins October 6th in Fountain Inn, SC. We hope to see you there!

SHEEN MAGAZINE’s September/October exclusive 2018 Hello Style Guide Issue hits stands on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

If you would like to get a copy of the September issue, click on THIS LINK!

Also, I have interviewed Deborah Joy Winans aka Charity during the Season 1 of OWN’s “Greenleaf” and the dearly departed Uncle Mac aka GregAlan Williams during Season 2 of OWN’s “Greenleaf.” Prayerfully, I will be able to interview another cast member during Season 3! Who would you like for me to interview?!

If you missed those interviews, check out the links below:

‘Greenleaf’ Star Deborah Joy Winans Shares About New Greenleaf Gospel Album, Her TV Husband & Her Aunt CeCe: My Interview (With Audio)

‘Greenleaf’s’ GregAlan Williams Releases Audiobook of His Novel ‘Heart of a Woman,’ Shares How He Identifies with Mac McCready (Interview With AUDIO)

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Christian Actress Yvonne Orji Shares Prayer She Used to Attract Her New Boyfriend Emmanuel Acho!

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Yvonne Orji & Emmanuel Acho seem to be getting serious…

So almost a year ago, my interview with HBO “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji, a devout Christian, was published for THE LOOKOUT. I interviewed her about her TEDx talk she gave about celibacy as she decided at 17 years old to be celibate due to her Christian faith and was still a virgin at 34 years old.

Below is what she said about her stance:

“From the time I was 17 until now that I’m 33 going on 34, I’ve seen too much. I’ve seen the hand of God over the years in my life, and this one thing that he asks of me. I mean he asks many things of us. But this one thing [virginity] that is a roadblock for so many people, he’s been so faithful to me in the darkest of my days, it’s no biggie.”

You can read the entire article at: lookoutmag.com.

When I interviewed her, it seemed that she didn’t have a boyfriend, but as of May, babay, according to Yvonne’s Instragram page, her status has changed! Whoop, Whoop!

This is how she announced it….

Jesus out here answering prayers on a Sunday.

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Won’t He do it? Yes, he did! God answered Yvonne’s prayers and her faithfulness by sending her a man with the same name as His son! How special is that?! So who is Emmanuel Acho? He is a 27-year-old (yes, Yvonne’s got a younger man) former Philadelphia Eagles’ linebacker. A committed Christian, Emmanuel, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, is currently an ESPN analyst. Although she is technically the artist in the relationship, he can also sing and play the piano! His father is from Nigeria and Yvonne is from Nigeria as well! Both have done charitable work in Africa. He wrote this about his experience in Nigeria:

Even though I’m proud of the work we did in Nigeria this summer, I know we left way too many patients unattended to. Our short stay there was not enough to treat all of the country’s ill and afflicted. Living Hope Christian Ministries has set out to build a real clinic in the Isuikwuato, Nigeria that would cost roughly $2 million — and we’re almost there. But unfortunately, when funds stop coming in, the building stops going up. We need a real clinic, we need a real staff and we need your help. In my profession, my goal is to hoist the Lombardi trophy, but in my everyday life, my goal is to save lives. To help us accomplish our goals, visit LivingHopeMinistries.us. Read about the rest of his experiences at theplayerstribune.com. 

He sounds like marriage material and from what Yvonne is posting on her Instagram right now, things look they are heating up!  I’m not sure if they are baecationing together, but as of now, according to social media, they are in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

 

And this is what she said about praying for her new man:

Dear God,
May he have abs like David•
Skin like Sampson•
A smile like Joseph•
Fingernails like Solomon•
Eyebrows like John The Baptist &•
A heart (and finances) like yours•
In Jesus’ Name•
Amen•
😂🙌🏾🙏🏾
#YallAskedForTheSpecificPrayer
#ThatWasntItButItWasClose
#HeGotMeAboutToStayInTheGym
#ButTheWayILoveCarbsTho😩😩
#HisAbsAreDisrespectful🙄🤬

So did God answer her prayers or what? From the looks of things, a marriage proposal may be on the way. And did you pray specific prayers about a mate? I did! Were they answered? Mine were!

Yvonne Orji and Emmanuel Acho seem like a perfectly matched couple! I can’t wait for the Nigerian wedding!!!

Any thoughts?