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10 Real Basketball Wives We Love [Photos]

With all the groupies, baby mothers, and exes associated with pro-ballers, some times we forget the women who actually have a ring and are working on a real marriage. No shade to the girlfriends and fiancees that have been holding their men down through the years, but we want to celebrate the ladies that bare their man's last name. The union of marriage is special so we want to praise those who've taken the oath, uphold their vows, and give us hope that real love continues to exist even in the basketball world. Take a look at 11 of our favorite basketball wives.

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Tamia and Grant Hill

These love birds have been married for 13 years. The parents of two are no stranger to spotlight as they juggle stardom in the music and athletic world. We salute Tamia for always being there for her family and being a true basketball wife.

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Chris Paul and JadaJada and Chris Paul 

We know it had to be a journey with these love birds, but Jada has been able to rise to the top and still smile. The Pauls have been together for over a decade and have two children together.

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Adrienne and Chris Bosh

Adrienne and Chris Bosh are no strangers to rumors and allegations about each other. They are each others support system and in a marriage—especially one that is on display—you need strong support. Congratulations are in order as they are expecting their second child together.

Keyshia Cole WeddingKeyshia and Daniel Gibson

Daniel Gibson is one of the best things that has happened to Keyshia. She wasn't just a regular girl she was a celebrity who had a wall of protection so thick it took a strong man to break it down. Keyshia may not have a huge fan following, but when you have the love of your pro-athlete husband, no one else matters.

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La La and Carmelo AnthonyLala and Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony may shine on the Knicks court but his wife, Lala defintely shines on TV land. The socialite, reality-star, actress, and full-time mother is not a basketball wife that just sits on the sidelines. Their marriage has been under criticism this past year, but we are happy this couple is deeply in love with each other.

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Vanessa and Kobe Bryant

We praise Vanessa Bryant because she has remained by Kobe's side through all his drama. From his extramarital affairs to their divorce proceedings and reconciliation, Mrs. Bryant knows the true meaning of standing by your man. This mother of two doesn't mind putting someone in their lane, even if her target is Drake.

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Monica's fans predicted their romance once they voted him to be her ultimate guy in her "Love All Over Me" video and we couldn't be more pleased. Mo may be a Grammy-winning singer, but she supports her hubby unconditionally. The couple's expecting their first child together this year!

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Dahntay and ValeishaValeisha and Dohntay Jones

Dohntay Jones may be the professional baller but Valeisha is the catch. Her resume is packed—she was once the executive director of Russell Simmon's Hip Hop Summit Action Network and top director in the office of Barack Obama. Mrs. Jones found success on her own, but supports her man because he gives her immeasurable amounts of love.

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Andrea and Caron Butler are a gorgeous and supportive couple. The mother of his three children has been by his side as he dealt with the ups and downs of basketball injuries and trades. Still on top, Andrea is proving that being a basketball wife is more than glitz and glamor.

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Khloe and Lamar Odom

Kim Kardashian may be the most talked about Kardashian but Khloe is winning when it comes to marital bliss. Being the only Kardashian sister to ever get a ring and keep it on, we praise the oldest girl for snagging love with her pro-athlete hubby.

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Kimberly ChandlerKimberly and Tyson Chandler

This couple met on a blind date in high school have been riding with each other ever since. Kimberly remains as his main supporter and his number one fan. The parents of two are very big activist and community driven people, its beautiful seeing famous people not too big to give back.

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'Boomerang' Episode 3 Recap: Stand In Your Power

As the aptly-named episode of BET’s Boomerang kicks off, Bryson is in a deep sleep when his sexual fantasy of Simone riding him like an Amtrak is abruptly cut short after she pulls out a strap-on (um, y’all are grown). Let’s just say, she’s not a football player but she rams. Despite his obvious initial thought, this isn’t a conflict of sexual identity. It’s that feeling of loss of power whenever he’s around the two most important women in his life: Simone and his mother Jacqueline who (FUN FACT) was played by the Queen, Robin Givens in the series’ 1992 film inspiration. First of her name. Mother of no BS. Protector of her pockets. Goddess of You Got the Wrong One. We stan.

While diving deeper into his familial issues, we realize that Jacqueline wasn’t just a ball-buster to Marcus back in the day. A therapy breakthrough reveals that mommy dearest isn’t too affectionate to young Bryson either.  Although she did pull her strings to land Bryson a solid role at the Graham agency, she didn’t make family a priority and that kind of thing sticks with you, ya know? Don’t feel too bad for Bryson just yet because at this point, he will no longer be a “yes, man,” no matter how bomb Simone always looks in her bob.

Just as Bryson decides to boss up, he unexpectedly runs into Simone back at the office who is helping herself to some supplies for her "home office." In a sudden “I can make moves, too” moment, Bryson shares with Simone that her idea (that he’s been persistently pitching)  has finally been greenlit and naturally, sis is annoyed. Marketing an avant-garde black film, such as the project in the episode, “Woke,” has always been a passion of hers.

Within two seconds into listening to his “plan of strategy” to market the movie, it’s obvious that Bryson can’t possibly be Big Bad Bry for too long without asking for Simone’s help. And Simone knows that. At this point, he’s still strong enough to not ask Simone for it but the Hustle Hungry protege takes it upon herself to force it anyway. It’s simple to her. Bryson needs black talent to promote the film and Simone has just the client- Tia. Granted, homegirl can’t sing a note to save her life, but Simone has some tricks and this is way too big of an opportunity to pass up.

Once again at the board meeting, a clearly annoyed Victoria is still over Bryson for previously messing up by being a sucker for love, but she hasn’t lost faith just yet. He still has a shot to prove himself. At an afternoon meeting at their swanky loft, the twin directors of “Woke” try to explain the direction they want for their movie. Although poor Bryson is lost (mainly because their responses barely answer his questions) he hasn’t reached a place of uncertainty to where he feels as if he has to agree with all of Simone’s suggestions. He’s holding it down as Boss Man Bry and he proves that when he reaches the studio. Simone has Tia record two different versions of the track, confident that Bryson would like hers better.

After listening to both, unbeknownst of who is responsible for which, Bryson chooses Tia’s track. He almost even backtracks when he finds out that wasn’t Simone’s vision, but he decides to man up instead and stand his ground, instead.  Yes, he said what he said. Operation Stand in Your Power is in full effect. Simone’s grip on Bryson’s heart slowly slipping. Maybe now she’ll retire from the Rams. *wink, wink*

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Red Bull Music's 'Inspire The Night' Series Introduces Chinese Female DJ Collective

Not only is female empowerment being highlighted across industries in the United States. Through their docu-series Inspire The Night, Red Bull Music is highlighting the NÜSHÙ Workshop, a female music collective hailing from Shanghai. The collective was founded by Lhaga Koondhor, Daliah Spiegel, and Amber Axilla.

In episode three of the series, Shanghai-based NÜSHÙ artist Lin Jirui is highlighted. Jirui, a DJ who mixes techno, gabber and grime in her sets, discusses the importance of music in her life, especially growing up in a strict household where she was often told by her mother "don't be too different."

NÜSHÙ was named for the centuries-old Chinese script used exclusively by women for communicative purposes, and focuses on inclusion through connection, education and championing "femme, femme-identifying, queer, LGBTQ+, and non-binary individuals." The collective provides its members with the tools needed to succeed in their careers and in life.

“[NÜSHÙ Workshop] is not about becoming the next great DJ, it’s a safe place to discover something. There is so much love and passion…,” says co-founder Koondhor in the episode. “It’s a space where friendship is growing.”

Check out the full episode above.

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va DuVernay speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ava DuVernay And Theaster Gates To Lead Diversity Council For Prada

Major luxury brands like Prada and Gucci have been under fire since releasing luxury items with racial undertones. Sparking controversy that is not easily repaired with public apologies, Prada has announced a Diversity and Inclusion Council lead by director Ava DuVernay and social practice installation artist Theaster Gates.

Gates and DuVernay, who have used their art in social justice missions will join " Prada’s initiative to elevate voices of color within the company and the fashion industry at-large.” The pair will also help the brand provide the opportunity for designers of color to obtain internships and apprenticeships that are inclusive of diverse communities.

In a statement to WWD, Miuccia Prada, Prada’s Chief Executive Officer, and Lead Creative Director stated explained the brand's willingness to learn from their own mistakes while actively including creative of color in the company.

“Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company, Prada said. "In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry, we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with long-time collaborators, Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates, on this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to help us grow not only as a company but also as individuals.”

The Diversity Council will work alongside the company's Social Responsibility department to recommend strategic approaches within the next few months.


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