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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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Caron and AndreaButlerAndrea and Caron Butler

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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Best Of VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk Podcast: Saweetie, Amara La Negra And More On Making Boss Moves

VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk podcast amplifies the voices of women and she/her-identifying individuals in their respective industries as they discuss their journeys toward becoming the bosses we know today. From their demeanor and confidence and persevering through life’s pitfalls to make a name for themselves in their own way, being a boss is much more than 'just running sh*t.'

We rounded up some of our favorite pieces of advice from our first few episodes! Our bosses so far have ranged from rappers (Saweetie and Kash Doll), to authors (Karyn Parsons) to activists (Peppermint). Each of the bosses invited on the show have had some incredible journeys, and we thank them for giving us insight into how they've become the bosses they are today.

Whether they're thanking their mothers for inspiring them to be their best (like Amara La Negra), or chalking up some boss moves to being their authentic selves (Bevy Smith), this retrospective episode focuses on the awesome words these bosses have shared with us thus far.

Listen below to our "Best Of..." episode as well as all of the episodes of Boss Talk Podcast. Be on the lookout for new episodes coming soon.

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Andrea Kelly Says She's Been Attacked For Calling Out R. Kelly's Behavior

Andrea Kelly has found it hard to march for women as they continue to support her polarizing ex-husband, R. Kelly.

The former choreographer shared her sentiments on an upcoming episode of Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta shared on Entertainment Tonight. Speaking with close friend Debra Antney, Kelly tearfully expressed her frustrations with her ex-husband and praised Antey for sticking by her side.

The former couple was previously in a child support battle for their children Joann, 21, Jay, 19, and Robert, 17. During the time of filming, Kelly owed $161,000 in back child support to his ex. In May, it was reportedly paid off by a mysterious donor.

"When I think about the ways that I have been abused by Robert, from being hogtied, having both of my shoulders dislocated, to being slapped, pushed, having things thrown as me, the sexual abuse, the mental abuse, words can't even describe," she said.

In addition to the child support case, Kelly was charged with 11 felony counts of sexual assault. He's pleaded not guilty despite reported evidence of videotapes that reportedly show the entertainer engaging in sexual acts with minors. Andrea tells Antey how difficult the process has been for her since speaking out about Kelly's behavior in the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly. 

"Here I am, putting myself in a position because I want to help women, and they are attacking me," she said. "There's some things that I don't even speak anymore, that I feel like, once you give it to God, you better leave with God, because if I don't leave it with God, I'm definitely going to be somewhere with my hands on the glass, visiting my children every other Sunday."

Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WEtv.

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Baby Tress' Edge Styler Ensures Women Of Color Will Always Shake The Beauty Table

"Do you have edge control in here?"

It's an inquiry my niece asked me over the weekend as we got ready for our cousin's graduation. Atlanta's heat is friendly but mixed with nimbus clouds, frizz (and thunderstorms) are on the horizon. Given the circumstances, a high bun seems to be the best choice for me and my niece, a slick-back style with extra attention to our baby hairs. It's typical for either one of us to grab a toothbrush to slick and swoop our edges with pomade or gel, but with The Baby Tress Edge Styler, the process is easier and equally as stylish.

Created by boutique communications agency Mama Tress, the styler is everything baby hair dreams are made of. It's also a testament to the rise of the "style" in popular hair culture. With a dual comb and brush top, its pointed tip elevates a consumer to baby hair connoisseur.

But the styler isn't something created to appropriate black culture or piggyback on what boosts the most likes on social media. The handy styler was created by Mama Tress CEO Hannah Choi and her team consisting of other women of color like public relations coordinator Mariamu "Mimi" Sillah. The New York native tells VIBE Vixen the styler was made as a gift for an event they hosted but its intentions to propel black hair were always present.

"We try to make it clear that this is for women of color. Because we all understand the history of baby hair, we all have connections, we all have stories, we all do it differently, some people swoop it; if you see some of my coworkers they do the swirls," she said. "This is a product that we want everyone to see and think, 'I don't need to be using a toothbrush. I deserve more than a toothbrush.' This is a tool made thoughtfully with women of color in mind and we are women of color who came up with the idea because we know what we need."

Coming in six different colors, the styler's bristles are stronger than a typical toothbrush and give anyone's edges a look all their own. Over the years, styled baby hairs have gotten the white-washed celeb treatment. From the runways of New York Fashion Week to fans of black culture like Kim Kardashian, its recent love affair among popular culture crosses out its rich roots.

Many have attributed the actual rise of baby hairs to the '70s with pioneers like LaToya Jackson and Sylvia Robinson of CEO Sugar Hill Records sporting their luxurious edges with Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas being the all-time queen. Recent entertainers like Ella Mai and FKA twigs have made them fun and creative. There are also the many Latinx and black around the way queens who have kept the culture alive.

 

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“Our tool is more than a beauty product, it’s a conversation starter," Choi, who is of Korean descent, previously told fashion site Beauty Independent. "There are nuances of someone’s world that you won’t see if you’re not part of that community. And we felt that the conversation around why this market is so underserved should be brought to light and talked about. We are seeing such a big change now in fashion and beauty in terms of representation, and we want to be able to have that conversation without it being heavy. We want it to be approachable. Our brand is very approachable.”

When it comes to moving in the black hair space, Sillah feels empowered at Mama Tress. It also makes it easy to develop black hair tools like the styler. "I feel like my voice is listened to because I am a consumer of all these things. It's empowering to be in a position to have more control," she said. "If we're being honest, a lot of the black hair spaces are not owned by people who look like us. To be in a position where I can say "No, don't create this product, we don't wear things like this,' or 'Actually you should name it this because this resonates with this community,' I'm an advocate for my community. That's part of the reason why Baby Tress was created because it's about a larger conversation, about things not being thoughtfully made for us."

Baby Tress' next steps are to make the styler accessible to consumers and create even more products dedicated to black women.

“We need to be in retail spaces because this is a product you need to see up close and touch it and play with it,” said Shannon Kennard, account executive at Mama Tress tells Glossy. “Everyone who tries it falls in love with it.”

Sillah is more than ready for women of color to elevate their beauty regimen, one creation at a time. The future of Baby Tress includes an array of more products designed with women of color in mind.

"Anything that has to do with baby hair, we can bring to Baby Tress and make it beautifully designed and effective," she said.  "That's what this is about. It's about that step up. Again, we should not be using a toothbrush anymore."

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