Hello. My name is Shameeka Ayers, The Broke Socialite, and I am a reality television aficionado. OK, maybe I’m an addict. A really strung out addict.  To-MAY-to, to-mah-to. There’s no judgment amongst friends, right? Riiiiiiiigggggghhhhhhtttttttt. My addiction to the roller coaster rides/train wrecks that are my reality shows of choice is only further fueled when they feature personalities that fascinate me.

Enter WE TV’s inaugural season of “Mary Mary”. *grabs paper bag because I am not quite sure that I can talk about the gospel duo (and real life sisters), Mary Mary aka Erica and Tina Campbell, without approaching hyperventilation* I have been a Mary Mary fan since “Shackles (Praise You)”. Quite frankly, it was only natural that I would connect with their music. Let me count the ways. Much like Erica and Tina (and I know these things because I am such a super fan…*pops collar*), I’m deeply rooted in my faith. I’m as cool as a fan (or at least that’s what folks tell me), consider myself brilliant, work very hard and love life. I am a wife, stepmother, daughter and sister. When Mary Mary hit the gospel scene, it was one of the first times that I could relate to gospel music personalities; I saw so much of myself in their music, their lives, their brand.

Since The Sisters Campbell are ‘play cousins’ in my head (the only place that truly matters); I look forward to sharing my weekly recaps of this season’s “Mary Mary”.

My musings will encompass highlights and questionable moments from each episode and, for that reason, shall be dubbed “Church Waves” and “Side Eyes”, respectively.

Last night’s episode could easily have been entitled “Big Bellies and Badonkadonks.”  Erica is seven months pregnant and sporadic complications could jeopardize hers/the unborn baby’s health AND the sisters’ looming tour. Speaking of the tour, we find Tina attempting to ready a fly wardrobe for the stage. There’s one problem: she can barely fit any of the options that baby sister/stylist, Goo Goo, has pulled at the Robert Rodriguez showroom. She’s had one (or five hundred) cupcake too many.


Erica gnashed her teeth and grabbed her cramping abdomen more times than I could count. Clearly a type-A personality and workaholic, she seemed to struggle with the decision to slow down/cancel the upcoming tour. She ignores the handwriting on the wall far too long. Ma’am! Here’s a chair: _/. Have a seat!

In instances where the messenger should have been shot with a double-barreled shot gun, Mitchell, Mary Mary’s manager, and Teddy, Tina’s husband, are riding Tina (via a couple of awkward conversations)  about her weight and appearance.  She reacts uber-defensively but the guys could have been a bit more sensitive. WE women can say that we need to exercise or eat better but no one else had better say a word!

Tina schools us on “mud ducks.” Not familiar? Well, they are ‘girls who are busted’. Right. Tina declares that while she does not dress up regularly to her husband’s satisfaction, even her collection of warm-up suits and du-rags keep her out of ‘mud duck’ zone. Allllllllllrighty then!


The sisters’ wardrobe stylist is their younger sister, Goo Goo (who, I am sure, wishes she could be addressed by her real name, Thomasina, but I’ve digressed…). Weary from receiving late payments on invoices presented to her sibling clients, Goo Goo suggests to Tina that perhaps a better arrangement would be to shift to a professional retainer model. Though Tina immediately shuts the notion down, Goo Goo clearly knows recognizes her professional worth. And business is business.

Tina decides to take control of her health. She admits that she’s gained extra weight because she loves cookies and steaks (she said it, I did not).  After hiring Scott, a handsome trainer, she’s looking great at the next wardrobe fitting but she mostly feels better.  An aside: On behalf of womankind, thank the Lawd for Spanx, which almost deserve a separate *church wave*!

“Business is a moment. Children are a lifetime.” —Mary Mary’s choreographer, Andrew. Some (over)working mom someplace needed to hear this. *sets up virtual flares*

Upon finding out that Erica will be home longer than expected, her daughter, Krista, shrills with joy.  In the midst of a mama bear/baby bear embrace, Krista declares, “I love you so much!” Awwww. Out of the mouths of babes.

What were YOUR favorite moments from last night’s episode of “Mary Mary”?

Shameeka Ayers is an Atlanta-based lifestyle blogger and author who dispenses entertaining, shelter and food & wine anecdotes and advice via her alter ego, The Broke Socialite. She also produces a national tour of curated dessert-tasting experiences, Sugar Coma Events™.  Her first novella, Instantly: How Quickly I Realized I Hate My Job will be released in Summer 2012.