Usher’s ex-wife, Tameka Raymond recently sat down with Ebony Magazine and discussed her relationship with Usher, her current custody battle and how she feels about bloggers. Tameka also expressed her views on the Trayvon Martin case.
EBONY: A lot of public personas—yourself included—have been very out front on social media about the Trayvon Martin case. Why did this connect with you?
Tameka Raymond: I am completely outraged about the innocence of Trayvon’s actions before meeting the overzealous neighborhood watch guy, I mean going for a walk, buying the typical junk food at the store, calling a girl while out, and throwing his hood on when the rain started. All typical teenage things and indicative of his age. This could be my son or nephew, that very notion scares me.
EBONY: How is your relationship with your ex-husband?
EBONY: The bloggers haven’t exactly been kind to you. How do you stay above the fray?
TR: Number one, I’m clear that oftentimes gossip blogs are started in someone’s kitchen while waiting on a Hot Pocket or pizza to bake, or after their boyfriend ran off with their BFF, or when their day jobs have cut their hours. For someone to bash another person, they are usually hurting; hurt people hurt people. Their negative words usually have no merit and there’s a real sickness in attempting to destroy others for hits or profit. It tells me that I’m doing something right to stay on their radars. It’s quite motivating and empowering. My neighbors are pretty oblivious to pop culture. My focuses are my family, my businesses, overall spiritual happiness. I am just focused on things that matter and the fray just simply doesn’t.