Domestic violence, Murder, Violence

Father of 2 Charged with Murdering UNC Professor Girlfriend

The boyfriend of a popular UNC professor has been charged with her murder. 45-year-old Donny Lewis Franklin was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with murdering 35-year-old Jeannine Shante Skinner (both pictured above). 

Skinner was an esteemed University of North Carolina professor. Her battered body was discovered in her apartment over the weekend, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Police say Franklin has a history of domestic violence and domestic arrests and he plead guilty to a misdemeanor account of assaulting a woman in 2003.

Friends say Franklin and Skinner’s relationship was “relatively new”. They dated for less than two months and went to church together on Sunday.

Her body was found inside her Ayrsley Town Center apartment after the police conducted a wellness check on her just before noon Friday.

The cause of death was not made public, but police say Skinner suffered blunt force trauma to her body.

Celebrity Couples, Celebrity gossip, Love, Love & Relationships

Patti LaBelle, 71, Dating Her Drummer, 41

couple-550x360R&B legend Patti LaBelle is living a life straight out of American Gigolo, the 1980 film about an emotionally unavailable high priced male escort.

The 71-year-young songstress, who revived her career selling sweet potato pies for Wal-Mart, is dating her drummer, 41-year-old Eric Seats.

The couple met after he was hired to be her drummer last year.

“She tried to keep it quiet, but everyone around her has figured it out by now. She’s completely smitten with him,” a source told London’s Daily Mail tabloid.

LaBelle’s 42-year-old son, Zuri Edwards, is reportedly unhappy that his mother is dating a man younger than he is.

Seats is known around the music industry for targeting rich older women. He reportedly loves them then leaves them. But Patti’s friends aren’t concerned that Seats might be an American gigolo.

“She hasn’t been this happy in years,” a source confided to the Daily Mail. “Patti was so happy he moved to Philly with her. She loves having him with her all the time. She even has a big portrait of the two of them up on her wall in her bedroom,” said the source.

Seats has toured with Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige and Missy Elliott, in addition to producing songs for Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, 702 and Tank.

Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Relationships, What she said

Gabrielle Union Says Her Parents’ Divorce Helped Her Be A Good Stepmom To Dwayne Wade’s Kids


I think Gabrielle Union is a bit delirious and the talking too much is giving her away. Gabby said, coming from a product of divorced parents, she’s well prepared to be stepmother to her fiancé Dwayne Wade’s boys.

I’m lucky that I come from a family that went through divorce. My parents were married for 30 years before they got divorced and I’m sure after 30 years there was bitterness, anger, and resentment and fear and all sorts of things.

But I don’t know [for sure] because they never made it our issue, they handled their divorce and our subsequent transition into a blended family with grace and dignity and respect and always put us first and didn’t involve us. So I’m lucky that i can just mirror what my parents did and always put the kids first.

I guess this includes Dwayne Wade’s newest addition as well.

The “Being Mary Jane” actress appears to be so happy at this point in her personal life and career.

Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Relationships

Gabrielle Union talking “mad shit” in December issue of Essence Magazine


It is always best to remain humble and silent in any given high-profile relationship, especially when that relationship is very public and a tad-bit scandalous. For some reason Gabrielle Union hasn’t gotten that memo yet.

In the December issue of Essence magazine the Mary Jane actress states in a cryptic statement:

“There’s this intense desire for us all to be chosen by a man, or a job, or chosen for fame, whatever. But when you’re in the public eye and you’re not chosen, the rejection feels public. So to cover the wound, you attack the person who is chosen.” –

But what good is it to be chosen by a man who’s ultimately choosing other women behind your back? Is Gabrielle Union delusional or blindingly refusing to accept the truth for what it is? Either way, she’s sounding a bit cocky in her relationship with Miami Heat baller, Dwayne Wade, who recently gifted her with an NBA championship ring for her birthday.

As for her character Mary Jane, she states: “It would be easy to label Mary Jane a freak…but enjoying sex doesn’t make you a ho,” 

No …but having sex with a smorgasbord of multiple men does!

To read more about Gabby’s interview, pick up the December issue of Essence magazine on stands now.

Divorce rate, Jada Pinkett Smith, Marriage advice, Open letter

Jada Pinkett’s open Letter to a friend who’s getting a divorce

Jada writes open letter

Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith penned an open letter to a friend who has decided to get a divorce. In her letter, which she posted on her Facebook page, Jada said couples who hope to grow old together must give each other space and time apart to miss each other.

Jada, who admits to having an open marriage with husband Will Smith, wrote that marriages “inevitably” experience “difficult moments” that call for a break. Jada said she spent time speaking to elders who have been married for 25+ years to get a perspective on what Love is. She said one of the couples spent several years apart before they realized their Love for one another.

But the key to a successful marriage is a lot more complex than just giving each other space. The real problem is that SOME women, who are raised to be “daddy’s little girl,” are obsessed with being married — something that men are not uniquely qualified for.

A letter to a dear friend:
You came to see me last night to tell me that you have decided to get a divorce. Last night I only listened, but this morning I woke up with a hope for you. For the past five years, I have been meeting with elders who have been married for 25+ years to get understanding from many perspectives as to what marriage and love is all about. Almost all the couples have said that at some point in their marriage they have stumbled upon inevitably difficult moments that called for a break. I spoke to one couple who had a few years apart only to re-discover their desire to grow old together and to do what was necessary to continue to deepen their love for one another. My hope for you is this, that you consider taking the route that some of our elders have taken in giving your marriage some space and time before the drastic decision of divorce. Answers to big questions need time to find lasting truth vs the truth of the moment. After this process the answer may be the same, but at least you will have the clarity to go about it all with certainty and integrity, but you may also find that spark that could save and rekindle your marriage.
My humble thoughts.