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Tameka Raymond Talks Parenting 5 Kids, Custody Battle With Usher, And Finding Love

A lot has been written about Tameka Raymond. She's been called a golddigger and accused of coming in-between Usher and his mom.  But now, she's speaking out for herself and revealing things about her family, businesses and talking about dating.  Deets inside.....

Despite her current custody battle with Usher, Tameka Raymond seems to be keeping it moving.  As a single mom, she cares for her kids Usher V (aka Cinco), 4, and Naviyd, 3, and Ryan 12, and Kile, 10, (children with her first husband, music exec Ryan Glover) and her oldest, Darrin, 21, while running two businesses: Estella, a clothing and home-decor boutique in Roswell, Ga., and KangaZoom, an indoor children’s play facility in Alpharetta, Ga.  And she's a well-known stylist, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Institute of Atlanta.  

In a new interview with UPTOWN Mag, Tameka reveals a softer side. Here are the highlights:

On hard work: 

“I was taught to work.  Ironically, my father’s mother and my aunt were also retailers, and I worked at both places from about age 7. I learned tons about fashion and how to make money all by age 10."

On her custody battle with Usher:

“He is a man very accustomed to having his way.  This has nothing to do with how I parent. Trust me, I never will have a desire to keep a man away from his kids. I am not June Cleaver or head of the PTA, but I know I am a good mother.”

On love:

“I am dating.  It’s refreshing. I have not been single in a while. I got divorced and married in the same year. It was a run-on relationship.  But a lot of guys like to play games. I like a man that’s a boss. I am not the dominant one. But a lot of the ones with the right mind-set wear OshKosh overalls. And if they are not fly, I don’t like them.”

On introducing dates to her kids:

“I don’t bring men around my children. They have never met an ‘Uncle Tony.’ The two that I did bring around, I married.”

 

On her accomplishments:

“Being raised in Oakland, and having been able to see and enjoy five of seven continents, and working in such a highly competitive field, makes me very proud.  “I never imagined some of these things to be obtainable. And my sons teach me the meaning of true, unbiased love.”

 

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Anonymous's picture

just as long as she looks

just as long as she looks after those kids well. Does hire help and ignore them so she can party it up
Stella Lopez's picture

Is her son Gay?

Is her son Gay?
Just Asking's picture

Tameka if you're reading

Tameka if you're reading this...you are Beautiful...i always thought you were cute from day one and I was feeling you when you said people were going in on you cause of your skin tone, which is very pretty by the way...keep up the great work
Anonymous's picture

I wasn't going to come in

I wasn't going to come in here but have to say this. Black women are the ultimate haters on other black women who have something in their life they always wanted rather its marriage, children, success, money, house, cars, sexy appeal looks. I can go on but the more that a woman has on another womans want list the more hate and rage comes out of black women. Why don't black women stop hating and being envious because it does not bring them closer to these things. If anything it makes them ugly and bitter. Tameka has acheived many things in her life and yes she is doing it in style. It's not where you came from but where you are going and from what I see she continues to go up. Now black women are you going up in your life as well because hating Tameka is not going to help you get where you want to be. Peace and blessings.
Crishelle's picture

Why her oldest look like

Why her oldest look like obama :)
Anonymous's picture

They do have a slight

They do have a slight resemblance, but I also think he looks a little sickly...like asthmatic or something.
Anonymous's picture

Why her oldest look like

Why her oldest look like obama :)
Anonymous's picture

How thirsty is this chick??

How thirsty is this chick?? You, Amber and Kim K need to make a band or go away!
LA's picture

looks like she wants yall to

looks like she wants yall to see her red bottoms ....
"sasasquatch does the dougie"'s picture

Exactly wifed twiced and the

Exactly wifed twiced and the rest of you'll haters are forever JUMPOFFS! never going to have any one own you.
Truth Hurts's picture

ROTFL that you think to

ROTFL that you think to failed married attempts is a score..especially since obviously there was overlapping..Looks to me like she was trying to keep that money coming cuz she wasted no time dropping babies back to back with usher and the marriage was damn near over after the first baby..ROTFL you chicks kill me..Better believe her record exec husband helped her alot in her endeavours..And not to say she is not talented but she is defintley a hot ass mess
Taytay's picture

Not surprised she has a gay

Not surprised she has a gay son in that lot. seems like when a woman has a bunch of sons one or two are Gay. Probably will end up with another being gay as the years go on.
Anonymous's picture

Hate hate hate is all that

Hate hate hate is all that Black women do. As a black man I will say that this woman is chocolate, beautiful, and obviously got "something" good to be wifed up twice! Shes a career woman, a mother and all of that equates to sexy in my book. Women can talk crap all they want, but men know what I see and Usher saw. Who knows she probably sweet, funny and fine? Id love to meet her in passing to find out. That last picture got me sold. FINE!
Jacob 's picture

Couldn't agree more, black

Couldn't agree more, black women are so pissed at her. I still don't know why, maybe she was never light enough idk....
Girl Bye's picture

Not pissed, just tired of

Not pissed, just tired of seeing no-talent, no count, thirsty chicks on this site (like Amber, Kim K and the like) We get it-u F**ked a celeb once-no go away.
LA's picture

*now go away.

*now go away.
LA's picture

LOVE those pants in the last

LOVE those pants in the last pic
Star's picture

Wow..!! She looks MUCH softer

Wow..!! She looks MUCH softer now..!!! Money can make you are break you..!!!
Anonymous's picture

Just stop calling yourself

Just stop calling yourself Tameka Raymond!!! That is no longer who you are!! You ARE Tameka Foster from Oakland! OWN IT!!
Anonymous's picture

5 boys!!!!! Boys don't play

5 boys!!!!! Boys don't play about their mama .Her guy better come correct
Anonymous's picture

You'll want to put her down

You'll want to put her down and act like you'll aint made mistakes. Thats why half you ignorant fools eat dinner alone every night while she in her luxary house and her and her 5 children are surrounding her eating organic goods at her dining room table. Bye haters.
Truth Hurts's picture

@Anonymous 3:28pm: what the

@Anonymous 3:28pm: what the fuck does atlanta have to do with anything?? Just because someone sticks their foot out doesnt make them a hoodrat?? smh at these ignorant comments.. smh. Why the hell do people hate on ATL so much?/ YOu mad bcuz you not here??? *kanyeshrug* Im sure youre of island decent & from New YOrk LOLOLOL all of you ALIENS think alike
Anonymous's picture

WHAT THE FUCK DOES BEING FROM

WHAT THE FUCK DOES BEING FROM AN ISLAND OR BEING A NEW YORKER HAVE TO DO WITH AN OBSERVATION ON SOMETHING TACKY?! Wanting everyone to know you have on Loub's is BEYOND tacky...anyone could have said that. She said ATLiens because two folks from the ATL have done it publicly. You can't protest against something and then do the same exact thing you were protesting against.
New York/Islander's picture

She's dating? These men just

She's dating? These men just don't believe fat meat is greasy!
Anonymous's picture

She's FAB!!!

She's FAB!!!
Anonymous's picture

There's way too much hate

There's way too much hate going on. She's a beautiful woman, holding down a household raising 5 young men. C'mon...#Isaluteyou Truly an inspiration, she's making it. What are you doing? ....besides hating! Love her!
Anonymous's picture

ya'll don't know what kind of

ya'll don't know what kind of ish that chick put up wit dealing with that man.. ya'll weren't in that house.. so to say she has anything that she doesn't deserve is silly. mofos on the outside always think they know everything.. crazy!
SharonSexySoul's picture

Please Do Tell!

Please Do Tell!
Anonymous's picture

It's absolutely incredible

It's absolutely incredible how so many people can be so judgmental of a woman they know nothing about. Honey, 5 kids, 5 boys at that and she's a single mother? She's doing the d*** thing. Sit down and applaud her. Please! High-fashion celebrity stylist, single mother of 5 and gorge...DO BETTER!
Anonymous's picture

Who is this Lou Boutins

Who is this Lou Boutins character ya'll speak about ?
Country Nigga's picture

This comment had me laughing

This comment had me laughing sooooooo hard. Lord have mercy, ya'll commenters are cray!!!!
Anonymous's picture

She's probly a good mother

She's probly a good mother but why is everyone trying to be a star. She's got 5 kids isn't that enuf. If she got so much going on outside the home when does she have time for 5 kids.
Daniel from the 'D''s picture

Thats Great,, GOD Bless her

Thats Great,, GOD Bless her and the boys.. I just dont see y she feels the need to keep speaking on paternity issues in the media.. A REAL mother wouldnt want their children to be exploited in the press..#IJS
Anonymous's picture

Paternity is the state of

Paternity is the state of being someone's father.. can you post the links to ALLLLL these articles you're talking about.. because Im her best friend and I know NOTHING of them.. I'll Wait..
@SoleHeir On Twitter's picture

SINCE YOU ARE HER BFF, PLEASE

SINCE YOU ARE HER BFF, PLEASE TELL HER TO STOP DOING INTERVIEWS BECAUSE WE ARE TIRED OF HEARING HER WHINE TO THE MEDIA ABOUT HER PROBLEMS. I BELIEVE IN BEING LOYAL TO A FRIEND, BUT DAMN, YALL JUST SIT AROUND AND LET HER MAKE A FOOL OF HERSELF BY RUNNING TO THE MEDIA WITH HER BUSINESS AND THEN BLAMING THE MEDIA WHEN THEY COME DOWN ON HER... #IJS
Anonymous's picture

Oppp Did i Hit a NERVE!!!

Oppp Did i Hit a NERVE!!! PATERNITY, CUSTODY WHATEVER ISSUES SHE HAS WITH HER KIDS FATHER SHOULD BE KEPT PRIVATE AS A MOTHER THATS JUST MY OPINION,, TMZ AND OTHER BLOG SITES CANT NAME EM OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD BUT SHE IS KNOWN TO BE A MEDIA WHORE...AND IF UR GOING TO BE THAT JUST KEEP THE KIDS OUT >>IT COMES OFF AS THIRSTY>>I DONT HEAR OR READ ANYTHING FROM USHER ABOUT THEIR CUSTODY ISSUES,,SHE POSTED UP WITH HER KIDS PRETTY MUCH BASHING THEIR FATHER..POINT BLANK PERIOD!!!!!>>MOVING ONNN!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

@soleheir Cracking up at your

@soleheir Cracking up at your reply on @theybf.com....Paternity??? LOL
Candi's picture

Her oldest son is a cutie and

Her oldest son is a cutie and who knew she even had 5 sons I know that next man whoever he is better come correct or he'll have world of trouble with all that protection around her!!
claudette's picture

Mrs Raymond looks like a

Mrs Raymond looks like a million BUCKS. This woman has taken verbal lashings by fans, the media, his lonely mama. She deserves to be happy and shes really beautiful and her kids look wonderful. Im proud of this sister, thats been through so much and was given such a raw deal. Usher shame on you, Tameka is gorgeous and so stylish, move forward lady keep representing for us Black women, crush the haters.
ANON's picture

Shame on him why? what do you

Shame on him why? what do you know about him and his relationship with his kids? you are doing what you are accusing others of doing to her. Shame on her for airing her business in public. I have not heard Usher say anything negative about her, and lets be clear she does not represent me as a black woman, she represents her self, if that is who you choose to represent you good for you, but I defer.
Anonymous's picture

*Extends Arm For High FIVE*

*Extends Arm For High FIVE*
@SoleHeir On Twitter's picture

Tell me something

Tell me something ATLliens...is it customary for women down there to stick the bottom of their ashy feet in the air to let us know they have on CLs? First Phraedra now this hoodrat. All it shows is that you grew up poor, never had anything and now you want the world to know what is on your feet. Almost like that Chris Brown song "Look at me now". How ghetto! I can't help but laugh everytime I see it. Who doesn't have a Christian Louboutin nowadays? Thirstyness I tell ya! Smh
Anonymous's picture

I am crying out loud laughing

I am crying out loud laughing at ashy feet. LMAO. Yes, super THIRST.
Anonymous's picture

Tell me something

Tell me something ATLliens...is it customary for women down there to stick the bottom of their ashy feet in the air to let us know they have on CLs? First Phraedra now this hoodrat. All it shows is that you grew up poor, never had anything and now you want the world to know what is on your feet. Almost like that Chris Brown song "Look at me now". How ghetto! I can't help but laugh everytime I see it. Who doesn't have a Christian Louboutin nowadays? Thirstyness I tell ya! Smh
Anonymous's picture

Honey HAVE A SEAT ------> \__

Honey HAVE A SEAT ------> \__ I Know Who Doesn't Have A Louboutin.. YOU! But Hey It Is Tax Season.. I'm Sure You'll Be Able To Afford A "Heel Tap" After Jackson Hewitt Disburses Your $59.00 REFUND.
@SoleHeir On Twitter's picture

Oh I get it. You're like the

Oh I get it. You're like the resident Furious Styles, but for Meek Meek. Lmao. Where do they find you people? More importantly, do they pay well?
Anonymous's picture

I want those lace black pants

I want those lace black pants Tameka!!! werk
Ms. Eye's picture

I am sooooo proud of you

I am sooooo proud of you Tameka!!! You are an amazing mother and you LOVE LOVE LOVE your boys. Your success is a testament to your strength, endurance and perseverance. Although you are single, you are whole and at peace. Keep representing for us stylish sexy working moms!
Dr. Nyeisha Dewitt's picture

I wish her all the best in

I wish her all the best in her endeavors. With 5 boys, she will be well protected. Nice!
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