Celebrity stylist Tameka Foster -Raymond, the ex-wife of singer Usher Raymond and the mother of two of his children, is featured on the January 2010 issue of Be-Entertained magazine. In the issue, the mom of five talks about motherhood,her foundation, and much more!
On juggling motherhood and not having time for TV:
“I’m really awful when it pertains to my entertainment aspect. I do not watch television, I just have so much going on & my mind is so busy…it just goes a mile a minute all the time, so I don’t really have the time to sit and watch the boob-tube. I don’t even sit on the computer often. I have assistants & a great team, so anything I need like emails, they print them out for me, so I’m not just sitting on the Internet a lot. I do like Twitter (as she laughs)!!!! Twitter is my entertainment. Everybody’s gotta have a vice, so I like that. I like it because I can communicate with different people. People send me any pertinent news, so I get my fair share of the scoop. I like to read a lot too. I’ve got an amazing book collection, so I sit and do that. That’s my personal situation, but as far as being a mother, that’s a juggling act daily. I have a [son] that’s 19, so I deal with his issues of being 19, but then I have a 1 year old son, so there’s a broad spectrum. Anything you can imagine from a parenting aspect, I’ve experienced it or am going through it. That’s why I don’t have time for TV.”
On her foundation The Lost Ones:
“The Lost Ones Foundation is a non-profit organization that lends a helping hand to adolescent girls from the ages of 12-18. The majority of the young ladies are in at risk environments, but some of the girls are doing well. The Lost Ones Foundation will help keep all of them on the right road. We cater to girls in that age group & help them deal with different perils that teens face such as premature pregnancy, truancy from school, self esteem, & things of that nature.”
On why Atlanta is better for her kids:
“I love Atlanta because it has a good sense of of community. A lot of neighborhoods, they remind me of the old school neighborhoods where the kids could play outside until the street lights came on; where as in California where I lived, I didn’t even know my neighbors & I lived in that place for years, but never even met them. Cali definitely wasn’t as community oriented.”
On why she loves being a Raymond:
“You know I love being Tameka Raymond! Obviously, I love being a mother; like I said, that’s 1st & foremost. The Raymond part of it gives me a certain visibility to help others, for example, the work that I’m doing in the community with the girls, along with my other non-profit Which is The Oakland Natives, where we do backpack giveaways and school supplies. So I guess being Tameka Raymond really gives me that visibility. I do not consider myself a celebrity in any shape form or fashion, but I’d be in denial if I didn’t admit that I have a higher visibility than the average person. I like to be me.”
Tameka has two sons Usher Raymond V,2, and Naviyd,1, with singer Usher.