“I am not just a mother in name. I am a mother in act. I’m also a wife and a daughter. To me those things take precedence,” television host Wendy Williams says in a new interview with Jet magazine.  Williams continues, “I had a career before I had my family. The career afforded me a lot of things, but what I was missing was a man and a child.”


Now that she has a ‘man’, Kevin Hunter Sr., and ‘child’, Kevin Hunter Jr., Wendy does everything she can to satisfy them. “I love the Kevs,” she exclaims, “I enjoy making the perfect hot dog and bean casserole; even like making a dentist appointment. I couldn’t just be a career woman or family woman, and the fact that I’m doing both is a mess. But it’s my mess, and it’s good.”

Wendy adds of her 11-year-old son, “Raising a young Black man is very different. We have taught him to be respectful to adults, and if they step out of line, let us handle it,” she says. “We tell him you don’t speak with your hands in your pocket. You’re a Black man. People will assume you have a gun, not a permission slip.”

“My son understands others may be fearful, but he loves being Black. He realizes the challenges that Black men have in general, old or young, educated or not.”

Check out the May 14th issue of Jet Magazine for more on Wendy Williams and for JET’s exclusive interview with BCK’s founder!

Photos: Jet Magazine



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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