S. Tia Brown: Dating a Black Entrepreneur

by S. Tia Brown, Essence.com

First let me say this: I am single. However, just like you don’t have to smoke crack to tell "rockheads" don’t do it… well, you get the rest.
Second, I’m an avid, calendar-clearing, repeat-watching fan of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta." You know the type. I text my girls during the commercials. I feel like I know the "ins and outs" of the cast intimately. And, occasionally I pass judgment on their decisions.
With those two details out the way, it’s time for my third assertion: When it comes to marriage, particularly to an entrepreneur, it can’t always be tit for tat. Over the last few weeks I’ve watched Cynthia Bailey‘s now husband, Peter Thomas, try to pull out the dagger ripping his heart apart as his business — their family’s bread and butter– revenue dropped lower than NeNe Leakes‘ cleavage line. Thomas shared his woes about picking up the pieces. Bailey worried about financing their wedding. Thomas grew angrier about not getting investors. Bailey balled about being owed her investment in his business. Thomas was forced to close his restaurant and rebuild. Bailey cried about not going on a honeymoon. All I kept thinking is, "where dey do dat at?"

 

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