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William Shakespeare penned, “The course of true love never did run smooth.” There are few statements as real or true. Love is a journey; and a relationship requires massive amounts of time, commitment, trust, and patience on top of said love. One amazing couple, Dwayne and Theresa Bowe know this all too well, but they are committed to one another and the process–one we get to see weekly on OWN’s newest reality series, “Love Goals!”

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Theresa Bowe and Dwayne Bowe

“Love Goals” brings together married couples in a group setting where each pair are forced to confront the issues plaguing their relationships. Family, friends, infidelity, and fighting all come to the forefront. Although it makes for great television, the real gem is the work done to restore and repair the love, trust, and understanding between these couples. When it comes to The Bowes, the outright drama is a bit toned down, but nonetheless moving. Dwayne is a former NFL player who since retirement has embraced his original passion, music, and is now a rising star in the rap world under the moniker of “Money” His wife, Theresa, besides being an amazing mother is a successful realtor and businesswoman.  After Dwayne’s retirement Theresa thought they would have more time together, but Dwayne’s commitment to his music and his friends’ constant circling left her dismayed and feeling pushed aside. Meanwhile, Dwayne felt it was his responsibility to uplift his friends, and remain grounded by keeping them around.

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The couple sought out counseling via OWN’s “Love Goals,” instead of private counseling, due to their faith in the network. “Well it was more so the opportunity that came from the OWN network [sic]. So we were against reality TV, we were very private about our lives, but we knew going this route we would have the best of the best. It was going to be no shortcuts especially when you’re dealing with the OWN network [sic]…” Theresa reveals. Dwayne admits he too had some reservations, despite having already been in the public eye as a professional athlete and now rapper. “I was more reserved. You know when I retired I felt my life was going to go under the radar…Then like you said it’s always trying times in any relationship and when they said the young lady, Spirit [relation expert/therapist of “Love Goals”], and they said it wasn’t TMZ, it’s Oprah…those are the main people I follow, I was sure it would be something positive, pretty reputable. We did it and I recommend it for anybody else…”

Besides, The Bowes, other couples included Benzino and Althea Heart, formerly of “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta;” actress and former “Basketball Wives” star Sundy Carter and Breyon Williams; former Salt-n-Peppa group member Dee Dee “Spinderella” Roper and comedian Quenton “Q” Coleman, plus rapper/actor/chef and producer Coolio and his fiancé, Mimi Ivey. With so many different personalities and relationships in one place, you might expect The Bowes to be a bit dismayed. “…seeing it day one it was very intense. You watch TV and you see people’s lives and you think that it’s fake; then you get to meet them in person and you realize that it’s real. And him [Dwayne] and I we’re not you [sic] know at each other’s throats, we’re not disrespectful to each other. Just to see certain things in real life. The first episode I was super shocked the whole time. My whole facial expressions showed it. I was just like wow…” Theresa reveals. Dwayne, however, relays how trust was his first big challenge on their first day through an unlikely exercise. “…the first day they put us through so much training. When you watch it they had me like fifty feet in the air walking a thin line blindfolded, just her voice. They said I could hear her but I really can’t hear her. So it was real tough. It just made me realize who I got in my corner and to really focus in on the prize.”

Easily the most moving discussion with The Bowes comes from Theresa’s revelation of having been molested by her mother’s boyfriend as a child and how subsequently it affected her marriage. It was a secret not even Dwayne knew until she revealed it in a session on the show. “Through the experience we touched on childhood trauma, and we touched on me being molested at twelve years old. He never knew that, so him having all the guys around was just because he was use to it. So this is when I realized my husband loves me because after I told him that dark secret that I held my whole life, I saw him making changes when we got home…and had I told him sooner I think things would have been different.” Dwayne confirms the changes and then went on to state; “It was just the space I was in. When you’re playing a game where you’re around twenty people everyday, and then you’re doing music and you’re around twenty people everyday…and then I’m a businessman, a family man…I just had to put everything in order…” Theresa has opted to use her experience to create a children’s book and movement, “Don’t Touch Me” to teach children how to recognize sexual predators–strangers and those they know. With these tools she plans to do a school tour and has created a song to accompany it.

We have to say we love Dwayne and Theresa, and are more than happy this entire experience was beneficial for their marriage. The Bowes are now going strong eleven years and counting, and that is a true “Love Goal” for us all. You can view their entire interview with Kontrol Magazine’s Executive Editor & CEO of HeyMikeyATL.com below! You all be sure to catch “Love Goals” every Saturday 8/9c PM only on OWN!

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Love & Work! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte & Sol Aponte!

Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

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Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

Jennia and Sol have partnered together in life and professionally, creating a production company, “Full Frequency Media,” and a wildly popular series, Anatomy of Black Love. “We know what it means to be Black in America and to want to see powerful, accurate, and diverse representation…that’s where content creators who look like you come into place…with everything that’s going on in the world it’s more critical than ever to have that…”

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Jennia and Sol have committed their time and energy towards creating meaningful and quality content using their growing platforms. Both have been in the industry for decades.  We have followed Jennia’s career for years seeing her in various movie and television roles including Half & Half, Who Made The Potato Salad?, Passions, One on One, and Girlfriends. Her most memorable role, however, to us, was as “Brandy” in Patrik-Ian Polk’s Noah’s ARC. “That was a role I really enjoyed. People are always talking about her, she was a joy to play and you know I really enjoyed working with the guys.” Sol is noted television producer with work on hit series like mixed-ish, The Young & The Restless, MADTv, and In The Cut. “Working on so many different projects, you definitely learn a lot about life, people, and how to perfect your own projects…the skills to make great content people can relate to really happens just as much behind the cameras as it does out front…”

Jennia and Sol have united their skills, partnering with Diddy’s independent music cable network, Revolt TV. The network’s mission is to provide great content created by the voices of the current generation. There, their popular and aforementioned series, Anatomy of Black Love, gives audiences a modern take on Black Love through frank, intimate, and confirming interviews with Black celebrities including  Gillian and Michael Jai White, La’Myia Good-Bellinger and Eric Bellinger, Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker, and more.

“Black Love is so amazing and real and it’s not always presented well on screen. It’s important for us to see people who look like us in love, being loved, and living fulfilling lives together…” Jennia adds. “You know love is work and people need to see that. The course of true love never did run smooth but when it does it is the greatest experience of your life…” Sol goes on to discuss the relatability of the series, “…even if you aren’t in a relationship you can relate to this because love is universal and you can even find aspects of self-love in these interviews. They’re very affirming…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

We have watched every episode of Anatomy of Black Love and we have to say the series is virtually a spiritual experience, restoring our own faith in love. Positive representation of Black people is so needed in these trying times of police shootings and violence, and the onslaught of systemic racism. “The best way to combat this war of hate on us is through love–love of self, and love of one another…” Be sure to check out the series exclusively on Revolt TV.

Besides their aforementioned series you can also see their short films, 90 Days, Sacred Heart, and their celebrity interview series, Beyond The Talent, and other projects on their website, www.fullfrequencymedia.com.

Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte are true influencers, outstanding content creators, and truly in love. Separately they are a force to be reckoned with, combined, they are nothing short of a force of nature. Keep at it guys, we need you.

Where is the love? Not far. In fact it is right between two amazing content creators who just so happen to be just an equally amazing power couple! Meet Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte, two people whose love and creativity are changing the world.

Jennia and Sol have partnered together in life and professionally, creating a production company, “Full Frequency Media,” and a wildly popular series, Anatomy of Black Love. “We know what it means to be Black in America and to want to see powerful, accurate, and diverse representation…that’s where content creators who look like you come into place…with everything that’s going on in the world it’s more critical than ever to have that…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

Jennia and Sol have committed their time and energy towards creating meaningful and quality content using their growing platforms. Both have been in the industry for decades.  We have followed Jennia’s career for years seeing her in various movie and television roles including Half & Half, Who Made The Potato Salad?, Passions, One on One, and Girlfriends. Her most memorable role, however, to us, was as “Brandy” in Patrik-Ian Polk’s Noah’s ARC. “That was a role I really enjoyed. People are always talking about her, she was a joy to play and you know I really enjoyed working with the guys.” Sol is noted television producer with work on hit series like mixed-ish, The Young & The Restless, MADTv, and In The Cut. “Working on so many different projects, you definitely learn a lot about life, people, and how to perfect your own projects…the skills to make great content people can relate to really happens just as much behind the cameras as it does out front…”

Jennia and Sol have united their skills, partnering with Diddy’s independent music cable network, Revolt TV. The network’s mission is to provide great content created by the voices of the current generation. There, their popular and aforementioned series, Anatomy of Black Love, gives audiences a modern take on Black Love through frank, intimate, and confirming interviews with Black celebrities including  Gillian and Michael Jai White, La’Myia Good-Bellinger and Eric Bellinger, Malinda Williams and Tariq Walker, and more.

“Black Love is so amazing and real and it’s not always presented well on screen. It’s important for us to see people who look like us in love, being loved, and living fulfilling lives together…” Jennia adds. “You know love is work and people need to see that. The course of true love never did run smooth but when it does it is the greatest experience of your life…” Sol goes on to discuss the relatability of the series, “…even if you aren’t in a relationship you can relate to this because love is universal and you can even find aspects of self-love in these interviews. They’re very affirming…”

jennia fredrique aponte and sol aponte

We have watched every episode of Anatomy of Black Love and we have to say the series is virtually a spiritual experience, restoring our own faith in love. Positive representation of Black people is so needed in these trying times of police shootings and violence, and the onslaught of systemic racism. “The best way to combat this war of hate on us is through love–love of self, and love of one another…” Be sure to check out the series exclusively on Revolt TV.

Besides their aforementioned series you can also see their short films, 90 Days, Sacred Heart, and their celebrity interview series, Beyond The Talent, and other projects on their website, www.fullfrequencymedia.com.

Jennia Fredrique Aponte and Sol Aponte are true influencers, outstanding content creators, and truly in love. Separately they are a force to be reckoned with, combined, they are nothing short of a force of nature. Keep at it guys, we need you.

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Saweetie Talks Music & Black Lives Matter on Quibi’s Musicology w/ Tim Kash

‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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‘Tap In’ and ‘My Type’ Rapper, Saweetie, sits down with Tim Kash and discusses her upcoming album, as well as the current headlines surrounding the speculation of lynchings and how she is involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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We are really glad to hear Saweetie’s forthcoming album is nearly here. She has been in the spotlight for a minute now and her fans (we are fans) deserve to hear a full body of work from her.

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More importantly, however, we love to hear she is doing her part in the Black Lives Matter movement. Someone with a platform as large as Saweetie’s is definitely needed in this good fight! These recent lynchings of Black men in various parts of the country being labeled as suicides is nothing short of nonsense and murder at the hands of white supremacists. Thanks Saweetie for speaking out!

You can catch Saweetie’s interview with Tim Kash below! Happy viewing!

 

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WATCH NOW: OWN’s Exclusive Press Roundtable w/ The Cast of “Greenleaf!”

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It Is hard to believe that after five seasons the upcoming season of OWN’s hit series, “Greenleaf,” will be its last. For years now we have watched this family and their megachurch grow, fall, change, and fight all in the name of family, dignity, and God.

Now, it is time to say goodbye, but before the season premiere airs tomorrow we were privileged to be able to chat with a few cast members of the Greenleaf during a Vimeo roundtable press conference! Yep Merle Dandridge (Grace Greenleaf), Keith Davidson (Bishop James Greenleaf), Lynn Whitfield (Pastor Mae Greenleaf), Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf), and Deborah Joy Winans (Charity Greenleaf), and the series’ creator/director, Craig Wright were all there and we got the details for this amazing final season!

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Before the press conference we were allowed to screen the first two episodes of the upcoming season and needless to say they are riveting! You will find the Greenleaf Family collectively faces the end of an era with power and ownership of Calvary shifting to Harmony & Hope (H&H). Individually, Grace faces a tragic setback in her relationship with her estranged son, AJ, Kerissa and Jacob play chess as they move towards an impending divorce, Mae and The Bishop move forward with their wedding plans and the next chapter of their lives, and Charity has become the black sheep of her family, viewed as a traitor by her mother and sister while raging against Phillip Demars for spurning her and choosing Judy Whitmore. Whether the Greenleafs can pull it together to somehow save Calvary–and see their family through harrowing times–remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, they won’t go down without a fight!

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The cast was asked questions by various publications sand touched on how the show has helped humanize church leadership, which storylines besides their own are the most invested in, and even behind the scenes hijinks we never knew anything about.

You can catch the full interview by clicking this link https://vimeo.com/428978269 and using the following password: PressEvent4Greenleaf.

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We hate to see Greenleaf ending, but the news of a spinoff has us glowing. We are sure this is not the last we have seen of this family. You all be sure to tune into season premiere of Greenleaf, tomorrow night, Tuesday at 9/8 PM EST/CTR!

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