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Star Jones files for Divorce

NEW YORK (From the Associated Press) — Three years after tying the knot in a spectacular, over-the-top affair that caused some backlash, Star Jones has decided to end her marriage to banker Al Reynolds.

The 46-year-old TV personality quietly filed divorce papers March 26 in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan. The records are sealed, syndicated entertainment show “Entertainment Tonight” reported Wednesday.

But a representative for SHADOW PR, which represents Jones, confirmed to The Associated Press that she is seeking to end the union.

In a statement to “Entertainment Tonight,” Jones said: “Several years ago I made an error in judgment by inviting the media into the most intimate area of my life. A month ago I filed for divorce.

“The dissolution of a marriage is a difficult time in anyone’s life that requires privacy with one’s thoughts. I have committed myself to handling this situation with dignity and grace and look forward to emerging from this period as a stronger and wiser woman.”

It’s not the approach Jones took when she threw her uber-lavish, Park Avenue wedding to Reynolds in November 2004. She received criticism for endlessly discussing the wedding — and plugging its sponsors — as a co-host on ABC’s “The View.” The negative reaction to the affair, which was attended by guests ranging from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to Spike Lee, was cited by Barbara Walters as a reason why Jones’ contract wasn’t renewed by ABC’s “The View” in 2006.

The former prosecutor recently hosted a talk show on truTV.

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Are black people between the ages of 28-45 getting married?

Readers, I need you to think…dig deep for me.  LOL!  How many of the 28-45 year old, single African American you know have gotten married in the last…let’s say 5 years.

I KTruth and I live in DC, and we were going around looking at condo open houses this weekend.  It occurred to us that one of the reasons we always see a lot of single black females between 28-45 house shopping alone or with their bffs is that they are just that…single.  Thus, their options for finding housing are limited to what one can afford in the District of Columbia on one income.  That isn’t always pretty.  There are areas of the city (rough areas…you know where DC folk) that real estate professionals know the main market will be single, professional, black women.  They price the properties for this market and advertise to them.  The conversation also made me ponder how many of my peers or friends of friends have gotten hitched in recent years (male and female).   The number isn’t a cold hearted zero…but it’s not like I’m looking for dates to take to weddings every other weekend in June.  It made me think of the good ole days, when my parent’s generation was buying homes after marriage (2 income house-hold) like a right of passage.

Ummm….I wonder.   We talk about the plight and impact of the high number of single African American mothers run households in our communities.  What about the childless African American brothers and sister with good jobs who are single?  How does this impact our communities financially when it comes to owning homes and sharing resources? It seems like my generation is waiting longer and longer to marry.  Are they more concerned with career and personal goals?  Have they been scared away from commitment as witnesses of divorce and failed marriages?  What do you think?

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Updated 3/2/09: Jamal Harrison Bryant and Wife Gizelle Divorcing…”and another one down”

Update 7/7/09:  Case still open

The MD court records show that they are again divorcing (Filing date 2/10/2009).  Don’t blame the messenger. http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiryDetail.jis?caseId=24D09000418&loc=69&detailLoc=CC – Case # 24D09000418 (type: Divorce Absolute)

EURWeb.com is reporting that mega church pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant and his wife Gizelle are headed to divorce court. After 5 and a half years of marriage Gizelle Bryant filed for a divorce in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County on January 9. The clergyman also filed divorce papers in Baltimore City Court on the same day, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Jamal Bryant is the affable 38-year-old pastor of Empowerment Temple A.M.E in Baltimore, Maryland. Many view him as a burgeoning voice in the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) denomination as his influence has extended nationally and internationally.

Known for articulating relatable sermons, the former 11th grade drop-out who entered the prestigious Morehouse College with a GED, has not released a statement about the situation, likely under his attorney’s advisement.

“This is a private matter between Dr. Bryant and his wife, and we’d like to keep this matter private,” attorney Jimmy A. Bell told the paper. The copious blog and chat entries on the troubled marriage suggest this may be a personal matter, but it is far from private. Scandalous rumors of alleged affairs with several women have been rampant since the couple’s engagement. His supposed womanizing went overboard when he impregnated a church member said to be 17 at the time of the time of copulation. When accusations of this affair surfaced in the Summer of 2007, church leaders asked him to step down while they initiated an investigation and awaited paternity test results. Months after the investigation, Jamal Bryant remains the pastor of Empowerment Temple.

Court records acquired from the Circuit Court of Maryland do indicate the pastor is the father of a least one other child who was born before he got married. The couple has a set of 1-year-old twins and a 3-year-old. This story is developing. More details will be provided as they become available.

Links to Jamal Bryant Court Records:

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiryDetail.jis?case
Id=03C00007941&loc=55&detailLoc=CC – Regarding Daughter Naomi

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiryDetail.jis?case
Id=0103SP022722007&loc=3&detailLoc=DV

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiryDetail.jis?case
Id=0103SP022722007&loc=3&detailLoc=DV

http://casesearch.courts.state.md.us/inquiry/inquiryDetail.jis?case
Id=03C01002612&loc=55&detailLoc=CC

Update 6/21/08: One of our readers, BK, pointed out a possible change in this case…

I’m not sure what has transpired since this filing, but unless something else has happened, this is the last entry.

Docket Date: 01/24/2008 Docket Number: 6
Docket Description: LINE OF DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE
Docket Type: Docket Filed By: Plaintiff
Docket Text: PLAINTIFF’S LINE TO WITHDRAWL COMPLAINT FOR ABSOLUTE DIVORCE, FILED.

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Bynum’s future ex-husband sued for $90,000

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that a former employee of Global Destiny Church is suing Thomas Weeks for $90,000. My question is…does “Bishop” Weeks even have enough money to pay her. Does he still owe 10s of thousands to various creditors. She must be suing the church, not the “Bishop”…if she’s smart that is.

A civil case has been filed against Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III by a woman who says Global Destiny failed to reimburse her for items she was asked to purchase on the job for Weeks and his church. The plaintiff, Suzanne Ellis, alleges in a lawsuit she used her cash and credit cards to help Weeks with supplies.

Attorney for Ellis, Louis Levenson of Levenson & Associates in Atlanta said his client left her job after she was not paid back for the expenses.

“There was no written agreement but in the past she was reimbursed for the very same things,” Levenson said.

Levenson said in the lawsuit that Ellis made the arrangement with Weeks with the “expectation that she would be paid back.”

She is seeking the repayment of $88,556.28, plus applicable interest, attorney’s fees and any other relief “the court deems just and proper,” Levenson said. Continue reading

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Divorce goes slow after Juanita Bynum’s Essence article

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that the divorce case of national evangelist Juanita Bynum and her estranged husband have broken down since the pastor dished about her troubled marriage in Essence magazine. Attorney for Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III said Monday that the magazine story has halted negotiations between the couple.  Bynum is featured in a story this month about her tumultuous relationship with Weeks. She discusses past incidents of abuse and the night of the alleged Aug. 21 attack that eventually led to the divorce.  Weeks’ attorney Randy Kessler, of Kessler, Schwarz & Solomiany, said the story in Essence “revealed a calculated, aggressive media attack on Bishop Weeks,” who has denied the alleged attack.

“The comments made by Rev. Bynum in that article has sabotaged discussions in the divorce case,” Kessler said.

The Bynum interview hit the stands this month just as the couple was negotiating their divorce settlement. Essence will feature Bynum in a January cover story where she will discuss plans for a domestic violence ministry.

Weeks is denying the abuse claims made in the article.  “Anyone who knows the truth about our marriage, knows what is in that magazine is a bunch of conjectures, misstatements, and dramatized events,” Weeks said in a statement released after a press conference at his church Wednesday.

Weeks said the interview made him look like a “villian” and that he is looking forward to being “vindicated” in the court system.

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Divorce will cost Michael Jordan $168 million

Juanita and Michael JordanWith his amazing athletic ability and a knack for scoring in the clutch, Michael Jordan redefined the game of basketball. Now Jordan, and his wife of 17 years, Juanita, have refinded divorce settlements.

The Times of London reported Jordan will pay his former wife more than $168 million. The final severance package for Juanita Jordan includes the couple’s seven-acre estate in Chicago and custody of their three children. A year after their marriage in Las Vegas in 1989, he signed a prenuptial agreement that entitled her to half his fortune, but she has claimed only a third.

The Times reported Jordan earned over $350 million over the course of their marriage. He also pioneered lucrative sponsorships deals with McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and Nike, which created the bestselling range of Air Jordan shoes. The settlement eclipses the most expensive celebrity divorce on public record, in which Neil Diamond paid his ex-wife Marcia Murphey about $150 million.

Source: Yahoo! Sports Photo: Getty Images

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