By Valder Beebe
Before a hint of scandal or before VH1 pressed the pause on T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Harris’ reality show after the couple was accused of sexual abuse, I had the opportunity to interview Tameka Harris aka Tiny, of the hit reality show T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle.
T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle is the VH1 reality series which follows the lives of rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka. The Grammy-winning rapper [T.I.] has had his share of legal trouble. Tiny is my guest in the Valder Beebe Show studio as we spoke earlier this year about family and T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle anticipating a new season on VH1, at the time.
The series follows T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, which ran for six seasons on VH1 and following the Harris family as the former returned home from a 12-month prison sentence. Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris rose to fame as part of the R&B group Xscape during the 1990s. Tiny also won a Grammy Award for co-writing TLC’s “No Scrubs.” Tiny has since become a familiar face on reality TV, starring in the shows Tiny & Toya for BET and The Family Hustle. She married T.I. in 2010 and the couple have three children together. Tiny also has a daughter, from a previous marriage.
VBS: Tameka Harris, welcome to the Valder Beebe Show for the first time. I’m so delighted you are here.
TH: Thank you, glad to be here.
VBS: Well, I’ve admired you on TV for a very long time because you are doing something that is very hard, putting your life out there for the viewers to see and judge. Putting your relationship, your family, your life out there in T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle. Like I said, I admire you.
TH: Thank you very much. I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. Working with my family and close friends, your private life become hard to keep private.
VBS: When you bring your family and friends into something that is so on center stage, how do you keep them connected? How do you keep them continuing to want to do this?
TH: Well, they [family] all complain, here and there but at the end of the day, we all love what we do. We’re just being a family and putting it out there and taping it. It can be a little challenging at times, especially the young ones.
VBS: What about your relationship with T.I. and putting your relationship center stage?
TH: I feel like our relationship is already center stage. We’ve been in the music industry so long. It been ok. I have though
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