Power couple Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are the latest celebrities to land their own reality TV series. Taylor and Shumpert have opened their doors to VH1 who will document what family life is really like for the popular pair. Is this a wise move considering reality TV often has a habit of breaking up the strongest couples?
Teyana & Iman is set to premiere on 19 February allowing VH1 to fill their schedule with another prominent black couple after T.I. and Tiny’s hit reality series ended earlier in 2017. Shumpert says in a promo clip: “When I look at reality shows, it don’t look like reality to me. It’s so important to be a positive representation of black love that my ass actually got on TV to do it.”
Fans will get to see what life is really like for the couple, who secretly married in 2016, as parents to their one-year-old daughter Iman “Junie” Shumpert Jr. But should Taylor, 26, and Shumpert, 27, proceed with caution?
Okay, let’s start with the good. It’s always refreshing to see a happy black family representing positivity on TV. Years before Bill Cosby’s [allegedly] horrendous real-life behaviour was exposed, The Cosby Show pioneered a new era where the black family was portrayed in a glowing light. It showed that, yes, black families can have a stable home as much as white families. The Cosby Show depicted a black couple with successful careers who were able to raise children in a loving home.
Watch a promo for Teyana & Iman:
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And, Taylor and Shumpert are the epitome of “black love”. A singer, dancer and actress, Taylor is a triple-threat who is finally enjoying the recognition as the talented artist she truly is. Shumpert is at the peak of his NBA career as a guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers – and appears to be launching a new career as a rapper to keep him occupied during off-seasons.
By getting married at a young age, raising a daughter and having their own careers, Taylor and Shumpert have shown the younger generation that you can do it all – and nurture a healthy relationship. Their decision to do reality TV may come as a surprise because, unlike many other famous couples, Taylor and Shumpert were notoriously private and even refused to confirm they had tied the knot until later down the line.
Following this Beyonce and Jay-Z model of privacy has obviously done wonders for Taylor and Shumpert’s relationship. But history shows, reality TV can test even the strongest of marriages.
After six seasons, T.I. and Tiny buckled under the strain of having their personal lives laid bare for hundreds of thousands of viewers each week. The hip hop couple filed for divorce but are fortunately working on their marriage now their VH1 show is over. Nene Leakes and her husband Gregg are another couple who divorced in the midst of shooting The Real Housewive but later reconciled.
Taylor and Shumpert seem like a smart couple and, ultimately, they are deeply in love. Reality TV can certainly be a blessing for their brand but they should be aware – it will be a tough wave to ride once the viewing figures start climbing. We have every faith they will survive but, for insurance sakes, let’s wrap Taylor and Shumpert in bubble wrap please!