Hi Meeka how are you?
Meeka: Hi, I’m doing great! Happy New Year by the way!
Glam: My favorite question is, tell us who you are?
Meeka: Who is Meeka…Well, first and foremost I am a wife and mother. It’s my first love. I’m only 33 and I’ve been a mom since I was 24 and a wife since I was 26 and to this day even with my schedule so hectic, I take pride in the little things such as: making them hot breakfasts and taking care of them. I love to make my husband and kids smile. It makes me happy to see them happy. It’s the traditional girl in me! I’m also a go-getter so I’m very much goal oriented and with that comes an innate desire to be successful. I am extremely passionate about business and that’s the entrepreneur in me. Lastly, I love to have a good time. I live life to the fullest and I love meeting new people and experiencing new things. That’s the wild child in me (beaming with admiration)
I think it’s important for young girls to see a young African American woman like myself doing big things so they know that no matter where they are from, success and a healthy relationship is attainable.
Glam: Where are you from?
Meeka: I’m from Queens, NY.
Glam: Your husband played Basketball, tell us about him?
Meeka: Yes, my husband, Speedy played in the NBA for over 10 years. He got drafted in 2000 to the Philadelphia 76ers and went on to play for the San Antonio Spurs where he won a championship in 2003. Since winning his ring, he’s played with Golden State, New Orleans and Atlanta so we’ve gotten to be close to a lot of great players such as Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and their wives.
Glam: How did you get to be on Basketball Wives Miami?
Meeka: A basketball wife friend of mine (not a cast member) referred me to the show’s producers.
Glam: With all the drama with that show, do you have any regrets?
Meeka: My father taught me to never regret decisions that I have made, so no! Instead, I choose to learn from every situation that I encounter. Needless to say, from that show I have learned a lot about dealing with unstable people.
Glam: On the show you were treated with disrespect by some of the cast, did you think that was bulling?
Meeka: I was bullied but I’m fine. I’m a strong girl. I am confident and take pride in my husband, our family and my accomplishments. If I weren’t so mentally and emotionally stable, it might have been a different story. I think knowing what a serious problem bullying was (and still is) and knowing how many young girls watch the show, using their platform to perpetuate bullying was irresponsible.
Glam: You didn’t return for the 3rd season, do you want to share what happened?
Meeka: I can deal with the verbal attacks but I don’t do physical violence. It’s one thing when you have 40+ year old deranged attacker thinking that they’re actions are justified but it’s another when the rest of the cast and producers don’t think it’s a problem. In no way is violence ok, I don’t support it. So I had to leave.
Glam: You are married to a Basketball player, with groupies everywhere, how do you keep your marriage together?
Meeka: Groupies are everywhere and I’m sorry to say that they are not going anywhere so it’s up to the couple to want their “relationship” to last. We’re definitely not perfect. But we got married when we both were mature enough to commit to marriage and our family. There really is no secret, we love to do fun things together but we also give each other space. That’s very important, at least for us.
Glam: Do you think the show portrayed your true self?
Meeka: I think the show portrayed a very small part of me, I just wish they showed more of me. People adapt to their surroundings so, like anyone else, when surrounded with catty and miserable women, I became catty and miserable. That’s fine because it’s real but what about also showing my fun side, my loving side, my family side etc…there was simply NO balance.
Glam: You are a mother, how is motherhood treating you?
Meeka: It’s great! I love it. They are my biggest blessings.
Glam: What projects are you working on?
Meeka: I still co-own Allure Realty Group (ARG headquartered in Atlanta), my global relocation firm. Currently, Speedy and I are expanding Claxton INC with my girl’s lifestyle brand, Privileged, and our new production company (Claxton Productions) and magazine (Elite).
Glam: Do you think Reality shows have ruin Black women legacy?
Meeka: What kind of question is that, No, there are great Reality shows with Black women. We, as a community, just have to support them and watch.( in a puzzled tone)
Glam: What I meant was all the Reality shows featuring black women are filled of fights and bulling, it doesn’t look good to me; our fights are more vicious than other races. What would your advice be to anyone who wants to be a part of the Reality era?
Meeka: First, I’d start with a question. Why? If your answer isn’t because you want to promote your business or product then my advice would be “What’s the point. Reality TV should be used as a platform.”
Glam: Tell us something about you that would surprise us?
Meeka: I love to bake. I bake (from scratch) with my daughters on Sundays when I’m in home. It’s our “thing”.lol
Glam: What are your musts have?
Meeka: MAC mascara zoom fast black lash, and a personal candy bag stash of bubblicious and gummi bears.
Glam: Your hair is always on point, what’s the secret?
Meeka: Thank you!! The secret is clean hair. My stylists, Kyndra Beaudoin (ATL and LA) and Gabrielle (NY), will not style dirty tresses because it weighs your hair down giving a wig-like effect. So in between washes, I dry shampoo to keep my hair oil-free and flowing!
Glam: Who is your favorite designer?
Meeka; Right now, it’s a tie between YIGAL Azrouel and Badgley Mischka.
Glam: Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Meeka: Turks & Caicos
Glam: In the next five years, where do you see yourself?
Meeka: I’d have to say I would love to see myself among the business Elite you see in Forbes.
Glam: Well Meeka, thanks for chatting with Glam, hope to see and hear more from you.
Meeka: The pleasure was mines, thanks again