Reality star and Grammy Award winning singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris new late night talk show, Tiny Tonight premiered this past Monday (December 17) on VH1. Singer and reality star Tamar Braxton, rapper Trina and TV personality Claudia Jordan served as Tiny’s co-hosts and her good friend Shekina served as a correspondent on the show. Ebony Magazine got a chance to chat with the Atlanta native right before the show premiered. During her interview with the African-American publication, the platinum-selling singer talked about preparing for her late night talk show, balancing her career & family and advice. Below are some highlights:
Why a talk-show special? You’ve been talking about this for a while now.
It was just an idea that I’ve been talking about doing for a long, long time with my good friend, Tamar Braxton. We wanted to do a talk show and make it young and youthful. I’m just so happy that VH1 was open to the process.
How did you prepare yourself to get into talk-show hostess mode?
I studied. They would send me notes on what’s going on, and we would pitch in and talk about what we wanted to talk about on the show. I just really did my homework. It was more like a real job for me. Doing this talk show was like, “Wow, this is what they do?!” I can’t even imagine doing it every day. There’s a lot of work that goes into it
So if the show gets picked up, how often will you do it?
Probably once a week.
You wear many different hats: wife, momager, mother, reality star. And now you’re adding talk show host. How do you prioritize?
Family’s always first. God and family, and I go from there. A lot of my work is done around my kids, with my kids, so that’s a big help. And when it’s not, I have help—like my sister-in-law, my brother and my sister. It’s family. I keep family close.
What’s the best advice that you’ve given to some of your single girlfriends about trying to have it all?
When you get a man, you have to nurture him. Treat him like a king. If you put that little work in in the beginning, it pays off.
Read the interview in its entirety over at Ebony.
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