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Porsha Williams & Dennis McKinley Have Reportedly Called It Quits After A Year Together

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Life can hit you fast, and when I say fast, I mean your mom just got home and now you need to thaw out the chicken ASAP, fast. One year ago this time, I was completely lost. I had just been robbed of all of my valuables, was poorly managing a two-year-old heartache, and just stepped foot in a brand new city. There was no way I could have known that only 365 days later I would be in a completely different mindset, absolved of all my guilt from my previous relationship and oblivious of the things I lost in last year's robbery.


Time is a punch in the gut that you never see coming, but it teaches you that just as fast as you fell, you can get back up. Porsha Williams is a testament to that statement and after suffering years of disappointment and heartbreak, I'm sure she'd agree that time heals all, even when it comes to breaking off a widely publicized engagement.

Media outlets recently announced that after being engaged for eight months, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams and her fiance entrepreneur Dennis McKinley confirmed that their romantic relationship is over. Rumors of the couple's split started last month after cheating allegations, which have since been denied by McKinley, surfaced online. Although the couple has been tight-lipped about their separation, Porsha confirmed suspicions of their severed relationship when she was spotted on her mommy-daughter vacation in Hollywood, Florida without her engagement ring.

As I said before, time can hit you fast, and in less than ten years, Porsha has experienced an emotional rollercoaster that includes but is not limited to marriage, divorce, childbirth, and miscarriage, and most recently, childbirth. Despite her recent split from Dennis, Porsha is adamant about the fact that a true miracle came from their relationship. Last year, when she discovered that she was expecting Baby Pilar, she said:

"No one will ever understand what it means to me—for me to have gone through a miscarriage before, all by myself, without the person who made that child with me as my support, to now be pregnant and have the man who is the father of my child be so loving, so thoughtful, it means the world to me."

Last week, at the American Black Film Festival, the 37-year-old mother-of-one hinted at why she's been fairly quiet about the recent split with her former fiance. According to Porsha, as a reality star with little-to-no privacy when it comes to her personal life, it's important to keep family matters private. She explained:

"I am on a reality television show and I do pride myself on being transparent on the show, but at the same time I'm human and when you're talking about family, something that you want for a lifetime, you have to protect it. What I will always do is make sure I protect family. He will always be my daughter's father and I will absolutely love him forever. We absolutely go through our ups and downs together. And I still thank God for the blessing I claimed a year ago. There are still be things in any of us that aren't perfect, that we have to deal with as a family. But overall I am still thankful to God and I know he is holding both of our hands as long as we stay in prayer."

Time can never guarantee us perfection in our lives, but it can allow us the space, energy, and tenacity that we need to heal and become better versions of ourselves. A source revealed that there may be a chance of reconciliation between the couple, and truthfully, only time can tell.

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Before she was Amira Unplugged, rapper, singer, and a Becoming a Popstar contestant on MTV, she was Amira Daughtery, a twenty-five year-old Georgian, with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. “I thought my career path was going to lead me to law because that’s the way I thought I would help people,” Amira tells xoNecole. “[But] I always came back to music.”

A music lover since childhood, Amira grew up in an artistic household where passion for music was emphasized. “My dad has always been my huge inspiration for music because he’s a musician himself and is so passionate about the history of music.” Amira’s also dealt with deafness in one ear since she was a toddler, a condition which she says only makes her more “intentional” about the music she makes, to ensure that what she hears inside her head can translate the way she wants it to for audiences.

“The loss of hearing means a person can’t experience music in the conventional way,” she says. “I’ve always responded to bigger, bolder anthemic songs because I can feel them [the vibrations] in my body, and I want to be sure my music does this for deaf/HOH people and everyone.”

A Black woman wearing a black hijab and black and gold dress stands in between two men who are both wearing black pants and colorful jackets and necklaces

Amira Unplugged and other contestants on Becoming a Popstar

Amira Unplugged / MTV

In order to lift people’s spirits at the beginning of the pandemic, Amira began posting videos on TikTok of herself singing and using sign language so her music could reach her deaf fans as well. She was surprised by how quickly she was able to amass a large audience. It was through her videos that she caught the attention of a talent scout for MTV’s new music competition show for rising TikTok singers, Becoming a Popstar. After a three-month process, Amira was one of those picked to be a contestant on the show.

Becoming a Popstar, as Amira describes, is different from other music competition shows we’ve all come to know over the years. “Well, first of all, it’s all original music. There’s not a single cover,” she says. “We have to write these songs in like a day or two and then meet with our producers, meet with our directors. Every week, we are producing a full project for people to vote on and decide if they’d listen to it on the radio.”

To make sure her deaf/HOH audiences can feel her songs, she makes sure to “add more bass, guitar, and violin in unique patterns.” She also incorporates “higher pitch sounds with like chimes, bells, and piccolo,” because, she says, they’re easier to feel. “But it’s less about the kind of instrument and more about how I arrange the pattern of the song. Everything I do is to create an atmosphere, a sensation, to make my music a multi-sensory experience.”

She says that working alongside the judges–pop stars Joe Jonas and Becky G, and choreographer Sean Bankhead – has helped expand her artistry. “Joe was really more about the vocal quality and the timber and Becky was really about the passion of [the song] and being convinced this was something you believed in,” she says. “And what was really great about [our choreographer] Sean is that obviously he’s a choreographer to the stars – Lil Nas X, Normani – but he didn’t only focus on choreo, he focused on stage presence, he focused on the overall message of the song. And I think all those critiques week to week helped us hone in on what we wanted to be saying with our next song.”

As her star rises, it’s been both her Muslim faith and her friends, whom she calls “The Glasses Gang” (“because none of us can see!”), that continue to ground her. “The Muslim and the Muslima community have really gone hard [supporting me] and all these people have come together and I truly appreciate them,” Amira says. “I have just been flooded with DMs and emails and texts from [young muslim kids] people who have just been so inspired,” she says. “People who have said they have never seen anything like this, that I embody a lot of the style that they wanted to see and that the message hit them, which is really the most important thing to me.”

A Black woman wears a long, salmon pink hijab, black outfit and pink boots, smiling down at the camera with her arm outstretched to it.

Amira Unplugged

Amira Unplugged / MTV

Throughout the show’s production, she was able to continue to uphold her faith practices with the help of the crew, such as making sure her food was halal, having time to pray, dressing modestly, and working with female choreographers. “If people can accept this, can learn, and can grow, and bring more people into the fold of this industry, then I’m making a real difference,” she says.

Though she didn’t win the competition, this is only the beginning for Amira. Whether it’s on Becoming a Popstar or her videos online, Amira has made it clear she has no plans on going anywhere but up. “I’m so excited that I’ve gotten this opportunity because this is really, truly what I think I’m meant to do.”

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