Baller and Beauty

Baller and Beauty
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 27, 2009

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3. Oscar-nominated actress and black-Hollywood pin-up Taraji P. Henson is definitely the cat’s meow and with former LA Lakers pro basketball forward Lamar Odom, she’s on fire!

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NFL wife and former SWV member Taj and husband Eddie George of the Tennessee Titans showed the world the joy (and pains) of life with a professional athlete in their TV One reality show, “I Married a Baller.” See what other famous stars are finding love with sportsmen.

By Marcus Scott

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Denver Nuggets basketball star Kenyon Martin proved his love to girlfriend and rapper Trina by getting a tattoo of her lips on his neck.

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Another Denver Nuggets baller, Carmelo Anthony, fell hard for fiancée and fellow Brooklynite Alani “La La” Vasquez.

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Sharing a true basketball love jones, Los Angeles Sparks hoops star Candace Parker was evicted from the single life when she met “The Landlord” himself, NBA’s Shelden Williams. The two eloped and welcomed their first child into the world last spring.

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R&B songstress Keyshia Cole and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Daniel Gibson are going strong, proving their love is heaven-sent.

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Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks has charmed some of the biggest names in Black Hollywood, including Kanye West and Nick Cannon. She has seemingly settled down with Londoner Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants and we’re hoping for a touchdown. The rumor mill is spinning that these two might have called it quits, but we’re hoping they haven’t thrown in the towel just yet.

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The sultry appeal of TLC’s T-Boz has enticed men worldwide, and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes is happy to call her his own.

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One third of TLC, single mom Chili, enjoys spending time with beau Larry Johnson, a Kansas City Chiefs running back.

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Actress Meagan Good and New York Jets running back Thomas Jones continue to keep their relationship hot, from supporting each other’s careers to spending quiet nights alone.

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Model Jessica White found Terrell Owens a lot more charming than his alter ego T.O., and the two recently just settled down into a steady relationship.

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Former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete set the bar when it comes to relationships of entertainment and sports stars. In fact, the two have made a team of their own. Married 14 years, they are the parents of four.

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Tamia and Grant Hill is another example of entertainer-athlete love gone right. Introduced to each other by matchmaker Anita Baker years ago, this picture-perfect couple always makes us smile.