Heyyy, Divas! It's a Terrific Tuesday with none other than Tyrone! I know there's no place you'd rather be today than here with me. So, let's get on with the business. Last week I interviewed Black and that didn't go as planned. I don't know what he thought! But, baby, if you deal in drama and scandal you better come on here prepared to be dished on! I know this ain't the Wendy Williams show, but baby, why not. Ms. O came in here like the blood of Jesus and covered that po' boy's soul! Cuz I swear I was gonna light him up.
Anyhoo, Angel's here today and she's under the gun. So, let's get on with our interview, because I know you want to hear from her.
TYRONE: Welcome, baby doll! It's so good to see you! You're looking mah'valous dahlin! (He exchanges air kisses with Angel).
ANGEL: (Laughs) Tyrone, you're too much. You're looking good yourself in that silk V-neck sweater. It's so metro!
TYRONE: Of course, what else would it be? Honey, I got this old thing last spring. It makes my physique look svelte and brings out my eyes. Anyhoo, enough about me and all my fabulousness. Tell us what's been going on with you?
ANGEL: Whew!! Where do I start. Well, after the entire situation between me and Black in book one, which led to our divorce I had to find a way to pick up the pieces again. Soooo, I began focusing on what TJ needed and what I needed to--"
TYRONE: Uh-uh, boo. Let's back up. So, you and Black were married and you obviously had marital issues. Right?
TYRONE: And you suspected him of cheating on you again, but you didn't know he was playing with fire so close to home. Tell us, Angel...what was it like when you walked up into Kianna's house and saw her and Black in bed together. Ohh child!
ANGEL: I was devastated, Tyrone. I mean to be honest when I first drove over there and followed her, I had no idea what I would find. But for some reason something kept telling me to follow her and I couldn't ignore that inner voice. Even after speaking with her neighbor and seeing his car, I still had hopes that it wasn't what I was thinking.
But when I walked into that room...(she blows a breath and fans her eyes as she tears up).
TYRONE: It's okay, baby girl, take your time. (Tyrone hands her a tissue and a cup of water).
ANGEL: (sips water and dabs eyes for a moment). When I walked into that room something broke inside of me. All the love I had for him mixed with all the hate I had for him slammed together in the middle of my chest. I was ripped apart so bad that I couldn't do nothing. I mean, I was stuck in the moment, hardly able to breathe.
TYRONE: Mm-mm, mm. So, let me ask you this. Why didn't you pull a can of "whip" on them at that moment? Why wait until the next day at the shop to fight her? Some say you were scared one-on-one, and you had a better chance in front of the team in case things went wrong. Then others say you were worried Black was gonna side with her. What do you say?
ANGEL: I say I have no time for haters. People are gonna be people, Ty. That's one thing I've learned. No matter what you do it will never be good enough and someone will always try to judge you. I was too devastated the first day when I actually caught them in the act. But for some reason I didn't think she'd have the audacity to show up at the shop. When I walked up in there and she was sitting there looking smug, and Ms. O was talking about family...something in me snapped.
See, what y'all didn't see was the way she was eyeing me when I first walked in. Sitting there looking all smug like the cat swallowed the canary. I just couldn't do another day. All these months and years she'd been sitting in my face playing me like a fool in the workplace. I began to wonder who all knew and were they turning their heads the other way. I felt like a complete fool, Ty. It hurt so bad and I just released all my rage and hurt on her that day.
TYRONE: (He laughs). Honey, that you did! You weren't matching yo' name that day, cuz there was nothing angelic about that beat down you put on her. Honey, that can of whip you pulled had me scared. And I ain't scared of nothing! In the end do you think it was worth it? I mean losing your job, moving back with your mom, and the impact it had on your little one.
ANGEL: Well, a lot of bad and a lot of good came out of my decision. But in the end I have to stand by my choices, and live with the outcome. I'm thankful that I was hired back on at the Buckhead location in a better position. It has allowed me to grow so much in my career and learn the business side from Olivia. It brought me closer in my relationship with my mother, but it caused a lot of hurt to TJ.
All the good that came from it was obviously His divine purpose and He would have led me to that point one way or the other. I regret fighting her and causing Olivia the scandal that came to her shop. But was it worth it? Never. All the signs were there and I chose to ignore them until I could no longer ignore it. Then I made a poor decision based on emotion. I've learned a lot from that decision, and had to stand up to my responsibility in it all.
TYRONE: Okay! So you and my buddy Alex hooked up through all of this. I was so excited to hear that, but it seems to be moving super slow. What's going on with that?
ANGEL: Well, I poured everything into my relationship with Black. I gave my marriage my all and in the end I was destroyed. I can never allow myself to go to that place again. I took too much from Black.
TYRONE: But Alex is a different person. Speaking of taking too much from Black, why did you keep putting up with his mess?
ANGEL: He was my husband and I was going to stick with my vows. That wasn't the first time I caught him in the act with a woman. I think I would've continued taking more if I hadn't seen him with Kianna. At that point I had to wake up and say, "how much more, Angel?" How much more would I allow him to disrespect me, give away my self-respect, my self-worth, and love for myself? I had to ask myself what lesson was I teaching TJ? Then I couldn't continue to hold my head up walking into the salon knowing what I knew. I needed to learn to love myself.
TYRONE: And did you do that?
ANGEL: Yes. (Hangs her head shyly and looks back up at Tyrone with a big smile). And Alex was a major part of that. Patiently he taught me to believe in myself again, and showed me what I had to offer the world. He never bashed Black and always encouraged me to protect and preserve the relationship between Black and TJ for TJ's sake. He showed me that just because Black wasn't a good husband didn't mean he wasn't a good father. Most of all he taught me that "Angel" was worth loving. Now that I love "Angel" again, I can love someone else.
TYRONE: Shut up, diva!!! Is that a declaration of love for my friend?
ANGEL: (Laughing). You have to hang around for book four, Ty, just like everyone else to find out what happens.
TYRONE: Okay, okay...I see you, girlfriend. So, let's talk book four. The lid is about to explode on a boiling pot in book four. Oh my goodness...I can't wait. Kianna comes back. How do you feel about that?
ANGEL: (Looks up to the ceiling). There were mixed feelings. I was extremely angry about how she played me, the disrespect, and it only brought negative feelings up again when I saw her. But, her story needs to be told. There was so much that I didn't know about her, about our connection, and so much more. It was enlightening, but it was definitely painful.
TYRONE: Did you ever forgive her for how she played you, baby doll?
ANGEL: I won't say. You'll have to wait for book four to see.
TYRONE: Honey, I needs to know now! (Laughing). Will there be nuptials for you and Alex in book four?
ANGEL: There again, you have to wait for book four.
TYRONE: You meet some new people in book four at the other salon. There's a bit more drama and a hair show, thanks to yours truly. You run into Belinda and Darla again and Belinda lets it out. How did you feel about her judging you?
ANGEL: Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I checked her though.
TYRONE: That you did. Well, thanks for stopping by, Angel. I guess we won't get anymore answers from you today. We have to wait for book four. In the meantime, tell the people where they can catch up on the story at.
ANGEL: On Amazon. They can click the word Amazon anywhere they see it in this interview and find their way to The House of BeJeweled. We want to see you there, so check us out on Amazon.
TYRONE: You heard it, people. She said you can check out the entire series on Amazon. And you can get a signed copy by emailing Chelle at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by Angel, and readers thanks for your attention, ladies. I love you, divas! But don't forget if you need your 'do did, stop by the shop and I'll hook you up.
ANGEL: Don't forget you can reach either of us at the downtown or Buckhead locations!
TYRONE: Okay, girl, I see you vying for our readers' attention! Alright, divas' you heard the woman. But if you want some of that Ty magic, girlfriends you know where to find me.
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