Who is Tameka Foster Raymond?
Tameka Foster was born in Oakland, California USA on 1 January 1971 – her zodiac sign is Capricorn, and she holds American nationality. She’s a fashion stylist who has worked as a personal stylist for numerous celebrities, including American singer and actress Patti LaBelle, American singer-songwriter Ciara, and American rapper Jay-Z, while she’s perhaps known best for being the former wife of American singer-songwriter, businessman and dancer Usher.
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Early life and education
Tameka was raised alongside her sister Valencia Foster in Oakland, by their father John and mother Lorene; not a lot is known about Tameka’s family, as she respects their privacy, but it’s said that her father was the owner of his own small business, and that her mother was a hairdresser.
Tameka became interested in hair styling while attending a local high school, and whenever she and her girlfriends wanted to go to parties, they would all ask Tameka to do their hair. She was interested in various activities during those four years, mostly into playing volleyball.
Upon matriculating in 1989, Tameka enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, California USA, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1993.
Tameka launched her career as a hair stylist while still attending FIDM, working for the famous Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani. Upon graduating, she began working as a sales associate, while she eventually made her way to the position of a manager.
Tameka has since worked as a hair stylist for more than 20 celebrities, and has made a guest appearance in many TV shows, on networks such as Access Hollywood and MTV, while she has also been featured in a couple of magazines, including “Glamour”, “People” and “InStyle”.
In 2007, Tameka co-founded the non-profit organization Oakland Natives Giveback, together with Dee Dee Abdur-Rahim and Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt. Their first initiative was the launch of the annual event Attend and Achieve Back to School Rally, which serves to provide the children attending with public transportation vouchers, shoes and new backpacks full of necessities.
In 2009, Tameka founded another non-profit – The Lost Ones Foundation – which aims to help teenage girls growing up in ‘risk environments’.
Most recently, in March 2013 Tameka launched the non-profit Kile’s World Foundation, which offers free art education to children aged between 10 and 17.
Love life and husband Usher
Tameka prefers to keep the details of her love life to herself, but it’s still known that she has been married twice. She gave birth to her first child while she was still a teenager, but has kept the child’s name hidden from the media’s attention.
Tameka exchanged vows with her first husband Ryan Glover in 2003, and they have two children together; she and Ryan split in the first half of 2005, but their divorce wasn’t finalized until January 2007.
She and Usher first met in 2001, when Tameka was hired to work as his personal stylist, and they went on their first date years later, in November 2005. In February 2007, several magazines announced that Usher and Tameka had become engaged, and the two exchanged vows in a civil ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on 3 August 2007; they organized a larger ceremony on 1 September 2007, at Chateau Elan Winery & Resort.
In November 2007, Tameka gave birth to their son Usher ‘Cinco’ Raymond V, and their second son Naviyd Ely Raymond followed in December 2008.
Tameka filed for divorce in June 2009, finalized on 4 November; their child custody dispute lasted for more than three years – the judge eventually granted Usher custody over their two children.
On 8 July 2012, Tameka’s son Kile Glover was struck by a personal water craft and was declared brain dead – he died on 21 July 2012, after having been removed from life support.
As of April 2022, Tameka appears to be single, has been married twice, and has three children.
Hobbies and other interests
Tameka’s followed by more than 150,000 people on Instagram, and has uploaded over 4,000 pictures onto the network, most of which have been taken during her everyday life.
She’s physically highly active and has multiple training sessions at the gym every week, thus her slim figure; Tameka’s also practicing yoga on a daily basis, and follows a strict diet.
She loves to travel and her career has taken her to various US states, as well as to a couple of European countries, while her dream travel destination seems to be Paris, France.
Tameka’s favorite season is summer, mostly because she likes to play beach volleyball and go yachting.
She’s a fan of American actor and actress Jim Carrey and Natalie Portman, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective – When Nature Calls”, “Bruce Almighty” and “Leon: The Professional”.
Age, height and net worth
Tameka’s age is 51. She has long black hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 120lbs (60kgs).
As of April 2022, Tameka’s net worth stands at more than $500,000, while her former husband Usher’s net worth has been estimated at over $180 million.
Who is her former husband Usher?
Usher Raymond IV was born in Dallas, Texas USA, on 14 October 1978 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He gained recognition in 1997, when he released his second album “My Way”, while its lead single “Nice & Slow” was Usher’s first song to top the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
He was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, alongside his half-brother James Lackey, by their mother Jonetta Patton (nee O’Neal) and James’ father; Usher’s biological father Usher Raymond III abandoned the family when he was a year old.
It was Usher’s grandmother who discovered that Usher could sing, and his family eventually moved to Atlanta, believing that he had better chances at launching his career as a musician there. He studied at North Springs High School, and upon matriculating didn’t enroll at college, but chose to pursue music.
Usher was 10 when he became a member of the R&B quintet NuBeginnings, and they released 10 songs, as well as the album “Nubeginning Featuring Usher Raymond IV” in 1991. He signed a contract with LaFace Records in the same year and then quit NuBeginnings; his self-titled debut album was released on 30 August 1994, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, while it spawned hit songs “Can U Get Wit It” and “The Many Ways”.
He launched his acting career with an appearance in a 1997 episode of the series “Moesha”, and the following year saw him appear in the movie “The Faculty”; Usher also played a supporting character in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”, and appeared in the 1999 romantic comedy movies “She’s All That” and “Light It Up” (lead role).
He released his third album “8701” on 7 August 2001, and in February 2002, his song “U Remind Me” won him a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance; Usher won the same award in the following year, for “U Don’t Have to Call”. His fourth album “Confessions” was released on 23 March 2004, and was followed by his fifth “Here I Stand” on 27 May 2008, which topped the Billboard 200 Chart.
Usher has since released three more albums: “Raymond v. Raymond” in 2010, “Looking 4 Myself” in 2012 and “Hard II Love” in 2016; he’s currently working on his 10th album “Confessions 2”, set to be released by the end of 2022.
Prior to his and Tameka’s relationship, Usher dated American singer, dancer and actress Chilli Thomas, British supermodel Naomi Campbell, and American model Eishia Brightwell. He married his long-term girlfriend Grace Miguel in September 2015, and she filed for divorce on 28 December 2018.
Since October 2019, Usher has been in a relationship with music executive Jenn Goicoechea, and she gave birth to their daughter on 24 September 2020, while their son Sire Castrello Raymond followed on 29 September 2021.