Reality Star Laura Govan has come under fire for statements she made during the taping of The Next 15 reunion show. Govan, who has a Black father and identifies as Black, told fellow cast member Jennifer Williams that she wishes there were more light skinned cast members. Govan alleges that the statement was a joke, but given how deeply colorism affects the black community, it’s surprising that a black woman would make such a joke, on national TV no less.
Unfortunately this isn’t the first time Govan has made racially charged statements. In 2011 she told fellow Basketball Wives alum Jackie Christie that she would never return to dating black men, stating, “Once you go black you don’t ever want to go back.” While Mrs. Christie may not have jumped to the defense of the brothers, Tiffany Pollard wasn’t having any of Govan’s foolishness during the reunion taping of The Next 15.
Pollard, formerly known as Miss New York from the Flavor of Love show, spoke openly about how Govan’s comments made her feel. When confronted, Govan quickly defended herself by stating,” I am Black.” to which Pollard replied, “If you are Black and you’re standing in it, stand in it in all shades.”
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