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David And Tamela Mann ‘Us Against The World’


David And Tamela Mann ‘Us Against The World’

By: Brianna Wigfall
Photo by Jerome Dorn

David and Tamela Mann are joining forces and creating a production out of this world. The dynamic duo has been on tour since early October and has an album release on November 9, a book release on the 13th, and a Christmas movie premiering on TV One on December 2. The ‘Us Against the World’ album is their first joint album based on resilience and enduring love. The songs mirror their new book ‘Us Against the World’: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family.

The Manns have been on tour along with their son David Mann Jr., and daughter Tia Mann sharing a full production of music, comedy, and family entertainment. The pair features new songs from their album including their new hit single, ‘Good Love’ that releases on November 9. David says him and Tamela interact with the crowd and ask them unique questions about their marriage.

“I give teachable moments. There’s one segment in my set where I ask a couple do yall love each other, they go of course ‘yea we love each other’. But are you guys in love because its possible to love somebody and not be in love and you don’t realize im giving moments of teaching because I wrap it in comedy.”

Although the Manns are in tune with love, marriage, and family it took a while to get there. In their new memoir, they talk about their blended family and how it almost broke up their marriage. David, NAACP award-winning actor, and comedian, also shared gems on how he reassured his wife that she was the most important thing in his life.

“We talk about the knock at the door which was kind of a hard place in our marriage,” Tamela said. David picks up by saying, “I have another child by another woman that happened before our marriage.” The couple explained they were 5 years into their marriage and Tamela says she felt like she would be ‘lost in the shuffle’ of a new child. David reassures her, “I love my kids, I’m a standup guy I’m going to make sure I take care of my kids. But at the end of the day, you are my first priority it. It’s us against everything else, it’s us against the world, it’s us against anything that can come against tearing us apart. That’s where the whole us against the world title came from.”

With all their accomplishments the pair believes their 30-year marriage is their greatest accomplishment. Their new holiday movie ‘Merry Wish Mas’ will premiere on TV One on December 2. The Christmas film is directed by Award-Winning actress Terri J. Vaughn and executive produced by the Manns. Kim Fields, Towanda Braxton, Chrystale Wilson, Elizabeth Omilami, and Yung Joc will star in the film.

Vaughn said in an interview with TV One that this is a movie you don’t want to miss. “Heartwarming stories like Merry Wishman that bring families together and make us laugh are as much a part of the season as Christman trees and Santa himself.” She continued by saying, “This movie, touching upon family conflicts, singlehood and love, money woes, and wishing for Christmas miracles, is set to become a highlight of the coming holidays.”

The Love Project album will be released on November 9 which can be sampled on the couples tour that ends on November 11. The ‘Us Against The World’ book will be released on November 13 and you can catch the Manns on the big screen with TV One in the film ‘Merry Wish Mas’ premiering on December 2.

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Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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