Robin Givens Back In The Spotlight

Robin Givens: Grace Will Lead You Home I freely admit to being a Robin Givens fan and always felt she got a bum rap from the media and the Black community in general who labeled her a gold digger. As you all know Robin married Mike Tyson back in 1988 when he was the World’s Heavyweight Boxing Champion and a beloved figure of the media. Their marriage was tumultuous to say the least and they were divorced just a year later. Tyson walked away from the short lived marriage unscathed but Robin suffered a career fallout and was labeled the most hated woman in America. Since then the sista has starred in a few low budget movies and appeared on a few shows here and there, but her career never really recovered and almost 20 years later, and at the insistence of Oprah Winfrey, Robin has written a book to finally tell her side of the story.

Robin reveals, among other things, that Mike Tyson raped her just days before their infamous 20/20 interview with Barbara Walters and that they are surprisingly on speaking terms today. Robin also adopted a son back in 1994, a fact I didn’t know, and also has another son from another short lived relationship with a White male- a fact Essence magazine keeps reminding us of for some reason. You can see exclusive pics from Robin’s photo shoot with Essence below as well as pics of her sons Billy, 7, and Buddy, 13. Read the entire interview with Robin at Essence Online .

22 Comments

  1. I guess it would be interesting to hear her side, but I must admit I have been one of the Americans who have always disliked her. Ofcourse I don’t know both sides of the story, but for some reason, I believe Mike on this one. 😳 Sorry

  2. I think the past twenty years have shown us who the bad guy really was. Mike has stayed in trouble. From the rape incident to the biting incident and all the other incidents in between, it is obvious he is a troubled man. Robin has stayed classy however and you haven’t seen her face plastered across the taboids for crazy antics.

  3. Let me add that this book is a bad idea. It just looks like her career is dead and she is looking for a quick payday off off Mike’s back. The media is focusing on the rape claim which he of course will deny. If I were her I would have simply put Mike behind me and continued to try and move forward with my career. I always thought she would have been a better fit for Desperate Houswives than Alfre Woodard.

  4. Mike Tyson had been molested, abandoned and used most of his life. The people who raised him and those who managed him didn’t give a damn about him. They hardly ever repremanded him etc. They smiled and noded so they can get paid. :noway:

  5. I agree with you Liyah. He clearly has gone through alot which has left him damaged but at some point he needed and still needs to confront those things and overcome them rather than falling into the crazy things he keeps getting into.

  6. ima have to cosign with liyah.

    robin didn’t suffer. she did okay.
    she isn’t millions of dollars in debt like mike.

    somebody school me on some story where mike has admitted raping her. or some sort of evidence.

  7. I didn’t say he raped her, that is what she wrote in her book. I said he will probably deny it as I know he will be asked about it.

  8. [quote comment=”8209″]ima have to cosign with liyah.

    robin didn’t suffer. she did okay.
    she isn’t millions of dollars in debt like mike.

    somebody school me on some story where mike has admitted raping her. or some sort of evidence.[/quote]
    Robin may not have suffered as Mike has but that probably has something to do with her having good old fashioned common sense. When Robin left Mike was still super rich and he blew it on cheap women, drugs and exensive play toys like cars and jewelry. Mike has had a million opportunities to clean himself up and come back but he instead chose to thug route. I can’t believe all these years after witnessing Mike Tyson implode people can still be on Robin’s back. Mike’s a bum, still doing drugs, still getting in trouble while Robin is off just trying to live her life as best she can. :hmph:

  9. :stop: The pity party regarding Mike Tyson’s past is crazy. I feel sorry for people that blame others for their problems or the bad choices they make. I say get over it.

    I don’t believe Robin wrote this book to revive her career. In fact, I don’t think it’ll help her at all. It won’t hurt, but it’s certainly not going to make her a superstar. I hope writing this book was therapeutic for her, though. She is a class act and deserves the best.

  10. I watched the Oprah show a couple years back and I am still not convinced that she is just the innocent victim. I think that if she admits that she was more in love with the money and the lifestyle people will believe her. But I had an issue with her and her mother when they demanded that Mike stop paying the bills for the elderly white couple that raised him. I think they were in it for the money just like Mike, Don King and the rest of the staff. If she can admit that and then say that she has changed and now she knows that being greedy made it worse on her then there is really no need to write a book. Her story will be much of what she has been saying for 20 years and I am not buying it or her entire story. Mike being a crazy is the truth but he was a rich crazy so I guess she excused him. Now I am going to excuse her from telling this same ole sob story. I don’t care for her or Mike AT ALL.

  11. am i missing something? i seriously thought it was mike that pursued robin and not the other way around? no?

    any who…. i hope that robin has found some level of peace in her life. she still looks fabulous. it’s too bad that her career suffered after being with mike.

    mike, on the other hand, needs serious therapy. i feel bad about the cards he was dealt but as someone said above, it’s time for him to face him demons and get healthy.

  12. lee:

    They both need it. B/c 20 years later you are still talking about this man and if you are biting off ears and running from the popo – they both need it!

  13. I’ve always felt that she was probably the most beautiful black women in Hollywood. I think it’s a shame when a black woman marries a black superstar – she’s labled as being a “gold digger”, but when a white woman is married to a black superstar, nothing is said about her motives (and we all know what they are). In fact, they are seen as the “cute” couple. She’s been underated and labeled too long. We should all move on. Hell, if she wants to sell some books telling her side of the story, why the hell wouldn’t she – everybody else is doing it. SO WHAT! I say go for what you want. If this gets you some media attention, go for it. White females are doing it more than anything right now just for 15 minutes of fame. I believe that Mike raped her and probably more digusting things and yes, she probably stayed in the marriage for the money. But, please tell me what woman married to a superstar is not putting up with any shit from him??? Just a couple of thoughts. Robin is human too – let her make her money. She’s just as beautiful today as she was in Boomerang. You go girl!

  14. Why would Mike admit to raping her???? I don’t think he’s wanting to go to prison again.

  15. I’m with you Teri. Plus let’e be honest here. Mike is still the beneficiary of a code of ethics that says Black men must never be held responsible for their fluck ups. All these years later, even with multiple arrests, Black people still want to hold everyone accountable for Mikes’s problem but Mike. This is why Black men are so screwed up today. We are babying them and not allowing them to stand on their own two feet and act like men by taking responsibility for their actions. As soon as a famous brother screws up Black folks form a circle around him and find someone to blame except for that man himself. R Kelly is another example of this. Plus when you rape or hurt Black women or children nonody cares anyway least of all Black people. We want to protect the image of the Black man at all costs even if it means destroying the image of the Black woman. We are truly a screwed up people.

  16. Robin has dated nothing but White men since divorcing Mike and from looking at her son she adopted a biracial looking child. This is proof to me she was only with funny looking Mike for his money. She was never attracted to him. He was wealthy and what woman doesn’t like money. Robin’s true taste in men has been shown time and time again over the years and it sure isn’t men who look like Mike.

  17. [quote comment=”8241″]I’m with you Teri. Plus let’e be honest here. Mike is still the beneficiary of a code of ethics that says Black men must never be held responsible for their fluck ups. All these years later, even with multiple arrests, Black people still want to hold everyone accountable for Mikes’s problem but Mike. This is why Black men are so screwed up today. We are babying them and not allowing them to stand on their own two feet and act like men by taking responsibility for their actions. As soon as a famous brother screws up Black folks form a circle around him and find someone to blame except for that man himself. R Kelly is another example of this. Plus when you rape or hurt Black women or children nonody cares anyway least of all Black people. We want to protect the image of the Black man at all costs even if it means destroying the image of the Black woman. We are truly a screwed up people.[/quote]

    Amen to this. We seem to destroy Black women as if they mean nothing but hold these white-women chasing black men to a higher standard. Mike has acted like a monster over and over again – Robin just didn’t figure it out before he turned his anger towards her. I see why some black women consider dating outside our race. If I were single again, I would. The rich & famous black men do.

  18. [quote comment=”8241″]I’m with you Teri. Plus let’e be honest here. Mike is still the beneficiary of a code of ethics that says Black men must never be held responsible for their fluck ups. All these years later, even with multiple arrests, Black people still want to hold everyone accountable for Mikes’s problem but Mike. This is why Black men are so screwed up today. We are babying them and not allowing them to stand on their own two feet and act like men by taking responsibility for their actions. As soon as a famous brother screws up Black folks form a circle around him and find someone to blame except for that man himself. R Kelly is another example of this. Plus when you rape or hurt Black women or children nonody cares anyway least of all Black people. We want to protect the image of the Black man at all costs even if it means destroying the image of the Black woman. We are truly a screwed up people.[/quote]
    :iagree: I agree with you 100% Jersey girl you are so on point. As a matter of fact I like a lot of posts you have made on other Brownsista blogs you are on point. I got to admit you have insight on the maddness that is taking place in the black community. I applaud you for stepping up and voicing the truth. There are so many that want but I will so that’s why I have to give kudos to other people like myself that think outside that box. :thumbsup:

  19. :iagree: JERSEY GIRL YOU ARE ON TARGET! Black men get away with almost anything & are not held accountable by the black community for their behavior or actions (ex.r.kelly,hip hop lyrics /videos,deadbeat dads/ absent fathers,child molesters in churches/families
    & neighborhoods,known criminals in neighborhoods–
    drug dealers,rapists,etc.). :brownsista: BLACK FEMALES ARE THE MAIN PROTECTORS (especially older black females) OF FOOLISH,DESTRUCTIVE,CRIMINAL & IRRESPONSIBLE BLACK MALES. Porgy—black females turn to white men for 2 basic reasons: 1)love 2)hurt by black males or given up on black males. ROBIN GIVENS DESERVES TO BE FORGIVEN FOR WRONG DOINGS,WRITE HER BOOK/BE HEARD, BE SUCCESSFUL & SUPPORTED BY THE BLACK COMMUNITY. ALSO,has anyone notice that many black males in the entertainment industry are behaving badly more often (being jerks,
    cheating on wives,developing sexual addictions from
    having different women nightly or weekly,etc.) ?

  20. :booty: [quote comment=”8242″]Robin has dated nothing but White men since divorcing Mike and from looking at her son she adopted a biracial looking child. This is proof to me she was only with funny looking Mike for his money. She was never attracted to him. He was wealthy and what woman doesn’t like money. Robin’s true taste in men has been shown time and time again over the years and it sure isn’t men who look like Mike.[/quote]
    Someone said it purely for money and fame only…As u just said only WM since tyson..Why after all this time she come out and he rape me..TO sell her dam book!

  21. [quote comment=”8386″]:booty: [quote comment=”8242″]Robin has dated nothing but White men since divorcing Mike and from looking at her son she adopted a biracial looking child. This is proof to me she was only with funny looking Mike for his money. She was never attracted to him. He was wealthy and what woman doesn’t like money. Robin’s true taste in men has been shown time and time again over the years and it sure isn’t men who look like Mike.[/quote]
    Someone said it purely for money and fame only…As u just said only WM since tyson..Why after all this time she come out and say he rape me..TO sell her dam book![/quote]

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