Poll: Usher's Relationship Woes May Have Hurt His Image

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78% of respondents say that Usher's relationship problems have hurt his image. 67% say he should never have married Tameka Foster.

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In a recent poll taken by the popular women's website, 78% of the respondents claim that the entertainer Usher's recent wedding drama hurt his image. Usher's relationship overcame a series of ups and downs as the 28 year old singer prepared to wed 37 year old Tameka Foster. Rumors circulated that the marriage was cancelled and that Foster had faked a pregnancy in order to get the singer to return her calls. To the surprise of Usher's audience, the two were married on the weekend of August 7th. Additional controversy came from rumors that Usher fired his mother at the urging of Foster.

Prior to the wedding, Usher was reported to have called several prominent radio show hosts to ask them to stop making jokes about his fiancé. Prominent host Tom Joyner claimed that Usher threatened to "whoop my a..." in response to his jokes. Wendy Williams of WBLS and Angela Martinez of Hot 97 were also reported to have received calls from the singer.

"Usher's drama was likely a publicity stunt to get attention for his upcoming album," says Stacey Gentles, Editor-in-Chief of "But you don't need to declare holy matrimony in order to promote your album."

When asked if Usher should have married Tameka Foster, 67% of the respondents either said "Probably not" or "Definitely not". Additionally, 2/3 of the respondents consider themselves to be Usher fans, though most are not happy with his recent actions.

"The FIERCE411 poll reveals that Usher may have become the Tom Cruise of the black community", says Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University Professor and author of "What if George Bush were a Black Man?" "Usher doesn't want to go to war with gossip columnists and the media, because that can get ugly real fast." is a popular online publication followed by women of color around the world. It is run by graduates of the prestigious Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, and focuses on issues related to Love, relationships, celebrities, prosperity and success for women of color. For more information, please visit For interviews, please call (502) 640-8155.


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