Business mogul and executive producer Tracey Edmonds is stepping out from behind the corner office desk and out from behind the camera to join her man, Deion Sanders, on his new reality show “Deion’s Family Playbook” on OWN. Sure she’s producing the family-focused show, but on this project her main role is as girlfriend to the former NFLer and dad of 10! That’s right, Deion plays daddy to 10 kids (5 biological), plus Tracey’s two sons (with ex-husband Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds). Talk about a blended family!
In between flights to Dallas (where Deion lives) and helming her companies Edmonds Entertainment Group and Our Stories Films, Tracey takes a moment to jump on the phone with CocoaFab’s Amy Elisa Keith to dish about it all: learning to love after two divorces, being a minivan mom, and the future of television for African-Americans.
Amy: What made you really want to step in front of the reality TV cameras because you’re so well versed behind the scenes?
Tracey: To be honest with you, I got pushed in front of the camera. My preference has always been being behind the camera and I always promised that I would remain behind the camera. However, we wanted to keep things real. The real story is Deion’s girlfriend so in order to capture life as it really is with Deion and that requires that I’m front of the camera to show America what Deion’s life is really like. Also I felt protected because we were on OWN and so many other networks amp up the conflict and fighting, producing artificial drama.
Amy: Seems like Deion was very persuasive. He seems like quite the personality. How do you guys balance your different personalities?
Tracey: When we first started dating, I thought ‘You’re the most alpha male I have ever come into my life. You’re about as testosterone driven as any man as I have ever met.’ He’s got a big, strong personality but he teases back that I’m quite the alpha female as well. Our personalities though actually working on the show together we actually really, creatively and instinctively with what we wanted to do we were in sync with everything. I think the biggest challenge was me as a producer, wearing the producer hat as well as being Deion’s girlfriend as well as being on camera was really Deion’s crazy schedule. We only had about six weeks to capture everything going on for the show and so when you have a limited amount of time and Deion all over the place and you’re trying to also capture all the kids and what’s going on with their stories. That was a bit challenging.
Amy: With the blended families how many kids are there in total with both of you?
Tracey: I have two of my own. I have two boys that live out here with me in LA and then Deion he’s got five biological kids and he’s got another five kids on top of that he really is helping to raise. That being the twins that are on the show and then his sister’s kids, TJ the baby and his niece Tia and then Florida who’s the baby. There are 10 in his household and then my two so 12.