Tika Sumpter is the 2nd lady to pose for the cover of the revived digital magazine, VIBE Vixen. In the October 2011 issue, the 28-year-old actress talked about the reality of the entertainment business and talked a bit about her life while being raised by her mother:
On sexuality & growing up in a single-parent household:
Not growing up with a dad was really hard, but my mom was so on point. She was a lover and the authority that basically gave us whoopings. If you missed that bus to school, you were walking. I saw my mom struggle a lot which made me not want to do the things normal teenagers do. I was super prude in junior high and high school; the prudest person in the pack. I was so active in school that I wasn’t even thinking about sex. Even my girlfriend and I, who are best friends since junior high, we were talking and she was like, ‘Tika, nobody knows what they’re doing in junior high, middle school or high school with sex, so why is everybody in a rush?’
On the pressures & reality of the entertainment industry:
I think there’s pressure on everybody; let’s not deceive ourselves. It’s definitely a beauty business. It [matters] how your face looks, how your body looks, how everything looks. All the blogs talk about it, and they pick on people. The blogs and magazines will be quick to show what’s wrong with a person, so I think there’ s a lot of pressure to try to maintain themselves as much as possible. [Source]
Sumpter also shared a bit about her hopes for the relationship between her character Jenna Rice and football star Malik Wright in the upcoming season of BET’s The Game. New episodes are scheduled to premiere in January 2012!