Jackie Christie of Basketball Wives' Favorite LA Salons and Restaurants
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Reality star Jackie Christie, of VH1’s Basketball Wives, is one of the most controversial cast members of the LA franchise, often at the forefront of the show’s many conflicts. Whether engaging in a shouting match or, as recently televised, a physical altercation, Christie’s image, like that of many reality stars, is often characterized as a backdrop for violence and mudslinging among black women on television. But Christie, the wife of retired LA Laker Doug Christie, says she is often misunderstood, and is much more than a trash-talking basketball wife. She’s a mother, an author of five books (one she co-authored with her husband), CEO of her own music recording label, Jean Rah Fya Records, and a clothing designer. Despite, or perhaps because of the controversy on the show, Christie doesn't have many regrets. “I hope that everyone can understand that I’m 100 percent authentic,” Christie says. But there is one thing that gives her pause. “I regret using so much profanity," she says. "I have a huge following of young fans who watch the show." Christie tells VIBE that she is working on her sixth book, Sexual Relations, a his-and-her relationship guide to greater love. She also revealed what’s bumping on her iPod (“Diamonds” by Rihanna), and shared her thoughts on the Miami Heat players giving championship rings to their wives and girlfriends. “It’s adorable,” she says. “My husband used to always tell me that if he ever won a championship I would get one too. He didn’t win, but he came close.” While she may not have that ring, she certainly knows a thing or two about Los Angeles. Check out Christie’s most treasured restaurants and salons in the City of Angels.
The Cheesecake Factory
"There are over 100 things on its menu so you can always find something to eat. The red velvet cheesecake is to die for."
Oscar and Evelyn Overton started an American tradition with their cheesecake. With more than 200 menu selections like the orange chicken and grilled pork chops, and a home-away-from-home feel, fans say the Cheesecake Factory is anything but overrated. Dishes like the Cajun jambalaya pasta and the lemon-herb roasted chicken will make you forget you're at a popular food chain, and have you thinking you're at a five star restaurant. If you squint your eyes a little bit.
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