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Love is a battlefield, and sometimes there are casualties. This deadly and tragic dynamic is at the heart of “Killer Relationship with Faith Jenkins,” premiering Sunday, January 16 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
Leading the series that explores how some romances can turn fatally wrong is Faith Jenkins, who’s equally fluent in legal-ese and the language of love. Her experiences laying down the law and writing the book on relationships makes her uniquely qualified for the hosting spot.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all my years in courts,” she tells Oxygen, “it’s that everyone has secrets.” Before the new series debuts, here’s the 411 on the host.
She has southern roots.
Born in 1977 in Louisiana, she studied political science at Louisiana Tech University before graduating from the Southern University Law Center at the top of her class.
Jenkins knows the law and has covered it from every angle.
Jenkins launched her law career as a litigator in New York City before becoming an assistant district attorney prosecuting criminals in Manhattan. She has also provided legal commentary for CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC over the years.
Jenkins is a judge who’s informed by experience and empathy.
In 2014, Jenkins hit the bench on “Judge Faith,” a daytime TV show revolving around arbitration cases that ran for four years. She’s currently the presiding judge of the long-running popular series “Divorce Court,” where she helps couples resolve personal and legal disputes.
Personal and professional experience, along with empathy, are key for her in this role, she said in a 2020 NY Daily News report. “My legal expertise combined with my personal life experience — including years of dating in the world of social media and technology — provides me a unique perspective that will inform my empathy and judgment for many of the issues couples raise on the show.”
She’s parlayed pageantry into meaningful platforms.
Jenkins was the first African-American woman to win the Miss Louisiana Tech title and she used her year of service to inspire and encourage youths. In 2000, she won the Miss Louisiana title and advanced to compete in the Miss America 2001 competition, where she was named first runner-up.
She wrote the book on love.
Jenkins married singer Kenny Lattimore in 2020. In November 2021, her book, “Sis, Don’t Settle: How to Stay Smart in Matters of the Heart,” dropped. The book offers her perspective on relationships — what makes them tick and why they falter.
“We all make mistakes. To be truly smart and successful in relationships, we have to learn from them,” she writes in her book. “Unlike a therapist, who takes years to get to the heart of a client’s bad choices, I call my litigants out on theirs in the moment, and I tell them exactly how they’ve screwed up and how to fix their lives moving forward.”
Expect more of that straight-up point of view when “Killer Relationship with Faith Jenkins” airs Sunday, January 16 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
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