by Cesca Janece Waterfield
Today they’re wealthy stars who by turns get hands clapping and tongues wagging, but Jackie and Doug Christie grew up in working class neighborhoods in Seattle, Washington. After high school, Doug’s athletic ability won him a scholarship to Pepperdine University in Malibu. In 1992, the two met and Doug became the 17th pick in the NBA draft, eventually joining the Seattle Supersonics. The couple dated for three and a half years before getting married. Since then, Doug has played for the LA Lakers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers.
The Christie’s love affair has drawn a lot of attention and not all of it has been good. Jackie has been the subject of accusations that a visit to www.snopes.com refutes. Their tradition of re-marrying every July 8th is viewed as admirable by many but has also inspired amusement and envy. Nevertheless, the Christies are going strong, the subject of a BET television show, The Christies: Committed. They have three children, and apparently, there’s an addendum to the proverb about prayer; a family that writes together stays together: The Christies wrote No Ordinary Love about their relationship. Their 16 year old daughter, Chantel, recently released I Want to Live: A Teenager’s Guide to Self-Love. Jackie has penned Woman! A Practical Guide to Loving the Skin You’re In, and most recently, Proud to Be a Colored Girl which features an associated clothing line. She spoke to Urban Views Weekly last week from her home on the West Coast. She is friendly and considerate in conversation and her conviction for helping girls and women is convincing.