5 Facts About 16 And Pregnant’s Markai Durham

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The second half of the new season of 16 And Pregnant has gotten off to a slow start. But MTV more than made up for that last night, by introducing the world to Markai Durham. The now 20 year old is beautiful, intriguing and seemingly intelligent. And yet, there were multiple times last night where I had to turn away from the screen because of something repulsive or idiotic that she said or did. But I was more engaged in her episode than I have been yet this season. Meaning? She'll likely be signed on for the second season of Teen Mom.

What were some of the things we learned about Markai last night? Oh, just that she loves white boy dreads, eating soap and domestic violence. Carry on!

1. Markai had a drug problem before she got pregnant.

From Starcasm:

“According to her Formspring, ‘only once a day when I went out at night,' and confesses that she once overdosed on X pills over a guy!”

Meanwhile, she considers herself bisexual (but is on hiatus from acting on that because she's in a relationship). Also of note: she slept around a lot before meeting her boyfriend James (though she regrets that now).

2. Despite appearances, Markai's boyfriend is actually caucasian.

Markai's boyfriend James has intense dreads, which are all the more noticeable because he is also white. Apparently, he grew up in a very black neighborhood. And while it may at first seem like he's trying to be black, after watching a whole episode, it seems like something else is going on. For instance, MTV needs to use subtitles to translate when he speaks. Maybe James is just creating a new ethnicity?

Meanwhile, James' parents kicked him out of the house when he got his black girlfriend Markai pregnant. But unlike other baby daddies on this show, James actually seems to want to be a good dad. Unfortunately, he can't seem to be a job. At first it seems like a lack of trying. But maybe not. Witness this explanation from his friends (also helpfully subtitled).

“They ain't trying to hire you. Especially you.”
“You white. With dreads.”

It's hard out there for white dreaded pimp, man.

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