Real Relationship Talk With Jeff Johnson

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JEFF: Yeah, that is really hot! And you know what’s crazy to me? We watch this for eight seasons on “The Cosby Show” with the Huxtables and never get it. You never saw Clair diminish herself in front of Cliff like that.

I know that so much of that was so unrealistic on certain levels, but why does it have to be? I know couples like that, and they may not be the power couple at the top of the medical and law game, but they are a working couple that are both on their grind. If partnership and friendship are not the foundation, then ultimately, competition is. We are competing for whose wrong the most; we are competing on who’s right the most.

DEYA: You know, you’re dropping science right now! This is good!

JEFF: We are competing about who’s going to submit first because we were never friends – so we can’t be partners. See, I don’t even know why you got me talking like this – you know this is not my field.

DEYA: Lord, have mercy … it’s good is what it is. It’s real talk!

JEFF: (Laughs)

Jeff’s book is titled: Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am Discovering Your Personal Best.

Deya “Direct” Smith is a producer on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” and host of Girlfriend FM, where Females Matter Most, as well as Beyond the Studio celebrity interviews on She is also a motivational speaker, actress and social commentator. She can be reached at

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