Yesha Callahan

Tasha Smith And The Case For Background Checks

photo-188May we be so bold as to suggest Tyler Perry use the real life of one of his favorite actresses — Tasha Smith — as the inspiration for his next movie because that’s exactly what the circumstances of the Jersey funny girl’s recently annulled marriage sound like.

When Tasha filed for divorce from her husband after four years of marriage last year, we assumed this was a typical Hollywood split (until she filed for a restraining order) and when the divorce was finalized in March of this year we wished her good luck. Little did we know, the drama was far from over. Just a few days ago, Tasha got her marriage to her manager, whom she married after dating him for one year, annulled on the basis of fraud. Turns out Keith, aka Rory, Davis was nothing close to what he said he was.

While Tasha thought she married a reputable man of God, her former man was actually a five-time divorcée, much to her surprise. And Keith was full of surprises, like the fact that he hadn’t paid taxes in nearly 10 years and also had a criminal past. But the icing on the fraudulent cake was lying about how many kids he actually had. Oh, and he was cheating too. See why a judge ruled in favor of an annulment?

And while we’re happy Tasha is free to carry on as though this marriage never happened, in the eyes of the law at least, we’re sad it took four years for her find these things out. On one hand you could argue getting married after being together for one year was too soon and Tasha would’ve known who she was about to jump the broom with had she waited a little longer. I’d like to argue for thorough background checks before becoming anyone’s Mrs. Yes, that is my takeaway from her tale.

More time in the dating phase may have revealed Keith’s philandering ways, and possibly even a kid or two if the baby mamas popped up, but when you’re caught up with a con artist — or an extremely dishonest man — no amount of conversation is going to reveal his disastrous financial issues (until you file that first joint tax return) or a criminal past. But you know what will? A background check — and I mean an official one, not just a quick Google search, though that’s a good place to start before a date.

Let the Internet tell it, if you feel the need to do a background check on someone you’re planning to marry you probably shouldn’t be marrying them — at least not until you get your trust issues under control — and I’m inclined to agree. That’s why background checks should be done earlier in the relationship, perhaps somewhere between “I like this guy” and “I can see myself marrying him one day”?

Getting to know a potential romantic mate is emotionally exhilarating, but if we look at this from a logical perspective, the fact is employers and landlords tend to know more about the people we’re dating than we do. There’s certainly something to be said for good old conversation and asking tough questions but there’s also no better peace of mind than comes with having data to back up what someone tells you — or refute it. (That’s why we ask men for their actual STD test results rather than take their word for it.)

This may sound like a crazy proposition, but women’s intuition — as strong as it is — will only get us so far in this dating game. I, personally, would rather know about a man’s hidden past before I’m his girlfriend so by the time we’re talking about me becoming his wife, both my head and my heart (and my wallet) know what I’m getting into. Now as for whether I would tell my significant other I ran a background check on him if things checked out…I need to think on that a little more.

Do you run background checks on potential mates or do you think it’s dishonest?

  1. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    Yes, background checks and complete vetting should be conducted. Better to experience disappointment early on before getting in too deep emotionally, legally, and financially, then to face major long term heartache and drama later that could cost you in more ways than one. I would rather be alone with my heart and financial business in order than to be in the company of a busted heart and an empty bank account.

    • December 25, 2015 - Reply


      Amen! There is no shame in looking out for yourself. If celebrities can be duped, that means regular people have to be that much more vigilant given that we don’t have the resources that they have.

  2. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    From my experience, people who lie are inconsistent. There is no stability in their life. There is a different story every time. A background check would help though.

  3. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    Google, spokeo, Facebook and other social media have helped me on numerous occasions in discovering certain things that weren’t disclosed to me. If you have doubts about someone, most likely your right.

    • December 25, 2015 - Reply


      Yes. A 30 second Google search gave me two mugshots of a guy I was seriously crushing on a few years ago. He was arrested two times for sexual assault.

      • December 27, 2015 - Reply


        Oh, girl! You dodged a bullet.

        • December 28, 2015 - Reply


          I sure did Noirluv. Dude is handsome and presents himself as a gentleman. I could not tell exactly what he was accused of but the charges for the penal code listed with his mugshots (in the state where he was arrested) range from aggravated sexual assault to sex with a minor. I felt nauseous after reading all that.

      • December 28, 2015 - Reply


        Similar situation with a workman who was referred by a neighbor, when I realized he wanted to date a basic google check showed his mug shot as a sex offender of (an adult female, used a drug to offend). He was trying too hard to come across as a good guy, ladies ..if something doesn’t feel right it isn’t.

  4. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    If I had her $$$ then background checks would have def happened!

  5. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    Background checks are definitely great. If someone has nothing to hide, then that person should have no problems or qualms with a background check. We live in a time of serious issues among numerous people. We have to trust our intuition and focus on safety for ourselves and for the people that we care about. It is better to know the real truth early on than to experience massive hurt later on as a product of person using deception. Yes, people should have STD tests before folks have any form of sexual contact. Deception a’int got nothing to do with Love. Love is the quintessential expression of trust, transparency, respect, and honesty. I feel for Sister Tasha Smith. I wish her more blessings in her life.

  6. December 25, 2015 - Reply

    Background checks and going to the doctor to check for STDs these are some crazy times we are living in and one can’t be too careful.

  7. December 26, 2015 - Reply

    Background checks, mental health checks, medical health checks, social media checks, family history, word of mouth around the neighborhood, etc. you can never be to safe these days. There are a lot of wolves in sheep clothing who wait until they trap you to unleash the beast sort to speak . Furthermore, I would advise sticking to your own time table on getting to know someone, I know there is a lot of pressure and society’s timetable for women to get the ring, married, have a baby and a family ASAP but you can’t rush through the initial stages which are critical. Personally, I would never marry someone within a year of dating.

    • December 26, 2015 - Reply


      I agree with you totally.

  8. December 26, 2015 - Reply

    When I met my fiancé she tried to do some Google research on my. The funny part is is that I don’t do Facebook, Istagram, or Twitter. I like my personal business to stay personal. Don’t judge me 🙂

    She couldn’t find anything on me. I’ve never been locked up or on the news for anything. I found out later on in the relationship that she did all that which didn’t upset me but I wanted her to know I wasn’t hiding anything. I went to the County Jail and got a criminal history done on me. They out a big red stamp on there that said, “No Charges.”

    A few weeks later I went and got my normal physical and made sure the blood work was done and focused on STDs. Obviously, the results came back negative.

    My fiancé told me weeks later that she was blown away by my actions. She’s never had someone do that before. I’ve always told her I wil box myself in; therefore, I can’t lie.

    Guys, get tested and don’t be afraid to show your past. Women appreciate honesty!

    • December 27, 2015 - Reply


      “I like my personal business to stay personal. Don’t judge me :)” No judgement here! I don’t put my personal business out there either.

    • December 27, 2015 - Reply


      I did judge:

      An “Individual” with No Facebook, Instagram, Twitter hunger/thirst for validation from someone else’s money-making Ca$h Cow CREATION



  9. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    Um a year is plenty enough time to date and get married. And you’re assuming she didn’t do a background check or any of that, was he even using his legal name? Legal social? (I can tell you some stories). Con artists are VERY good at hiding who they are. I doubt this was as simple as a “missed” background check.

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