Ephriam is a longtime member of the Church Of God In Christ where she can often be seen preaching from time to time. To watch some of his sermons please click here.Ephriam is most known as Madea’s court judge in the Madea films, where he portrays a tough and stern judge who constantly presides over the many cases Madea finds herself in, all of which are the result of her violent and destructive behavior. Madea is never sentenced to prison; instead, she receives harsh but less severe punishments such as house arrest, becoming a foster mother to a troubled teen (played by Keke Palmer), and attending Doctor Phil’s treatment sessions. Ephriam appeared in the film adaptation of the play Diary of a Mad Black Woman for a brief scene. In both Madea’s Family Reunion and Madea Goes to Jail, she played the same judge character. Like a judge, she pronounces her first name “may-BLENE,” as in Chuck Berry’s song “Maybellene.”Mablean Ephriam whose full name is Mablean Deloris Ephriam, Esq. is a former Los Angeles prosecuting attorney. She is well known for her seven seasons as an adjudicator in the courtroom drama Divorce Court, which aired from 1999 to 2006. In the 2006-07 season of the show, she was replaced by Judge Lynn Toler. Ephriam is also well-known for her roles as a judge in Tyler Perry’s Madea movies.Mablean Ephriam whose fullname is Mablean Deloris Ephriam, Esq. is a former Los Angeles prosecuting attorney. She is well known for her seven seasons as an adjudicator in the courtroom drama Divorce Court, which aired from 1999 to 2006. In the 2006-07 season of the show, she was replaced by Judge Lynn Toler. Ephriam is also well-known for her roles as a judge in Tyler Perry’s Madea movies. Judge Lynn Toler, a former judge from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who presided over the short-lived syndicated courtroom TV show Power of Attorney, was appointed in her place. Toler stated on Bailiff Byrd’s Bonding with Byrd web series that she likes Ephriam, that the two have had cordial contacts, and that she later resigned due to her personal objections to Divorce Court production. Ephriam was named the show’s arbitrator in 1999, when the television courtroom series Divorce Court (the longest program in the court show genre) was revived for the third time for a 17th season. She was the first celebrity to appear on the reality show Divorce Court. The show has previously relied on dramatic reenactments of real-life divorce disputes. She was also the series’ first African-American and female president. From the 1999–00 season until the 2005–06 season, Ephriam presided over Divorce Court for 7 seasons.
Mablean Ephriam Foundation is a charity organization that offers financial empowerment, educates minds and strengthening families. We Have a Dream Television show.Ephriam is 72 years old as of 2021. She was born on April 23, 1949, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States. She celebrates her birthday on 23rd April every year.Despite the fact that she had never served as a judge before presiding over Divorce Court, she brought tremendous legal experience and understanding to the series. She began her legal career as a prison officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Women’s Division. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1978 after taking night studies at Whittier Law School. Mablean started her own law firm in 1982, focusing on personal injury and family law disputes. She quickly advanced through the ranks of the Los Angeles Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
She was married to Cassuis Paxton upto 1981 when the two got divorced. However, not much is known about her ex-husband. We will be sure to keep you updated once this information is available to us.Ephriam graduated with honors from Thomas Jefferson High School in South Central Los Angeles. For her undergraduate studies, she was awarded a four-year academic scholarship to Pitzer College in Claremont, California. She took a sabbatical from school after marrying and having four children, working in a variety of occupations before receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Whittier College School of Law in 1978. She was admitted to the California State Bar in November 1978, after passing the State Bar exams for the first time.Ephriam was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to Mable Ephriam and Robert T. Ephriam. However, she was raised in Los Angeles, California, from the age of six. She lost her mother in February 2010. She has six siblings; Robert Allen Ephriam, Mae Ephriam Stewart, Lee Ola Wade, Richard Carl Ephriam, Frank Charles Ephriam and Marilyn Walker.Well known as Madea’s court judge, Ephriam portrays a strict and stern judge character in Madea films, who frequently presides over the many cases Madea lands herself into, always as result of violent and destructive conduct. The judge never sentences Madea to prison, instead she gives Madea unflattering though less severe punishments such as house arrest, becoming foster mother to a wayward teen (played by Keke Palmer) and going to therapy sessions with Doctor Phil.Ephriam’s trademark phrase on Divorce Court was “Look deep before you leap,” advising would-be newlyweds to examine each other’s behaviors and attitudes carefully before they decide to marry. While Ephriam encouraged her litigants to discuss sensitive issues to get to the heart of what was causing their divorce, she was quick to restore order in her courtroom when things got out of hand, and she scolded her litigants for disrespectful behavior towards herself and each other in court.In March 2006, it was announced that Ephriam would leave Divorce Court at the end of the 2005–06 season (her seventh behind the bench), reportedly because she and the show’s producers were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension. Among other things, Ephriam took objection to the show’s refusal to increase her salary. As an additional dimension of the contract discord, Ephriam alleged that she was forbade from altering her hairstyle for the entirety of that following television season, that the network reasoned that her hairstyles were too time-consuming for their hair and makeup team. In a press release statement over the matters, Ephriam stated, “When will FOX and the rest of America accept our cultural differences as African Americans and embrace us with all of our different hairstyles, hair textures, hair color.” She was replaced by Judge Lynn Toler, a former judge from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who formerly presided over the short-lived syndicated courtroom TV show Power of Attorney. On Bailiff Byrd’s Bonding with Byrd web series, Toler shared that she is fond of Ephriam, that the two have had pleasant interactions, and that she later had her own objections to Divorce Court production leading to her resignation.
In the fall of 2014, Ephriam returned to TV with a new court room series, produced by Entertainment Studios. Airing in syndication and ES’s Justice Central network, it is the fifth courtroom series from Entertainment Studios. Episodes are filmed in Culver City, CA.In 1999, the television courtroom series Divorce Court was revived a third time for a 17th season, and Ephriam was named the show’s arbitrator. She was the first star of the reality-based version of Divorce Court. Previous to that, the show used dramatic reenactments of real-life divorce cases. She was also the first African American and female to preside over the series (the three judges that have followed her also African American females). Ephriam presided over Divorce Court for 7 seasons, from the 1999–00 season through the 2005–06 season.
However, the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit would not dismiss a case just because the victim did not want to prosecute. This policy was intended to protect police officers as well as domestic violence victims, Ephriam told the Los Angeles Times. “More police were injured in response to domestic violence calls than anything else, and you put them in a precarious position when you do that,” she was quoted as saying. “Also, when you don’t follow through, it says to the perpetrator, ’You can do this again.’”As the judge on the number one-rated new television show Divorce Court, Mablean Ephriam, is by turns tough, compassionate, and very funny. It would certainly require a sense of humor to deal with the divorcing couples on her show, who scream, cry, swear, insult each other, and reveal the most intimate secrets of their failed marriages—all while the cameras are rolling.Information about Ephriam’s early life is scarce; unlike the couples on her show, she is very protective of her privacy, and in interviews has spoken primarily about her professional accomplishments.Though not an actual judge, Ephriam is an attorney with more than 20 years of courtroom experience. “I don’t think they could have picked a better person,” U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, who has worked with Ephriam, told the Los Angeles Times. “Not only is she a very competent attorney, I know her to be warm, engaging and no-nonsense,” she added. After practicing law for more than 20 years, Ephriam heard that Twentieth Television was looking for a judge for a new version of Divorce Court. She had never planned on a career in television, but decided to give it a try. “I’m 50,” she was quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times in 1999. “Why not change going into my second part of the century by doing something new and different?” After passing the bar, Ephriam spent five years as a deputy city attorney in Los Angeles. During this time, she helped found the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit of the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. “At the time, society was turning its back on domestic violence and pretending it didn’t exist,” Ephriam told the Los Angeles Times. “And when we filed a criminal case, the female victim would usually say, ’l don’t want to testify,’” she continued.While a major part of the appeal of “Divorce Court” is taking pleasure in the suffering of others, Ephriam hopes that viewers will learn a lesson from these real-life marital conflicts. “One advantage of the show, for those who are married and going through some difficulty, is that they may see themselves,” she told David Crary of the Associated Press. “When you hear it from somebody else, you think, ’Do I say that? Is that what I sound like?’ People who are thinking of marriage might rethink constructively,” she continued.While Divorce Court has been an unqualified success, Ephriam has encountered controversy in other aspects of her life. In August of 2000, she was hit with a malpractice suit. A former client claimed that Ephriam failed to present relevant evidence in a child custody case, and did not inform the client of a court hearing.Ephriam has said that as a child, she wanted to become a lawyer, but these ambitions were put on hold as she got married and raised four children. Her first law-related job was actually in law enforcement: she was a correctional officer at the Women’s Division of the
During her legal career, Ephriam served as the president of Los Angeles’ Black Women Lawyers group, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar and State Bar of California Family Law Sections. She also received several awards for her contributions to the community. In 1993, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles gave Ephriam a Distinguished Service Award for co-founding the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. Two years later, she received the California Woman of the Year Award from the State Assembly’s 48th District. In 1997, Whittier College of Law, Ephriam’s alma mater, named her Alumnus of the Year.
In yet another case, a wife and her cross-dressing husband were fighting over a woman’s mink coat. Ephriam decreed that they should each try the coat on, and she would award it to the one who looked better. The winner turned out to be the man. “When you hear the stories, you have trouble holding back the laughter or the tears or the anger,” Ephriam told David Crary of the Associated Press. “Some of the stuff is just utterly ridiculous.”Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:
While Ephriam is not an actual judge, she has filled in for judges in Los Angeles superior and municipal courts. She has also served as hearing examiner for the Los Angeles civil service commission. “I’ve sat as a mediator, and I’ve decided a lot of cases,” she told John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Judging is simply making decisions based upon the facts and the evidence presented to you, and coming to some logical conclusions based upon some law and fact. And that’s what I’ll be doing—judging. I don’t necessarily have the title of ’judge’ in order to enable me to do that.”Like the litigants on Divorce Court, Ephriam herself is divorced—but she could never imagine airing her grievances on television, she told Kiesewetter. “I had a very amiable divorce. My ex-husband and I were able to sit down and decide what we were going to do. I’m quite private in my dealings.”
Member: Co-founder, Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, 1982; past president, Los Angeles’ Black Women Lawyers group; former member, Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar and State Bar of California Family Law Sections.And despite the number of failed marriages Ephriam sees, she remains a strong believer in marriage, she told the Los Angeles Times. “I think it’s wonderful. And I hope to do it again sometime soon. I’m not jaded,” she was quoted as saying. “When you’re married, you have a partner, a friend, someone to talk to, to laugh with, to share your joys, your disappointments, your fears, your successes, all of that,” she concluded.
The role of judge may have been completely new, but Ephriam rose to the challenge: in fact, of the 100 prospective judges, she was the only one to get her audition right on the first try. This audition, as well as her substantial legal experience, won Ephriam the job. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, Ephriam decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer. Supporting herself and her family by working as a legal secretary, she attended the Whittier College of Law at night. She earned her law degree from Whittier in 1978. Kim Kardashian-West was born on October 21, 1980 in Los Angeles to mom Kris Jenner and dad Robert Kardashian. Her parents divorced in 1991 and her father passed away in 2003 of esophageal cancer. Her mom was then married to Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) for 22 years. Kardashian-West has three siblings \u2013 Kourtney, Khloe, and Rob \u2013 and two half-sisters \u2013 Kendall and Kylie. She wed for the first time in 2000 at the age of 19 to music producer Damon Thomas, but the union ended in 2004. She bounced back with flings with Ray J and Reggie Bush. A sex tape with Ray J put Kardashian-West on the map and turned her into a household name. She went on to marry NBA player Kris Humphries in an elaborate televised wedding in August 2011, but split only 72 days later. Then, sparks flew between Kardashian-West and musician\/designer Kanye West. The power couple exchanged vows on May 24, 2014 and have two children together \u2013 daughter North (born June 15, 2013) and son Saint (born December 5, 2015). Besides being the queen of reality TV on her family\u2019s E! series \u201cKeeping Up With the Kardashians,\u201d which premiered in 2007, and its spin-offs, Kardashian-West is a fashion icon. In partnership with sisters Kourtney and Khloe, she owns a boutique named Dash and has put her name on several fragrances. She also competed on Season Seven of \u201cDancing With the Stars\u201d with pro partner Mark Ballas. Before stepping into the spotlight, Kardashian-West worked for then-pal Paris Hilton as her closet organizer. The star was victim to a robbery and held at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room in October 2016.Ryan Seacrest was born in Atlanta, Georgia in December 24th, 1974. He\u00b4s a radio host as well as a television host and producer. He has his own production company named \”Ryan Seacrest Productions\”. Ryan started his radio career at the early age of 15 while working on a radio station in Atlanta called \”WSTR\” and he made his first appearance on TV hosting \”Radical Outdoor Challenge\”. Seacrest got his biggest role on TV in 2002 when he accepted to be Co-host with Brian Dunkleman in \”American Idol\” and in 2003 he was the only host\u00a0since Dunkleman left the show. American Idol has been since its beginning a huge success and has put Ryan Seacrest in a national and international spotlight.\u00a0 Seacrest studied journalism at the University of Georgia in the fall of 1992. There, he would continue his radio show at a local Athens station. Seacrest left UGA at age 19 and moved to Hollywood to continue his broadcasting career. While there, he attended Santa Monica City College for a short time. By the time he was 20, he had landed a job in Los Angeles at KYSR-FM 98.7’s afternoon show, called Ryan Seacrest for the Ride Home. His starting pay was $15 an hour. It became the station’s No. 1 show and was nationally syndicated. In January 2004, Seacrest became the new host of the radio program American Top 40, a syndicated weekly countdown show, created and formerly hosted by Casey Kasem. The show was syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. In February 2004, Seacrest became host of popular Los Angeles radio station KIIS’s morning show, replacing long-time host Rick Dees. This show, also known as On Air With Ryan Seacrest, remains on the air. Seacrest is the host, executive producer of this syndicated daily show airing on over 150 stations in North America alone, with affiliates worldwide. Kasem had been one of Seacrest’s radio idols when he was growing up, along with Dick Clark. Seacrest asked Clark for some career advice, and Clark told him, \”I believe a stake in ownership is important to have,\” and so Seacrest negotiated a piece of the ownership for the televised ‘On Air’\”. Seacrest stated, \”So maybe in 20 years it will still be called ‘On Air’, with someone else hosting the show, but I can still produce it. Because, let’s be honest, you don’t know how long people are going to let you into their homes.\”
The former TV judge said there was another issue — she did not want to tape as many as eight cases a day because \”divorce is a very emotional issue.\” She was also upset that FOX would no longer pay for the show’s holiday luncheon .Mablean adds that she wore a wig last season after losing a substantial amount of hair because of a chemical process gone bad. She feels that FOX wanted her to continue wearing a wig to save time in taping the show.
Mablean’s statement veers away from salary and onto hairier issues. She says “the most unacceptable demand to me was when FOX said, ‘There will be no changes in the current hairstyle to avoid time consuming issues regarding her hair.” She believes FOX’s position could violate Federal law, calling it “a racial and ethnic issue.”FOX gave Mablean the boot after seven years because they say Mablean was asking for a lot more money than the network was willing to shell out. TMZ is told two million a year was not enough for Mablean, so FOX said farewell.Singer\/songwriter Jason Derulo was born Jason Desrouleaux on September 21, 1989 in Miami, FL. His parents are originally from Haiti and Derulo is the youngest of three children. Some of his hit songs include \u201cTalk Dirty,\u201d \u201cWiggle,\u201d and \u201cWant to Want Me.\u201d Derulo and then-girlfriend \u201cAmerican Idol\u201d winner Jordin Sparks put their romance on full display in the music video for his single \u201cMarry Me,\u201d but the pair went through a nasty public split in 2014. He\u2019s written songs for the likes of Birdman, Diddy, Sean Kingston, Pitbull, and Lil Wayne. Derulo is the recipient of BMI Pop Awards and Teen Choice Awards and nominated for a multitude of other honors. He majored in musical theater at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan and even appeared on Broadway in \u201cRent.\u201d Derulo survived a nearly fatal accident in January 2012 when he landed on his head doing a back tuck, resulting in a serious neck injury. He put his dance knowledge to use as a judge on Seasons 12 and 13 of FOX\u2019s \u201cSo You Think You Can Dance.\u201dBorn in California, Tom Hanks grew up in what he calls a \”fractured\” family. His parents were pioneers in the development of marriage dissolution law in that state, and Tom moved around a lot, living with a succession of step-families. No problems, no abuse, no alcoholism, just a confused childhood. He had no acting experience in college and, in fact, credits the fact that he couldn’t get cast in a college play with actually starting his career – he went downtown, auditioned for a community theater play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started. He met his second wife, actress Rita Wilson on the set of the his television show Bosom Buddies, she appeared in one episode in the second season (1981) – they have two children and Tom has another son and daughter by his first wife. In 1996, he made his first step behind the camera, directing as well as starring and writing the film That Thing You Do!. Thomas Jeffrey \”Tom\” Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. Hanks worked in television and family-friendly comedies, gaining wide notice in 1988’s Big, before achieving success as a dramatic actor in several notable roles, including Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, the title role in Forrest Gump, Commander James A. Lovell in Apollo 13, Captain John H. Miller in Saving Private Ryan, Joe Fox in You’ve Got Mail and Chuck Noland in Cast Away. Hanks won consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards, in 1993 for Philadelphia and in 1994 for Forrest Gump. U.S. domestic box office totals for his films exceed $3.9 billion. He is the father of actor Colin Hanks. Mablean’s statement veers away from salary and onto hairier issues. She says \”the most unacceptable demand to me was when FOX said, ‘There will be no changes in the current hairstyle to avoid time consuming issues regarding her hair.\” She believes FOX’s position could violate Federal law, calling it \”a racial and ethnic issue.\”