PHOTOS VIDEO Meet Markai Durham from 16 and Pregnant Season 2b
          

16 and Pregnant's Markai Durham

It has been almost nine months since the trailer for the first half of 16 and Pregnant Season 2 was released and for those nine months the number one question asked by fans of the show has been, “Who’s the girl with the dreadlocks that attacks her baby daddy?!?”

On November 16 that question will be answered when we meet Markai Durham, a 17-year-old half-Jamaican, half-Bahamian bisexual powder keg from Tampa, Florida with a dangerously short fuse!

So far the episodes in this half of the season have been relatively tame drama-wise, though not lacking in emotion and harsh reality! Markai looks as though she may change all that with her fiery personality and apparent flair for the dramatic.

Markai Durham from 16 and Pregnant Season 2b

When asked on her Formspring account about the now-infamous argument with her baby daddy James, Markai says, “Once you know why you’ll understand, Amber hits Gary for no reason, my reason was very touching & emotional.” (I will update the post after her episode airs and we find out the real reason!)

Here’s the original trailer – Markai and James’ spat is right around the 1:20 mark:

Markai was quite the rebel and had a history of drug use prior to becoming a mother. She mentions on her Formspring that she used to take ecstasy “only once a day when I went out at night,” and confesses that she once overdosed on X pills over a guy!

But when she started dating James, Markai began to tone down her wild ways. Markai sums it up this way:

I’m the girl who just ain’t give a damn about anyone else or myself, the one who just lived for that day and not the next. I’m the one who fought ANYONE ’cause it was 90 degrees outside. Then I met James and I started to cool down with the drugs and the different men every other night. And then I got pregnant and that’s all I can tell you. You will have to watch the rest.

Markai Durham James and daughter Za'karia from 16 and Pregnant

Markai gave birth to daughter Za’karia Sanari Worsham (Za-Car-Ree-Ah) on October 12, 2009. Za’karia, which is rastafarian for “God’s chosen Queen”, was 7 pounds even and 20 inches at birth. The troubled teen had just turned 17 when she got pregnant and will turn 19 this December 2.

The young mom credits the birth of her daughter for turning her life around and giving her direction and stability. On Formspring someone asked her where she would be if it weren’t for the birth of Kari (her nickname for Za’karia):

Honest I would be in someone’s prison or in a body bag if it wasn’t for Kari. Everyone hears about girls who have kids and just wished they could all go back because life is just too much with a baby on their hips, but in my case that’s totally not true. My baby made me better and without her I wouldn’t know loyalty, trust and unconditional love.

What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are as a mother? Anything you wish you hadn’t of done in the past?

I don’t regret anything in my past that means I can’t forgive myself. I believe I have a lot of strengths as a mom, especially just being there for my baby .. My weakness is always trying to pull away from James. I’m so used to a woman doing all the parenting I used to not let James do anything as an active father in his daughter’s life.

Just like most of the girls this season Markai was able to graduate high school and she has her sights set on community college. Currently she is working at Micabella in the Brandon Mall selling makeup and James is working for a collection agency.

Here’s a preview clip of the episode from MTV:

UPDATE - Be sure to watch Markai’s 16 and Pregnant follow-up interview with SuChin Pak during which she talks about James, Za’karia, doing drugs, eating soap and more!

If you want to keep up with Markai, James and Za’karia you can follow Markai’s official Facebook fan page, her Myspace page or her Formspring account. She seems very diligent to this point about anwering each and every question, but that may all change after her episode airs.

Here are a few more questions and answers from her Formspring account in which Markai addresses abortion, tattoos, her bisexuality and Jame’s upbringing:

(My apologies for the capital letters at the beginning of each word – Markai regards it as some sort of signature and I just didn’t have the energy to go in and change them any more)

I was just wondering if you ever considered having an abortion and what are your thoughts about it. I don’t mean anything, just curious that’s all. =)

I Am Not Against Abortion At All, I Feel As If You Got To Do What Makes Life Easier. I Would Say Though Abortion Is Not A Birth Control, And You Shouldn’t Take It As One. If You Don’t Have Any Other Options Like You Can’t Have The Baby For Whatever Reason And Adoption Isn’t An Option Either, You Have To Do Whats Right

A pregnant Markai Durham poses with baby daddy James

Do you have any tattoos?

Yes I Have 9 …. one on my stomach that says juicy (which i regret it was my first tattoo) james first and last name on my right and left thigh with a crown over his first name , i have two paw prints each in between my thighs scratching (my second tattoo which i regret) and za’karia’s feet prints on my two feet with her name and the date she was born (i’m gettin stars added to it) … i love tattoo’s ! its the thing that helps me relax so much. we go like once a month to get more.

not being racist at ALL..but since James is white what did his parents say about him bringing a black girl home & havinq a baby with her?

They Weren’t Supportive At All. Never Even Seen Me Pregnant. Didn’t Even Want To Be Around Me. They Also Kicked James Out (You Will See That On My Show) James Was Raised In The West Tampa Projects. He Was The ONLY WHITE THERE!!! From Home To School To Down The Street All He Seen Was Blacks. Loved Blacks Fought Blacks Ate With Blacks That’s All He Knew., Now How Could You Blame Him For Being Raised The Way He Was. They Just Thought He Was Trying To Act Black (I Don’t Know How You Can Act Black) But Just Like They Were Raised To Be Racist And Acted Upon It That’s EXACTKY WHAT HE DID

James from 16 and Pregnant Season 2b

Did you lose your virginity to James?

No I Didn’t (Sadly To Say) Me && My Friends Had This Pact That By The Time We Left High School We Would All Lose Our Virginity On Te Same Night (Stupid Ass Bet Huh) I Regret It Every Time I Make Love To James Because Iove Him ! I Never Even Thought About Love Back Than

are you bisexual?

Yes I Am

do you like girls? or were you just experimenting?

I Think Girls Are Sexy && Beautiful Me && James Look At Girls And Say How Sexy They Are. But I’m In A Committed Relationship Now

Are You Still Bi; And How Is The Baby Doing?

I Check Out Girls With James Sometimes. But We’re In A Commited Relationship. So I Guess No

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    • Mel

      … I already can’t stand this girl.

      • lucia

        Mel, what is it about her that you can’t stand? is it her honesty at admitting that she’s not perfect and has made mistakes, or that she’s doing the best she can to raise her daughter and work at her relationship as an adult would,or that she has a job, or that she has plans for her future? oh!!!!!! i’m sorry did i list too many things for you to choose from? before you make a statement you should look in your mirror and see if anything applies to you first. Markai is a sweet girl trying to better herself and maybe you should do the same.

        • Y??

          agreed

        • smh

          I agree !

    • Sindi

      I agree and I cannot stand that he is white but talks like he is black! That drives me nuts and it will be hard to get through that episode.

      • phan

        That is really blind of you to say. I know plenty of different kinds of people from all over, and are all colors. I worked with James briefly, and one thing he doesn’t do, is talk like he is black. He isn’t a poser. That is just how he talks. So here is a question for you, what color person do you think of when you hear a country accent?

        • Dequan

          you only work wit him a shawt time cuz he cant keep a job. homie a loser.

      • smh

        Dnt judge him b/c of the way he talks. Its nothing wrong w/ it.

    • http://yahoo jazz

      i just watched the little clip of them fighting and the baby was in the car it just really made me tear up cause i used to fight in front of my kids and now i see how bad that looks and really hurts.

    • 305

      yeah i cant stand black people who talk white.

    • Jimmy E

      He’s a cool Wigger like me! Go James

    • Natalie

      How can someone “talk black” or “talk white” i hate ppl who say that . That is just how he is . All of you are judging him & don’t even know him .

    • lolitaa

      OMG yu’r a greatt mommy&&so f*Kiin sexyy haha iff yu werntt iin a relatiionshiip ii wouldd gett at yu lol(:
      well yu’r doiing the bestt yu can hope yall worK thiingz outt,everyy thiing yu’r planiing yu gotaa po0tt the babyy fiirstt!:D
      loliita’<3

    • Tchelle

      I loved the show n I like both a them but how does she go get tatted every month or so?? They aren’t cheap!! I’m a single mom of identical boys n know there’s better things to spend $$ on at this point than tats…..

      • DD

        A lot of people get tattoos done outside of a shop, and they’re considerably cheaper.

    • http://yahoo courtny moser

      you and james was so funny when ya stoped in
      the middle of the rode. james is a
      nice guy because he told you he cheated.
      some men want even do that
      so you have a great man so please
      keep him

    • http://yahoo courtny moser

      girl i have a little boy and he an’t cheeap;;; his
      daddy is good with$$ a we are together

    • http://facebook.com Dottionna

      are you and james still together i’m doing a project and would love it if you could help me

    • smh

      love them. wish ppl would stop w/ the talking black or white. esp whn you dnt kw them. You only saw one episode of their. Dnt judge. As long as they are doing their best it doesn’t really better.

    • Liz

      I think this is the best couple so far on 16 and pregnant. Everything about them is sooo real. I am in a relationship with a white guy that looks exactly like james. He too “acts black” but thats just how he was raised. He was raised by a black family. His white family didnt really accept me at first because I am Samoan and black, but they warmed up to it after a while. James and Markai are a wonderful couple and I wish them all the best in life for their family.

 

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