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Blogger's Circle: Why Are Celebrity Women Sleeping With Married Men?

So far this year, pop culture has been flooded with news of famous women getting busted dating married men. Reports of Alicia Keys, Gabrielle Union and Fantasia Barrino allegedly engaging in home wrecker-ish behavior have people raising eyebrows. No one said celebs were perfect, but couldn’t these women get any man they want? Or are these starlets taking that ideology too far? VIBE called on a group of bloggers to discuss possible causes and effects of the recent boom in Hollywood jezebel behavior.

Kid Fury (So Furious): "I blame Rocsi Diaz. She snatched LisaRaye's man by the sack and BET still has 106 & Park on air. I guess these other girls think they can open their thighs to whomever they please and still premiere their videos in front of "the livest audience on television." Oh, and I also blame WorldStarHipHop.com?I don't know why yet, but I'll think of something. Dating someone who is married is never okay. Marriage is a union and commitment between two people under God, not three people under Kat Stacks. For you to interfere in someone else's marriage is adulterous and unethical, even if they're unhappy. There are millions of people in the world ? take your ass to the club and find someone single and ready to mingle. If you feel that you met your soul-mate in a married man or woman, then wait for those divorce papers to get signed, sealed, delivered, and then you can get your life!"

Hillary Crosley (ParlourMagazine): "We're in a TMZ age and celebrities can't creep like they used to. Plus, according to the Dwyane Wade's situation, you can sue the 'other woman' for damages! How you get them is how you lose them. As my mother always says, 'If they're cheating on their current wife, what makes your future relationship so special?' I've always believed that you can't choose where your affection leads but you can definitely choose where it goes."

Anslem Samuel (Naked With Socks On): "I’m not sure if it's a rise in this behavior. They just don't seem to care as much. But it could just be a reflection of society as a whole. Divorce rates are at an all-time high and it feels like people have less respect for the sanctity of marriage these days. The celebrity men have notoriously had their sidepieces despite being married, and I guess the women want to have fun now too. I just hope everyone stays strapped (Hint, Hint A. Keys). Traditionally a woman's best way to get back at a man is through his pockets. Now it seems that more women are trying to take it to the mistresses as well. The rightness or wrongness of a lawsuit really depends on the circumstances, if someone truly ruined your life and livelihood by breaking up your marriage, then perhaps a lawsuit is justifiable but if you just have a broken heart and feel played in the public eye then leave the drama for your spouse because at the end of the day, that's the person that made a promise to you. The other woman/man don't owe you squat."

Jasmine Waters (FlyStyleLife): "I don't believe there's a spike [in this type of behavior]; we're finally paying attention to it?perhaps because they're Black. But look at Julia Roberts and her now husband Danny Moder, or Brad and Angelina. This isn't new. Here's the thing, not to blame the wife, but you can't break up a happy home. It's impossible. If your husband is willing to leave you for someone else, something is already broken. And while his actions aren't justifiable, they are just that, his actions. If anything, sue him! It's ridiculous to go after the other woman. On what grounds? Being a better match for your husband than you? Come on… Leave them alone, wish them well, then move on to someone so much better than them."

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Badu has finally broken her silence during a show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom in which attendees say the Grammy-award winning singer defended Kelly and instructed others to "keep their opinions to themselves."

Erykah Badu came to Chicago and told us all she finna love R Kelly anyway & we can keep our opinion to ourselves. Mad disrespectful to our city and a shitty use of her platform. Crusty ass bitch.

— hot headed yam (@tomapapito) January 20, 2019

Another attendee tweeted Badu attempt at trying to bring light to the hypocrisy in the public outcry against Kelly.

“what if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly becomes an offender? we gonna crucify them too?” -erykah badu at her chicago concert

— IG: @boydonavin (@boyDonavin) January 20, 2019

Many in attendance were hurt by Badu's actions and left conflicted.

I really want to say how much i loved Erykah Badu’s concert tonight.

But i can’t get over how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and reputation during her set... I’m so disappointed...

— jacque (@jacquemarquez_) January 20, 2019

I really don’t want to believe Erykah Badu is sacrificing her music legacy for R. Kelly. I don’t. everyone has their ignorance and places that deeply disappoint me, including my favorite artists (and myself), but supporting child predators is such a nefarious thing to do.

— Myles E. Johnson (@hausmuva) January 20, 2019

This isn't the first time Badu has come under fire for what many deem to be problematic commentary. In April 2016, Badu agreed with a school district that was making it mandatory for girls to wear longer skirts as a way to not "distract" the boys.

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erykah badu already told y’all she doesn’t believe GIRLS when it comes to matters of sexual assault, harassment, rape, etc. so why y’all shocked now? pic.twitter.com/Eogzatc9aO

— ALEXIS$ 🧚🏾‍♀️ (@lexxdadon) January 20, 2019

Erykah Badu said she empathizes with Hitler because he was a beautiful painter. Why are y'all surprised?

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Since 2000, the compilation LP has sold about 17 million copies and over the weekend, Kidz Bop released its 39th installment offering the world a G-rated and tween-friendly version of today's biggest hits.

Once Twitter learned Kidz Bop laid its prepubescent hands on Drake's song, there was a mixed bag of feelings. Some went along with it and commented positively, while others were frankly offended.

I just saw a Kidz Bop commercial with the Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings and I feel like a curse has been placed on me

— Jeremy (@TacticalRPG) January 10, 2019

That Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings lets me know that hell is a real place.

— Nappy Head Nietzsche (@AugustCulture) January 19, 2019

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— Nicholas D. (@Creat1ve) January 18, 2019

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The lyrics to the hook received a slight change.

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And when it came time for the City Girls portion of the song, they turned that down as well.

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South Carolina High School Students May Soon Take A Personal Finance Class

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According to reports, Republican lawmakers Luke Rankin and Horry County Senator have filed a pre-bill that will require high school students to take a class that will aim to help students learn how to better budget their money.

"You can really put yourself in a really bad hole that you're gonna be digging yourself out of the rest of your life," financial planner Dr. Christopher St. John said.

The course will cover insurance, taxes, retirement planning, budgeting, banking, and how to avoid too much debt.

Finance website Make Lemonade reports there are more than 44 million borrowers who owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt within the United States. Student loan debt has become the second highest debt among consumers followed by mortgage debt.

The class of 2016, reportedly has $37,172 in student loan debt.

If the bill is passed, it would go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year. The course would be required and student who take a test at the end of the year prior to graduation.

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