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Why Jay-Z's Reaction to Beyoncé's Pregnancy Is Just As Important As the Announcement

It seems the world turned on its axis just a bit when Beyoncé revealed that she was pregnant last night at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Very subtle at first, with a cup of her belly, it sent social media networks aflutter with the idea that King B was now becoming Mommy B. She capped it off with an even more grand gesture, proclaiming her performance was dedicated "to the life growing inside of her", as well as an unbuttoning of her purple sequin Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo jacket to reveal a slight baby bump and when she rubbed her belly, the crowd roared with applause.

Not to be ignored was the cut to her husband, Shawn Carter and his obvious excitement, as well as the excitement of his good friend and mentee Kanye West. Both had literally jumped out of their seats and they looked totally elated: the amount of happiness we only see men output for sports games or when they're out with their friends. Jay-Z is quite the man of mystery and until last night, I thought him to be Mr. Serious, but even when he performed, he moved around and laughed. I'd like to think it was because of the news that his wife was with child and that he at 41 years old was finally going to be a father.

In the hoopla of Beyoncé's announcement, I think that his reaction was lost and even ignored. In a community where single mothers are the norm and black men are so notoriously pinned with the stigma of abandoning their children, it is really important to look at this positive image we have of not only a married couple, but a pregnancy that is wanted and that the to-be mother and father are thrilled for. With our generation, it seems that we sometimes forget that the creation of life is momentous and exciting, though scary. Of course, 95% of us are no Beyoncé or Jay-Z and do not have the resources available to us that they have, but that does not mean that being a good parent is something that is only available to the wealthy and famous. I loved seeing a black man happy for his pregnant wife and though that seems like a sight that should be pretty obvious, in the media today it is not. We've seemed to zap all the life (so to speak) out of making lives and the joy that can be associated with it. It's sad that two celebrities who we couldn't be farther removed from had to establish this positive vision, but I hope that we can keep the momentum going and spark some positivity in one another.

On top of that is the pretty obvious juxtaposition of this soft side that Jay-Z has when compared with the hard, rap persona that he still is known for, even with his latest album. Is this going to change his work and perhaps diminish the use of expletives, to make way for songs about his seed and the joys of parenthood? Only time will tell, but it's a very interesting turn for as happy as we women are about Beyoncé, men are now faced with one of their music idols becoming a parent and truly taking a different turn in his life. I personally cannot wait to see how events unfold as the Carters start their brood.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.


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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.


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