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Should We Care That Beyoncé Is Pregnant?

After years and years of pregnancy rumors, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter confirmed she was pregnant during the 2011 Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, Sunday. Once she hit the red carpet in her one-shoulder Grecian ‘forgiving’ inspired gown, she began to strike various poses highlighting her baby bump, insinuating that something was finally there. However, the flaunting of ‘Baby Carter’ did not stop there. During her live-performance of “Love On Top” she exclaimed, “I want you to feel the love that’s growing inside of me.” Could Beyoncé finally be pregnant?

The 29-year-old songstress is no stranger to having suspected buns in her oven. During her three-year marriage to rapper and mogul Jay-Z, Beyoncé has battled these rumors and more. Besides the faux production of sex tapes, celebrities deal with endless pregnancy rumors and the possibility of a love child.

Although she remains under much scrutiny, Beyoncé holds her finances and family in high regards. She is rarely featured in the media because of something she has said, so in return, many times, the superfluous attacks stem from what others say about her. We are very familiar with the Knowles-Carter clan, and timing is everything, especially when you dominate the industry. With pregnancy being a very intimate topic, why would she even go to the extremes of announcing her pregnancy during an awards show?

For the majority of us – or those who would freely admit – there is a strong connection to celebrity pregnancy within pop culture and our everyday life. We care. Someone new in the media is penned as being pregnant daily. The appeal with celebrity pregnancy and motherhood has become increasing popular with networks cashing in on these stories. Emerging shows like Teen Mom, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and even the new reality series Tia & Tamera convey the importance of marriage and pregnancy being constantly discussed. Pop culture has a major influence on the way we decide to pattern our lives.

Does Beyoncé represent every woman? No. But is she a role model to many? Of course.

There is a strong connection between celebrities and pregnancy that is not always positive. Besides singer Mariah Carey, recently, women entertainers have battled issues like infidelity and conceiving children out of wedlock. Even Brandy has tried to cover her pregnancy up with an allegedly fake marriage. Let’s not forget our other beloved artists like Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Jennifer Hudson and Monica conceiving children out of wedlock. Even though we might not agree on the way Beyoncé has handled her professional matters, she is definitely handling her personal life with much integrity that should be commended.

Women entertainers have a tough social responsibility.  They must properly balance the tenacity to enter a male dominated industry with the way they are perceived. While we should not judge women by the way they conceive children, marriage does not negate the possibility of producing offspring — planned or not. Everyday we are inundated by relationship books, corporate-bought-out magazines, blogs, and casual conversations highlighting parenting dynamics and challenges households face today in society. We so are quick to holler that the traditional family structure is dying; however, when a positive example transpires like Beyoncé being pregnant with her husband, we try to quickly discredit it.

We should care about Beyoncé being pregnant. Besides praying for strong maternal genes, it is definitely refreshing to see someone in the spotlight doing things traditionally.

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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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