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Dropping an Athlete’s Baby isn’t All the Money it’s Cracked Up to Be

Financial stability is a trait most women seek in a partner. Some just want a man with equal pay, others prefer the man be the breadwinner, and then there are some ladies who are are looking for a full lifestyle upgrade courtesy of a well-paid athlete. We call these women groupies.

If we’ve learned one thing from recent headlines surrounding struggling athletes and their ex-wives/girlfriends/baby mamas, its knowing how to handle a ball doesn’t mean knowing how to handle balling. And the women who got with these players thinking it would be all Gucci Bags and Monolo Blahniks from there on out—and dropping a baby or two would seal their financial future—are finding out its actually possible for the well to run dry. Quickly.

Common sense tells me many money mis-managing athletes came before football player Antonio Cromartie, who appears to be on a mission to spread his seed as far across the US as possible; but I think he was the first to sound the I-make-millions-on-the-field-but-can’t-pay-my-child-support-alarm. In March 2010, the Jets had to give this man a $500,000 advance just so he could make outstanding child support payments to his nine children, fathered by eight women, in six states. What happened one month later? Baby number 10 came into the world; three months later, the 27-year-old married the child’s mother. Something tells me a pre-nup wasn’t needed.

Terrell Owens’ financial woes are secret to none. Claiming to make absolutely zero dollars, just a month ago the NFLer filed papers to have child support payments sent to his four baby mamas reduced. He claimed to be keeping up with payments for the women which range from $5,000-$15,000/month, but lawsuits issued for backpay suggest otherwise. With absolutely no income, I’m thinking these women who saw dollar signs at the height of T.O’s career, are thinking there might have been easier ways to make the money that don’t involve court proceedings and TMZ reports.

Allen Iverson is the latest inductee to the famous deadbeat dad club. His high school sweetheart and wife of 10 years, Tawanna, claims ever since she filed for divorce in June, the once-hot hooper stopped depositing money in their joint bank account and then made several large cash withdrawals, including one for $20,000 to purchase diamond jewelry. Now, with an account that’s $23,000 in the red, Tawanna says she can’t pay the bills or provide for their five kids, despite her claim that Allen is worth $20 million.

And then comes Bob Whitfield. Sorry, I-haven’t-paid-child-support-in-four-years-because-my-ex-wife-wears-Gucci-bags, Bob Whitfield. Looking at that man, it’s painfully obvious Sheree married him for the money—the money he used to have anyway. A true example of how the mighty have fallen, rather than take Sheree’s plea for child support payments to heart, he turned around and asked for a pay adjustment, claiming to only make $3,000/month--$3k?! For a $50,000 salary, Sheree could have gotten with a physically attractive man who might have actually had some morals.

While there are a couple of wives and ex-wives in this bunch, what we’re mostly dealing with is men who don’t know how to control their pockets or their penises, and women who see million dollar sports contracts and a ripe uterus as their financial holy grail. In the end, pros lose money, women lose their freedom, and both sides lose self-respect. But as long as there are reality shows waiting to chronicle that rise and fall, I imagine we won’t see any decline in get-knocked-up-by-a-pro-baller trend.

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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