Celeb Moms Speak Out: Kelly Rowland Talks Raising a Black Son
More and more celebrity mothers are making their voices heard regarding the state of race relations in America. Their fears and concerns mimic what we have heard from the mothers we’ve spoken to across New York City and within our own families. Empire star Taraji P. Henson recently voiced plans to send her son to a historically Black university to shield against racism. And now new mom, actress and Grammy award-winning singer Kelly Rowland has joined in the conversation as she sat down to speak with the Huffington Post‘s Marc Lamount Hill.
Over the past year, the names of Black boys have become headlines of the slain – fear is a natural response for any person of color in America in a time of Michael Brown, Ezell Ford and Tamir Rice. In a time where names so easily transfer to hashtags. As a new mom, Kelly Rowland remembers what it was like being pregnant with her son Titan during this time and more.
” I remember… finding out that it was a boy, and I had a moment in the mirror where I had a mild anxiety attack because … it was so many things going on, of course,” Rowland said. “It got me to thinking and I had a little anxiety attack because I was like, ‘I have to raise a great man, and he has to know his identity.'”
Identity has been a strong topic of discussion within the Black community as celebrities such as Raven Symone previously made comments stating she was in fact “American, not African-American” while speaking with Oprah – reigniting the need for strong self identity, awareness and worth.
“You want to make sure you instill their self worth that to me is so important. And I don’t want him to get it from the rest of the world. He needs to get it from home,” said the songstress.
Hill followed up by asking Rowland if it scares her that no matter how much she does this her son could still go out down the street and be racially profiled or worse.
“It does, it does. It is very scary, but I think that my husband has it down to a science. His parents did such a great job on raising him. I’m just so thankful I have him because he even has things he wants to apply to our son.”Kwaku Alston/ESSENCE
And Kelly noted in the interview that little Titan is already starting to have a personality of his won.
“He’s silly, he laughs at everything which reminds me a little of me. His laughter is so infectious and for me it makes me think that’s what is so important, his happiness. It’s one of the reasons I work so hard and my husband works so hard.”
Motherhood teaches us a lot from dealing with ourselves and people, Kelly says being a mother has affected her tolerance level for negativity.
“I don’t tolerate BS. If you continue to call me with negativity, I don’t want to pass that to my spirit and my baby and my household.”
We think that’s a great attitude to have in a world where negativity is so rampant.
For the full interview, head to Huffington Post Live.