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I like to believe that we are not the sum of our mistakes or past situations. But as women, I’ve realized that we are hard on each other and play forgiveness close to the chest. In particular, we’re not too keen on playing nice when it comes to women who have been “the other woman.” They are rarely able to have their slates wiped clean by judgmental people outside of their love triangle, and they often walk around with a permanent marking (figuratively speaking of course) to remind them of their past transgressions.
Even after delivering a great TED Talk last week on cyber-bullying, which she says she was one of the first people to deal with, Monica Lewinsky was still referred to as “trash” by commenters online. As one woman put it, “I cannot forgive what she had done to the family, and I have no sympathy for the shame she had received. She is not innocent, the people who were innocent and being hurt are the child and the wife.”
Even a Heather Wilhem, a writer for the Chicago Tribune, questioned people looking at Lewinsky as something of a “hero”:
“…what does it say about our culture that, in certain circles, Lewinsky is now elevated to a mythical ‘victim’ status, a prototype of ‘slut-shaming’ and potentially even a new feminist champion?”
Even if a woman who was “the other woman” becomes the celebrated mistress-turned-wife, her wrongdoing is rarely forgotten.
Alicia Keys has had two kids with Swizz Beatz. They are arguably one of music’s most adorable couples and have a relationship worth gushing over. But to this day, some women haven’t forgotten how she found her prince charming. If we let Keys tell it, her relationship with the producer began “long after” he separated from ex-wife, Mashonda Tifrere–but she was telling a different story.
The songstress is classy, stunning, and when she isn’t making our ears happy, she is warming hearts worldwide with her community service efforts. She has even found a way to make peace and be friendly with Tifrere! Because of that, you would think people would cut her some slack.
But not all women are so lucky.
Whether it’s a sly comment under the breath, a side-eye cast after complimenting a family picture, or outright calling a spade a spade, it seems that women struggle to forgive and forget with other women.
And while we shade these other women, the men are hardly ever a part of the conversation. What about Swizz Beatz’s involvement in his supposed affair with Keys? Or Dwyane Wade? Or even former President Bill Clinton?
Why do we give the cold shoulder to mistresses, yet we allow these men – who play an even bigger role in these situations – to get away with it?
It’s hard for women to start over with a cheating scandal in their past. But assuming that this is the one and only time something like this has happened, we shouldn’t put a woman down permanently for one misstep. If the situation is in the past and all parties are moving forward, why can’t we allow her to open a new chapter in the story of her life?
We are too hard on ourselves and should afford the next woman – who is deserving – a second chance, as we would all want. We will never know the full story behind the relationships and who played what role in them falling apart; for that reason alone, one relationship and the poor choices surrounding it should not be the defining factor of a woman’s life and how her story will be told.
Do you have a childhood nickname given to you by close family and friends? Sometimes such names are embraced, sometimes they’re loathed, sometimes they’re super random, and other times, they are used to describe you, or the way you look. The following stars on this list all are known by those close to them as something very interesting, and after doing some digging, I thought it would be fun to share some of those monikers with you.
Before he was 2 Chainz, the “I’m Different” rapper was seriously out here going by his childhood nickname: Tity Boi.
“I want to explain this—I wish I could put this on a billboard. Tity Boi is not derogatory towards women, I didn’t make it up, I didn’t get it from a titty-sucking contest or anything like that. The name Tity Boi actually came from my big mama, from me being spoiled and an only child—breastfed. My mama called me Tity Boi, my dad called me Tity Man, my hood called me Tit so when we was trying to rap I had been going by Tit my whole life, Tit, Tity, Tity Man —it’s just like a country nickname —term for being an only child.”
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys are happier than ever.
The beautiful family posted a photo of their new addition to the family. The black and white photo showcases the couple with three of their children. Swizz’s son Kaseem, Egypt and their newborn baby boy, Genesis Ali.
Keys gave birth to their second child in December 2014. This is the first official photo we’ve seen of the bundle of joy. We’re wondering if the couple won’t stop until they get another girl. Swizz already has a daughter from a previous relationship.
This past weekend, Alicia Keys celebrated her 34th birthday. And in addition to a totally awesome House Party themed pajama party, what better way to celebrate the singer-musician then tracing back to when it all started for her? Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was one of the strongest debuts of any artist. She won five Grammy Awards in 2002 after Lauryn Hill did it three years prior with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
But there are secrets and behind-the-scenes trivia you might not know about the album. Click through and discover how the “rated-next” artist came out swinging in 2001.
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys must really love each other. Because every year each one of them goes all out to make their partner’s birthday celebration one to remember. Just a few months ago, Alicia surprised Swizz with a Coming to America themed birthday party.
And this past weekend, Swizz outdid himself with a House Party themed pajama party. But what made this extravaganza so special was the fact that the entire primary cast reunited to be there for the evening. Kid ‘n’ Play performed, along with Full Force. And, in what had to be one of the best moments of the night, Tisha Campbell and AJ Johnson, who played Sidney and Sharane respectively, took the dance floor and brought back their choreographed moves from the movie.
Check out the clip from their dance scene in the video below.
Yaaasss! I watched this video with the biggest grin on my face. And afterward, I only had one question, what happened to my invite?
Check out a few other moments from the evening on the following pages.
The age of the great singer has pretty much come and gone, but there are some very talented musicians who have managed to get better with time. On the flipside, there are also singers who started out with great voices, only to have them wane over time (blame it on age, hard living, etc.). Here are 10 examples on both sides of singers whose voices have improved greatly over the years, and a few who have lost their mojo for a variety of reasons.
Worse: Alicia Keys
A. Keys was never out here singing like Anita Baker, but as she got older and started writing and arranging more and more songs that pushed her voice past a limit she is really capable of (Yes, I’m talking about “Girl on Fire”), the change in her voice became more noticeable. These days, the talented writer and pianist does a lot more screaming than singing:
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz added a new addition to their family this weekend!
The songstress gave birth to their second child at 1:52 AM this morning. The little guy, named Genesis Ali Dean, weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Alicia announced his arrival by posting a photo with his name and information with the words, “The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy!! we are so grateful!! #blessings!!,
The couple already have a son, Egypt, together. The pair got married back in August 2010 in a private ceremony. This is the 5th child for Swizz Beatz and second for Alicia. The talented producer has 3 from a previous relationship. However, the pair are constantly blending their families together. We love it!
Over the weekend, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys celebrated the upcoming birth of their second child with an intimate baby shower. The sex of the couple’s unborn child is still unknown at this time and judging by the pink and blue decorations from the shower, this could really go either way.
This weekend Swizz also celebrated the 8th birthday of his son, Kaseem Jr., whom he shares with ex-wife Mashonda.
Alicia first revealed her pregnancy over the summer with an adorable photo shared to Instagram, which was accompanied by a sweet anniversary message dedicated to her hubby.
“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz,” she exclaimed. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many, many more years of the best parts of life!”
It’s unclear exactly when the pregnant beauty is scheduled to deliver the baby, but some have speculated that she’s due sometime this month.
Check out more photos from the shower on the next page.
“It’s About The Kids”: Alicia Keys Talks Burying The Hatchet With Mashonda Tifrere And Building A Friendship
In an interview with Wendy Williams to promote her new children’s book, Blue Moon: From the Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee, Alicia Keys talked about a lot of things, including the estimated arrival of her child (he/she is due at the end of December), pregnancy weight gain (“these babies have been very good to me”), and her relationship with Swizz Beatz (“We’ve known each other forever, and that’s the thing that makes us feel like we just have kindred spirits”). But one part of the conversation that definitely caught our attention and was pretty inspiring was to hear Keys talk for the first time about getting along with Mashonda Tifrere, Swizz Beatz’s ex-wife. Tifrere put Keys on blast in 2009 and said that the singer didn’t give her and Beatz (Kasseem Dean) the space to work on their troubled marriage. But five years, a wedding and two children later, the ladies are making nice, and Keys says she’s happy about it. It’s all about creating a positive environment for all of their children.
“You know what I think it really is? It’s about the kids: When everybody is able to be an adult, which we all are able to be, and we’re able to really recognize that actually, there’s a beautiful value about the way that we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids. They can really see that they have more than one woman to look to and say, ‘What can I learn here?’ ‘What can I learn there?’ and guidance and love. And it’s fatherhood and motherhood and it’s friendship. It’s really, really important and I think it’s so beautiful. It doesn’t always work but it’s totally possible. And it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children.”
Big ups to everyone involved for being able to get past what was a messy situation to do what was necessary for all the little ones involved, especially Tifrere. Check out Keys’ chat with Wendy Williams below:
Aretha Franklin Is Asked About Today’s “Divas,” Adele, Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift And Nicki Minaj, And She’s Not Impressed
Queen diva Aretha Franklin has been promoting her new hit album, Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics, and stopped to chat with The Wall Street Journal about it. During her conversation with Christopher John Farley, he asked her why she decided to take on the songs of others, including her decision to sing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
“It was Mr. Davis, the chairman’s idea…he brought the list to me, the list of singers and so on. But it was great because I had already bought some of these records and enjoyed them so it was natural.”
“Rolling in the Deep, I liked it when I first heard it…I said, ‘you know what? I like that melody and I like that song.’ So when Clive presented it to me, I said ‘absolutely.'”
Farley also asked her about today’s singers, and how many choose to use auto-tune, something Franklin isn’t feeling: “Oh please. That’s ridiculous.” So when he asked her to tell him the first thoughts that come to her head when she thinks of today’s divas (she did laud the late Whitney Houston: “She had a gift”), she didn’t have that much to say. She gave a thumbs up to Adele and Alicia, but that was about it.
Adele : “Young singer. Good singer.”
Alicia: “Young performer. Good writer. Producer.”
Taylor Swift: “Okay…Great gowns. Beautiful gowns.”
Nicki Minaj: “Nicki Minaj…Hmmm…I’m going to pass on that one.”
Gotta love ‘retha! She keeps it all the way real. Check out her chat with the WSJ below. The conversation about divas starts at the 3:50 mark.