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Serious Question: Can “The Other Woman” Ever Start Over With A Clean Slate?

March 31st, 2015 - By Alexandra Olivier
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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.

Peanut, Man Man And June Bug: The Very Interesting Childhood Nicknames Of The Stars

March 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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.

 

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Tity Boi

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.”

Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz Share Adorable Family Photo With Genesis Ali

February 28th, 2015 - By Rich
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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz share a picture of their two month old son Genesis in an adorable family picture. The couple, who married in 2010, announced the pregnancy on an appearance on The View back in September. The singer and her husband whose real name is Kasseem Dean, welcomed their second son, Genesis Ali on Saturday, Dec. 27 2014.

The happy new mom took to Instagram to share a black and white photo captioned  “Blessings and love!!”

In this stylish and classic black and white family photo Alicia is holding Genesis and the family stares lovingly down at their new bundle of joy.  Alicia looks stunning in her ornate applique gown and vintage inspired  turban while all her boys look handsome and debonair in their bow tie clad suits. Alicia and Swizz are in the photo with the couple’s son Egypt Daoud, 4, and Kasseem Jr, Beatz’s son from a previous relationship.

“I think he’s [Egypt] super excited because he’s not going to be the youngest anymore,’ . ‘He’s always kissing my belly.’ Alicia said of her son’s reaction to her pregnancy, in an interview with People.

Alicia talked about family life and how to balance blended families to Wendy Williams a few years ago…

“It’s about the kids. When everybody is able to be an adult and recognize there is a beautiful value about the way we can all influence each other’s lives and the lives of the kids, the kids are able to see that they have more than one woman to look to for guidance and love,” Alicia told Wendy Williams.

“It’s all about fatherhood, motherhood and friendship which is really, really important. It doesn’t always work, but it can work when everybody really wants to do the right thing for the children,” she said.

“It’s such an important thing, I think, the relationship between child, mother and grandparent,” said Alicia. “This one really shows that.”

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Share First Of Newborn Son

February 28th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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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.

Giving Back: 15 of The Most Charitable Celebrity Moms

February 27th, 2015 - By Rich
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This post featuring some of the most charitable celebrity moms in Hollywood and beyond will certainly warm your heart and possibly get the wheels turning how you too can give back in 2015.

Slide through!

Sources: Forbes, Babble

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Giving Back: 15 of The Most Charitable Celebrity Moms

Meet Their Kids: Alicia Keys

January 31st, 2015 - By Rich
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Alicia Keys is a musical icon. At only 34 years old she is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter. Her debut album Songs in A Minor, went platinum five times over. In addition to being a musical genius she is a philanthropist. She is the co-founder of Keep A Child Alive. The work for KCA spans continents and KCA feels it’s their job to force the conversation, to keep the issue of Aids and HIV awareness in the public domain. Through their campaigns, events, and advocacy, they work to ensure the needs of people living with HIV are not forgotten. In July 2010, Keys married hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz. The couple had their first child together in October 2010, and named him Egypt Daoud Dean. The couple welcomed their second child on Dec. 27, 2014 and named their son, Genesis Ali Dean. Alicia Keys juggles being a super mom to her kids and being a superstar to her fans.

She had this to say on The Today Show:

“I really just want this song to be the dialogue that starts to ask ourselves why are we here.  What are we here to do? Cause if we can start this dialogue with ourselves then that can start the bigger conversation about how we can bring change to the world.”
As a mother you start feeling a fierceness you have more empathetic energy. I’ve always been an empathetic person. I’ve always related to what we’ve gone through as a humanity but when you start seeing your kids in the mix and what they are going to grow up in, what they are going to be a part of or how they can help change you get fiercer about it.”

Meet Their Kids: Alicia Keys

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Songs In A Minor”

January 26th, 2015 - By Deron Dalton
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Secrets Behind The Making Of “Songs In A Minor”

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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.

10 Reasons Why We Wish We Were Invited To Alicia Keys’ ‘House Party’ Themed Birthday Bash

January 26th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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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.

Be Honest: Famous Singers Whose Voices Have Only Gotten Better…And Worse

January 22nd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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:

It’s A Boy! Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys Welcome Second Child!

December 28th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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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!

Congratulations!