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Jennifer Hudson Pays Homage To Her Late Mother On 35th Birthday

September 14th, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While Jennifer Hudson spent her birthday celebrating with her loved ones, there was one family member not physically present, but on her mind during her special day: her late mother, Darnell Donerson.

Hudson actually paid homage to her mother yesterday while celebrating her 35th birthday. She fashioned her signature short hair to look like a style her mother wore as a young woman before the singer hit the town with her son, fiancé, David Otunga, and sister, Julia. She shared with fans what her mother would have said to her on her birthday:

The singer looked like the spitting image of her mother in the picture.

It’s been nearly eight years since Jennifer’s mother Darnell, brother Jason and nephew Julian were killed. William Barfour, the estranged husband of Jennifer’s sister, Julia, was convicted of taking their lives and was sentenced to three life sentences. Since the tragedy, Jennifer hasn’t publicly spoken on the loss very often, but she has said that she speaks to her mother and late brother “all the time” in her head. She also celebrates the life of Julian with an event called Hatch Day through the foundation set up in his honor, the Julian D. King Foundation. The event provides students in need with supplies for the school year, and takes place every year on his birthday, August 14.

Solange Reminds Us Of The Wonderful Journey That Is Life In Recent Birthday Post

June 25th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Yesterday (June 24), Solange celebrated her 30th birthday, and it was one full of insight.

The singer, all around fashion icon, and DJ, who has amassed an epic following on social media, took to her Instagram account to celebrate her born day in the form of words that stretched farther than a simple caption.

Knowles opted to chronicle some of the key moments in her life, ranging from the first time she wrote a song to the first time she felt God to the time she got divorced. From the outside looking in, we can only ever speculate what goes on in celebrities lives, but this timeline shed lots of light on what Knowles has experienced in her 30 years, highs and lows included.

Born June 24th Wore tap shoes and tutus every where 3-5 Wrote first song (A jingle for the United Way) 9 Felt God 10 Met first love (in a parking lot) 13 Wrote/Released my first album for weird teenagers 15 Started writing songs for other awesome people 16 Lost my best friend Marsai, to gun violence 17 Pregnant 17 Married first love 17 Gave birth to angel baby 18 Financially independent 19 Bought my first house 19 Divorced 20 Wiled the hell out 20-22 Wrote/ Released second album 22 Fell head over heels in love again 22 Insane panic attacks and agoraphobia and convinced I would die by 30 – 24 Wrote/released third album 26 Started record label and cultural hub 27 Released first album on label 27 Freed myself of “friends” on the journey to womanhood 27 Started writing most proud of body of work 27 World called me crazy 27 Married Best Friend 28 Completed 4th album (72 hours before turning 30) Just really getting started 30 🍾 I say all of that to say…don’t eveeer let anyone write your story for you. They can talk, they can doubt, and they can say what they wanna, but only you have the words to narrate this ting we call life. So much gratitude for all of your wishes. So much gratitude for love. So much gratitude for freedom. So much gratitude for life. Ps: About to take a note from Paris Hilton and have 4 parties.

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“I say all of that to say… don’t ever let anyone write your story for you,” Knowles wrote. “They can talk, they can doubt, and they can say what they wanna, but only you have the words to narrate this ting [sic] we call life. So much gratitude for all of your wishes. So much gratitude for love. So much gratitude for freedom. So much gratitude for life.”


Things You Might Regret Not Doing Before You’re 30

May 4th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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Thirty is a big milestone, and it usually runs up on you sooner than you think it will. That’s time for you. But it doesn’t have to catch you by surprise.

We all have a project or opportunity we wish we began a while ago. Luckily for us, every day is a new opportunity for a fresh start. And so whether you’re almost 30, just turned 30, or you’re still 20 at heart, these are all of the things it’s probably better to do sooner rather than later.

Do you have any milestones you want to hit before you’re 30?  Any things you wish you would have done already?

Trey Songz Pens Heartfelt Letter To Fans & Surprises With ‘To Whom It May Concern’ Mixtape

November 28th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Surprise, Trey’s Angels!

If you didn’t already know, today (Nov.28) the R&B crooner turned 31 and instead of kicking back and celebrating his big day, he’s extended the love to his fans and gifted them with a surprise mixtape titled To Whom It May Concern.

Hosted by the infamous mixtape DJ, DJ Drama, the 12-track project boasts of hard hitting production credits from DJ Mustard, Rico Love, Mano and more, anchored by his affinity for club bangers and baby making music.

In addition to the unexpected release, Songz penned a touching letter to his fans via Billboard, sharing intimate details of the project and explaining that the mixtape is an honest reflection of his life and reality beyond the the bright lights and fame.

“My music is sometimes categorized as a song, single, stream, download, mixtape or album, but it’s really the soundtrack to my life,” he writes. “Every lyric is a reflection of where I am within a specific emotion. I’m going through some sh*t like we all are. I look in the mirror and I judge myself like we all do. I want to make it to the better version of myself.”

“My brightest days and my darkest hours come through in my music,” he continued. “This letter could be a lot longer but I just put it in the songs. I give you my love, my confusion, my worries, my happiness, my sadness, my music.”

Read Trey’s full letter here and stream the mixtape below.

Happy Birthday To October’s Very Own: 15 Reasons We’re Grateful For Drake

October 24th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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It’s October 24 and that can only mean one thing: Aubrey Drake Graham is celebrating his 29th birthday. This year has been a phenomenal one for the self-proclaimed “Champagne Papi.” He’s on the verge of having his first Billboard Hot 100 No.1 hit with “Hotline Bling,” he grew a fresh beard, had quite a few gym sessions that led to a massive glo up, and he managed to snag one-on-one time with one of the greatest athletes in the world, Serena Williams. There’s never a dull moment as Drake and as a Drake fan. Here are 15 reasons why we are grateful for October’s Very Own.

The Birthday Dress: Celebs Show Us How To Slay On Your Big Day

September 21st, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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When these stars wanted to prove there’s no age limit when it comes to beauty (and pure slayage), they stepped out and stunned on their birthday with the help of these traffic-stopping looks. Who wore their birthday dress the best?

Happy Birthday, Cookie! 10 Times Taraji Slayed Us

September 11th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Taraji P. Henson is truly one of a kind. She possesses that rare quality that makes you feel like she could be a member of your family, a friend you grew up with or one of your best friends. But she just so happens to be one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. Today, we celebrate Henson’s 45th birthday (seriously?!) by taking a look at 10 moments when the star absolutely slayed us.

Happy Beyday! 20 Beyoncé Performances That Gave Us Life

September 4th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Do you know what today is? It’s B’Day. Whether you’re a die-hard member of the BeyHive or a casual Beyoncé fan, there’s no denying that Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter has broken major ground in a career spanning nearly two decades. What better time to celebrate Beyoncé than on the day that Ms. Tina brought her into the world? Happy 34th birthday, Bey! Let’s look at 20 Beyoncé performances that gave us life on her big day.

Anytime, Anyplace?: 10 Best Janet Jackson Songs for Every Mood

May 15th, 2015 - By Rich
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When you think of a true unafraid and free rock-star, Janet Jackson comes to mind. For her 49th birthday on May 16, Mommynoire salutes the superstar who has provided us with decades of quality tunes replete with sensual and reaffirming lyrics. Janet has a way of showing black women how to be comfortable with our bodies and admire each curve.

She also represented a sisterhood that we could all appreciate. Remember the early 90s? She was rarely seen without her fly coterie of friends. In 1993, Janet Jackson spoke with Rolling Stone (The Joy of Sex) about intimacy and demanding respect and her comments still ring true decades later. “It’s insulting to be seen as some object,” Janet said “he must call her by name. It’s not a brazen demand – I didn’t want to be obnoxious – but I wanted to be clear. Women want satisfaction. And so do men. But to get it, you must ask for it. Know what you need. Say what you want.Intimacy.”

Demands aside, one thing for sure about Janet Jackson’s catalog of songs is that there’s one for every occasion and mood. We’ve matched some of her biggest hits to match every mood and emotion, take a look:


Anytime, Anyplace?: 10 Best Janet Jackson Songs for Every Mood

Wait, What? Celebrities Turning 50 In 2015

March 10th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Remember “Def Comedy Jam?” “A Different World?” “Sex and The City?” Can you believe their stars are among the celebrities turning 50 in 2015?