All Articles Tagged "birthday"

Things You Might Regret Not Doing Before You’re 30

May 4th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
Share to Twitter Email This
Image Source: Shutterstock

Image Source: Shutterstock

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
Share to Twitter Email This

“To Whom It May Concern” hosted by @djdrama is live NOW on @datpiff

A photo posted by treysongz (@treysongz) on

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
Share to Twitter Email This

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
Share to Twitter Email This

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
Share to Twitter Email This


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
Share to Twitter Email This
Source: Instagram

Source: Instagram

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
Share to Twitter Email This

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
Share to Twitter Email This
Image Source: WENN

Image Source: WENN

Remember “Def Comedy Jam?” “A Different World?” “Sex and The City?” Can you believe their stars are among the celebrities turning 50 in 2015?

What No One Tells You About Turning 25

February 22nd, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
Share to Twitter Email This

Image Source: Shutterstock

Image Source: Shutterstock

While some people look forward to their 25th birthday, I was on the fence. Over the years, I always enjoyed celebrating my birthday with my family and friends. However, for whatever reason this year, I dreaded it. I was turning the big 2-5! A true blessing that many do not get to see. But still, I felt like I wasn’t well prepared for it. 25 is such a weird age. You’re old enough to rent a car, buy a house, and start a family. Yet, you’re still young enough to make major mistakes, be single, travel and completely change your life. While most soon to be 25 year olds know these things. However I still feel like there are a few things no one ever told me. Therefore to help out my follow 20 something’s, here is a list of things I wish people would have told me and some things I was told about turning 25.

1. No one Will Baby You Anymore
Seriously, the days of being told “you’re such a baby”, are long gone. Yes you may be younger than these 30 year olds out here, but you’re not a baby anymore. It’s tie to grow up and start acting like an adult

2. Hanging out with anyone under 23 will be weird
Trust me. I tried it once. I felt extremely odd and old.

3. You Only Have One More Year On your Parent’s Health Insurance
It’s time to start looking at policies, and learning your options.

4. Depending on where you’re from being engaged/not engaged will freak ppl out
This depends on where you’re from. My homegirl in NYC, shunned the idea of being engaged now. Meanwhile, my friend from Texas gave me the side eye for not even thinking about marriage yet.

5. Travel now, seriously Right Now
Okay, we may have been told this when we first turned 21, but how many of you actually travelled? Get a passport right now. No seriously, get out of your bed and get one.

6. Develop your good habits now
A little discipline and routine will help multiple areas of your life. Trust me, I’m developing a morning ritual right now.

7. Don’t feel pressured to do “big things!”
I felt so much pressure to celebrate my birthday in the biggest and baddest way. Please ignore that pressure and save yourself the headache. Oh and that one friend that you have on Instagram that constantly posts her “fabulous life”, it may be time to unfollow.

8. The decisions you Make In the love department can change your life
The person you meet today could be your future husband or wife. Be wise in your decisions.

9. The people you meet now, will change your life
People always told me, the people you meet in college will change your life. No, it’s also the people you meet afterwards. After relocating to two different cities, I’ve made incredible new friends. The people you meet now, will really see your growth and change.

10. Made a mistake? We good!
Hey, we’re still young right?

Turn Down For What? Why You Should Celebrate Every Birthday Like It’s Your 21st

August 5th, 2014 - By Nicole Akoukou Thompson
Share to Twitter Email This

celebrate your birthday


For some, birthdays and debauchery are meant to be synonymous, from your 21st until your very last.

Those type of birthday blowouts should include lit candles, swollen balloons, frosted cake, overproof Jamican rum, carefree dancing, as well as Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” and 50 cent’s “In Da Club” being bellowed out during drunken karaoke. Birthdays are the reason the term, “Turn down for what?” was coined if you ask me. After all, it’s your birthday! You made it another year! Why should you ‘turn down’?

The temptation to spend your birthday spooning a cheesecake while watching reruns of “Martin” and “Living Single” is REAL, particularly when you’re feeling worn down or sad about the number of birthdays that are passing and you start focusing on things you wish you would have accomplished by now. But let’s be real, you’re not the only person in this world aging. And considering that most of the successful programs and apps we use and things we drink and eat were created by people ages 35-65, you’re never too late to do anything.

We’re all getting older, some are just better at it than others. Failing to take shots with your friends at the local dive bar won’t keep the wrinkles away, but aching over every detail of a life you feel that you haven’t lived to your fullest will have you looking like Mother Time faster than you can say “Crows feet.”

Perhaps you’re like me, and sometimes you have a little trouble getting psyched up for your birthday. If left to my own devices, I’d spend my entire birthday curled up in a dark room, wearing nothing but my birthday suit while acquainting myself with a cheesecake (at this point you’ve probably realized that I really like cheesecake). So yes, I understand the desire to sometimes spend your big day doing something very small and quiet. And while that’s okay every once in while, you should find yourself a friend or a partner-in-crime to help pump you up for your big day. You may even look to someone who has similar feelings regarding birthdays, because just as surely as you two may not want to blow out the extra candle on your birthday cake this year, you’re probably happy to help someone else celebrate theirs.

Fortunately for me, I have a twin sister, and she doesn’t let me wallow, cry or eat cheesecake alone in a poorly-lit room. On our birthday, my twin sister becomes three parts vodka, one part grenadine and two parts caffeine. She attacks our birthday with her unadulterated celebratory nature and brings me back to life, making me grateful that I’ve made it another 365 days. We dance, we drink, and we are merry, and I am grateful for her and another day.

Surrounding yourself with people or a single person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself is the first step to a successful birthday. These people help you to focus less on how old you are, and help you to instead remember how young and blessed you are. With your friend(s), or even by yourself, make the day enjoyable and throw caution to the wind.

While this isn’t an invitation to be totally reckless, this gives you the permission to not ask permission or apologize for celebrating yourself in a way that some might think you’re “too old for.” Let down your hair and dance with abandon. Remember every birthday that has ever given you pleasure, and magnify that experience with confidence and charisma. Find the fiery creature within yourself, even if you’re 27, 37, 47 or going on 70 years old; test your boundaries and rediscover old passions, if only for one day.

Try foods you’ve never tasted, wear colors and patterns that thrill you, drink like it’s your first time, have sex like it’s your last, and take moments to honor yourself for your changes, your consistencies and your courage. Within a long and healthy life, your 21st birthday should be far from your best. I hope to challenge myself by celebrating each birthday with the same anticipation, energy, and excitement with which I celebrated my 21st, and so should you.