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I’m usually unmoved by celebrity gossip, but when it comes to children, I’m sensitive. The thought of celebrity parents parading their offspring around like accessories in a desperate attempt to stay relevant in pop culture really sickens me. So when a recent photograph of Kanye, Kim and the beautiful little North West dressed alike in lingerie-esque black Givenchy ensembles made its way down my Twitter timeline, I was equal parts horrified, mystified and empathetic for the child.
On a night out with paparazzi swarming, attention-gluttons Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attended a NYFW show to support Kim’s sister, Kendall Jenner. In tow was their adorable infant, North West… only she wasn’t dressed like an infant at all. It seems that she was dressed to match her mother’s very adult, sheer, black get-up in a see-through lace blouse of her own. She walked along with little black pants and sneakers that looked less than comfortable for a child who can barely walk securely on her own two feet.
I absolutely applaud parents for taking interest in their childrens’ appearance. I love that we are seeing so many fashion-forward ideas for the little ones. What I can’t endorse is the trend of dressing children in outfits that are clearly too grown up for them. Why is an infant dressed in a see-through blouse? Whose idea was it to design such a thing for a baby?
Little North West looked uncomfortable to say the least, and who can blame her? I can only imagine that she was dying for a comfortable onesie and her toys at that time of night. I doubt that she was excited about some scratchy lace get-up and dozens of photographers rushing her in a hail of flashing lights. To my way of thinking, a baby has no business being put on display and opened up to any and every kind of criticism and energy before they can even learn to speak. Babies aren’t accessories or props. They aren’t pets we dress up for show. They’re little humans that need a whole different standard of care than adults, but for some reason, we’ve decided to ignore this as pop culture seems to drive most of everything nowadays.
It’s unfortunate that we’re not more careful about what kind of attention we invite to our own offspring, the ones we’re supposed to be protecting and nurturing the most. Perhaps it’s the times we are living in that give acclaim and reality shows and front pages of magazines to people who have done nothing but simply exist. This, in turn, creates the struggle to stay in the public’s eye, and too often, pop culture celebrities thrust their children into the fray in a way that is less than smart, chipping away at their ability to truly be innocent children. It’s not impossible for celebrity parents to raise children AS children, but I suppose that if being famous for being famous is your bread and butter, you’ve got to maintain visibility in any way possible–even if it that means sacrificing your child’s childhood.
Here’s to hoping that North West gains some sensible adult allies as she grows and develops.
La Truly is a writer, higher education professional and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young women of color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her musings on her ever-evolving website: www.hersoulinc.com.
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Samuel L. and Zoe Jackson
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While many celebrities attribute their success to their familial support system, these celebrities have been estranged from members of their family. Check out this list of celebrities estranged from their parents and even some of their offspring.
Kelly Rowland has not seen or spoken to her father since she was seven. Growing up, Rowland’s father had a drinking problem and a bad temper which led to Rowland’s mother leaving him. In 2011, he pleaded for reconciliation with Rowland, but she has yet to speak to him.
Children go through many phases and unfortunately, those phases sometimes include the child favoring one parent over the other. In Wendy Williams’ son, Kevin Hunter Jr.’s case, the favored parent appears to be his father, Kevin Hunter Sr. This of course, could be fairly hurtful and difficult to cope with for the odd parent out and our girl Wendy isn’t handling it well at all.
While discussing Madonna’s son Rocco’s fondness for his mom, Wendy broke down on-air about her own suffering relationship with “little” Kev.
“Rocco is 13 years old and Rocco is a real fan of his mother,” Wendy said before making her emotional confession. “What I discovered this weekend is my son doesn’t like me anymore.”
Though her initial statement sounded a bit outlandish, she went on to offer a reasonable explanation.
“I know what it is, I know how it is. I don’t have my period,” she said before reaching for a tissue. “I discovered this a while ago, but the ball just got smacked home this weekend. You know, he’s all into his father.
“He’s a father, he’s a buddy, they talk sneakers, they go for hair cuts, they speed off in the cars and I’m just left there feeling like, ‘Why you so pissed?’ I’m not pissed, I’m a mom!'”
“You know how 13-year-olds are. I was the same way when I was 13, but it is breaking my heart.”
She also took advantage of the opportunity to emphasize the importance of fathers in the lives of their children.
“At this time, I can’t understand men who disappear from their kids’ lives. Thank God he has his buddy, and father.”
Bringing it all back to Madonna and Rocco, Wendy expressed that Madonna is “lucky” to have a 13-year-old son who “likes her.”
“Anyway, she’s lucky he likes her.”
Though Wendy can be really hard on folks at times, it’s difficult not to feel for her.
Watch Wendy’s emotional confession on the next page. Do you think she’s overreacting?
It hasn’t even been a year since Tamera Mowry-Housley gave birth to her adorable son, Aden, and she’s already making plans for baby number two.
“I am planning on having a second baby. My doula says the 10-month spot is the sweet spot because I’m having so much fun with my son. He sleeps through the night; he’s mobile, but not to the point where he’s breaking my back. That’s usually the time that people are like, ‘Okay, I’m ready for No. 2.’ That’s where I am right now,” the 35-year-old first time mom told OK! magazine.
She went on to say that if she is lucky enough to conceive twins this time, she would be thankful, but added that twins can be quite a handful.
“If I was blessed with twins, of course, I would be very grateful and very happy. However, having twins is a lot of work, so I physically—or mentally—can’t imagine taking care of two at the same time.”
Being a twin herself, Tamera also offered advice for anyone who may be raising twins, regarding the importance of individuality.
“It’s a lot of work. Make sure that people don’t see them as one person…It’s important to realize that they may look alike… and they may have come out at the same time, but they’re individuals. Treat them that way.”
Those Mowry girls love being moms, that’s for sure!
Last week we delivered the shocking news that America’s Next Top Model winner Eva Marcille is expecting a her first child by her musically inclined boo, Kevin McCall. During a recent interview with HipHollywood, the glowing beauty revealed that fans weren’t the only one’s surprised by her pregnancy. She and Kevin were astonished to learn they were expecting as well.
“It was a surprise to us,” the 28-year-old mom-to-be revealed.
She went on to say that she kept her pregnancy under wraps for so long because she wasn’t sure what the outcome would be.
“You keep it under wraps because you just don’t know whatever’s going to happen, you know what I mean? I think I’ve been keeping it under wraps for so long that when it hit the fan it was like, ‘AHHH!'”
The model-turned-actress also revealed that she even hid her pregnancy from her friends.
“Everybody [was shocked]. I mean, all of my friends. I haven’t told anyone, so everyone sort of found out altogether last week.”
When it comes to what kind of parent she’ll be, Eva says she’ll definitely be protective of her new bundle.
“I think I’ll definitely be overprotective. And a very fashionable mom.”
As for the daddy-to-be, Eva predicts he’ll be a loving father.
“He’ll be a doting father.”
The beautiful couple also dished on plans for the nursery, which will be rockstar-themed. Eva remained mum on the sex of the baby though. I guess we’ll have to wait a few more months for that.
Congrats to the lovely couple!
Turn the page to watch their adorable interview.
We all know that Tracee Ellis Ross is the daughter of Motown Queen Diana Ross, and that country star Billy Ray Cyrus fathered “twerk-star” Miley Cyrus – but how many of us knew that these 15 were among the few celebs with famous parents? Most of them were a surprise to us!
Sanaa Lathan was born to Eleanor McCoy, an actress, dancer and Broadway performer who has worked with Eartha Kitt, among others, and Stan Lathan, the producer behind a number of notable TV shows like Sanford & Son and Def Comedy Jam.
First comes baby, and then comes plenty of bills. Many celebrity dads will boast that there is nothing better and more delightful than having a baby girl or baby boy. However, some celebrities find that once the hype of a new child dies down, so do their child support checks. It’s not uncommon for a celebrity dad to have to pay child support, especially if the parents are not married or at least dating. Here are 13 famous dads — and one woman — who owe child support and are causing all sorts of baby drama.
Today former 106 and Park host, AJ Calloway announced that he is officially engaged to girlfriend, Dionne Walker during a taping of Extra, where he serves as a New York correspondent for the entertainment television show. Walker joined her new fiancé on air, in the middle of Times Square, flashing her million dollar smile along with her beautiful new engagement ring.
This will be AJ’s second marriage. He married Dr. Lao Sealey back in 2005. Unfortunately, things did not work out between the television personality and Dr. Sealey, but we’re hopeful that things will go better the second go-round. So far, there has been no word on whether or not AJ and Dionne have set an official wedding date, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
2013 is looking like it’s off to an amazing start for the 38-year-old correspondant. Earlier this year he utilized his Instagram page to announce that he and Dionne are expecting their first child!
“World I want you all to get ready for the coolest kid on the come up… God is working overtime! Feeling blessed and overjoyed! -Loving Living and creating a Life!” is the message he composed to accompany Walker’s sonogram photo.
Congrats to the soon-to-be parents!