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Ciara Breaks Silence On Decision To Abstain: “It’s Until The Deal Is Sealed”

July 22nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Weeks after Russell Wilson revealed to an audience at San Diego’s The Rock Church that he and new girlfriend, Ciara, have taken sex off of the table in their relationship, the “I Bet” singer is speaking out. According to Cici, they are planning to go all the way with their decision by abstaining until marriage.

“It’s until the deal is sealed. Absolutely!” she told Access Hollywood.

Ciara adds that their decision to withhold sex is difficult, but they’ve managed to keep each other strong.

“I think both of us look at each other, and we’re like – whew! But we take it one day at a time and keep it going with each other, and I’m really enjoying every day that we’re sharing.”

The single mom went on to say that she was okay with Russell sharing their decision publicly.

“It was an organic thing for him and I think he was just being honest about where we are,” Ciara said.

Good for them! We’re wishing these two the best.

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Future Slams Ciara For Letting Russell Push Son’s Stroller

July 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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After nearly a year of silence, Future has decided to speak on his failed relationship with R&B singer Ciara. Conveniently, he chose to do so while making press runs to promote his new album. In a recent interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, the rapper slammed his ex-fiancée for introducing their son to her new boyfriend, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

“Of course I wouldn’t want anyone to push my son. That’s like the number one rule. If I was a kid, and my mom had a dude pushing me, I would’ve jumped out the stroller and slapped the sh-t out of him. You never do that in our community. You don’t even bring a man around your son. You only know this dude for a few months, and you’re bringing him around your kid? Who does that? Nobody does that.”

He continued:

“At the end of the day, I’m not for the publicity stunt. Leave my son out of all the publicity sh-t. Just leave him out of your relationship, because we don’t need your relationship for anything.”

“I can take care of him on my own, without any help,” Future added.

He also maintained that he was not unfaithful in their relationship and blamed her for not releasing a statement to explain infidelity rumors.

“I just wanted to tell my side because you wasn’t telling the side. She was just letting it go along–whatever the people thought about me.”

Watch Future’s full interview below. Ciara/Russell talk begins around the 9:40 mark.

Desperate Is Never A Good Look: Know When To Draw The Line On Self-Promotion

July 14th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Jezebel has a headline this morning sure to gather a few clicks: “Desperate R&B Singers Are Taking Over Public Transit.” There’s video footage of Brandy getting on the New York City subway and belting out a tune. Then there’s Tyrese promoting a new album “Black Rose” by yelling on the train. And there’s a New York Post report that Ciara got on a United flight and took over the intercom to suggest to her fellow passengers that they listen to her new album “Jackie” which was available on the in-flight entertainment offerings.

“Why are R&B singers hijacking our commutes with their public displays for attention?” Jezebel asks.

Because it’s hard to stand out these days. Everyone is filling up everyone else’s social media timelines with news about albums dropping and movies opening and tours happening. The answer it seems for many entertainers is to be more in-your-face; to find any available microphone — whether it’s on an airplane or an award show stage — and say as loudly and as many times as possible that they have something they want you to buy.

On the one hand, it’s totally acceptable — good business, in fact — to promote yourself and your work. If you don’t speak confidently about your work, you can’t expect others to.

But you also have to know where to draw the line between self-promotion and a thirst so wanting and longing that it makes people cringe. Begging for attention and validation is tantamount to admitting that you’re not already getting it. And if that’s the case, you may need to take a step back and assess why your work and your brand hasn’t been able to stand on its own.

In other words, you have to take a serious look at what it is that might need some tweaking in order to more naturally generate the buzz you crave.

The other issue is the appropriate use of stunts. All three of these examples are instances where the artist in question thought they were going to do something “out of the box” to get people to chatter online (or at least on a plane). Stunts need to have a purpose, something that seems sorely lacking in Brandy’s clip. And second, you have to take yourself seriously so that others will too. That’s what’s missing from Tyrese’s clip. He’s trying so hard to be cool and hard with all the cursing and foolishness that, if I were on the subway, I would assume this is just some random who decided today was the day to annoy his fellow passengers with nonsense that I know nothing about and, now that I’ve been disrupted from what has probably already been a troubling commute, have no interest in. The message of “I have a great album that you should listen to” is lost in all the hand smacking and crowing about being independent. (It’s also lost in this gross tweet in which Tyrese uses a homeless woman to promote his album. Shameful.)

Everyone these days can appreciate a good hustle. The operative word there is “good.” Pointless and sloppy attempts to get into people’s line of vision ultimately won’t get you the business outcome you wanted in the first place.

Future Is A Liar, According To Ciara

July 14th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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I have always admired Ciara for her decision not to bash or speak poorly of her ex-fiancé, Future. However, it appears that the rapper’s recent interview with Huff Post Live, in which he offered a rather suspect explanation for their breakup (among other things), has pushed CiCi to a breaking point. Shortly after her ex’s interview aired, the “I Bet” responded by basically calling him a liar.

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As you may recall, during his chat with Marc Lamont Hill Future blamed Ciara and continued disagreements regarding wedding plans for their broken engagement.

“I was like ‘I’ll marry you today. You want to get married, let’s get married. But I’m not getting married with all these different people in my wedding. My family have to be there. I’m from the hood, hood people going to be there. It might be people that you don’t like that’s going to be there. But I know they love me, they got my best interest. I don’t want nobody from the industry there, I don’t want the media there. You know how girls have their fairytale weddings, this how they pick it.”

Throughout the discussion, Future spoke about Ciara in a way that would lead most to believe that he never really loved her in the first place, which had to be both hurtful and frustrating for Ci. The good news, however, is that Ciara has moved on and appears to be extremely happy in her new relationship with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. As they say, happiness is the best revenge.

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“I Felt Embarrassed For Her” Future Talks The End Of His Relationship With Ciara

July 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Since we first announced that Future and Ciara were breaking up, we’ve heard all types of stories about the ending of their relationship. But few of them have been from either Future or Ciara’s mouths. Well, in a recent interview with Marc Lamont Hill for Huff Post Live, the rapper opened up about what caused their breakup, rumors about him being a deadbeat dad and praying with Ciara…after sex.

How their relationship ended…

Everybody already had their speculations. I see a lot of people say he cheated, he cheated. Because, I feel like, 95 percent of relationships end with cheating. But me and her relationship had nothing to do with cheating. I feel like we were just growing away from each other and we grew apart. And it’s just so much dealing with–when you’re in a relationship and you the man and you want to make certain decisions for yourself and she want to make certain decisions. And I feel like the best route for me is to make more music, to go back to Atlanta, to go back to my roots, for my family. Like when you a man you want to make decisions for your family, sometimes the lady don’t see what you see.

The engagement had been called off. I called it off way before any cheating rumors.

Was it mutual?

I said it wasn’t going to work.

How did she respond?

She didn’t say cool but she wasn’t too mad because I explained it to her how it was. I was like ‘I’ll marry you today. You want to get married, let’s get married. But I’m not getting married with all these different people in my wedding. My family have to be there. I’m from the hood, hood people going to be there. It might be people that you don’t like that’s going to be there. But I know they love me, they got my best interest. I don’t want nobody from the industry there, I don’t want the media there. You know how girls have their fairy tale weddings, this how they pick it.

I was like we can do that and we can do it a year from now and then we can announce it like we’re just getting married. But we been together for a year, to get over that year hump. I didn’t want to get all the negative energy because I’m an artist. So soon as I get married and I go in the strip club, they’re going to be like ‘Ciara’s husband is in the strip club!’ They going always put something on it. They’re going to have a story to tell and I don’t want that headline story. So just to keep the people out our business and keep it personal, let’s just get married now and tell them a year from now. By the time we announce it and get married on tv, we done went past the hard part. We’re on our second year. We done worked on our marriage for a whole year and she probably didn’t understand that at that time.

Did Y’all See? Russell & Ciara Wait To Have Sex & Draya Ends Her Engagement

July 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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This week was full of all types of juicy news. First, there was Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson admitting that he and his new boo Ciara were practicing celibacy in their relationship. Then Orlando Scandrick announced that he and Draya have called off their engagement. And it was quite messy. And lastly, we received the tragic confirmation that Bill Cosby admitted to obtaining Quaaludes for the purpose of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Check out our thoughts on all these topics and be sure to share your own in the comment section below.

She’s Got The Goodies! Ciara Is The New Brand Ambassador For TopShop

July 9th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Ciara is winning all around this summer.

Besides scoring a compatible relationship with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the R&B singer is now the US Brand Ambassador for TopShop. The news was announced yesterday at the Fashion Retail Academy’s 10th Anniversary Awards. UK Fashion House Lipsey London shared Ciara’s latest achievement  by tweeting a photo of Ciara giving a speech:

This comes almost two months after Ciara was announced as the face of Roberto Cavalli’s Fall 2015 line. Ciara uploaded a picture on Instagram with Sir Phillip and captioned it:

“So Cool Hearing Sir Phillip Introduce Me As The New Brand Ambassador For @TopShop #USA!!!!! I’m So Excited! #TopShop”

We’re so happy for our girl…Congratulations CiCi!

Views From Generation Y: Why I Commend Russell Wilson For Speaking Out About Practicing Abstinence

July 9th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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In the world we live in today, we watch and laugh at Mimi and Nikko’s shower rod sex tape, listen to Ray J’s “I Hit It First,” and turn up to club bangers that acknowledge knocking a woman’s anatomy out like “fight night.” So when I heard the negative reactions to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sharing that he and girlfriend Ciara are abstaining from sex, I was shocked. When did abstinence become so taboo?

The tweets and click bait headlines flooded my Twitter timeline at a moment’s notice before I could even watch the video in its entirety on Sunday afternoon. Demeaning comments sprinkled in with a few words of encouragement and admiration for his statements gave me a foul feeling in the pit of my stomach. Isn’t practicing abstinence a good thing? I finally watched the nearly hour-long Q&A with Pastor Miles McPherson. As I listened intently, I asked myself, “How could people act so harsh towards a young, devout Christian man standing in his truth?” I was utterly perplexed. My own generation’s reactions covered a spectrum of commentary ranging from ignorant to enlightened, but mostly mockery, which revealed their apparent lack of self-awareness.

While many criticized Wilson for his comments, I commend him for putting his relationship with God first. In case you missed it, here’s what he shared with Pastor McPherson:

 

“I met this girl named Ciara who was the most beautiful woman in the world, the most kind person, the most engaging person, everything that I could ever want. She was on tour and I was looking at her in the mirror, and she was sitting there. And God spoke to me and said ‘I need you to lead her.’ And I was like, ‘Really? Right now?’ And he goes, ‘No, I want you and need you to lead her.’ And I asked her, ‘What would you do if we took all that extra stuff off the table? And just did it Jesus’ way?’”

 

His honesty and fearlessness to divulge his love for Ciara through his outspoken love for Christ was touching:

 

“For me, I knew that God had brought me in her life to bless her and for her to bless me. We’re not going to be perfect, by any means. But he’s anointed both of us and he’s calling for us to do something special.”

 

Honestly, if the tables were turned in this situation and this was a 26-year-old woman saying that she was practicing abstinence, I believe people’s reactions would have been different. Once again, clashing gender roles of what make a male masculine and what makes a woman feminine (and ladylike) come into play. Truthfully, there aren’t many guys who would have had the guts to admit that they are abstaining from sex in fear of being judged. And I’m sure there are guys saying that Wilson is soft because he isn’t trying to sleep with one of the hottest chicks in the game right now. But clearly, Wilson is confident within himself, God and Ciara to have even shared such information, knowing the scrutiny he may face afterward.

I can’t remember the last time myself or any of my friends were involved with or dating a guy who was genuinely in touch with his spirit so much that he didn’t think with his male member. Come on ladies, we’ve all been there when it’s only the second or third date and a guy thinks he’s getting some. Like always, the look on our faces reads pure disgust. But when a man who is mature enough to respect a woman does so and wishes to share his choices with others, he’s shamed. For some, abstinence isn’t a part of their vocabulary while others abide by it, and as with all things, everyone has the right to express themselves. But why are we bashing a man for admitting that he isn’t interested in his girlfriend just for the sex? Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?

 

Ciara And Russell Wilson, How About A Little Discretion?

July 8th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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We are bombarded with pop-culture gossip 24/7.  From Tyga allegedly getting caught red-handed sending out nude pics and being accused of cheating on his under-aged girlfriend, to the ubiquitous Draya Michele and Orlando Scandrick drama, so little is left to the imagination. But somehow, for me, out of all the stories, the Ciara and Russell Wilson celibacy headlines felt like an embarrassing intrusion.

The public can be hard on Ciara and I never really understood why. She is undeniably an amazing dancer, she’s beautiful, and she seems genuinely sweet, if not a tad bit shy as far as pop stars go. She dated Bow Wow and 50 Cent and went through a very rocky relationship with Future, which left many calling her a big dummy for choosing him. Echoes of her intimate missteps can be heard from many gossip blogs and Twitter timelines: “He got 5 baby mamas. Why would she think she was gon’ change him?” “Why did she name her child after him?” “Bow Wow, for real? lol”

What did Ciara ever do to deserve such vitriol from the public?

She fell in love. Few among us can say that we haven’t fallen for a person who was 100% unequivocally the worst for us at a given time. Chances are you may have even fallen in love with a couple of bad seeds. So why is Ciara always being dragged within an inch of her life for it? Sure, she should’ve known better given the track records of her exes, but “should’ve known betters” usually occur with the gift of hindsight. We can’t choose who we love or don’t love.

But we can choose what information we share with the public. Would people be nicer to Ciara if she had tried to keep her relationship with Future on the low? Does an attempt at privacy garner our respect nowadays? For me it does. That is why I felt some type of way when I came across the headline, “Ciara and Russell Wilson Aren’t Having Sex.”

The story contained a viral clip of Wilson talking with Pastor Miles McPherson about his faith and his lady.

“I met this girl named Ciara, who is the most beautiful woman in the world…She’s the most kind person, the most engaging person…I knew that God brought me into her life to bless her.”

He seems to adore her, but it is strangely arrogant to me that Wilson believes he’s a gift from God sent to save Ciara. This entire situation reads like the makings of a terrible sketch on Saturday Night Live. After checking out the clip, I was overcome with gloom. As he continued to talk, I wondered to myself:

Did she know he was going to put their private sexual decision on blast? Did she feel pressured into this? What happens if this doesn’t work out? I think I’d feel differently if she were next to him and they divulged this information together…

Seriously though, why did this information need to be shared? It was none of our business until they made it our business.

Being celibate in this day and age is deemed equal parts noble and naïve. I’ve always felt that it is supposed to be an intimate commitment between two people who made such a vow together. But over the years, it’s been used as a means to get attention. I thought it was an unbecoming publicity stunt when the Jonas Brothers showed off their promise rings years ago, but that was only the tip of the exploitation-for-public-image iceberg. Publicity-wise, abstinence and celibacy are having a terrible month. Bristol Palin, the literal poster child for abstinence a few years ago, and a woman who said she was going to be celibate after having her son, has done her damnedest to make a joke of the entire thing. She’s not the first, nor the last to do so.

Look, I can understand why two Christian adults with a few troubled relationships in their rear views might try to be celibate, but the public proclamation before the relationship has really collected steam just doesn’t sit right with me.

We live in a transparent time. The Internet allows us to peer in and out of situations that we wouldn’t be privy to a decade ago. We want to know now, and we want to know everything. Some people have dodged many public bullets. With the exception of hackers making celeb nudes public and the occasional video vixen tell-all book, some celebs are able to keep their bedroom secrets to themselves.

There is beauty in a celebrity’s ability to control their public narrative. I love that we only knew what Beyoncé’s wedding dress looked like when she and Jay wanted us to know. I love when celebrities can get married or have a baby without a headline popping up about it until much later. Heck, Janet Jackson is easily one of the biggest stars in the world, and she had an almost decade-long marriage and we didn’t know much about it until it was over. I love Rihanna. As outgoing and active on social media as she is, I don’t know what’s happening in her bedroom. There’s wild speculation, of course, but she isn’t saying a damn thing about any of her purported conquests. She seems as open and carefree as possible in her unique positions (it’s definitely a part of her narrative), but she does manage to keep some things to herself. I applaud that. These people prove that discretion is possible.

I do not think that because of their fame, we the people deserve complete and total access. But when they make the access possible, it gives us the validation to pass harsh judgment loudly with little moral consequence.

While discretion may breed speculation, exposing everything about yourself offers the public an invitation. For some, this may be a good thing as many deem any publicity to be good publicity, but for others it damages your public perception. I root for Ciara. I want her to be happy and if being celibate with Russell Wilson is it, then good for her. I genuinely wish her well. But in the meantime, I will continue to yearn for the time when stars were a little more cautious about what they shared with the world.

 

Russell Wilson And Ciara Are Abstaining From Sex [Watch]

July 6th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Ciara and Russell Wilson went from being fairly tight-lipped about their relationship to letting it all hang out, in just a few months. Now that they’ve officially come out as an item, they’re confirming what’s going down in the bedroom as well. Simply put, the answer is absolutely nothing. Over the weekend during a special Q&A session at San Diego’s The Rock Church, the Seattle Seahawk revealed that he and Cici have chosen to abstain from sex.

According to Wilson, while waiting in Ciara’s dressing room during one of her tour stops, he heard God speak to him regarding the singer.

“She was on tour; she was traveling. I was looking at her in the mirror. She was in the dressing room getting ready to go before she went on stage, and she was sitting there, and God spoke to me and said, ‘I need you to lead her.’ And I was like, ‘Really?’ And he was like, ‘No, I want you to lead her.’ So I told her, ‘What would you do if we took all of that extra stuff off the table and just did it Jesus’ way?’ And she was relieved.”

Oh, and if there’s any confusion about what doing it “Jesus’ way” means, he made it clear that he’s talking about getting busy.

“We’re talking about sex,” he clarified.

Of course, those who have embarked down the path know that the abstinent lifestyle is not easy.

“I knew that God brought me into her life to bless her and for her to bless me, and to bless so many people. With the impact that she has and the impact that I have—we’re not going to be perfect by any means. Life is not perfect. Nobody is perfect. But He’s anointed both of us, and he’s calling us to do something miraculous. And I told her—and she completely agreed–that we love each other without that. If you can somebody without that, then you can really love.

I ain’t going to lie to y’all now, I need y’all to pray for us. I know y’all seen her on the screen. If there’s a 10, she’s a 15, so pray for me. I gotta keep my mind clear and my heart clear.”

The Superbowl champion also didn’t hold back in regard to his feelings about his new lady.

“She’s a sweetheart. She’s everything you could ever want. Yeah, she’s a special girl, honestly. I met her like five, six months ago. The funny thing is, I told somebody that she was the girl I wanted to be with before I even met her. It was before I met her, I was like, I’m probably going to end up with Ciara. True story.”

He continued:

“She’s been through some heartaches; I’ve been through some heartaches. I was married before. I married a person I went to high school with. I met her when I was 15. That didn’t work out, unfortunately. For me, I just trust that God would do the healing process; that he would figure things out for me. I’ve gone through some ups and downs and all of that. I had to really, really focus on walking in the Spirit and living in it. I met this girl named Ciara, who is the most beautiful woman in the world. She is the most kind woman in the world. She’s the most kind person; the most engaging person. She’s everything I could ever want.”

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