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“I Have Four Incredible Daughters” Tina Knowles Lawson Pens Open Letter To Her Children For Mother’s Day
— adegoke (@ghowkay) April 23, 2015
In honor of Mother’s Day this upcoming weekend, Time magazine asked influential mothers to write open letters to the daughters in their lives. Tina Knowles Lawson was one of those women; and in addition to addressing her biological daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, she also wrote to Kelly Rowland and her niece Angie.
See what she had to say in the letter below.
To Beyoncé, Solange, Kelly and Angie
When I was asked to write an open letter to you, I thought about the hundreds of texts and emails that I have sent to you on holidays and on Sundays, when I ask you to say a prayer to thank God for each other. Every day, I wake up thinking about how much I love, admire and cherish each of you.
I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.
When I’m feeling sad or not-so-cute or maybe a little sorry for myself, and you all include me in your group chat and tell me how hot I still look or how cool I am. Maybe you send me a crazy YouTube video. What actually works best is a cute photo of my grandchildren.
I remember slumber parties after my divorce, when we watched old movies and ate a lot of ice cream. I felt so loved and supported. The roles were reversed, and it was ME who needed nurturing.
I remember my first date when every one of you weighed in on what I should wear.
The obvious things about all of you are apparent. You are all strong, beautiful, intelligent and smart businesswomen. You are so much more than that. You are all kind, generous and you treat people well. You are all amazing mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and friends. All of you have total self-respect.
Beyoncé, I wish people could see how you are when you’re not in front of the camera or on the stage. How compassionate and kind you are to people, how you look them right in the eye when you speak to them. How hard you work, how generous you are with your time and money. How you don’t care if anyone knows about it because you do it from the heart. I wish they could see you with the Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, how patient you are and how your love has helped to extend lives. Yes, you are a huge star, but you have somehow managed to stay grounded and humble in the wake of all your success.
Solange, I knew when you were born three days late that you would walk to the beat of your own drum. You were always my rebel warrior! Always defending the underdog and fighting for what you believe in. I remember you, at 10 years old, started a petition to remove a bad teacher, and your dad and I were so proud of you. I love that you do not let others define who you are, or what you are. Whether in your music, fashion or your life, you truly are your own incredible, unapologetic person! As tough as you are, you will drop everything to take care of someone you love.
Kelly, I know without a doubt that you were a true gift from God. You came to live with us when you were only 11 years old. You were the sweetest, most kind person I had ever met and you still are. You are also a true survivor. You never give up. Your discipline and drive always inspires me. You make me want to take better care of my body and constantly motivate me to exercise and take time for myself. You have the best listening skills and are a loyal friend to many. I’ve seen you take the jewelry off of your arm and give it to someone because you wanted to make them feel good.
Angie, you are my niece, but we have always been more like mother and daughter! You were always so mature, always challenging me and questioning why. (Fortunately I never believed in the “Because I said so” or “I’m the adult” crap, either.) I always trusted that you would look out for and protect Solange, Kelly and Beyoncé, and you did! You still do sometimes. You are so smart and perceptive, and you see through bullshit right away! You’ve always had our backs. Our own family fixer!! You know I call you Olivia Pope!!!!!
I’m often asked, what was my most proud moment? I would have to say it was at my recent wedding, when all four of you said in your own words that I taught by example and that I helped to make you the women you are today!!!! That was truly my proudest moment!
All my love,
The First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray also wrote a very moving letter to her children Dante and Chiara which you can read on the next page.
Earlier today, Dreft announced in a press release that they partnered with Rowland for their Amazinghood campaign to promote their new line of laundry care products for children. The campaign will be “chronicling the unforgettable moments” shared by Kelly’s family “exclusively on Dreft’s social media channels.”
“I am beyond excited to partner with Dreft as they introduce their new line of products. They are a staple in my laundry room,” said Kelly.
“I used Dreft when I was pregnant with Titan to prepare his clothes for his arrival and now that my ‘little man’ is growing and exploring the world around him, I am thrilled that Dreft’s Active Baby will help me clean the messes I know he is going to get himself into! I must admit – I have been using Dreft Blissfuls on my own clothes so I can take that delicious baby smell, that reminds me of Titan, with me wherever I go. If you have a little one at home, you’ve got to try these products!”
The brief Instagram clip was actually snipped from a larger video, which is the first from a series of videos to be released by Dreft.
“We are thrilled to share our newest offerings with families – just like Kelly’s – across the country as we celebrate the amazing journey of babyhood,” said Robert Reiss, Procter & Gamble, Brand Manager for Dreft.
Check out the adorable footage below.
One thing that I’ve learned from observing the women around me who have been blessed with little ones is that babies change everything. Some of those changes are good and some present some pretty interesting challenges. One hurdle faced by some new moms is feeling sexy after baby. Interestingly, singer Kelly Rowland says that she experienced quite the opposite since giving birth last November.
“I feel very sexy being a mom,” Rowland told In Touch Weekly.
According to the new mom and wife, her newfound sexy has nothing to do with her husband, Tim Witherspoon, whom she married in Costa Rica last May. Instead, it seems to be inspired by a strength that she discovered within herself.
“It’s not even about my husband or anybody else. Even when I’m by myself, I just feel like a rock star!” she shared. “I’m like, ‘Girl, you pushed a baby out!’ I just feel like the queen of everything.”
The 34-year-old adds that motherhood was one of those things that she was able to quickly adjust to.
“I always knew that I would be a mother,” she said. “My mom was a nanny, and I loved kids.”
Rowland also shared that she hopes to give her son Titan Jewell Witherspoon a younger brother or sister within the next few years.
“At least four years from now. I want to instill in him everything that I can and I want that to be one-on-one because I really want to raise a great man.”
C'MON TINA! pic.twitter.com/sX6oy6951o
— JDS. (@jsmith189) April 24, 2015
Earlier this week, we posted the absolutely gorgeous images from Mama Tina’s wedding ceremony. But as you well know, after the ceremony, it’s the after party. And with a major musical family like this one, it looks like it was quite lit. Check out some beautiful images that were taken after the ceremony and get your life.
Tina Knowles Lawson on Marriage at 61: ‘You Can Find Love at Any Age. You Just Have to Go for It’ pic.twitter.com/WUoewZVcOY
— Loni Love (@LoniLove) April 27, 2015
We seriously root for Mama Tina around these parts. So we were elated to learn that only had she married her manfriend, actor Richard Lawson, her granddaughter Blue Ivy was the one that encouraged the idea. Too precious! And while we wish that we were invited to all events hosted by the Knowles (and Knowles-Lawson) women, that’s just not the way of the world…yet. So, us nosy folks have to take what we can get. And in this case, it’s exclusive photos from People magazine. First, there’s this one above, which Solange Knowles posted on her IG and you can check out the rest on the following pages.
When one thinks of Kelly Rowland, “irritating” is one of the last words to come to mind. However, by her own admission, the singer was “a bit of a psycho” after giving birth to her son, Titan.
“Oh God. I’m a little bit of a psycho when it comes to being a mom,” she confessed during a recent appearance on “Meredith.” “When he was first born, I remember I didn’t want anybody to touch him. I was one of those irritating first-time moms, ‘Oh don’t touch him and don’t do this and don’t do that.’ To the point if somebody touched him I would probably slap their hands because I did that with one of my girlfriends’ babies and the woman went to touch him and I said, ‘You don’t know him. Don’t do that.”
The new mom also opened up about losing her own mother, who passed away last December.
“It’s definitely been a challenge. My husband says, ‘You know babe you should think about it as a new normal.’ I think I’ve done that but I’m so blessed to have my son.”
She went on to say that she doesn’t believe that she has properly grieved her mom’s passing yet.
“I don’t think I’ve had the time to really really grieve but I feel her presence often,” she said.
Speaking of feeling her mother’s presence, Kelly shared a cute story about Titan breaking out into uncontrollable laughter one day and believing that her mom had something to do with it.
“Something that happened the other day Titan was laughing and I was like what is this boy laughing at because it was such a belly filled giggle. I was like what is that? He was looking up and smiling and laughing. I was like, that’s mom. I just know she is always near and I am just so grateful for that. God gave me an angel, he took one of my angels away but he still has her covering and hovering over us and I’m so blessed for that.”
Check out a couple of clips from her interview below.
2014 was a year filled with high highs and low lows for Kelly Rowland. She married her longtime love Tim Weatherspoon, welcomed her first child Titan Jewell Weatherspoon and unfortunately, lost her mother Doris Rowland Garrison. In the April 2015 issue of Essence, the new wife and mom opens up about all of the above. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On refusing to let her marriage take a backseat to motherhood:
“The baby doesn’t change who we are as people. We still like to go have dinner. We do the activities that we do every day. I don’t think that should stop.”
“My priority is my husband first. That’s how the baby got there.”
On her fondest memory of her late mother:
“I was doing something with the baby in the house after we came home from the hospital and she was there with me and she just looked at me and she said, ‘I’m so proud of you!’ I listen to that every day in my head. It makes me happy.”
On how her life has inspired her upcoming album:
“You have no choice but to tap into emotions when you’re in the studio. The same way we’re experiencing those emotions, whether it’s having a child or losing a parent or whatever it might be, everybody is experiencing the same pain or happiness that you’re experiencing as well.”
On getting married, having a baby and losing her mom in one year:
“My road to my happiness hasn’t been an easy one. It hasn’t been peachy all the time, but I am so, so happy.”
Check out Kelly’s full interview in the April 2015 issue of Essence, which hits stands March 20.
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Kelly Rowland has finally decided show off her baby boy Titan Jewell Weatherspoon to the world and she’s done so in a major way.
The singer along with her husband Tim Weatherspoon and her baby boy appear on the April 2015 cover of Essence!
Inside, the newlywed opens up about marriage, motherhood and losing her mom, who passed away last December.
This is the first full photo we’re seeing of little Titan. Kelly and Tim welcomed their little bundle back in November.
“We are thrilled to announce that today we are the proud parents of our first son,” the couple said in a joint statement last November. “We are blessed to report everyone is healthy and happy!”
On the cover, the 4-month-old smiles lovingly at his dad, who he looks just like, as his mommy holds him.
Kelly and Tim tied the knot during an intimate ceremony last spring.
Kelly Rowland wowed us with her maternity style and now, just seven weeks after giving birth to her son Titan Jewel, the Destiny’s Child alum has us screaming, “WERK!”
In the photo below, Rowland was spotted in Beverly Hills doing some last minute Christmas shopping yesterday, according to E!Online.
When she wasn’t seen shopping, Rowland posted a few pictures of her family celebrating Baby Titan’s first Christmas:
“Simply having a wonderful Christmas Time”
Taking a page out of her BFF Beyoncé’s book, we’re sure it’ll be some time before we see Titan’s adorable face. In the meantime, Kelly will have us running to the gym to get our lives!
Losing a parent is never easy. Dealing with that loss right before the holidays is an even more brutal experience. The holidays are meant for family and friends to catch up, show love, cultivate and build on relationships. But sometimes, they are filled with grief and heartache.
Earlier this month, two celebrities laid their mothers to rest and said goodbye for the last time. Singer Kelly Rowland’s mother, Mrs. Doris Flora Rowland Garrison, died after a lengthy, unknown illness. Kandi Burruss’ husband, Todd Tucker, lost his mother, Sharon Tucker, to a fatal stroke. Sharon passed one day before Rowland’s mother.
When the news of Sharon Tucker’s passing hit the net, I was a bit taken aback. His statement on Instagram made me break down and cry because I knew that particular pain all too well. Part of his statement read, “Today I lost my partner, my ride or die, my best friend! I don’t know what to do? I’m lost! My heart hurts so much!” I can also relate to Rowland losing her mom and having to move through life knowing that her baby boy won’t know his maternal grandmother. My baby girl will only get to know my mom through photos and stories.
I lost both of my parents at different times, but both of their deaths came right before a major holiday.
Like many little girls, my father was my absolute first love. I worshipped the ground he walked on. Wherever he was, I wanted to be. His day job was as an inspector for CSX (the transport company), but his passions included music, philosophy and writing. We connected over our love of words mostly, his need to teach and my need to absorb knowledge. To this day, I haven’t met a man that can compete with his conversation and listening skills. Our relationship was a bit tumultuous as I became an adult, but the love was always there. We made peace with each other right before his passing. He died two years ago, right before Thanksgiving, and while I’d like to say that it gets easier (it does in some ways), that hole where his laugh used to be is still there. He was sick for a while so I had time to process it all a little better and say my goodbyes.
But as for my mom, she passed in her sleep. It was sudden and it was absolutely crushing. I had just graduated from college and was entering womanhood, and all of a sudden I had to do it alone. It was like walking a busy highway with a blindfold on. While my father was “my everything,” my mom was simply ‘mommy.’ Her unending love, wisdom, independent spirit and witty sense of humor are the things I miss the most.
After her passing in 2001, the holidays would sadden me. As they approached, a black cloud would seemingly appear over my head. Sure, I put on a brave face so that I wouldn’t ruin the holiday for others, but on the inside, I was filled with sadness. I participated in the festivities, but for a long time, I wasn’t fully present.
As the years went on, I realized that I was doing my parents a great disservice by letting their absence and the pain of it hold me back during the holidays. I also discovered that the most important thing I could do was keep them alive by talking about them to family and friends; cherish their memory and honor their time here. I’ve found it means a lot to all of the other people that loved them dearly as well.
If this is something you are dealing with during this holiday season, just know that it gets better. Time can sometimes be a healer of old wounds, and it can help you see things in a different light. The most important thing that you can do is surround yourself with positive and caring loved ones. I’ve found that my two sisters, my nieces and my nephew are my saving grace during this time, but your comforters can also come in the form of friends and/or acquaintances. Just being around positive people can help in your healing. Don’t sit home and have that pity party that’s waiting in the reserved section of your emotions. If someone invites you out, go – even if you don’t feel up for it. In other words, go wherever the love is. Follow the love during this holiday season.