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Dynamic Duos: Musical Duets We Would Love To See

May 13th, 2014 - By M A
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Musical Duets Would Love To See

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What’s better than a musical powerhouse taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans? Two musical powerhouses taking the stage before thousands of screaming fans. It is all too rare an occurrence that singers join forces for an epic concert experience for the fans that adore them. But the union of Mr. and Mrs. Carter “On the Run” together has given us renewed hope that there are years of superstar-duo tours in our future. Here are the musical duets we would love to see.

‘She Refused To Ever Let Me Help Her.’ Singer Monica Reveals The Special Gift She Was Finally Able To Give Her Mother In Touching Letter

May 11th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From Essence

I’m a strong believer in divine order. Growing up, my mother used to always tell me how we were God’s special gift to her. I understand what she means now, because as different as all three of my children are, they all play a significant part in who I am. The things I used to do, I have no desire to do anymore. Some of the things I would have chosen, I haven’t chosen anymore. In a way, my children saved my life. They opened doors for me that I never even knew existed. Each day, my main goal is to make sure that they understand that nothing comes before or between them and I.

I pray that my children be productive. That they be loving. That they be respectful and understand that even though we’re in a world, we don’t have to be of it. I learned a long time ago that … I work in an industry where you see a lot. It can be so negative. It can be so fast. I didn’t have to be of that. My gift is the only part of the industry that I really involve myself in. I kind of try to keep myself separate. I just try to make sure my children understand the same thing.

If I had to write a letter to my mother, I would first say, ‘Thank you.’ I would tell her that every prayer was heard—everything that she taught me. All those things that I did not understand 15 years ago, I completely understand now. I would tell her that because of her I’m able to be the person, the mom, the artist, and the woman that I am now. If it had not been for her, I would not be able to do the things that I do with the love that I do it with. Especially when it comes to my children.

Read more in this exclusive Essence feature about all the ways Monica wants to pay her mom back for the priceless love she was given all her life.

Barefaced Beauties: Celebs Who Look Stunning Without All That Makeup

April 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Putting on makeup is fun–for the most part. But for some, it can become something that you dread leaving the house without (and will be late to work to apply), and for others, makeup is something they rely heavily upon (seen those makeup sorcery slideshows on Bossip?). But when you’re naturally gorgeous, who needs all of that? Here are 16 celebs who do look nice with their face beat to the gods, but look even better bare.



Nicki Minaj

Underneath all the wigs has always been a beauty, and ever since she decided to get rid of the heavy makeup, big lashes and colorful hair, Minaj has been getting rave reviews for her toned down look. But her completely makeup-free look is a winner too.



Celebs Who Popped Up Pregnant Out Of Nowhere

February 27th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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In this day and age where a celebrity’s every move can be well chronicled, somehow these celebrities managed to surprise us all by popping up pregnant out of nowhere. No announcement, no save the date, just them, the red carpet, and a baby bump.

Celebs Who Popped Up Pregnant

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Lil Kim

Lil Kim reigned as the Queen Bee of rap in the late 90’s. Although her career took a nosedive following a jail stint for lying under oath, the diminutive star still managed to release new music. She may not be the hottest female rapper around anymore but the Brooklyn emcee will have a new title to her name. Lil Kim popped up at an event during New York Fashion Week earlier this month with a big bun in the oven. She’s a few months into the pregnancy and her boyfriend and daddy to be Mr. Papers revealed she is having a baby boy.

Awww! Monica Posts Valentine’s Day Pics Of Her Adorable Family

February 14th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Happy Valentines Day from Rocko, Romelo and Laiyah!

Singer Monica just posted Valentine’s Day pics of her adorable family on Instagram and we have to say this will probably be the cutest thing you see all day. Writing, “God is Love is They are ❤My Everything Happy Valentines Day from Rocko❤ Romelo ❤and Laiyah❤,” Monica posted the picture above, before her hubby had a chance to do the same thing with this precious mother-daughter shot:

Monica Posts Valentine's Day Pics

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The 28-year-old San Antonio Spurs player wrote “Happy Birthday to my loves!” as his caption and Monica reposted it, on her IG account, writing:

We Love you too…#MommyAndLaiyah She is such a girly girl already  she keeps one hand up as if she’s holding a purse#LordHelpMe

Of course it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some grown folk’s loving, but Monica already took care of that, posting this throwback pic of her and Shannon which is oh so appropriate on the day the world celebrates love, writing. Monica wrote: “Everyday is Valentines Day over this way❤ #FlashBackFriday  #MyDailyCrush  #MyHusband  #GodsLoveBlessedOurLove  @l_s_brown.”

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OK girl, we hear you! Aren’t they the cutest?

That Was Quick: Celebs Who Dated For 2 Seconds Before Getting Engaged

January 28th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Sometimes you know within a matter of minutes if the person you just met is your soulmate and partner for life. That appears to be the case with these celebrity couples who wasted no time moving from dating to engaged within a matter of months or even days.

"Big Sean and Naya Rivera pf"


Big Sean and Naya Rivera

Rapper Big Sean had a longtime girlfriend back when he signed with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. Even though she was there for much of his success, the couple parted ways in 2013 and soon after that the Detroit rapper was in the arms of another woman. Big Sean met actress Naya Rivera on Twitter first before taking their romance offline and into the real world. After dating for just six months, Sean popped the question this past October.

Cute Kid Alert: Monica’s Son Romelo Spends Quality Time With His Baby Sister, Laiyah

January 7th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The only thing cuter than adorable babies is adorable babies in the arms of cute kids.

Monica posted a photo on her Instagram account of her son Romelo holding his little sister, 4-month-old Laiyah. The doting brother, decked in his basketball uniform, seemed very protective of his little sister (with her already full head of curly hair). Monica posted this caption with the pic:

#PricelessMoments Romelo refused to leave for his game before holding his sisterHe said Momma I can’t wait until she can watch me playLOL #SiblingBond #ProtectiveBrothers #LaiyahsBlessed RRLRomelo Rocko & Laiyah #MyHeart

Laiyah is of course Monica’s infant daughter with husband Shannon Brown, and right before she was born, the singer talked to People about how excited she was to finally have a girl after having two sons in Rodney and Romelo (from her past relationship with rapper Rocko):

“I know everything about WrestleMania and Tonka Trucks so I’m excited to share shopping dates and manis and pedis with her. But I’m really looking forward to teaching her about life. I want to be an example to her like my mother was to me.”

Monica has some of the cutest kids, and this picture is definitely heartwarming (and we need it cause it’s cold outside…).



Monica Shares Why She Won’t Fight For Child Support

December 23rd, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb

Monica has logged a ton of miles on her journey to becoming one of R&B’s elite solo acts.

The veteran songtress has also gained plenty of wisdom along the way, which she uses to keep peace in her personal life.

Strength, courage, and wisdom make up the formula to Monica’s success and longevity in the business. These qualities also provide solace to the Grammy award winner, despite her ex-fiancé’s refusal to pay child support for his two young boys. Unlike many single moms, Monica has the means to give her children the world, and then some. But that doesn’t excuse the father of her children, Rocko, from not stepping up to plate, she says.

Nevertheless, the Atlanta native has managed to blend the family she started in her previous relationship, with her new husband, NBA veteran Shannon Brown. And news recently broke that the happy couple is expecting their first child this fall.

“People always ask me, ‘How do you make a blended family work?’ It is what you make it. The first order of business as parents is we gotta respect one another,” Monica told Jermaine Dupri on the latest episode of his reality webseries. “I don’t believe in the court system. I’m not steppin’ in no court house, I’m not callin’ them people.”

She continued, “Let me explain. This is my thing. I’m sure every situation may require something different, but for me, I feel like a real man will be man enough to assess the needs of his child, and make sure that it happens. I don’t need to call you and I don’t need to call them people for you,” Monica reasoned.

For more insight on Monica’s blended family, read on at


Cute Kid Alert: Guess This Precious Mommy-Daughter Pair

October 17th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Monica Posts Precious Pic With Newborn Daughter

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Isn’t this the most adorable mother-daughter preciousness you’ve seen in a long time?

Well you should thank Monica for it because she’s the proud mother behind this photo. Taking to Instagram, the singer uploaded her very first pic with her baby girl, writing:

Some moments in life are so sweet that nothing else matters #LaiyahShannon Mommy loves u!!! After she nurses she likes to sleep like this #FatherGodThankUForMyChildren

Of course this isn’t the first time we’ve seen little Laiyah Brown. On September 3, the day she was born, proud papa Shannon Brown posted a pic of him with his baby girl, saying: I THANK GOD for her!!! JOY has been restored in my LIFE!!! And not too long after that, Monica’s girl Tiny, posted her own Instagram pic with the little cutie who happens to be her god-daughter.

Laiyah is Monica and Shannon’s first child together and Monica’s third. She has two boys with rapper Rocco and they seem to be doing a great job as big brothers. In another pic of Monica’s she showed her sons, Rocko and Romelo, with Laiyah and wrote: “Everyday I wake up I feel inspired, encouraged & motivated to be the best person I can be because of these three. My heart beats for My Children.. #RockoLaiyahRomelo #OutsideEnjoyingNature

Looks like all is well in the Brown household. Congrats again!

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Cute Kid Alert: Tiny Shares Picture With Monica And Shannon Brown’s Newborn, Laiyah

September 9th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Tiny and Laiyah

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Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris just released a picture of her god-daughter, Laiyah, who happens to be the  baby girl of singer Monica and NBA player Shannon Brown. When Laiyah was born, Brown tweeted:


Mommy Monica hasn’t tweeted or uploaded any pictures of Laiyah but we are sure she is adjusting to being a mother of three now!

Congratulations to Monica and Shannon, again! We’re excited to see more pictures of Laiyah!