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Where Are The Parents? Vine Video Reveals Toddler Smoking Weed

April 15th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio

A viral Vine video shows an adult letting a toddler smoke what appears to be marijuana.

The video was uploaded two days ago by Vine userChiefSmokes with the title “Wow f**ked up parents smh.”

The appalling video shows a young child dressed in a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt, sitting on a toilet, smoking what an adult puts in front of him. An adult(s) can be heard laughing in the background as the toddler blows smoke out of his mouth.

The video was then reposted by user NikoWavy, who received an immense amount of backlash after this version was uploaded to Reddit.

Users who did not read the full caption assumed it was NikoWavy’s original video.

Read more about this toddler smoking weed at TheGrio.com 

Fabolous & Emily B Celebrate Daughter’s Sweet 16 With “The Carrie Diaries” Themed Celebration

April 14th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Emily B celebrates daughter's sweet 16 with "The Carrie Diares" themed birthday bash.

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As we witnessed a few months back for his The Great Gatsby-themed celebration, Fabolous and longtime girlfriend, Emily B, know how to throw a party. So considering that Em’s daughter, Taina, recently turned 16, it’s only natural that the hip hop couple would throw the high schooler the celebration of a lifetime.

This past weekend the teenage beauty enjoyed sweet sixteen party inspired by “Sex and the City” prequel, “The Carrie Diaries.” The bash was hosted by PYNK magazine. And judging by the pictures, everyone had a blast.

Check out the adorable photos on the following pages.

‘What Lie Y’all Gon’ Tell Him When His Daddy Ain’t There?’ Tiffney Cambridge Files Restraining Order Against The Game

April 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Tiffney Cambridge files restraining order against The Game behind alleged assault.

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Last week we told you that rapper Jayceon “The Game” Taylor has been accused of breaking ex-fiancée, Tiffney Cambridge’s, nose in a vicious attack. With the exception of a few cryptic Instagram posts, Tiffney has remained pretty quiet regarding the alleged attacked. The Game, however, spoke out about the allegations. While he admits that there was an incident that took place, he insists that he never laid a finger on Tiffney.

We’ve recently learned that Tiffney obtained a protective order against the rapper-turned-reality-star on Apr. 2, which according to TMZ, prohibits him from coming within 100 yards of her. The order also prohibits him from having any contact with Tiffney whatsoever. The former couple is scheduled to appear in court later this month. Until then, The Game has reportedly been granted weekend visitation to see the children.

Interestingly, the “My Life” rapper recently took to Instagram with claims that Tiffney is not allowing him to see his children. His heartfelt post reads:

“Doing the best I can not to break.. But it’s funny how someone you’ve done so much for can be so ugly & cruel as to keep my children away from me vindictively because I’ve decided to move on with my life. I love all 3 of my kids more than life itself & it’s one thing to keep me away from them.. & them away from me but @harlemcarontaylor hasn’t seen his younger brother or sister in a month & just texted me ‘Dad, how come Justice can’t come to my house’ & I have to lie to him because he’s to young to understand the real reason why.

I know they ask about me, I know they love me & I know they miss me as much as I miss them but were not allowed to see each other & for what ??? As if I haven’t been there for them everyday since the day they were born…. They are the only reason I care about breathing another day on earth… They are the sole reason I have become a better person… They are the reason I give back, the reason I help people & the reason I wake up everyday with a smile on my face. Most importantly… They are MY CHILDREN & we deserve to be in each other’s lives forever.

What kind of person would get in the middle of someone’s devoted fatherhood when there are countless women out here that are raising there children on their own with no one to help. You would think a father that loves his children the way I do would be the least bit appreciated & not have to beg someone to see his own children. I have worked so hard at being a good parent only to have it taken away by someone who cares not about me, nor the welfare of our children but only about themselves. All of this just so you can keep me away from Justice on his birthday. What lie y’all gone tell em’ when his Daddy ain’t there ? Like I have been the past 6 birthdays ? The past 6 Christmas’s ? The past 6 years of a son’s life whom got his name from a father that patiently awaited his arrival here into this world ??? & Cali….. I’m not gone even start.. I will end this by saying…. Daddy loves you…. Misses you… & will always be here no matter what happens !!!! I am a REAL FATHER.”

We’re not 100% sure what’s going on here, but we can only hope that these two can amicably work things out for the sake of their children.

5 Things You Don’t Want To Do Before You Go To Bed

April 9th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From Latina Madre

¡Por fin! The kids are asleep, the dishes are done and your esposo is working on something in the garage. It is finally time for, well, “me” time—and for a lot of moms those rare moments alone are good for one thing: getting some rest.

There are lots of things we shouldn’t do before bedtime, however, when your schedule is packed to the brim with school drop-offs, work, cooking, cleaning and plenty more, it’s easy to think you can squeeze in some stuff before bed. Unfortunately, all those notices saying that there are certain things you shouldn’t do before bedtime are right. Plus, not getting a good night’s sleep can cause weight gain, weaken your immune system and create cognitive problems. No mas.

So to get all you supermoms off to bed on the good foot here are five things to avoid before calling a night so you can get some much needed rest so that you’re ready to tackle your to-do list the next day.

Read more about night time rest at LatinaMadre.com 

Monica Describes Checking A Teacher For Yoking Up Her Son, Rocko

April 8th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While describing the importance of parents being involved with their children’s schools at the Box Tops For Education Town Hall event, Monica Brown discussed a situation where she was forced to confront a teacher who yoked up her 8-year-old son, Rocko, because she felt that he wasn’t seated properly.

“She decided that he was not sitting in the proper learning position,” Monica explained. “She decided that it was okay to snatch him by his collar and to throw him into the cubicle.”

Monica went on to share that this wasn’t the teacher’s first offense.

“If you tell him to do something and he has not done it then that’s a different thing. Then the children in the classroom began to share these stories of her pinching, pushing, squeezing hands until you get answers correct. She don’t belong ‘round mine.”

Though she wanted to, she didn’t fly off the handle at the teacher. Instead, the mother of three took a moment to cool off before confronting the teacher.

“If you’re properly involved, you can asses these situations and properly handle them because I took a minute. I did not leave my home immediately because I knew that my immediate reaction was one I did not want my children to see, so I had to check me first. And that takes a lot. The new me is a better me. The old me, I don’t know if I could have checked her before she left. I was able to have a conversation with the principal, with her daughter [who is also their language teacher] and have a conversation that said we should talk with these children and her [foreign language teacher] and assess the situation.”

She adds that the situation may not have gone as smoothly had she not already been actively involved at Rocko’s school.

“And that’s sometimes what you may have to do but that’s only when you’re properly involved. Most parents jump in only when they think something is wrong. I was able to make a good decision and handle it properly because I’m always involved.”

Moms, have you ever faced a similar situation with your children?

Kordell Stewart Awarded Primary Physical Custody Of Son In Child Custody Battle

April 8th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Apparently Kordell Stewart has been duking it out in court with his son’s mother, Lae Tania Richardson for quite a few years now—since 2011 to be exact. But according to Radar Online Stewart and Richardson were finally able to come to an agreement when it comes to the custodial rights of their 9-year-old son, Syre.

Court documents reveal that Stewart initially requested full custody of the child in 2011 after learning that Richardson was looking to relocate to Los Angeles with the boy for a new job opportunity. However, Richardson objected, arguing that Stewart barely ever spent time with his son. She also told the court that “after filing the lawsuit, Plaintiff/Father went almost nine days without calling his son or seeking to text his son,” adding that Stewart “has not spent a consecutive five-day period with his son ever except during this litigation” and “has never taken his son on any vacation.”

Stewart’s ex-wife, Porsha Williams, was also mentioned in the legal dispute when the defense pointed out that the retired NFLer “has flown with his new wife/former fiancée to California, Las Vegas, Miami, Oregon, New York multiple times during just 2010 and 2011,” but had failed to take his son anywhere.

According to their new custody agreement, no child support will be paid by either party and they will share joint custody with Kordell getting primary physical custody. The new agreement also states that “Mother and the Child will have to right to communicate with each other over the telephone at Father’s residence at any reasonable time” and that “The Father shall be the final decision maker should the parties disagree” on issues pertaining to Syre’s welfare.

This dude must have an amazing legal team.

Wait, I Gotta Cook Too? A Mother’s Struggle

April 4th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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I have very few regrets in life.  One is not telling that cute guy in college, who tried to talk to me, that I liked him too.  Another is self-dying my normally brown hair black, and being called Elvira in high school for a few months.  My last regret is never being in the kitchen when my mother cooked as I grew up.

In the morning, my mother would make homemade biscuits, eggs, grits, and anything else a southern girl would love.  On the weekend our plates would be filled with things like baked chicken, brown rice, greens, and a whole lot of other stuff that I never paid attention to.  My other sisters were in the kitchen with her, but I think that my propensity to ask too many questions tended to get on my mother’s nerves and she would usually ask me to go watch TV.

I probably should have started to ask questions when the first time I made soup for a presentation in high school and it ended up the consistency of paste (but it was delicious though!).  Assistance was needed when the first time I tried to cook Thanksgiving dinner for my daughter and I after we became free agents, burned it, and ended up cooking (burnt) pancakes… so sad.

I realized that I never really had to know how to cook because other people just took the reigns.  My mother cooked while I was growing up, I either ate in a cafeteria or ordered out when I was in college and my husband cooked when we were married.  The only thing I knew how to do in a kitchen was wash dishes, and that skill wasn’t feeding my child when she moved from canned baby food and was expecting a feast each day.

I started out fixing her things that I liked.  I realized later that the reason why I liked some of the crap that I ate was because it was easy to fix.  A few minutes in the microwave, toaster, oven, or a quick call for takeout solved most of my hunger problems, as they did hers, for the moment.  But,I began to feel very guilty about it.  I knew that my diet wasn’t the healthiest, and I didn’t want to pass that habit on to her.  So, I started doing something that I only did after a “Top Chef” marathon, I ventured into the kitchen and started trying to actually cook.

Some of the results… well, a lot of the results in the beginning, were horrible.  I either had the heat too high, caused a fire, or didn’t realize that the top wasn’t fully on the Lawry’s as it spilled all over what I was cooking.  However, I knew that one day I wanted to have a moment of my daughter coming to me (preferably in her hoover craft, one can dream) and asking me how to cook some type of great recipe.  I wanted her to be healthy, and I knew that the only way that I could ensure that would be if I knew exactly what was going in her food.  I also realized that if I wanted to live long enough to get a hoover craft myself, I had to stop being lazy and venture outside of my comfort zone.

I don’t think that I’ll be on Top Chef anytime soon, but it has been a step away from the Drive-thru, and I think that’s pretty good progress.

‘If He Don’t Have To Work So Hard, Why Should I?’ T.I. Discusses Daughters’ Dating Standards And Having The Sex Talk

April 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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T.I. is a big family man, so it’s not surprising that people would seek him out for parenting advice. And during his recent appearance on the “Arsenio Hall Show,” that’s exactly what happened. Parents were given an opportunity to ask the father of six some of their burning parenting questions and of course, questions regarding the right time to discuss sex with children came up.

“I think it’s a case-by-case basis,” T.I. explained before revealing that he had to have the talk with his kids at varying ages. “I had to have that talk with King, probably the earliest that I have had to have that talk with any of my children. You have to see how socially advanced they are. You pay attention to conversations. You pay attention to the material that they observe. I mean, children are gonna give you some tell-tale signs.”

He then went on to offer examples of when his two youngest sons, King and Major, made it clear that it was time to have “the talk.”

“I remember one time Major at a grocery store line when we was at a checkout counter and the lady said, ‘Oh, he’s so cute,’ and she walked off. And he said, ‘She got a big ole’ butt.’ And King, he might’ve been about seven or eight, and he asked me and his mom if it was okay for him to sleepover a friend’s house. And then we found out that friend was an 18-year-old girl.”

The rapper also discussed his daughters and the standard he has set for them when it comes to dating.

“I’m just really trying to effectively communicate and make sure that they know that there are  guys like me. But you know, they gotta get there. I know that we raised some upstanding, respectful and respectable young ladies. So I’m not worried as much for them as I am worried for the young man.”

“That’s another rule of mine. If you give a guy as much attention as you give me and he doesn’t work as hard as I do and he doesn’t provide the same type of security as I do, you are cheating me.”

Interesting…

Watch a clip from T.I.’s interview below. Catch another clip on the next page.

In Honor Of World Autism Awareness Day: Celebrities With Autistic Children

April 2nd, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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For World Autism Awareness Day: Celebrities With Autistic Children

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Today World Autism Awareness day will be celebrated around the globe as buildings, companies, and websites “Light it Up Blue” to raise awareness for the developmental disorder. Here at MadameNoire we’re shouting out the celebrities who are raising autistic children and other famous men and women who use their fame to further research and treatment for autism.

Motherhood: Why “Good Enough” Is the New “Great”

March 30th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From Essence

When I became a new mom about three years ago a more seasoned mommy friend of mine took me to lunch one day and said “you are NOT gonna get an A in every category.”  I nodded at her as she spoke while letting her words go in one ear and out the next, thinking that I had what it took to get that “A.” Now it’s three years later I can honestly tell you that her advice that day was one of the smartest things anyone has ever said to me.

For the first two years of my children’s lives I did try to get that “A.”  Eventually, though, I ran out of gas and started to fail in nearly every area of my life. I started missing important dates like my friend’s bridal shower, I neglected my health and even got behind with my bills because I didn’t have time to pay them.  The worst part is I got so involved with doing stuff for my family like planning birthday parties and trips that sometimes I didn’t have the time, energy or patience for my kids.

I realized then I didn’t need to get an A in every category. I just needed to get an “A” in the areas that mattered most.

Most of us who are mothers are the primary caretakers of our kids whether we are married or single. We are also responsible for running a household and being a good wives/partners while working full-time jobs. So we have our hands full and being supermom just isn’t possible.

Read more on Essence about why parenting expert, Notoya Green says motherhood isn’t about being everything to your kids, it’s about being what matters the most.

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