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Future Reveals Why A Wedding Date Hasn’t Been Set

April 24th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Back in October we learned that Future popped the question to Ciara at her 28th birthday bash. Shortly after, we learned that the couple is expecting their first child together. So naturally, wedding planning has taken a backseat.

“We don’t have a date,” the Atlanta rapper recently told Access Atlanta. “She was getting everything situated. She has to wait until we have our baby because you know, she gotta fit for the dress.”

Speaking of their highly anticipated bundle of joy, Future also recently shared with Rolling Out magazine that he believes has has drastically matured and is fully aware of what’s expected of him as a father and CiCi’s soon-to-be husband

“It makes you grow up. Certain things that you used to do, you can’t do anymore. Certain habits you had, [now] you’ve got to break ‘em quick!” he explained.

“It’s about maturing and going to that next level — because I’m getting married and have a new baby coming. That causes me to change and go to another level. The things that you used to do, you can’t do it anymore because of your situation. And it just goes along with getting older and knowing how to carry yourself and knowing how to maneuver through life.”

This has to be a super exciting time in both of their lives. We’re wishing them the best!

The Rising Trend of ‘Social Surrogacy’: Women Want To Protect Their Bodies & Their Careers!

April 23rd, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Surrogacy, once reserved for women with fertility complications, is now being used by women who wish to skip the grueling nine-month ordeal — either to protect their career, preserve their fit bodies, or dodge the labor pains, The Daily Mail reports.

It’s called “social surrogacy,” when women opt to have another woman carry their biological children “based on personal reasons rather than medical necessity,” CBS Philly adds. And it’s on the rise.

“I call these cases designer surrogacy,” said Dr. Lorni Arnold, a San Diego-based fertility doctor. His patients have included a socialite who “didn’t want to get fat” and a jogger who wanted to run a marathon.

“We have people who are afraid of being pregnant,” said Dr. Saira Jhutty, CEO of Conceptual Options, a San Diego-based fertility clinic. “Some people work in an industry where image is very important so they don’t want to have to go through the changes that happen to a woman’s body when they get pregnant.”

Jhutty also noted that there are a handful of professional women who are fearful that pregnancy may interfere with their careers. Take Mari Smith, 36, for example, a wedding photographer whose career finally kicked off:

“Mari had been putting off having a baby with her husband because business was finally booming, and she couldn’t bear to risk wrecking it. What’s more, she was working 60 hours a week to build her brand and says she simply didn’t have time for pregnancy, much less potential complications like morning sickness or being put on bed rest. With her baby clock ticking louder and louder, she spoke with [her] clinical psychologist friend, Jhutty,” according to the newspaper.

Smith’s concern is valid; the workforce isn’t very welcoming of expectant mothers. Employers often fish for legal excuses to fire their pregnant workers. Recent studies show that “fewer than 40 percent of working women in the United States get paid pregnancy leave.” Only nine percent of employers offer full pay. But is surrogacy the answer? One Huffington Post author finds the whole social surrogacy trend disturbing.

“When there are millions of women who are desperate to be pregnant, literally going broke trying to make a baby, these women [...] are opting not to be pregnant so they can wear their skinny jeans? Can someone please tell me why this is OK?,” the site says.

Despite the criticism and a whopping $100,000 expense, Smith will go through with the surrogacy. “Mari sees it as the best and most reliable way for her and her husband to finally expand their family,” The Daily Mail writes. 

Twitter Helps Adopted Iowa Teen Find Birth Mother

April 22nd, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From The Grio 

A 19-year-old Iowa woman is meeting her birth mother for the first time thanks to a photo she posted online.

Hannah Stouffer of Urbandale posted a photo asking for information on her birth mother earlier this week.

Three days and 53,000 re-tweets later, she got a hold of her mother. It turns out her mother still lives in Des Moines. They’ve been texting back and forth for days.

Stouffer says she needed some time to prepare for meeting her mother in person.

“’I’m as ready as I’m going to be. I’m nervous. I`m scared. Every time I think about it I just want to cry. I just can`t believe it`s happening already. I’ve waited so long and it`s finally happening,” Stouffer says.

Growing up all Stouffer knew about her birth mother was that she gave birth to Stouffer when she was 15-years-old. “I was just so angry that she would give me up.”

It wasn’t until Stouffer became a teenage mother herself that she had a better understanding of what her mother went through. “As soon as I got pregnant I knew how hard it was. I knew that decision wasn’t easy and I knew she did it with love.”

Stouffer kept her daughter and shares her story with other teen moms. Stouffer plans on meeting up with her mother Saturday afternoon at a coffee shop.

Read more about this reunion at TheGrio.com 

“I Couldn’t Move, I Was Sick:” Lindsay Lohan Reveals Miscarriage On Season Finale Of OWN Series

April 21st, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last month, we reported on the Lindsay Lohan docu-series “Lindsay” which appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Throughout the season, we observed Lohan struggle with sobriety, family issues and cancelling photo-shoots. Although Lohan’s behavior was met with much criticism, last night she garnered much sympathy when she revealed she suffered a miscarriage during the season. When Lindsay was asked to reflect on the what she learned during filming, she said:

No one knows this — I had a miscarriage for those weeks I took off. I couldn’t move, I was sick. Mentally, that messes with you.” 

Lohan also noted the reason why she declined to film on certain days was because of how she felt after the miscarriage. Speaking in third person, the recovering actress claimed:

“Watching this series, I just know how I felt at that moment and I can relate to that girl, which sounds kind of crazy. But I’m like, ‘Oh my god, this is really sad. Who’s helping her?’”

After the season finale, Lohan’s mother Dina apparently tweeted Oprah Winfrey: “Oprah call me.” Her tweet was shortly deleted and most likely in reference to the cancellation of  her daughter’s docu-series. The Daily News relayed, Winfrey  onsidered canceling the show because of the poor ratings it received. Initially, the season premiere received less than 700,000 viewers.

Lindsay never identified  who would have fathered her child but did state she is filming a new film that will be in theaters in June.

Below, is a clip of Lindsay’s revelations.

What did you think of  Lindsay’s season finale?

No Pregnancy For Pope? Kerry Washington Discusses The Challenges of Hiding Her Baby Bump On Set

April 19th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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10.5 million viewers tuned in on Thursday to see what exactly was in store for Olivia Pope and President Fitz on the season three finale of Scandal. It didn’t disappoint, bringing all kinds of surprises, none of which were a pregnancy.

When actress Kerry Washington revealed that she and former football corner back husband Nnamdi Asomugha were expecting a child later this year, viewers anticipated exactly how the show would handle America’s favorite political fixer. Would Olivia Pope be saving the day with a baby bump in tow?

Washington reveals the decision to keep the character and actress’s life separate was completely creator Shonda Rhimes’s idea:

“The decision of whether or not a character would be on similar journey, I had nothing to do with that decision. I trust Shonda with all things. I feel very grateful that we have such an amazing team that was able to protect the character within the context of what the actress was going through.”

Washington reveals that this was her most difficult season yet as producers tried (and sometimes failed) to disguise her growing pregnancy including loose fitting shirts and coats, enormous desk chairs, coffee mugs, cast mates’ heads and let’s not forget more chairs (EOnline has a whole slideshow documenting the season’s sometimes desperate efforts). In fact, Season 3 was cut down by four episodes to accommodate the star’s pregnancy.

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Washington talks about the physical and emotional challenges she experienced being torn between her personal life and her role:

“I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person [Olivia Pope] with the personal transformation that’s going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn’t been easy. It’s been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I access character is through my body. It’s definitely been complicated to say the least. I’ve learned a lot about other ways to access Olivia and be her.”

She is quick to mention that concealing her pregnancy wasn’t just a credit to her incredible acting, but to the costume design team led by Lyn Paolo as well.

“I’m just grateful for how hard everybody has worked to maintain the authenticity of this character in this world.”

Although show creator Shonda Rhimes isn’t revealing any season 4 details yet, ABC is expected to renew the series for 2015.

Do you think producers did a decent job of keeping Washington’s baby bump backstage?

Say What?! Pentecostal Pastor Impregnates A Mother And Her Teen Daughter

April 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From EurWeb 

How does one go about asking the Lord for forgiveness for just being trifling? I mean, what words do you actually use?

After allegedly impregnating a 45-year-old mother of three and her 14-year-old daughter, Pastor Sam of Pentecostal church is on the run.

The Pentecostal Church – which is located along Nnebisi Road, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria has been on lock-down since  the news broke.

OsunDefender gathered that Pastor Sam hails from the eastern part of the Delta state and that the woman and the daughter have been under evil spells after her husband died of a mysterious stomach problem. Elders of the community where they live, had consulted seers who accused the woman and her teenage daughter of having a hand in the death.The mother and daughter was introduced to the pastor for spiritual cleansing around December 2013 and the pastor in turn had solemnly promised to attack the attackers of the destiny and reverse the course.

Read more about this case at EurWeb.com 

15 Confessions Of A Pregnant Woman

April 11th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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If you are or have ever been pregnant then you’ve probably secretly thought these things during those incredible, but rocky, nine months! And If you’ve never been pregnant, reading these will just give you 15 more reasons not to mess with an expectant mother.

Peter Gunz Makes Unborn Daughter His #WCW

April 9th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Last season of Love And Hip Hop New York, left us with tons of drama we were glad we didn’t have in our personal lives. The main story line and love triangle of LHHNY’s season 4 revolved around  Peter Gunz,  Amina Buddafly and Tara Wallace and during the reunion show, Amina Buddafly announced she was pregnant with Gunz’ child after he told viewers his relationship with Buddafly was a mistake. Despite these circumstances and Gunz continuously denying their relationship the two have remained together and it actually looks like Gunz might have the potential to be a decent father based on his Instagram posts.

Today he posted a sonogram picture of his and Amina’s new bundle of joy, allowing fans to pour in their love and support. In the caption for the photo he simply wrote: “My wcw… its a girl!” which is breaking news for fans who were curious about the gender of the couple’s first child together. Though we still don’t have a due date, we can’t help but wonder if their might be a premiere date in the works for some sort of Peter + Amina + baby reality show. You know Mona and VH1 love a spin-off…Either way, congrats to the happy family!

Evelyn Lozada Hits The Gym Less Than 2 Weeks After Giving Birth

March 31st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Before giving birth to her newborn son Carl Leo Crawford Jr., Evelyn Lozada made it clear that she would be on a mission to get her body back.

“When I started this pregnancy I was almost 150, but I’ve gained 31 pounds,” the former “Basketball Wives” star said at her Diamonds and Diapers-themed baby shower last month. “He weighs about 4 pounds rights now, so I know that I’m going to be super focused. I’ve already spoken to Jeanette Jenkins. We’re gonna start training here in L.A.”

While it takes some women close to a year to shed their pregnancy pounds, Ev added that she’s looking to drop the weight in just two months.

“I have a bet going that I can get this body back in two months,” she added. “So I’m just focused. As soon as I get the clear to do weight training and cardio, I’m gonna need a lot of that, so hopefully I can get it together.”

This probably explains why the second-time mom is already back in the gym less than two weeks after delivering her baby boy. Over the weekend, Ev announced the beginning of her 30-day challenge to Instagram followers.

“Day 1 of my 30 day challenge! I can’t wait to share my journey with all of you! Details coming on Monday! We can do it together!”

We’ll be interested in seeing her progress over the next 30 days.

Moms, how long did it take you to shed the baby weight?

Amina Buddafly Worried Peter Can’t Provide For Baby But Says Abortion Wasn’t An Option

March 28th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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During the “Love & Hip Hop” reunion show, Amina Buddafly revealed to her estranged husband, Peter Gunz, that she is pregnant. Sadly, it seemed that she announced her pregnancy at the worst possible time in their relationship. Many wondered if their troubled union would push Amina to the decision of terminating her pregnancy, but the 30-year-old songbird says that definitely wasn’t an option for her.

“I’m definitely going to keep the baby,” Amina told Power 105.1′s Vannesa Denis. “That was never a question for me. When I found out, I was really shocked at the reunion, it was all new for me. But there was never really a question at my age. I always knew that if I get pregnant at any time I’m not going to have an abortion. So, it is what it is.”

She also commented on people who call her nasty for keeping a pissy pregnancy test in her bra.

“Well, I don’t know how many women take pregnancy tests, but they got caps. It was closed. It wasn’t just out. It was really the pregnancy test that I took two days before.”

As for whether or not she’s worried about Peter’s financial woes and whether or not he’ll be able to provide for her and the baby:

“Of course [I worry], but he takes care of all of his kids and he does what he can. We’re going to make it work somehow. I’ve always lived my life that way.”

What she does worry about, however, is if Peter is still romantically involved with his ex, Tara Wallace. When asked if she could plant a listening device in any room in the world, the “Love & Hip Hop” star said she’d definitely have one put in Tara’s home.

“That’s easy for me. It would be in Tara’s home, on the couch. They’re not still together. But I don’t know what goes on when they’re there and he spends a lot of time there still. That’s where his kids are, you know. So I’d like to know what their conversations are like.”

Interesting…

Watch Amina’s full interview on the next page.