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Rihanna Says Love With Chris Brown Is Different Now ‘We Value Each Other’

It has been over three years since Rihanna was beaten to a pulp by her on again, off again boyfriend, Chris Brown. But Rihanna is sure that this time around things will be different. Rihanna opened up to Rolling Stone’s contributing editor, Josh Eells, about the current state of her and Chris Brown’s relationship. Of her and Brown’s relationship, she told Eells, “I decided it was more important for me to be happy,” “I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.” Rihanna knows that the warped relationship that she has with Chris Brown is not cookie cutter. “When you add up the pieces from the outside, it’s not the cutest puzzle in the world,” “You see us walking somewhere, driving somewhere, in the studio, in the club, and you think you know. But it’s different now. We don’t have those types of arguments anymore.”“We value each other. We know exactly what we have now, and we don’t want to lose that.” It is evident, through social media, that the Barbados beauty is once again head over heels in love with Brown. She publicly fought for his affection through her rants about him being with his ex, Karrueche. One post on twitter read “How can you lie with her while you lay with me?….If you don’t have an answer, you don’t have to answer.” Although she wants the public to let her live and make her own mistakes, Rihanna has made it perfectly clear that she will not take any mess from Brown. “He doesn’t have the luxury of f#^#@** up again. That’s just not an option. I can’t say that nothing else will ever go wrong. But I’m pretty solid in the knowing that he’s disgusted by that. And I wouldn’t have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility.” The Rolling Stone issue hits stands January 31st. Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City. Follow @asalovechild www.facebook.com/asaentertainmentgroup                    www.asalovechildworld.com Read More »

U.S. Census Bureau Reveals Economic Disparity for Working Black Women, Latinas

Photography: Nhophotos.com New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals a staggering revelation about the gender wage gap: There is still a lot of work to be done. Black women and Latinas are hit the hardest by the gender-wage disparity. A recent report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, shows that African American women earn 70 cents for every dollar paid to all men and 64 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. The gender-wage disparity is even worse for Latinas — earning only 55 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.   Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, believes the gender-wage disparity is costing women of color a substantial amount of money that could  “ Women of color are hard hit by a kind of perfect –- and perfectly devastating –- storm caused by discrimination, a struggling economy and the country’s failure to adopt family friendly workplace policies ,” said Ness in a release. “ These new data show that the wage gap is costing women of color thousands of dollars in critical income each year that could be spent on food, rent, health care and on meeting other fundamental needs for their families.” Why do you believe this gender-wage disparity exists? Read More »

Soldier who lost all four limbs in Iraq bomb blast receives double arm transplant

Brendan Marrocco ‏ (center) is the first soldier tosurvive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant. He was the first soldier to survive the loss of all four limbs in Iraq, and now he’s the recipient of a cutting-edge double-arm transplant. Staten Island’s own Brendan Marrocco, 26, endured the 13-hour operation on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital to replace the arms he lost because of a roadside bomb on Easter Sunday 2009. “He never quits, he fights to survive,” said Giovanna Marrocco, 76, Brendan’s grandmother. “He’s very happy, he wanted this transplant. I’m happy, too.” Brendan will speak Tuesday in Baltimore about the mind-boggling procedure alongside the doctors who pulled it off. But the tough-as-nails soldier has already chronicled his recovery on Twitter. “Ohh yeah today has been one month since my surgery and they already move a little,” he wrote of his new limbs on Jan. 18. “It’s been frustrating because I have no function out of my hands yet (so) its been tough but I’ve been thru worse,” he wrote five days later. Indeed, the man who describes himself on Facebook as a “wounded warrior . . . very wounded” faces an ongoing battle. Brendan received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms — to try to prevent his body from rejecting the foreign flesh. The marrow is meant to minimize the need for medication to trick Brendan’s body into accepting the arms, which he described as “new prints” on Twitter. The road to recovery will have its obstacles. “My God I’m freezing cold but my arms and back feel like they are on fire and not my normal phantom pain,” he wrote Sunday. Read More Read More »

Ladies: Let Dad Bond With the Baby Too

Photography: nhophotos.com New moms often fall in love with their newborn baby so much that they completely forget the baby was conceived with the help of a dad. As the carrier of the child, you’ve already acquired a bond that the father will never be able to match, as you and the child experienced growth together for nine months. When the child is born, it is the perfect opportunity for dad to begin bonding with the baby — that includes waking him up to feed the baby in the middle of the night and changing the baby’s diapers. In  a recent article written for  Ebony , parenting lifestyle consultant Audrey Griffin provides helpful advice for new parents that will enable the child to build rapport with mom and dad upon their arrival. Read her tips below. Feeding Time  Taking turns is especially easy if you are feeding your child with formula, but even if Mom is nursing, Dad can take his turn by feeding the infant with bottles of pre-pumped breast milk. Coordinate a schedule so you both can split the responsibility: alternate every other feeding or take shifts.  Diaper Duty  Yes, the little stinkers can (and should) be changed by Daddy too!  This may seem like an unlikely time for bonding, but talking and making funny faces and those silly noises while changing the diapers is actually a great opportunity to connect with your baby. As your new blessing will use some 8-14 diapers a day, there are more than enough opportunities for both parents to take turns.  Playing Around Dad should always have a special time where he can play with his little one, especially if he’s out the house for most of the day. When this becomes a part of your routine, it will create great memories.  It will not only give your child the delight of Dad’s undivided attention, but it will also give Mom a much-needed break. Doctor’s Appointments If possible, both parents should take babies to the hospital/clinic for those wellness checkups. Mom and Dad can always alternate taking care of a sick little one or visiting the doctor, so as baby grows, both parents are playing significant roles in keeping their child healthy and supporting him/her in an often scary situation. Bedtime Newborns tend to have unique sleep schedules; it’s unlikely that your baby will go down at 9pm and stay asleep until 7am. With a screaming baby waking up every few hours to inform you that he or she is wet, hungry or just in need of a little love, it is best for both partners to take part in the bedtime routine. Again, alternating is very important here.  Take turns bathing your baby and putting him or her to bed, and take turns waking up during the night when he or she needs you.    Read More »

Rapper T.I. and Tiny Talk Marriage in Ebony Magazine’s “Black Love” Issue

T.I. and his wife, singer Tiny, are gracing this month’s issue of Ebony Magazine , as part of their “Black Love” issue. The two talked about how they are able to make their marriage work despite what critics say about celebrity couples. T.I. commented on the married life saying, “Once I made up my mind that I was going to be committed to this relationship, I started being married then and there. Since I’ve been married, it’s the same relationship, we’re the same people. We treat each other the same way, and we’re just as happy now as we were before. And what we have is real. It’s not a show. The persona is not anything that we put on before, or take off after. It is what it is.” Tiny chimed in saying, “He’s just so sexy, and he’s kind, and he’s sweet, and he’s loving. As hard as he is outside, he has this gentle side, this caring side–a lot of people don’t see it, but I see it all the time. It inspires me.” Tiny also shared how the couple has managed to make their union last saying, “There’s a lot of prayer.  We started a little rough, and it just gradually came together.  We started to jell.” Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City. Follow @asalovechild www.facebook.com/asaentertainmentgroup www.asalovechildworld.com   Read More »

7 Ways To Keep Your Cool At Work

Many people feel if they show up to work every day and put in a conscious effort to get the work done, their employer should be happy and all is right with the world.  It’s too bad life is not that easy and today’s employment game is tougher than many can remember seeing in their Read More »

Beyonce Shakes Off Lip-Syncing Controversy

Beyonce seems to be one of the only performers to only receive mild heat for lip-syncing at a performance. Reports began to surface that she was miming her performance at President Obama’s inauguration, but this controversy barely shook the pop-star. Instead she just shook it off. Apparently B is saving her voice for her Superbowl performance. Beyonce seems to have a good deal of support from a lot of people for her decision to lip-sync, making this controversy not-so controversial, after all. “‘She’s getting ready for the Super Bowl so we didn’t have chance to do anything with her until the night. So it’s a very tight window of opportunity.’ While around 20 million Americans tuned in to watch Obama’s second inauguration, it is expected that approximately 160 million will watch the Super Bowl – which marks the end of the American football season. Colburn’s admission comes as it was claimed that Beyoncé also blamed the cold weather for her not singing live, insisting that stars as big as Pavarotti have also mimed during performances at important occasions. A source told US Weekly, “She didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. Pavarotti has done it! It was freezing out, and if she messed up just one note, that would have been the story. ‘Everybody uses these tracks, and the music director advised it. Any big outdoor live performance is almost always with some kind of track. ‘She did sing, but used a track.’ One person who did not hold back in her criticism of Beyoncé’s reported miming was Aretha Franklin, who admitted on Wednesday that she ‘cracked up’ when she heard the news. However, Aretha, who performed at Obama’s first inauguration ceremony back in 2009, told ABC News that the singer had ‘done a beautiful job with the pre-record’. She said: ‘When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather.” For more on this story click here   Read More »

Tiger Woods Seeks to Remarry Ex-Wife, Considers $350M Anti-Cheating Clause

. When Tiger Woods’ ex-wife Elin Nordegren found out about her Tiger’s excessive cheating in 2009, she ditched him and walked away with a $1110 million divorce settlement. According to the U.K. publication  The Sun , Tiger is seeking to remarry the Swedish blonde and offered a $200 million prenup to entice her. Reports claim Elin is considering the proposal, but only if her cheating ex-husband agrees to sign a $350 million anti-cheating clause. If Tiger agrees to the anti-cheating clause, it will be worth more than half of his $600 million fortune. Reports claim she believes the anti-cheating clause will keep Tiger from cheating on her again. One source reported that Tiger is willing to sign the papers that will include his ex-wife’s anti-cheating clause. “ Tiger didn’t even balk at the demand. Even though his accountants think he’s crazy, he’s ready to sign the pre-nup and set a wedding date. The guy has never recovered from being dumped by Elin. He’s dated a lot of models and bimbos but none of them were more than a one-night stand, ” the source said. Elin has reportedly dated several men following she and Tiger’s divorce. She is currently rebuilding a $12million estate in North Palm Beach in Florida to create her dream home. Reports claim Tiger proposed to Elin on Christmas and presented her with a ring. A source claims the couple is intimate again: “ Tiger stopped by Elin’s rental house one afternoon when their kids were out with a nanny and they had s*x for the first time since the split. It took them both by surprise but they’ve continued to find alone time when they’re both at their homes in Florida .” Elin, 33, is the mother of Tiger’s two children: Samantha, 5, and Charlie, 3.   Do you believe Tiger should agree to the $350 million anti-cheating clause?       Read More »

Al Green Turned Down Invitation To Sing For The Obamas

Al Green did not exactly say no to singing his timeless song “Let’s Stay Together” .  Scheduling conflicts were the cause. Green’s representatives told Associated  Press that Green had been asked to do it but due to scheduling conflicts, the crooner could not make Monday’s event. Jennifer Hudson accepted the invitation   and sang   “ Let’s Stay Together” , as The President and First Lady danced in the center of the floor.  Obama belted out “Let’s Stay Together” at an event last year that Al Green attended. Al Green made the song famous back in 1972.   Back then,  Rolling Stone noted  Green’s voice as “something to marvel at. He can croon, shout, scat, rise to the smoothest falsetto, and throw in the funkiest growls…Let’s Stay Together is, like its predecessor, an indispensable treat.”   Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City. Follow @asalovechild           www.facebook.com/asaentertainmentgroup www.asalovechildworld.com         Read More »

Alicia Keys to Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

Alicia Keys is one of the most beautiful singers and faces in the country.  She will be showing off both at the next Super Bowl, along with Beyonce Knowles, who is expected to give the half time performance.  Keys, who is a Grammy Award winner, will be performing the national anthem on the big day on February 3 in front of millions of people, and it’s expected to be spectacular. This is the third time that Keys has been asked to sing at the Super Bowl, which is a record.  She sang  ”America the Beautiful” in 2005, and participated in the pregame show in 2008.  Over time, Keys is starting to become a familiar face on the big stage. Keys turns just 32 next week, and has already had a legendary career.   Beyonce, who is doing the halftime show, is also not a first-timer at the event.  Knowles sang the national anthem at the 2004 show in her hometown of Houston.  These performances are a big step for African American performers, who haven’t had as strong of a presence in Super Bowl performances since the “wardrobe malfunction” of Janet Jackson back in 2004. The most interesting recent performance of the national anthem was Christina Aguilera, who actually forgot the words when she sang the song in 2011.  Alicia Keys probably won’t make the same mistake, at least we hope not.     Read More »

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