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Meet Nixon Knowles, the son of record executive Matthew Knowles and former Scrubs star Alexsandra Wright, and the half-brother of singers Beyonce and Solange Knowles.  Back in 2010, it was revealed that that Mr. Knowles had fathered a child out of wedlock. The child in question, Nixon , is now 21 months old.


TBS’ ‘Are We There Yet?’ actress Essence Atkins opens up about expecting her first baby at 39, marriage, and more in a recent conversation with Essence magazine. Click over to read highlights from the interview now!


Lil Niqo, whose real name is Niqoles Heard-Goodwin, started rapping at the tender age of seven and hasn’t stopped since. Just this past Tuesday, the self-proclaimed “Boy Wonder” was featured on television show BET 106 & Park and revealed that he is ready to “bring back the positive energy back to hip-hop. Hip-hop isn’t a culture like it used to be back in the days,” he says.


“I’m a very easy-going person. My daughters make me happy. A good-weather day makes me very happy lately. Obama. Any pictures of Obama and his daughters are uplifting. It’s easy to be happy,” says model Iman, who is mom to daughters Alexandria,11, and Zulekya,33.


Paris Michael Katherine Jackson(C), the daughter of late singer Michael Jackson, showed her love for R&B singer Chris Brown at his concert in Los Angeles yesterday(October 20, 2011). Paris,13, and a few of her friends enjoyed a front row viewing of the star, whom many have compared to her late father.


The Peete twins a.k.a Rodney James Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete celebrated their 14th birthday a few days ago. Mom Holly Robinson Peete took to twitter this week to share some throwback pictures of the duo as well as some sweet words. “Happy 14th birthday to my twins ! I am So emotional …[sic]”, she wrote on her Twitter page.


Over the last 10 years, music from the radio streaming through the loudspeakers in our cars have become more vulgar and explicit. Most recently hitting the top of the charts is Chris Brown’s song, Wet The Bed.” We’ve come a long way from New Edition’s song, “Can You Stand the Rain.”

Clearly, these two songs are talking about two different things. Women as sex objects in television and print advertising has become more the norm, and many young girls are emulating what they see on television and following these trends in their daily lives. Advertising and media images that encourage girls to focus on looks and sexuality are harmful to their emotional and physical health, a recent report by the American Psychological Association says.

If you’ve read my articles about the way I dress then you know that I’m a pretty conservative dresser. I don’t have any low-cut V-neck T-shirts, navel rings, or own a pair of “booty shorts.”  To be completely honest, I’m trying to hold back from purchasing “mom shorts” and “mom jeans” —Although I must admit that “mom jeans” do look very comfortable sitting high above the “mother hump.” Another point in favor of “mom jeans” is that they also don’t seem to ride up and cause wedgies. Now, I think I look nice in a pair of jeans, but I would never take a photo of myself demonstrating the infamous Booty Pose.

Sure, you know what the Booty Pose is. It’s when someone is taking a picture of you and you turn around, poke out your booty, turn your head to the side and smile — Say “Cheese!” Our four year-old loves to take photos. When he strikes a pose he usually folds his arms and demonstrates the “b-boy stance” in which his arms are crossed and he’s grinning at the camera (more like a RUN-DMC pose). He’s probably thinking about Michael Jackson’s song, “I’m Bad.”

As a parent who observes trends, for the last several years I’ve noticed young girls (as young as 3 years-old) striking booty poses in photos. To my amazement, parents are encouraging these photo opts. This encouragement is so perplexing to me. Why are we encouraging these poses? If pop culture is any indication, they can lead to really unattractive X-rated images. We should be concerned about the mental health of young girls and what they define as appropriate and attractive.

Now, I can understand throwing up the “peace sign;” again, I’m getting older so not as hip, but I can’t understand the booty pose. Why would you want to turn around, stick your derriere out and have someone take a photo of you?  Celebrities strike booty poses all of the time, but minors should not be doing this and parents should not be cheering them on. Booty poses will lead children down a windy road to possibly booty dancing.

I guess if you’re older and you know that’s your best “asset,” then maybe it’s OK to strike a booty pose. Kim Kardashian has a great figure and pokes her derriere out for nearly every photo op. Young girls on Facebook are taking profile pics flaunting their newly developed cleavage and young boys are showing their hairless pecks. Abercrombie and Fitch now sells padded bras and bikinis which targets 7-14 year-old girls.

Am I just old school? Or is this a serious issue? I think as parents we don’t need to encourage our children to strike this kind of pose. To me, this is borderline child pornography.


Sojourner Marable Grimmett is an Atlanta-based author who is recognized for writing about the joys and challenges of being a “stay-at-work” mom and connects with moms, both new and experienced, who have the responsibility of raising a family and maintaining a full-time job. Sojourner has been featured in FitPregnancy, iVillage, MacaroniKid.com, BlackCelebKids.com, MyAtlantaMoms.com, WhatToExpect.com, BlackandMarriedwithKids.com, Fox News, and CNN. She is married to her college sweetheart, Roland and they have two young sons, Roland Jay and Joshua. Visit her blog sojournermarablegrimmett.blogspot.com follow her on twitter and like her on Facebook. Also join her new campaign to support establishing lactation rooms in public places www.supporttablefortwo.org.

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“Never too young to start helping,” mom Garcelle Beauvais says of teaching her sons Jax and Jaid Nilon to help around the house . The Nilon twins, who are now four years old, celebrated their birthday (on October 8th) with a  party and lots of presents, including a drum and a guitar.


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