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Are We There Yet? actress Essence Atkins gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Christmas day. Although the celebrity has only been a mom for two weeks, Essence enjoys every moment of motherhood.


Antonio Brown is experiencing custody problems as the mother of his child  has filed for an emergency child pick-up order, requiring the child to be brought back to Florida by law enforcement to reside with his mother. According to TMZ, Shameika Brailsford filed a motion with the Miami court system after accusing Brown of taking their 4-year-old son to Pennsylvania without her knowledge. In addition, Brailsford is afraid that Antonio Jr. is not being given adequate care.


Just look at those happy faces!

Singer Melanie Brown shared this photo of her husband Stephen Belafonte, and her daughters Madison, 4-months, and Angel, 4, at a family gathering.  Melanie recently blogged about the amazing holiday season that she and the family had. Brown writes,

“From Christmas Eve, cooking dinner with the family, to opening up Christmas presents and the aftermath, then to New Year’s Eve. The Brown-Belafonte family have certainly had an amazing holiday season! And WOW, what an amazing 2011! A new, beautiful, baby girl, X Factor in Australia, a healthy and happy family, what more could a girl ask for?!?! And now, roll on 2012, where it is all about putting your best foot forward. And for us, lots of new exciting adventures! Wishing everyone a great year!”

Photos: Melanie Brown’s Twitter


Braylon Howard,4, the son of Dwight Howard and Royce Reed, was photographed riding in a new gift that he received from his mom on Christmas. While riding alone is fun, Braylon took his dog with him to share in the enjoyment.


Madonna, her boyfriend Brahim Zaibat, and children were seen arriving at Geneva International Airport in Switzerland to catch a flight out. The singer and her children- David,6, Lourdes,14, Rocco,11, and Mercy,5,-spent their New Year’s hitting the Swiss slopes. The family went skiing in Gstaad, Switzerland on Tuesday, January 3, 2011.


Halle Berry was seen picking up her daughter Nahla,3, from school in Los Angeles, CA on January 4, 2012. The duo looked content as they walked hand-in-hand to their destination.

Actor Flex Alexander poses with his children Elijah Alexander,7, and Imani Alexander,10. “My boo boos are growing up,” Flex tweeted referring to his adorable boy-girl duo.

Alexander is most known for his role as Flex Washington on UPN’s One On One. He and singer Shanice Wilson have been married since 2000. Elijah and Imani are the couple’s two children together.


Singer and songwriter Erykah Badu is heavily involved with the International Center for Traditional Childbirth. According to the singer, the mission of the organization is to assist mothers in “education about pregnancy, [both] post and prenatal, to prevent infant mortality and encourage breastfeeding [along with] proper care for the child.” Geared towards minority women, Badu along with the organization hope to decrease the statistical data that shows high infant mortality rates among African Americans.


Strong4Life has some critics complaining about its recent string of public service announcements addressing the obesity problem in Georgia. The announcements are part of a $50 million campaign to prevent obesity in a state where nearly one million children are obese and 75% of parents of overweight children don’t recognize obesity as a problem. Georgia trails Mississippi as one of the most obese states in the nation.

In an effort to prevent further digression, Strong4Life has incorporated several announcements that are meant to raise awareness about obesity and its effects. Many alerts feature overweight children who discuss their experiences with obesity from a negative perspective. The kids talk about the teasing that they must endure at school and various diseases that they are exposed to because of weight gain. The segment usually ends with a powerful slogan like “being fat takes the fun out of being a kid,” or “some diseases aren’t just for adults anymore.”

While Strong4Life defends its announcements by saying “Ignoring this problem is what got us here. It’s time to wake up,” many professionals criticize the ads because they do not offer a solution to the problem. As Karen Hilyard of the University of Georgia states, “We know from communication research that when we highlight a health risk but fail to provide actionable steps people can take to prevent it, the response is often either denial or some other dysfunctional behavior.”

Check out a PSA and tell us what you think!


Justin Combs,18, represented the East Coast in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Chase Field on Tuesday. The young football star was one of two athletes from the eastern part of the country invited to compete against other high school players who have proven to be the best at what they do. Justin has always aspired to play football on the national level. The young talent comments, “It was great. It was a blessing. I’m still in awe that I played in something like this. It’s something I dreamed about as a young kid.”


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