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Inside Chanel Iman’s Gender Reveal Part: It’s A…

Victoria Secret model Chanel Iman and her husband NFL Player Sterling Shepard are having a second baby girl.

Iman shared the news about the baby’s sex following a “gender reveal” party the family attended this weekend. “Blessed with another baby girl on the way 🎀💗🎀,” she captioned an Instagram photo of herself, hubby and the couple’s 1-year old daughter, Cali Clay.

Guests were treated to a multilayered white cake which Iman shared in Instatory videos of the event. They each wore the adorable pink pajamas Iman gifted to each of attendees along with pink handbags.

Chanel and Sterling began their relationship in 2016, and announced their engagement in December the following year.

The tied the knot on March 3, 2018 in Beverly Hills.

Colin Kaepernick Nick ‘Just Do It’ Campaign: Celebs, Customers Pick Sides

Are you boycotting Nike for selecting former quarterback Colin Kaepernick as its spokesperson for the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” campaign?

If so, I’d like to suggest instead of throwing away your Nike products or burning them as some of his detractors and Donald  J Trump supporters have done online, that you consider donating them to homeless Military vets! Here are organizations you can donate to:

Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er has not played in the NFL since 2016, the year he began to take a knee during the National Anthem as a silent protest against police brutality. Dozens of other players followed his lead, which led to heavy criticism of the NFL and many angry fans boycotting the sport entirely. Due to this controversy, Nike, which signed Kaepernick in 2011, held off in using him for ad campaigns. However, Nike kept him on their roster even after Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017.

Several celebs including our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Chelsea Peretti and his fellow brand spokesperson Serena Williams shared their support online.

On Friday night, Kaepernick and his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, a Pro Bowl safety who joined in the protests and also now out of the league, were each given huge ovations when they were introduced and shown on the big screen during a match between Serena and Venus Williams at the U.S. Open.

If you are team Kaep and plan to purchase Nikes in support of this campaign and to counter the 3 percentage point dip in stock price the company has suffered because of this announcement, I curated a few pieces from my partners at Shopstyle for you to pick from:

Bey and Jay Release Joint Album: Planned Blog Post Canceled!

I was going to blog about something totally different this afternoon, but you know how Beyonce releasing an album has a habit of throwing all of my plans in disarray. [See review of Beyonce projects here] and [here] She and her husband Shawn”Jay Z” Carter released a 9-track album called “Everything Is Love” smack dab in the middle of their On the Run II tour. [This is right after the Beychella performance which was right after Jay’s album “4:44” which was right after Bey’s “Lemonade”]

These two don’t want us to keep our coins in our own pockets this summer. Anyway, I digress…

Dee Locket of Vulture did an excellent job summing it up for me so I’ll syndicate her opening paragraph to an excellent review you can read in its entirety HERE:

Your weekend plans: Canceled. Yeezy season: Dismissed. Drake: Who? Beyoncé and Jay-Z have pulled a Beyoncé and Jay-Z and surprise-dropped yet another album — but this time, as a couple. Their first-ever joint album Everything Is Love — the one that’s been percolating since even before Lemonade and 4:44 — was released on Saturday evening at the end of the duo’s London show on their On the Run Tour II with one casual parting announcement: “Album Out Now.” Out! Now! The nine-song album, complete with one visual component and a bonus track, is streaming in full on Tidal as we speak. With their trilogy recounting marital strife to remarried bliss now complete, what do we make of this closing chapter? From the shots at Trump, the NFL, Spotify, the Grammys, and Kanye West, to the Blue Ivy cameo, to filming a music video in the Louvre, here’s everything you need to know about the conversation the Carters have caused now.

Phew! What an intro. Well, today is Father’s Day and before heading out to celebrate, while the men are busy watching World Cup games, I hopped on to pen a few thoughts.

First, I don’t have Tidal, where the album exists exclusively. Yes, they are still trying to make it happen, and even have gone as far as declare war on Spotify. No really, they mention the streaming competitor in one of the songs.  My subscription expired so my options are to re-up it to listen to the complete set or wait until it slowly releases on other platforms. le sigh.

I hear it’s getting mixed, but mainly good reviews. Because I have nothing to add substantively, I’ll share that I loved the only released-to-the-public video out: “Apeshit”.  Imagine! They rented out The Louvre in Paris, France for the video shoot! Wow!

 

The video for the song is a cinematic and visual treat. I love art. All art. Musical, visual, performing but especially art of yesteryear and religious art so it was a bonus to get to see flashes of famous pieces in the video.

And it is also a bit political. In the middle, there is an overt swipe at the anti-Take A Knee movement.

There is a lot to digest and there have already been publised a bevy or reviews. One thing I can offer that may not have been shared by others about “Apesh*t”  is some of  the similarities to other visual stimuli in other pieces.

Screeeeech!! Hold up, before I go there, I was also taken by the fact the song is Trap and besides both dropping some serious bars and Jay Z delivering an exceptionally good performance, he later gets side-graded (*is that a word?*) in my opinion to be to the sound effects emoting guy to Beyonce’s shine when it’s her turn to spit verses.

You know, like the guy Takeoff in the group Migos? ha!

Anyway, back to the visual similarities I spotted…

First, her sister Solange is famous for her love of dance and art combined. Her wedding reception took place at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and earlier this year, she unveiled a performance piece at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and performed her title song to her first Grammy-winning album “Cranes In the Sky” at the Guggenheim in New York City.

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And so her big sister went bigger.

The second similarity. The dancers in all brown reminded me of the all Brown clothing the dancers in Remy Ma (featuring Chris Brown) video “Melanin Magic.”

And finally, the album cover is of a woman braiding a man’s hair. It was reminiscent of Rihanna shaving dancer Mette Towley‘s  hair in the intro to N.E.R.D.’s song Lemon.

Art begets Art. There is nothing truly original anymore and everyone’s interpret, pay homage to and weave in aspects of previously done works.

What else did I spot?

I love that there is a shot in the video that is an ode to us Virgos! Beyonce is one too. I got this long lingering shot…

More visuals:

Beautiful! Bravo!

 

JJ

Jessie James Decker and Eric Decker Welcome Third Child, Son



And baby makes five!

Jessie James Decker and her NFL star husband Eric Decker welcomed their third child, son Forrest Bradley Decker, on Saturday, March 31, she announced Monday on Instagram.



“We are so in love,” the new mom, 29, captioned her birth announcement featuring her holding her newborn son, who weighed in at 9 lbs.



The couple, who wed in 2013, is already parents to 4-year-old daughter Vivianne “Vivi” Rose and 2½-year-old son Eric “Bubby” Thomas Jr.

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Jessie James Decker’s New Video Ellicits Cheers and Criticism

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Second-time mom-to-be Jessie James Decker channels her preggers celeb fore-mothers in the video for her song, “Flip My Hair”.

In the video, the country singer is flanked by other expecting women with similar sized baby bumps, hair length and texture as Decker’s  dancing seductively in black unitards to her very catchy song. I love it!

It reminds me of the late Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Deborah Cox, other singers who each wore black turtleneck looks while about 6-months pregnant in their respective music videos of yesteryear.

Decker, who is married to NFL’s Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker,  said she loved the way she felt shooting the video.

“I’ve never felt sexier or more confident than I did during this music video shoot,” the country singer and reality TV show alum captioned a snippet of the video posted on her Instagram account. “I  wanted to showcase that no matter where you are at in your life, shape, or size you can exude that confidence and sexuality in your womanhood!”

“I wont dive deep into the meaning of the lyrics except that I’m sure you can figure out for yourself how I was feeling when I wrote this song! Now girls take any of that negativity or any of the haters and #flipyourhair (directed by @dallaswilson8) (written by me, @alyssabonagura and @micahwilshire) (produced by @danlordagee) (choreographed by @lifewiththewalkers).”

Video available on iTunes link in bio/ song available on album “southern girl city lights” at @Target exclusively ❤️. I knew I wanted to make a music video for this song as soon as I wrote it. When the question of “when” I wanted to shoot it came about, I thought to myself do I wait after I have the baby and get my body in perfect shape like I’m supposed to? Or do I just embrace where I am at my life, pregnant with my third baby? The answer came easily after sleeping on it. I said “we are shooting a music video even though I am six months pregnant and we will rock this shit!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve already read some of your comments stating that it’s weird or it makes you uncomfortable or that other successful country female artists would never do this. Well if it makes you uncomfortable then that’s your own issue. As far as other successful country artists not doing this? You’re damn right… I am my own artist and I will continue to express myself in my own way. I’ve never felt sexier or more confident than I did during this music video shoot. I wanted to showcase that no matter where you are at in your life, shape, or size you can exude that confidence and sexuality in your womanhood! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I wont dive deep into the meaning of the lyrics except that I’m sure you can figure out for yourself how I was feeling when I wrote this song! Now girls take any of that negativity or any of the haters and #flipyourhair (directed by @dallaswilson8) (written by me, @alyssabonagura and @micahwilshire) (produced by @danlordagee) (choreographed by @lifewiththewalkers)

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I am here for it.

We saw quite a few haters in the captions to the video who obviously do not appreciate the fact that pregnancy doesn’t stop a woman from feeling sexy or expressing her sensuality.

She looks great and the video is so fun and it looks like they had a great time producing it.

Others criticized her for not having racial diversity among the other women in the video with her.

I don’t know about that.

In fact, I think she needed to have other women who look like her because perhaps the video director was aiming for a look like Beyonce’s in her 2011 Countdown video she did  while 6-months pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy.

The monolithic series of Bey in a row like here have a very explicit visual effect:

Decker and her dancers even start in chairs, similar to how Bey ends her video tho no shade because even Mrs. Knowles’ video was accused of being  rip off of choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s work. All work is inspired by others, right?

Watch the video:

 

Meet the 12-Year Old Entrepreneur with Multi-Million Dollar Deals with WholeFoods, Wegmans & NFL Players

 

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One Texan Pre-Teen has turned a lemonade stand into a profitable business with multi-million dollar chain grocery storedeals and powerful investors, including 10 NFL Players.

Mikaila Ulmber’s stint pitching her home-made nationally distributed lemonade to the sharks on ABC‘s Shark Tank back in 2015 got her lots of attention. While she was on the show, shark Daymond John  offered to invest $60,000 in the company in exchange for a 25% stake in it. Ulmer accepted his offer.

After the exposure, sales grew by 231%, she told CNBC.

The 7th grader has since met and introduced on stage then President Obama at a big event, was invited to the White House twice and more recently, she caught the eye of 10 National Football League (NFL) players who chose to invest in the succesful entrepreneur.

According to NBC Sports, Arian Foster, Glover Quin, Duane Brown, Jonathan Grimes, Omar Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Darius Slay, Sherrick McManis, EJ Manuel and Malik Jackson recently agreed to invest $810,000 collectively in capital to Ulmer’s Austin-Texas based family business.

Hey everybody!! Soo excited that I was on shark tank. Thank you! What a show???

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“We look for companies that match our main focus of developing a good product, but are also good people and do it for the right reasons,” former Houston Texan running back Arian Foster told the Houston Chronicle about the importance of backing businesses like Mikaila’s. “It’s more than about money to us. We believe that investing in small black businesses is extremely important.”

Ulmber’s personality sells the business and she has been in charge for the 9 years of being in business.

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The middle school counts on her mom to assist with marketing and her dad to manage the finance operations.

Ulmer’s business responsibilities include doing trade show demos, media interviews, business presentations, workshops about bees and about entrepreneurship, depositing her money in the bank, putting in money orders, depositing checks, checking the business email and posting on social media.

Meanwhile, she maintains all As and goes to school full time.

Amazing, right? Her most investors think so.

“She’s very special. Obviously, she has a bright future,” Detroit Lions safety Quin said. “Hopefully, I can be a part of it and nourish it and watch her grow. The sky is the limit.”

How did a 12 year old become a 9 year old CEO vet in the first place?

It all started when Ulmer got stung by two bees in one week when she was just 4-years old. Her parents encouraged her to learn more about bees to lessen her fear of them and to do some research about them. It coincided with the receipt of a family recipe book her grand mom sent her which contained her great-grandmother Helen’s 1940s flaxseed lemonade recipe.

While looking for ideas of what to organize for a community showcase and competition to encourage entrepreneurship in children, Ulmer, with the help of her parents, of course, decided to set up a lemonade stand. Her great-grandmom’s recipe came in handy.

It eventually became her signature product, a popular drink called “Me & The Bees.”

 

Ulmer eventually tweaked the recipe to use locally sourced honey as a sweetener. Sales went through the roof.

Today, Ulmer is the CEO of the company, BeeSweet Lemonade. The company’s motto is “Buy a bottle, save the bees!”

 

Lemonade sales were good, so Ulmer continued to sell her drinks at youth entrepreneurial events until one year, the owner of East Side Pies, an Austin-based pizza company suggested she bottle it. Ulmer agreed and moved the lemonade production from her family’s kitchen to a small commercial kitchen.

Now BeeSweet Lemonade is sold in 12-ounce bottles of freshly squeezed lemonade with flavors such as original mint, ginger, prickly pear and iced tea. They can be found in Whole Foods Market and several stores and currently are in 20 states.

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In 2016, BeeSweet sold more than 300,000 bottles of lemonade. She scored an $11M deal with 55 Whole Foods stores that year too, per the Daily Mail and she also recently closed to get her products into Wegman’s grocery chain.

 

“I want a BeeSweet Lemonade line, like the Hello Kitty line,” Mikaila said a few years back. “I want BeeSweet everything.” She’s getting close to her wishes.

Since launching in 2015, Ulmer has spoken at Google, and appeared in numerous outlets including CNBC, Essence, Microsoft and has appeared on The Real and other TV and radio shows.

photo: Ian Kasnoff.

photo: Ian Kasnoff.

 

While not being an all A student, Ulmer has speaking engagements that take her world-wide.  Her family travel with her and turn the gigs into mini -vacations, one report on Microsoft’s blog noted given they all make biz work and have little downtime.

Ulmer wants to become a serial entrepreneur and become a coder.

Wow! This little girl is inspirational and is certainly going places. So many lessons to be learned by her success!

 

Lead Photo: courtesy Houston Texan/Charlotte Carpenter

NFL’s Antonio Cromartie is Expecting His Third Post-Vasectomy Child

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A few few years ago, NFL free-agent Antonio Cromartie had a vasectomy but since then he fathered his and his wife Terricka’s twins, Jynx Nayve and J’Adore Jevell last May.

And over the weekend, they announced they are expecting their six child together.

“In the up an coming CROMARTIE DRAFT of 2017, with the 6th OverAll Pick,” Terricka wrote online. “Will the Cromartie’s Draft a Boy or a Girl,” she asked. “J6 coming soon.”

According to WebMD, a vasectomy is an 99.85% effective birth control method. Only one to two women out of 1,000 will have an unplanned pregnancy in the first year after their partner has had a vasectomy, the site said.

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This would be the former New Jersey Jets cornerback’s 13th child. In addition to the twins, they share a son, 3-year old son Jagger and daughter, 5-year old Jurzie. And Terricka has a daughter named Jordynn (another spin on the name commonly spelled Jordan).

He also has 8 other children from 8 different women. 

This would be the third miracle bc he reportedly got her pregnant in 2012 and 2016 after a reported vasectomy, the most fertile man of earth.

Bump Watch: Ciara is Having a Fresh-Faced Pregnancy

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By the looks of her joyful photos she posts on Instagram, it looks as though Ciara is enjoying her pregnancy with her second child, first for her and husband Russell Wilson.

She posted this glorious and happy photo on her social media account this past Monday.

She captioned the fresh-faced selfie “Good Morning ?”  showing off her bump in a snug  black jersey top. She had little to no make up on showcasing a very fresh face. We’re noticing more and more of her less glamorous shots which is quite refreshing.

She’s a down-to-earth gal, it seems.

Ciara and Wilson, the quarterback for the NFL team Seattle Seahawks wed in a lavish ceremony in Liverpool in the UK last July. She is mom to 3-year old Future Zahir Wilburn with ex-fiance hip hop artist Future.

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What’s Up with Mags Making Celeb Kids Models Look This Adult?

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Halycon Kids, a quarterly magazine for preteen and teen readers which focuses on  fashion, art and DIY, has several celebrity kids models on the cover of its Fall 2016 issue. We love the pop of red featured boldly in the spread and the gold, silver and black Michael Kors kicks they are all wearing.

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D’Lila, Jessie, and Chance Combs, whose parents are Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Kim Porter, are wearing a dress by Tago Look and shoes by Michael Kors.

Sean “P.Diddy” Combs‘ and his ex Kim Porter‘s children, twin 9-year old daughters Jessie and D’Lila Combs are featured in Newspaper print dresses , as is his daughter with ex Sarah Chapman, 10-year old Chance Combs in a cute crimson bubble dress with royal sleeves.

Chance Combs, daughter of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Sarah Chapman, is wearing a dress by Junona and shoes by Michael Kors.

Chance Combs, daughter of Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Sarah Chapman, is wearing a dress by Junona and shoes by Michael Kors.

Cali Dream, the daughter of rapper The Game is also featured in a cute dress with a tu-tu skirt and is the only one who looks her age, albeit she too is toting a pound of excess weave on her head.  Don’t get me wrong. I think they all look very cute, albeit very serious and very adult. Maybe a little too adult.

 

Harper Tillman, daughter of Kiki and Travares Tillman, a retired NFL player is also on the cover and is used to being made up because she is a professional child model who walks in many fashion shows. Tilman is often dressed up and made up like a little adult in many mag spreads. Maybe I’m an old folgie and I am paranoid over the existence of pedophiles who search the internet for kids images but something about how grown these children look in these photos make me uncomfortable.  I mean, Harper looks twice her age in most of her pics like these:

Photo credit: Snaps Studio

Photo credit: Snaps Studio

Photo Credit: Snaps Studio

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Disney channel actress Skai Jackson  is also featured in the magazine and by the looks of her Instagram page, it appears that she has become the latest fave for magazine editors and is getting lots of coverage, which is really cool. She started to get wide spread popularity beyond the kids’ TV scene when she took on rapper Iggy Azalea in a famous Twitter beef this past May.  Before that, she was featured often in a meme.

Since shutting Iggy down on Twitter, she’s the new teen “it” girl and has been featured on Paper magazine, Teen Vogue, SeventeenYSB Now and of course, Halycon Kids and many others. She’s riding high and that’s a wonderful thing! But still…..

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Another look. @teenvogue Young Hollywood Party | styled by @luxurylaw #TVyounghollywood

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#tbt It’s as simple as black & white. #skaisthelimit #skaijackson

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@luxurylaw | gorgeous outfit @jaygodfreynyc ?

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Sometimes it’s okay to get a little glammed up for a shoot ? #skaisthelimit

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It was a Monday ? #skaisthelimit #comingsoon

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Looking ahead towards the future. ?: @laurilevenfeld #skaisthelimit

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@afterglowmag #skaisthelimit #blackgirlmagic

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Kerry Washington Wows at 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards

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Wasn’t Scandal star Kerry Washington just simply fierce on the red carpet to tonight’s 2016 PrimeTime Emmy Awards presentation?

Expecting her second child with husband, ex-NFLer Nnamdi Asomugha, Washington wowed in a gorge Brandon Maxwell dress with side cutouts. Who says you can’t do avante garde, sexy and chic while pregnant?

She accented the look she sported at the event that took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California tonight with jewels by Fred Leighton and a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels .

She was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for her role as Anita Hill in HBO‘s movie Confirmation. In addition, the film is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

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We were also loving the big full curls which looked like crochet braids with loose ringlets on top. Her make up was flawless and natural. Perfect! Bravo!