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In Defense of Beyonce and Meghan Markle’s Unapologetic 2020 Moves

My new motto for 2020 is “If they thought we were unapologetic in 2019, wait ’til they see us in 2020”.

So I’m going to take this time to applaud Mrs. Beyonce Knowles Carter and Duchess Meghan for being in the news lately for doing what’s best for themselves after a week, a month, a year, a lifetime of people just riding their jock and dissing their every move…and child.

I mean, just last week, a couple of reporters  on Twitter were calling Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy ugly for having physical features like her dad, Jay Z.

Naturally, both writers were dragged to the filth on Twitter and had to say their mea culpas (and half-arse weak ones at that) but still.

Somewhat equally, ever since Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle came out with their relationship a few years ago, the British press and trolls have called Meg every dirty and racist name in the book, accused her of being difficult, of driving away all the staff, of driving a wedge in between Harry and his brother (I’m not gonna hyperlink these stories to the give them traffic. Google it yourself if you want.)

So today, when she and her husband released a statement saying “adios mofos” to UK, I smiled.

In essence, they will split their time between North America and the UK, ween themselves off that Royal coins, and scale back their duties as senior members of the Royal family.

To me, it embodies the essence of what we all need to be doing this year:

If a situation, workplace, relationship, community or environment no longer brings you peace or is too toxic for you to function, you should be allowed to buck it and say no more.

For Bey, it was not bowing to the pressure to gather her voluminous dress and stand up when actor Joaquin Phoenix was announced the winner for Best Actor Motion Picture for his role as The Joker during this Sunday’s broadcast of the Golden Globes Awards when the dress would probably had gotten in his way to get by and on the stage to accept his prize.

Not the same level of shruggery as packing up your whole household but similar vibe.

I can dig it.

And to quote part of actress Michelle Williams’ speech when she received her trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon Sunday night, “When it is time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years and why the world looks so much like them.”

Amen.

The Results are In: The Most Anticipated Celeb Birth of 2019



A recent survey of the most searched celebrity baby revealed that the former Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie topped the list among the biggest viral moments of 2019.

The first photos of Baby Archie at Sussex Royal that were released to the public via social media garnered close to 3 million likes on Instagram alone.

Add those numbers to the close to 3 million that liked the photos of Archie with his grandparents and other members of the British Royal Family.

Finally, the photo of the infant with Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa during the Duchess and Prince’s trip to Africa, with the clergy man kissing the newborn on his forehead went viral and racked up close to 1.5M likes.

With close to 10M and more in engagment, Baby Archie won the Internet in 2019.

 

Struggling with Motherhood Meghan Markle Is Getting No Empathy, Love

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Man, poor Duchess Meghan is having a difficult time adjusting to life as a Royal and a mother.

While filming a documentary during a diplomatic trip to Africa with her husband, Prince Harry, she did more than reveal that their adorable son Archie has red hair, she also talked about having a tough time adjusting to motherhood.

In speaking with journalist Tom Bradby for the ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey“, Meghan Markle shared her struggle with being a new mom and newlywed to Prince Harry:

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she said. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um…yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

After Bradby asked if she  was struggling and not okay, the Duchess responded, “Yes.”

The news about this confession of the yet-to-be-released project comes on the heels of news that she and Prince Harry are considering leaving the UK altogether and remarked in passing about making a home for themselves in South Africa, and reports of their plans to sue the British press for hacking her phone,  and formal statements from Prince Harry calling on the tabloid press to quit harassing her and subjecting her to racist or unfair treatment.

“Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations — something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis,” the statement read.

“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said in a reference to his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a 1997 car crash while trying to elude paparazzi in Paris.

While the former Duchess Fergie, Sarah Ferguson, too was hounded relentlessly by the press, as was Harry’s mom  as he noted, those watching Markle’s treatment think compared to Duchess Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, Meghan is getting inequitable treatment perhaps because she is partially black and American.

When Kate  Middleton wore a one shoulder dress, the British press called her elegant but when Markle wore a similar style dress at the British Fashion Awards, they referred to it as “vulgar.”

Before and since Markle’s confession about having a difficult time adjusting to motherwhood, I have seen people in social and traditional media be critical of the British monarchy dismiss her complaints.  Many have also suggested that she gets what she asked for by marrying into that family and becoming a Royal.

US Talk show host Wendy Williams infamously stated so on her show this week.

In my opinion, such flippant, dismissive and harsh reactions show lack of empathy. Irrespective of what one feels about the family she married into or the fact she had tremendous wealth, I think kindness or at least passive observance is in order when someone expresses sadness over dealing with personal anxiety or stresses.

For the average man or woman that come across the reports about Markle’s confession, it so easy to scroll by they don’t care but they don’t. Instead, they make these blatant pronouncements that come off as cold and callous and sort of truly reflects poorly on the person making the disparaging remarks.

That’s my opinion. Feel free to disagree.

We all should strive to be kind. We have enough things to fight and get upset about. No need to pile on.

 

Celeb Moms of Singles, Twins & Triplets At London’s The Lion King Premiere

A mom of one, a mom of twins and a mom of triplets met in London.

All three previously covered “Bellyitch Bumpwatch” alumsMeghan Markle, Beyonce Knowles Carter, and Pharelle Williams‘ wife Helen Lasichanh (who gave birth to the couple’s triplets in 2017) gathered at the European premiere of the live action remake of the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King on Sunday.

The event took place at London’s Odeon Leicester Square where the celebs walked the “yellow carpet” which also featured black lion paw prints during its star-studded arrivals.

Beyonce, who voices Nala greeted the former Meghan Markle for the first time since Duchess of Sussex presented her and her hubby Jay Z with the 2018 Brit Awards for Best International Group.

The power couple accepted via video acceptance while standing in front of a portrait of the Duchess wearing a crown, back in December before the Duchess gave birth to her first child, son Archie, with husband Prince Harry.

The two celeb moms greeted each other warmly, with Markle in a black A line tea length Jason Wu Collection Mesh Panel Fit and Flare Dress with sheer sleeves and bodice and Beyonce, dressed in a thigh high slit draped yellow gown.

“Hello my Princess” Beyonce can be seen mouthing before a very warm hug, followed by a friendly hug from Jay Z.

“The baby, so beautiful,” Beyonce then remarked, according to Royal reporter Rebecca English had the scoop on the conversation . “We love you guys.”

At that point, Markle then turned to introduce her husband, who was decked out in a tux. The Prince greeted Beyonce with a kiss on each cheek and Jay-Z with a handshake.

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“You’ve been rather busy,” Harry told Beyoncé.

The 444 rapper responded with, “Congratulations on the birth of your baby,” while nodding towards Meghan.

“And how are the twins?” the Prince asked, referencing the superstars’ twins, daughter Rumi and son Sir, born in 2017.

‘”They are not here. They don’t come on every trip,” Bey replied. “We left them at home. They would loved to have been here.”

The Royal couple then greeted Sir Elton John, his husband David Furnish and the Disney president before being introduced to Pharrell Williams who worked on the music in the film.

His wife Helen stayed in the back row but was acknowledged.

“It’s just incredible, you’re in for a great night,” John added.

Harry was humored by Pharrell William’s signature shots tuxedo and his curtsy he did as a joke, I hope.

“I love the look,” Harry said with smile. “It’s phenomenal, seriously. It is just amazing,.”

Also in the line up were actors Billy Eichner, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Florence Kasumba.

As part of the film’s rollout, Disney Studios is supporting Protect the Pride, a campaign focused on protecting and revitalizing the lion population. 

Specific beneficiaries include the Lion Recovery Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Network.

Celebrity Dads Celebrating First Father’s Day

A few celebrity dads covered on the blog this past year had their first Father’s Day this year.

They include:

Andy Cohen

On February 5, Andy Cohen welcomed his first son Benjamin Allen Cohen via surrogate.

Trey Songz

The R&B crooner, real name Tremaine Aldon Neverson, had long wanted to be a dad and just this May, the artist surprised fans with the news that he became one when he posted a photo of his baby on Instagram with the caption, “My son Noah. We are blessed and overjoyed. Peace.” He has so far kept the identify of Noah’s mother private.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry and wife Duchess Meghan (neeMarkle) welcomed their first child on May 6th, 2019. The baby boy is named Archie.

Jerry Ferrara baby
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Jerry Ferrara

Famous for his role on Entourage and POWER, actor Jerry Ferrara welcomed Jacob born in early May 2019 with his wife Breanne. The couple had previously experienced a pregnancy loss via miscarriage.

Congrats and Happy Father’ Day to all the new dads!

Archie is the Newest British Royal; Introduced with 1.7M Instagram Likes

On Wednesday, Duchess of Sussex Meghan and Prince Harry introduced their newborn baby boy to the world in St. George’s Hall, where they had their wedding reception last May.

After greeting the press in the hall to show off the super adorable tot, the couple also later revealed the baby’s name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

A post on the family’s official Instagram page of their formal intro garnered 1.7M likes and over a quarter of a million comments within the hour of going up!

Later, the newlyweds took their baby to meet his great great grandmom, Queen Elizabeth the II of England.

The two gushed on their new creation during the initial public intro.

“It’s magic. It’s pretty amazing. I have the best two guys in the world, so I’m really happy,” the former Meghan Markle said in a belted sleeveless dress. “He has the sweetest temperament,” she added. He’s really calm.”

Harry added: “I don’t know where he gets that from!”

They shared pics from the meet and greet with the Queen on their official Instagram account.

The post featured a photo of Meghan, Harry, Archie, Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, grandfather, Prince Philip, and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland.

Watch a clip from today:

Duchess Meghan Markle Delivered Her Son at Home, It Appears

UPDATE: ET source confirms the baby was born at home.

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the birth of their first child, a baby boy.

Kensington Palace announced the news via Twitter today.

“Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex was safely delivered of a son at 0526hrs,” the Palace tweeted. “The baby weighs 7lbs 3oz and The Duke of Sussex was present for the birth.”

Adding:

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news.

The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage

Her Royal Highness and the baby are both doing well.”

As suspected, it appears like she had a home birth. The timing of the delivery with news that Markle’s mom is with her and the baby makes me think she indeed had a homebirth.

The Daily Mail  had previously reported that Meghan’s current top choice is a home birth led by a midwife.

Sources stressed that Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child within weeks, have not ruled out a hospital delivery because a woman having a baby over the age of 35 is at an increased risk of premature birth or the need for an epidural or caesarean.

But a friend in America said the duchess – who still practices yoga daily and has ‘sailed’ through her pregnancy – is in extremely good health and sees no reason why she could not enjoy a safe delivery in the privacy of the cottage.

‘It is her favoured choice,’ the source said, ‘but it obviously depends on how things are nearer the time.’

Congrats! We have a Baby Duke!

Harry announced the news to the public:

“It’s been the most amazing experience I can ever have possibly imagined. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension,” he said. “But, we’re both absolutely thrilled. And so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there. It’s been amazing. So we just wanted to share this with everybody.”

“The baby’s a little bit overdue so we’ve had a little bit of time to think about it. That’s the next bit,” he said of choosing a name. “For us, I think we’ll be seeing you guys in probably two days time as planned, as a family. To be able to share it with you guys and so everyone can see the baby.”

Harry ended his sweet remarks by once again praising Meghan and saying their baby boy is “to die for.”

“I haven’t been in many births. This is definitely my first birth,” he quipped. “But it was amazing. Absolutely incredible. And, as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife. And, as every father and parent would ever say, your baby’s absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to die for. So I’m just over the moon.”

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Meghan Markle Baby is Overdue

It’s been reported that Meghan Markle is due at any moment now.

She’s believed to have told well-wishers in Birkenhead earlier this year that they’re expecting in late April…as SpinSouthwest reports,

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Just one week ago, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked that you kindly consider supporting various organisations around the world in lieu of sending gifts for the upcoming arrival of their first born. Not only did many of you lend your support, you took action. Their Royal Highnesses wanted you to know the impact of your support – the direct effect your donation, energy, and action made! YOU chose to be part of the collective good, and you have made a real difference. Whether a $5 donation, £1000 contribution, offering to volunteer, or spreading the word – you’ve played your part. And on behalf of The Duke and Duchess (and Baby Sussex), we thank you so much. YOUR IMPACT: @thelunchboxfund will now be able to provide a minimum of 100,000 additional hot nutritionally fortified meals to children in dire need across South Africa @littlevillagehq received donations from all over the world (from UAE to Hong Kong and the US), they’ve increased their monthly donors, had a surge in volunteer applications, and re-energized their hard working team of 200+ staff and volunteers @wellchild can now provide 300+ additional hours of specialist care by a Well Child Nurse for a child with serious health needs, allowing families to stay together at home vs in hospital @Baby2Baby have received over 5,000 products to disperse to children in need, including cribs, books, backpacks, diapers and have received monetary donations from around the globe – from Guadalajara to Italy. You made this happen. Thank you.

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It’s believed they’ll announce the birth on their official Instagram account.

They’ll will however, show their little one off to the world a couple days later in a photo op on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

All the Meghan Markle Pregnancy Conspiracy Theories: Twins, Fake Bump, Deliberate Bump Flexing

From rumors of her being pregnant with twin girls to psycho trolls convinced she is faking her pregnancy, Meghan Markle is the latest royal and celebrity mom-to-be plagued with silly rumors.

I thought I had heard and read it all until I bumped into a few blogs and reputable news sites’ entertainment pages (I won’t call them out by name) claiming that Duchess of Sussex makes specific and deliberate hand gestures and clothing placements to make sure her bump is center stage.

*deep long sigh*

I don’t know if these people have ever been pregnant or not but when a woman, any woman, is 6 to 8 months along in a pregnancy, she really doesn’t have to go out of her way to make sure she looks it!

One “body language expert” quoted said, the former Suits actress is purposefully wearing bump hugging clothing and intentionally opting for coats so the baby bump would peek through. Another said she “flicks” them open for this purpose.

Wow! That sounds so ludicrous to me.

I don’t know, she could wear what’s out there, most of which are bump hugging, or wear a muu muu.

I do know of some who carry small all pregnancy and who crave that popped look, but that is a fraction of women like Amal Clooney.

Also, as to the conspicuous hand placement on her belly, it is a very common and subconscious maternal practice of expecting woman to place her hands on her pregnant belly when pregnant. It’s not being done to cause attention by any means, I don’t believe.

Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child later this month.

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Top Entertainment Stories of 2018

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It seems like 2018 was the year of big moments in entertainment.  From box office hits to celebrity engagements, this was definitely a year of highs -and some lows- for the entertainment industry.  Here are a few of the biggest headlines we saw in 2018.

The Royal Wedding

One of the biggest stories of 2018 was the royal union of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.  The British prince and the American actress tied the knot at St. George’s Chapel on May 19th, with an estimated 1.9 billion viewers tuning in around the world.  You would think with that many people watching the couple would be nervous, but Megan and Harry looked happy, poised and gracious when entering and exiting the ceremony.  

The star-studded guest list was another reason so many people tuned in to watch the nuptials, with notable figures such as David and Victoria Beckham, James Corden, and even Sir Elton John turning out to the event.  A few months after the wedding came an exciting announcement- the couple is expecting their first child!

Kylie’s Surprise Baby Announcement

One of the most surprising stories in celebrity news this year was the birth of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s first daughter, Stormi.  Up until Stormi’s birth on February 1st, Kyle never confirmed that she was pregnant in the first place!

The announcement came in the form of a video posted to Kylie’s social media accounts on Superbowl Sunday, effectively overshadowing the big game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots.  Upon hearing the news, fans of both the reality TV star and the rapper took to social media to congratulate the happy couple, and the rest of the Kardashian/Jenner clan expressed their joy as well.

California Wildfires

Not every piece of news this year was positive.  In late 2018, wildfires began wreaking havoc up and down the state of California.  In addition to civilians, many celebrities were affected by the devastating fires, including Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler and Neil Young, who lost their homes in the Southern California fire.  

Many celebrities came out to show their support during these hard times, and Gerard Butler hosted a star-studded fundraising event with a guest list including Sean Penn, Robin Thicke, Cindy Crawford, and many more famous faces.  Although the California wildfires devastatingly destroyed thousands of homes, many communities have already started to rebuild, thanks to generous donations from civilians and celebrities alike.

A Bachelor Engagement

If you were one of the 7.8 million people who tuned into the Bachelor season 22 finale on March 5th, you know that Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Becca K…. and then dumped her on live TV to be with Lauren B.  While the plot twist certainly made for good TV, viewers were outraged at the heartlessness of Arie’s on-screen breakup.

However, being publicly dumped ended up working in Becca’s favor, as she was announced the new Bachelorette on After the Final Rose.  Since then, Arie and Lauren have announced that they plan to get married in January 2019 and are actually expecting a baby in June! As for Becca, the Minnesota native is happily engaged to Garrett Yrigoyen, whom she met on The Bachelorette!

With how wild 2018 has been, 2019 is expected to be just as big for the entertainment industry.

New movies, music from top 40 singers, and even some pregnancy announcements are sure to take the media by storm in 2019, so be sure to look out for what’s to come!