Preschool TV Network “SPROUT” Celebrates Black History Month with Inspirational Content

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As the mother of a young child, I am always worrying about what he’s exposed to and how he sees himself. The television programming that we allow him to watch (other than the occasional episode of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lol) is always educational. If at all possible, we prefer the images he sees to be relatable to him in some way. In that regard, Sprout is already one of our favorite networks for him to watch, but learning that the 24-hour preschool TV network teamed up with NBC News’ Peacock Productions to produce a series of vignettes that celebrate Black History Month made me love it even more.

Tyra Banks Becomes A Mom After Struggling with Fertility Issues

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Supermodel, mogul and flat out fierce are titles that a lot of women would like to boast. Tyra Banks has been blessed enough to carry each one, but the title she has looked forward to being called for years is mommy. During an episode of her show FabLife, Ty-Ty shared her frustration with conceiving children and her journey to motherhood.

WE TV Reality Show to Expose Challenges of “Growing Up Hip Hop”

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he cast of “Growing Up Hip Hop” with panel discussion moderator Ebony Steele, center. (Photos by Terry Shropshire for Atlanta Daily World and Real Times Media).
The cast of “Growing Up Hip Hop” with Ebony Steele (center). Photo by Terry Shropshire)

Following your dreams and finding your way in the world is not an easy feat to begin with, but imagine trying to do that in the shadow of a famously successful parent. WE TV’s new reality show “Growing Up Hip Hop” will show just how difficult that can be. The show follows the offspring of several hip hop pioneers as they try to make their own mark in the industry while stepping out of the family shadow and finding success on their own.

“Empire” & “Black-ish” Rake in Double Digit NAACP Image Award Nominations

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It looks like hard work continues to pay off for the cast, crew and producers of FOX’s musical drama Empire and ABC’s family comedy Black-ish. The popular shows have both raked in double digit nominations for the 2016 NAACP Image Awards with Empire snagging 12 and Black-ish grabbing 10. I must admit that I kind of lost interest in Empire but the show’s stars, Taraji P. Henson, Terrance Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Y. Gray and Grace Gealey are doing something right as the drama continues to bring in millions of viewers each week and each are in the running for individual performance awards.

Bill Cosby’s Image Is Shattered but the Impact of “The Cosby Show” is Etched in the Lives of Millions

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Ebony magazine released the cover of their November 2015 issue amid both praise and criticism. The controversial cover and accompanying cover story compares the fictional and lovable husband and father,”Heathcliff Huxtable” of The Cosby Show to Bill Cosby, the comedian accused of drugging and raping more than 40 women over a span of four decades. It took me some time to sort through how I felt about the strong cover story and even had a few debates on the subject. I have now decided that I abhor the concept and am disappointed in the historical magazine for addressing this issue in this way.

Would You Have Your Tubes Tied For the Sake of a Relationship?

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Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo and his rumored fiancee, Crystal Renay, have announced that they are expecting their first child together. Under normal circumstances congrats would be in order, but Ne-Yo and Crystal have been met with nasty comments instead of good wishes. The negative opinions stem from Ne-Yo’s ex-fiancee, Monyetta Shaw, spilling the beans on the VH1 reality show, Atlanta Exes, that after being engaged and having two children with Ne-Yo, he requested that she have her tubes tied because he didn’t want anymore children. Some time after Monyetta underwent the procedure, Ne-Yo broke up with her leaving her with the inability to birth more children while still having the right to procreate himself. That’s dirty if true right? Well Ne-Yo says it isn’t and took to social media to “clear the air”.

How Long Is Long Enough to Wait to Introduce A New Mate to Your Kids?

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And here’s the photo that sparked all the controversy…this photo of singer Ciara and her son, not only supporting her new beau, NFL star Russell Wilson, at training camp but baby Future rocking a replica of Wilson’s jersey and seeming pretty close to the quarterback. According to the “media” timeline, Ciara and Russell got together about six months ago after bad breakups. The question is whether or not it’s too soon for Ciara to have introduced her son to Russell and allowing what seems to be a close relationship between the two to form. Add in the opinion of her son’s father, rapper Future, that it’s too soon and you have an all out public debate.

Carmelo Anthony and Nickelodeon Team Up to Create “Turtles by Melo”

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony teams up with Nickelodeon to announce the new Turtles by Melo product line at the Nickelodeon presentation at Licensing Expo on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for NICKELODEON) *** Local Caption *** Carmelo Anthony
LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 09: NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony teams up with Nickelodeon to announce the new Turtles by Melo product line at the Nickelodeon presentation at Licensing Expo on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for NICKELODEON)

New York Knicks forward, Carmelo Anthony, may not be in the NBA playoffs right now, but he’s definitely making good use of his off season. Yesterday, the 8-time NBA All-star announced his partnership with Nickelodeon to create Turtles by Melo, a brand-new consumer products line inspired by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Steph Curry’s Wife Addresses Controversy Over Riley Curry’s “Antics” at NBA Press Conferences

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If you’ve been tuning into the NBA playoffs, there’s no way you don’t know who Riley Curry is. The adorable daughter of Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry has been making headlines after accompanying her dear ole dad to a few post-game press conferences.  The toddler seemed to have the time of her life adding commentary while sitting on her daddy’s lap, crawling under tables and hiding behind curtains.