Common Reveals He Was Molested As A Child In New Tell All Book

Common has opened about his childhood that sadly included being molested by a family friend when he was a child.

via Page Six:

Two years ago, the rapper was workshopping a scene for his role in “The Tale” with actress Laura Dern when he suddenly remembered the hair-raising moment from his past, he revealed in his new memoir “Let Love Have the Last Word.”

“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he wrote, according to People. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’”

The Grammy-winner said the incident happened when he was about 9 or 10 years old when he was growing up in Chicago.

“I was excited for a road trip I was about to take with my family. My mother; my godmother, Barbara; her son and my godbrother Skeet; and his relative, who I’ll call Brandon.”

When he arrived at his Aunt’s home in Cleveland, Common recalled how he and Brandon had to share a bed one night on the trip.

“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me,” he wrote. “I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’”

The artist wrote that no matter how much he protested, the alleged abuser would not let up.

“He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ and pushing him away,” he wrote. “I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened.”

Common, 47, believes he “buried” the memory of the assault, but is now seeking professional help to cope.

“I just pushed the whole thing out of my head,” he revealed. “Maybe it’s a matter of survival–Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself and with my therapist.”

While the star has never confronted Brandon about his devastating actions, and has not seen the alleged abuser in more than 25 years, Common says he has learned to forgive.

“I want to be a person who helps break cycles of violence,” he wrote. “This is love in action and I intend to practice it.”

Wish him nothing but healing and mental peace.

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FIRST TIME IN HISTORY : MISS USA, MISS TEEN USA AND MISS AMERICA ARE ALL BLACK WOMEN

We already know that Black is beautiful, but for the first time in history the top beauty pageants in the country have simultaneously elevated this truth.

Three Black women are currently wearing crowns as the 2019 Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.

When Cheslie Kryst’s name was announced as Miss USA on Thursday she completed the historic trio with pageant winners 2019 Miss America Nia Franklin and recently crowned 2019 Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris. 

Kryst, who represents North Carolina, is a civil litigation attorney who received her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University. 

People across social media marveled at Kryst’s natural hair and noticed that both she and Garris bypassed any form of hair straightening. 

Garris told Refinery21 that while some people tried to convince her to straighten her hair for the Miss Teen USA competition, she opted for her natural curls because when she’s wearing them, she feels confident. The Connecticut native is still in high school but plans to attend Southern Connecticut State University’s nursing program as she plans to become a trauma nurse in the future. 

Both Garris and Kryst followed behind Nia Franklin who in September 2018, sprinkled Black Girl Magic onto the 2019 pageant season when she was crowned Miss America.

Franklin represented New York and holds a master’s degree in music composition from UNC School of the Arts. She is an opera singer and an advocate for arts advocacy. 

In 2012 Black women simultaneously wore crowns as Miss Teen USA and Miss USA. 

Congratulations to these 2019 beauty queens. Together they exude beauty, brains and Black girl magic! 

We’ll be tuning in later this year when Kryst represents the United States in the Miss Universe competition. 

Via BOTWC

Keyshia Cole Is Pregnant with Second Child

Congratulations are in order for Keyshia Cole.

The R&B songstress, 37, is expecting a baby with boyfriend Niko Khale, 23. She made a Instagram post to announce her pregnancy on Friday (May 3), posting a photo of herself on Catalina island holding her baby bump.

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Eva Marcille Is Expecting Baby #3

Eva Marcille is has a new baby on board!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta  newcomer is 17 weeks pregnant with her third child and second with husband Michael Sterling.

via People:

Marcille, 34, reveals her happy news alongside a pair of cute maternity photos, showing her taking a drink from a smoothie glass in bed while her bare belly — complete with a drawn-on face — “sips” from its own straw, using her belly button as its mouth.

The mom-to-be was styled and photographed by Terrell Mullin, and is surrounded by pillows from her own Eva Marcille Home Collection.

“Michael and I couldn’t be more excited to announce baby No. 3 is on board!” Marcille tells PEOPLE of her little one on the way, who will join the couple’s 1-year-old son Michael Todd Jr. and Marcille’s daughter Marley Rae, 5, from a previous relationship.She jokes in addition, “Looks like little Michael Jr. is going from the baby to the middle child, and Marley will be the boss of them all!”

“It’s amazing that God shared his most amazing superpower with us: the power to create and give life,” Sterling tells PEOPLE. “I count it a great blessing to grow our family with the love of my life, Eva Marcille Sterling, and we look forward to welcoming another generation of hope into this world.”

The couple welcomed Michael Jr. in April 2018, and tied the knot the following October during a private ceremony in Atlanta, a source confirmed to PEOPLE at the time.

Congrats Eva!

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