Beyonce Gives Birth To Baby Girl

BeyonceWell, it looks like 2012 is starting off beautifully for celebrity couple Beyonce and Jay-Z.

After weeks of much speculation and rumor whirlwinds, pop megastar Beyonce Knowles, 30, gave birth Saturday to a baby girl at a hospital in New York City, according to media reports.

Jay-Z allegedly told friends he and Beyonce had named their daughter
Blue Ivy Carter (though there was much media confusion as to whether the
baby’s name is Blue Ivy or Ivy Blue, neither of which has been confirmed by
either star). According to reports, the couple chose “Ivy” because of the
significance of the number “4” or “IV,” — Beyonce and Jay-Z were born
on Sept. 4 and Dec. 4, respectively, were married on April 4, 2008, and Beyonce’s latest album is entitled 4. Also, Jay-Z’s favorite color is blue.

Mother and baby were both “doing fine,” the Houston Chronicle reported as it broke the news, which was later confirmed by entertainment news website E! Online.

The 30-year-old Destiny’s Child and “Single Ladies” star is married to hip-hop icon Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter.

The couple rented out the entire fourth floor of Lenox Hill Hospital, on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, for the birth — paying $1.3 million, the New York Daily News reported.

The newspaper said a hospital staffer had revealed Beyonce had checked in Friday night under the name “Ingrid Jackson.”

Hospital management reportedly put tape over security cameras and forced staff to hand in their cell phones in an effort to stop unauthorized photographs or footage of mother and baby being leaked.

Security guards were also reported to have been sighted outside the building, located off Park Avenue.

Beyonce revealed her pregnancy at August’s 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, arriving in a dress that showed off her baby bump.

Former bandmate Kelly Rowland appeared to let slip the baby’s sex in a November interview, saying, “I have no idea what I’m going to buy Beyonce at the baby shower because Jay is going to buy that little girl every single thing possible. She won’t be spoiled but she will be very well looked-after.”

It’s the first child for the “Love on Top” singer and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), 42.

To learn some surprising facts and myths about those miraculous bundles of joy, read the article Surprising Baby Myths.

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Do Black Celebs Promoting Weight Loss Encourage Us?

Jennifer Hudson( — Over the holiday season and into the New Year, it’s not abnormal to see commercials for weight loss programs. Almost everyone I know (myself included) is trying to drop those pesky extra pounds. But what did stand out to me was how many Black celebs were in these commercials.

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, who has been promoting Weight Watchers since last spring, has lost a whopping 80 pounds. Her newest commercial has her old larger self singing to her new smaller self. But other R&B divas, namely Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson, have joined in the weight loss game, promoting Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem, respectively.

On one hand this is a good thing. Not just for their pockets, but for the everyday Black woman.

Perhaps Black women can identify with celebs who are not scary skinny and look more like them, and who can therefore encourage us lose weight just like them. Which is something we desperately need to do. According to the U.S. Office of Minority Health, in 2009 Blacks were 1.5 times more likely to be overweight or obese than whites. African-American women are 60 percent more likely to be obese than White women and about four out of five African-American females are now either overweight or obese.

But, on the other hand, I do have a few reservations about whether these ads will be the catalyst for better health among black women. First, with any celebrity, regardless of race, boasting that these meal plans have helped them lose weight always garners somewhat of a side-eye reaction.


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