Mariah Carey attends the New York premiere of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
*Mariah Carey has been confined to bedazzled arm slings since July after taking a spill on the set of a music video and dislocating her shoulder. She counts that discomfort, and the pain of pushing out Dem Babies – 2-year-old Moroccan and Monroe – among the toughest experiences in her life thus far.
She told E! News: “Anybody who’s ever had multiples will know it is one of the most difficult experiences ever but the reward is just beyond – I can’t even explain how rewarding having these babies is for me. But yeah, breaking my rib was not festive. Dislocating my shoulder was not a good thing, either.”
Earlier this month, the 43-year-old songbird lamented on her tough road to recovery, telling fans her dislocated shoulder has been the ”toughest experience” of her life in an emotional open letter posted on her Facebook page.
She wrote: ”When people expected me to go, ‘Here I am, I’m back and everything’s great’, it didn’t happen because my hand was still in tremendous pain and it took this long for it to heal.”
However, Mariah – who is married to “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon – has had a fairly quick recovery period, exceeding the expectations of her doctors.
She added: “It’s a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can’t believe it. It’s been a long journey, the physical therapists have been incredible and I am very grateful to all of them for helping me.”
*In the infinite realm of organized religion, there are sheep, and there are shepherds. Those who are called to govern flock have been given the power of influence and divine enlightenment by whatever God they serve.
But every now and then, someone comes along with the power to affect entire nations. Minister Louis Farrakhan is among the world’s most respected and venerated spiritual leaders.
The great minister, 80, is a renowned orator, activist, teacher, motivator, visionary, and purveyor of Islamic principles.
In short, he is to Islam what the pope is to the Roman Catholic Church (almost).
That doesn’t mean Min. Farrakhan and Islam are free of enemies.
At the genesis of his religious journey, Min. Farrakhan possessed an unquenchable thirst for retribution against the “so-called” white devil. Much like his controversial predecessors, Farrakhan disseminated among his people the same disdainful message of white contempt, not hatred, which has earned him a place in American infamy.
Coincidentally, the minister’s birth exemplifies controversy also. During an interview on the Rock Newman Show, Min. Farrakhan revealed that his birth father’s (Percival Clark) philandering caused his mother (Sarah Mae Manning) to want out of their marriage. Thereafter she converted to Islam and began seeing another man (Louis Wolcott), who became the father of her first baby boy.
Eventually, however, Min. Farrakhan’s father “slipped back into the picture,” he admitted to Newman. The affair resulted in the conception of another (illegitimate) child.
“All of us have stories that we can tell on things that surrounded our coming to life in this world,” Min Farrakhan expressed in his opening statement about the matter. “My mother very frightened and excited because her pregnancy could ruin the relationship with Mr. Wolcott. So she had hoped, well first she decided, that ‘I’ve got to get rid of this.’
He continued, “Today [there are] abortion clinics. In those days they had wire hangers that they used. She used a hanger and tried once to abort my life, tried twice to abort my life, tried three times to abort my life, and it failed. After the third time of the failure of aborting my life, she settled down to accept the fact that she was pregnant. The next thing was to hope that my father who was very light skinned with curly hair—that the child would not look like the father but would look like my brother’s father who had a dark complexion. When I came into the world, light skinned with hair that was curly and auburn brown, Mr. Wolcott knew that I wasn’t his. And so to honor him, she named me after him, Louis Wolcott, but he was no longer around.”
Although his life was put in jeopardy by multiple failed abortion attempts, young Louis had a divine purpose. But leading a people isn’t normally asked of a toddler. So instead, Min. Farrakhan started with the violin.
“At five years old, my mother put a violin in my hand,” he said nostalgically. “I didn’t want to play no violin. [But] I began to play and I did so well. She would put a clock on the table and set it for fifteen minutes and she would go and do her chores, but she was listening all the time. I hated that clock.”
Min Farrakhan added, “I [eventually] fell in love with the instrument and I was driving her crazy because now I would go in the bathroom to practice because it had a sound like you’re in a studio and so people couldn’t get in the bathroom because Louis was in the bathroom practicing.”
As he grew older, Min. Farrakhan’s skill with the violin improved immensely.
“I got scholarships to study the violin and after a while I became so good at it that at 12, I was part of the civic symphony of Boston,” he said proudly. “When Boston College was all male I was 13 years of age, and I went to Boston College and I played with the Boston College orchestra and toured with the Boston College glee club.”
It appears that Min. Farrakhan was en route to a promising career in music years ago. However, the history books will tell a much different story, one of menacing, ferocious horns and drums, not the delicate sound of the violin. Now in his twilight, Farrakhan says that he’s ready to make music once again. He recently finished an album that’s slated to be released this year.
“This album is absolutely star studded,’ he declared gleefully. “Some of the finest musicians in the world are on that album. And I have two magnificent Jewish musicians playing me.”
Yup, he said Jewish. Drink it in.
Watch the interview below and Minister Farrakhan playing the violin below that:
*In the season finale of “Tia & Tamera,” the ladies close out the show with the birth of Tamera’s baby, Aden, who was welcomed to the world in November.
But the birthing process didn’t go as planned.
Tamera wanted to have her baby boy naturally, but he didn’t come at the expected arrival date. As a result, she went through 15 hours of labor and later a C-section.
“All of my thoughts, what I wanted. All of that went all out the window. I just wanted him to be healthy,” said Tamera whose hours of labor caused her to run a fever-something her unborn baby didn’t really appreciate.
“I have a temperature of 100.6. The baby is not responding well to that now. He’s losing oxygen,” Tamera explained to Sister 2 Sister.
But after it was all over and she saw that her boy was healthy and normal, she rejoiced and marinated in the bliss of new motherhood.
“You forget all the pain, the uncomfortableness. You forget all of that when you see such an amazing, beautiful gift,” she said.
Alicia Keys shows off her curves in a form fitting dress as she performs on the French television show, “Vivement Dimanche.” (Nov. 14, 2012)
*Alicia Keys hopes to spare expectant mothers from dreading their big delivery day by downplaying her own pain during the birth of her son.
She tells British newspaper The Sun, “I like to speak about it very positively because I don’t like to scare people. I mean it was painful, hell yeah. You have to scream, unless you’re totally drugged and, hell, I screamed.
Keys said she used a meditative process to help her cope when she delivered her first son Egypt Daoud Dean in Oct. 2010.
“I followed this particular technique which banishes negative thoughts. So instead of calling it a contraction, it’s a surge. And I think words like that are pretty powerful,” she said.
“So it hurt, but I think I received it a little better and I can say I really enjoyed it. It’s not like anything I’ve ever done and I think it’ll be better the second time. It must be. But as everyone says, it was worth it. It was bliss and a real miracle to be part of… And I really believe that (a) new day started the day Egypt came into this world.”
*While Rihanna’s on tour, she tells a European publication she’s a bit hesitant to go through the child birthing process but is willing to adopt.
The “Umbrella” singer is currently dating pro baseball player Matt Kemp.
“I was hoping he would be able to come to London but he’s working,” she told Daily Mirror. “And I’m touring and shooting videos for my next single, so it’s going to be seven weeks before I see him again.”
The couple talks over Skype and cell phone to keep the connection flowing.