11 Celebrity Moms Doing It Big–While Balancing Motherhood

It’s no secret that parenting while in the limelight has it’s advantages and disadvantages.  Kudos to the moms who can balance it all.  The main thing I hear them saying is having that “village” is so important to the balance, health, and development of their family.

1. Jill Scott

Jill Scott is a mom to a 7-year-old a son.  Although her relationship status is single, she’s quick to point out that she’s not raising him alone. She has credited her “village” for being there for her and Jett.  Jill is a Singer, Songwriter, Actress, and Activist.

 

Tisha Campbell-Martin is a mom to 2 sons.  Her son Xen is Autistic, and she is outspoken about raising awareness of Autism within the African-American and Latino community.  Tisha is a Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress, and Activist.  She can also be seen making appearances on the show “Real Husbands of Hollywood”.

 

3. Garcelle Beauvais

Garcelle Beauvais is a mom to 3 sons.  Having twin sons who are biracial, it inspired Garcelle to pen the series of children’s book “I am mixed”.  She is best known for her role as Fancy on the Jamie Foxx show.  Garcelle is not only an Author but also an Actress, Producer and Activist.  I must also add, having had the chance to interview her personally, she is very humble and down to earth.

 

4. Traci Braxton

Traci Braxton is a mom to an only son.  She has been an advocate for children with JRA (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis).  Coming from a family of singers, she is also a singer and makes guest appearances on various television spotlights.  She is also currently on the hit reality show “The Braxton Family”, which is centered on her and the Braxton family.

 

5. Tamera Mowry-Housley

Tamera Mowry-Housley is a mom of 2 and an Actress, Producer, Talk Show Host, and an Author.  She first gained fame for her teen role as Tamera Campbell on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister. She has also starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Twitches and its sequel, Twitches Too.  She has played various other roles as well.  She is currently one of the hosts for the daytime TV show “The Real”.

 

6. Holly Robinson-Peete

Holly Robinson-Peete is an Actress, Model, Singer, Author, and Reality TV star.  She is the mother to 4 children, and the wife to a former football player.  Holly is best known for her role in 21 Jump Street but has also been well known to the Autism community for her book “My Brother Charlie”, which she wrote with her daughter.  Holly is currently starring in a reality series called “For Peete’s Sake”.

 

7. Sofia Vergara

A regular in many of Tyler Perry’s movies, and on the hit show Modern Family, Sofia Vergara is the mother to an only son.  She is an actress and model.  Born in Columbia, she achieved stardom there and then came to America.  She is also a survivor of Thyroid Cancer.
 

8. Kandi Buruss  

A former singer of the 90’s female group X-scape, Kandi has left her mark in the music world.  She is a singer, songwriter, producer and actress.  She is the mother of 2 and the stepmother to her husband’s daughter.  Kandi is also one of the stars of Bravo network’s Real Housewives of Atlanta.

 

9. Beyonce

Whether you love her or hate her, she has absolutely become a powerhouse, even crossing over from music to film, and more.  She has a swarm of women following her claiming the name “Beyhive”.  They’re quick to swarm on anyone who speaks negatively about her too.  Bey is the mother to her daughter, Blue Ivy.  She is also currently on a worldwide tour.

 

10. Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is well-known for her movie and commercial roles as well as being the co-founder of the Honest company.  The Honest Company is a company geared towards the needs of baby’s as well as mom personal care.  She is the proud mother of 2 girls.

 

11. Taraji P. Henson

Taraji has had an amazing career in film thus far.  She is well known for so many roles, including her latest role as Cookie Lyons in the hit show “Empire”.  Being a mother clearly has not slowed her career down, as she is an amazing actress.  She was also reported to have stood up for her son and snatched him out of his former college when he was unfairly treated reportedly due to his race, and she then placed him in a college where they felt he would be treated equally.  This mama bear looks great to have a son in college!

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What Happened To The Village?

As I sat on my parents’ porch enjoying the summer breeze, I watched school bus after school bus pull up and drop off the kids who now live on the same block where I grew up. I watched the school aides walk some off the bus and have almost a “good riddance” attitude. I watched others walk off and wave to the child looking forward to tomorrow. Then I watched after parent after parent came outside or opened the door for their children.  Some parents were genuinely happy to see their children return after spending the day apart. Others seemed annoyed at the mere presence of this child returning home.

Some of the things this got me thinking of was where is the village now?

I understand now as a mother why it’s so important to have a village.  It’s not only for the care of the kids, but for the sake of a mother’s sanity as well.  Yes, we are women who are capable of playing every role and truly fulfilling the “I’m every woman” heels, but truth be told, why do we want to?

As a mom of 3, I am grateful for my “village”.  I think about how grateful I am often.  For most of these mothers, it wasn’t that they didn’t want to see their children.  It was more that these mothers are frustrated, tired, stressed out, and more.  Their “village” is either nonexistent or lacking.  They have spent so much time pouring into their children, and yet no one has poured into them. They have become depleted and their emotional “bank” is now suffering. This causes them to be short with their children, to be moody and emotional and defensive.  Where is the “village” for these mothers?

I have been blessed to grow up in a family where my siblings have always been my closest friends.  I have also been blessed to be able to make friends who have become like family.  When I feel my tank running on empty, I know there is someone in my “village” available to call and talk to who will understand.  And this is vice versa.  It’s not uncommon for me to receive a call about the same thing.
Life is difficult enough without having to go through it all on your own.  Somewhere along the line, we as women lost sight of the “village”, and instead focused on self.  The weight of the world on one person can become crushing.
When we can connect in sisterhood, and work together without competition and ego getting involved, our village will be able to be resuscitated.  When we can collaborate instead of judge the parenting style or choices, we will be in a much better position to help each other.   It is possible.
I look around and am grateful for my “village”.  I know my children will be all the better for each of these people in their lives.  I know I will be better for them also.  When we can collaborate and pool together ideas, information and resources it strengthens not only us individually, but also collectively.  So Sexy Moms, I ask you, where is your village? Does it exist? How can you tap in to your “village”?
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HerStory: Tina Turner Graces Cover Of Vogue Magazine

Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock ‘n Roll is featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine, and believe me, she’s just as stunning as she was decades ago.  Turner, who is 73 still looks great and is still in the studio making records.  She is currently working on a new album called “Beyond 2”.

Tina Turner raised eyebrows when she recently renounced her American citizenship to become Swiss, after living there since the mid-90’s.  According to Turner, she says “I am very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. I cannot imagine a better place to live.”

Tina Turner has won 8 Grammy’s and is known for selling more concert tickets than any other solo artist in history. Her shows are jam-packed with the endless energy she seems to have effortlessly.  Turner is also known for her “perfect” legs, which have been insured at a mind-blowing 3.2 million dollars.

Until Tina Turner graced the cover of Vogue, Meryl Streep held the title of the oldest woman to grace the cover of Vogue. Turner has now taken that title.  The Queen of Rock ‘n Roll is in it for the long haul and we look forward to her upcoming album!

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Tia Mowry: “I’m Not Pregnant! I’m Just Happy!”

As women, we go through phases in life where we can lose a few pounds or gain a few pounds depending on our life’s circumstances. In the society we live in, we are judged a great deal by our outside appearance.  If we are in the public eye, that judgment can be exceptionally brutal.

Recently, fans of Tia Mowry have been questioning and assuming that she has a baby on the way. Tia has responded to her fans, and says she is NOT pregnant. Critics are still talking about her weight gain. In light of that, Tia has opened up on the body standards society judges us on, and the body shaming that takes place when you don’t fit society’s standards of beauty.

Tia said “When I want to drop the pounds, I will, but right now I’m happy with who I am.” She also went to social networks to post that she’s happy where she is now. She’s eating and cooking great food.  Of course Tia is referring to her new cooking show where she cooks up some delicious recipes in the kitchen.

Enjoy Tia! We salute you for standing up to the critics and being comfortable in your skin.

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Kelly Rowland Opens Up On Balancing Motherhood And Career

Kelly Rowland, former member of Destiny’s Child, now solo artist has opened up to Ebony magazine in an intimate interview about how she balances motherhood and her career.  Kelly has a 1-year-old son named Titan, is newly married, and is still in the studio recording hits. Just how does she do it? Here are some of the things Kelly had to say about her balancing act:

“My challenges are just really learning the balance of it all for myself, for my husband, for my baby, for my career. Making sure that everything gets the balance,” Kelly tries to ensure her family gets everything they need, but is careful not to neglect herself.  “Because how am I supposed to be filled and I have to pour so much of myself into everything?”

When asked how she finds the balance between Kelly Rowland the Entertainer vs. Kelly Rowland the wife/mother, she says: “I’m still learning it now,” she says. “Because now things are starting to pick up again, so I can only imagine when I have to go overseas and tour and things like that. I want Titan to come with me, but I also don’t want to wear his body out. And I want him to feel what stability feels like since my mom and I moved around a lot when I was a kid.”

Like most mothers, Kelly educated herself as much as she could on motherhood, but still says she wasn’t fully prepared, like all of us. Kelly says “I felt like when I brought Titan home I knew everything, and I didn’t. And it was so wrong because my husband would figure out what would make him calm immediately,”

Kelly gushes that the good parts have been “watching him, watching my husband, watching my marriage and learning so much behind that story alone. My husband is the greatest man on earth, he really is. And he’s the greatest dad. I’m so happy I thought enough of myself to choose a great man.”

Although she’s now a mother, she has hardly taken a backseat in her career.  She’s back in work mode. She landed a reoccurring role on Empire and recently dropped the club banger “Dumb.” While the song has a young party vibe, the lyrics are about being grown and sexy.

For the full interview with Ebony magazine:

Kelly Rowland Interview

Photo courtesy of

Matt Sayles/AP/Invision

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Sexy Moms Rock Wishes Tia & Tamera A Happy Birthday!

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Sexy Moms Rock wishes Tia & Tamera a very happy birthday!  These women embody  what it means to be a Sexy Mom who Rocks!  Congratulations to Tamera on the birth of her new baby!!

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HERstory: Garcelle Beauvais Proclaims “It Takes A Village”

You may know her as “Fancy” from the Jamie Foxx show, but there’s so much more to Garcelle Beauvais than we hear about. I had the pleasure of being able to interview her about being a mom, career woman, activist, and much more.  I must admit I was impressed by the humility of this woman during our conversation. I absolutely loved hearing about the projects that Garcelle has been working on as well as her stories of motherhood.

Nadine: What is your definition of a Sexy Mom?

Garcelle: A Sexy Mom is a woman who takes care of her family, but is also selfless enough that she doesn’t neglect her own self in the process.

Nadine: I know it’s hard to pick one, but what are a few lessons you’ve learned from being a mom?

garcelle-beauvais-300Garcelle: In parenting, patience comes and goes. Sometimes we lose patience, and we need to regroup.  Parenting isn’t always amazing, it isn’t always pretty, but we can take a moment to pull away and get ourselves together again. Another lesson I’ve learned was kids are more resilient than we know.

Nadine: You also have a MomBlog, what made you start blogging?

Garcelle: I felt like I needed a platform to share and build within a community. It takes a village, and I wanted to empower women to come together. Even celebrities struggle with the same issues. I believe in empowering instead of tearing down.

Nadine: You’re an Activist as well, what are some of the causes you fight for? And why?

Garcelle: One of the organizations I work with is called Fonkoze. It’s an organization in Haiti that helps women with microfinancing, financial services, and business skills. I also work with an organization called Step Up Women’s Network, a national non-profit that empowers women and girls to be strong and reach their full potential.

Nadine: With all that you juggle, what do you do to find balance? What are some things you would recommend?

Garcelle: I recenter in a nice bath. People think that baths are only for the evening, and that’s not true. I relax in the bath, listen to music, take time for myself, whether it’s going to the mall and getting one of those 15 minute massages, or reading something inspirational, or even removing myself from the situation. Sometimes that means turning your phone off, or just laying in bed and relaxing.

Nadine: If there was one message you could give to other women, other moms, what would that be?

Garcelle: Don’t be afraid to lean on someone during the tough times.  Reach out to someone for help, even if it’s just to say “hey girl, my kids are driving me nuts, can you watch them while I take a minute for me?”.  Parenting is not a competition.  We need to help one another. The goal is to raise compassionate, kind people.

Nadine: Since your divorce, what can you say you learned from that that you can say “I’m better because”?

Garcelle: I’m better because I put my kids first. I didn’t do any badmouthing of their dad. Co-parenting has made me a better person because I’m strong enough to be able to handle it that way. Before that, anger and hurt didn’t allow me to see the other side. I’ve been able to move through it, and we now celebrate the kids’ birthday parties, and events together.

Nadine: So what projects do you have coming up that we can we look out for?

Garcelle: I’m in a movie called “A Girl Like Grace” (released June 2015), I also have Girlfriends Getaway 2 set to release on August 29, on TVOne.  The latest in the I AM book series is being released, it’s called I AM Awesome.  It’s available for preorder on Amazon.

With all that we hear about celebrities being snobbish, or cold, I can honestly say the impression Garcelle left with me exemplifies the definition of a Sexy Mom who Rocks. She focused on her family, her career, herself, and making a difference in the lives of others.

To preorder the book on Amazon, here is the link: I AM AWESOME

For more information on Fonkoze or Step Up Women’s Network:

http://www.fonkoze.org

http://www.suwn.org

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Introducing Our New Guest Contributor- Dianna Munson

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A loving wife and mother of two, Poppy serves faithfully, along with her husband, as co-director of The Secret Ministry where I oversee a 600+ member of Marriage is F.L.Y. ( Fun. Loving. You) founded in July 2010.  I am the co-owner and President of Jabez Publishing House, founder of The Happy Wife Ministries

My ministry started as a participant in the Master’s Commission at the Potter’s House in Dallas, TX under the leadership of Bishop TD. Jakes.  While serving at the Potter’s House, I traveled the United States doing missions, outreach and evangelism.  As a member of the church, I served as staff assistant to the minister of music and coordinated local ministry outreach offerings.  Upon successful completion and graduation of the program, I returned home which is Washington, DC where I joined The Temple of Praise under the leadership of Bishop Glen A. Staples.  It was there where I met the love of my life in 2003.  On August 1, 2004, I married Aaron Munson we have two amazing children; Ary’ana & Jeremiah

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Twitter: TheHappyWife04

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Introducing Our New Guest Contributor-Tiffani Greenaway

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Tiffani is a Brooklyn mom of two toddlers. She started MyMommyVents in June 2014 as a way to inspire, empower, and inform new moms through social media and special events.
Her definition of a Sexy Mom who Rocks is a woman who sees and embraces the best in herself, motivates and uplifts others, and never gives up.
Tiffani can be found on facebook, twitter, instagram and pintrest @mymommyvents, and www.mymommyvents.com.
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