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Prince Louis celebrated his first birthday on the 23rd of April, and to mark the milestone Kensington Palace released adorable portraits of him ahead of his big day, and boy were they cute!
Kate Middleton and Prince William gave fans a special treat over the weekend as they shared a trio of images of their youngest child on Kensington Palace’s social media accounts, and our hearts well and truly melted.
The three images included one of Louis in a blue knitted jumper with a dog emblazoned on the front – which we believe could be a tribute to the Queen’s late corgi – and another two of him sporting a berry red knitted jumper and pair of chinos, as he beams with happiness at the camera and shows off his toothy grin.
These photos are very different to the first birthday pictures of his siblings – but did you notice why?
Back in 2014, three photos were shared of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first born, Prince George. Two images saw the little prince in his element playing with his mum and dad, at the Sensational Butterflies exhibition in the Natural History Museum.
A separate photograph saw him walking around the London hotspot wearing a pair of blue striped dungarees, a blue polo top and matching blue shoes. Though he ambled around the grounds solo he still seemed very poised and pristine.
Similar to Louis, George was distracted in the shots and did not look directly at the camera, but Louis was left entirely to his own devices to play in the grounds, reach for the camera, and giggle to his heart’s content as he rolled around in the grass on the day of the shoot (adorable!)
Two years after George in 2016, images of Princess Charlotte, looking pretty in pink playing inside at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, were released ahead of her May birthday.
Charlotte’s images bucked the trend as she posed inside the royal residence, whereas George and Louis’ pictures were both taken outdoors. Louis and Charlotte’s pictures were taken at the same location in Norfolk, while George’s took place in London.
In some images Charlotte plays with her toys, but unlike her brothers, she looked straight faced as she gazed down the lens like a true pro.
Charlotte started something; the solo shot. For Charlotte and Louis’ first birthday pictures they were not accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, although George was for a few of the takes.
The main difference between the three is that Louis looks like he is in his element and is in a less formal set-up, with not a care in the world. His jumper is covered in strands of grass, which, alongside the massive open smile on his face, hints Louis was giving free rein to do what he wanted without anyone cleaning up after him or giving orders (although they may have done and he just didn’t listen #idol).
However, the first birthday pictures of his older brother and sister appeared more staged and less like the relaxed and playful environment Louis found himself in.
Eagle-eyed fans will notice some similarities in their appearance in the photographs, as all three children have their hair swept over to one side, all wore the same navy strap shoes as well as blue garments.
Regardless, we love them all and are eagerly waiting for pictures to be released of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s little one, who is tipped to arrive any time this month… Eek!
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“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Tituss Burgess has the whole work-life-balance thing down. Ever since the Athens, Ga., native came to New York more than a decade ago, he’s worked steadily, onstage and off. You’ll next see him as a psychic in the comedy “I Hate Kids,” out Jan. 18. But once Saturday hits, he turns…
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“We’ve had an incredible experience connecting with all of you through our apps these past few years,” Kim, 38, wrote in a statement on her site. “But have made the difficult decision to no longer continue updating in 2019.”
The post — titled “To My Subscribers” — concluded: “We truly hope you’ve enjoyed this journey as much as we have, and we look forward to what’s ahead.”
The news comes more than three years after the sisters, as well as Kendall Jenner, launched their apps in September 2015, which was founded to give an intimate look into their lives. (The Victoria’s Secret model, 23, announced in December 2017 that she was ending her own site.)
“We wanted to change our digital platform and make it more than just a blog that we had before,” Kim said as they began their app journey. “I just felt like there was no other platform that could do it all unless we do it ourselves.”
The famous family will not be bored, however, sans this project. Kim still has her KKW Beauty ventures, as well as being a mom of three children with husband Kanye West.
Khloé, 34, for her part is founder of clothing company Good American, and has recently embarked on the journey of motherhood when she welcomed a baby girl, True, in April with boyfriend Tristan Thompson. A source told Us Weekly earlier this month that the pair “are actively trying” for baby No. 2.
Kourtney, meanwhile, will remain a part of Keeping Up With the Kardashians — alongside her sisters — while raising her three children, sons Mason and Reign and daughter, Penelope, whom she shares with ex Scott Disick.
For Kylie, 21, she continues to challenge the status quo being the founder and owner of her successful Kylie Cosmetics makeup line. The former Life of Kylie star is also mom of 10-month-old daughter, Stormi, whom she shares with boyfriend Travis Scott.
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If traveling more is on your to-do list for the New Year, we are excited to announce BLACK ENTERPRISE and Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) is partnering to create the Women of Power Travel Solo experience.
We are sending one lucky woman who has registered for the Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, to South Africa, or Egypt, for the ultimate girl’s trip.
How to Enter:
–Register for the Women of Power Summit
-Follow BLACK ENTERPRISE on Twitter.
The entry period is Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, through Jan. 14, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).
If this contest sounds too good to be true, it’s not! It represents what women of power do. If you’re looking for more reasons as to why you should get in on this contest, the founder of the group, Coleitha Banks, wants to let you in on all you can win.
Why Sisters Traveling Solo created this opportunity:
We at Sisters Traveling Solo love all that Women of Power stands for! So creating this opportunity for a woman in the WPS community to join one of our trip experiences was our way of supporting the mission of WOP. We truly believe in any platform whose purpose is to empower women, especially women of color. Empowering women is what Sisters Traveling Solo is all about!
Why you should take part in this contest:
Stepping foot on African soil is an experience you will never forget, especially when you are amongst Sisters! From finding your tribe, making new friendships with like-minded Sisters, experiencing a new culture — there are so many reasons to enter and register for a chance to win this contest. This trip will be an unforgettable experience for the Winner!
The winner of this contest will walk away with so many things! The first being a true sense of Sisterhood. It is truly amazing to see women who just met form bonds within days or moments of just meeting. On several of our trip experiences, we have witnessed friendships develop, and travel buddies made.
Just imagine being in a room full of Sisters filled with joy and laughter. That is what the sisterhood on our trips feels like.
The winner, especially if the she is new to travel, will get the biggest cultural shock, but in a good way! She will learn things about another culture that she finds not only interesting, but that she finds relatable. In those moments, she will realize that at our core we are truly all the same and that there is no place she does not belong, or nowhere that is truly foreign.
If you want to win big and tap into your power, it’s time to get social. For the official contest rules click here.
The winner will be announced at the 2019 Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada!
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GOOGLEBOX offers up nothing but cracking characters, and Leeds pair Ellie and Izzie Warner are up there with the best.
The outspoken duo have been likened to Marmite… But love them or hate them, viewers can’t seem to get enough.
Who are the Warner sisters?
Blonde Ellie and her younger sister, red-headed mum Izzi, are from Leeds.
While Ellie still lives at home, where the Gogglebox scenes are filmed, Izzi has her own flat — and says she doesn’t like her sister showing up unannounced.
Though they’re pretty close, Izzi thinks Ellie is disorganised, while Ellie thinks her sister is too bossy.
The pair love nothing more than watching telly, though they were recently knocking back cocktails on a joint holiday to Mallorca.
Ellie has been asked out by a few male viewers on Twitter who’ve fallen for her charms on telly but she’s yet to respond to any of them.
Why are Gogglebox viewers angry at them?
The gobby duo caused major Gogglebox controversy last month after making a “disgusting” joke about the United Airlines passenger David Dao, who was dragged off his flight due to overcrowding and knocked unconscious.
Ellie summed up David’s ordeal by saying: “Oh my god. That would make an amazing Snapchat story.”
“That would be straight on my story,” Izzi agreed. “What caption would you do?… ‘When they tell you no booze left on the flight’?”
Seeing as Dao had been assaulted, viewers were amazed the pair’s joke made the final cut of the show, with one Twitter user writing: “What is wrong with those girls?”
What else have they done on the show?
Many Gogglebox viewers find the duo hilarious but they’re often labelled “fake” due to their often ridiculous banter.
Back in 2015, they were mocked by viewers after Izzi compared a scene from the screen adaptation of novel Lady Chatterly’s lover to “something out of a book” — and Ellie said a dog from Dogs Might Fly looked like Leonardo Dicaprio.
On Twitter at the time, some viewers suggested they should be appearing on Towie rather than Googlebox.
When and how did they land their Gogglebox gig?
The girls first showed up on the Channel 4 show in 2015, and were amazed they’d been picked.
Ellie and Izzi bagged the job after being approached by an old friend who was casting for the show.
After originally saying no, the pair agreed to audition before bagging the gig.
Ellie said at the time: “We thought ‘Who’d want to watch us?’ and then we got picked and couldn’t believe it!”
They claimed at the time that Gogglebox was their fave TV show and one of the only ones Izzi ever tuned into.
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In November 2012, when Virginia native Erica M. McAfee lost her son at birth, she felt the loneliness, shame, and isolation that comes after the death of a child.
“I was broken and empty and my immediate family couldn’t console me,” said McAfee. “No one in my circle of friends was pregnant yet, or had an infant loss experience. I turned to the Internet to find stories and I found many women online who had experienced pregnancy loss, but they didn’t look like me. In 2014, I had Maxwell, my rainbow baby (a baby that is born after a miscarriage, stillbirth, or loss of an infant). I started to share more of our story about how we almost lost our lives during birth due to a placenta abruption. My son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy so we moved closer to our family to have support. During my 4-hour commute to work, I fell in love with listening to podcasts. My husband and I knew we wanted to grow our family, and I wanted to hear more stories black women struggling through grief, loss, and infertility.”
On a mission to turn her pain into purpose, McAfee became a Pregnancy Loss Grief Coach, and Birth & Bereavement Doula. In 2017, she launched Sisters in Loss L.L.C.—a coaching program, podcast community of 10,000 and series of resources, and retreats to help black women heal, gain clarity, and find an empowering path forward after loss.
“At first it was difficult to get black women to share their experiences,” said McAfee. Then, as more celebrities and influencers like Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Remy Ma, and Kandi, and Eudoxie began sharing their journeys, black women started saying yes I experienced that as well. Can I share my story? Since March 2018, the podcast is 6 months booked out because of the many women willing to share their stories and journey’s to motherhood.”
Hiding in Plain Sight
Here’s a harsh reality. More than 6 million women and couples suffer from infertility, and black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications and infant death than white women according to the CDC. Yet, every day millions of black women show up for work suffering in silence, dealing with cultural shame and age-related pressures of society.
Recently, during an interview with Good Morning America, former first lady Michelle Obama revealed 20 years ago she suffered a miscarriage before having daughters Malia and Sasha. “I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” Obama said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken. I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.” Ultimately, she and her husband, former President Barack Obama used IVF to conceive their daughters.
“Not many black women are sharing their stories and journey’s good or bad about motherhood,” said McAfee. In our community, we keep these “secrets” to ourselves, versus sharing it to free others from the shame.” McAfee also shared a few misconceptions she often hears:
-Black women are very fertile and can get pregnant as soon as we stop birth control or contraceptives.
-If you already have a child that you shouldn’t experience infertility.
Turning Pain into Purpose
Beyond creating safe and supportive spaces for black women, Sisters and Loss are working to see legislative changes, for more research around black women mortality and infant outcomes.
“I’m working on this by using my podcast programming and platform to highlight specific issues that will affect us from a legislative perspective,” said McAfee. This includes advocacy at the state level and federal level to pass bills to provide more substantial testing for fertility and universal health care for all, paid in full IVF treatments and midwives and Doula services covered by insurance. Also, out of pocket expenses for fertility treatments is why many black women and couples do not pursue this path to motherhood. We simply don’t have tens of thousands of dollars in disposable income to spend on one treatment of IVF ($ 30K), and if that treatment isn’t successful it can be discouraging and depressing.”
Watching Michele Obama share her story gave McAfee more fuel to turn her message into a movement.
“Our Forever FLOTUS freed us with her voice by saying she felt alone, felt unworthy, and was in pain,” said McAfee. “When black women share their stories, they invite others to share and shatter the stigma around miscarriage and infertility and they will change the world. I’m proud to be a bridge and connect women in a sisterhood that is rooted in our faith in God and faith in ourselves to push past grief to achieve their dreams and career goals. I love coaching clients on their journey’s to motherhood and helping them bring a happy and healthy baby home from the hospital. This work continues to inspire me because of the messages I receive daily thanking me for giving black women a voice and a platform to share their stories. “
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Twenty years ago, Carolyn Butts founded the Reel Sisters Film Festival to showcase films directed, produced, and written by women of color. Now, the Brooklyn-based film festival is celebrating two decades of job creation and access for women of color behind the camera. “We have played a pivotal role in creating spaces for us to share our stories,” said Butts. Over the last 21 years, the festival has screened over 3,000 films, distributed more than $ 25,000 in scholarship money to women of color filmmakers and helped filmmakers get their films distributed to institutions like Third World Newsreel, Black Public Media, and Centric/BET TV.”
The Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series is an annual two-day film festival founded by African Voices magazine and Long Island University’s Media Arts Dept. The Reel Sisters 21st-anniversary event will take place from Oct. 20-21, 2018, in Brooklyn, New York. “After 21 years, we’re very proud to be among a select group of film festivals that can recommend short narratives for Oscar consideration,” said Butts. “Our new status means Black, Latino, Asian, Indian, African and Caribbean women now have another path to earning an Oscar, which can open the doors for getting paid producing and directing jobs.”
Although we’re making strides in representation and film, Butts wants to make it clear: “We still need to see Hollywood hiring more women directors in general,” she said. The door is cracked open but our job is to keep fighting until the top of the credit line reflects the ticketholders that made Black Panther a $ 1.344 billion box office success this summer. We need more women and people of color producing and directing films. According to a study on diversity in film conducted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, 28 women have worked as directors across the 700 top films from 2007 to 2014. Only three were African American. We still have work to do despite the PR campaign for equity and the success of films like Black Panther, Mudbound, Get Out and A Wrinkle In Time. I’m working on a project similar to Sundance TV where the films from Reel Sisters can connect with a global audience via a streaming platform like Netflix or Hulu. The Reel Sisters Tea & Cinema TV would give women of color a chance to get paid for creating, developing, and distributing their stories.”
The theme for this year’s festival is #time4self which will showcase films dedicated to self-care, wellness, and healing. When asked about a simple way we can exercise self-care daily, Butts responded, “Breathing. We’re so busy pushing that we rarely slow down a moment to deeply inhale and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. I have to remind myself to breathe deeply and release. My personal self-care practices are yoga, writing, meditation, and prayer,” she said.
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