Yesterday the blogosphere was a-buzzing about the news that the power couple, Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z are expecting their first child. The first thing that struck me was, “Wow! A black couple in the spotlight that dated, married, and THEN conceived a baby respectively! How unusual!” It’s sad that in fact, it is not the norm, but on the bright side, it makes for delicious celebrity news. And since celebrities have just as much sway these days as the president, perhaps the actions of this couple will give some fans inspiration to maybe, perhaps, and hopefully, follow in their footsteps.
Justin Dior Combs, son of hip hop mogul, Shaun “Puffy” Combs, tweeted yesterday:
The message was re-tweeted over 100 times. To have a prominent young person–a member of hip hop royalty by birth–be nervy enough to distribute this message to over 200,000 followers is earth shaking. Especially when this kid is the son of a man with multiple baby mommas.
Perhaps there’s hope after all.
Christelyn D. Karazin is the founder and organizer of “No Wedding, No Womb,” an initiative to find solutions to the 72 percent out-of-wedlock rate in the black community.