Can Beyonce and Jay-Z Make Marriage Cool?

08.30.2011, 12:41 PM

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.


7 Responses to “Can Beyonce and Jay-Z Make Marriage Cool?”

  1. Zabeth says:

    Was Justin Combs speaking to his parents when he tweeted that?

  2. Good for him. Good for them. Mazel tov!

  3. Alana S. says:

    Their kid could be our 2nd black president like THAT if it wanted to be.

  4. ki sarita says:

    only 2nd? thats 40-50 years away. try third or fourth. as a conservative estimate. Also there’s no reason to single out this poor kid for the presidency- we don’t do so when white celebs give birth.
    As for the role model of the marriage- we’ll see if it lasts. Celebs are notorious for serial marrying.

  5. [...] Prominent marriage advocates like blogger Christelyn Karazin of the “No Wedding No Womb” initiative that encourages in-wedlock births in the black community also addressed Justin Combs’ tweet in a post on the Family Scholars website, Can Beyonce and Jay-Z make marriage cool?.  [...]

  6. Sher says:

    @Zabeth…Obviously, he was. Instead of being defensive, why not instead express whether you actually agree or disagree with his sentiment. I for one agree. There are zidiculous (I mean precisely that) illegitimate babies born in the black community, to ALL of our detriment.

  7. [...] Prominent marriage advocates like blogger Christelyn Karazin of the “No Wedding No Womb” initiative that encourages in-wedlock births in the black community also addressed Justin Combs’ tweet in a post on the Family Scholars website, Can Beyonce and Jay-Z make marriage cool?. [...]