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Kelly Rowland Reveals Her Plan to Give Black Boys the Encouragement They Need: Our Athletes and Actors Need to Speak up



Kelly Rowland exudes confidence in her steamy music videos, but on a panel at the 22nd annual Essence Fest July 3, the former Destiny’s Child member said she had fears upon learning she was expecting a baby boy in 2014.

“I remember being pregnant with Titan and the moment the doctor said ‘It’s a boy’ and there were all these shootings happening with our young men. I just began to weep,” the 35-year-old told People during the Black cultural festival in New Orleans.

The “Chasing Destiny” host is the mother to now 18-month-old Titan Jewell, whom she shares with husband Tim Witherspoon. Speaking alongside Verizon executive Kwame Trotman at Dinner at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant – which Trotman’s company sponsored – Rowland shared how she wants to parent her young son.

“I want to raise a great man with respect for himself and others, and to know who he is and to know what his surroundings look like,” Rowland said. “I just feel like there’s great responsibility, not just as parents but as a community in raising him.”

Part of that community comes from male entertainers. According to the singer, these figures should use their platform to inspire young Black men in the same way she inspired young girls.

“I feel like our boys need to see it more,” she said. “If our athletes and our actors and our executives speak up, then [boys] can see themselves and they can hear their stories and they can feel like ‘I’m closer to what he’s doing or I can do what he’s doing.’ ”

Rowland has encouraged female youth by speaking up on her BET reality show, which she emphasized at its start would uplift women and be drama free.

The Atlanta-born star also has a piece of advice for parents raising young Black men.

“Our boys matter and their futures matter,” she said,  “And they are our future CEOs and they can do whatever they put their mind to and we have to let them know that.”

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  1. Dennis Moore says:

    Want to know why White people are so far ahead of everyone else in this country.
    This Gov't stole land from the Indians and gave it to who? White people (free of charge).
    This Gov't stole the Indians gold and gave it to who? White people.
    This Gov't allowed people to "legally" be enslaved for hundreds of years, and that benefited who? White people.
    And now….. Who benefits from:
    Institutionalized Discrimination:
    You know the unjust and discriminatory mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals by organizations such as governments, corporations, financial institutions, public institutions, and other societal entities.
    Our government is still awarding (bid & no-bid) contracts annually in the $$Billions. TO WHO?
    WHITE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! and then THEY take pride in how well they are doing in this country.
    Those are OUR tax dollars putting food on everybody's table but our own.

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