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Celebrated ballerina Misty Copeland is now a mom. She revealed the surprising news in an interview with PEOPLE while dishing on her new athletic fashion line Greatness Wins. "I'm on maternity leave right now," she said. "I have a 3-month-old. But I will be back on the stage in 2023, hopefully, in the fall." The 39-year-old’s son's name is Jackson and she shares him with her husband Olu Evans who she has been married to since 2016. While she hasn’t shared much else information about her son, she did mention that they will be going out of the country soon.

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It's one thing to be totally financially responsible for self, but it's a totally different ball game when you have little ones to care for. And the cost of parenting is far from cheap. Research shows that the average cost of raising a child through age 17 is more than $230,000. And while many parents happily do what they have to do to ensure their children are not only surviving but thriving, the cost reinforces the importance of grasping healthy concepts about wealth and money management and putting them into action.

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Cardi B is a “mommiana” to two kids and has been learning how to balance motherhood and a successful, demanding career. The Bronx beauty was recently featured in Vogue Singapore ahead of her highly-anticipated sophomore album. Her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, was released in 2018 and her widely successful single “Bodak Yellow” which recently went diamond, made her a bona fide star. But shortly after, she became pregnant with her first child, Kulture Kiari Cephus, after marrying Migos rapper Offset. And in 2021, they welcomed their second child, a son named Wave Set Cephus. Cardi opened up about motherhood and how when she was pregnant with Kulture, her team was afraid for her career.

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Since the passing of Nipsey Hussle, Lauren London has been more focused on herself, her family, and God. The beloved actress was starring in a new show, Games People Play, on BET, and she and the West Coast rhymer just appeared on the cover of GQGQ in February 2019 before his life was cut short on March 31, 2019. Nipsey was gunned down in front of his The Marathon Clothing store by Eric Holder Jr. and the assailant was recently convicted of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter.

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For someone like Tika Sumpter who is busy being a working actress, mother, wife, and businesswoman, finding personal time can be tough. But the Nobody’s Fool star makes herself a priority. In an interview with Yahoo Life, Tika shared how she manages time for herself even if that means taking a “bath in the middle of the day.” It doesn’t hurt that she has a very supportive husband who helps relieve some of that stress. In May, Tika married her The Haves and Haves Not co-star Nick James and they share a 5-year-old daughter named Ella-Loren.

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You know that Caresha TikTok voiceover that goes, “My man, my man, my man,” and so on? Yeah?! Well, I hate to break it to you but that is how some (one too many) parents, particularly mothers, sound in regard to their sons. I’ve always found it to be weird, but I find it even more noticeable since becoming pregnant with a baby boy, likely because people keep projecting that bullshit onto me. Sidenote: I truly believe being pregnant has a way of bringing attention to the weird shit that people say so that you know who you don’t want around your child (at any given stage) or who not to take parenting advice from.

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