Singer, reality show star, and radio show host, Lil Mo, has converted to Islam in honor of her husband, Karl Dargan. While some fans praised Lil Mo for her transformation, the rest simply judged the star for what they believed to be a religion forced on her by the hubby. Lil Mo made the announcement on the ‘gram, while showing off her hijab.

 

FINNa takeover @balleralert SC!! Check it out now. Like you never seenT ME beforeeee!! Chiiiiile CHEEZ lol

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Of course, Dargan swung back at critics and defended his wife.

MY WIFE TOOK HER SHAHADAH A FEW WEEKS AGO. YES SHE IS MUSLIM. I DIDNT MAKE HER TAKE HER SHAHADAH, I INTRODUCED HER INTO ISLAM AND SHE TOOK HER SHAHADAH A WHILE LATER. NO ONE IS IN THE POSITION TO JUDGE ANYONE ELSE NOR TELL ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE OR SHOULDNT HAVE DONE. EVERYONE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIER OWN SINS IN LIFE. IF U DO NOT LIKE WHAT U SEE, PRESS U FOLLOW. NO ONE MADE U FOLLOW HER/OUR LIVES. AND YES SHE IS FASTING. I HOPE U PPL FIND LOVE IN UR LIVES AND STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE ELSE IS DOIN. AS SALAAMU ALAIKUM ✌🏼️✌🏼

Lil Mo said this in response:

Shukran MY king. You have spoken. This is why I respect. Honor. Love. Support. And motivate you. I didn’t understand why I was under attack for LOVING GOD. Finding PEACE. But everyone is super deep. Or know it all. And I NEVER EVER go on anyone’s page and do what has been done to me. Or in MY DMs. People are CrAZY and they peek and poke to be messy. Karma!! #allahuakbar that’s all shoutout to @tak215 that told me over a year and a half ago to get in formation for our family to receive blessings 💯💯

 

Good for Lil Mo!

 

People have Confirmed that R&B entertainer, Ne-yo, and his 8-month pregnant model fiancé, Crystal Renay, has wed Saturday in front of family and friends.

According to the magazine, the couple began dating shortly after meeting for a possible collaboration for his 2015 album ‘Non-Fiction’, and the Grammy winner knew even then they had a connection, which led to his popping the question last Summer.

“I kind of knew right away,” he says, adding: “From that first encounter, I knew there was something different about her, something special.”

The happy couple’s big day comes just before they will welcome their first child together (NE-YO is already dad to daughter Madilyn Grace, 5, and son Mason Evan, 4, from a previous relationship). And the expectant bride took her growing belly into consideration as she got her gown.

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You’d think the story you’re about to read would be a description of what happens in a movie scene, but chile’, this is real life!

Can you imagine paying your respects at a funeral of someone you know, then the person “shows up” at the funeral??

That’s exactly what happened in the case of Noela Rukundo. Noela turned the tables so effortlessly on the man who was supposed to love her but wanted her dead….her husband.

According to the BBC,  Balenga Kalala paid three hitmen to kill Noela and dispose of her body.

Noela shares with BBC on how things went down:

Noela returned home to Africa from her home in Melbourne, Australia, to attend her stepmother’s funeral. “I had lost the last person who I call ‘mother’,” she says. “It was very painful. I was so stressed.”

By early evening Noela had retreated to her hotel room. As she lay dozing in the stifling city heat of Bujumbura, her phone rang. It was a call from Australia – from Balenga Kalala, her husband and father to her three youngest children.

“He says he’d been trying to get me for the whole day,” Noela says. “I said I was going to bed. He told me, ‘To bed? Why are you sleeping so early?’

“I say, ‘I’m not feeling happy’. And he asks me, ‘How’s the weather? Is it very, very hot?’ He told me to go outside for fresh air.”

Noela took his advice.

Moments after stepping outside the hotel compound, Noela found herself in danger.

“I opened the gate and I saw a man coming towards me. Then he pointed the gun on me.
“He just told me, ‘Don’t scream. If you start screaming, I will shoot you. They’re going to catch me, but you? You will already be dead.’

“So, I did exactly what he told me.”

The gunman motioned Noela towards a waiting car.

“I was sitting between two men. One had a small gun, one had a long gun. And the men say to the driver, ‘Pass us a scarf.’ Then they cover my face.
After that, I didn’t say anything. They just said to the driver, ‘Let’s go.’
I was taken somewhere, 30 to 40 minutes, then I hear the car stop.”

Noela was pushed inside a building and tied to a chair.

“One of the kidnappers told his friend, ‘Go call the boss.’ I can hear doors open but I didn’t know if their boss was in a room or if he came from outside.
“They ask me, ‘What did you do to this man? Why has this man asked us to kill you?’ And then I tell them, ‘Which man? Because I don’t have any problem with anybody.’ They say, ‘Your husband!’ I say, ‘My husband can’t kill me, you are lying!’ And then they slap me.
“After that the boss says, ‘You are very stupid, you are fool. Let me call who has paid us to kill you.'”

The gang’s leader made the call.

“We already have her,” he said.

Her husband’s voice echoed from the loudspeaker for Noela could hear: “Kill her.” After hearing her husband’s voice, Noela tells BBC she passed out.
“I heard his voice. I heard him. I felt like my head was going to blow up,” She tells BBC. “I knew he was a violent man,” admits. “I didn’t believe he can kill me. I loved this man with all my heart! I give him, beautiful and handsome, two boys and one girl. So I don’t know why he choose to kill me.”

As the gang’s leader ended the call to Kalala, Noela was coming round.

“I said to myself, I was already dead. Nothing I can do can save me.
But he looks at me and then he says, ‘We’re not going to kill you. We don’t kill women and children.'”

 

Apparently, hubby wasn’t aware of his hitmen’s policy, and as a result, Noela made her way back home a few days later, safe and unharmed….Just in time for her own funeral.

“It was around 7.30pm,” Noela says. “He was in front of the house. People had been inside mourning with him and he was escorting a group of them into a car.”

It was as they drove away that Noela sprang her surprise.

“I was stood just looking at him. He was scared, he didn’t believe it. Then he starts walking towards me, slowly, like he was walking on broken glass.
“He kept talking to himself and when he reached me, he touched me on the shoulder. He jumped.
“He did it again. He jumped. Then he said, ‘Noela, is it you?’… Then he start screaming, ‘I’m sorry for everything.'”

 

According to BBC, Noela called the police who ordered Kalala off the premises and later obtained a court order against him. Days later, the police instructed Noela to call Kalala. Kalala made a full confession to his wife, captured on tape, begging for her forgiveness and revealing why he had ordered the murder.

“He say he wanted to kill me because he was jealous,” says Noela. “He think that I wanted to leave him for another man.”
She rejects the accusation.

With the evidence the hitmen gave Noela that would incriminate Kalala and a full confession ordered by police,  Kalala was given a nine-year prison sentence in Dec. of 2015. Read the full story on BBC.

 

Crazy, right?!

Actress Meagan Good and her preacher/filmmaker husband, Devon Franklin, can add “author” to their impressive resume. The lovely couple has teamed up to co-write ‘The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love’, which hits the shelves tomorrow.
The couple recently visited CBS This Morning to discuss sex, marriage and how saving sex for marriage is the key to success. It was on the set of ‘Jumping the Broom’ where Meagan and Devon first met. The couple committed to celibacy until they tied the knot in 2012.

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Brandy was a recent guest host on The Real Daytime talk show and opened up about why she prefers to stay single during a chat on the topic of marriage. After a faux marriage to her daughter’s father that went south and a failed engagement, the 36-year-old mother and star of her new B.E.T show Zoe Ever After, says…she’s good!

 

Brandy: I don’t [want marriage]. I don’t want to go down that road.

Jeannie: You know you don’t want to [get married]?

Brandy: I know I don’t want to. Yes.

Loni: People don’t want to believe it. They’re like, “No, you want love.” And I’m like, “I didn’t say I don’t want love. I didn’t say I didn’t want companionship. I just said I don’t want to get married.”

Brandy: Yeah, I’m good. I like self-love a little bit better right now.

“I’m so satisfied being by myself. I love it. I’ve never taken this much time on myself. I don’t date. I haven’t been on a date in like a year. I don’t know. I just like me right now. I just like the way it feels being by myself and taking care of my daughter and just doing my thing. I’m all about my career right now.”

Watch the video below

 

 

I think it’s a great when you’re aware of yourself and live your truth. Brandy is a prime example of how NOT to live by society’s standards and be happy with life, as is. She appears to be at peace with her decision to not ever marry and she definitely shouldn’t feel bad about it.

 

My thoughts:

I’ve always said that the societal pressures to be married can be brutal for those of us women who were conditioned to believe we have to be married by a certain age. In my humble opinion, that contributes to a lot of failed relationships. Marriage is a big step and although the idea of marriage is wonderful, we have to remember that staying in a marriage is hard work. Married couples that I know can tell you that it’s not all peaches and cream.

Another thing to consider is to marry when YOU BOTH are ready. Not because everyone says you should or feel it’s the right thing to do.

Like Brandy, a lot of women doesn’t want to get married at all…and that’s okay!

Why? because like men…we have the right to that option. There’s nothing on this earth that mandates a marital requirement for women, but somehow, women who choose not to get married are looked at as if there should be.

Women learn to love themselves better when they’re single.Perhaps, a woman is taking the time to get to know herself, learn herself, and love herself before jumping the broom. Perhaps, a woman doesn’t want to be obligated to a man and is totally fine with being single. Either way, a woman who doesn’t want to get married is a smart woman who chooses to live at peace by her own choice…and not the choice of those around her.

Besides…it’s better to be alone and single than to be alone in a marriage. think about it!

Who saw this coming?

Apparently, Karrine Steffans and Columbus Short wanted to keep their marriage EXTREMELY low-key. The internet streets are all a buzz over Karrine’s marriage announcement to the former Scandal star via Instagram. The former video vixen turned author & entrepreneur posted a touching note to her husband with the hashtag #MeetTheShorts in her caption.

 

A little too Short. #MeetTheShorts

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Columbus also took to Instagram to express his love…

No need to look up when I know my back is covered. #MyHappy 👽✌🏾️

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…and in case you’re wondering if the marriage is legit, read Karrine’s “clapback” against a fan who tried to life coach her!
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I wish them both forever in love. I have this feeling they were made for each other!