TBT: Celebrity adoptions are nothing new. But things have recently taken a new twist. It’s single celebs who are increasingly adopting children. Choosing to separate sex, marriage and parenthood are Hollywood royalty like Sandra Bullock, Madonna, Sharon Stone and Charlize Theron.

Adopting children allows celebs to have kids of their own without going through the painful and often body-destroying experience of actually bearing and giving birth to the child. Not many women could find complaint with that. Further, with so many children in the world who have no one to look after them, it’s hard to find any fault with the well-to-do taking on a little extra responsibility in hopes of making the world a better place.

Still, the practice of wealthy, first world celebrities adopting children, often from poor families in developing nations hasn’t been without its share of controversy. Madonna famously had her adoption of a Malawi child blocked by a local court. Indeed, it’s worth reflecting for a minute on the entire concept of the well-to-do heading off to foreign lands that might not have the same adoption laws as the United States to spirit children back home. Of course, one might also wonder how much of the controversy has to do with a stigma against single mothers.

While the world has come a long way, there are still people with more conservative ideals who think that a child is best raised in a home with two parents, rather than just one no matter how affluent that one parent might be. Conservative columnist and radio personality Michael Medved took the opportunity of Charlize Theron’s adoption to decry once again the decay of the traditional family, saying that such adoptions “send terrible messages to the nation at large.” While celebs might get advantages in adoption perceived as unfair by the general public, it’s often due to their wealth rather than their celebrity status. Indeed, an argument could be made that adopting celebs are subject to more scrutiny because of their fame. TMZ and other celebrity gossip news sources never criticize the unknown and those of more modest means for adopting children.

Madonna’s Malawi controversy would have been a non-event had it not been Madge looking to bring a new bundle of joy home. Nor is everyone going abroad to find the newest addition to their family. Sandra Bullock adopted her son Louis from an adoption agency in Louisiana. Not only did she adopt domestically, but she went through the Louisiana State Foster Care system rather than looking into private adoption. The private adoption process often costs upwards of $100,000 and allows a family to adopt a child much faster.

Of course, another difference between when celebs adopt a child and when regular folks do is the amount of media attention that goes into the process itself. Forget the scrutiny. The adoption process generally takes years, especially when there’s an infant (as opposed to an older child) involved. It’s not hard to imagine that the typical parent probably wouldn’t talk much about the adoption process until it was nearing its end, just as pregnant women generally don’t discuss their pregnancy until the second trimester. In the case of a celeb, however, the process can generate as many headlines as the actual adoption itself.

The elephant in the room is to what extend the celebs in question want a child and to what extent they want cheap headlines and the hottest fashion accessory in Hollywood. It’s an impossible thing to tell completely, however adopting a child for publicity isn’t out of the question. The wealthy never have to actually deal with children unless they want to, their money allowing them to outsource most of the more painful and tedious tasks of child rearing, reaping only the benefits of quality time with the child. Again, it’s an impossible thing to tell, but one make their own judgments based on how the celeb in question comports him or herself to the media during adoption time.

At the end of the day, we can think what we want about single celeb adoption and it won’t change things one way or the other. Given that context, perhaps it’s just best to feel happy for the child who’s getting a life that most would only dream of. Then again, money isn’t everything, as they say. Talk to Christina Crawford about the benefits of celebrity adoption and being raised by one of Hollywood’s elites…

Global News: From a humanitarian perspective, Prince supported Rebuild the Dream, ”a mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people—from seniors to students, moms, dads, brothers and sisters—who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.” Some of the causes he supported included   AIDS & HIV, Cancer, Hunger, Education, Children,Health…It is believed he donated millions of dollars to the need anonymously!

Even as the world  mourns and celebrate the life of Prince our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.  Rest In Peace Prince Rogers Nelson. June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016

The Superstar and Fashion Icon, popularly known as Prince passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at age 57. It is believed he was set to release a book about his life for next year. few weeks ago, Prince’ plane had to  make an emergency landing because he came down with flu, which he recovered from… Even though the Billboard Icon is dead his memory will forever live!

What’s your favourite Prince song and why? We love…Raspberry Beret, Purple Rain, Diamonds and Pearls, I Would Die 4 U, Controversy, Let’s Go Crazy and more…

Below are few messages from President Obama & Michelle Obama and other celebs

”Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.

“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”The WhiteHouse  (FACEBOOK)

”He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated. This is Not A Love Song.” Madonna

”RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.” Quincy Jones

”I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him.” Lionel Richie

”Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.” Justin Timberlake

During a press conference  on April 04, 2016,  Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson of  said that with regards to the cause of death of music icon Prince “We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide,”

As big fans of Prince is heart breaking to find out that his great icon who made so many people happy and was loved so much by the world died all alone at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.

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Photo credit: Prince.rogers.nelson Instagram

 

Music mogal  Jay Z,  has launched own music streaming service called “Tridal”.  Musicians come together to support Jay Z’s streaming….  Beyonce, Kanye West, Madonna, Jack White,Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Jason Aldean, J-Cole, Calvin Harris, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Chris Martin of Coldplay,  Deadmau5….

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It  is believed Jay Z bought Swedish tech company Aspiro earlier this year..

Congrats Jay Z!