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John Legend Dishes on Fatherhood (and Baby Names!)

The musician (and father-to-be!) finally opens up about the big changes up ahead.

John Legend may have a whole lot of house to baby proof, but it sounds like he’s loving every second of it. The singer/songwriter — and soon-to-be father! — recently opened up about his little one on the way, moving into a new family home, and — wait for it… — baby names!

We’ve been following this perfect pair since they announced their pregnancy and we can’t get enough of Chrissy Teigen’s baby-on-board updates as we await for this little one to be born. But now we’re finally hearing from dear old dad about the changes up ahead. Currently, the Hollywood power couple is moving to a new Beverly Hills home — which just happens to be Rihanna’s old pad! “We’re trying to get the house ready before the baby gets here,” the musician shared with Entertainment Tonight. But moving into some new digs to fit their growing (and gorgeous!) family isn’t the only thing on Legend’s to-do list, however. Choosing a name for their little baby bundle is of course a high priority, as well!

“We have a new name every day,” Legend confessed to E! News. “We fall in love with it and then two days later we’re like no. They say sometimes you have to see the baby before you’re really sure.” If we can barely wait to see this bound-to-be adorable cherub, just imagine how the parents feel!

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And after his wife recently shared that the couple will be having a little girl, the singer also dished on his fatherhood beliefs, particularly when it comes to raising a daughter. “I don’t like the idea that girls have to be protected from men and that girls can’t have their own sexual identity and freedom,” he said. “So I don’t even want to think like that. The idea that if it’s a girl, then we gotta put her in a cage, I don’t believe in that. You just want your kids to grow up with good values and respect themselves whether they’re a boy or a girl.”Swoon. Hey Legend, care to adopt us while you’re at it?

by Jamie Cuccinelli

Source: John Legend Dishes on Fatherhood (and Baby Names!) : Brides

About Proud Poppas United

A former Youth Division Aide and Mental Health Therapist with the Office of Children and Family Services turned his reduction-in-force experience into a win-win situation, and many are reaping this harvest. When Tyrone “Zire” McCants, who is also a versatile services photographer and visionary in the Phoenix, AZ, lost his job; he took his youthful interest in photography and his prior knowledge from working in a family-centered position into new ventures. He even figured out a way to coincide his two passions into meaningful opportunities to advance his cause. The layoff he faced freed him up to develop his photography business (Zire Photography & Graphics) and to showcase his skills as a prolific artist. One of those ventures that McCants created was an initiative called Proud Poppas United; which is a community-based group designed to strengthen the bonds between fathers & their children. It aims to encourage a tradition of fatherhood and family, increasing the number of active fathers in our community. When McCants isn’t intellectually cultivating his repertoire of talents, he manages to merge his interest in photography with his desire and passion for fatherhood. Using the Proud Poppas Photo Project, as his flagship initiative, he displays images which celebrate and encourage the pride of being an active father. In many minority and ethnic communities, there is a progressive concern of absentee fathers and the devastating effects of this challenge on our children, our families, and community. He also believes that by displaying these images will help to shed light on and celebrate the gift of fatherhood. He hopes that this movement will also become contagious and bring other men closer to their children and families, and encourage a presence of well-being and development in our children, our families, our communities and our people as a whole. McCants quotes that “My scope is capturing the energy between a father and his children” and that’s what he is creating through his community development initiatives. Through, a first look into the reality concerning “Responsible Fathers” many disturbing statistics and contributing factors related to absent fathers. But, to the credit of McCants, he has been able to overlook the negative stereotypes and prejudices that have perpetuated his community and rise to the occasion. Although, he wears many hats that provide guidance and leadership to the infrastructure of his life’s purpose. To all of the fathers out there with the silent victories of triumph and the principle-centered leadership; who fight depression, financial woes, relationship conflicts, the penal system and the racism of our day; McCants say’s “Thank you” for all that you have been able to get accomplished behind your veil of anonymity. You have just endured the last 13 years of this millennium, and you are still here to tell about it. Although some will say that these last few years have been amazing they are still asleep to the fact that; we (The black community) must work with higher ideals versus dollars and cents. We must look within ourselves and see us as being brave, black, accountable, and reliable. The truth of the matter is that you are embracing fatherhood but at a frequency that may not be understood. I am with you as we will not look at the diluted statistics but at the “transformational leadership” that is displayed by all black fathers and role models everywhere. Don’t give up now as our families are leaning on you in these times of difficulty to represent us to the best of your ability as the “Mighty Men of Valor.” You are the man for the job, and now it’s time to come out of hiding and show the world what real black men look like; and we represent as a tribe of Intellectual builders, teachers, warriors, leaders and Kings. “Fatherhood is not a right; it’s a privilege. Your children are the best part of you. I send my love to this new generation of fathers who have learned from the sins of the past and take a very active role in the lives of our children. ~RAPPER TALIB KWELI, FATHER OF TWO

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