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Laila Ali Talks Being The Mother Of Two

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Boxing champ Laila Ali has her hands full these days. Ali gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sydney on April 4 and now that she has two little ones to take care of,  she’s finding that it’s the double the work. Check out what Laila had to say in an exclusive interview with Celebrity Baby Scoop.

CBS: Congrats on the arrival of baby Sydney! How is she doing? What kind of baby is she? Are you getting any sleep?

LA: “Sydney is doing very well. She is a lot more fussy than my son was as a baby. If she is awake, she wants to be held all the time… by me. So I have my hands full. I’m up every couple of hours nursing, so I’m pretty much tired all the time.”

CBS: How are you adjusting to being a mom-of-two?

LA: “Having two is more than double the work. My son is almost 3 and he is very attached to me as well. I’m blessed to have a husband who is very helpful when it come to our son.”

CBS: Are you breastfeeding? If so, how is that going?

LA: “Yes, I am nursing exclusively. It is going very well. I’m working on getting my daughter to take a bottle so that I can get a break every once in a while.”

CBS: Can you share your birth story? Was it a natural birth? Quite different than your first birth?

LA: “I had a natural birth at the hospital. Labor was very hard, but I just kept thinking about meeting my girl for the first time.”

CBS: How’s Curtis Jr. adjusting to being a big brother?

LA: “Curtis is a loving big brother. He wakes up looking for his sister every morning so he can kiss her on her head.”

CBS: Any plans for his upcoming third birthday? What’s he into these days?

LA: “No plans yet. I need to get on top of it now. He’s turning 3 and just wants to have fun so we won’t overdo it. He loves trains and planes.”

CBS: Tell us about your hair care and skin care line, Laila Ali Professional and Laila Ali Derm Essentials. We hear it’s available in Walmart?

LA: “My product is available at Walmart which is great because now it is available to everyone. Creating my own line of beauty products has always been a goal. And, although there are a lot of celebrity licensed products on the market, there are not a lot of new choices for women of color. This line works really well AND is earth-friendly and non-toxic. It’s professional grade, sulfate-free and it’s made with premium formulations.”

CBS: Tell us about joining forces with the new espnW campaign.

LA: “I am the current President of the Women’s Sports Foundation, whose purpose is to promote sports, health and education among girls and women. As such, getting behind espnW, “the worldwide leader in sports,” is important because we want girls and women to have a place to go to become inspired and empowered by watching themselves! Also, it’s important to know that espnW has gotten behind the WSF, as we’re its official charity.”

CBS: We hear you’re updating your Facebook page with a Get Fit Challenge.

LA: “I gained 40 lbs during my second pregnancy. I still have about 25-30 lbs to get off. Given the problem we have with obesity in this country, I thought this would be a good opportunity to challenge myself, and to challenge those who want to participate, to get fit now. Losing weight, getting fit and getting healthy does not have to be a New Year’s resolution. The time is now!”

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Laila Ali Welcomes Baby Sydney


Boxer Laila Ali has a new addition to her family. Ali and husband Curtis Conway welcomed a healthy baby girl named Sydney on Monday, April 4.

A;o tweeted the following message after Sydney was born: “I had my baby girl this morning! Sydney arrived on her due date at 3am! Everyone is happy and healthy.”
The 33-year-old and Curtis, 40, also have a son together  Curtis ‘C.J.’ Muhammad Jr., 2½.

Conway has 3 older children from his first wife.

T.I. covers VIBE Magazine



T.I. might be in jail, but he is still making headlines. The rapper can be seen on the Dec/Jan. cover of Vibe magazine.  T.I sat down with Vibe before entering prison. In this interview the rapper speaks candidly about his drug use, success and his talk with Eminem. This issue of Vibe hits stands on November 30.  Check out some snippets from the issue below.


I’ve heard you mention how the good that you’ve done is easily forgotten. Do you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly?
If I place my value in the way humans treat me, then maybe. But they’re human, man―they can’t help themselves. They do that to people they know personally. So how can I expect them to treat me, only knowing me through television? They did that to Jesus. They did that to Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali. They did it to every great person you could possibly think of. When it was all good, they was with them. When things got bad, then they was against them.

But in this case things didn’t “get bad.” It’s something you did.
Let me just say this: [he sits up on the couch] If you look at a guy who came up, no pops in the house, moms on welfare, food stamps; started selling dope when he was 12, 13 years old, came up handling guns, being in shoot-outs; started going to jail when he was 15. In all of this chaos and this mischief and lawlessness, the person who was just in jail for machine guns and silencers turns his life around. And now you want to crucify him ―for what? Three pills. I mean, of course it’s wrong and unacceptable and inexcusable. No problem. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s rather petty. It’s rather petty to hold someone’s feet to the fire for something so small when they have overcame things that were so big. All that could have been going wrong―if I was riding with more guns, or if I had gotten into a shoot-out and killed somebody, then I could see that. But just think about it. I’ve gotten it down to this much.

How did you get a drug habit?
I had a lot of work done to my teeth. Oral surgery, extractions, six, seven, eight root canals. Between January to February. As soon as I got out, I had a lot of stuff done. In the joint, you eat shit that is unhealthy for you. I had fillings that fell out and stuff that had to get dealt with. Of course for the pain they gave me oxycontin and hydrocodone. And, mind you, on October 13, 2007, I had cut off everything―weed, alcohol. Then I get these pills and I start taking them for the pain at first. And then I’m like, Wait―this shit makes me feel good. And it’s legal. After the pain went away, I kept taking it. I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had 18-, 20-hour days, I’d take a pain pill. And eventually I developed―I guess―the beginning stages of dependence.

Have you talked to Eminem about addiction?
Sure. We got a record together, and we talked a lot. I asked him how he knew he was an addict. Basically if you put yourself in harm’s way… if you risk that, you’ve got to assume that there is something fundamentally wrong with your thought process.



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