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Health threats surrounding pregnancy are as old as humanity and no woman is immune to or above them. However, some women do have the option of using a gestational surrogate as an option–having another woman carry their baby for them–allowing them to still have a baby and avoid life threatening pregnancy issues. The act is costly, which is why it is not an option for many women and the thought of someone else carrying your child can make some feel uncomfortable.

Unless you have been under a rock then you know Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed their third child and second daughter, Chicago West, via surrogate on Monday. Kim opened up to People about her decision to hire a surrogate.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West with their children North West and Saint West

“I have always been really honest about my struggles with pregnancy,” she began. “Preeclampsia and placenta accreta are high-risk conditions, so when I wanted to have a third baby, doctors said that it wasn’t safe for my — or the baby’s — health to carry on my own.”

“After exploring many options, Kanye and I decided to use a gestational carrier,” added Kardashian West, 37, explaining, “Although I have used the term surrogate in the past, a gestational carrier is actually the technical term for a woman who carries a baby that she has no biological relationship to.”

“A traditional surrogate donates her egg, is artificially inseminated with the father’s sperm and then carries the baby to term,” she writes. “Since we implanted my fertilized egg in our gestational carrier, our baby is biologically mine and Kanye’s. You can either choose someone that you know or you can go through an agency, like Kanye and I did.”

Kardashian West has been open about her emotional struggles in using a gestational carrier, further expanding on them on her website and comparing the situation to her pregnancies with Saint, 2, and North, 4½.

“Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it’s the easy way out is completely wrong,” she notes.

“People assume it’s better because you don’t have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint.”

“I’m so grateful for modern technology and that this is even possible,” writes Kardashian West. “It’s not for everyone, but I absolutely love my gestational carrierand this was the best experience I’ve ever had. Our gestational carrier gave us the greatest gift one could give.”

…“The connection with our baby came instantly and it’s as if she was with us the whole time,” she adds. “Having a gestational carrier was so special for us and she made our dreams of expanding our family come true. We are so excited to finally welcome home our baby girl.”

The miracles of modern technology never cease to amaze us. Perhaps one day this will be an option more women can utilize. Congrats again to the Kardashian-West Family!

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She’s DONE! Nene Leakes Leaves “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Rumors of Nene Leakes’ departure from Bravo’s “The Real House of Atlanta” have been swirling for months, but now it has been confirmed she is indeed departing the long running reality series, and will not be featured in its upcoming thirteenth season!

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Rumors of Nene Leakes’ departure from Bravo’s “The Real House of Atlanta” have been swirling for months, but now it has been confirmed she is indeed departing the long running reality series, and will not be featured in its upcoming thirteenth season!

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The reality star, 52, will not be returning to the hit Bravo series for its upcoming 13th season, she announced Thursday on her YouTube channel.

“Thank you to all of you guys that have been showing me a lot of love and support as of late. I feel you, I hear you. I have been on an extremely, extremely long, exhausting, tiring, emotional negotiation. There has been a lot of emotion flying on both sides,” she said in the video. “It has been hard, and I have made the very hard and difficult decision to not be a part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision for me,” she continued. “It was hard. I started on The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008. We took off like a rocket. I mean, we took off. You could have never told me that I would start on this little show and it still be going strong 13, 14 years later. And it is. I’m just so happy that I can say that I was a part of a genre that opened up doors for Black ensemble reality shows to step up and be a part of what we all now love so much, reality TV.”

Leakes thanked fans, Bravo, the cast and her team for supporting her over the years. She also addressed a false report of someone on her team releasing a statement on her behalf last week. “I had no knowledge of it and I did not approve it,” she said.

She ended her message by promising, “I will see you again. Real soon.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, a Bravo rep said, “We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again.”

As aforementinoned, rumors of her departure had been flying all summer. However, her manager, Steven Grossman, insisted in a statement to PEOPLE on June 18 that she was still in talks to return for season 13.

It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA,” Grossman said then. “Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be.”

Gossman said at the time that they were “having on-going bigger picture conversations with NBC Universal and have not made any decisions regarding next season specifically. Any speculation or sources trying to create controversy by stating otherwise are incredibly inaccurate. Bloop.”

We are not sure what RHOA will be like without Nene, but her now former cast mate, Kenya Moore, has definitely filled her shoes as the show’s villain. Nene will always be the Queen of RHOA, and we are sure after so much earned and needed time off, she may as aforementioned, once again hold a peach. Good luck with everything Nene.

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[PHOTOS] Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, & More Gather for Chadwick Boseman’s Oceanside Memorial Service

Chadwick Boseman has finally been laid to rest with an oceanside memorial service to commemorate his life. In attendance were his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, family, and his Black Panther costars, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke among others.

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Chadwick Boseman has finally been laid to rest with an oceanside memorial service to commemorate his life. In attendance were his widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, family, and his Black Panther costars, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Winston Duke among others.

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Private photographs from the service, obtained by The Sun, show the service took place in Malibu, CA.

You can see a few of the photos below:

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A Memorial held for the #king Chadwick Boseman in Malibu. CHADWICK Boseman’s friends, family and co-stars gathered in Malibu to remember the brave actor’s life and say their final goodbyes. Mourners including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and other Black Panther stars took a moment to console each other and the star’s grieving wife, Taylor Simone Ledward. The memorial was overlooking the ocean and included music from a hang drum.  There was a beautiful table display with Boseman’s photo and flowers.  The actor passed away aged just 43 at home in Los Angeles on August 28 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer. His beloved wife Taylor, whom he secretly married shortly before his death, was at his bedside alongside close family. Since the actor’s death was announced tributes have since flooded in, with praise for Boseman's legacy and significance to millions of fans around the world following his starring role in the groundbreaking Black Panther. The film was a landmark moment for representation in Hollywood. 📸:@thesun

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We are going to miss Chadwick Boseman so much. He did not only bring Black Panther to life, he embodied so much dignity and honor, and moved with respect. He is one of the ancestors now, and we just know Heaven welcomed him with open arms. Rest well King, you have earned it.

 

 

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In Crazy News! Fans Circulate Petition to Have Ryan Gosling Become The New Black Panther

The world continues to mourn the loss of Chadwick Boseman, after he succumbed to colon cancer on Friday. The outpour of love and admiration from the world at large is nothing short of legendary. 

Some “fans,” however, have jumped the gun and are now circulating a petition to have Black Panther recast with a White lead, namely Ryan Gosling.

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The world continues to mourn the loss of Chadwick Boseman, after he succumbed to colon cancer on Friday. The outpour of love and admiration from the world at large is nothing short of legendary.

Some “fans,” however, have jumped the gun and are now circulating a petition to have Black Panther recast with a White lead, namely Ryan Gosling.

These fans argue that in the comics and other movies White characters have been recast as other ethnicities. For example the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) has cast Black actors, Zoe Kravitz and Jeffrey Wright as Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Commissioner Gordon, respectively, and in the comics and on television characters like Iris West, Iron Man, The Hulk, Green Lantern, Batwoman, Kid Flash, and more have also at times been replaced by characters of other races.

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Ryan Gosling is an amazing actor, but the role of Black Panther is NOT for him and has always been helmed by a Black character. Ryan would be good, however, to join the Black Panther cinematic mythos as “Hunter/White Wolf,” the villainous adoptive brother of T’Challa and Shuri.

Beyond the absurdness of this petition, Chadwick has only been dead for a couple of days. Recast discussions of any kind at this time are disrespectful and dishonorable. The “on to the next” mentality of today’s culture is sickening.

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The role of “Black Panther” is most assuredly the most coveted and high profile Black role in Hollywood at the moment, and we are sure they will make a decision in the coming months. Rhe most likely decision will come from the comics themselves, with Shuri stepping up to become the Queen of Wakanda and the new Black Panther.

What do you all think of this petition and our suggestion that Ryan Gosling be the White Wolf instead? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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