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Willow Smith Makes Jada Pinkett Cry By Reuniting Her Rock Band For Mother’s Day — Watch

Willow Smith proved she’s an incredible thoughtful daughter — as well as quite a rocker — by reuniting her mom Jada Pinkett’s metal band for a scorching Mother’s Day performance.

While most fans know Jada Pinkett Smith from her acting career, she fronted a heavy metal rock back called Wicked Wisdom beginning in 2002. They even landed a slot opening on Britney Spears Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004. The 49-year-old’s daughter Willow Smith wanted to recreate some seriously magical nostalgia for her mom in honor of Mother’s Day by reuniting the band. She did it in the family’s driveway for their Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk and taking her mom’s place in front of the microphone. Jada was so moved by Willow’s thoughtful surprise that she was driven to tears.

Willow introduced her project at the start of the show, telling viewers, “For the last three months I’ve been planning a huge surprise for my mom. She has no idea that I’ve been orchestrating this reunion. There’s a crew that’s going to set up the gift right here,” she explained, showing off the family mansion’s massive driveway’s empty motor court. Willow then explained that the set for Red Table Talk where her mom and grandma would be sitting was only “40 feet away,” and if they got up to go to the bathroom, the 20-year-old’s big surprise would be “sunk.” You can check out Willow’s amazing tribute to her mom starting at the 29:19 mark below:

At the end of the RTT Mother’s Day episode, where Jada, Willow and Adrienne Banfield-Norris spoke to remarkable moms, Willow told her mom there was one more surprise and to “roll the tape.” A video came up of Willow saying, “Hey ma, you might be a little suspicious recently because I’ve been cooking up something on the side for this beautiful day.” She went on to explain, “When I was, I wanna say about 3 or 4, I went on tour with my mom and her band Wicked Wisdom. Wicked Widsom was lit.”

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Willow Smith telling her mom she’s about to get a major Mother’s Day surprise during ‘Red Table Talk.’ Photo Courtesy of Facebook

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This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Republican state House speaker backs expanding Medicaid to cover mothers for a year after they give birth

The Republican House Speaker threw his weight Wednesday behind a bill that would extend Medicaid coverage to mothers for a year postpartum, as part of a broad package of proposals meant to increase access to affordable healthcare in Texas.

The number of reported maternal deaths has increased nationwide in recent decades[2], and Texas data shows Black women in the state die disproportionately while pregnant or after delivery, from causes like infections, heart problems and mental disorders.

But health experts and advocates point to a fix they say would avert some postpartum deaths: Give low-income moms government-sponsored insurance for a year after delivery. They are kicked off after two months in Texas — though about a third of deaths[3] happen 43 days or more postpartum.

“Childbirth, while a wonderful and almost magical milestone in a woman’s life, can lead to postpartum depression. It can lead to medical crises, premature death, including suicide,” said state Rep. Toni Rose[4], D-Dallas. “While access to medical resources and counseling can save the lives of mothers, the safety net for those needing assistance disappears 60 days after delivery.”

Rose has proposed a bill, included in the House healthcare package unveiled Wednesday, that would extend Medicaid to a year postpartum. Lawmakers failed to pass a similar measure in 2019, when the cost of extending coverage was estimated to cost more than $ 70 million a year.

The announcement comes after Congress passed a pandemic relief bill that incentivizes states to extend it by waiving a lengthy and cumbersome process they would normally have to go through. The federal government has also sweetened the pot for the dozen states, including Texas, that have not more broadly expanded Medicaid to adults who can’t afford insurance but don’t currently qualify for the public program.

Legislation to do that is pending in both chambers, though it was left out of the House’s plan.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country with nearly one in five Texans lacking health coverage. While women can qualify for Medicaid if they are pregnant, a mother with one child would have to make less than $ 196 a month[5] to be eligible as a parent in Texas, which has the strictest income limits of any state, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Medicaid pays for about half of births in Texas.

Texas’ maternal mortality rate is slightly higher[6] than the national average, though that’s based on deaths that happen during pregnancy or within 42 days of delivery. More than 600 women died nationwide in that time frame in 2018 and 277 died 43 days to a year after the end of their pregnancy, according to federal statistics. More than 90 women died in Texas that year — 22 after the 42 day marker used by the government.

Dr. Lisa Hollier, chair of the state’s Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review committee, said there are complications like heart disease and mental health conditions that are more likely to happen two months or more after delivery.

“It’s really important that women have access to the full range of services… like emergency room visits, like hospitalizations, that can really help them recover from their heart conditions, for example, or recover from their postpartum depression,” Hollier said.

There is a Texas program that gives mothers one year of coverage for mood or substance use disorders, diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease. Hollier said it is a “package of outpatient services” that are helpful but limited; Medicaid provides the same services and additional medications, testing and hospitalizations not covered by the state program, she said.

Advocates have said the state program has almost no network of specialty or mental health providers to deliver those services right now.

The rate of maternal deaths has gained attention nationwide. Experts and studies have found many of the deaths are preventable and that the maternal mortality rate is higher in the U.S. than other high-income countries. The risk is particularly acute for Black and indigenous women, who are two to three times[7] as likely to die than white women.

The past year has been something of an experiment in extending Medicaid coverage for new moms. Because of the pandemic, the federal government temporarily stopped states from kicking new moms off Medicaid — women like Claudia Nungaray.

Nungaray, 30, had used a state women’s health program for her annual checkups, but tried to avoid hospitals or doctors’ visits whenever possible because of the potential cost. When she did need to get glasses or go to the dentist, she paid out of pocket.

“Insurance is very expensive and I couldn’t really afford it,” said Nungaray, who lives in El Paso.

It was a “big relief” to learn Medicaid would cover her prenatal appointments, she said, where her doctors tested her for gestational diabetes and monitored her blood sugar. She was also able to see a counselor and get medication for anxiety and depression that she was diagnosed with during her pregnancy.

In November, she gave birth to a boy she named Kael and spent the next few months in the sleepless haze of new parenthood. She worried what she would do when she lost insurance and is grateful she hasn’t. She’s been able to keep seeing her counselor and going to doctor’s appointments to check on her elevated blood pressure levels.

“I don’t know what I would have done without that help,” she said.

Through a separate Nurse-Family Partnership program, Nungaray was paired with a nurse who checked on her regularly during her pregnancy and will continue to work with her and Kael for two years.

Doctors and advocates told lawmakers at a March hearing that losing insurance two months after delivery can affect new moms, especially those with limited means. Uninsured women who forego healthcare because of the high costs might find out they have underlying health problems at their prenatal appointments but can’t address them before their insurance coverage ends, doctors said.

Dr. Amelia Averyt, a primary care physician at a Houston health center, said she cared for a young mother who had pregnancy-related cardiomyopathy — a heart muscle disease. She was unable to follow up with cardiologists after her Medicaid expired, Averyt said, and instead visited emergency rooms with severe shortness of breath and hypertension.

“Continued care with specialist services could have helped preserve her heart’s functioning. But instead interrupted care contributed to a slow decline to the point where she could not keep up with her baby,” she said.

Adriana Kohler, policy director for Texans Care for Children, said at a legislative hearing this spring that there is a “human toll” if the state does not extend Medicaid coverage to a year postpartum.

Texas moms face complications like cardiac arrest, infection, postpartum depression and extreme blood loss in the year after pregnancy. That can lead to “scary and expensive hospital stays,” more procedures, and long-term health issues. Left unaddressed, they can affect an entire family, she said.

“There’s a greater risk of babies dying of SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome. If postpartum depression is untreated, kids are more likely to have ADHD, develop depression or anxiety in themselves, or have behavioral or conduct disorders,” Kohler said.


  1. ^ Sign up for The Brief (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ recent decades (www.cdc.gov)
  3. ^ third of deaths (www.dshs.texas.gov)
  4. ^ Toni Rose (www.texastribune.org)
  5. ^ 196 a month (hhs.texas.gov)
  6. ^ slightly higher (www.cdc.gov)
  7. ^ two to three times (www.cdc.gov)

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‘We could not believe it’: Mother’s joy after Ronaldo’s armband, which he hurled after Serbia goal tantrum, is flogged at auction

The armband that Cristiano Ronaldo threw to the floor as he stormed off during a 2022 World Cup qualifier last week has been sold at auction in Serbia to support a campaign trying to raise around $ 3 million for a child’s care.

Six-month-old Gavrila Djurdjevic, who lives in the village of Cumic, near to the city of Kragujevac in central Serbia, suffers from spinal muscular atrophy and needs the costly treatment.

His family will be given the proceeds after the armband sold for $ 75,000, although organizers told Tass that the total had reached around $ 12.7 million at one point before the astronomical early top bidders were found not to have the funds.

“We could not believe that some people who do not even know us would take the armband, auction it and help our child,” Gavrilo’s mother, Nevena, told Reuters.

Quick-thinking on-duty firefighter Djordje Vukicevic picked up the fresh piece of memorabilia from the sporting icon, later deciding to donate it to Djurdjevic.

“Ronaldo was agitated,” community-minded Vukicevic recalled. “He threw the armband. It fell right next to me. The entire crew agreed it would go [to help] little Gavrilo.”

Raging Ronaldo discarded the strap after being infuriated by a farcical piece of officiating, when an assistant referee failed to spot that his shot, which would have earned Portugal a late win in Belgrade, had clearly crossed the line.

After Serbia hacked the ball clear, the disbelieving visiting captain raced over to the assistant on the near side to animatedly protest that the goal should have been awarded, receiving a booking from the referee, who Portugal boss Fernando Santos later claimed had apologized to him for the dreadful decision.

Santos’s skipper then left the pitch seconds before the end, still clearly enraged as he chucked the band onto the pitch on his way off in an angry expression of his burning disgust.

Djurdjevic’s mother said that the campaign had raised almost $ 600,000 so far.
Also on rt.com ‘We’re with you’: Fans stunned as raging Ronaldo storms off in Serbia, throws armband to floor amid refereeing horror show (VIDEO)


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The Beatles: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr pay tribute to their mothers with touching photos

Alongside the late John Lennon and George Harrison, surviving members of The Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr came from humble beginnings. Before they shot to worldwide fame in the early 1960s, the Fab Four were born into working-class families in Liverpool during the Second World War. With Mother’s Day last Sunday, both Sir Paul and Sir Ringo have paid tribute to their late mums with touching photographs from their youths.
Sir Ringo shared a picture of himself dancing with his mother Elsie, who died in 1987.

The 80-year-old wrote: “Peace and love to all the mothers in the world as you can see I had a great one peace and love.”

Elsie was a big fan of singing and dancing, enjoying swing music with her husband Richard.

Prior to Ringo’s birth, the couple spent a lot time on the ballroom dancing circuit.

READ MORE: The Beatles: Paul’s beautiful tribute to his mother on iconic track

Sir Paul also shared his childhood photograph with his parents Jim and Mary and younger brother Michael sitting in a doorway.

The 78-year-old wrote: “Happy #MothersDay to all you mothers around the world with love.. you deserve it. – Paul x.”

Tragically, the future superstar only knew his mid-wife mother until he was 14-years-old, when she died of an embolism due to a complication from surgery for breast cancer.

Lennon also lost his mother Julia when he was 17, after she was knocked down and killed by a car driven by an off-duty police officer.

Let It Be’s lyrics go: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

“And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”

Sir Paul has said in the past how the iconic Beatles song was inspired by a dream he had when his mother came to him and said: “It’s gonna be OK. Just let it be…”

As for Lennon’s song Julia, Geoff Lloyd to Express.co.uk: “John Lennon saw Yoko not only as an intellectual equal, but as someone who could take away the pain of the loss of his mother.”

The Beatles expert continued: “The song Julia, his beautiful tribute to his mother on The Beatles’ White Album, also contains lines about an ‘ocean child’ – the English translation of Yoko’s name.

“Speaking about the song shortly before his death, Lennon said ‘it was sort of a combination of Yoko and my mother blended into one.’ During their marriage, he would refer to Ono as ‘Mother’, and increasingly relinquished responsibilities to her.

“She assumed control of the couple’s business affairs, and even when they weren’t together during the so-called ‘Lost Weekend’ (Lennon’s notoriously hedonistic separation from Ono from mid 1973-early 1975), she even anointed an employee, 23-year-old May Pang, to be John’s companion and lover.”

Lennon’s song Mother ended up being released on the 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and was inspired by the couple’s exploration of “primal scream” therapy.

The Beatles: John and Paul's love for their mothers shines on heartbreaking tracks

Those lyrics go: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

“And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”

Many have seen the opening of Let It Be as referring to Jesus’ mother but Paul himself once spoke about how it was inspired by the loss of his own mother Mary to breast cancer.

Paul said: “I had a dream in the Sixties where my mum who died came to me in a dream and was reassuring me, saying: ‘It’s gonna be OK. Just let it be…”

However one of the Beatles’ inner circle, Malcolm ‘Mal’ Evans, long claimed that he had been the inspiration for the song but Paul had been forced to change the lyrics in case people took it the wrong way.