Dan Cathy with Monica Brown and Rocko Hill

R&B Diva Monica Brown, 32, accompanied her 8-year-old son Rodney Ramone Hill III, a.k.a. Rocko, on a school field trip to the Chick-Fil-A headquarters in Atlanta. Proud mom and son posed for a photo with Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-Fil-A. The field trip included a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities. Monica tweeted: "thanks to Mr Moy we were able to bring Rockos class on a behind the scenes tour of the 75acre Chick-Fil-A headquarters #FieldTrip."

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Monica and Laiyah

Monica Brown

R&B Diva Monica Brown posted photos of her three adorable children, Rocko, Romelo and Laiyah, on her Instagram page last week. Monica is with her family in Arizona where her husband Shannon Brown plays for the NBA's Phoenix Suns. Other celebrities who recently gave birth, including Tamar Braxton and Kim Kardashian, are low key jealous of Monica, who looks like she was never pregnant. Unlike Beyonce (who many believe was never pregnant), Monica doesn't have to fake a pregnancy. Mo has good genes which helps her body to melt off baby fat.

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MC Arnold Jr and Laiyah Brown

MC Arnold Jr and Laiyah Brown

R&B Diva Monica Brown's father, M.C. "Billy" Arnold Jr., was diagnosed with kidney failure on the same day that her daughter Laiyah Shannon Brown was born. Monica shared the sad news with her 1.8 million followers on Twitter.com yesterday. Monica tweeted a touching Instagram photo of her father cradling his granddaughter. In the caption, she wrote: "The same day our daughter was born my father was admitted. Dr's say Kidney failure. I just stay in prayer because I know God never fails!!!"

Photo: Instagram.com

Tameka Harris holds Laiyah

Proud godmother Tameka "Tiny" Harris tweeted this photo of her adorable week old goddaughter Laiyah Brown. Laiyah's mother, singer Monica Brown, is resting at home after delivering her precious bundle of joy last Tuesday. Laiyah's proud daddy is NBA star Shannon Brown. Laiyah has 3 big brothers, Romelo Montez Hill, 5, Rocko Ramone Hill III, 8, and Shannon’s son, Shannon Christopher Brown.

Photo: Instragram.com

Shannon and Monica Brown

Now that some of the rabble rousers have left for the day, I can post these beautiful photos from Monica Brown's elegantly appointed baby shower held this past weekend at a private residence in Atlanta.

All details of the event were planned by Laiyah's daddy, Shannon Brown and event planner Mindy Weiss. Monica, who's due to deliver in 3 weeks, didn't have to lift a finger. Shannon and Mindy created the menu, the decor, etc. One key thing on the menu was the Laiyah Love drink served chilled to all guests created by her father. The Laiyah Love drink consisted of homemade lemonade mixed with a splash of each guest's favorite drink.

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Monica and Shannon Brown

The invitations to Monica Brown's baby shower have gone out. Monica and her husband, Phoenix Suns star Shannon Brown are expecting their first baby -- a girl -- in September. The happy couple have already chosen the baby's name: Laiyah.

According to my source, Mo and Shannon are ecstatic. Both are parents of boys, so a girl will be a welcome addition to their family.

Monica's baby shower for family and close friends will be held at a private residence in Atlanta next weekend. The elegantly appointed invitation is pictured after the break. Monica's sons, Romelo Montez Hill, 5, and Rocko Ramone Hill III, 8, are so excited. They can't wait for their baby sister to arrive!

Monica and Shannon were photographed exclusively by celebrity photographer Derek Blanks. Congrats again to the happy couple!

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Monica and Shannon Brown

R&B Diva Monica and her NBA star husband Shannon Brown celebrated their 3-year wedding anniversary today, July 9. Mo, who is expecting their first baby together in September, tweeted: "July 9th 2011.... One of the best days of my life as the years pass by our love grows stronger each day!!! God is love & his love guided us to one another #MBSB"

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Monica and Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown's son, Shannon Brown, whom Monica affectionately calls "Bam," graduated from Pre-3 recently.

Bam's stepbrothers, Lil Rocko and Romelo were unable to attend because they are vacationing with their grandparents. Mo tweeted: "Bam was looking for Rocko & Romelo... Hated they were still on their annual Grandparents trip.. It's pretty cute he says the baby's his & I'm due on his birthday #DivineOrder"

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Monica and Shannon Brown expecting a baby

R&B Diva Monica Brown is expecting a baby with her husband, NBA star Shannon Brown, according to a source close to the singer's camp.

The baby will be the first for the couple who met in June 2010 on Monica's video shoot for her single "Love All Over Me." Monica, 32, has two sons, Romelo, 5, and Lil Rocko, 7, from a previous relationship with music producer and rapper Rodney "Rocko" Hill.

Shannon, 27, also has a son, Shannon Christopher Brown, from a previous relationship.

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TI and Tiny in Bel Air

Rap mogul T.I. and his wife Tameka Tiny Harris, stars of popular hit reality TV show "The Family Hustle", were spotted out and about in Bel Air, California on Sunday. T.I. and Tameka were on the west coast on business. So they missed seeing their daughter Zonnique Pullins, 17, going to her first prom with music producer Rocko Da Don's oldest son, Ramone Malik Hill, 17.

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Kelly Rowland and Monica Brown

R&B Divas Monica Brown, Kelly Rowland, SWV and KeKe Wyatt have joined forces to promote the 'Yell Confidence' public service announcement and campaign.

According to Singersroom.com, rappers Mc Lyte, Trina and Spinderella are also putting together PSA's to support the campaign to benefit the Saving Our Daughters initiative. Celebrity photographer Derek Blanks worked with Rowland to hone her portion of the PSA.

The Yell Confidence campaign brings awareness to domestic violence in the black community.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video below the break.

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Monica Brown and Son Romelo

When a son has a loving, respectful relationship with his mother, he rarely cheats on his wife. Ladies, make sure you observe your man's interactions with his mother before you rush down the aisle with him. If he is disrespectful to his mom, he will eventually be disrespectful to you. If you allow him to disrespect any woman, he will eventually disrespect you.

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Tamar Braxton Monica Da Brat

Monica Brown, center, tweeted this photo of singer Tamar Braxton, left, and rapper Da Brat, right, at the Ryan Cameron Morning Show in the V-103 studios this morning. The ladies were in the studio to help promote the upcoming So So Def 20th Anniversary concert in Atlanta next month.

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Tameka Tiny Harris and Zonnique Pullins

Tameka "Tiny" Harris, right, and her daughter, Niq Niq, catch a few Z's on a private jet during a whirlwind promotional tour for T.I.'s new album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, in stores Dec. 18. Stay tuned for more info on T.I.'s 12 DAYS of CHRISTMAS Giveaways Exclusively on Sandrarose.com!

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So yesterday I met up with an old friend who brought along her Louis Vuitton messenger bag to our lunch date. Inside the bag was her brand new iPad.

She happily told me she wasn't following the crowd because she had resisted the initial onslaught of overhyped iPad ads for at least a month before she finally gave in after reading on my blog that her favorite singer Monica had an iPad. She said she loves it.

Me, on the other hand, I still have no use for an iPad. I already have a MacBook Pro (which I'm typing this post on) and a HTC smart phone, which I hate, but it serves my purposes when I want to browse the Internet while out & about.

I simply can't see myself dragging that monster iPad out of a bag just to check the sports scores -- unless I just want the people around me to see that I have an iPad -- and I am not that vain.

US president Barack Obama probably feels the same way. He doesn't own an iPad either.

Obama told the graduating class of Hampton University today (April 9) that the iPad is just another useless invention that will only lead them to distraction as they try to find work in a dismal job market.

Last week Apple CEO Steve Jobs bragged that his iPad sold over 1 million units. With over 300 million people in the US, I am not impressed.

Besides, that figure doesn't include all the replacement iPads exchanged by clumsy owners who dropped and broke their first units.

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R&B Diva Monica is currently on a plane flying from the west coast to her next promo stop in Oklahoma where she's performing at Langston University tonight!

Monica's gold selling CD Still Standing is flying off the shelves, and Mo is in high demand right now.

But she knows how much you guys love her. So before she boarded her flight, Monica logged into the comments section to drop you a note to let you know how much she appreciates you!

Photos Courtesy of Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

I LOVE this style

Prince Williams of ATLPics.net sent these images of R&B Diva Monica on the set of a commercial for her new reality TV show. Sorry, I don't know the title of the show. But thanks to RoJay of www.MonicaSoul.com for always keeping us updated with the latest Monica news!

Monica is tended to by her stylist Shun Melson

And now she's ready for her close up!

Mo' and Rocko's children Lil Rocko and 'Melo, rockin' the new gear from Monica's clothing line for boys, Regions of Rock. That's Monica's brother Montez on the right.

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From ContacMusic:

R&B singer Monica is hitting the gym and rethinking her diet after learning she suffers from high blood pressure.
The Boy Is Mine hitmaker admits she was stunned when her doctor had to prescribe her with medication to help combat the health concern and she is determined to change her lifestyle to bring her blood pressure down.

She tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "It's me now wanting to exercise and just learn to eat better; it's not for vanity purposes. I'm changing my eating patterns. I was addicted to Lawry's Seasoning Salt on my soul food - addicted to Old Boy seasoning. That stuff was killing me slowly. I ain't even been around long enough yet!"

Monica confesses it will be a struggle to maintain a regular workout schedule but she has no choice if she wants to avoid following in her family history.

She adds, "I can't stay in the gym. I'm going to have to though, because I just found out that I have high blood pressure. I'm 28 years old!

"And it's hereditary; it's on both sides (of my family). My mum has it, my grandmother had it, my father has it and diabetes, and his mother had both."

A rough looking Halle Berry took in a WNBA basketball game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles yesterday. She's definitely seen better days. The WNBA players looked more feminine than she did.
Photo: Splash News Online

I'm only posting this pic because Monica is in it.


Disgraced singer Chris Brown posed on a video set with Omarion, Keri Hilson, Monica and producer Polow Da Don in L.A. last night.
Photo: Splash News Online

Could one-hit wonder Cassie be the next Rihanna? Only in her dreams. Cassie stepped out last night to attend the New York screening of "The September Issue" with her man Sean Combs (though they walked in separately). Did I tell you that Cassie's family and friends have no clue why she's with a man old enough to be her uncle?
Photo: Ray Tamarra/ Getty Images

MORE Celebs Out & About pics after the break!

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R&B Diva Monica released another track from her upcoming CD Still Standing. There's been so many leaks from that album that I feel like I've heard the entire thing already. I'm going to reserve my opinion on this track. But I will say I wish producer Missy Elliott would STFU and stop screaming all over Mo's records. Missy, hon, you are not Sean Combs! And when was the last time you produced a hit?

Oh, by the way, I had an interesting conversation last week with one of Monica's close family friends about Monica's flamboyant makeup artist, who calls himself Christian Belanciaga or Geisha Boii.

It seems that this family friend has never seen Christian with his full makeup on. She was shocked when she ran into him at a recent party. She claims she never knew he was even gay! How many times have I heard that?

Apparently Geisha Boii (picture above) knows just when to butch up and act manly (after all, this is Atlanta where over half the population is gay or down low).

The family friend told me, "I see him over at Marilyn's [Mo's mother's] house when he comes for dinner and he looks nothing like that!"

The friend theorizes that Geisha Boii would never disrespect Miss Marilyn -- the wife of a pastor -- by parading around her home in full homolicious regalia. The family friend also thinks Geisha Boii is just putting on for the cameras: Monica just wrapped shooting on her reality TV series over the weekend.

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The Velvet Room was the spot to be on Sunday night! Celebrities and pretty ladies packed the Velvet Room to party with Diddy, who celebrated the birthday of his first daughter earlier that day. Photos by Prince Williams/ATLPICS.net

Diddy celebrated the birthday of his first daughter Chance with her mom Sarah Chapman

MORE pics after the break!

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