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Ashanti says she's planning to take a break from music to have her own children. "I'm definitely planning on chilling soon and experiencing that," she tells PEOPLE magazine.

The 41-year-old R&B singer recently published her first children's picture book titled My Name Is a Story.

She stopped by "Good Morning America" on Wednesday to promote her book. She wore a colorful Dolce & Gabbana romper for her appearance.

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Rapper Ja Rule (right) also stopped by "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.

Ashanti appeared at Essence Music Festival last weekend where she signed autographed copies of her book.

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Ashanti said she wrote the book after meeting fans who also grew up with "unique" names. She said she was constantly questioned about the spelling of her name.

"The stories were like, 'I'm so glad that you're doing this because I always felt embarrassed when it was time for the teacher to call out everyone's name and she would stutter on my name,'" Ashanti tells PEOPLE. "I didn't want them to feel like that."

The character in her book celebrates her unique name and the history behind it.

The Grammy-winning singer says Ashanti means "woman of strength."


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The voluptuous singer plans to put her career on the shelf to finally have children of her own. The "Mesmerize" singer owns her masters and can afford to raise children as a single mom.

Ashanti says her kids will be loving and open minded with a great sense of humor.

"I want my kids to have such an open mind. I want my kids to embrace everyone and be strong and be brave, and be loving and be giving," she says. "I think my kids are going to be awesome. I think everyone's going to love my kids. They're going to be funny... They're going to be good [and] extremely well-mannered."


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Other celebrities who gave birth to children late in life include Janet Jackson (50), Mariah Carey (42), Halle Berry (46), Celine Dion (42), Salma Hayek (41), and Kelly Rowland (40).

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Twitter imploded this week when Joe Biden announced Dr. Seuss books will not be part of "Read Across America Day."

Parents everywhere expressed outrage at the U.S. president's decision to break tradition and erase Dr. Seuss books from his proclamation on Read Across America Day.

The Read Across America program was launched by the National Educators of America (NEA) in 1998 to promote children's literacy, according to MSNBC.

Amazon removed the six Dr. Seuss books from its online platform, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises told the Associated Press, the decision to cease publication and sales of the 6 books was made last year.

At issue are images that may be offensive to Asian people in the books titled "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street", "If I Ran the Zoo", "McElligot's Pool," "On Beyond Zebra!," "Scrambled Eggs Super!," and "The Cat's Quizzer."

Social media users who grew up reading Dr. Seuss books took to Twitter to express their outrage.

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Former hip-hop/country rapper Lil Nas X hopes his new core audience -- children -- will make his new career choice a big success.

After the success of his one hit song, "Old Town Road," the Grammy-winning country/hip-hop singer released his first children's book, "C is for Country."

The cover illustration features a little Black boy wearing a pink rhinestone cowboy outfit with matching cowboy hat and boots. The boy holds a guitar in one hand while straddling a pony.

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The concept of the new book is "just be yourself." The book takes young readers on a tour of a mythical farm and the things Lil Nas X loves.

"A is for adventure." "B is for boots." "C is for country" are examples Lil Nas X uses to teach minor children their ABCs.

It doesn't take long for the Alphabet to take a detour off the farm.

"F" is for fringe, feathers and fake fur, according to Lil Nas X, who dabbled in his mother's makeup, shoes, and fake furs as a child.

"I love that for me," he says, before adding that the "be yourself" message is missing from children's books.

"It was never truly enforced. It was kind of like 'do what you want, be who you want, but be who I want you to be.'"

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The Atlanta rapper, real name Montero Lamar Hill, came out of the closet in 2019.

Lil Nas X, 21, said his young nieces and nephews, to whom the book is dedicated, helped influence his message in the book.

He clapped back at fans on social media who accused him of being a pedophile after a young male fan unfounded leveled accusations at him.

Lil Nas X doesn't regret leaving his gimmicky rap career behind to help LGBT+ children discover their truth.

"I'm well aware that life and careers and everything goes in chapters," he said. "That's the chapter I'm in right now and I'm OK with that."

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Filmmaker and author Matthew A. Cherry announced the audiobook adaptation of his Oscar-winning short film Hair Love is available for purchase online.

The audiobook is narrated by Blue Ivy Carter, the 8-year-old daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z.

The six-minute film was originally released in 2018 and follows the story of a Black dad who learns to style his daughter's hair for the first time.

The animated film won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film this year.

Blue won her first major award at the 51st NAACP Image Awards. She later took home a BET Award for her collaboration on "Brown Skin Girl" with her mother, Beyonce.

Blu Ivy's 4-minute narration is available on Audible Plus.

It's a well-known fact that Atlanta schoolchildren rank far below the national average in reading proficiency scores.

According to the AJC.com, the Atlanta Fair is doing its part to promote a passion for reading and improve literacy among black schoolchildren.

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Media mogul Nick Cannon is currently on tour promoting his new book of children's poetry, Aliens Ate My Homework, in stores now.

In a radio interview with ABC News Radio, Nick explained why he doesn't consider himself to be a single father.

This despite the fact that Cannon, 34, is living the life of a bachelor after splitting with singer Mariah Carey in 2014.

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