What An Amazing Experience’! Two Female Doctors Who Are Best Friends Help To Deliver Each Other’s Babies

Two Georgia doctors are taking friendship goals to a new level.

In April 2014, Dr. Laquita Martinez helped Dr. Jocelyn Slaughter deliver her first child — a baby girl named Janice. More than three years later, Slaughter returned the favor by delivering Martinez’s third child in October.

“It was an amazing experience. I was definitely nervous … just operating on your best friend is a little scary, but I knew that I had to do it,” Slaughter tells PEOPLE of the caesarean section. “I knew that she wanted me to and that I wouldn’t want her do it with anybody else.”

Dr. Jocelyn Slaughter (left) and Dr. Laquita Martinez in 2014LAQUITA MARTINEZ

With her best friend’s help, Martinez gave birth to her baby girl, Kayla, on Oct. 6. She and her husband are also parents to 2-year-old Daniel. Kayla’s birth was especially emotional for Martinez as she lost her son, Ryan, in 2014 at just 26 weeks.

“After I lost my child, Jocelyn really showed herself not only as a friend but a sister,” Martinez told ABC News. “That was probably one of the most difficult things an OB-GYN could do was bury my own child.”

Martinez and Slaughter met in 2008 when they began their residency at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Slaughter tells PEOPLE. They have remained close ever since, and Slaughter was with Martinez every step of the pregnancy. From hearing the baby’s first heartbeat to the gender reveal, Slaughter says she was always by Martinez’s side.LAQUITA MARTINEZ

She says it was an honor to help bring Martinez’s baby girl into the world.

“Afterwards, I walked out of the operating room and started to cry because I was just so happy that I was able to give her her daughter like she gave me my daughter,” Slaughter says.

And Martinez says she was happy to have her best friend by her side.

“After coming off of a high-risk pregnancy and having two prior C-sections, you want to be with someone that you trust,” she told ABC. “Someone that you know loves you and has your best interest at heart and wants to see the best for you and your child.”

Now Slaughter is pregnant with her second child, and she says she hopes to keep the tradition going.

“Because she just had her baby, she probably won’t be able to deliver mine,” Slaughter says. “But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she might.”















American Woman Held by Taliban Alleges They Beaten and Raped Her When She Tried to Protect Her Children

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children — all of whom were born in captivity — are opening up about the brutality that marked their five years spent in terrorist custody.
Last month, Pakistan secured the release of American Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Canadian Joshua Boyle, along with their three children. The couple was abducted in 2012 while traveling in Afghanistan and have been held by the Haqqani network, a network with ties to the Taliban, in Pakistan.




The Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, native told ABC News she was beaten and sexually assaulted, sometimes as a result of trying protect her children from their abusive captors.
Coleman said “some of the guards actually actively hated children” and would try to come up with reasons such as he was “being too loud” to beat the eldest, sometimes with a stick.
If she tried to intervene, the guards would turn their attention to her, and the mother sustained substantial injuries.




“She had a broken cheekbone,” Boyle said. “She actually broke her own hand punching one of them. She broke her fingers, so she was very proud of that injury.”


Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle and their two sons in a hostage video.FBI

Coleman also accused the guards of a “forced abortion,” suspecting that they put poison in her food that caused her miscarriage of a baby girl.
After she tried to report the crime to the guards’ superiors, she was raped by two men while her child was in the room.

“One day they came into the cell, and they took my husband out forcefully, dragging him out, and one of the guards threw me down on the ground, hitting me and shouting. ‘I will kill you,’ ” she said. “That’s when the assault happened. It was with two men. And then there was a third at the door. And afterwards, the animals wouldn’t even give me back my clothes.”
Coleman, who was already seven months pregnant with her first child when they were initially kidnapped, was able to successfully hide her following two pregnancies from the guards, and the couple did their best to educate their children — her eldest son learned the alphabet, geography and about constellations — and give them makeshift toys.
“We would just teach them to use things like bottle caps or bits of cardboard, garbage essentially, but what we could find to play with,” she said.
They even used British history to make up a game about beheadings in case the situation came to that.

“He certainly knew that this type of thing could happen to his family, so he had great fun pretending to be Oliver Cromwell chasing Charles I around and trying to behead him,” she said. “So we made it a game so that he wasn’t afraid because there was, you know, there was nothing we could do if it came to that except try to make him less afraid.”
Coleman explained that she and her husband “made the decision” to have more children while in captivity, though they declined to explain further.
Boyle said, “I think it’s a sad statement on the state of affairs of the world when a family is asked to justify their decision to have children in any circumstance.”















Halle Berry Accuses ex-husband of Calling her The N-word and wants daughter less Black

Halle Berry has taken yet another ex-husband to court. On this occasion, it is actor Gabiel Aubrey, whom she accuses of taking steps to alter their daughter Nahla’s look to make her appear more European and less Black.

In her testimony, Berry, who is biracial, also revealed that Aubrey called her a “n*****!”

Berry provided the court with a personal note that Aubrey had written to her, in which he called her the N-word. The note was presented as evidence to support her claim that Aubrey harbors some disdain for African Americans. The letter was also presented as evidence for why he changed the texture and color of their daughter’s hair to blonde.

TMZ reported that Berry became furious when she learned that Aubry was straightening Nahla’s naturally-curly hair, lightening it with highlights, and she became convinced he does not want the girl to appear to be of African descent.

Berry did not make an appearance in court on Monday morning, but her lawyer Steve Kolodny spoke on her behalf. After a few rounds of arguments between her lawyer and Aubrey, the judge ruled neither Berry nor Aubrey could alter Nahla’s look from its natural state.

The judge also had this to say about Aubrey, according to the documents obtained by the Daily Mail: “The racial epithet made by Petitioner [Gabriel Aubry] was and is completely and totally unacceptable. Nahla is a child of both of these parents, making this sort of comment about Respondent [Halle Berry] affect the very core and being of Nahla. And when Petitioner attacked Respondent for what she is and who she is, he was attacking Nahla because Nahla is part Respondent. And Nahla is part Petitioner. So when Petitioner did those things, that does serious damage to Nahla because he is attacking her core being, who she is.”

Berry’s testimony included, “I strongly feel that Gabriel’s same underlying attitude is at the root in the changes which only he could have been causing to our daughter’s hair.”

Berry’s team stated it had secured scientific evidence to prove she is not “delusional,” as Gabriel had called her, “about the extensive damage and the changes to the texture and color of Nahla’s hair that were observed by me. I was not willing to allow this to be a ‘he said-she said’ dispute.”

The Academy Award-winning Berry (Monster’s Ball) also noted: “I continue to worry about the potential psychological and physical damage to Nahla that can be caused by the use of chemical hair treatments and the psychological message that it conveys to Nahla, and to implore the court to put a stop to Gabriel’s attempts to alter our daughter’s appearance and most probably cause her to wonder why her natural appearance is not good enough.”

According to one source close to Berry, “Halle kept asking and asking Gabriel about Nahla’s hair and he kept denying it. … Halle then filed the court papers and Nahla’s curls came back.”

In the court docs, Berry stated: “I want both Gabriel and I to make decisions together that affect our daughter, her growth, her development and her general welfare.”
















Della Reese Is Dead: ‘Touched by an Angel’ Alum and Gospel Singer Dies at 86

Della Reese, the gospel singer who later stared on the TV series Touched by an Angel, died at her home in California on Sunday, November 19. She was 86.

“She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, friend and pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer. Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Reese’s costar Roma Downey said in a statement to Us Weekly on behalf of the late star’s family. “She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched by an Angel. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest in peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

Della Reese Harry Langdon/Getty Images

Reese began her decades-long career as a singer, performing at her local church in Detroit as a child before joining gospel singer Mahalia Jackson on tour as a teenager. She scored her first successful single with the 1957 ballad “And That Reminds Me,” and secured a contract with RCA Records soon after. She released her R&B hit “Don’t You Know?” in 1959 and followed up with a string of signature songs, including “Not One Minute More,” “Someday (You’ll Want Me to Want You)” and “The Most Beautiful Words.”




The multihyphenate broke into television in the late 1960s, appearing on shows such as The Mod Squad, The Love Boat, Chico and the Man, MacGyver and The Young and the Restless. Her variety show, Della, debuted in 1969, one year before she became the first-ever black woman to cohost The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.

Reese cemented her TV stardom in 1994 when she joined Touched by an Angelas the leading character and “supervising angel” Tess. The CBS series aired for nine seasons until 2003.


The actress, who was an ordained minister since the early ‘80s, announced her retirement in 2014. She suffered several health scares through the years, including a 1979 brain aneurysm during a taping of The Tonight Show. She also suffered from type 2 diabetes.

Reese is survived by her husband, film producer Franklin Lett, and her children James, Franklin and Dominique. She was predeceased by daughter Deloreese.















Man Stands on The US Flag Outside Courthouse to Protest Racism (VIDEO)


A Pennsylvania man has sparked a controversy by standing on an American flag outside a courthouse to protest racism.

Rashad McAdory said he will remain standing on the flag outside the Erie County Courthouse until his concerns about white supremacy and racial injustice in the local justice system and in the city of Erie as a whole are addressed.




“It is not my flag,” McAdory said. “I want to see the system change and the laws and help for the black community.”

McAdory, who said he is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, said he's outraged by a recent article that named Erie the worst city for African Americans to live, so he is protesting to bring awareness to that issue.



McAdory said he has been standing on the flag in front of the courthouse for several days and will continue to do so until “someone in charge” comes out and talks to him about his concerns.

On Thursday, a group of counterprotesters assembled next to him, holding up an American flag.

“I love America,” counterprotester Josh Castano said. “I appreciate his protest, but not standing on the flag. The national anthem and the flag are not foundations to stand on.”

“If you want to protest, fine,” counterprotester Benjamin Kage said. “But when you stand on the American flag, you lose momentum, you lose credibility.”












School Ask 7th-grader To Remove His Fake News' T-shirt on field trip to CNN

A Georgia family is under fire for allowing a seventh grader to wear a T-shirt that mocked liberal news network CNN on a school field trip to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters -- but the boy's parents think the school violated the First Amendment by making their son take it off. 
Nancy and Stan Jester, of Dekalb, are both local elected officials, she a county commissioner and he is a member of the local school board. Their son, seventh-grader Jaxon, wore a shirt mocking the CNN logo as “FNN” with the caption, “Fake News Network.”
A teacher asked him to remove it before the tour, but the school has since apologized to the Jesters. However, the parents want an apology for Jaxon because, they say,  the whole thing was his idea and he has the right to free speech.
“This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip,” Stan Jester wrote in a blog post. “As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.”
“This year when the CNN tour was announced, my 7th grade son Jaxon asked me if he could purchase an FNN-Fake News Network shirt to wear for his field trip… As an advocate for the First Amendment, I agreed to his request.”
- Stan Jester
Jester continued: “His mother cautioned him that he might cause a controversy and needed to be prepared for that. He was fully aware of the implications of his decision and made the affirmative choice to wear his shirt.”




The boy’s father wrote that he is “disappointed by the hypocrisy” of the decision to make his son change his shirt.
“Some students are celebrated when they make a controversial display during the National Anthem. My student was forced to remove his shirt because someone didn’t like it. I defend speech and expression, even if I disagree, or it makes me uncomfortable,” he wrote.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Maureen Downey wrote a column asking, “Was a Dekalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?”
At the end of her column, Downey declared that, “As a parent who has chaperoned a lot of field trips, I would avoid sending my child off with an attitude or attire that could create problems not only for teachers, but parent chaperones, most of whom take off work to give their time.”
CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has seemingly implemented an anti-President Trump programming strategy at the network that was once known for Ted Turner's bare bones "just-the-facts" approach to journalism. As a result, Trump refers to CNN as “fake news” on a regular basis and mocked the network on Twitter as recently as Wednesday.
President and Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal Jeff Zucker arrives at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2010 Humanitarian Award Ceremony honoring producer Brian Grazer and director Ron Howard in Beverly Hills, California May 5, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS) - GM1E6560XLA01
“While in the Philippines I was forced to watch @CNN, which I have not done in months, and again realized how bad, and FAKE, it is,” Trump tweeted. “Loser!”
CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has emerged as one of the faces of anti-Trump liberal media, regularly interrupting press briefings with grandstanding and providing personal opinions about the administration on a consistent basis. The network’s primetime programming is littered with large panel discussions, often featuring numerous liberal analysts against a single quasi-Trump supporter. CNN’s morning show, “New Day,” has made news because erratic co-host Chris Cuomo seems to enjoy sparring with Kellyanne Conway.
CNN did not respond to request for comment. 















Gigi Hadid is Out of VS Fashion Show And More Models You Won't See on the VS Runway

With news of Gigi Hadid stepping down from her wing duties, we're rounding up all the other faces that will be missed at this year's Shanghai show.
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Why Kim Kardashian Intentionally Didn't Invite Her Surrogate to Her Baby Shower


Kim Kardashian recently had a cherry blossom-filled baby shower to celebrate the impending arrival of her third child—but decided not to invite her surrogate to the event.

"I did not," she said when asked by The Real if an invite had been extended. "I introduced her to my family earlier that day, and you know, I just thought…I don’t know, it was a weird decision to have to make."



Kim added, "Of course I would have wanted her to be there, and be a part of it, but I hadn’t really gone that far in explaining it to my kids yet. I have to figure that out first before they really see, and then if we’re celebrating, you know, her…I just wanted to celebrate kinda the baby.”





Kim also explained that her surrogate initially didn't know she was going to be carrying her baby (imagine finding out that news), but Kim wanted to meet to make sure everyone knew what they were getting into: "What if they weren’t a fan of me or my husband? What if they didn’t want to be carrying our baby? I wanted to give them that choice and be proud and on the same page. I wanted a relationship with her. She was really excited."
















What A Kiss! Selena Gomez And Justin Bieber Share a Rinkside Smooch at His Hockey Game

Things between Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez continue to heat up!
The former flames, who dated on-and-off from 2010 to 2015, have been fueling relationship reconciliation rumors while spending time together in the wake of Gomez’s split from The Weeknd. And though multiple sources told IPRESSTV over the weekend the duo are still not officially back together and are taking a more low-key approach to their relationship, they appeared to be close as can be on Wednesday night when they were photographed kissing at Bieber’s weekly hockey game at Los Angeles Valley Ice Center in Ventura, California.


“Justin is still very happy. They have had quiet date nights at home and outings to local, low-key sports,” a Bieber pal tells IPRESSTV exclusively. “They are still catching up and just enjoying hanging out. They have learned from past mistakes and are not putting any pressure on each other. Things are much different and more mature.”





As fans may remember, Gomez, 25, cheered Bieber on at a game earlier this month — even leaving wearing the 23-year-old “Love Yourself” singer’s New Jersey Devils hockey jersey.
This time she rocked an all-black ensemble as she leaned over the ice divider and shared a kiss with the Biebs, who was dressed in his hockey gear.


Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez
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Bieber and Gomez went through a period of estrangement following an Instagram spat last summer after Bieber flaunted his new relationship with Sofia Richie on Instagram. But according to multiple sources, Bieber reached out to the “Wolves” singer after learning about her kidney transplant.


They had their differences in the past, of course, but Bieber is apparently hoping it’s not too late to say “Sorry.”
An insider close to the pair previously told IPRESSTV, “Justin is happy Selena is single. He hopes to regain her trust so they can get back together.”
They’ve been  photographed multiple times together since — riding bikes, heading to dinner and attending church but are still taking things slow. “They just backed off a little from being out there,” said one source.















3 UCLA Basketball Players Arrived US after Being Detained in China for Allegedly shoplifting

Three UCLA basketball players who were arrested in China for allegedly shoplifting while their team was in the country for a tournament last week returned to the U.S. Tuesday.
UCLA Men's Basketball players LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were arrested after being accused of stealing designer sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team’s hotel in Hangzhou. They arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday afternoon following a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. The rest of the team flew back last Saturday.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said Tuesday the matter "has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities."
UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is surrounded by reporters and photographers as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. Three UCLA basketball players–Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley–detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is surrounded by reporters and photographers as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles.  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
President Trump personally asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help resolve the case during his visit to Beijing last week, as we confirmed. Scott thanked Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called "the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China." He indicated UCLA made "significant efforts" on behalf of its three players.
The team was playing their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday. They won the game 63-60.
It’s unclear if the players would be punished by UCLA or allowed to play in Wednesday night’s home opener against Central Arkansas.
UCLA basketball players Cody Riley, left, LiAngelo Ball, right, and Jalen Hill, background center, are surrounded by the media as they leave the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. The three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
UCLA basketball players Cody Riley (left), LiAngelo Ball (right), and Jalen Hill (background center), are surrounded by the media as they leave the Los Angeles International Airport.  (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options.
“I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” he said in a statement. “In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”
The players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday, but won’t take questions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.















Signs You're Sexually InCompatible

There are people out there who are in it just for the sex. They're not great together, in fact, they seem miserable. But the whole thing is kept together through genital-to-genital contact. But if this isn't just a friends-with-benefits situation, relationships are supposed to be a delicate balance of emotional and physical.
Conversely, there are some people who have a great relationship but are left unsatisfied in the bedroom for a variety of reasons. Here's how to tell if you're one of the latter.
1. Your sex is rarely spontaneous. You don't seduce each other. You never fall into each other's arms or jump your partner at the door. 
2. You have absolutely zero sex positions that you both enjoy. Essentially, at any given time during sex, one of you isn't enjoying yourself. You're just doing it to get the other one off. 
3. You can never, ever get a rhythm going. Any time you start getting into it, the other one starts moving their hips opposite you like you're operating a tandem saw with your junk, like pervert lumberjacks. And then the moment is ruined.
4. One of you is constantly zoning out. And it's painfully obvious. "On no, I was just getting into it," you clumsily say. But you weren't. You were staring at the weird stain on the carpet.
5. You tend to have sex with the TV on. You don't want to say anything, but you suspect your partner doesn't mind the TV on because they're also watching it.
6. You really only ever have sex on holidays and birthdays. And even then, it feels like it's out of obligation to each other.
7. You're never horny at the same time. Ever. When you're horny, your partner is "busy" and vice versa.
8. You wind up finishing yourself off. Not just occasionally, always. It's totally fine if you just can't get there every time, but your sex life has basically devolved into masturbation with spectators.
9. Your libidos feel totally mismatched. If he wants to have sex six times a week, and you're genuinely comfortable at one or two, this is bound to lead to both of you getting frustrated that your needs aren't matching up.
10. Your friend told you she always orgasms with her boyfriend ... and you thought she was joking. She isn't. That's a real thing that can happen.















Taylor Swift Officially Releases First Dates of 2018 ‘Reputation’ Stadium Tour

Are you ready for it? Taylor Swift announced the first round of dates for her Reputation stadium tour on Monday, November 13, three days after the release of her highly anticipated sixth album of the same name.
Taylor Swift Officially Releases First Dates of 2018 ‘Reputation’ Stadium Tour
The tour kicks off at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on May 8, 2018, and will travel to stadiums across North America throughout the summer before concluding at A&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on October 6. The stops include the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California; MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Rogers Centre in Toronto; and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.




Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, December 13, though fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance via the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. Registration is currently open and continues until Thursday, November 28. Additional dates will be announced at a later date for the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
The 27-year-old singer’s latest album includes the hit singles “Look What You Made Me Do,” “…Ready for It?” and “Call It What You Want.” She returned to the stage for the first time in months on the November 11 episode of Saturday Night Live.
See the full list of tour dates below!
May 8 – University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
May 12 – Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California
May 19 – Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California
May 22 – CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
May 25 – Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado
June 2 – Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
June 30 – Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky
July 7 – Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio
July 10 – FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.
July 14 – Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
July 17 – First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio
July 21 – MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey
July 28 – Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
August 4 – Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
August 7 – Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
August 11 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia
August 14 – Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida
August 18 – Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida
August 25 – Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
August 28 – Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan
September 1 – U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota
September 8 – Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
September 15 – Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana
September 18 – The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri
September 22 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
September 29 – NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
October 6 – AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas















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