"Family First"

Monica has a lasting legacy in her kids. The singer took to Instagram on Sunday (Nov. 19) to celebrate her stepfather’s birthday while also reflecting on her role as a mother.


“Happy 80th Birthday Papa,” Monica wrote to her stepdad, Revered, Dr. E.J. Best. “Although our mistakes at times have been great, Your love has been far GREATER,” the singer shared. “Without judgment you love and Without cease you support us,” Monica exclaimed.

“I can still hear your Stacey Adams in the school hallway when I was in trouble,” the recording artist mused. “Yet the greatest blessing is that I can still receive your long warm hugs telling me everything will be okay and that I am great because GOD created me that way! You are the very BEST man we know.”

Monica shared several pictures from what appeared to be a photo shoot conducted in honor of Reverend Best’s birthday. The celebrity mom was sure to comment on her sons, Romelo and Rodney Jr., and daughter, Laiyah.

“My Legacy will be who I raised,” Monica told her social media fans. “I will one day be a Legend because of who raised me,” she added.

Monica has been quite candid about her career as of late. During an interview with The Shop: Uninterrupted, she expressed her belief that she had been forgotten by the music industry.

“I was able to really enjoy my career because I didn’t have any expectations,” Monica shared. “I was not looking at stats, I was not worried about awards. I’m actually a person that, for all the records I’ve broken, I really have never won any awards. I’m really the most forgotten if you think about it,” the recording artist said.“I’m pretty much the underdog, but I sit very comfortably in it because I can still go where I want, do what I want, live how I want.”

Living how she wants includes building a life that revolves around her kids. “Family first, it’s that simple for me,” Monica shared during her segment on The Shop. “It’s one of those things that I understood came with sacrifice,” she explained.

“I may not get all the deals, I may not be at every award show, I may not be present in every room, but I’m present in my kid’s life. That’s one place I don’t want to be replaced, I can’t be replaced…I want to be there.”

Photo: Mr. D. Adams/Instagram



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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