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© "Paparazzi Princesses"
© "Paparazzi Princesses"
Rappers' daughters in spotlight as new authors
By STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — When you're a child of a celebrity, you sometimes have a lot to say.

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The teenage daughters of rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman are in New Orleans sharing their stories in a recently-released teen novel, "Paparazzi Princesses."

Reginae Carter is the 14-year-old daughter of Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter. She joined with 16-year-old Bria Williams, daughter of Bryan "Birdman" Williams, to sign copies of their book Saturday as part of the Essence Festival.

"It's about the ups and downs of having celebrity parents," Reginae Carter said. "It's about how we go through everyday drama like everybody else."

They hope their book will inspire more teens to read.

"Every book is not everybody's choice," Carter said, adding that she likes the idea of book clubs, where teens can get together and read the same thing. "We hope they'll read ours."

The book covers the privileges and challenges of being teenagers whose fathers are hip-hop stars. The characters learn how to shuffle red carpet events, school, and relationships with friends and their parents while trying to find their own identities in the shadows of their famous fathers.

The girls signed copies of their book Saturday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where the Essence Festival is holding seminars on health, beauty, relationships and education.

The girls, whose dads have been friends and musical collaborators for years, said they have the same worries and stresses as most teenagers, including peer pressure at school, chores and family relationships.

Both said they're also not immune to being punished just because their dads are famous.

"I had my phone taken away because I was talking on it too much," Williams said.

"Me too," Carter said, as she giggled with her friend.

The teens are scheduled to continue their book tour in other cities through the summer. They're in Washington on Monday and Orlando, Fla., next week. But they have bigger plans when fall rolls around — a trip with friends to Disney World.

The girls, like their famous fathers, are from New Orleans. Bria now lives in Miami, and Reginae lives in Atlanta. "But we text each other all the time," Carter said.

Williams said being in New Orleans for Essence is a much-welcomed homecoming.

"All my family lives here, and I get to see my cousins," she said.

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Jul 7, 2013 10:50PM

Hats off to ya!

 make it a sucess..for a great reason have fun godbless :)

Jul 7, 2013 2:40AM
I'm shocked Lil Wayne acknowledges her since he has stated publicly he hates dark skinned women. Both he and Birdman treat women like toilet paper and I question exactly how much involvement they have in their children's lives beyond the financial. I've never heard of them before let alone seen them on a red carpet. I doubt if they were involved in the writing in this book. Most likely they just posed for pictures.
Jul 6, 2013 5:42PM
Good job ladies, it's a pleasure to see young ladies who aren't shaking their behinds or confused about their lives. Keep heading in the right direction, half of these so called grownup who are making comments only dream about having "ghost writers" stay positive, we are rooting for you.
Jul 6, 2013 4:13PM
Everyone knows they didn't write the book. I seen them do a interview and they can hardly speak proper English.
Jul 6, 2013 2:29PM
Who are these two wannabes celebrities...Which # Baby Mama are they?   When have these two walked on the Red Carpet.....I have yet to see them show "Lil Wayne" on the Red Carpet and who in the hell "Birdman" ?  
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