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 Happy Mother’s Day From MTV’s Cutie-Pie Kiddos 

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Abraham Lincoln — a man credited with leading the United States through the Civil War — once said, “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” And you know what? We would have to agree. Whether they’re changing their babies’ diapers or supporting their adult children through every new endeavor, mothers are the backbones of many families, and we at MTV, who are completely familiar with their talents, want to give a little bit of thanks to all those matriarchs out there.

This Mother’s Day (it’s Sunday, for those of you who’ve flaked on your 1-800-FLOWERS order), we’re honoring some of MTV’s finest female caretakers. Maci Bookout of “Teen Mom,” for example, whose son, Bentley, is one of four tots featured in our very own card above, sets an incredible example for little B through her patient coaching and teen pregnancy prevention efforts, as does Chelsea Houska of “Teen Mom 2,” who recently graduated from beauty school to make a better future for her little girl, Aubree. And they’re not the only ones worthy of a round of applause.

Snooki is so in love with her boy, Lorenzo, that she flew back home to New Jersey from L.A. every chance she got while competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” And if we’re talking about supermoms, we can’t not mention Kailyn Lowry-Marroquin, who prepared for a second son late last year while juggling wedding planning, a job and caring for her firstborn, Isaac. Very impressive!

Whether moms pass on their senses of humor to their kids, like Nikki Deloach of “Awkward,” or demonstrate the value of speaking up, like Kristin Cavallari, they are certainly deserving of more than a day to be admired.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Lovingly yours, MTV.

Photos: Getty Images, Chelsea Houska’s Instagram, Kailyn Lowry’s Instagram, Maci Bookout’s Instagram
Design: Akiko Yamamoto

 Maci Bookout Honored For Her Efforts In Helping To Prevent Teen Pregnancy 

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Maci Bookout, Sean Lowe and Vanessa Hudgens with their awards.

Over the years, Maci Bookout has made it her mission to help spread awareness about teen pregnancy, and on Wednesday’s thirteenth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the former “Teen Mom” cast member was recognized for her efforts. Along with actress Vanessa Hudgens and reality star Sean Lowe, the young mother was acknowledged at a Candie’s Foundation event in New York City.

“Blessed to be honored by the @candiesorg for my efforts in teen pregnancy prevention, on the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy,” the MTV alum posted on her Instagram page. “Means so much to me! xo #NoTeenPreg #NYC,” she added.

Every year, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy strives to draw attention to the issue of teen pregnancy and provide education on how best to deter it. Maci, as well as all of the young women who have appeared on  “16 and Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” franchises, have had an incredible impact on the decline in teen births.

In research released earlier this year, experts found that one-third of the drop in teen births since 2009 can be attributed to the MTV series. They concluded that watching the struggles and heartaches of teenagers who became parents before they were ready demonstrates how difficult teen parenting can be, and discourages other youth from doing the same.

For more information on preventing pregnancy, head to MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life website.

Photo: The Candie’s Foundation Twitter

 Farrah Abraham Responds To Her Haters: ‘I’m Blowin All The Bullies Away’ 

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Farrah in her music video for “Blowin.”

Earlier this week, former “Teen Mom” cast member Farrah Abraham released a music video for her new single, “Blowin,” and everyone from Gawker to the mailman had something snarky to say about it. From cracks at the song’s lyrics to unoriginal puns about its title (seriously, guys, stop gobbling up the bait), the negative comments still continue to fill her Twitter feed. But you have to hand it to Farrah: She truly doesn’t give a crap.

We reached out to the young mother to get her response to all the haters, and to find out whether there will be more music projects in her future. Here’s what she had to say:

What was your inspiration for “Blowin”?
It came about when I thought of just getting air and getting away from the negative people in my life. The bullies, road blocks… I knew after singing it to my daughter that I should actually pursue making a real single.

How do the lyrics represent where you are in your life right now?
The lyrics represent my life right now because I’ve overcome the negativity. I stepped away and got what I needed to succeed with self-love and a stable environment, which led me to understanding that by just being who I am is all I need in this world. I was happy to share this positive message.

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Farrah carries her daughter Sophia across a field in her music video for “Blowin.”

Did your daughter Sophia like being part of the video?
Sophia wanted to be a part of the last scene we shot that day. It made me really happy, and, to be honest, I don’t think the music video would be the same without her. Children already ignore others and take time on their own, and I think that is something adults should refer back to as they deal with the everyday hustle of the world.

There were a lot of haters posting comments online after the video went up — what do you have to say to them?
I’m blowin all the bullies away.

What’s up next in terms of your music projects? Will you release another single soon?
I work on songs as they come, so I look forward to releasing another single in the future. I try to have all my songs relatable for my daughter in a fun and upbeat way that has a meaning.

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Farrah in MTV’s “Being Farrah” catch-up special.

MTV recently aired a catch-up special with you called “Being Farrah” — what was it like to be back on the channel again? 
I really enjoyed watching the “Being Farrah” special, and I think fans did, too. It was good to see the original cast of “Teen Mom” shown in a realistic perspective — with our recognition of being on TV, our lives being [talked about] in magazines and social media, traveling, doing other shows… It showed how we’re affected by it.

Are you glad you did “Couples Therapy,” and what did you take away from the experience?
“Couples Therapy” was another life-changing experience for myself. Dr. Jenn Berman picked me up and turned my life around for the better. I had just experienced another bad boyfriend’s behavior and therapy helped me make changes within myself. I’m thankful my parents also got to come get more therapy with me, which led to a lot of “Ah-ha” moments in everything I needed to change. Watching all the episodes afterward and seeing how others perceive things in such a negative light helped me realize my strength and gear my focus on a brighter future.

Check out Farrah’s music video for “Blowin,” as well as MTV’s recent follow-up special with her, which, yes, addresses the sex tape.

 Farrah Abraham’s ‘Blowin’ Video: A Shareable, Lyric-By-Lyric Guide 

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Farrah Abraham is once again “blowin” up all over the Internet. The good news? It has nothing to do with a sex tape. The bad news? She’s still not getting any love from the public. Like, any. Yesterday, the former “Teen Mom” cast member released a music video for her new single, “Blowin,” to not-so-stellar reviews; however, the frequency by which the You Tube link was passed around was incredibly impressive. The girl certainly has a way of keeping herself relevant!

Much of the chatter around Farrah’s video was focused on its imagery (shots include the single mom — clad in a billowy, ethereal dress — holding her daughter Sophia in the park and snappin’ selfies with fans at the club), as well as the self-written lyrics, so we’ve taken the liberty of creating a shareable, frame-by-frame presentation that combines both. Behold, Farrah Abraham’s “Blowin” in pictures.

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 Mackenzie McKee Of ‘Teen Mom 3′ Gives Birth To Baby Girl — See The First Pic Of Jaxie Taylor 

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Mackenzie looks blissful, yet (justifiably) wiped out, after labor.

Mackenzie and Josh McKee of “Teen Mom 3” are officially a family of four! (Okay, five if you count the other adorable — albeit furry — new member of their family.) The high school sweethearts welcomed a baby girl, Jaxie Taylor McKee, on Friday afternoon, just two days after Mackenzie tweeted a photo of her very large 37-week baby bump.

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One last pic for her followers before heading into labor.

Weighing in at 8 lbs., 9 oz., Jaxie is the second child for the former high school cheerleader and her husband, who also have a two-year-old little cowboy, Gannon. The Oklahoma natives have certainly had a whirlwind six months, with a recent camo-and-lace-themed wedding and a big post-Thanksgiving move into their new house.

Despite some bickering and bumps in their country road, the two remain strong in their relationship, and really, only one question remains: Will Jaxie take the bull by the horns and try to follow in her dad’s spur-marked footsteps, or will she be doing toe-touches and high-flying stunts like her cheerleading mama? Our vote’s for BOTH!

+ Wish Mackenzie and Josh a big congrats in the comments, and check out this blast from the past of Gannon’s televised birth.

Photo: Mackenzie McKee’s Instagram.

 New Study Points To Direct Link Between MTV Programming And Reduced Teen Birth Rate 

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Last year, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that – across all racial and ethnic groups — the teen birth rate had been cut in half since 1991. After the research broke, Bill Albert, the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told the Christian Science Monitor that he believed more access to contraception, coupled with shows like “16 & Pregnant” and its “Teen Mom” spinoffs, which demonstrate how difficult teen parenting can be, played a role in the huge decline. And today, a new study was released by the National Bureau of Economic Research backing Albert’s theory that the MTV series have indeed contributed to falling teen birth rates across the country.

In a paper written by Melissa S. Kearney, the director of the Hamilton Project, a research group in Washington, and Phillip B. Levine of Wellesley College, birth records were compared with Nielsen television ratings since “16 & Pregnant”‘s debut in 2009, and found that the teen birth rates declined faster in areas where youth were watching more MTV.

While the ratings account for other programming besides “16 & Pregnant” and the “Teen Mom” franchise, the study also reported spikes in web searches and tweets about birth control and abortion during the episodes’ airings, signaling an increased awareness about the topics. All of these findings combined “ultimately led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months following ["16 and Pregnant"'s] introduction,” the study concluded, which “accounts for around one-third of the overall decline in teen births in the United States during that period.”

Sarah Brown, Chief Executive of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, told The New York Times that the study is proof of the shows’ educational potential. “You can have all the sex-ed you want,’ she said, “but if you can say, ‘Could that happen to me?’ That brings a reality and a heightened connection that is very significant for teenagers.”

+ Check out Wellesley College’s handy infographic breaking down the study, and make sure to tune in for the Season 5 premiere of “Teen Mom 2,” January 21 at 10/9c. Plus, for information on preventing pregnancy, head to MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life website.

 Infographic: Wellesley College

 ‘Catfish’ Artist Mike Bradley Painted A Beautiful Portrait Of ‘Teen Mom 3′ Tot Nova [Photo] 

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Nova poses underneath her portrait.

After Nev and Max helped artist Mike Bradley hunt down his ”Catfish” on the Season 2 finale, Mike thanked the Internet sleuths by drawing two portraits of them. It was a thoughtful gesture, and now it seems that Mike’s collection of MTV personalities is expanding. After spending a weekend with Briana and Brittany of “Teen Mom 3” (and possibly forming a love connection with the latter), Mike gifted the sisters a beautiful piece of art inspired by the person they treasure most in this world: Briana’s daughter!

“The entire family loves this painting that @bigmike85 did of Nova as a baby ???” Britt tweeted with the photo above of the little lady posing underneath her portrait. If Mike really is courting Nova’s aunt, we think he’s doing a pretty good job of cracking the Dejesus fam’s protective shell. Bonus points for creativity! Nova’s dad, Devoin, could learn a thing or two from this guy…

Check out the pic, and see Mike’s portraits of Nev and Max in this “Catfish” clip:

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Photo: @omqitsbritt

 Are ‘Catfish”s Mike Bradley And ‘Teen Mom 3”s Brittany Dejesus Crushing On Each Other? [Photos] 

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Holy height difference! Mike towers at least two feet over Brittany.

Brittany Dejesus of “Teen Mom 3” is hardly shy on social media about her quest for a decent man, often tweeting laundry lists of qualifications for the perfect boyfriend (in a nutshell: someone “who cooks, cleans, wipes my ass, kisses my ass, and buys me things”). However, her days of singing the blues about spending forever alone may be over, as it looks like she finally reeled in a guy that meets her high standards: fellow Florida resident and former “Catfish” dupee Mike Bradley! Keepin’ it in the family, we see…?

Britt and her sister, Briana, met up with Mike, the “Catfish” softie who thought he found love with Caroline, for the first time over the weekend, and from the looks of it, a friendship for the ages was forged over bowling, piggyback rides and some flirtatious nose-picking. While it’s still unclear if Big Mike is Mr. Right or just Mr. Right Height For Piggyback Rides, the two are pretty bummed to be apart post-weekend tryst. ”I miss him already!” wrote Britt on her way back home. “Gonna miss looking at the top of your head,” replied her gentle giant. Bawwwww!

+ Check out the pics and video of their bowling outing, and let us know what you think of this possible love connection!

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose…and you CAN pick your friend’s nose!

Mike gives Brittany a lift across the room. Chivalry’s not dead!

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Photos: @BigMike85 and @omgitsbritt

 Melissa Joan Hart’s Heart Goes Out To All The Teen Moms [Video] 

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 Melissa Joan Hart and her handsome sons: Mason, Brady and Tucker.

Dealing with the daily struggles of adolescence is tough enough, but, as we’ve learned from MTV’s “Teen Mom” franchise, adding a child to the mix can turn life into a constant uphill battle. Melissa Joan Hart, a mother of three boys ages 1 to 7  and the eldest of eight kids, knows a thing or two about the full-time job of parenting, and says in this MTV.com interview clip that she would’ve had to halt her Hollywood dreams had she become a mom too soon.

“If I had been a teen mom, they probably wouldn’t have hired me as Sabrina,” Melissa surmises, explaining that teen pregnancy wasn’t a topic often covered on 90s TV. Nowadays, the issue gets much more exposure, but Melissa has always understood how difficult teen parenthood can be. “My mom was a teen mom, so it happens,” she shares. “But I think that it’s a really difficult thing to do.” We know a few young ladies who would wholeheartedly agree.

Watch the clip below, plus check out more from our sit-down with Melissa Joan Hart.

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Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

 Mackenzie McKee’s Little Cowboy Is Already Learning The Rodeo Ropes [Photos] 

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Gannon poses with his new favorite toy: a dummy steer.

Most born and bred Okies know a thing or two about the rodeo (just ask country star Blake Shelton), and now that Mackenzie McKee‘s little man, Gannon, is big enough to fill out a pair of cowboy boots, he’s getting a taste of the fun and games unique to country life. Yesterday, the “Teen Mom 3” tot was gifted his very first rodeo toy, a dummy steer head used for roping practice, and if these pics are any indication, he seems eager to follow in his dad’s spur-marked footsteps.

“Time for this cowboy to learn how to rope,” Mackenzie posted with the photo below, which features Gannon whipping around a blue lasso with expert precision. He’s a natural!

It makes perfect sense that Gannon is already taking after his pops, but bull-riding is a dangerous sport, and Josh’s dreams of going pro had been a point of contention for him and Mackenzie in the past. Something tells us that Mom’s in for the same battle 15 years from now…

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Gannon’s ready to learn his way around a lasso!

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Photos: @mackenzietaymckee

 That’s What You Said…About ‘Teen Mom’ Amber Portwood’s Early Release From Prison 

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Every Friday we thumb through your comments from the most talked-about post of the week and highlight each side of the argument. Check out the latest That’s What You Said below and make sure to share your own opinion!

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Amber Portwood shows off a shirt that says “breaking free from addiction” after being released from prison.

After spending 17 months in prison for violating probation surrounding a case of drug possession, Amber Portwood of “Teen Mom” was released from Rockville Correctional Facility on Monday, three-and-a-half years before her original 2017 scheduled exit. Amber was all smiles as she met her mom in the parking lot, and told reporters in an interview obtained by TMZ that she was looking forward to college and seeing her beautiful little daughter, Leah.

Are we in the midst of a totally new Amber? Fans of “Teen Mom” took to Remote Control and Facebook to sound off on the woman who seems to have made the best of her time behind bars, even using her incarceration to become an expert in anger management. Take a look at what some viewers said below, and keep the conversation going in the comments!

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“I, as a fan, am so unbelievably proud of her! I am in tears. As I watched the video shot by TMZ I started bawling. Yay, Amber.” — Leena

“I really hope that she has changed and will continue to better herself for her and her daughter’s sake.” — acountryfreak

“Awesome!!! I am so happy for her! I hope she spends most of her time reconnecting and bonding with her beautiful daughter. Be the mother and example that your baby deserves.” — Veronica

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“I really hope that Amber has changed. She has a beautiful baby girl that needs her to be sober and healthy. She’s had a lot of changes thus far, let’s hope and pray she keeps it together for herself and her family.” — Arlene A.

“I wish her nothing but the best. People make mistakes in life especially when they are young. Hopefully she has matured and she can be the mother she needs to be to that precious child.” — Pamela B.

“Amber, keep your head high and reach for your dreams. Stay focused and be strong for you and your daughter.” — Deanna B.

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 ‘Teen Mom 3′ Bonus Scene: Joey And His Dad Try To Talk Katie Out Of A Four-Year Degree 

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Before Katie became pregnant with Molli, she had her heart set on attending a four-year university, but becoming a teen mom put her college dreams on hold. However, now that she’s settling into parenthood, Katie could feasibly transfer to the kind of school she’s always wanted to attend — if her fiancé would only go along with the plan. Joey was pretty adamant on this week’s episode about not wanting to move to Salt Lake City so Katie could eventually get her bachelor’s degree, and in the bonus scene below, his dad backs him up.

After explaining that Joey got a job offer at a mine in Utah, Katie pleads her case. “It’d be nice…for us to both have our own jobs. We’d have more income,” she tells Joe. “I can’t really get a high-paying job like Joey does without a degree.” But Joe’s not convinced. “I don’t see why you need to move, you’ve got it made,” he counters, insinuating that being solely dependent on Joey is enough. Joey adds that they would both miss their family too much: “You know after you were there for two weeks that you’d be crying the blues,” he says to Katie. Sounds like she’s going to have to look for support elsewhere.

Check out the clip, and don’t miss a new “Teen Mom 3″ Monday night at 10/9c.

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