The Smiths were one of many star families to attend the ‘Dear Mama’ VH1 filming event on Tuesday. Taping for the television special was held at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, and the theme of the evening was honor.
Willow and Jaden thanked their mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, for her unconditional love and sacrifices during the ceremony. They were joined by a myriad of other celebrities who also made kind gestures towards their mothers.
The idea behind the ‘Dear Mama’ event is recognition. “We are excited to shine the spotlight on the influential and inspiring women behind some of our favorite celebrities, their Moms,” says VH1 EVP/Deputy General Manager Amy Doyle. “Our ’Dear Mama’ special event gives our famous friends the stage to salute and thank their moms with their own tributes full of surprises, laughter, and love.”
Shakim Compere, founder of Flavor Unit, also comments, “Every story we’ve told, every show we produced, every film we’ve been a part of wouldn’t be possible without our mothers. So how could we not do a tribute to them?”
‘Dear Mama’ airs on VH1 this Sunday, May 8th, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). See more pictures of the Smiths at the filming event below!
Egypt Dean was one of many young stars to attend VH1’s ‘Dear Mama’ event earlier this week. The son of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz was certainly dressed to impress as he wore a suit and took several pictures with star guests.
Will Smith was one celebrity who took full advantage of Egypt’s cuteness. The actor stood behind the youngster as he got into fighting stance for the camera. Egypt was all smiles while taking a candid with Smith. He even talked with the actor’s son, Jaden, who was also at the event. “What are these 2 talking about,” Swizz captioned underneath the picture of Egpyt and Jaden together.
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‘Dear Mama’ is a special series that VH1 will air on Mother’s Day that seeks to honor moms for the many sacrifices they make. Alicia Keys, Willow, and Jaden Smith will be three of many to shed light on their moms during the episode. Keys even presents her mother, Terria Joseph, during the show.
Anthony Anderson of the hit series ‘Black-ish’ will serve as host of the special airing. “We are excited to shine the spotlight on the influential and inspiring women behind some of our favorite celebrities, their Moms,” says Amy Doyle of VH1. “Our ’Dear Mama’ special event gives our famous friends the stage to salute and thank their moms with their own tributes full of surprises, laughter, and love.”
VH1’s ‘Dear Mama’ special premieres on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
New York City was the place to be on Tuesday as Bobby Brown and Zoe Saldana were spotted out-and-about with their families.
Saldana was coming off a night of fashionable success at Met Gala 2016 as she toured the city with her husband, Marco Perego, and sons, Cy and Bowie. The actress wore a beautiful gown to the gala that was designed after the peacock. She was quite stylish on Tuesday as she rocked a casual look while carrying one of her sons. Marco was the hands-on dad who cuddled the other little one who was also the epitome of cute.
If you had asked Halle and Chloe Bailey’s mom, Courtney, to elaborate on her daughters’ beautiful voices five years ago, she probably would have changed the subject. The mother of the rising stars tells New York Magazine that her focus was more on the girls’ poise than their talent during the beginning stages of their career.
“For me, it was about building a foundation of confidence, public speaking, knowing how to meet people, to read scripts and rehearse, and if they got the gig, even better,” Courtney says.
All of the hard work and training paid off as Chloe and Halle had the opportunity to meet Beyonce after their YouTube video went viral three years ago. Since then, the girls have been signed to the ‘Lemonade’ singer’s label and have learned a few things from Bey on how to create a hit record.
“Something Bey brought up to us [is] how if she hears something in this song or that song, she will combine them into one song,” says Halle. “It also helps with just, you know, condensing the amount of songs we have, and then you have a really cool song.”
In creating cool songs, Halle and Chloe want listeners to be inspired by their new album. “This is potentially some stuff we want people to say about our album: ‘Soaring,’ ‘Masterpiece,’ ‘Heartrending,’ stuff like that,” shares Halle. “The message that we want to put out in our music is, of course, we want you to feel great, but just be yourself, don’t feel like you have to put yourself in a box because of what anyone else is doing,” Chloe explains. “I just recently learned that, to be confident in your ideas and who you are.”
Chloe and Halle’s album, Sugar Symphony, is now avaliable for purchase on iTunes. Read the girls’ full interview with New York Magazinehere.
The ladies of ‘The Real’ get candid about pregnancy. Jeannie Mae introduced the subject of freezing eggs and embryos during Tuesday’s show and co-host Tamar Braxton got frank about the process.
“I’m 37. I know I’m not getting any younger and I know if I was going to have a kid, I should decide now, today, 5 minutes ago,” Jeannie said. Tamar agreed before letting her fellow host continue. “I’ve decided I’m going to start thinking about freezing my eggs,” Mai concluded.
While Braxton agreed with Jeannie’s decision, the co-host advised her to talk things over with her husband, Freddy Harteis, before undergoing any procedure. “I just find that this is not just a conversation for you to have with your girlfriends; this is a conversation for you to go real deep with your husband,” Tamar told her friend.
The ‘Love and War’ singer also shared her struggles with infertility and IVF treatments. “I went through IVF,” Tamar said. “You don’t know what’s happening with your body and there are some changes that’s going to happen with your body, but you just have to know that they’re not permanent changes,” she added. “These are changes that’s going to prepare you to carry your baby and let me tell you something.”
In addition to undergoing IVF, Tamar decided to freeze her embryos. “We decided that I wouldn’t just freeze my eggs, but we would freeze our embryos and I don’t know if you all know that I have 4 ‘kids in the freezer’ okay.”
Surprisingly enough, Tamar’s son, Logan, was born by way of natural conception. “I didn’t have a popsicle Logan,” Tamar shared. “I had the real one, like we went on the date, got drunk and what happened was ….that…..yeah!”
Logan is Tamar and husband Vincent Herbert’s only child. Watch the ladies discuss embryos and “freezing eggs” below, and check your local listings for the latest episode of ‘The Real.’
Met Gala 2016 was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday, and who better to make a grand entrance than the Smith kids? Willow and Jaden Smith wore matching attire that correlated with the event’s theme.
The Met Gala was held in celebration of the Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology exhibition, and Willow and Jaden were definitely fashion forward. The brother and sister wore black Luis Vuitton outfits that bore remnants of white. Jaden’s jacket was lined with white while Willow’s coat had sprinkles of the color interwoven in its dark fabric. The brother-sister duo held hands while gracing the red carpet with their presence. They even struck a few poses for photographers.
Many take notice of Willow and Jaden’s attire on a consistent basis because the young stars’ styles are so unique. Jaden, in particular, has garnered much attention for his fashion sense that crosses gender barriers. He even earned the privilege of being one of the faces of Luis Vuitton’s women’s collection.
“I feel like people are kind of confused about gender norms,” he recently told GQ Style. “I feel like people don’t really get it. I’m not saying that I get it, I’m just saying that I’ve never seen any distinction,” Jaden added. “I don’t see man clothes and woman clothes, I just see scared people and comfortable people.”
Jaden and Willow Smith are Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s children.
All eyes were on Zendaya and Amandla Stenberg as the two made unique fashion statements at Met Gala 2016. The young stars’ appearances exhibited elegance and passion.
Zendaya was the elegant celebrity who wore a beautiful gold sequined gown by Michael Kors that fit her like a glove. the actress ensured that every aspect of her attire matched the glow that the dress exhibited and even wore makeup that gave the bronze appeal. Zendaya’s hair also coordinated with her dress as it was simple and neat.
Amandla Stenberg was refined as well in a red pants suit designed by Calvin Klein. The young star rocked natural hair to the event with a headband that matched her outfit and showcased her passion for change. Amandla’s attire showed just enough skin to prove her point of edginess.
Met Gala 2016 was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Monday. The event celebrated the Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology exhibition and was co-chaired by Taylor Swift and Idris Elba.
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President Obama is preparing to leave the White House and send his daughter, Malia, off to college. The commander-in-chief tells WKRC-TV that he will miss his oldest child when she leaves for university next year.
“You know, I couldn’t be prouder of her,” Obama says. “But it’s tough, though.” Malia will follow in her parents’ footsteps of attending an Ivy League college when she checks into Harvard university in 2017. The teen has expressed her desire to pursue filmmaking and has already worked in the field.
“This is my first one leaving and my daughters are wonderful, and one of the great pleasures of being in the White House is because I live above the store, I’ve been able to spend every night that I’m in town with them,” the president says. “I’m going to miss her terribly,” he adds. “But she is well-prepared, she is going to do great things–and as Michelle reminds us, our job is to make sure they don’t need us anymore.”
Malia will graduate from Sidwell high school in coming weeks. She will take full advantage of the “gap year” incentive before entering Harvard in 2017.
We announced that she was pregnant with baby number two yesterday, and now Kerry Washington is showing her bump to the world. The ‘Scandal’ star put her protruding stomach on display at Met Gala 2016 Monday night.
The event was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and carried the theme of “Fashion In An Age of Technology.” Washington was certainly the stylish celeb as she graced the red carpet while wearing a sequined Marc Jacobs gown that hugged every curve and showed a bit of skin. The slit on the dress was perfectly placed so that Kerry could be both edgy and elegant. Washington was all smiles while cradling her bump and striking poses in the spotlight.
Rumor of the actress’ expectancy began to spread a few days ago after a photo of Kerry and her ‘Scandal’ crew circulated the Web. Many fans took note of the protective hand the star placed on her stomach while taking the group picture. Although Kerry did not confirm her expectancy, two close family friends revealed to E! News that the actress was indeed pregnant.
The little one will be Kerry Washington and her husband Nnamdi Asomugha’s second child. The couple already has a daughter named Isabella.
Shai Moss celebrated her birthday this past weekend with family and friends. The daughter of Shad Moss, a.k.a. Bow Wow, and Joie Chavis enjoyed a Barbie-themed birthday party that had confetti and a Mattel photo booth.
“Shai’s Barbie Porty,” Joie wrote on Instagram. The celebrity mom also shared a picture of her posing with her daughter. Another photo featured Shai standing in front of her tiered cake with friends by her side. “Missy on the right is ready for her closeup,” Joie joked.
Chance, daughter of Sean “Diddy” Combs, was also in attendance. The youngster took a picture with Shai in the Mattel photo booth. Chance gave the camera a cute pose while Shai blew kisses at adoring fans. “Too cute,” said one Instagram fan. “Love to see Chance and Shai together! They’re so beautiful,” shared another.
Shai is Shad and Joie’s only child together. She was born on April 27, 2011, and Shad has expressed joy in becoming a parent ever since. “The best thing that ever happened to me was the day my daughter Shai was born,” he shared in a special Father’s Day blog post. “Fatherhood to me is giving unconditional love,” he added. “I want Shai to know that no matter what she may go through in life good or bad, daddy will always be there to catch her when she falls, give some tough love when needed and most of all love her for life.”
Jermaine Dupri and his daughter, Shaniah, are quite the busy bees. The celebrity duo did a few takes for their new show and attended a Beyonce concert this past weekend.
Dupri and Shaniah will be two of many stars in the upcoming series Music Moguls. The show will feature Dupri along with seven other big names in Hip Hop as they carry out their lives in the spotlight. Snoop Dogg, Damon Dash and Bryan “Birdman” Williams are also slated to star in one of the eight 60-minute episodes.
Perhaps Jermaine’s segment will feature him wearing his parental hat in addition to showing his business side. The producer was certainly in daddy mode this past weekend as he and Shaniah spent time with music industry greats at a Beyonce concert. Jay-Z, Monica, and Usher were in attendance at the performance. Usher even had a few words for Jermaine. “Thanks, dad. Eighteen, bout to graduate. I didn’t get the invitation,” he said.
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Monica also shared a cute picture of her and Shaniah hanging out. “Always been My baby,” the singer captioned. “@shaniahcymone … In real life one of the sweetest people I know.. Grown, Driven, Intelligent woman… @jermainedupri I know you’re proud!!!”
Monroe and Moroccan celebrated their fifth birthdays on Saturday and Nick Cannon shared his fatherly bliss. The actor took to Instagram to express his happiness.
“The two greatest gifts I ever received in life arrived at the same time on this date 5 years ago,” Cannon wrote. “I am forever grateful and humbled by their love. Through life we constantly try to figure out our journey but when Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon where born I received a new clarity. ‘Unconditional Love’ is what they give and what we continue to express to each other. It is my duty, privilege, and honor to be the best father to them and I thank them both for being the most amazing kids on earth. Happy Birthday Roc&Roe!!!”
Nick Cannon co-parents the twins with estranged wife Mariah Carey. The star father told Ellen that their harmony is fueled by love. “It’s all about unconditional love,” he said. “They know Mommy and Daddy still love each other, but more importantly they love us.”
It’s official. Malia Obama will be a Harvard girl. President and First Lady Obama shared their daughter’s college choice with media a few days ago.
Malia will take full advantage of the “gap year” and enter college in 2017 instead of later this year. The teen has expressed her desire to be a filmmaker and has even gotten a feel for the industry through a few internships in Hollywood.
While it is unclear what the eldest daughter of the president and first lady will do with her year off from school, the gap will certainly give the commander-in-chief time to prepare for Malia’s departure.
“I’m going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing,” the president recently told Ellen DeGeneres. He was referring to Malia’s graduation ceremony from Sidwell, which will take place in coming weeks. “Both of my daughters are wonderful people. Malia’s more than ready to leave, but I’m not ready for her to leave,” he added.
Malia will celebrate her 18th birthday in July. Her younger sister, Sasha, will turn 15-years-old next month.
Kerry Washington took a pause for the cause of a group photo with fellow ‘Scandal’ co-stars earlier this week. Could the star soon be taking maternity leave from her beloved role as Olivia Pope? Blac Chyna is also on our pregnancy radar as she was spotted while visiting her OB/GYN a few days ago. Will King soon be a big brother?
It seems that a few stars may be taking a pregnant pause in coming months. Get the scoop in this week’s version of ‘A Celebrity Baby Blog.’
Kerry Washington poses for group photo, possibly sporting baby bump [BET]
Rumor has it that Angela Simmons may be expecting [Bossip]