Mahershala Ali Won Big with His Daughter’s Birth Before Oscar Win

39262a42-3f4c-4f31-9eef-3fc821b26e69Before actor Mahershala Ali won his first Oscar for Best Actor in Moonlight, he won big with the birth of his first daughter,  Bari Najma Ali.

Ali announced the birth during his Academy Award acceptance speech, “I just wanna thank my wife, who was in her third trimester doing awards season. We just had a daughter four days ago [huge applause from the audience].”

He added, “I just wanna thank her for being such a soldier through this process… and really carrying me through it all. Thank you, I really appreciate it. Peace and blessings.”

Before then, he shared a photo of his wife Amatus Sami-Karim cradling their baby on his Instagram page, captioned with her name, how it is pronounced and a hashtag about the baby’s astrological sign.

“Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Alii 💜 2/22/17 #pisces,” he captioned the photo.

Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali 💜2/22/17 #pisces

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Baby girl escaped being called Oscaria. During a pre-Oscar interview, the actor who also stars in a heavily nominated film, Hidden Figures,  joked that if the baby arrived after he won the Oscar he would name her Oscaria if a girl.

Ali made Oscar history as well. He instantly made history as the first Muslim to win the Best Actor award ever. Ali’s film Moonlight took home the Best Film award, albeit after a much talked about controversial and history-making moment. Presenter Warren Beatty was given the duplicate envelope for Best Actress. He opened the envelope and noticed the error and peered inside the envelope looking for another card. Beatty hesitated and did not announce the winner and instead showed the envelope to his co-presenter Faye Dunaway who immediately announced La La Land, which was the movie listed under Emma Stone’s name.

Last night also was historic because the most Black winners won in major categories ever.

How Olivia Culpo’s Marchesa Water Dress helps Charity


Actress and former beauty queen Olivia Culpo’s Oscar red carpet dress will help provide clean water to children in the developing world.


The former Miss USA and Miss Universe 2012 teamed up with our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Georgina Chapman to design the dress made up of a chalice.

“It’s in partnership with Stella Artois and,” the star of The Other Woman  told Ryan Secrest on the red carpet. “Stella Artois created chalices and for one chalice sold, five years of clean drinking water is provided for someone in the developing world. So this dress is actually made out of the chalice pieces, and it’s encouraging people to get involved in the water crisis and buy the chalice.”

And it is a stunning masterpiece. It even flows like water.

“We wanted the dress to represent water itself, so it’s sort of cascading,” she explained. “The crystal represents the water as well. We knew we wanted tears.”

She continued, “They did an amazing job…and it’s fun when you can incorporate good things and charity into fashion!”


Hollywood’s Newest ‘It Guy’ Mahershala Ali to Name First Baby Oscar if He Wins, Maybe


Best Supporting Actor Academy Award contender Mahershala Ali has been racking up awards for his break out roles in Moonlight, Luke Cage, House of Cards and Hidden Figures and now he is considering naming his soon-to-be born first child Oscar if he wins.

Well, kinda. When interviewed by E! News Marc Malkin  on the red carpet of the annual Oscar nominees luncheon this week,  the current ‘It” guy of Hollywood, was asked if he would consider naming his and wife Amatus Sami-Karim’s baby, after the nickname of the famous Academy Award trophy.

“Maybe as a middle name,” the recent SAG Award Best Supporting Actor winner answers coyly in a video replay of the interview. “If it’s a girl , Oscaria.”

The hardest working man in tinsel town also said the award season is readying him for endless nights given that everything is coming to head simultaneously.

Everything is happening, “literally at the same time,” he told Malkin. “She’s in her third trimester and we are in the middle of the Oscar’s unfolding and all these other award shows. It’s finishing as the whole [award show] season finishes.”

What an exhausting schedule for  Ali, who also took home the the Critics Choice  Supporting Actor Award for his role as Juan in Moonlight.

“I’m just happy if I’ll still be on my feet come February 27.” he added, referencing the end of award season. But that is when the endless nights really begin, as Malkin reminded him.

Ali, who appeared in the Hunger Games franchise films, agreed.

“This is like the warmup for the next 10 years or 5, or whatever it is…18, I’ll take it.”

Ali and Sami-Karim met as New York University students and tied the knot in 2013. They announced news of the pregnancy in December 2016.mahershalaali74thannualgoldenglobeawardserw0oy6srlul


He recently beamed about his wife in an interview with Elle magazine.

“She and  I have known each other for a really long time, (about) 17 years,” he confided. “So, at this point, she’s seen a big shift in things, but at the same time, she’ll ground me real quick if I start feeling myself a little too much. She’s very real, like, seriously.”

Ha! Love it!  Congrats!

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ICYMI: Watch Jennifer Hudson Take Us to Church in Hairspray Live!


In case you missed it, our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Jennifer Hudson brought the house down (and some say saved) the NBC’s live musical Hairspray Live that aired this week, on Wednesday, December 7.

The actress played Motormouth Maybelle and did justice to one of the most powerful numbers, I Know Where I’ve Been which required pipes! Of course the Academy Award-winning actress could pull it off. After all, she won her Oscar in a role in a Dreamgirls remake that featured the mom to one taking audiences to church.

The musical takes place in 1960s Baltimore and focuses on the Civil Rights Movement, and in context, the song  Hudson belted out gave some extra significance to the lyrics.


Marrion Cotillard and Natalie Portman are Radiant Promoting Upcoming films

Two of my favorite Oscar winning international actresses, the talented Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillardlooked radiant while promoting their respective upcoming movies at screenings this week.

Israeli born Portman went with a striped gown by The Row at the Israel Film Festival Gala in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, November 9 with her hair in a half-up, half-down style with nude makeup . The Academy Award winner polished doff her look with simple hoops by Eddie Borgo and a Vic Minaudière clutch.

Portman stars in Jackie. portman

Meanwhile, French actress Cotillard stars in a new  WWII drama Allied alongside costar Brad Pitt and looked fabulous in a navy Christian Dior maxi dress accented with an embroidered white hand-strap clutch by Dior, and side swept coifed hair at a fan event for the film at the Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California.


Both women have 5-year old boys at home.

Cotillard, who starred in Inception. and her longtime partner of 9-years Guillaume Canet are expecting their second child together. The couple are parents to 5-year old son Marcel.

Portman and her choreographer husband Benjamin Millepied are parents to 5-year old son Aleph.

Will ‘The American Sniper’s fake baby cost it the Oscar?

Ok I find it hilarious that some are saying the Twitter uproar over The American Sniper ‘s use of a fake baby in an intense scene in the movie will make it lose the biggest award at the Academy Awards tomorrow night. I just spotted entertainment reporter Lisa Respers France‘s article in CNN on that theory. 
In the film which portrays the life of the most deadly sniper in American history, Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) and his wife (Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Sienna Miller) are having a convo in the baby nursery after Kyle returns home from the war. Kyle picks up and rocks back to sleep a very obviously plastic baby doll dressed in pink.
Twitter had a field day when the movie first opened and now there are several reports of conspiracy theorists hypothesis that this solitary reason will be why the film maybe won’t win in the Best Picture category tomorrow. The baby has its own Twitter account and there have been several spoofs since then. 
“That’s why, a lot of times, producers hire multiple babies —  you can’t always guarantee a happy baby ready for filming,” Toni Casala, founder of LosAngeles-based Children in Film told the  Washington Post. “And if one doesn’t show up, you’re definitely in trouble.”
American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall explained just that on Twitter: “Real baby #1 showed up with a fever. Real baby #2 was a no-show.”
Check out the clip of the embarrassing use of a plastic baby in a $60M big budget movie:

Idina Menzel’s fab Super Bowl peformance: Get the Look (VIDEO)

Bravo to our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Idina Menzel on her beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner last night before the Super Bowl.
Menzel stunned Oscar audiences last year during her performance of the Academy Award winning Best Original Song “Let It Go” from the wildly popular Disney animated movie Frozen.  She really did sang her heart out! Yes, I said SANG.

Menzel, who has a 5-year old son, Walker Diggs, with actor Taye Diggs, will launch a world tour next summer and will soon star in a new sitcom pilot called Happy Time executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres.

We also were wondering, who made that stunning and bold two finger statement ring she wore with her very smart and well fitted Angel Sanchez jumpsuit with black peep toe Jimmy Choo platforms.

It’s a custom piece by Jacobs & Co! Nice!

Check out the marvelous performance below:

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ANTM YaYa DeCosta Alafia welcomed son via homebirth

File this in the category, “Missed.”
America’s Next Top Model winner YaYa DeCosta Alafia welcomed a son, Sankara, this September 12. Her husband, film producer, Joshua Bee Alafia, tweeted the news to his Twitter followers:
Kudos to her for a home birth!
So sweet to see dad with his new son share this photo on social media, via his Facebook account earlier last month.
DeCosta Alafia has acted in several roles and gave a break out performance in this Summer’s film The Butler by critically-acclaimed director Lee Daniels. She is getting much Oscar buzz going into awards season. That would be double blessings for sure if she would be able to receive a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nod, at least. 
She beat to the punch fellow ANTM alum Lisa D’Amato , who gave birth also to a son on September 29. Meanwhile, another ANTM winner Eva Marcille (Pigford) is about 6 1/2 months along with her first. And Cycle 4 early departure contestant Cassandra Jean is due sometime soon as well. 

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New mom Viola Davis’ Oscar style (MOTIONS Naturally You Contest)

Academy Award-nominee and new adoptive mom Viola Davis didn’t take home an Oscar last night for her leading role in The Help, but she did take home the adoration and love of many women, especially African American women, who adored the fact that she opted to go natural on the red carpet.
The Bellyitch fave wowed viewers with her fiery auburn dyed short fro which complemented her striking features, knock-out body and gorgeous Vera Wang gown. As per usual, the break-away star showed off her chiseled arms and shoulders, evidence of hours of time spent in the gym, obviously.
The entire look totally inspired many women who struggle with the decision on whether to go chemical-free and ditch their hair processors and relaxers. 
It reminded me of the new Motions Naturally You campaign that someone recently told me about. It kicked off during African American history month with a contest for girls.  The Motions Salon Haircare is searching for 3 girls with natural style to introduce this new line. Enter HERE.  Those selected will win a trip to New York City for a full make over and will appear in online and print campaigns including one in Essence  magazine, a premiere fashion and beauty magazine for African Americans. Entrants can upload a video or photos and explain why they’d make a great Motions girl! Contest ends March 21 at 11:59pm! Good luck!
The new line of products, which retail for about $6 each at most drug stores and beauty supply stores, features a special blend of shea butter, coconut and avocado oils, to deeply moisturize the hair, provide curl definition, promote soft and manageable hair and help women own and rock their natural curls! Ow!  
Great! So every girl can own their look as great as Viola did last night! Fabulous!

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Pregnant MOVIE Trivia

Which actress and in what full length feature film was there a character who was pregnant in it throughout, but never delivered her baby by movie’s end?
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The answer after the jump

In 1996, the very talented actress Frances McDormand played pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson in FARGO.  McDormand, who was adopted by a Canadian minister as a kid, did a brilliant job portraying a tenacious chief of Brainerd, MN who solves three murders by the end of the movie, cuts out the lights and rolls her pregnant self back to bed.  In this dark, macabre, dramedy, that had some strange characters, it is the first time in a feature film that writers, director and producers placed a pregnant woman in a film not for the cliche purpose of having that mad rush to the hospital scene where she ultimately delivers.  The pregnancy was chief’s Gunderson’s state but was not a featured element of the plot. 

It was so great, McDormand won an OSCAR for her performance for BEST ACTRESS that year!  WOOT!!

Check out a video from the trailer below. Watch it ONLINE

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