Inside ‘POWER’s Naturi Naughton’s Baby Shower (PHOTOS)

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Naughton and her longtime beau Ben celebrated the impending arrival at a very festive and exquisitely decorated forum which was also star studded and attended by her co POWER star LaLa Anthony, actresses Regina King (American Crime, The Leftovers) and Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow)  and a Grimm star Russell Horsnby and The Game actor Hosea Chanchez.

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“I loved my Afro-Centric theme: ‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.’ Primrose Couture Events designed the perfect tribal décor with a village vibe, infused with my Caribbean roots,” the petite star told PEOPLE magazine.

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The couple also used the occasion to announce the gender of the baby.

“It’s a girl! My man [longtime boyfriend Ben] and I totally predicted a boy at first,” the former 3LW girl band member told the magazine. “I was so sure because I am having such an easy and stress-free pregnancy and I had heard all these stories about how girls steal your beauty and make you really sick when pregnant. Well … so not true for me.”

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Ha! We know that’s right. At her shower, Naughton looked stunning and glowed in a white lace frock with her loose ringlets adorned in a light floral crown.  Guests noshed on gold covered oreos, macrons, cake pops, and other tasty delectables perfectly decorated in the theme’s colors of gold and green and had fun cutting up in the photo booth.

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But as the night went on, the guests let their hair down and can be seen “jumping up” to some soca music from the Caribbean.

And Naughton, who is also a rapper and excellently played rapper Lil Kim in the movie about the Notorious B.I.G. on the big screen, revived her role on the dance floor to a Lil Kim song.

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Naughton told PEOPLE she’s “still feeling pretty good,” but is dealing with one issue many women who have been through pregnancy can relate to.

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 “I’m definitely experiencing the swelling of the feet now though, which sucks, but hey, I get a foot rub every night so I’m loving that part!” she joked while adding that her fave indulgent and cravings are Rice Krispies Treats.

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“She puts peanut butter in them and they taste like heaven!” Naughton says. “I can tell the baby is loving them too because there’s a happy dance in my belly after my snack time.”

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Naughton and Ben are not sharing the baby girl’s name until she arrives.

“I think we are 90 percent settled on a beautiful name that we both love,” adding that she and Ben will decide for sure after her birth but other aspects of baby prep are coming along.

“The nursery is coming together, and it’s hard to resist all the adorable baby girl clothes out there, so her wardrobe is in full effect” she said, though the event is not set to arrive until July so she still has a little bit of time to pull together the last minute nesting.

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And July cannot get her fast enough as Naughton is already prepping to be a “mommy and me” type of mom.

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“Dressing alike, mommy-daughter day dates, singing together and teaching her all the important things I learned from my mother,” Naughton told PEOPLE what she is excited about. “I just want to give her a strong foundation, so she can navigate this crazy world by being a strong and beautiful little girl.”

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Here are some photos that her event coordinator and designer Primrose Couture Events shared on their Instagram feed, as well as other guests.

 

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Given the #WHCD was Light on Celebs This Year, Let’s Look Back At Celebs Who Walked Its Red Carpet Pregnant

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The annual White House Correspondents Association dinner has increasingly been a haven for Hollywood Celebrities who walk the red carpet on their way to hob nob with journalism’s elite that cover the White House.

This year was much different.


 

The current sitting president Donald J. Trump choose to sit it out, a first time since Ronald Reagan  that a President opted to skip the event which usually features a comedian roasting the prez and the media and the pres himself giving a monologue full of self-deprecating humor.

[Even when Reagan skipped it, that was because he was shot on the way in, though to be fair other presidents who were very unpopular at the time Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon have skipped the elite dinner in the past, the only other two since Calvin Coolidge]

This year, the event was also super light on the usual parade of celebrities. That might be a good thing in the eyes of many who have heavily criticized the dinner for becoming to glamourized and Hollywoodized.  Celebrated national TV broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw famously skips it and has been vocal as to his reasons why.

Nonetheless, we usually can spot several celebrity moms we’ve covered in the past to feature on the blog. In the very recent past 8 years, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kristen Bell, Jessica Simpson, Cynthian Nixon, Adriana Lima, Neve Campbell, Emma Watson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Anna Chlumsky, Julianna Margulies, Katie Couric, Sofia Vergara, Shonda Rhimes, Rosario Dawson, Candace Cameron Bure, model Emily Ratajowski, Vivica A. Fox, Lupita Nyong’o, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, Kendell Jenner, Laverne Cox, Lucy Liu, Gabrielle Union have all attended as guests of various news organizations that purchase tables.

Not this year. We didn’t see any. There were a few celebs and some of DC’s A-listers [read: TV journalists and broadcast reporters] there but that’s about it.  And with Trump declaring war on the media, the White House press corp and DC establishment, none in his administration or celebs friendly to him failed to show up as well.

So…we’re doing the next best thing and flashbacking to all the ones who did show up in years past. Interesting enough, most of them were preggers at the time!

Last year, in 2016, while pregnant with her second child, daughter, Isabella, Kerry Washington attempted to conceal her bump in an A-line one shoulder black mini Victoria Beckham mini dress.

In 2015, Glee alum Naya Rivera looked radiant in a white floor length  Tadashi Shoji evening gown and model Anne V ‘s lovely floral gown rocked that year as well.

In 2014, TODAY show anchor Savannah Guthrie was six-months pregnant with her first child when she showed up in a pink dress to the event.

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Going further back, Anna Paquin was expecting her first children, a pair of twins, with husband Stephen Moyer in 2011 when she attended the event, also affectionately known as the “Nerd Prom”, wearing a chic and elegant silk jersey gown by French designer Herve L. Leroux.

That same year, Reese Witherspoon was also expecting her third child, but first with second husband Jim Toth. She also went with black in a Monique Lhuillier  gown showing her barely there bump at the time.

 

There you have it! The White House Correspondents Association dinner  has been noteworthy for Bumpwatch coverage history.

2016 Golden Globes: What they Wore; Who Won (PHOTOS)

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The 2016 Golden Globes brought out the glamour and glitz as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association set out to honor the top talent in film and television at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday, January 10.

As usual, we highlight the celeb moms we’ve covered in the past who we spotted receiving and presenting awards and shining on the red carpet during arrivals.


A fave of ours, Tarji P. Henson, won her first Golden Globes for her supporting role as Cookie Lyons in the hit FOX drama Empire and another past feature Kate Winslet took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the movie Steve Jobs

Viola Davis presented and was up for a win for Best Actress in a TV drama as was Regina King who had a nod for her role in American Crime. Davis lost to Henson and King lost to the upset of the night, Lady Gaga for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel.

Jennifer Lopez,  Olivia Wilde, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kate Hudson and Maggie Gyllenhaal presented awards.

Here’s what (and who) everyone wore starting with bold colors worn by (above) Olivia Wilde in form fitting sequinned wine-colored custom Michael Kors Collection with quaint and cute vintage Bulgari jewels and clutch with  custom dyed Aldo shoes; Jennifer Lopez in a caped and draped mustard-colored Giambattista Valli accented with Harry Winston jewelry, Jimmy Choo shoes, and a sizzling silver Judith Leiber clutch; Taraji P. Henson in  white, wearing a Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum, Stella McCartney, with Kimberly McDonald emeralds and diamonds; and Giuliana Rancic in a gorgeous bright orange Alex Perry gown.

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Painting the town BLUE was Jenna Dewan-Tatum in gorgeous deep cut organza and embellished Zuhair Murad and Lorraine Schwartz jewels; Kate Winslet in a Ralph Lauren halter neckline dress with Neil Lane Jewels; Viola Davis in another one of our Bellyitch alums designer ( Georgina Chapman)  Marchesa with Jacob & Co. jewels, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and a Judith Leiber clutch; and
Bryce Dallas Howard in Jenny Packham , Irene Neuwirth jewels, Miu Miu shoes, and a Kotur clutch.

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In muted tones but wearing knock out and stand out dresses: Pretty in Pink Kate Hudson in a shimmery crop top and skirt by Michael Kors Collection, a  Jimmy Choo box clutch, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and Forevermark Diamonds jewelry; Heidi Klum also in Marchesa with Stuart Weitzman shoes and Lorraine Schwartz earrings; Regina King stunning in a gold caped Krikor Jabotian gown paired with Rene Caovilla shoes, Coomi earrings and Alan Friedman ring; Maggie Gyllenhaal in a black and gold floral print Marc Jacobs dress with Monolo Blahnik shoes, and Forevermark jewels; and Malin Akerman in a lace Reem Acra peplum bodice gown.

 

Beautiful all around!!

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45th Annual NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet Fashion: Kerry Washington & others who wowed (PHOTOS)

Last night, some of our current and past Bellyitch Bumpwatch and other moms hit the red carpet to the  45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on February 22, 2014.
Scandal actress and first time mom-to-be Kerry Washington stunned in a custom Thakoon NY dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, a brada clutch and Suzanne Kalan ring. 
The  and her cast took home the award for the Outstanding Drama Series award.  She looked stunning pictured with actors Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Columbus Short, Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield, Joe Morton, Bellamy Young, and Guillermo Diaz,

Idris Elba, Best Actor nominee for  Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom  and Dad-to-be and with girlfriend Naya Garth, looked dapper in a fitted tux and Louboutin “Dada” flats while posing with 2014 Award season “It” girl actress Lupita  Nyong’o of 12 Years A Slave.  Elba won the award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special for his role in Luther
 Nyong’o took home the Best Actress award for her role in that movie award and  looked amazing in a plunging neckline burnt orange Givenchy  pre-Fall 2014 gown with matching sandals and box clutch from the designer with her hair in a parted afro-puff. She acceneted the look with an H. Stern gold cuff and dangling earrings. 

A more recent Bellyitch bumpwatch mom Nia Long was nominated for her role in House of Lies and wowed in a jade green  Nicole Miller halter gown Brian Atwood heels, a Salvatore Ferragamo nude basket-weave clutch and Danielle Queller earrings.

 


Our winner for best body winner actress Regina King, who was nominated for outstanding actress in a drama series, turned heads in Michael Costello, who seems to be the go-to designer for Black Hollywood but seemed to miss in this ill fitting black mermaid dress that looked to constrain the SouthLAnd  star’s toned torso too much.

We have covered mom and soon-to-be surrogate TV personality Sherri Shepherd of The View in the past and last night she worked magic in an off the shoulder shimmery Carmen Marc Valvo gown. The unexpected blue nails were a plus, with the statement accent pieces. 
One of the very first moms we featured for being the first to have a reality TV special following her pregnancy, singer and actress Brandy Norwood, won the  Image award for “Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series” for her role on BET’s The Game.  She looked darling and sexy in a black cut out dress during the non-televised dinner show and again the next day during the televised portion of the show in a Jean Fares Couture black lace embellished gown with nude lining.

Even though she didn’t win for her wonderful and talented work in The Butler, advice mom to the world, Ms. Oprah Winfrey looked dazzling in her burnt orange dress while paying tribute to the late Nelson Mandela who we lost earlier this year. 

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Moms rocked at Black Girls Rock Award show and Red Carpet

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Some hot moms showed up to rock the stage, red carpet, before-and after- parties of the 4th annual Black Girls Rock award show last weekend at the New Jersey Performing Arts center on October 26. The show, founded by former Wilhemena  model turned celebrity-DJ Beverly Bond, will air tomorrow on BET Networks! Patti Labelle, Queen Latifah, writer and producer Mara Brock Akil  who created the hit acclaimed millennial era show Girlfriends , Venus Williams among others will receive awards for arts, community advocacy and advancing the arts. 
The award show was started 4 years ago to respond to and combat  the majority negative stereotypes of black women  that are pervasive in the media. The name “Black Girls Rock” is meant to elevate, celebrate and inspire others who may absorb and internalize the negative portrayals. It started a t-shirt slogan and turned into an empowerment movement, BET wrote in 2010.
In a 2013 Essence magazine survey of 1500 African American women, most believe that three “types” of black women are pervasive in the media: “Modern Jezebels,” “Baby Mamas,” and “Angry Black Women.” as opposed to inspirational images like  “Modern Matriarchs,” “Young Phenoms,” and “Individualists” that can be seen in First Lady Michelle Obama, US Gold medaling gymnast Gabby Douglas and inspirational all-around favorite Solange Knowles, the Grio  writes
Here are some of moms that were among the amazing women celebrated and in attendance during the event, including our favorite type of women: MOMS!
Twins mom Mariah Carey looked amazing in an Alexander McQueen Resort 2013 embroidered skirt and a black crop top.
Gorgeous was the cast of the show Girlfriends including our past bumpwatch mom Golden Brooks and mom Persia White. They are featured with creator Mari Brock Akil, show creator and writer.

Founder of Black Girls Rock Foundation Beverly Bond

Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Golden Brooks

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During the show which will air tomorrow hosts Regina King (a mom) and Tracy Ellis Ross will werk the stage!

Wow! R&B songstress Ledisi rocked the catsuit

La La Anthony, former MTV VJ, TV Host, reality TV star, designer & wife of NBA‘s Carmelo Anthony went understated in an Emilio Pucci outfit

Oscar-winning actress & singer Jennifer Hudson in a black long sleeve Balmain jacquard mini dress & thigh high Chrisian Louboutin  “Mado” lace-up over-the-knee boots
Former CNN on-air personality and current Al Jazeera-US correspondent and business woman Soledad O’Brien, who is mom to 4. 

Photos: courtesy BET, Zimbio, Starcast
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Will Beyonce’s pregnancy be the end of her reign as a sex symbol?

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Beyonce was barely into her second trimester when celeb watchers began to hypothesize that her first baby may spell the end to her career as a sex symbol.  To bring home the point, one notable entertainment reporter told Bellyitch he believes Beyonce may follow the footsteps of black pop sex symbols of  yesteryear who lost their sex symbol status and appeal after having a baby or gaining a significant amount of weight.  
This particular reporter, who requested to remain anonymous, mentioned 1970s Blaxploitation Film Megastar Pam Grier of the Foxy Brown fame, 1980s object of all Black men’s fascination Jayne Kennedy, the model/actress turned first black woman to commentate for the NFL, and 1980s actress Jackee Harry.

1980s Actress/Model Jayne Kennedy before & after having children 
Pam Grier, who Quentin Tarantino once called the first female action hero, still acts though once she gained some weight over time as many women do, she was no longer offered coveted sex symbol roles. She never gave birth and took a hiatus from acting but has a number of roles and productions she is set to star in this year and next. 

Meanwhile, Jayne Kennedy resigned to the role of mom and wife after having her first child Savannah in 1985.  She has two other children Kopper Joi (born May 17, 1989) and Zaire Ollyea (born September 15, 1995).  Before then, Kennedy, a former pageant queen, was the first black woman to grace the cover of Playboy magazine.

Jackee Harry also never had a child, but played opposite Marla Gibbs (Florence in the 1970s sitcom, The Jeffersons) in the long running 1980s NBC sitcom 227, which launched the career of acclaimed actress Regina King (Ray, Jerry McGuire, Miss Congeniality, Southland) who played the part of Gibbs’ daughter, Brenda on that show. Harry played an adopted mom to one of the twins on ABC/WB’s Sister, Sister  with Tia  and Tamera Mowry and now can be seen performing in various cameo roles. This once curvacious bombshell was the object of many male fans and admirers.

Jackee Harry was a 1980s sex symbol & later played a mom in Sister Sister
It may be too soon to be prognosticating such an end for Beyonce.  Certainly, she will be empowered with an army of personal chefs and trainers to get her body back after delivering her baby this winter 2012.  


Also, there is a host of female entertainers who have been able to bounce back. For example, former Spice Girl and current Australian X-Factor judge Melanlie “Mel B” Brown looked her best and sexiest in 2010 while being a spokesperson for a lingerie line and performing in a burlesque show. By that time, she had already given birth to daughters in 1999 (Phoenix) and 2006 (Angel Iris).  Many other A-listers like Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry have managed to bounce back and retake their spots as sex symbols after delivering their babies.  

After having 2 kids, Mel B bounced back, appearing in an Ultimo lingerie campaign

Also, this writer pointed out Beyonce’s resemblance to her mom Tina Knowles, who is still quite stunning for a mature woman. Still, does he have a point? What are your thoughts?
Beyonce during her pregnancy reveal on 2011 MTVs VMAs & her momager/business partner Tina Knowles

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