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Gabrielle Union and Kaavia James’ Mommy and Me Breathtaking Shoot

Gabrielle Union shared the most adorable high fashion mommy and me photo this week featuring her daughter Kaavia James Wade, and the best part is she was wearing a caftan from a designer from my native Sierra Leone, West Africa.

On Tuesday, the actress and America’s Got Talent judge shared a fashion photo taken by photographer April Belle, which she captioned, “Settled and Serving.”

She was wearing a colorful aquamarine two piece bikini with intricate ethnic shapes at the trim while draped with a coordinated Aphrodite Goddess Kaftan  from Sierra Leone native Sai Sankoh‘s self-titled debut fashion line and retails for $295.

My story is a lot like Sankoh’s in that I too arrived in the US as an immigrant as a child and eventually hosted a series of websites and blogs.

According to a recent feature in Yahoo! News, Sankoh recently moved to Dallas, Texas with her sister when she was bit with the designing bug and began crafting designs, and used her celebrity contacts and past work to get a series of stars to wear her Havana Collection.

I am a fan and have featured Sankoh’s Because I Am Fabulous blog and her African Luxe magazine in the past on this blog. The now defunct BecauseImFabulous.com site used to feature breakdown of celebrity Red Carpet and other fashion features.

And now she’s done with that and focused on her line and on getting A-Listers to wear her designs. Love the focus!

“Thanks for doing my kaftan such justice,” Sankoh captioned her repost of the Union photo later.

A recent feature by Lucille Dyosi in Medium characterized the pieces as “glamorous, sophisticated luxury resort wear that can easily be styled from boardroom to the beach.”

I also love that Sankoh’s kaftans are perfect for maternity shoots and for fashion shoots that travel bloggers have while on vacation abroad in places like Mykonos, Greece and Dubai.

Other celeb fans include Destiny’s Child alum Michelle Williams and author and media personality Sarah Jakes Roberts, daughter of famed Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Of the line of colorful clothes, Sainkoh said:

” My recent collection ‘lasting havana’ is inspired by my home country Sierra Leone. We have an amazing culture that I think the world needs to see. Also the flora and fauna amaze me especially in summer season, the colours, the bright and overall landscape during that time are just breathtaking. They are the inspiration behind this collection.”

She also said she has plans to build a factory in Sierra Leone eventually and to help another generation prosper as well.

I’m waiting for the baby and girls versions after seeing Kaavia’s coordinated with her mom as I was loving Kaavia’s matching Ankara print dress and bow tie headwrap which we first saw back on July 6 on ther baby’s Instagram page.

Wade and Union married in August 2014 after five years of dating in a lavish ceremony in Miami.

The couple welcomed baby Kaavia in November, via surrogate. Wade is also dad to three sons — 5 1/2 year old Xavier Zechariah, 12-year old Zion Malachi Airamis and 7-year old Zaire Blessing Dwyane — and guardian to his nephew 17-year old Dahveon.

What Gabrielle Union and Kenya Moore Daly Are Being ‘Mommy Shamed’ About Now

Celebrities get “Mommy Shamed” for every. little. thing. they. do! It comes with the territory of having millions of followers, being socially influential and having humans with all sorts of opinions following your every move!

Recently, brand new first-time moms to baby girls, Gabrielle Union and Kenya Moore Daly were warned about kissing their own newborns! Yup!

(There and Pro and Cons schools of thought on this issue)

(Also previously shamed for kissing a child on the lips in in social media: Amber Rose, Kourtney Kardashian, Dads David Beckham and Union’s husband Dwayne Wade, Olivia Wilde and Hillary Duff)

Union shared a video which got all the heat but she chose to reply to them, writing, in a subsequent post including a video of her daughter Kaavia James being examined by the doctor who gave a clean bill of health:

Cant stop, won’t stop. 💋👶🏾@kaaviajames 💛❤💙💚🧡💜

Here’s a guide for happily enjoying my posts of our family. Trust that she is surrounded by medical and child care specialists. Know she is safe and watched closely at all times. Trust that I won’t post anything that puts my child in danger or opens me up to unsolicited online medical or parenting opinions 🤗 @kaaviajames is loved. She will be kissed. She will be loved on by the people that love her. She will be safe. If and when I have questions (as a new mom I have tons) I will not hesitate to ask my online community for help and suggestions. But yall have never known me to hold my tongue so trust that I will ask for help. Sometimes publicly and sometimes privately. Its OK that every parent does things differently to suit their child’s needs. Every solution that works or worked for you may or may not work for me or my family or other folks. And that’s absolutely OK. If someone does things differently or does not take your advise or that advise doesnt pan out the way it did for you, that is NO indication that you are wrong or a bad parent. We all figure out what works for us, our children and our families. We dont all have to match. It’s ok to break from the norm and do what’s healthiest and safest for your child. No one is in your house or your family but YOU. We dont all need to be clones of each other to be doing OK. The goal is for us all to have happy healthy families and that journey looks different for every family. Let’s embrace that. Let’s get comfortable with that. Someone doing something different than us does not make us bad people or bad parents. Breathe and enjoy. There will be no mommy shaming on this page. I rebuke mommy shaming. For those STILLLLL clinging onto your fears about Kaav’s breathing and or whether my sweet kisses harmed my kid…feel free to swipe.

Moore just ignore them and let her fans clap back over criticism of her kissing her infant, Brooklyn Doris.

Sheesh! 

Gabrielle Union, Hubby and Oprah To Introduce Baby Kaavia In This Angolan Skirt (GET IT NOW)

Actress Gabrielle Union has introduced herself as a new mom majorly and in all the ways possible!

First, she made the surprise announcement that her daughter, her first child with husband Dwayne Wade, birthed via surrogate, arrived after she kept the process completely private and out of the media.

Then this week, she announced the name in an Instagram post: Kaavia James Union Wade.

” @kaaviajames pronounced Kah-Vee-Uh James. She has 102 nicknames including but not limited to Kaav, Kaavi, Kaavi Baby, Kaavi J, Jamie, KJ, Nugget, Nug, Pooters,” the Bring It actress shared. ” We wanted to include my family in her name so the ‘James”‘ is from my uncle James Francis Glass who is also my godfather. Union is her middle name. I’ve waited this long so fo sho I was gonna get in there 🤷🏾‍♀️👶🏾☺”

Nice!

Proud papa tattooed it on his body. Wow! That’s love!

Finally, the Being Mary Jane star shared that we will get to finally meet the little one and learn more about her journey during a televised special that will air this upcoming December 8th at 8 EST on OWN!

She gave a teaser yesterday and outfitted the newborn in a handmade Angolan African Skirt. I know the brand because The Wades graciously tagged the small Etsy shop owner, North Carolina-based Kimberly McBee of Ackee Tree Clothing.

Baby Kaavia is wearing the Angolan African Skirt which sells for $30 and with FREE Shipping if you order during the holidays! According to the ETSY listing,

“This cotton African print inspired skirt has professionally finished seams. You get skirt and head wrap. Perfect outfit for Black History Month or Kwanzaa…This skirt is lighter than our wax fabric skirts. The headwrap which can double as a sash, has rolled edges and is approximately 4” * 40” and comes untied.”

The Jamaican born dress maker, who also taught her self to sew, proudly spread the news in a Faceboook micro-biz entrepreneur group I belong to and we all went crazy with excitement.

If you would like to dress like little Kaavia who joins several other babies and children of celebrities who launched their very own well-followed Instagram pages within hours of birth, then purchase it here!

 

Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade Welcome Daughter via Surrogate

Congratulations to actress Gabrielle Union and her husband Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade who welcomed a daughter via a surrogate last night.

The Being Mary Jane star announced the news with a poem starting with the lyrics of Bill Withers‘ song “Lovely Day” on her Instagram and Twitter accounts this afternoon, captioning three photos of her and the NBA player giving “skin-to-skin” contact with their newborn:

When I wake up in the mornin’ love

And the sunlight hurts my eyes

And there’s something without warning, love

Bears heavy on my mind

Then I look at you

And the world’s alright with me

Just one look at you

And I know its gonna be

A lovely day

A lovely day 🎶

A LOVELY DAY 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾 We are sleepless and delirious but so excited to share that our miracle baby arrived last night via surrogate and 11/7 will forever be etched in our hearts as the most loveliest of all the lovely days. Welcome to the party sweet girl! #onelastdance #skintoskin@dwyanewade ❤👑🥂

Wade shared an identical photo and share on his Twitter and Instagram accounts as well. In the series of photos, Union lays in a hospital bed and bonds with the baby using a method that is important for newborn’s emotional development and growth after birth called Kangaroo care, named for the Australian marsupials that carry their newborn in their pouches shortly after birth.

The actress, who got her biggest break from her role in the cult classic pop culture film  Bring It On star had opened up about suffering through 9 miscarriages in a recent best-selling autobiography she released last year, “We’re Going to Need More Wine.

The Breaking In star writes in the book, which is a collection of essays, “for three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant—I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

Sooo happy for them right now!! Congrats!!!! The celebrity baby girl boom continues! No news yet on the sweet girl’s name. Stay tuned!

Gabrielle Union’s 9 Miscarriages Show Why You Shouldn’t Make Assumptions About Childless Women

Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union opens up about suffering 8 or 9 miscarriages, and having fertility struggles in her new book, “We’re Going to Need More Wine.”

The actress writes in the book, which is a collection of essays, “for three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant—I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”

Union and Miami Heat NBA basketball player Dwyane Wade have been married since 2014.

She also talks about how being a stepmom to her husband’s three sons from previous relationships, 15-year old Zaire, 10-year old Zion and 3-year old Xavier changed her mind on wanting to have her own children.

“I never wanted kids,” she shared. “Then I became a stepmom, and there was no place I’d rather be than with them.”

In a December 2014  interview with Uptown magazine, Union opened up about that desire.

“I think my brain and my heart are screaming baby fever… I’ve lasted 42 years without having a human being come from one of my orifices and I feel okay and fulfilled and happy,” she said. “If it does happen, it’s a miracle—a medical miracle at least. I mean, we’d love to. We’ll see what my ovaries say.”

She told the site that if she does not conceive, she will be okay. “I have really awesome stepkids, so I feel equally as fulfilled.”

But alas, we know that the plans to have a baby had started since way back then and she is still on that journey.

While working on starting her family, the Birth of a Nation actress has to endure the pain of constant rumors about her being pregnant.

Ugh! The dreaded celebrity bump watch speculation!

“Once a month I look like I’m in my second trimester because I’m bloated,” she shared, referring to the side-effects of her IVF injections. “It leads to the questions and it leads to the rumors and anytime I go into a doctor’s office I feel like I’m a member of SEAL Team Six undercover because I don’t want people to speculate.”

Then it’s the constant prodding by well-meaning people who just ask invasive and insensitive questions.

“For so many women, and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, ‘Do you want kids?’” Union said. “A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say ‘no’ because that’s a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause.”

And there you have it! The reason why one should never make presumptions and impose on women’s private live about family-starting.

You can pre-order the book now though it won’t be released until October 17.

Childfree v Childless: Actresses Kim Cattrall & Gabrielle Union reignite old debate



Two Hollywood actresses who do not have children have raised again in the press the age-old debate regarding childlessness and Child-freeness, and the controversy involving both.

Sex and the City alum Kim Cattrall told BBC radio recently that she has issues with the term “childless”.

It is a sensitive topic that seems to irk the vet stage actress.

“Child-less. It sounds like you’re less, because you haven’t had a child,” she said. “I think for a lot of women from my generation it wasn’t actually a conscious choice. It was a feeling of, ‘I’m on this road and things are going really well, and I’m very happy, and I’ll do it next year. I’ll do it in two years. I’ll do it in five years.'”

Cattrall added that though she is not a “biological” parent, she does consider herself a parent, nonetheless because of mothering she has done to young relatives.

“The thing that I find questionable about being childless or childfree is, are you really?” she asked. “There is a way to become a mother, in this day and age, that doesn’t include your name on the child’s birth certificate.”

Meanwhile Being Mary Jane star has been trying to get pregnant with husband NBA star Dwayne Wade but has been struggling and judged all the while by others for putting her career ahead of starting a family.

Union said being an older married woman without child is like having a “Scarlett letter” on your chest.

“There’s a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger,” the Bring It On star told Redbook mag. “The penance for being a career woman is barrenness.”

Both recent comments speak towards societal expectations of women of child-bearing age and

Many people assume that they have the right to walk up to a woman and ask about her fertility, her family plans and many, casually, make assumptions about a very sensitive topic.

Often times, well-meaning adults will ask a couple in child-bearing age or who are newly weds when they will have a child. Many times, that couple may very well may be trying but have been unsuccessful and the incessant query from family and friends can serve to make a stressful situation even more difficult.

Other times, they may be among the hundreds and thousands of couples and women who have decided purposefully to not have children.

They could be treated as alien or as foreign beings for their personal choice.

It’s best to stay mum.

I had an awkward situation recently when I asked a mom at my kids school about her baby not knowing she lost the baby due to developmental and birth complications.

Although it was an innocent mistake, I would have preferred to avoid the awkwardness of the situation.

Instead, I joined the dozens of folks who she had to tell that she lost her baby. She will have to relive the loss over and over again with each unknowing person.

That is the additional thing with miscarriage, neonatal loss and infertility and why it’s best to tread carefully and minimize questioning women about their fertility and parenting choices.

These Kids of Celebrities Have Millions of Instagram Followers

collage of celebrity babies with high instagram following

These days, celebrities create Instagram accounts for their unborn babies so when they are finally birthed into the world, they can have a good $1M in marketing opportunities waiting for them, from Day ONE!

So while Psalm, Chicago, Stormi, Tru, Saint and Dream from the Kardashian/Jenner Clan and Beyonce and Jay Z’s Sir and Rumi or John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s Luna Simone may be the most known celeb babies, without an Instagram following these other 11 are lapping them in follower counts!

Here are the top 11 Babies (or Small kids) of Celebrities, all under 3, in Order of Following Number:

1

Asahd Khaled, 2-years old

Celeb Parent: DJ Khaled

Follower Count: 1.2M

2

Kaavia James Union Wade, 7-Months Old

Celebrity Parents: Actress Gabrielle Union and NBA Player Dwayne Wade

Follower Count: 795,000

3

Boomer Phelps, 3-years old

Celebrity Parent: Olympic Swimming Champ Michael Phelps

Follower count: 691,000

4

Olympia Ohanian, 2-years old

Celebrity Parent: Tennis Champ Serena Williams

Follower Count: 581,000

4

Chanel Nicole, 2-years old

Celebrity Parents: Rapper-actor Ice-T and model Coco Austin’s 

Follower Count: 453,000

5

Imani Tayla Shumpert, Jr., 3-years old

Celebrity Parents: Teyana Taylor and Imani Shumpert

Follower Count: 444,000

6

Ace Wells Tucker, 3-years old

Celebrity Parent: Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kani Burruss

Follower Count: 427,00

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Hello world! ♠️

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7

Pilar Jhena McKinley

Celebrity Parent: Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Porsha Williams

Follower Count: 191,000

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Happy Friday! Smile it’s contagious 😄

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8

Brooklyn Doris Daly, 8-Months

Celebrity Parent: Real Housewives of Atlanta alum and former Miss USA Kenya Moore

Follower Count: 110,000

9

Gunnar Pratt, 1 1/2 years old

Celebrity Parents: MTV The Hills’ stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

Follower Count: 78,000

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Howdie

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10

Cali Clay Shepard

Celebrity Parents: SuperModel Chanel Iman and New York Giants Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard

Follower Count: 39,400

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Lunch time in Monaco 🇲🇨

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11

Molly Manno

Celebrity Parent: Season 6 Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky

Follower Count: 36,000

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Rain ninja ☔️ ⚔️

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Parents: 2019 Espy Red Carpet Arrivals

The 2019 Espy Awards celebrating sports phenoms went down last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California

Among those attended were several of the moms and parents featured in Bellyitch in the past including, singer/model Ciara and her husband Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Ciara donned her signature slick dark colored gown with cut outs with Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

Also in attendance was boxer, author and entrepreneur Laila Ali.

Brand new parents actress and America’s Got Talent newest judge Gabrielle Union and her husband NBA player Dwayne Wade. Union wore a short lace dress by Raisa Vanessa and Jimmy Choo heels.

New mom Allyson Felix didn’t showed up and out in a neon yellow crop top with matching pants.

PRIDE: Celebrity Parents Supporting LGBTQ Children; Raising Gender Neutral Kids

This PRIDE month, several celebrities have come forward in social media to support their LGBTQ kids, an act which is uncommon for younger children, though dozens have show public support of their adult LGBTQ kids.

Others like Charlize Theron and Angelina Jolie have been either vocal or public with their choice to permit their children to gravitate towards a non-binary or gender-fluid identity.

Back in April, NBA player Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union cheered on Wade’s son and Union’s stepson, Zion, 11, while he walked in the annual Miami Beach Pride march.

Though the basketball star was busy in Toronto playing against the Raptors at the time, he shared Union’s photo on his Instagram accounts, beaming with pride.

“We support each other with Pride,” Wade wrote on Instagram over a photo of Zion and Union.

Also that month,  Charlize confirmed that her 7-year old adopted chilld Jackson is trans. At the time, she told The Daily Mail that now she has “two beautiful daughters.” 

“My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be,” she said. “And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”

Theron adopted Jackson when just 3-years old and daughter August as an infant.

Marlon Wayans, star of White Chicks  and other movies shared a photo of his daughter, Amai, wearing rainbow-soled sneakers on Instagram on Sunday, June 2. (Wayans also shares son Shawn, 17, with ex-wife Angelica Zachary.)

“Happy pride to my pride and joy,” he captioned the photo. “I wouldn’t change one effing thing about you. Love you to the moon around the sun through the galaxies and back again.”

He had to clap back against trolls who didn’t like his decision to outwardly and openly support his daughter which you can read about in US Weekly here.

Although neither Angelina Jolie nor her ex husband Brad Pitt have spoken publicly about their 12-year old daughter Shiloh Pitt, it is rumored and believed Shiloh is transgender.

Jolie dressed Shiloh in gender neutral clothing as a child and now she is much older, she makes her own fashion decisions, which often include more masculine fashion choices such as short haircuts, suits with ties, loose shirts, and pants.

Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard said her daughter Beatrice’s gender was unclear for a while and in 2017 she told PEOPLE magazine,“She was bald for a very long time, and so gender [was] a little unclear,” the actress told People in 2017. “But that was fine, and there was no problem. I really wanted to wait for her to lead me in a certain direction.”

Singer Pink is outspoken about many things, and one of them is how she chooses to raise her daughter, Willow. “We are a very label-less household,” she told the Sunday People in 2017. “Last week Willow told me she is going to marry an African woman. I was like, ‘Great, can you teach me how to make African food?’ And she’s like, ‘Sure mama, and we are going to live with you while our house is getting ready.’”

20 Moms Celebrating Mother’s Day For First Time {2019}

Happy Mother’s Day to all the new first time moms, including the celebrity women’s whose pregnancies we “bumpwatched” this past year.

Celebrating their first Mother’s Day are:

Cardi B who welcomed her first child, daughter Kulture Kiari, with husband Offset from the rap group The Migos on July 10th.

Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria who welcomed son Santiago Enrique with husband Jose Bastón  on June 19, 2018.

On Nov. 7, 2018, Gabrielle Union and her husband NBA star hubby Dwayne Wade who welcomed their first child together via surrogate, daughter Kaavia James after years of infertility and struggles.

Comedic actress Amy Schumer who is the latest to the new moms club after she and husband Chris Fischer welcomed their first child together son,  Gene Attell Fischer, on Sunday, May 5.

Parks and Recreation alum Rashida Jones who gave birth to her first child, a son, Isiah Jones Koenig , with her longtime beau Ezra Koenig last August 22, 2018.

One Thing” singer Amerie who welcomed her first child son River Rowe Charles L. Nicholson with husband Lenny “LG” Nicholson  last December.

US Olympic track star Allyson Felix and her husband Kenneth Ferguson who welcomed daughter Camryn last December 2018.

America Ferrera who had her first child, son Sebastian “Baz” Piers Williams in late May with husband Ryan Piers Williams after Mother’s Day so this is her first.

Supermodel Chanel Iman who became a mom on Aug. 10, 2018 when she and her New York Giants wide receiver husband, Sterling Shepard, welcomed son Cali Clay.

Another Model Kate Upton and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher, Justin Verlander who became parents to daughter Genevieve on Nov. 7, 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle and her husband, the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who welcomed their first child together on May 6 announcing the news on their official Instagram account. They named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

A relative of a Royal, Pippa Middleton, the little sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, and her husband James Matthews who also welcomed a son, Arthur, on October 15, 2018.

Former Reality TV star of Real Housewives of Atlanta Kenya Moore and her restaurateur husband Marc Daly who welcomed a daughter, Brooklyn Doris Daly, together on November 4, 2018.

Current housewife of that Bravo TV franchise Porsha Williams who also had a daughter Pilar Jhena with fiance restaurateur Dennis McKinley.

Tattoo artist and makeup mogul Kat Von D who became a mom in late 2018 to son Leafar Von D Reyes with hubby Rafael Reyes.

Former TODAY show anchor Tamron Hall and her husband Steve Greener who welcomed their first child, a son named Moses on April 25th.

On September 30, 2018, Shahs of Sunset alum Lilly Ghalicchi Mir and her husband Dara Mir, who welcomed their first child, daughter Alara Mir.

Current Shahs star Mercedes “MJ” Javid Feight and her husband Tommy Feight who welcomed their first child, son Shams Francis Feight, on April 17th

Singer Kehlani and her partner partner Javie Young-White who welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Adeya Nomi, in late March.

Former Destiny’s Child performer, actress and Singer LeToya Luckett and her Tommicus Walker who welcomed their first child on January 4th this year, a daughter they named Gianna Iman.

Congrats and Happy Mother’s Day to all!