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First Public Photos of Kerry Washington’s Family Emerge

A family photo of Kerry Washington has surfaced which is a big deal because Washington is among those super private celebrities who have been able to shield their children from celebrity life altogether, and managed to have zero photos online or anywhere of them publicly.

Madame Noire, then TV One cited a tweet that featured a photo of Washington posed alongside other members of her former NFL player husband Nnamdi Asomugha‘s family as part of a feature inside a Nigerian magazine celebrating the life and work of the family matriarch, Dr. Lilian Asomugha.

BCK Online posted a link to the digital version of the magazine called Life & Times which published a full cover feature and interview in its Summer 2018 edition but apparently it slipped through the cracks of celeb stalkers and sleuths until recently.

It was awesome to finally get to see the offspring of the actress and her hubby, 2-year old son Caleb and 4-year old daughter Isabella, all dressed in traditional Igbo tribe clothing while posing alongside a massive family that included Washington’s 12-year old stepson with Nnamdi.

The couple married in Idaho in 2014 in a very private ceremony officiated by Nnamdi’s sister, Chisaraokwu Asomugha, a Silver Spring, MD minister.

But it was equally satisfying to me to read during this Black History Month about Dr. Asomugha’s immigrant story which is very similar to the story of my parents.

Nnamdi’s dad immigrated first to America in the early 1970s before sending for his wife. They worked hard jobs while attending school and welcomed their first child before dad got a Chemistry and Petroleum Engineering degree and mom a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Texas and later a PhD in Naturopathy.

(So my story because I was born before my dad completed his Bachelor’s and Masters at University of Maryland at College Park and after he sent for my mom )

Sadly, Nnamdi’s dad passed away after growing a small family of four children leaving mom to raise four kids on her own, and not only did she do it, but she eventually gave back to the kids in her adopted land,America, with her son’s Asomugha Foundation which takes at-risk children on college tours including to Ivy League schools among other philanthropic efforts.

Dr. Asomugha has penned 5 inspirational books including a parenting book, and started her own charity that has helped over 20,000 orphans and widows, built classrooms and schools, educated girls through college and runs an annual global female empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurial summit in their native Nigeria, West Africa. Phew!

I also dug the part of the interview when she was asked to give advice to other Nigerian families that were considering immigrating to America.

Dr. Asomugha gave a response my immigrant African parents often tell me, “Cut your coat according to your size” — in other words, take it slow, don’t take shortcuts, play by the rules and don’t get caught up in debt and credit cards!

Sage advice! Read more and see the photos in the digital version of the magazine below:

Kerry Washington Has Been Prepping Eva Longoria for Mommyhood

Eva Longoria says Kerry Washington has been the best in helping her prepare for the birth of her first child

The Desperate Housewives alum, who’s now in her third trimester, told Access Hollywood this tidbit earlier.

“Kerry has actually been one of my main friends that I’ve been leaning on during pregnancy,” Eva told us. “She helped me find a baby nurse and [figure out what] a doula is. She’s been an endless source of information.”

The Scandal star also hooked Eva up with a bunch of maternity clothes!

“She gave me this suitcase of maternity clothes,” Eva dished. “It’s like the traveling suitcase — it just gets passed on. Then I have to add to it and then I’ll pass it on. Kerry’s been amazing.”

Washington shared a photo at the Costume Designers Guild Awards of Longoria with herself, Longoria and actress Gina Rodriguez.

“Sisters from other misters. That baby’s gonna have a lotta aunties!

THANK YOU @evalongoria for that beautiful introduction. You and @lynpaolomade me cry! And congrats to miss @hereisgina on being a bad*ss brilliant & beautiful host!!! Love y’all. #cdga20″

Sweet! Longoria and her husband Jose Baston are expecting their very first child together later this year.

Kerry Washington Talks Motherhood and Producing Movies Featuring Moms

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Kerry Washington Opens Up about Balancing Breastfeeding and Hollywood and Producing TV Projects about Multicultural Families and Mothers in Order to Diversify the Stories Usually put out in Tinsel Town

Kerry Washington is mom to 7-month old son Caleb and 3-year old daughter Isabelle who she manages to keep out of the public eye. Once in a while she discusses them and life with them during an interview.

That was the case recently in an interview for Net-A-Porter‘s fashion magazine The Edit.  In the mag which features Washington in its new “Power Women” issue, the Scandal star talked balancing motherhood with being a working actress.

“I can be covered in spit-up on a conference call while I’m pumping and that’s OK, because this is my perfect,” Washington told The Edit in comments posted online Thursday, “It may not be somebody else’s, but this is mine.”

Washington, who is married to ex-NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, said her boss, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes is among her mom role models.

“Shonda’s got I-don’t-know-how-many shows now, plus three kids, and she just figures it out,” Washington said. “However busy I feel, Shonda feels busier, so I’m just going to rise to the occasion. She’s been a real role model. Seeing the community she’s created and the work ethic—I feel like there should be more of this in the world.”

With buzz of Scandal finishing off its last and final season, Washington has been busy with her Simpson Street Production company, named for the Bronx street where her mom grew up.

Her company wrapped “Confirmation”, the Anita Hill story on which Washington starred and played the embattled attorney who almost took down Clarence Thomas during his US Supreme Court confirmation hearing over allegations he sexually harassed her.

And now they have three projects in the can: a TV show about a multicultural family and two movies for the big screen about mothers. Nice!

“We’re looking to do diverse work that brings more and more people to the table—anyone whose voice is underrepresented,” the actress told The Edit. “We’re trying to carve out a space for them at the table of empowered storytelling.”

Love it!

photo: courtesy The Edit

Kerry Washington is Not Down with the ‘Pump and Dump’ Practice

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Scandal star Kerry Washington isn’t into the whole “pump and dump” thing, the practice of pumping out contaminated breast milk after a breastfeeing mom indulges in alcoholic, spicy, gassy or other food and drink that could filter to baby.

Instead, she has just been staying away from it all.

“I haven’t been drinking a lot of wine because I’ve been with child and nursing,” Washington told attendees at the Scandal cast’s panel during the Disney-ABC portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at Langham Hotel on January 10 in Pasadena, California. “I’m not really into the pump and dump.”

During the Golden Globe Awards this past Sunday, the Confirmation star shared that her 2-year old daughter Isabelle Amarachi has been a very good big sister to her brand new 3-month old baby brother Caleb Kelechi.

“She’s enjoying it,” the Emmy and Golden Globe nominee told ExtraTV.

“It’s good. I’m an only child, but my husband [former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha] has many siblings, so he can walk her through it,” she added.

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Kerry Washington Welcomes Son, Caleb Kelechi

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Congratulations to Kerry Washington on the birth of her second child, a son that she and husband Nnamdi Asomugha have named Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, on Oct. 5.

The Scandal star confirmed her pregnancy in May on the red carpet of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.

The couple have raised their daughter Isabelle out of the public eye as well. In fact, she never even announced the birth of Isabelle either so it is of no surprise that it’s been over two weeks since she gave birth and news reports are only coming out now.

Congrats!

Kerry Washington Wows at 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards

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Wasn’t Scandal star Kerry Washington just simply fierce on the red carpet to tonight’s 2016 PrimeTime Emmy Awards presentation?

Expecting her second child with husband, ex-NFLer Nnamdi Asomugha, Washington wowed in a gorge Brandon Maxwell dress with side cutouts. Who says you can’t do avante garde, sexy and chic while pregnant?

She accented the look she sported at the event that took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California tonight with jewels by Fred Leighton and a pair of Gianvito Rossi heels .

She was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Emmy for her role as Anita Hill in HBO‘s movie Confirmation. In addition, the film is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie.

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We were also loving the big full curls which looked like crochet braids with loose ringlets on top. Her make up was flawless and natural. Perfect! Bravo!

Kerry Washington Bumps it Up with Fans while Promoting New OPI Polish Collection 

Second-time mom-to-be Kerry Washington has been having fun promoting the new line of fall/winter colors she helped create for OPI.

Decked out in bump revealing dresses, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress attended various #Kerry4OPI events in Los Angeles this week. 

She posed in white before a fan meet and greet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and was adorable in a color block dress on Wednesday, August 24, taking a selfie with fans.

The Scandal star was recently named OPI’s first-ever Creative Ambassador and together with OPI co-founder and brand ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, created the OPI Washington DC collection with 12 shades, which are all available in both Nail Lacquer and GelColor formulas.

Washington is expecting with her husband Nnamdi Asomugha. Oneof the shades is named after their first child, Isabelle, who celebrated her second birthday this past April.

She’s been enjoying her new gig and has high praise for it.

“This is going to be a lot of fun,” the actress said of the role. “The fun, for me, is that nail lives in the crossover space between fashion and beauty. I love to play with nail color on the red carpet and explore new shades.”

Washington said of the polish colors that they are a great mix of the historical and the cosmopolitan – Washington, D.C.

The Washington DC palette delivers a dramatic, sophisticated spin on classic fall hues. From the authoritative red of ‘Madam President’ to the treasury-worthy deep olive of ‘Suzi – The First Lady of Nails’, OPI boldly casts its ballot for color pure and powerful. Fashion-forward lush green ‘Stay Off the Lawn!!’ adds a jolt of power to fall looks.

The 12 shades of OPI Washington, D.C. collection includes:

CIA – Color is Awesome

Stay Off the Lawn!!

Suzi – The First Lady of Nails

Pale to the Chief

Yank My Doodle

Freedom of Peach

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Shh…It‘s Top Secret

Madam President

“Liv“ in the Gray

We the Female

Inside the ISABELLEtway

Katherine Heigl is Going Thru What Kerry Washington Experienced On Set

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Actress Kerry Washington put off filming her hit show Scandal while pregnant because it was challenging hiding her bump on set during her first pregnancy. 

And now Grey’s Anatomy alum actress Katherine Heigl is experiencing the deme thing while filming new legal drama, Doubt. 

The Knocked Up star is expecting her third child and admitted to InStyle magazine that finding ways to disguise the fact she’s pregnant has started to become very difficult.

“We’re working really hard to try to hide it, and it’s a challenge, because every day my body changes a little bit more,” she said. “We started out with really high hopes of, like, fitted, pencil skirts, and those really great Victoria Beckham dresses, and that became impossible pretty quickly.”

That’s a great endorsement for VickyB, one of our alums.

“So now it’s a lot of big coats. It’s either a purse, a jacket (to cover the baby bump). I think I should start carrying a big plant around, honestly — just to shake things up.”
Kerry Washington decided against filming while pregnant after enduring the same thing: producers trying to be creative to hide her bump. 
The baby will be Heigl and husband Josh Kelley’s first biological child. They are already parents to two adopted daughters, Naleigh, seven, and Adelaide, four. She recently revealed the pair is expecting a boy.

Bump Watch: Kerry Washington has Been Sticking with a Mainly Black Style Pallete

 

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Since announcing her pregnancy at the 2016 Met Gala, Scandal star Kerry Washington has been laying low, but not as out of the spotlight as with her first pregnancy. She has made a few public appearances and in most of them, she looks to have selected to stick with a mainly black color pallete.

For example, at producer Jennifer Klein‘s 19th annual Day of Indulgence party held in the LA home of the Pearl Harbor associate producer,  Washington donned a black HATCH Chloe jumpsuit to the Los Angeles, California event held on August 14, 2016. According to the YBF, or other bump watch alums, Kristen Bell was at the even as well. So were alums Jennifer Lopez and Anna Farris, InStyle magazine reports. 

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Washington and her husband, former NFL player Jimmy Kimmel LiveNnamdi Asomugha are expecting their second child. She decided to not film her hit ABC show while pregnant and succumb to all of the crazy ways show producers attempted to hide her bump. The show will return for its 6th season in the middle of the fall season, and on election night to be precise.

“We are basically going to start out the season on election night,” how creator Shonda Rhimes has said. “Yes, it is going to play into our season, but we’re not going to spend our time playing an election.”

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She had to also get out of the house this past June 13 to collect her Actors Inspiration Award given at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation 7th annual L.A. Golf Classic Fundraiser in Burbank, California. She went with a floral light and airy Giambattista Valli bohemian dress with black and white heels from Sarah Jessica Parker‘s collection.

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The next day, she broke up the black with white and was there for her friend President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama when she spoke at the White House Summit on the United State Of Women June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC.  it was the White House’s first ever summit to push for gender equality.

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Out of all her looks, I love the black ribbed flare dress she wore during a taping of  Jimmy Kimmel Live‘ on May 12, 2016. And I also adored the Brandon Maxwell cape dress she wore paired with Gianvito Rossi pumps in April at an event (see first image in above collage.)

 

photos: Starcast, Getty, Insagram, YouTube screengrab

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2nd Time Mom-to-Be Kerry Washington Returned to Twitter, Refreshed

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After taking a mental health break from social media at the beginning of her second pregnancy, Kerry Washington returned to Twitter yesterday and hosted an #AskKerry Twitter party with her fans. During the one hour session from 1-2 pm PT, she responded to various questions about her career, recent projects, her personal life and her feelings about recent events in pop culture and policy.

When asked how she spent her time off, the star whose career took off following the popularity of her hit ABC television network show Scandal, said, “[w]onderful. & productive actually. Spent a lot of time focusing on health, wellness, family, producing & development.”

She doesn’t give too many interviews where she discusses her personal life, so it was great that she let her fans in and shared much of it yesterday. Here are some of the Q&A.

We also know from the session that Emmy-nominated actress has been exercising this pregnancy as she tweeted about being on a machine while watching TV recently too during the tweet session.

And this…water aerobics.



She discussed her feelings playing Anita Hill in a recent biopic.





She’s coming back to Snapchat.



Check the other questions and answers by scoping Washington’s Twitter page HERE!

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