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Rashida Jones Gave Birth to Her First Child and You Didn’t Even Know she Was Pregnant



Surprise! Rashida Jones is a new mom.

The Angie Tribeca actress secretly gave birth to her first child on August 22 in Los Angeles, E! News has learned. E! News has also exclusively learned the star welcomed a baby boy named Isaiah Jones Koenig.

This is the first child for Jones and her longtime beau, musician Ezra Koenig. Jones has not publicly confirmed the news. E! News has reached out to the star’s rep for comment.

The ultra private pair seemed to confirm the romance rumors when they stepped out together at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017.

On the subject of motherhood, Jones previously told The Guardian in 2014, “I’m happy, but the fact that I’m not married and don’t have kids—it’s taken me a long time to get to a place where I actually am OK with that, where I actually don’t feel like I’m some sort of loser.”

The 42-year-old actress, writer and producer, who was once engaged to musician Mark Ronson, also opened up to E! News about her outlook on marriage back in 2011.

“Maybe never?” she said with a laugh when we asked when she would ever wed.

“Marriage doesn’t really buy you anything. I mean, Chris Messina, who is my co-star in this movie, is with my very close friend [producer Jennifer Todd]. They’re not married, but they have two kids and they’re wildly happy.”

Wishing the famous new mama her own wild happiness with her little one. Congratulations to the new family of three!

Us Weekly was first to report the baby news.

reprinted with permission from our partners at E!

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!

2019 Grammy Awards Recap {PHOTOS}

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards went down last night February 10 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Congrats to a couple of our “Bellyitch Bumpwatch” alums who took home awards: Cardi B for the Best Rap Album for her project “Invasion of Privacy” and muva Beyonce who won Best Urban Contemporary Album for her album collaboration project with her husband, Jay Z, “Everything Is Love” — The Carters.

Rashida Jones won an award for Best Music Film for their documentary Quincy about her dad music icon Quincy Jones.

On stage, our other blog alum Alicia Keys kept the attendees entertained while fulfilling her hosting duties and doing an amazing job singing some hits old and new while playing not one, but two pianos!

Besides her on-stage performance outfit, a black leotard and shimmery black tuxedo pants and a chic black fedora, the “Empire State of Mind” performer had four outfit changes if you count the fitted red tea-length Giorgio Armani button-up gown with a plunging neckline.

She also donned a green Palazzo leg jumsuit with a green print head scarf, a black jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and my fave, a red deep v jumpsuit with collar cape draping.

Jennifer Lopez also performed a tribute to Motown and showed up on the red carpet and during the intro, joined Keyes alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Lady Gaga and former First Lady Michelle Obama, in a white Ralph & Russo pantsuit.

Cardi did a showstopping Burlesque’ish routine to her hit song “Money” but before that worked the red carpet in an elegant and avant garde vintage dress from the Mugler 1995 fall couture collection.

It looks like big and bold looks was the thing this year because Kylie Jenner showed up and out in a very structured blush pink Balmain Couture pants suit to cheer on her beau Travis Scott who was nominated for a few awards last night.

Not everyone went way out. New mom Jones did a nice conservative look in a long Ralph Lauren dress with Cartier jewels and Brian Atwood heels and I loved the elaborate yet simplicity of Pinkett Smith’s 20s feel feathered gown.

My fave dress was Bebe Rexha, whose not a mom, but rocked it in a gorgeous red layered Monsoori dress.

Photos: Getty

56 Celebs Who Gave Birth After Age 40

It recently occurred to me that since 54-year old actress Brigitte Nielsen gave birth to her 5th child last year, I haven’t updated my growing list of celebrity women who gave birth over the age of 40.

It was about 40 when I last posted and since then we are up to 50! Here they are and if I missed any, please ping me in social media @Bellyitch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Thanks!

  1. ALYSSA MILANO was 41 in 2014 when she gave birth to daughter Elizabella Dylan Bugliari.
  2. ANA ORTIZ had just turned 40 when she gave birth to her 2nd child.
  3. ANNETTE BENING has four kids with Warren Beatty and gave birth to her youngest at age 42.
  4. AUDRA MCDONALD was 46 when she welcomed her surprise baby in 2016.
  5. BEVERLY D’ANGELO welcomed her twins at age
  6. BRIGITTE NIELSEN was 54 when she gave birth to her fifth child and first daughter, Frida, in June 2018.
  7. BROOKE SHIELDS underwent seven rounds of in vitro fertilization treatments. After these treatments, she gave birth to her first child, Rowan, at age 37. At the age of 40, she traditionally conceived her daughter, Grier, with husband Chris Henchy.
  8. CELINE DION was 42 when she gave birth to her twin boys
  9. CHERYL TIEGS had her first child, a son, at age 44.
  10. DOMINIQUE DAWES welcomed her fraternal twins, son Lincoln and daughter Dakota, in late January at age 41.
  11. EMMA THOMPSON spent several years trying to have a baby. She opted for in vitro fertilization treatments and eventually welcomed daughter, Gaiain her 40s.
  12. EVA LONGORIA was 43 when she welcomed her first child, son, Santiago.
  13. EVA MENDES was 42 when she gave birth to her second child with husband Ryan Gosling and 40 for her first.
  14. GERI HALLIWELL was 44 when she welcomed her son in 2017,.
  15. GWEN STEFANI was 44 when she welcomed her 3rd son, Apollo.
  16. HALLE BERRY had her daughter Nahla at age 41, and her son Maceo at age 46.
  17. HELEN HUNT gave birth to her first kid, Makenalei Gordon in May 2004, with boyfriend, Matthew Carnahan when she was 43.
  18. IMAN was 45 when she welcomed her second son with David Bowie.
  19. JAMIE PRESLEY had a set of twins at age right after she turned 40 last March.
  20. JANE KRACOWSKI surprised everyone when at 45 she had her first child, a son.
  21. JANE SEYMOUR was already a mother of four at the age of 45 when she underwent fertility treatments in her mid-40s after her divorce with former husband. She and her current husband, director James Keach, welcomed twins, Johnny and Kristopher in 1995.
  22. JANET JACKSON welcomed son Essia at age 50.
  23. JENNIFER CONNELLY was 43 when her 3rd kid, daughter Agnes, was born
  24. JERRY HALL, Ex-wife of singer Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones’ lead singer, gave birth to the last of her four children, Gabriel, at 41.
  25. JUDY REYES was 41 when she welcomed daughter Leila in 2009.
  26. JULIANNE MOORE gave birth to her similarly redheaded second child, Liv Helen, at age 41.
  27. KELLY PRESTON had her son Benjamin Travolta at age 48.
  28. KENYA MOORE welcomed her first child, daughter Brooklyn at age 47.
  29. KIM FIELDS was 44 when she and her hubby welcomed their second son Quincy.
  30. LAURA LINNEY welcomed her first child at age 49.
  31. LISA LING was 42 when she gave birth to her second child, daughter Ray in summer 2016.
  32. LISA LOEB quietly welcomed her 4th child at age 45, a son named Emet.
  33. MARCIA CROSS, star of Desperate Wives, gave birth to fraternal twins, Eden and Savannah, at age 44, with husband, Tom Mahoney, in February 2007.
  34. MARCIA GAY HARDEN was 44 when she gave birth to her twins
  35. MADONNA was 41 when she gave birth to her son Rocco.
  36. MARIAH CAREY was 42 when she welcomed her twin, Morrocan and Monroe.
  37. MARISKA HARGITAY was 42 when she gave birth to her first child, a son and later went on to adopt more kids
  38. MAYA RUDOLPH was 41 when she gave birth to her 4th child.
  39. MERYL STREEP was 41 in 1991 when she welcomed her last of 4 kids.
  40. MIMI ROGERS was 45 when she gave birth to her last child, a son.
  41. MIRA SORVINO was 44 when she welcomed her daughter Lucia and was 41 when she welcomed her son. She has 4 kids total.
  42. MOLLY RINGWALD was also in her 40s, age 46, when she welcomed her twins.
  43. MOMICA BELLUCCI, Italian actress, gave birth to her second child at age 45
  44. NANCY GRACE was 48 when she welcomed her twins, John and Lucy.
  45. NIA LONG gave birth to her second son when she was 41.
  46. NICOLE KIDMAN gave birth to her first child, Sunday Rose, at the age of 40 with her husband, Keith Urban.
  47. RACHEL ZOE was 42 when she welcomed her 2nd son, Kaius.
  48. RASHIDA JONES welcomed her first child, son, Sam at age 42.
  49. SALMA HAYEK gave birth to her first child, Valentina Paloma, at age 41, in September 2007 with her then-fiance, French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. They later married in April 2009 before eventually divorcing.
  50. SUSAN SARANDON gave birth to her son, Jack at age 42. Three years later, she welcomed another son, Miles, at age 45.
  51. TAMIKA “TINY” HARRIS was 40 when she gave birth to her last child, daughter Heiress.
  52. THANDIE NEWTON had just turned 41 when she gave birth to her 3rd child, a son, Booker Jombe Parker.
  53. TINA FEY gave birth to her first child, daughter Penelope at 41, and a second daughter Alice two years later at age 43.
  54. TORI SPELLING was 43 when she welcomed her fifth child.
  55. UMA THURMAN was 42 when she gave birth to her first kid with beau Arpad Busson.
  56. VANNA WHITE gave birth to her daughter the same year she turned 40.

NEW: Jay Z Drops Visually-Stimulating Celeb-Studded Futuristic Video for ‘Family Feud’ (PHOTOS and VIDEO)

If you follow this blog, you know I am a die-hard Beyonce, also a Jay and Bey fan and a fangirl of sci-fi and action movies so, I was quite geeked to immediately open up and peep the brand new video for Jay Z‘s song “Family Feud” off of his 444 album which melds all of my faves into one fantastical, visually-stimulating treat.

And I must say, the cinematography is on point….

All the Yeses to the Ava DuVernay-directed futuristic video which gives me “Black Panther” vibes, because it is set the year 2444 in a universe where Power‘s Omari Hardwick is the co-President of the Free World and is the direct descendant of the matriarch of a fantastical diverse group of women, dubbed the Fore-mothers, who re-configured the US Constitution in the year 2050 along with a pact called the “Confessional Papers”, per the prose in the video.

ETA: the director explained the video:

Westworld’s Irene Bedard plays a co-President

A Native American woman is the co-President played by Westworld’s Irene Bedard.

Yes to This is Us star Susan Kelechi Watson playing an adult Blue Ivy Carter who quotes her dad during that meeting saying “ Nobody wins when the family feuds,” a line from the song.

The Mindy Project’s Mindy Kaling heads the meeting

Yes to the union of leaders led by a character played  by a then-pregnant Mindy Kaling and featuring council members portrayed by ….

Claws‘ Neicy Nash, Angie Tribeca and Parks & Recreation‘s Rashida Jones, Room‘s Brie Larson, Marvel’s Luke Cage and The Defenders‘ star Rosario Dawson, trans advocate, journalist and and social commentator  Janet Mock, who are among the women who are tasked to lead the effort to set the world straight — as it should be because you know, given this “Me Too” era in the nation (and world), it really will take a small army of Women to do the job.

Fresh Off the Boat‘s Constance Wu

The Office’s Rashida Jones and Rosario Dawson, who stars in Marvel’s The Defenders, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage

Yes to the fictional president’s feuding for power family played by a Thandie Newton outfitted in a LeeLo from The Fifth Element-like bandage onesie  who fights with her brother played by Creed and Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan .

Creed and Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan

Thandie Newton wearing the heck out of a bandage outfit reminiscent of LeeLo from ‘The Fifth Element’

Jessica Chastain cameos

David Oyelowo

Yes to the president’s ancestors saving the world from a time when “Make Us Great” meant make us fear one another!

America Ferrera is a warrior

Yes to Beyonce sitting on her throne on the other side of a Catholic confessional, metaphorically and literally, waiting to assign penance to Jay for reportedly cheating on her, as is referenced in the song.

Beyonce sits inside a Catholic confessional

Oh and yes to Blue making a cameo too!

Watch it today FREE using the FREE Tidal Holiday 12-day streaming special here: https://listen.tidal.com/

PREVIEW IT HERE!

 

From People:

All the celebrities who made cameos shared behind-the-scenes photos from filming once the video was released exclusively on Tidal.

This is far from JAY-Z’s first video featuring some Hollywood heavyweights.

He previously dropped the Friends-inspired clip for “Moonlight” with Tessa Thompson, Tiffany Haddish, Jerrod Carmichael and Issa Rae as well as the Lupita Nyong’o-starring “MaNyfaCedGod” and “Adnis” starring Mahershala Ali.

JAY-Z’s 18th studio album, 4:44, recently received eight Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album.

 

 

Yes to these other screen grabs of the close to 8 minute music video:

Mother’s Day: Give a socially conscious gift to mom

Thinking of going a non traditional route for a gift for mom this Mother’s Day?
Is your mom no longer with us but you’d like to give something in her memory?
Consider donating in mom’s honor to the International Rescue Committee, which this week launched a campaign of rescue gifts for mothers in developing nations, in conflict or those that recently experienced a natural disaster like Syrai, the Congo or the Phillippines.
For $24, you can gift a safe delivery of a mom that will ensure critical supplies and assistance are provided for a safe childbirth. 
For $52, a baby and a mom in a country like Kenya can receive adequate advice, medical assistance and other support. And for $56, a young girl in Afghanistan, for example, can go to school for a year. They’re the perfect gift for the socially conscious or eco-friendly mom in your life and it’s great for last minute gift.
New mom and Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum  Morena Baccarin, Rashida Jones, John Legend, Jencarlos Canela and Sarah Wayne Callies have supported IRC’s efforts.
Ingrid & Isabel, a maternity apparel company, will match all “Rescue Gift” purchases to the IRC up to $30,000 as part of the IRC’s Mother’s Day campaign.  
There are more than three dozen gift options at varying prices.  The recipient of each “Rescue Gift” will receive a personalized printed card or an eCard describing the gift and how it will impact the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. 
Gift buyers can see the catalogue at www.rescue.org/gifts.
Your mom’s memory will go to good and that has got make all feel better and someone and some baby’s life better too!

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Lessons from a biracial upbringing where physical features color racialidentity

A friend of mine shared a 2012 Bossip article in social media that was about Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones  and her sister Kidada Jones.

Although both grew up with a Jewish mom and African American dad, the legendary Quincy Jones, they had differing experiences that were colored by whether each young woman looked more black or white. 
Kidada struggled with being slightly darker skinned and having brown eyes, looking more black.

She  describes how Rashida was essentially able to receive all the benefits of whiter skin because she had green eyes and Caucasian features.

The family started out poor, and endured the typical types of discrimination multi-racial families dealt with back in the 1970s. Quincy said in a joint family interview in 2005 that he thought racism would have ended by the 1980s. (Yeah right) 

But things got easier for the sisters. 
Eventually, as their dad became more successful, they got to live as rich girls, yet were still very different, partially based on self- identification based on complexion and hair texture (and Kidada’s struggles with dyslexia played a part too)
In that 2005 Glamour family magazine interview, Kadida describes feeling disconnected to her Jewish in-laws who she felt were disappointed in their mom for marrying a black man. In her predominantly white grade school, Kadida described not feeling like she could compete with the other girls. She resented that so she rebelled and became a tomboy, and would eventually get kicked out of the exclusive school they both attended. 

All the while, Rashida who had straight hair and green eyes, had an easier time fitting in, spoke well and excelled in school. Shockingly, during the interview,  Kadida accused her sister of passing for white, but Rashida denied it, saying she can’t help the way she looked.  
Rashida added in as part of her defense that she too felt the sting of people telling her she couldn’t be black because she looked too white. She said she got dinged in Hollywood for not looking black enough when she went out for roles asking for an African American woman. Casting directors would tell her she was too ethnic looking to get roles for white women.

By high school, Kadida decided to find a place where she could fit in and decided she wanted to attend a more racially diverse public school. Their mom Peggy got a fake address and enrolled Kidada in Fairfax High
Kadida described the experience in the interview:

All those kids! A deejay in the quad at lunch! Bus passes! All those cute black boys; no offense, but I thought white boys were boring. I fit in right away; the kids had my outgoing vibe. My skin and hair had been inconveniences at my other schools–I could never get those Madonna spiked bangs that all the white girls were wearing–but my girlfriends at Fairfax thought my skin was beautiful, and they loved to put their hands in my hair and braid it. The kids knew who my dad was an my stock went up. I felt secure. I was home.

It is quite an interesting tale that parents of young biracial children, especially those that have different physical features and hair texture should check out. HERE

I went to college with a girl who was dark with African hair and features but her younger siblings were biracial and had biracial features because her mother remarried a Caucasian man. This young lady’s actions, demeanor and attitude gave me the feeling that she felt inferior to her siblings based on their looks. Parents do not realize how their words and varying treatment of their children matter but I suspect there was some poor word choice used with her too that colored her disposition. 
In law school, one of my classmates and her sister remind me some of Rashida and Kadida. She was fairer skin yet had more African facial features. Her sister has more European facial features yet was browner -skinned. The sister tried to pass for white.  
On the flip side, my friend seemed to go out of her way to prove her blackness and/or simply identified more with her black side. She was the president of the Black Student Union in high school and college and dated a blue black African dude all through college and law school. She was bold, sometimes brash and opinionated. You took attention when she walked in the room. She commanded attention and was no doubt an African American woman.  
Her sister, on the other hand, only had white friends and sat quietly when some of them would use the N word or talked in denigrating fashion about blacks and African American. She eventually married a white man whose family didn’t approve of him marrying her. So sad. 
Meanwhile, my friend married a black man and has two daughters who are fair skinned yet look distinctly African American still. Her sisters sons look pure Anglo Saxon. 
It’s all interesting dynamics and I have no opinion but simply wanted to share some insights and provide some food for thought. 

Do you have any thoughts? I’d love for you to chime in.

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