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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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Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson Slay during 2016 BET Awards Performances



The BET Awards went down tonight at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016  and it opened with Queen Bey performing her hit song with rapper Kendrick LamarFreedom”  off of her latest album “Lemonade”.  The receipts are in and the verdict is….Beyonce slayed up and down the wet and drenched stage.

 

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Watch in case you missed it, watch it HERE! Later, among several tributes that night, another one of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, Jennifer Hudson took the stage outfitted in a white hooded mini-dress tribute to Prince‘s 2005 American Music Awards look. She followed up Tori Kelly and Stevie Wonder’s wonderful tribute  of “Take me With You” with her own amazing rendition of his soulful “Purple Rain.”



Watch that performance here!

Another blog fave Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the night’s celebration with her co-host from her ABC broadcast network hit show Black’ish, Anthony Anderson. 

Later, mama Knowles appeared to accept her daughter’s Video of the Year Award.

Great work, everyone!

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad For Grilling Parents About Gun Ownership before Playdates & Sleepovers

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BLACK-ISH – “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Gun” – After a break-in down the block, Dre talks about getting a gun, and Bow is not comfortable with the idea. Which leads everyone to debate — there are many different ways to protect your family, but what’s the “best” way? Jack and Diane are shocked that they have been living in the house unprotected, Junior sets off on a quest to protect the family from the real threat, cyber terrorism, and Zoey has Pops teach her the art of Karate to defend herself, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, NICOLE SULLIVAN, ANTHONY ANDERSON

A new Washington Post Wonk Blog analysis states that every week this year a toddler has shot someone. The piece begins:

This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: A little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I’ve found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.

This scary graphic accompanied the piece:

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These are harrowing statistics.

Before seeing this article, I watched a humorous episode of the ABC show Black’ish where this came up as well. In fact, the entire episode centered on the dad in the show, Andre’s (Anthony Anderson) obsession with getting a gun to protect his family and home.

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In the beginning of the episode, a friend of one of the teens on the show was going to stay over for the weekend until the teen’s mom, Janine (Nicole Sullivan) asked if the home had a gun and after Andre lied and said ‘yes”,  the mom grabbed her child and made up an excuse to not let him stay.

SEE THE EPISODE HERE!

This morning, one of my friends shared another piece from the Post from earlier this year, “The Question I Asked Before Any Playdate“, and it too speaks about hesitance of one mom to let her child play in the home of a gun owner who may not have all the precautions to prevent accidental shootings.

Experts say that 1 in 3 families with children have at least one gun in the house, but somehow, I never thought those statistics would include the parents at my child’s progressive pre-school. Though it is known that nearly 1,500 children will die from shootings each year, no one knows how many of those are children dying in their homes, or in the homes of friends, playing with a firearm. No records are kept on that by any government bureau; the numbers are just mixed in with gang killings, suicides, and school shootings.

But you’ve read the stories – a 6-year-old boy picks up a gun and shoots his 4-year-old sister, two kids are playing in a bedroom and one accidentally kills the other, the toddler who finds the hidden holster in his mother’s purse and shoots her in the head. Authorities say that parents don’t believe that their children know where their guns are hidden, but a recent study says that eight in 10 first graders know where their parents hide their guns. Parents don’t believe their children are capable of firing a weapon, but firing mechanisms are such that children as young as 3 are strong enough to pull the triggers of most guns.

Isn’t those last few lines the truth?

Given the ongoing incidents with gun deaths involving children, I do not think it is an unreasonable thing to ask of the parents, especially if the children will be alone and possibly unsupervised in the home for a long period of time.

Irrespective on what side of the political aisle one falls regarding gun rights and/or gun control, it’s pretty safe to say that all can agree “Responsible Gun Ownership” is mandatory for all.

There is no denying that so, moms and dads and caregivers, do ask this critical question (and appropriate follow-up questions) the next time your child will be spending any significant time in another person’s home.

Fashion Faves from Spring Network TV Upfronts’ redcarpet (PHOTOS)

Ladies of CBS’ The Talk (Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Taylor, and Julie Chen) at the CBS Network Upfront presentation at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York.

Each Spring, cable and broadcast television networks trot out their biggest stars to be featured on their upcoming season shows and present them before the press, ad buyers, execs, and the industry in general. It’s also a great time for celeb watchers to gawk at some of the fab outfits the stars and cast members choose to wear.

Here is a selection of our a few of our favorite looks from Bellyitch alums, moms and other notables who hit the various red carpets before heading in to their respective event.

NBC UNIVERSAL UPFRONTS
at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on May 15 in New York City.
Three members of the Cast of BravoTV’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The E!’s co-host of Fashion Police Kelly Osbourne who is sticking with her colorful hair but mixed it up with a cute faux hawk and deep purple lips. Tres chic and refreshing!
Khloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian  in matching low cut black wrap dress but with Khloe going a little more demure by wearing a cami underneath hers with fab shoes!
We suppose NeNe Leakes isn’t going anywhere as rumored as the Real Housewives of Atlanta star worked the carpet in a hip black dress with lace sleeves and bodice, looking great.
E! host and star of Giuliana and Bill, Guiliana Rancic looked amaze-balls in and healthy in this smart biz dress.

The Cast of Chrisley Knows Best Savannah, Julie and Chrisley Chase.





FOX NETWORK FANFRONT
at The Beacon Hotel, NY on Monday, May 12.

Our Bellyitch Fashion Style Mom icon awardee Jada Pinkett Smitt shimmers in fringe and will star in FOX’s new Batman show Gotham this fall.
Bones actress Emily Deschanel graced the event as well looking still as healthy as ever since we followed her Vegan pregnancy in 2011.
Totally stalking this African trend print blouse and mini skirt on Condola Rashad  who stars in Hieroglyph. Rashad  is daughter to famous TV mom Phylicia Rashad with sports TV anchor Ahmad Rashad. 
Pageboy meets French Provencal. We get it. It works for Camren Bicondova who will also star in Gotham.
The Help‘s Octavia Spencer looked beautiful as she prepares to star in  Red Star Society this fall.
The Mindy Project  returns this fall with actors Chris Messina, Mindy Kaling, and Ike Barinholtz

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We love that Mindy Kaling keeps it real: “I sweated through this but it was badass for a hot second!” she wrote in the caption to this photo of her Upfront outfit on her Instagram account.
Yes Leather mini dress. It works on Taraji P. Henson who stars in Empire this fall. 
ABC UPFRONTS





To no surprise Scandal returns with Katie Lowes, Darby Stanchfield, and Bellamy Young



Felicity Huffman at the Entertainment Weekly & ABC Upfronts Party at Toro on May 13, 2014 in New York City. Huffman stars in American Crime this fall.

Tracee Ellis Ross returns to TV in ABC’s Black-ish this fall, seen here in sunny yellow and fab pink pumps at the Entertainment Weekly/ABC party. What an unexpected color combo! Laurence Fishburne exec produces the show that will star the daughter of the iconic Diana Ross. 
Lana Parilla worked this turquoise blue jumper looking sweet and unlike the witch she portrays in her dark fairy tale show Once Upon a Time.
Viola Davis will star in How to Get Away with Murder this fall. 
Minnie Driver, who will star in About a Boy, is gorgeous. That is all.
Tina Fey is back at her genius this time presenting the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which stars Ellie Kemper . And Black and White is still hot isn’t it?
It should be against the law for Anne Heche to look so amazingly fab though we would’ve gone with a less pale shade of pink so not to wash her out in photos like here.
CW NETWORK UPFRONT
 at The London Hotel on May 15, 2014 in New York City.
Shantel VanSanten  who stars in The Messengers wins in this m]Marv pencil dress that fits her to a T. 
CBS NETWORK UPFRONT 
 at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in New York
Yup, that’s our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Tea Leoni with her Madam Secretary co-stars Tim Daly, T Bebe Neuwirth and Patina Miller.
Original Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom Halle Berry is working it in these harem pants and returns to the small screen to star in CBS’ drama about an astronaut who returns whom after living in outer space for a year in  Extant this fall. We call it the “Gravity” effect. ha!
We didn’t expect our fairly recent Bellyitch Bumpwatch mom Ana Faris to go back to looking precisely the same as before giving birth so soon, but alas, she has and does a feminine pale pink lace pencil-skirt length dress justice. She stars in the CBS show Mom.
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“The Middle” to be syndicated on The Hallmark channel

So… remember that time back in 2012 when I blogged about how much I love that ABC show The Middle and declared it Must. See. TV!?
The half hour comedy is about an average middle class family in a mid-sized town in middle America, Indiana, with three children: the eldest an under-motivated and cynical teenager, who does well in sports but not in academics Axl (Charlie McDermott), middle, an enthusiastic young teen, but chronically unsuccessful and socially awkward Sue (Eden Sher) and youngest, an intelligent but introverted compulsive reader with behavioral quirks and socialization problems Brick (Atticus Shaffer).
Not only does it pack non-stop humors knee slapping jokes in a short time, but I can always relate to the parenting challenges of the mom, Frances “Frankie” Heck (Patricia Heaton) and dad, Mike Heck (Neil Flynn).
And so, remember again recently earlier this month, when I couldn’t help myself but plug the show again and urge you all to go watch it?
Only this second time, I made the bold declaration that someone ought to syndicate the show so that future families will get to enjoy the episodes in perpetuity because it was that great a show?
Well guess what!?
Someone has!  The Hallmark Channel announced recently that it will begin airing past seasons and episodes of the popular comedy about a working-class Indiana family of five that keeps it real and is so relatable because of the way the writers do not sugar coat reality. 
Last week, I got the pleasure of joining some other bloggers and journalists and chatting with two of the stars of the Warner Brothers-distributed show: McDermott and Sher.
During the hour long press call, both actors made apparent their genuine love and appreciation for one another, personally and professionally,  through playful banter and revelations of some behind the scenes nuggets of information like, for example, the roof of the family home is made of cloth and the walls are practically paper thin. 
It wasn’t all cutesy jabs while providing insight into their careers and their feelings about the success of the show,. They each, Sher in particular, got serious at times, thereby showing that although they both play teenagers currently, they are very mature, introspective, conscientious and serious actors.
Good stuff.
I think I was the only reporter/blogger to ask a question that had them look at the downside of syndication. I wanted to know if there were any worries about being trapped in the character and being typecast for later roles.
In the past, child actors from successful shows like The Brady Bunch, Differn’t Strokes and other wildly successful hit syndicated shows have struggled to get casting directors who maybe have gotten used to seeing them all the time for decades in one role envision them playing a character that is totally different. 
The impetus for the question was a special I had seen on the hit series Breaking Bad and how the show’s creator almost didn’t cast actor Brian Cranston in the role as the dark dying meth-cooking science teacher Walter White. The director and producer had to be convinced that Cranston could  rise to the occasion despite the fact audiences had come to know and love him as the dad in another long-running Emmy-winning comedy about a wacky middle-America family, Malcolm in the Middle. 


Both noted that their looks generally in real life are so substantially different than their characters that they felt they’d be able to be convincing when needed and wouldn’t be stymied by any potential typecasting. 
McDermott said to be mindful of the fact we live in a different era with so many shows out now than in past decades when television viewing options were fewer and  it was possible for audiences to associate one actor with one role in their minds in perpetuity. That is not the case now with the abundance of viewing options online and on TV.
Excellent point!  I’m convinced. 
The first 88 episodes will begin airing on the Hallmark channel  beginning March 2014. I’m excited to rewatch them again.
Additional seasons will join the rotation as they become available. The first-run, off-network comedy is a perfect fit in Hallmark Channel’s line-up of family-friendly programming. The Middle joins ranks with such modern-day classics as The Golden Girls and Frasier which are already tremendous ratings successes for Hallmark Channel.

Get ready to tune in, folks! That is all.

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