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Essence Features Fierce Warrior Moms in Summer Issues

Essence magazine features three fashionable mom business and fashion stars: supermodel Iman; singer Ciara, and singer and dancer Teyana Taylor and

Loving all three of their respective covers and Alicia Keys‘ (another blog Bumpwatch alum) cover from this past month.

In the magazine, Iman talks about her career and how motherhood factored into her being a makeup mogul before Rihanna came to knock it out the park with her Fenty Beauty.

“When I came on the scene, I was catering to women of all skin colors,” Iman explains. “Regardless of what hue you are, as long as you are a woman with skin of color, whether you are Asian, Latina or African, I opened that gate. And Fenty knocked the gate out.”

Taylor discusses her plans to pass on positive messages to her daughter Junie.

“I’m just teaching her early: ‘You are beautiful, you are smart, you are magic,’ ” she told the mag and added that she is hoping to show her the power of love and commitment through her relationship with husband Cleveland Cavaliers NBA star Imani Shumpert. “Love is important.”

Ciara talks about how being a wife and mom changed her life.

“I’m trying to keep getting better, make health-conscious decisions and be the best mom and wife I can be,” she says. “No matter how much success you have, I believe there’s always an opportunity to grow and learn something new. And I’m keeping my sexy up too.” Duly noted.

In this month’s cover issue, another Bumpwatch alum Alicia Keys talks about motherhood:

“Man, becoming a wife and a mother, specifically a mother, really taught me so much,” Keys reveals. “I remember clearly wanting to remove the negative energy around me quickly, and prior to that, I didn’t feel so drawn to do that for myself. But doing it for this new soul made sense to me.”

Her issue is on stands now so you can read the rest of her interview.

Find the Summer Festival Fashion Guide issue on stands soon to read the rest..

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Celebrity Halloween 2018 Costumes (PHOTOS *UPDATED*)



Every year, celebrities go above and beyond to give superb portrayals for Halloween. This year did not disappoint. Here is a quick rundown of my faves including some from our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums like Ciara, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Jaime King and more.

Kylie Jenner recreated the Barbie in a box. It was one of several costumes she wore this season. She went as a Butterfly in a mommy and me photo with her daughter and as a Victoria Secret Angel group costume with her sisters. (see below)

The winner might be Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner killed as Gomez and Morticia Addams complete with Thing on his shoulder! Best hands down in my opinion this year!

oh I think Heidi Klum as Princess Fiona and Tom Kaulitz as Shrek as  is up there too!

Alicia Keys went over the top but in a good way as a Ninja. I mean, she had her entire costume as part of a movie poster and all with the credits including her children and husband.

Beyonce paid homage and tribute to Lil Kim last  year and this year, she went with another icon: Toni Braxton. She dressed as the pop crooner’s cover album for “Another Sad Love Song.

Actress, former model Jaime King dolled it up as Joan of Arc at Just Jared’s Halloween party presented by Carls Jr.

Ciara‘s costume portrayal of Black Panther heroine Nakia from Black Panther is 10X Levels Up! She did Wakanda right!

Crazy Rich Asians actor Harry Shum Jr. was boss as Eric Draven from the 1994 film The Crow,!

I wanted to go as Ariana Grande this year but I don’t think anyone did her better than Kourtney Kardashian did!

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend killed as Queen Elizabeth the II and Prince Phillip.

Winnie Harlowe as RuPaul

Bella Hadid and the Weeknd dress as Beetlejuice and Lydia when going to Heidi Klum’s Halloween party on October 31, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/GC Images)

Padma Lakshmi at Heidi Klum’s 19th Annual Halloween Party as The Black Swan

Kat Graham at Heidi Klum’s 19th Annual Halloween Party presented by Party City and SVEDKA Vodka  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Heidi Klum)

Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson as Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwazzeneger in “Twins”

Kelly Clarkson as a penguin and Jennifer Hudson as Catwoman

The Kardashian/Jenner girls were blessed to have Victoria’s Secret loan them actual angel wings so they can dress as true Angels for Halloween.

My fave is Kourt’s because she is tiny and the oldest

Bethenny Frankel could have joined the sisters because she too dressed as a Vicky Sec angel this year.

 

The Ladies of The Real TV talk show dressed up as iconic TV talk show hosts. Tamera Mowry-Housley was Tyra Banks. Jeannie Mae went as Ellen Degeneres. Loni Love dressed as Oprah Winfrey and Adrienne Houghton as Sally Jessy Raphael.

The TODAY show traditionally go all out for Halloween. This  year, I was thoroughly impressed by Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer dressed as Marty McFly and Doc Brown From Back to the Future.

Kelly Ripa is usually a show stopper wearing a variety of looks and costumes each Halloween with her hosts throughout the years, Regis, Michael Strahan and now with Ryan Secrest. They did a bunch of 80s TV show characters this year. She did it up as as Vicki the Robot From Small Wonder.

The two of them portrayed Jeannie and Major Nelson From I Dream of Jeannie.

And one of my fave shows: Laverne and Shirley‘s Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney.

Seacrest came out in a small model car like the one Ricky Stratton From Silver Spoons owned and drove in the opening sequence to that show.

Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, and Art More as a modern twist on the Friends Cast.

I loved Disney Channel stars Jenna Ortega and Asher Angel as Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson. I asked my husband to go as this duo to a Halloween party we were going to and he said no. Boo!

Monica is another celebrity that puts a lot of work into her Halloween costume every single year. She dressed as Johnny Depp‘s portrayal of the Mad Hatter.

Sarah Michelle Gellar looked hot as as Harley Quinn.

Adrienne Bosh could barely be made out in her Halloween Insta share as a Ghoulish Ghost.

One of my faves because of how close to the original it was is Madison Pettis from Nickelodeon‘s Cory in the House as Coachella Beyonce

Also loved Gwen Stefani as Sally From Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Speaking of which! Gabriel Union did a great job dressing as Stefani in No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” video before heading out to her birthday party.

No. Doubt. @gwenstefani

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Jennifer Hudson, Kanye West and North Among Celebs Attending March For Our Lives

A few of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums attending this weekend’s March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC.  Kim Kardashian West‘s husband Kanye West attended the event with his daughter North and her grandparents.

They were spotted with North on her papa’s shoulders in the middle of a packed crowd.

Jennifer Hudson delivered a soulful gospel-inspired rendition of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a-Changin‘” to close out the March. WATCH

The movement calls for stricter gun control laws following the massacre of 17 students at a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Other celebrity supporters of the event include Selena Gomez, Amy Schumer, George Clooney and Paul McCartney.

Hudson gets props for always jumping in to support youth movements.  She is among a host of other celebs (like Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, Zoë Kravitz, Queen Latifah, Pink, Bono,  and Rosario Dawsonto also support the Black Lives Matter movement aimed at addressing disproportionate number of killing of UNARMED black civilians by police with impunity. Kanye West has a history of controversial statements but has also been a supporter of the BLM movement. 

This song Hudson sand was approps. Check the Lyrics:

The Times They Are A-Changin’

WRITTEN BY: BOB DYLAN

Come gather ’round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics

Who prophesize with your pen

And keep your eyes wide

The chance won’t come again

And don’t speak too soon

For the wheel’s still in spin

And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’

For the loser now will be later to win

For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen

Please heed the call

Don’t stand in the doorway

Don’t block up the hall

For he that gets hurt

Will be he who has stalled

There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’

It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls

For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

And don’t criticize

What you can’t understand

Your sons and your daughters

Are beyond your command

Your old road is rapidly agin’

Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand

For the times they are a-changin’

The line it is drawn

The curse it is cast

The slow one now

Will later be fast

As the present now

Will later be past

The order is rapidly fadin’

And the first one now will later be last

For the times they are a-changin’

Copyright

© 1963, 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1991, 1992 by Special Rider Music

How These 35+ Celebs Spent Their Christmas (PHOTOS)

We have covered many celebrity pregnancies over the past decade. And we love to keeep up with the families after they welcome theirs lottle ones.

Here is how they spent their Christmas in photo form based on images they shared on Instagram:

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#merrychristmas ❤️🎄❤️🙏🏻gx

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Happy Christmas!!! Kisses from us all!!! X

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Merry Christmas from the Taylor Family🎄

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Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 ❤️!

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Beard and all ❤️ #MerryChristmas

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🎄❤️😘😍

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Missing papa. #christmasvacation

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That’s it. We are a matching Christmas PJs family.

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Merry Christmas!!!!!!!🎄🎁

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Merry Christmas 💋🎄

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Santa was good to us 🎄🎁 such a blessing to spend the day with the people I love the most @arianabiermann cried over her presents (she does every year) she truly is so humble @briellebiermann asked me, "why I don't hide her big gift anymore?" Kroy and I had the kids do a scavenger hunt outside, inside and all around to find out we are going to the beach for the week, My hubby always puts such thought into my gifts! Anyone that knows me knows the beach is my favorite place in the whole wide world and he got me a necklace made out of authentic sea glass that has been smoothed and tumbled by Mother Nature ❤️ and a couple rings with diamonds too! I always cry on Christmas overwhelmed with so many blessings. I never lose sight of the true meaning of today. MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all! Sorry we didn't do a Christmas card this year, or last year, or the year before or ever BUT I promise next year it will get done!! PAJAMAS are from @littletrendsetter we wear a new theme every year from them they have the BEST ones

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Merry Christmas y’all!

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours 🎄❤️

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May your days be merry and bright. ✨❤️✨

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Happy holidays from our tortured animal to yours x

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Writer Ali Wong Did Stand Up while Pregnant; Instant Hit!

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Doing a Netflix special while seven months pregnant and building an entire set around the state of being pregnant was a brilliant move by comedienne Ali Wong. Since the release of  her special Baby Cobra (a take on Wong’s favorite yoga pose) last May, the Fresh of the Boat writer has been selling out her stand up shows all across the nation.

It’s raunchy humor and per an Elle magazine feature on her,  the jokes “range from trapping her Harvard Business School husband, to the ingredients for a perfect marriage (e.g., mutual racism), and why housewives are the geniuses of our time.”

 

Wong, who has appeared in Chelsea Handler’s Are You There, Chelsea? and Inside Amy Schumer, is among those ultra hard working celebrities, especially for the way she embraced it at a time when most would probably take a break from the road.

“Pregnancy for a working woman is generally perceived as a weakness. You’re tired at work, and then you have to take time off afterward to recover from the birth, and care for the baby. I’m lucky because my boss, the showrunner at Fresh Off the Boat, was really cool about me taking time off, but I was still nervous about having that “maternity leave” conversation,” she told Elle. “Every woman is. [And] I had so much anxiety about my stand-up career taking a big hit, so I wanted to use my pregnancy as a source of power and turn it into a weapon instead of a weakness. When you’re pregnant, you’re hungry, tired, and fat, so you have this “I don’t give a fuck” attitude that lends itself really well to performance. You let go of all dignity and shame, and it’s beautiful.”

The half Vietnamese/Half Chinese-American credits Alicia Keys for empowering her.

“There’s a BET Awards tribute to Prince, where Alicia Keys sings ‘Adore‘” Wong explains. “She climbs up on the piano, kicks her feet up in the air, and sings with such passion—all pregnant and powerful—and it really inspired me.”

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And since giving birth to daughter, Mari, in November 2015, Wong kept motherhood in her stand up routine.

And it’s working.

 “I’ve been going up on stage in my sweatpants, with no makeup, looking like Vietnamese Nell, talking about my real-ass experience with breastfeeding, the nanny search, and mommy groups,” she humorously shared.

On seeing her billboards all over cities, Wong said they made her miss pregnancy.

“People are so nice to you when the baby is inside your body. They treat you like a reproductive goddess. They open doors for you [and] don’t let you carry heavy stuff,” she explained. “Then when the baby comes, nobody cares about you, and society treats you like garbage. You walk into a restaurant with a stroller and everyone rolls their eyes.”

Aint’ that the truth!?

Celebs that Do Co-Parenting Well and Dig Each Other Too

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There are new generation of celebrity broken up couples being excellent examples for co-parenting. Some are even still secretly into each other and dating.

Trending this weekend was Kourtney Kardsashian who was rumored to be back with her ex beau and dad to her three kids, Scott Disick. TMZ clarified today that the couple are on friendly terms and travel together for co-parenting reasons though Kourt is open to rekindling their relationship now that Disick has remained clean and sober consistently for a long period of time! The couple co-parent their children together, 6-year old Mason, 4-year old Penelope and 1-year old son, Reign.

Good for them!

Also, rumored to be back together are Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck who parents to 11-year old Violet, 7-year old Seraphine and  4-year old Samuel. Some reports state that they are actually planning to add on to their brood and some say Jen is already expecting. Who knows? Time will tell, for sure!

This weekend, a long-since divorced couple showed some cordial friendly behavior: Madonna and Sean Penn co-presented at an annual charity and had playful antics on stage. Penn even joked about handcuffing Madonna on stage after he took up her challenge to bid $150,000 for a necklace in exchange for her agreeing to marry him again.

Also, during the Latin Grammy Awards in November, Marc Anthony and ex wife Jennifer Lopez  gave each other a kiss after he presented her the Person of the Year award. He has since said that he is still in love with his ex wife and mom to their twins Emme and Max, according to US Weekly.

Sean “Diddy” Comb‘s relationship with his ex Kim Porter‘s son Quincy with 80s R&B recording artist Al B. Sure is ideal because he calls Quincy his son even though he is no longer with Porter and Quincy’s dad is very much alive and around.

Another great co-parenting role model is Jada Pinkett-Smith, who has helped her husband Will Smith raise his son, Trey, with ex Sheree Fletcher. They are great examples of blended families that get along.

Ask Alicia Keys, whose latest hit song is dedicated to blended families!

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Alicia Keys Dedicated Her ‘Blended Family’ Song to Husband’s Ex-Wife

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Blended families are very common nowadays. According to US Census stats 40% of married couples in America are stepcouples with at least one partner having a child form a previous relationship before marriage. And in fact 100 million Americans have a step relationship.

Singer and The Voice coach Alicia Keys is included in this demographic.

She is married and has two son (6-year old Egypt Daoud and 1-year old Genesis Ali) with  producer/rapper Swizz Beatz  (real name: Kasseem Dean) who also has a son 9-year old Kasseem Jr. with his ex-wife Mashonda; a daughter 8-year old Nicole with ex- singer Jahna Sebastian; and a 15-year old son Prince Nassir with ex Nicole Levy. It has been a not -so-smooth road, but today, all has been forgiven and to commemorate their blended family, Keys released a song dedicated to her blended family, but in particular, Mashonda.

In the lyrics, she also sings directly to her step kids. It’s a lovely song. There is a lot of buzz and commentary about it on the net. Have a listen:

#PhilandoCastile and #AltonSterling: Celeb Moms Who’ve Spoken Out About Killings

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Tonight, we’ve reached a tipping point in America as several Dallas police officers were killed during a rally to protest recent police shootings. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those men and women who put their lives at risk daily to protect and serve.

Here is a rundown of what sparked the rally followed by solidarity messages from celeb women we’ve featured on the blog:

Within 48 hours, two black men in “concealed weapon license to carry” states exercising their rights to have guns in their pockets were nonetheless shot and killed by police officers. Both killings, one execution style and the other in front of a 4-year old child during a routine traffic stop, has sparked outrage.

Alton Sterling was selling CDs outside of a grocery store in a high crime neighborhood and exercising his Second Amendment rights as an American, carried a weapon to protect himself. Someone reported to the police that Sterling had it out waving at people and after scuffle with the officers who arrived at the scene and eventually took Sterling down, another took out his revolver and emptied a couple of rounds into Sterling’s body before falling off the man’s chest and shooting a few more shots. The store owner and another eyewitness filmed the shootings on their smartphones and circulated it on social media. The outrage has been swift.

That same night, another man, Philando Castile, was driving with his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her 4-year old daughter in the backseat when he was pulled over for a busted tail light. Diamond turned on her Facebook Live and shared the incident as it happened with her followers on the social media site. The world was witness to the moments immediately after one officer shot him as he reached into his pocket to pull out his driver’s license as asked to do so by the officer, per Reynold’s account. The officer can be overheard on the video saying “ignorance”.

As with other past police killings of unarmed black men and boys, many parents have been shaken by the incident especially parents of young black boys. In social media, many have expressed fear that when their children grow up, they will be seen as menacing threats simply for being in the skin they were born in and could be the next hashtag.

I know personally, I’ve talked to my kids again as my husband and I do periodically throughout their lives to make sure they are aware what they need to do to escape a possible police encounter alive. My father in law is a retired veteran police detective and my husband’s uncle was a police officer. We fear for the lives of blue and believe Blue Lives Matter as well, but at the same time, we are frightened by the pattern of brutality among some officers.

To Kiyan ? #philandocastile #altonsterling ??

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We checked in on several of the celeb moms we’ve profiled on the blog before and noticed that some of them spoke out about the shootings in social media. 

Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kristen Bell, Olivia Wilde, Kelly Clarkson, Kelly Rowland,  Tamera Mowry-Housley, Tia Mowry, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Tamar Braxton, Ellen Pompeo, busy Philipps,Eva Marcille, Phaedra Parks, Rasheeda, Yandy Smith,Toni Braxton, FAntasia, Brandy all shared posts and Kim Kardashian West and Vanessa Simmons rt’d others.

Here is a roundup of their shares, excluding Monica Brown’s who posted an excerpt of Reynold’s graphic video:

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Praying for a more peaceful world for our children and our children’s children. ?? A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

 

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We can’t be silent… I don’t care what you call me… I won’t be silent

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ENOUGH already!!!! When does this nightmare end? #philandocastile #BlackLivesMatter #PoliceBrutality A photo posted by PHAEDRA (@phaedraparks) on

 

NO. I DONT WANT TO WATCH. I WANT IT TO STOP.

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OUR Fathers. OUR Brothers. OUR Sons. When will this end? I am heartbroken.

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#live

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Praying for a more peaceful world for our children and our children’s children. ??

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Stand up, speak up. Stop Killing Us!!!! #blacklivesmatter

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#blacklivesmatter

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#altonsterling I am just heartbroken today for his family. We need change. ?

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#ENOUGH ?????? #altonsterling??

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So I was advise to take my last two post down and edit my comment to protect my family that is behind the cement walls. I will not take my post down but I will edit my comment. Let’s stick together people. Rise above together. ✊? #Repost @tamikadmallory with @repostapp ・・・ #Repost @angelo_pinto_ ・・・ “I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they made sure I learned what the schools were AFRAID to teach us.” – Jessie Williams (2016 BET Awards Humanitarian Award Speech) #woke #independenceday #altonsterling #blacklivesmatter #policebrutality #spilledink #axwell #meditation #skrillex #afrojack #tiesto #davidguetta #asap #blvck #beentrill #muse #ootd #jamaica #PerformanceArt #hypebeast #rastafari #unity #rasta #wutang #philly #afropunk #philadelphia

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What Celebrity moms are up to on Instagram

What are some of the celebrity mothers we’ve profiled here on Bellyitch are up to these days? A good place to keep track of their ups and downs and projects is by checking in on them in Instagram where they freely share pics and other updates like Eva Marcille above who recently won a battle with her ex Kevin McCall over their 1-year old adorable daughter Marley. Here she is looking effortlessly chic while driving in her ride somewhere. 
What else? We stalkfollow them so you don’t have to!
Gwen Stefani recently visited Qatar 
Beyonce too is/was in Asia & took some time off to hit her computer and look stylish while doing so.

 The Wests’: Kim Kardashian West, Nori West & Kanye West visited the zoo. Awwww!

Nicole Richie was in a hijab the same week as World Hijab Day while scouting for fabric for her fashion line

Alicia Keys and hubby Swizz Beatz were having their first date after the birth of their second son: Rollerskating! How fun!

Drew Barrymore was playing the part of Baby from Dirty Dancing for pal Jimmy Fallon‘s lip sync battle with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.

 

  Ciara was showing off her cute cherubic son, Future to her fans and followers whilst barefooted.

Kerry Washington looked absolutely beautiful while promoting a book charity drive for FirstBook.Org.

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Alicia Keys gives birth to 2nd son, Genesis Ali

Congrats to Alicia Keys and her husband producer Swizz Beatz on the birth of their second son on Saturday, December 27. 
The couple, who are parents to 2-year old son Egypt, named the new addition Genesis Ali. 


“The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy!! we are so grateful!” the Grammy winner captioned her birth announcement which was the newborn’s feet print, with the  the hashtag “blessings” and six hearts.