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Spring Colors: Get the Looks!

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring and it is just in time for you to swap out your lighter fabric and bright and colorful pieces from your closet.

Get inspired by our Bellyitch bumpwatch Alum Draya Michele who attended the The Daily Front Row Fashion LA Awards 2019 on Sunday, March 17, 2019 in Los Angeles, California in a lime/neon green David Koma flared fish tail skirt and black Louboutin pumps.

Or Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o who wore colorful Prabal Gurung frocks while promoting her latest project Jordan Peele‘s Us

While promoting at Good Morning America, the Academy Award winner star of 12 Years a Slave paired one look with a pair of Fendi shades and Shirt and skirt and red reasonably priced Nine West Mana Leather Dress Sandal pumps!

And on another occasion draped a crimson Mackage Mai belted double face wool coat with waterfall collar over another Prabal Gurung dress accessorized Hayward‘s Field Pebbled Leather Top Handle Bag and Medium Neon Orange Loucite Jelly Hoops by Alison Lou.


Draya Michele has Elevated the Elegant Maternity Standard…and She Knows It

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So…in case you ever wanted to know what an elegant maternity shoot looked like, reality TV star and swimwear designer and entrepreneur Draya Michele shows you.

The beautiful model who has starred in the VH1 docu-series Basketball Wives the longest of all cast members recently shared videos from a recent photo shoot on her Instagram page.

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And it appears the Mint Swim creator is aware that she as elevated the standard because she captioned her last video, “So who wants to get pregnant next ????? Cuz um, the bar has been set.” 


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And about a week prior, she posted some other pics from her last shoot we talked about in a previous post. Get it Draya, beautiful and healthy mom-to-be personafied!  


We also love that she is humble and is not ashamed to let her fans know she went low-budget on a dress and still looked fab in the process.

“Next time I need@angelbrinks to make mea dress……but in the mean time, this little $11.99 number from Ross did the trick. ?,” she captioned a photo of a red carpet event where she wore a cute lace, empire cut mini dress. 


photos: Von Jackson, Instagram

Draya Michele caps Off Her Pregnancy with a Beautiful Maternity Shoot

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Basketball Wives reality TV star Draya Michele is getting close to her due date to deliver her first child with long time beau and fiance Dallas Cowboys cornerback, Orlando Scandrick. She is 34 weeks along.

The Mint Swim founder and swimsuit designer took some time off to take maternity portraits with photographer Von Jackson recently.


She shared some of the behind-the-scenes moments on Instagram.

? pic by @von_jackson Makeup by @taniamariamua Styling by @kailaniraye Hair by @beverlyhillshair BTS by @way2major_

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“If I’m capable of creating life, there’s really nothing I can’t do,” Michele captioned of one of the photos. Her photographer also posted a shot on his page.  

They are beautiful and she is too. The pretty former model has a son named Kniko from  a previous relationship.  

Rumor Control: Draya Michele Clears Up Paternity of her 11-Year Old Son

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Today is clear up the rumors Friday and our subject is second-time mom-to-be  Draya Michele who VH1‘s Basketball Wives  who is finally sharing who her son’s dad is.

We and many other media outlets have incorrectly stated that her son’s father is NBA veteran Gilbert Arenas, but it is not.

Draya took to Instagram this week to clarify the falsehood:

Here is Draya ….. At 17 years old I got pregnant by a man who became incarcerated for 10 when I was 7 months pregnant. With help from my mom, I was able to survive. Now, judging by how under-developed and young I was, besides living in a very small city in PA….. There’s no way in 2002 I got pregnant by some athlete. If I had, there’s not a chance in fucking hell I would have wasted 7 years of my life working “in the club” because clearly child support would be on fleek. I have never received A DIME of child support in my life and that’s ok. I have also NEVER attempted to say anyone other than who my son is named after (yes he’s a junior) was the father. My son’s father lives in pa and makes an honest living being a barber. This shit is completely embarrassing to me and my family. And I intend on putting this to final rest. I’m pissed that I had to take time from remodeling my office in my brand new 4000 square foot warehouse to even address this. But I’ve been quiet too long. I’ve also let people tell “my story” on tv too many times. I’ll speak my truths….. You speak your own and keep whatever momentum going by doing that. God bless. Leave the kids out of it for heaven’s sake. #seemybabyseat #boxdye #walmart

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Draya Michele (real name Andraya  Michele Howard) is the longest sitting cast member from reality TV show and today owns a clothing and swim suit label.

“At 17 years old I got pregnant by a man who became incarcerated for 10 when I was 7 months pregnant. With help from my mom, I was able to survive,” she captioned a photo of herself at 17-years old with her son in a car seat nearby. “Judging by how under-developed and young I was, besides living in a very small city in PA….. There’s no way in 2002 I got pregnant by some athlete. If I had, there’s not a chance in f——h— I would have wasted 7 years of my life working ‘in the club’ because clearly child support would be on fleek.”

She also made everyone aware that her son’s father does not support her at all.

“I have never received A DIME of child support in my life and that’s ok,” she explained. “I have also NEVER attempted to say anyone other than who my son is named after (yes he’s a junior) was the father. My son’s father lives in pa and makes an honest living being a barber. This s— is completely embarrassing to me and my family.”

Arenas himself spoke to the rumors last year when he told his Instagram followers, “Draya’s son was at least four years old when I met her and we were [cool] friends.”

Draya Michele is expecting her second child, a son, with NFL star Orlando Scandrick.

h/t Black Celeb Kids

Draya Michele and Fiance are Back On as she Rocks Hawt Black BodySuit at a Movie Premiere

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Good news!

Basketball Wives: LA star Draya Michele has confirmed that she and her fiance are back on.  The swimsuit designer and original and longest appearing cast member of the VH 1 reality TV show has been seen out and about with her long time on-again-off-again beau Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scnadrick are back together.

“We’re just your typical soap opera black couple,” Michele told Hip Hop Hollywood about her notorious social media beefs she and Scandrick usually have. “You know we break-up, and then we make-up right away. You know we can’t really go too long without being without each other.”

The 6-months preggers star said she had no plans to rush down the aisle before baby comes.

“We’re not rushing for a wedding date. I’m not rushing to get down the aisle,” she added.  “I’m just trying to get my baby out and relax for a little bit, maybe travel some, take my family some places we’ve never been before and then get married.”

And can we say she also looked fabulous in a black jumpsuit at the LA premiere of “50 Shades of Black”  as seen in the photos above.  And her skin is glowing. Beautiful, ma!


Glam-on-a-trillion …. Thanks @taniamariamua for always getting my face right! French braid by: me


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Michele also just celebrated her 31st birthday on January 23 and was seen wearing her engagement ring again which tipped TMZ off that the couple was reunited. Happy belated birthday!


Mr. Chow. |pre-birthday dinner| #lookatyou 1.23


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VH1’s Reality TV Stars are Having a Baby Boom, but Each is Drama-Filled…READ THIS!

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I do not keep up with VH1’s Love and Hip Hop or its Basketball Wives franchises at all, but I did notice that those shows are having a little collective baby boom. (and there’s plenty of drama behind each, apparently).

Draya Michele

One of the original cast members Draya Michele, who is still on the show after 5 years since it launched in 2010, is expecting her first child with her fiance NFL’s Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick but sadly the two have broken up.  The former model announced the news in a recent Instagram post that also featured a nude maternity portrait with her body covered in what looks like body cast plaster.

“I am a woman….. I’m creating life…. I’m proud and I’m happy,” she captioned the photo. “I don’t need materialistic things or the love and acceptance from anyone, now that I have you. I love you son.” Michele later edited the post to reflect both of her kids, Black Celeb Kids noted. Michele has an 11-year old son Kniko from a previous relationship with Washington Wizards player Gilbert Arenas.

“I’ve been hurt, abandoned, lied on, and disrespected,” the swimsuit designer wrote. “I’ve realized you can’t change people.. And the thing about rough times is, I’ve survived every single one.”

She finished off the announcement, “Today is a celebration for me …. I’ve made 6 months…. And I’m ok rejoicing alone. I have a son and another on the way, soon to be surrounded by 2 kings. Protectors.”

Michele is 6 months pregnant. Scandrick is dad to twins 5-year old Tatiana and Taylor from a previous relationship, thus, this will be his third child, and first son.

Masika Kalysha

Congratulations is also due to Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star Masika Kalysha who is expecting a baby girl this year. The baby’s father is rapper Fetty Wap (Real name Willie Maxwell) who has refused to take a paternity test to confirm that he is indeed the dad.

“I tried to demand him taking a paternity test,” Kalysha told Us Weekly. “He doesn’t want to take one. I asked him seven times, ‘Will you just volunteer and do it?’ He refuses.”

However, Wap has told TMZ he wants a paternity test.

The break out rapper, famously know for his summer hit and having one working eye, is dad to son Zoovier and daughter Zaviera.

Due to the estranged nature of the couple’s relationship, Kalysha complained on social media that she had struggled with harassment from Fetty’s fans.

“Ever since I made my announcement, the idiot corner (including petty wap) has been in their deepest of feelings running a muck all over the internet with their key board thuggery,” she wrote on her blog. “I was in a committed relationship, with a man who initially got me pregnant.”

Tara Wallace

Wallace is a cast member of Love & Hip Hop New York who has been in an on-again-off-again 13-year relationship with cast mate, rapper Peter Gunz (real name Peter Pankey). She announced her pregnancy on a recent episode of the show.

She then took to Instagram to share a artistic nude maternity portrait which included an Elizabeth Stone quote: “Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”

Wallace has a Bachelor’s degree in theater and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from New York’s Actors Studio Drama School.

Gunz is currently married to fellow show cast member and our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Amina Buddafly. The two have a child together; and he has several children from previous relationships. Buddafly welcomed daughter on July 29, 2014.

The love triangle is pretty messy and hard to keep up with but the drama is somewhat addressed at The YBF HERE!

Wow!  Congrats for all the upcoming new arrivals and we’re wishing a safe labor and delivery to all the expecting moms.

h/t BlackCelebKids.com


Love & Hip Hop star and singer Amina Buddafly when pregnant in 2014

Side note: I wanted to add, all in this group make up a virtual United Nations of nationalities. Buddafly is German  with a Senegalese father, Michele is half Italian, Wap’s kids mom, Reese, is half Guatemalan. Wap’s grandmom is Haitian. Kalysha claims French Creole heritage. “We are the world” indeed, but only to clean up some of this messy drama now….oy!

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