Today, the U.S. Census estimates about 50% of families are some form of step family. A good number of Americans have half siblings, step siblings, and/or live in household with a blend of relations. The blended family has become the modern family.
Some of the dynamics of such families was the first topic of discussion on the new Facebook Show that actress, humanitarian and director/producer Jada Pinkett Smith stars in with her 17-year old daughter Willow Smith and mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones. Red Table Talk is described as a series of groundbreaking, intimate and candid conversations. The weekly format brings together three generations of women with three very different viewpoints as they reveal their personal experiences and thoughts about today’s most compelling issues.
The 10-episode show debuted this Monday and in it, Jada and her husband Will Smith‘s ex wife Sherree Zampino chat about the bumpy road that eventually led the position where they are now that they co-parent Sheree’s son with Will.
It’s some compelling stuff and I love that it decodes and provides some introspective look into the dynamics of a divorce, and intricacies and aftermath of it when children are involved. I love that it shows a more balanced view of the “baby mama drama” trope of the angry and vindictive mom. The show was hot and got 12 million views and close to 100,000 shares in a few days.
Check it out here:
In upcoming episodes, the trio will be joined by celebrity guests to help them tackle some of these topics! Can’t wait! Follow the show on Facebook and look for a new episode every Monday and a live Q&A chat with the women on Wednesdays.
You know you’re getting older when you see some your kids’ friends on Facebook and social media celebrating a birthday and you think, “my where has the time gone?” or “boy have those kids gotten big!
I think the same can be said of a few of the celeb parents we’ve followed when they first had children compared to now.
There’s Chris Tucker and his son Destin is 19 and is a spitting image of his famous comedian dad.
Demi Moore and her three daughters are are now 23 (Tallulah), 25 (Scout) and 28 (Rumer)! wow!
Kobi Bryant’s daughters are 14 (Natalia), 11, (Gianna) and 8 months (baby Bianka), seen with mom Vanessa.
Madonna‘s son David is and daughter Mercy are both now 11-years old.
Mel B stepped out with her daughters 10-year old Angel and 5-year old Madison earlier in the Spring and I didn’t realize they had grown so much.
Russell Simmons‘ daughters, almost 15-year old Aoki and 17-year old Ming stepped out at a charity event looking so adult as they did with their mom and half brothers 8-year old Kenzo (with Djimon Honsou) and 2-year old Wolfe Lee (with hubby Tim Leissner)
Kelly Ripa has a 19-year old!! Her son Michaeal and also a 15-year-old daughter Lola, and 13-year-old son Joaquin with hubby Mark Consuelos.
Nia Long took her 16-year old son Massai Zhivago Dorsey II on a humanitarian trip to Africa. Look how much taller he is than she is!
We first declared Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh the stylish celebrity couple back in March 2014 because of their fab eclectic and fashionable uniqueness. They show up on Red Carpet with all sorts of fabulousity in unexpected mix of patterns, lengths, materials and fabrics. Somehow, it all seemed to work and create delightful and intriguing wonderfulness.
Now that Lasichanh has welcomed her triplets earlier this year, she is now a mom of four, including her and Williams’ 8-year old son Rocket. So…this means she officially qualifies for one of our elusive Fashion Posh Mom Icon Awards.
We were one of the very first, if not the first, online outlet to create an award recognizing stylish moms. Since launching it in 2009, other more established media and global fashion entities have launched and given out their own Style Icon awards, albeit with a lot more fanfare and celebrities…oh and an actual award event. ha!
Our honor is not given out often neither liberally. We usually like to bestow it upon a mom who has more than one child because to be stylish while balancing being mom to a small brood takes skill! And we like to give it to a mother who has a personal style that is effortless and looks like she, and not her stylist team, put her looks together.
That means, the paparazzi would not catch her out there looking busted.
Also, Lasichanh, who has Laotian and Ethiopian heritage, used to be a model and currently designs clothes so we’re going to go on a limb and presume that she outfits herself also, most stylist wouldn’t be so bold to combine some of the pieces that Lasichanh puts together because they are bold to the extreme. They usually stick with safe.
We also have never given it to a woman who is more famous for being a spouse of a very well-known celebrity than a celebrity in her own right but Lasichanh’s fashion IQ is so up there that she deserves it! I mean Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Kim Kardashian haven’t won one yet! (smile)
Lasichanh married her husband in 2013 in Miami, Florida in an intimate star-studded event attended by Jay Z, Gwen Stefani and Justin Timberlake and featured Usher and Buster Rhymes as musical performers.
Helen Lasichanh is our 2017 Posh Mom Style Icon! Congrats girl!!
Girls Tripbreakout star Tiffany Haddish told a hilarious story on Jimmy Kimmel Live! about taking Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, her co-star in the summer hit movie, to a Cajun swamp store using a Groupon deal.
It was such a great story and told with such authenticity and charisma that the rising actress-comedienne has gone viral. Watch it here if you missed it!
The video is also a gem because of the fact that the multi-millionaire mega duo was clueless as to what a GroupOn is! I’m not sure if the folks at GroupOn have seized upon all the free publicity of the fun segment yet or not, but I would!
And for my readers who do not know, this blog is partners with Groupon and we’re excited to let you know that the site, most famous for offering deals, has branched off to a new service where it curates coupons and other offers from leading merchants!
You can search for awesome deals from big box home improvement stores like Home Depot and get $5 off coupons and lawn care deals that are good nationwide or at participating stores.
The 2017 BET Awards went down at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. I confess that I only got a chance to catch the end as I was heading to the beach to celebrate my eldest kid’s birthday and didn’t settle in to our suite until the show was well into its fourth and final hour! But I must say, that I thorougly enjoyed the singing chops of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alumTamar Braxton who did an excellent job performing her new song, “My Man” on stage.
Tameka Tiny Cottles Harris, LaTocha and Tamika Scott and Kandi Burruss of 1990s girl group Xscape reuniting soon for a tour
The duo joined fellow members LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott in a medley of their hits on stage since breaking up as a group 18 years ago. It was the first of two explosive 90s R&B performances. The New Edition tribute and performances later blew me away!
Xscape will document their work as they prepare to perform at the 2017 Essence Festival. The docuseries, titledXscape: Still Kickin’ It, premieres this fall on Bravo.
I noticed some fashion and hair trends beginning with the blunt platinum bob LaTocha Scott and Braxton wore. Singer-Actress Kat Graham who plays Jada Pinkett-Smith in the new movie All Eyez on Me, rapper and star of Love & Hip Hop: New YorkCardi B and our other bumpwatch alum Blac Chyna all did the blunt blonde bob.
And platinum blonde, in general, had a big showing on Tiny’s daughter Zonnique, who is also a recording-artist. She wore her hair in that shade as did Lateysha Grace, a German transplant who has been on three seasons of MTV show The Valleys.
Clockwise: Lateysha Grace, Zonnique, Cardi B and Blac Chyna in platinum blonde hair.
It was also cool to see so many parents bring their children to the show. DJ Khaled actually brought his son Asahad on stage with him during his performance. It reminded me of all the NBA babies at their dads’ games.
Jamie Foxx had his daughter Annalise help him present on stage and Future got his daughter Londyn a matching bedazzled mask to wear in honor of his popular new single “Mask Off” which he later performed that night with a cameo from Kenderick Lamar. Another big winner was Chance the Rapper whose mom accompanied him to the show.
Speaking of Winners. Beyonce was a BIG winner taking home the most awards for Best Female R&B Performer, Viewers’ Choice, Video of the Year for her song “Sorry” (which tied with Bruno Mars) and is off her album Lemonade, which one for Album of the Year. The director for “Sorry” won the for Best Director.
Her sister Solange took home the Centric Award for her song “Cranes in the Sky” which also earned the star her first Grammy award earlier in the year. Besides Solange, we spotted a few of our other Bumpwatch alums at the event including Keyshia Cole.
Speaking of Blac Chyna and Amber Rose. The two of them once famously attended back to back awards shows in 2015 hand in hand but last night came with other people, Chyna with other people.
We frequently spotlight what mom LaLa Anthony wears on arrival carpets and she did not disappoint.
Not a mom, but I love Yvette Nicole Brown‘s look and my African sister Issa Rae from her hit HBOInsecure.
I also want to shout out other aspects of Africa represented last night in the strapless Ankara (West African) dresses worn by beauty blogger Jennie Jenkins and The Color Purple veteran actress Margaret Avery and actress Nomzamo Mbatha‘s South African print trimmed dress and in South Sudanese model Duckie Thot, Sudanse vlogger Nikki Perkins and Afro German soap opera actress Sandra Lambeck.
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. TMZclarified 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!
(Moms’ Night Outings included this one and here and even here where someone rented out the entire theater)
The film is about Amy (Kunis), a suburban mom who is married to her college sweetheart, and has two great kids including entitled son Dylan (Emjay Anthony) and an overachieving soccer star daughter, Jane (Oona Laurence) who dreams of getting into an Ivy League school even while still in Middle School. Amy is also married to an immature real estate mortgager who is a parenting slacker and leaves Amy to do all the work at home even though she also works part time at a trendy coffee company owned and managed by millennials. At age 32, she is the oldest worker. Oy vey!
As the film begins, Amy relays how she is overwhelmed, underappreciated and constantly late. (We can all relate, well I know I can) Amy has to also battle against meeting up to the high expectations and standards of a trio of perfect moms, led by the PTA President Gwendolyn(Applegate), the Queen B who runs the school, and her sidekick moms Stacy (Pinkett-Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo).
Eventually, she just gives up on trying and befriends frazzled mousey stay-at-home mom KiKi (Bell) and single mom Carla (Kathryn Hahn), the break out star in the film and they cut up.
For a few days, they sleep in, stop making the kids’ breakfast, skip work, go out to pubs and dance clubs and act out in a supermarket in the most hilarious scene of the film.
Michele K. Short / STX Productions
That scene is second only to (SPOILER ALERT) the one in a bathroom when Carla and KiKi preps Amy to start dating again after she and her husband take a break from her marriage and Carla uses Kiki to show Amy how to manage an uncircumcised man’s member. It is utter hilarity!
I too attended a Bad Moms outing my law school girlfriend Marcie organized. It included happy hour drinks before (which I missed but borrowed a photo from) and night of dancing at a local concert hall to an 80s cover band after. I’d dare say 98% of our theater was filled with women. There were probably several groups of mom groups out. There was lots of talking, popcorn throwing and cutting up in the theater before and the antics were aplenty.
We all agreed afterwards that we have to go see the movie again because we missed so many lines because we were laughing so hard throughout the film.
And what can you expect when the writer/director of The Hangover, Jon Lucas, was behind the film? There is plenty of raunchy and hypersexualized over-the-top slapstick humor that works and a very generous use of the F-bomb. It is rated R for a reason and you should definitely not think of taking your kids with you to see this.
Again, as I stated above, Hahn is the most memorable. Every line that comes out of her mouth elicited belly laughs. It’s because she doesn’t give a kitty about what others think, is sexually free and liberated and is that ride-or-die pal that has your back. She’s that friend from college who would hold back your pony tail while you hurl in the throne after a wild night out, but who has grown up and is now solo-parenting a 6 feet tall middle school jock kid.
Hahn steals ever scene she is in.
My girl Bell does a phenomenal job as a docile mom with a controlling husband who eventually grows some cohones and stands up to him by the end of the movie. She delivers some zingers that are effective because they are unexpected but delivered with perfect comedic timing.
The movie climaxes as Amy decides to compete with Gwendolyn for PTA President after Gwendolyn does something that negatively impacts Jane.
The movie is The Hangover meets Mean Girls. It has the usual comedy movie tropes but it is successful.
I recommend you get your mom pals together and organize your own Bad Moms movie outing. The last time I attended a movie that got so many groups of women out was when Sex and The City movie came out. I wasn’t a fan of Fifty Shades so I missed all the Fifty Shades movie night outings.
Fortunately, we can learn from them, adjust and move on. Imagine if you are a parent and also a celebrity. Your mistakes can turn into a public firestorm. In this era of social media, everyone shares everything with everyone. And then, celebs are papparazi magnets. Before they know it, a wayward teen’s IG share or a photog in the bushes can land them in a bunch of hot water.
I blogged about celebs whose parenting skills have been criticized. Mode followed up with a few more. Check it out:
I woke up the other day with the news already on the television set and swear I saw actor Will Smith announcing a woman’s pregnancy and the woman wasn’t his wife Jada Pinkett Smith!
I learned later that day it wasn’t but rather was a woman named Emily who just happened to have bumped into the famous Independence Day actor, rapper and philanthropist at a local coffee shop. He was a good sport and agreed to pose in a selfie with her announcing her pregnancy.
A friend of hers posted the final image on Reddit and it went viral from there!
Pretty cool! Congrats Emily and hubster! Hope she already told her boss too! doh!