Sad news to report for the VH1Love and Hip Hop community.
Cast member Rah Ali and her husband of lost their baby girl who was born prematurely at 23 weeks this Sunday, May 27th.
The baby would have been her first child with her hubby.
TMZreports that the online boutique owner experienced her water break at home immediately followed by intense labor contractions.
She was rushed to the hospital, the site reports, and delivered the baby but the doctors were unable to save the newborn’s life.
Ali shared a tender moment celebrating her wedding anniversary last year on her Instagram account with 1.1M followers.
“You are an honorable man,” Rah captioned a photo with the two of them but featuring only his silhouette. “One of principle and character that can never be questioned. When I stand beside you and hear you speak, I feel honored. Words can’t begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for you being an amazing man and provider each and every day. Thank you for all that you do. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life.”
She has not revealed any other information about him and keeps private the identity of her husband.
VH1‘s Love and Hip Hop star and Rapper Remy Ma (real name Reminisce Smith) is about 6 months along in her first pregnancy with husband Shamele “Papoose” Mackie.
However, the pretty cocoa-complexioned vixen and business woman has not yet “popped”, if you will, and is sporting still a pretty chic and sveltish figure in her cute collection of clothing.
Judging from the pics the Dark and Lovely spokeswoman and brand ambassador has posted on her social media pages, you can barely tell that she and her hubby of 10 years will be welcoming their first child by year’s end.
Rapper Remy Ma‘s husband Shamele “Papoose” Mackie could possibly be the most excited expecting celeb dad around by the looks of his social media posts about having his first child with his wife. The Love and Hip Hopstar announced in July this year that she is expecting and the baby is due in December.
The “Melanin Magic” performer posted recently about giving her spouse a hard time about his ecstatic joy, meanwhile he jokes about her posing for photos in social media in a way to shield her bump.
In an adorable video, Remy Ma(real name: Reminisce Smith) performer shared on Instagram, she said that even though he was giving her grief, she felt elated to see her husband so excited about her pregnancy. This is true especially given the couple suffered a miscarriage (or maybe more) before undergoing IVF treatment to get pregnant successfully.
“I give him a hard time because if I don’t he will OD more than he already does🤦🏽♀️buttttttt in all actuality, there’s no better feeling than your husband being this excited about your pregnancy,” she captioned the vid. ” We love you Daddy @papoosepapoose 💋-from RemyMom & “The Golden Child”
“If my man don’t act like this when I get pregnant, then I don’t want him,” one wrote, while another sweetly added, “Congratulations! Y’all love each other so much! I just love it!”
The couple announced the news of the pregnancy during a garden vow renewal ceremony.
“Oh yea…and then this happened,” Remy captioned her post, discussing her weight loss and road to motherhood. “I’ve been eating right, working out, and preparing for this for almost a year. We are so happy; thank you to everyone that prayed for us and sent blessings our way.”
The hip hop star shared the news yesterday following a performance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
“You know, shorty keep growing and I be looking like I be moving and everything, but in reality, a b*tch can barely breathe,” Cardi announced in an Instagram video giving fans the news. “I can barely breathe right now. I’ve ate like six chicken wings, and I can barely breathe now.”
Cardi, real name: Belcalis Almanzar, alerted fans of her final performance too.
“Hey guys after Broccoli fest I won’t be doing no more performances .Thank you for understanding 😘love yaaa” she captioned the video.
The change of plans comes a few days after Bardi told Jimmy Fallon on his late night talk show during her historic co-hosting gig that she planned to work until the baby arrived.
“I don’t know if it’s the strength of the fetus, but I have never felt so hungry to succeed,” Cardi shared during her co-hosting spot on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the other week. “I rehearsed for this show,” the rapper continued. “I actually was up today at four in the morning. I was doing a radio run. Tomorrow [is another] radio run; another show, another party. I’m doing it all until I give birth.”
Just yesterday, she shut the show down at the Tinder Presents: Cardi B performance in the Mullins Center at the UMass, a prize to the college for winning the dating app’s “Swipe Off” contest after making the most “swipe rights” compared to other competing schools.
Cardi wore a asymmetrical red and white pinstripe shirt over shorts to the performance.
The Bronx-native rapper first gained social media attention openly discussing her career as a stripper which made her Instagram famous. She eventually landed a casting role on the VH1 TV series Love & Hip Hop: New Yorkbetween 2015 and 2017, but she really started to get some fame after getting an Atlantic Records deal.
Her first single, “Bodak Yellow,” hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – making her only the second female rapper to steal the top spot with a solo track.
Cardi’s debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy”, was released last week and entered as the number one record on the Billboard 200. It features “Bodak Yellow” as well as other notable singles “I Like It,” and “I Do,” featuring SZA.
After the news, she said she still planned to tour with Bruno Mars through October, and even twerked during her Coachella performance last week.
During a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres show, she said of the Coachella perfrmance that she wanted to show audiences what she did to get pregnant in the first place.
She had already canceled the Wireless Festival in July and Varietysaid that it’s “safe to assume” her July dates, and even potentially some shows in May, will be cancelled when her due date rolls around.
First-time mom-to-be rapper Cardi B made her Coachella debut over the weekend and played a few tracks of her recently released hit album Invasion of Privacy which debuted number one on the Billboard 200.
During the Love and Hip Hop alum’s set that featured a orange back drop with her and her acrobatic dancers dressed in all white, the “Bodak Yellow” singer brought out a host of other popular rappers and hip hop artists and singers to guest perform their respective tracks on her album: Chance the Rapper, 21 Savage, YG, Kehlani and G-Eazy (playing “No Limit”)
The Bronx native earlier revealed that while she received $70,000 for each of her two performances this weekend, she shelled out an additional $300,000 or more to pay for the set, dancers, crew and other production costs that the Coachella team did not pay for, added to the lost income potential due to a non-compete/performance clause the festival attached to her contract stopping her from performing within a radius of the festival for a period of time. Wow!
Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock at Moschino party, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Palm Springs, USA April 14
INDIO, CA – APRIL 15: Cardi B and Khelani perform onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella)
AND…she twerked and dropped it like no other pregnant performer before her! Another Record! Watch footage of her set below.
VH1‘s Love and Hip Hop star Amina Buddafly announced she is expecting to deliver in July and recently looked super cute in a periwinkle colored sleeveless bump-hugging dress while attending the Hollywood movie premiere of Meet the Blacksrecently at the ArcLight theater earlier in the month.
Buddafly, who is married to show co-star “Peter Gunz” Pankey, announced the baby’s gender on Instagram.
“Everyone asking me about maternity pics. I’m just over half way there I got a long way to go,” she captioned a photo. “#julybaby” like big sister Cori.
The songstress recently had a gig and wore a flowing maxi dress which complemented her well. She also shared a clip from the performance, singing a tune from her latest album.
I was stalking the Instagrammed wedding photos from our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Yandy Smith, the music manager and e-magazine publisher who stars in the VH1 show Love and Hip Hop. I stopped at a glorious photo of the beautiful new mom breastfeeding her infant daughter Skylar right before the ceremony.
She captioned the photo: “OMG @timefrozen you captured my life in a nutshell in this pic. Baby Skylar started crying right before I walked. I had to walk down the isle a little late because I had to feed her. I love this picture. Thank you for capturing this without me even knowing. Lol. #smithharriswedding2015 #moderndomesticegl”
Marvelous! I love Smith’s IG because in all of her photos she comes off genuinely happy and full of life. She seems nurturing, in love with her new husband and children and she embraces her beautiful and curvy new mom body and is confident in her skin even as she amps up her work out routine in recent weeks to gradually get back to her pre-baby size. She’s a great IG follow.
This discovery came the day after I also spotted an equally wonderful breastfeeding support IG pic from rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges wife, Eudoxie Bridges, who is an independently accomplished woman in her own right, having recently received a Master’s degree and pursuing a Medical degree.
The photo featured stacks of breast milk the Gabonese new mom to daughter Candace had recently pumped so dad could feed baby while Eudoxie caught up on some sleep.
“Got the supply ready for daddy’s shift ?? #gotbreastmilk #liquidgoldastheycallit #bestdadever #heismrmom #takesnightshifts,” she captioned the photo.
I think both are serving as wonderful ambassadors to breastfeeding to their community of followers that include lots of black and African American women.
The Centers for Disease Control reports that African Americans are less likely to breastfeed their children. “Black infants consistently had the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration across all study years,” the CDC statistics note.
The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studiesreports that Blacks stop breastfeeding sooner than other races, setting up their children for higher incidences of illnesses and diseases that non-breastfed children succumb to at a higher rate than those who were nursed. The report also links higher rates of infant mortality and low birth weight to lack of breastfeeding.
There is a taboo about it among the black community, perhaps, and those who nurse for too long are not encouraged or supported and are sometimes egged on to stop breastfeeding after a few weeks or months. Although to be fair, shorter breastfeeding times are also linked to working wage-earning mothers who have little to no maternity leave who all have to report to work earlier. Also, moms who have shorter maternity leave and/or work in settings where they do not have a private place to pump and store their milk for their babies, also stop earlier.
Kim Durdin-James, national president of the African-American Breastfeeding Alliance (AABA), summed it up well in saying, “In the best of times, breastfeeding is the optimal feeding choice for young children because it provides babies with all vital nutrients for growth and development, but in times of disaster, breastfeeding can mean the difference between life and death.”
So it is great to see influential women sharing their experience breastfeeding which perhaps could encourage more to do the same, if they do not face any other impediment to breastfeeding like low supply, extreme discomfort or other problems.
Love and Hip Hop star Emily Bustamante had a coed rooftop baby shower with her longtime beau rapper Fabolous in New York City over the Mother’s Day weekend.
It was a family affair as the couple’s 7- year old son Johan and Emily’s daughter from a previous relationship Taina also attended.
Celebs attending the event, themed “A Little Man Is on His Way”, include celeb DJ and recording artist Angie B, The Real‘s Adrienne Bailon and others. Celebrity photographer Evan Pierce shot the event.
Guests were treated to a deelish cake and desserts by Brooklyn NY bakers BCakeNY. Event designers Sweet Inspirations Events did an excellent time teaming up with party coordinator Elizabeth Keily to decorate the event.
Every detail was well thought out.
Guests played Boys v. Girls game of Taboo! How fun!
Emily B matched the black and gold colored decorations with a bump hugging off the shoulder long sleeve maxi-gown.
VH1.com assembled a list of reality TV stars who were relatively unknown before and were able to parlay their appearances on docu series and become business moguls. Moms dominated the list which included many current and past Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms!
Bethenny Frankel‘s Skinny Girl major distribution and buyout deal, Snooki‘s New York Times Best seller appearances, Kristin Cavallari‘s shoe line and subsequent E! TV hosting show and of course Kourtney and Kim Kardashian with all their Kardashian gold!
It left of the dozens or so who have launched websites, clothing, shoes and make up lines, books and videos. We’re thinking, Phaedra Parks with her multiple ventures like exercise DVDs and all the other housewives from various series, VH1 own’s Love and Hip Hop stars Rasheeda and Yandy Smith, and several others who have clothing companies.
But still, that says a lot about the hustle of moms who were relatively unknown before and managed to use their stardom on a TV show and parlay that into lucrative business ventures for their families.