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Meghan Markle Suprise School for International Women’s Day

Like she has in the past, Meghan Markle is celebrating International Women’s Day in a big way!

The Duchess of Sussex, who is back in the U.K. for a final round of royal engagements, visited Robert Clack School in the town of Dagenham in east London on Friday for a special International Women’s Day assembly.

Meghan spoke to 700 students, who range in age from 11 to 18, about a host of women’s issues that have become a key part of her work. “When we thought about what I wanted to do for International Women’s Day this year, for me it was incredibly important to be with the women of our future,” she said in her speech. “And that is all of the young women here, as well as the young men who play a very large part in this. Specifically coming to your school made a lot of sense for me because of this social justice and the impact that it’s rooted in.”

Meghan Markle at school during 2020 International Women's Day

Later Meghan added, “I encourage and empower each of you to really stand in your truth, to stand for what is right – to continue to respect each other. For young men, to continue to value and appreciate the women in your lives, and also set the example for some men who are not seeing it that same way. You have your mothers, sisters, girlfriends, friends in your life – protect them. Make sure that they are feeling valued and safe. Let’s all rally together to make International Women’s Day something that is not just on Sunday – but frankly, feels like every day of the year.”

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In Defense of Beyonce and Meghan Markle’s Unapologetic 2020 Moves

My new motto for 2020 is “If they thought we were unapologetic in 2019, wait ’til they see us in 2020”.

So I’m going to take this time to applaud Mrs. Beyonce Knowles Carter and Duchess Meghan for being in the news lately for doing what’s best for themselves after a week, a month, a year, a lifetime of people just riding their jock and dissing their every move…and child.

I mean, just last week, a couple of reporters  on Twitter were calling Bey’s daughter Blue Ivy ugly for having physical features like her dad, Jay Z.

Naturally, both writers were dragged to the filth on Twitter and had to say their mea culpas (and half-arse weak ones at that) but still.

Somewhat equally, ever since Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle came out with their relationship a few years ago, the British press and trolls have called Meg every dirty and racist name in the book, accused her of being difficult, of driving away all the staff, of driving a wedge in between Harry and his brother (I’m not gonna hyperlink these stories to the give them traffic. Google it yourself if you want.)

So today, when she and her husband released a statement saying “adios mofos” to UK, I smiled.

In essence, they will split their time between North America and the UK, ween themselves off that Royal coins, and scale back their duties as senior members of the Royal family.

To me, it embodies the essence of what we all need to be doing this year:

If a situation, workplace, relationship, community or environment no longer brings you peace or is too toxic for you to function, you should be allowed to buck it and say no more.

For Bey, it was not bowing to the pressure to gather her voluminous dress and stand up when actor Joaquin Phoenix was announced the winner for Best Actor Motion Picture for his role as The Joker during this Sunday’s broadcast of the Golden Globes Awards when the dress would probably had gotten in his way to get by and on the stage to accept his prize.

Not the same level of shruggery as packing up your whole household but similar vibe.

I can dig it.

And to quote part of actress Michelle Williams’ speech when she received her trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon Sunday night, “When it is time to vote, please do so in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years and why the world looks so much like them.”

Amen.

The Results are In: The Most Anticipated Celeb Birth of 2019



A recent survey of the most searched celebrity baby revealed that the former Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son Archie topped the list among the biggest viral moments of 2019.

The first photos of Baby Archie at Sussex Royal that were released to the public via social media garnered close to 3 million likes on Instagram alone.

Add those numbers to the close to 3 million that liked the photos of Archie with his grandparents and other members of the British Royal Family.

Finally, the photo of the infant with Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa during the Duchess and Prince’s trip to Africa, with the clergy man kissing the newborn on his forehead went viral and racked up close to 1.5M likes.

With close to 10M and more in engagment, Baby Archie won the Internet in 2019.

 

Struggling with Motherhood Meghan Markle Is Getting No Empathy, Love

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Man, poor Duchess Meghan is having a difficult time adjusting to life as a Royal and a mother.

While filming a documentary during a diplomatic trip to Africa with her husband, Prince Harry, she did more than reveal that their adorable son Archie has red hair, she also talked about having a tough time adjusting to motherhood.

In speaking with journalist Tom Bradby for the ITV documentary, “Harry & Meghan: An African Journey“, Meghan Markle shared her struggle with being a new mom and newlywed to Prince Harry:

“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging. And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she said. “So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um…yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

After Bradby asked if she  was struggling and not okay, the Duchess responded, “Yes.”

The news about this confession of the yet-to-be-released project comes on the heels of news that she and Prince Harry are considering leaving the UK altogether and remarked in passing about making a home for themselves in South Africa, and reports of their plans to sue the British press for hacking her phone,  and formal statements from Prince Harry calling on the tabloid press to quit harassing her and subjecting her to racist or unfair treatment.

“Up to now, we have been unable to correct the continual misrepresentations — something that these select media outlets have been aware of and have therefore exploited on a daily and sometimes hourly basis,” the statement read.

“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces,” he said in a reference to his mother, Princess Diana, who died in a 1997 car crash while trying to elude paparazzi in Paris.

While the former Duchess Fergie, Sarah Ferguson, too was hounded relentlessly by the press, as was Harry’s mom  as he noted, those watching Markle’s treatment think compared to Duchess Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, Meghan is getting inequitable treatment perhaps because she is partially black and American.

When Kate  Middleton wore a one shoulder dress, the British press called her elegant but when Markle wore a similar style dress at the British Fashion Awards, they referred to it as “vulgar.”

Before and since Markle’s confession about having a difficult time adjusting to motherwhood, I have seen people in social and traditional media be critical of the British monarchy dismiss her complaints.  Many have also suggested that she gets what she asked for by marrying into that family and becoming a Royal.

US Talk show host Wendy Williams infamously stated so on her show this week.

In my opinion, such flippant, dismissive and harsh reactions show lack of empathy. Irrespective of what one feels about the family she married into or the fact she had tremendous wealth, I think kindness or at least passive observance is in order when someone expresses sadness over dealing with personal anxiety or stresses.

For the average man or woman that come across the reports about Markle’s confession, it so easy to scroll by they don’t care but they don’t. Instead, they make these blatant pronouncements that come off as cold and callous and sort of truly reflects poorly on the person making the disparaging remarks.

That’s my opinion. Feel free to disagree.

We all should strive to be kind. We have enough things to fight and get upset about. No need to pile on.

 

The Important Work Meghan Markle Was Doing While Pregnant {New Photos}

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Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was quite busy making history while pregnant with her first child, son Archie, with husband Prince Harry.

The American Royal, starting at 5-months pregnant, became the first ever “guest editor’ of British Vogue, for its coveted September issue, the most important edition in magazines’ yearly calendar.

Rather than be the cover model, the former Suits star chose to instead spotlight the work of 15 change maker women who are doing big things for other women in the world including Jane Goodall (who was interviewed by her husband) and former US First Lady Michelle Obama (interviewed by Meghan), Laverne Cox, Greta Thunberg, Jacinda Ardern, Adwoa Aboah and Jameela Jamil, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi and others shot by legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh.

She also started working on a line of women’s wear with designer Misha Nonoo that will benefit her patronage project called Smart Works, an organization that provides job training and clothing for underprivileged women.

The group gives client one-on-one interview prep and an interview outfit. Once they land the job, the women can come back and collect 5 additional pieces of clothing to get them thru their first paycheck!

Love Love it!!

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“The reason why I was drawn to Smart Works is that it reframed the idea of charity as community…..it’s a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits,” Markle wrote in the magazine of her interest in that organization.

Yesterday, the Duchess released via the @SussexRoyal Instagram page a series of behind the scenes photo from her work with the organization, helping women select pieces of clothing for their job while herself donned a fierce tweed Gucci suit.

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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel ? as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal

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Celeb Moms of Singles, Twins & Triplets At London’s The Lion King Premiere

A mom of one, a mom of twins and a mom of triplets met in London.

All three previously covered “Bellyitch Bumpwatch” alumsMeghan Markle, Beyonce Knowles Carter, and Pharelle Williams‘ wife Helen Lasichanh (who gave birth to the couple’s triplets in 2017) gathered at the European premiere of the live action remake of the 1994 Disney animated film The Lion King on Sunday.

The event took place at London’s Odeon Leicester Square where the celebs walked the “yellow carpet” which also featured black lion paw prints during its star-studded arrivals.

Beyonce, who voices Nala greeted the former Meghan Markle for the first time since Duchess of Sussex presented her and her hubby Jay Z with the 2018 Brit Awards for Best International Group.

The power couple accepted via video acceptance while standing in front of a portrait of the Duchess wearing a crown, back in December before the Duchess gave birth to her first child, son Archie, with husband Prince Harry.

The two celeb moms greeted each other warmly, with Markle in a black A line tea length Jason Wu Collection Mesh Panel Fit and Flare Dress with sheer sleeves and bodice and Beyonce, dressed in a thigh high slit draped yellow gown.

“Hello my Princess” Beyonce can be seen mouthing before a very warm hug, followed by a friendly hug from Jay Z.

“The baby, so beautiful,” Beyonce then remarked, according to Royal reporter Rebecca English had the scoop on the conversation . “We love you guys.”

At that point, Markle then turned to introduce her husband, who was decked out in a tux. The Prince greeted Beyonce with a kiss on each cheek and Jay-Z with a handshake.

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“You’ve been rather busy,” Harry told Beyoncé.

The 444 rapper responded with, “Congratulations on the birth of your baby,” while nodding towards Meghan.

“And how are the twins?” the Prince asked, referencing the superstars’ twins, daughter Rumi and son Sir, born in 2017.

‘”They are not here. They don’t come on every trip,” Bey replied. “We left them at home. They would loved to have been here.”

The Royal couple then greeted Sir Elton John, his husband David Furnish and the Disney president before being introduced to Pharrell Williams who worked on the music in the film.

His wife Helen stayed in the back row but was acknowledged.

“It’s just incredible, you’re in for a great night,” John added.

Harry was humored by Pharrell William’s signature shots tuxedo and his curtsy he did as a joke, I hope.

“I love the look,” Harry said with smile. “It’s phenomenal, seriously. It is just amazing,.”

Also in the line up were actors Billy Eichner, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Florence Kasumba.

As part of the film’s rollout, Disney Studios is supporting Protect the Pride, a campaign focused on protecting and revitalizing the lion population. 

Specific beneficiaries include the Lion Recovery Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Network.

Celebrity Dads Celebrating First Father’s Day

A few celebrity dads covered on the blog this past year had their first Father’s Day this year.

They include:

Andy Cohen

On February 5, Andy Cohen welcomed his first son Benjamin Allen Cohen via surrogate.

Trey Songz

The R&B crooner, real name Tremaine Aldon Neverson, had long wanted to be a dad and just this May, the artist surprised fans with the news that he became one when he posted a photo of his baby on Instagram with the caption, “My son Noah. We are blessed and overjoyed. Peace.” He has so far kept the identify of Noah’s mother private.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry and wife Duchess Meghan (neeMarkle) welcomed their first child on May 6th, 2019. The baby boy is named Archie.

Jerry Ferrara baby
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Jerry Ferrara

Famous for his role on Entourage and POWER, actor Jerry Ferrara welcomed Jacob born in early May 2019 with his wife Breanne. The couple had previously experienced a pregnancy loss via miscarriage.

Congrats and Happy Father’ Day to all the new dads!

My Two Wrong Predictions About Baby West and Baby Sussex

Wrong and Wrong.

I speculated that perhaps Duchess Meghan of Sussex had given birth at home because she was not captured by photographers leaving her home or arriving.

However, last week, Kensington Palace revealed that the Suits actress, formerly Meghan Markle, gave birth.

Baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor  was born at Portland Hospital, a private hospital on Great Portland Street in London, a copy of the baby’s birth certificate revealed.

With the baby overdue and her somewhat advance maternal age at 36, a hospital was probably better in case of an emergency.

Also, I was wrong about the name Kim Kardashian and Kanye West would have given their newest child, a son, born via surrogate last week.

I and other speculators the baby would be named Robert for two reasons. One, Kim showed an image of the name Robert during a Snapchat and during a recent episode of her reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashian a psychic in Bali told Kim and Khloe Kardashian their dad, Robert Kardashian, would be reincarnated in her son.

The couple named the newest arrival Psalm which is a Hebrew word for song and is the name of one of the books in the Bible. A source to E! News told the site that Kanye chose the name “and is a representation of their spirituality.”

The sources explained, “it was a very important to him, and Kim wanted the name to have a significance that held a true representation of their family, so she agreed on the name.”

Nice!

Well, you can’t win them all!

20 Moms Celebrating Mother’s Day For First Time {2019}

Happy Mother’s Day to all the new first time moms, including the celebrity women’s whose pregnancies we “bumpwatched” this past year.

Celebrating their first Mother’s Day are:

Cardi B who welcomed her first child, daughter Kulture Kiari, with husband Offset from the rap group The Migos on July 10th.

Desperate Housewives alum Eva Longoria who welcomed son Santiago Enrique with husband Jose Bastón  on June 19, 2018.

On Nov. 7, 2018, Gabrielle Union and her husband NBA star hubby Dwayne Wade who welcomed their first child together via surrogate, daughter Kaavia James after years of infertility and struggles.

Comedic actress Amy Schumer who is the latest to the new moms club after she and husband Chris Fischer welcomed their first child together son,  Gene Attell Fischer, on Sunday, May 5.

Parks and Recreation alum Rashida Jones who gave birth to her first child, a son, Isiah Jones Koenig , with her longtime beau Ezra Koenig last August 22, 2018.

One Thing” singer Amerie who welcomed her first child son River Rowe Charles L. Nicholson with husband Lenny “LG” Nicholson  last December.

US Olympic track star Allyson Felix and her husband Kenneth Ferguson who welcomed daughter Camryn last December 2018.

America Ferrera who had her first child, son Sebastian “Baz” Piers Williams in late May with husband Ryan Piers Williams after Mother’s Day so this is her first.

Supermodel Chanel Iman who became a mom on Aug. 10, 2018 when she and her New York Giants wide receiver husband, Sterling Shepard, welcomed son Cali Clay.

Another Model Kate Upton and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher, Justin Verlander who became parents to daughter Genevieve on Nov. 7, 2018.

The Duchess of Sussex, the former Meghan Markle and her husband, the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, who welcomed their first child together on May 6 announcing the news on their official Instagram account. They named their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

A relative of a Royal, Pippa Middleton, the little sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton, and her husband James Matthews who also welcomed a son, Arthur, on October 15, 2018.

Former Reality TV star of Real Housewives of Atlanta Kenya Moore and her restaurateur husband Marc Daly who welcomed a daughter, Brooklyn Doris Daly, together on November 4, 2018.

Current housewife of that Bravo TV franchise Porsha Williams who also had a daughter Pilar Jhena with fiance restaurateur Dennis McKinley.

Tattoo artist and makeup mogul Kat Von D who became a mom in late 2018 to son Leafar Von D Reyes with hubby Rafael Reyes.

Former TODAY show anchor Tamron Hall and her husband Steve Greener who welcomed their first child, a son named Moses on April 25th.

On September 30, 2018, Shahs of Sunset alum Lilly Ghalicchi Mir and her husband Dara Mir, who welcomed their first child, daughter Alara Mir.

Current Shahs star Mercedes “MJ” Javid Feight and her husband Tommy Feight who welcomed their first child, son Shams Francis Feight, on April 17th

Singer Kehlani and her partner partner Javie Young-White who welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Adeya Nomi, in late March.

Former Destiny’s Child performer, actress and Singer LeToya Luckett and her Tommicus Walker who welcomed their first child on January 4th this year, a daughter they named Gianna Iman.

Congrats and Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Yay! Amy Schumer Gave Birth to Her Own Royal Baby Boy

Overshadowed by the birth of the Royal Baby, Comedian Amy Schumer gave birth to her first born child, a son she and hubby Chris, named Gene Attell Fischer.

“10.55pm last night. Our royal baby was born,” the actress wrote Monday on Instagram, sharing a postpartum photo of herself, husband Chris Fischer and their new baby boy.

In a subsequent Instagram share of Fischer holding the baby, she told her fans and followers the baby’s name.

Before this week, Schumer suffered with extreme morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum,throughout her pregnancy, a condition that gained wide public attention when another Royal Kate Middleton suffered with it during her pregnancies.

The I Feel Pretty star had talked about being overshadowed by a Royal pregnancy.

“I’ll tell you who it’s not fun to be pregnant at the exact same time as: Meghan Markle,” Schumer said in her recent Netflix stand-up special, Growing.

Congrats!