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Airing Tonight: VH1’s Mother’s Day Tribute Show ‘Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms’

annual Mother’s Day special “Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms” co-hosted by Black’ish‘s Anthony Anderson and Power‘s La La Anthony. The event features celebrities who make poetic, song or other tender presentations and tributes to their respective mothers followed with a performance by a celebrity  performer.

Celebrity guests and participants of the event, which took place at Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California, include our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Teyana TayloSean “Diddy” Combs, Colin Kaepernick, a red carpet fave Gabrielle Union, Ne-Yo, Jhené Aiko, Bobby Brown, Jessie J and Patti LaBelle. The e

Viewers will see the co-hosts stimulate the audience with their banter and commentary on today’s political climate, sparking laughs and nods of approval from the audience.

During the event, Taylor welcomes her mother, Nikki, and acknowledges the tremendous impact that she made in Taylor’s life before welcoming surprise guest Bobby Brown to the stage.

Gabrielle Union also will be seen tonight showering her mom Theresa with praise and thanking her for raising Gabrielle in a home filled with love, learning and acceptance before surprising her mom with an appearance by award-winning recording artist Ne-Yo who performs a medley of his hit singles “Good Man” and “Miss Independent.”

Jhené Aiko will be joined on stage by her daughter Namiko Love to perform a poem for her mother, and sing a song that they wrote together, “Sing To Me.”

Finally, guests also got to enjoy singer-songwriter’s Jessie J’s sweet tribute to her mother, Rose, who encouraged her to write music that stands the test of time. The phenom introduces her newest song “Queen” before getting the crowd on their feet with her rendition of the iconic hit “I’m Every Woman.”

After joking that his mom Teresa didn’t know what football was until he got to college, Colin Kaepernick talks about what his life was like growing up in a world where the privilege of his parents did not always protect him. He praises his mom for doing everything she could to give him the best possible life and says that she “chose [him]” and she’s “stuck with [him]!” Teresa joins him on stage, since “moms always have the final word” and says that Colin was always a wonderful son, student and athlete, and she’s overwhelmed with pride, even if he “doesn’t call his mom enough!”

In a sweet video message, Sean “Diddy” Combs and five of his children talk about all the things they love most about their “Mimi,” and Diddy takes the stage to recognize the tremendous sacrifice that his mom Janice made to ensure that he always had everything he needed.

For his final surprise, Diddy introduces music legend Patti LaBelle for a show-stopping performance of “You Are My Friend.”

 

Ne-Yo’s Wife Crystal Smith Criticized For Negative Description of Son’s Hair Texture


After describing her child’s hair negatively and praising her own fine textured hair as “blessed” “Hawaiian Silk”, Internet users gathered second-time mom-to-be Crystal Smith all the way up to school her on her outdated attitude towards kinkier African textured hair.

“So my son wasn’t blessed with Mommy’s ‘Hawaiian silk’ as my sister likes to say,” Bossip reported the second-time mom-to-be captioning an Instagram post of a photo of herself and her son. “Can anyone suggest some good products or moisturizers? Nothing I’ve tried will help the dryness. His hair seems to soak up everything instantly.”

Following the outrage from followers and fans over the since-deleted tweets, Smith declared her intentions to convert the learning moment into a business opportunity in an Instagram stories post, vowing to create a hair care line for children of mixed race heritage.

“Thank you guys for the negativity, because once again I’m going to channel it into something positive,” she can be heard in the social media share taken in her car. “I am now in the process of creating a hair care line for mixed children … so thank you once again.”

Ok. Good luck with that, Mrs. Smith. The couple married shortly before welcoming their first child, son, Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr. Ne-Yo has a 7-year old daughter Madilyn and 6-year old-son Mason (Irish Twins) with his ex-girlfriend, and our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Monyetta Shaw.

The Smiths’ are expecting their second child later this year.

Ne-Yo and Wife Host Charitable Gender Reveal Party

Good on recording artist and super producer Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Smith for using their gender reveal to raise money for charity!

The second-time mom-to-be and the Miss Independent singer gave a special invitation to the first 100 people who commented on a special post on her Instagram account to donate to the Jenesse Center Inc. in Los Angeles, Calif.

They got to attend the prince and princess- themed event, nosh on snack and drinks at the event.

Guests were asked to bring a gift for a mom and a baby to be donated to Jenesse, a domestic violence intervention organization.

At th reveal, following desserts, everyone gathered on the rooftop and fired powder guns that were handed out to everyone and pulled at the same time revealing blue powder!

It’s another baby boy! Congrats!

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Ne-Yo, whose birth name is Shaffer Smith  Crystal are already parents to 22- month old son Shaffer Jr. The musician is also a father to 6-year old son Mason and 7-year old daughter Madilyn  with his ex-fiancee Monyetta Shaw.

Teen Choice 2016: Moms and Sleepy Babies

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Tonight was the 2016 Teen Choice Awards at The Forum on Sunday,July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

We spotted Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Jessica Alba in a black and sheer David Koma ensemble (Shoulder Net crop top and High Waist Trousers) and carrying a cute black M2malletier clutch. She was a presenter during the show.

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Also wearing black was Fuller House Jodi Sweetin who we followed when she was last expecting back in 2010. Love her crown braid and those funky wrap around espadrilles are hotness.

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Another blog fave and star of Fuller House, Candace Cameron Bure also attended in a cute metallic and black shorts jumper with sexy strappy heels as did one other Bellyitch alum Crystal Renay.

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She walked the green carpet with her first child with husband singer-songwriter-producer Ne-Yo in tow. Little  Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr, named after his dad looked mad sleepy but was hanging in their like a champ. Maybe he made it long enough to watch dad perform on stage.

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The cutie pie was born this past March 2016.

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Ne-yo Ties the Knot with Fiancée Days before she Gives Birth

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R&B crooner Ne-Yo and his fiance, mom-to-be Crystal Renay officially tied the knot this weekend, days before she is set to welcome the couple’s first child together.

“When I went to my first fitting, I had actually just found out the day before that I was pregnant, so from the beginning of the whole dress process, we knew that it would be a growing belly,” Renay told PEOPLE magazine. “I’m nine months pregnant – I’m nervous about falling on my face.”

Ne-Yo expressed his joy as well.

“This is big for me,” the Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter said. “I’m not doing this again, so I’m happy that my family and friends are able to be there to share this moment with us.”

Ne-Yo’s 5-year old daughter Madilyn and 4-year old-son Mason (Irish Twins) with his ex-girlfriend, and our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Monyetta Shaw were not at the nuptials.

Apparently, as Shaw explained on her Instagram to quell the rumors and hate darts thrown at her, she is in the process of securing a placement for her children in an independent school and was busy taking the kids to open houses and school visits that weekend.

“Not that it’s anyone’s business I have a few secs to entertain since we are all done with these school visits for today,” she wrote on Instagram. “Any involved parent in search for the best school for their children knows how important this process is and I don’t take it lightly.”

 “My #1 concern & priority are my kids! NOTHING will EVER change that!!!  “she added.  Anyway, the kids are excited and looking forward 2 spending time with their father, new little brother and step-mom this summer.”

More pics from the weekend.


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Getting carried across the threshold! Awwww!

 


 

Photo: PEOPLE, Duke Images

h/t Black Celeb Kids

My Hunt for Jennifer Hudson’s Signature Piece: The Statement Necklace

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I am a HUGE fan of statement jewelry. Big bold rings, chunky bracelets, exotic earrings, belly & body chains, toe rings, arm asps, the works! 

They really make an outfit or look pop and are also great conversation pieces. 

Of all of these, I adore statement necklaces the most. I’ve been trying to hunt down the one Jennifer Hudson wore in her 2012 video for “Think Like a Man”(above) but haven’t yet. 

Hudson, like my girl Bey, are known for being seen in some pretty awesome statement jewelery. Shout out to her stylist team. 

So if you know who makes this piece and where I can get it, please give me a clue!

Here are some awesome statement necklaces I peeped on out partner site PopSugar’s Shopstyle Collective while hunting down Hudson’s !