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‘Power’s Naturi Naughton is Expecting Her First Child

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Singer and Actress Naturi Naughton was in middle of shooting the fourth season of her hit STARZ show Power when she discovered that she and boyfriend Ben were expecting their first child.

The original member of the now-disbanded girl group 3LW exclusively told PEOPLE that  as soon as she shared the news with the cast and crew, they went into protection mode.

“They’ve been really good at keeping it on the low, but they’re also super excited,” she says. “Omari [Hardwick], who plays my husband, we have kids on the show and he’s like, ‘Now you get to be experiencing motherhood in real life!’ Everyone’s been really supportive.”

Naughton, who is also known  for her standout role as “Lil Kim” in the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious, said she’s been having a good pregnancy so far.

“It’s been a little surreal, but I feel really good, healthy and strong,” she told the magazine.“I feel like being pregnant and entering this new stage has made me stronger and more excited about life in general. Everything seems so much more purposeful.”

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The production crew had to be creative about concealing her bump since a pregnancy wasn’t in the script.

“I had maternity jeans they ordered for me, and I do a lot of tops that are peplum-style,” says the New Jersey native who got her start singing in the same church Whitney Houston sang at in her youth. “I was amazed at how un-pregnant I could look.”

She also talked about being a healthy eater but giving into pregnancy cravings.

“I love kale, I love strawberries and pineapples, but I’m not proud of this … I’ve been eating Cup Noodles. I really want salty, spicy things, and Cup Noodles has been really awesome. I haven’t had one since college!”

After being a platinum selling artist, touring alongside Destiny’s Child, Dream, Nelly, Eve, and Jessica Simpson, and a solo artist, and having a a stage role on the Tony-award winning play “Hairspray“,  roles on Mad Men and the movie Fame a reoccurring role on The Client List opposing Jennifer Love Hewitt, Naughton is prepping for a whole new challenge when her baby arrives in July.

“It’ll just be a great summer to enjoy motherhood and this journey to motherhood,” said Naughton, who is steep in picking out nursery colors and nesting. “It’s a really amazing responsibility, but it’s such a blessing and that to me is worth more than anything I can imagine.”

Godspeed, mama!

photo: People/Getty

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Lil Kim confirms pregnancy while performing at NYFW after party (VIDEO)

Veteran hip hop recording artist Lil Kim recently confirmed her pregnancy during a New York City performance after photos of her bump  Wednesday, February 12 at The Blonds’ New York City fashion week runway show took Twitter by storm.
At a M.A.C. cosmetics-hosted after party for that show at the Gilded Lily, Kim confirmed the news on stage announcing to the crowd while rubbing her belly  “I’m a mom, but I can turn it up a little!” 

She later told US Weekly “I’m still going to work,”adding, “I’m still going to be hardcore. The baby has made me even more of a beast!”   
The Magic Stick singer who has had on-again-off-again beefs with successor Nicki Minaj, also revealed that she is only a few months along though  many people had speculated that she may be in her later stages of pregnancy. Every woman advances differently as we know. 
Blogger Necole Bitchie reminds us that on an episode of VH1‘s Driven, Kim confessed that she was once pregnant with the late rapper Biggie Smalls (a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.‘s) baby but miscarried.  She mentioned him in the above performance and said “we” all miss him pointing to herself and her belly when telling the audience to remember the anniversary of his violent shooting death was coming up again.

Even though she told US Weekly that she had no plans to reveal the baby’s father, he reportedly stepped up and outed himself.

Twenty-something rapper Mr. Papers, her boyfriend, who was linked to her back in 2012 but was recently reported as having broken up, has come forward on social media.

After Kim’s announcement, he tweeted “Congratz on the royal baby!” and said thank you to a person who congratulated him on the baby news.

Congrats on the impending arrival. Babies are blessings!

photos: Getty for MAC/Zimbio, Instagram

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