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2018 American Music Awards: Red Carpet, Stage Performances and Winners

The American Music Awards went down on Monday, October 8 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California and several of our Bellytich Bumpwatch alums performed, hosted and presented awards, and current 2nd-time mom to be Carrie Underwood won for Favorite Female Artist- Country, while new first-time mom Cardi B won Favorite Soul/R&B song for her duo with Bruno Mars, “Finesse“, and Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop song for “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)“.

Jennifer Lopez hit the stage to perform her latest Sia-written song “Limitless” but before that showed off her hawt figure in a pink black belted Georges Chakra gown with fierce Jimmy Choo shoes.

We also saw Ciara make an amazing performance with musical icon Missy Elliot, amedley of hits “Level Up” and “Dose,”  Ciara looked really fab in a super cute

DSquared2 mini dress and shoes accented with Pandora jewelry.

Underwood also performed, her hit song “Spinning Bottles“, after bumping it up on the red carpet in

Singer Ashlee Simpson‘s sister in law Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the show and the Ashlee and Evan E! reality TV star showed up to the carpet with hubby while wearing a sequinned blue Monique Lhuillier dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, Narcisa Pheres earrings, and rings by Effy and 14 Karats.

Brand new talk show host Busy Phillips donned a black tuxedo suit while Heidi Klum rocked a black fringed out Julien Macdonald dress.

Jessie James Decker did Red carpet interviews in a Michael Costello jumpsuit and caught up with fellow Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums Cardi B and  Underwood on the carpet as shared on Instagram

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The Message Tracee Ellis Ross Has For Womb Invaders

Tracee Ellis Ross is reclaiming her fertility privacy and would appreciate if people could ‘get out of her womb’. In a recent Vanity Fair  article, the actress said that the pregnancy of her character, Bow, on the hit ABC series Black-ish triggered a lot of people to inquire about her own baby-making plans.

 

“Last year, I was [fictionally] pregnant all season,” Tracee told the magazine. “That brought on a lot of comments and questions and pontifications from people with no invitation…I literally have said to people, for real, no joke, ‘Why don’t you just get out of my womb? Like, get out of my uterus? What are you doing in there? And why are you asking those questions? And what makes you think you can ask that?’”

Per Essence, Ross called the unsolicited inquisitiveness by complete strangers an extension of patriarchy, which dictates women live their lives according to a certain set of rules that typically includes marriage and motherhood.

“Part of what patriarchy has created for women is this siloed-off experience, with one answer for what a good life looks like,” she said.

This isn’t the first time Ross addressed the issue of living life on her own terms. During her speech at Glamour‘s 2017 Women of the Year Summit, Ross said that while she’s built a life she’s proud of, people often tell her that she can still be a mom so her life will be meaningful.

“I have built an incredible life. I have become a woman that I am proud to be. And then someone tells me about their friend who adopted a child at 52 and how ‘it’s never too late for your life to have meaning,’ and my worth gets diminished as I am reminded that I have ‘failed’ on the marriage and carriage counts,” Ross said.

Red Carpet AMA Trends: Black, Velour and Pink!

I’ve missed a few red carpet coverage because…life but I was quite excited about what I saw this week at the American Music Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California….A lot of pink and black, but not together!

Speaking of P!nk, she and our other Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Kelly Clarkson performed together.

Not a mom but a blog fave, Tracee Ellis Ross killed it as host and the tribute to her mom Diana Ross who took home the Lifetime Achievement Award was all that and a bag of chips! (Do the kids still use that phrase?)

In the mix was her daughter in law Ashlee Simpson Ross, whose husband is Evan Ross, the baby boy of the Ross family.  their daughter Jagger Snow stole the show! Ashlee wore a Christian Siriano dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, and Neil Lane jewelry.

She was part of the sequins in black trim along with Clarkson who also went bold and brave in a velour and gold gown hugging her gorgeous hour glass figure. I’m loving her sleek blunt parted ombre hair too.

Kelly Rowland too did black with floral in a interesting long split Galia Lahav dress  with sheer sleeves, fresh off witnessing Serena Williams‘ nuptials in New Orleans last Thursday. Her good friend Ciara went a bit S&M in an asymmetric black leather coat dress by Alexandre Vauthier haute couture and thigh high boots with wet look hair. Nicole Kidman played in safe in Black as well but looked stunning as usual in an Olivier Theyskens dress, Giuseppe Zanotti boots, a Versace bag, Fred Leighton jewels, and an Omega watch

Opting for the lighter part of the spectrum was Heidi Klum in a pink and gold slip dress with a deep v plunging neckline which is in a vintage Gianni Versace from Morphew, accented with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, and Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Mom-to-be country singer Jessie James Decker did a shade of pink too in a bump hugging off-the-shoulder dress, a shade of pink. Speaking of P!nk, she too went with the color of her name in a hot pink and tulle  Monique Lhullier dress and her signature pink hair.  Jenna Dewan-Tatum in gold and looked hot as usual in a beautiful Julien MacDonald gown, John Hardy jewels, and Giuseppe Zanotti  strappy sandals.

Congrats to our alums Shakira for winning Favorite Latin artist and Carrie Underwood for winning Favorite Female Country Artist. 

One of the first celebrities we ever bump watched, Christina Aquilera brought the house down in a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston film, The Bodyguard singing “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “Run to You” and “I’m Every Woman”. She killed it in my book! Did all the songs justice and Whitney with her voice, range and power! Wow!

Watch!

2017 Emmy Red Carpet Trends: Black, Silver, Color and Feathers!

 

The 69th Prime Time Emmy Awards went down yesterday at the Microsoft Theatre on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Several of our fave celeb moms we’ve featured on the blog before and whose red carpet style we’ve admired showed out again.

Several were nominated like Padma Lakshmi‘s show Top Chef, Anna Chlumsky for her role in Veep, Thandie Newton for Westworld, Regina King for American Crime, Heidi Klum for Project Runway, Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara  for Modern Family.

Other Bump watch alums and pasta features Jessica Biel, Neve Campbell, Jane Krakowski, Felicity Huffman and Keri Russell also looked stunning on the carpet .

Congrats to Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman (in Calvin Klein by Appointment) for their short series Little Big Lies and to Kidman for a top actress win in her category.

Here are the trends we spotted:

All Black everything on Jane Krakowski, Neve Campbell, Leslie Jones in Christian Siriano, and Julie Bowen in Alberta Ferretti.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Carolina Herrera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Armani Prive, Gabrielle Union in Zuhair Murad and Emmy Rossum in Zac Posen.

Shimmering and Blush on Thandie Newton  in Jason Wu, Anna Chlumsky and Jessica Biel in Ralph & Russo Couture.

Silver Belles: Zuri Hall in Raisa & Vanessa, Susan Kelechi Watson in Christina Ottaviano, Madeline Brewer, Tracee Ellis Ross in Chanel, Regina King in Galia Lahav.

Colorful on Viola Davis in Zac Posen,  Heidi Klum,  Issa Rae  in Vera Wang, and  Padma Lakshmi in Zac Posen.

Stand outs that go bold with texture: Priyanaka Chopra in Balmain, Zoe Kravitz in Dior and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Given the #WHCD was Light on Celebs This Year, Let’s Look Back At Celebs Who Walked Its Red Carpet Pregnant

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The annual White House Correspondents Association dinner has increasingly been a haven for Hollywood Celebrities who walk the red carpet on their way to hob nob with journalism’s elite that cover the White House.

This year was much different.

 

The current sitting president Donald J. Trump choose to sit it out, a first time since Ronald Reagan  that a President opted to skip the event which usually features a comedian roasting the prez and the media and the pres himself giving a monologue full of self-deprecating humor.

[Even when Reagan skipped it, that was because he was shot on the way in, though to be fair other presidents who were very unpopular at the time Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon have skipped the elite dinner in the past, the only other two since Calvin Coolidge]

This year, the event was also super light on the usual parade of celebrities. That might be a good thing in the eyes of many who have heavily criticized the dinner for becoming to glamourized and Hollywoodized.  Celebrated national TV broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw famously skips it and has been vocal as to his reasons why.

Nonetheless, we usually can spot several celebrity moms we’ve covered in the past to feature on the blog. In the very recent past 8 years, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kristen Bell, Jessica Simpson, Cynthian Nixon, Adriana Lima, Neve Campbell, Emma Watson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Anna Chlumsky, Julianna Margulies, Katie Couric, Sofia Vergara, Shonda Rhimes, Rosario Dawson, Candace Cameron Bure, model Emily Ratajowski, Vivica A. Fox, Lupita Nyong’o, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, Kendell Jenner, Laverne Cox, Lucy Liu, Gabrielle Union have all attended as guests of various news organizations that purchase tables.

Not this year. We didn’t see any. There were a few celebs and some of DC’s A-listers [read: TV journalists and broadcast reporters] there but that’s about it.  And with Trump declaring war on the media, the White House press corp and DC establishment, none in his administration or celebs friendly to him failed to show up as well.

So…we’re doing the next best thing and flashbacking to all the ones who did show up in years past. Interesting enough, most of them were preggers at the time!

Last year, in 2016, while pregnant with her second child, daughter, Isabella, Kerry Washington attempted to conceal her bump in an A-line one shoulder black mini Victoria Beckham mini dress.

In 2015, Glee alum Naya Rivera looked radiant in a white floor length  Tadashi Shoji evening gown and model Anne V ‘s lovely floral gown rocked that year as well.

In 2014, TODAY show anchor Savannah Guthrie was six-months pregnant with her first child when she showed up in a pink dress to the event.

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Going further back, Anna Paquin was expecting her first children, a pair of twins, with husband Stephen Moyer in 2011 when she attended the event, also affectionately known as the “Nerd Prom”, wearing a chic and elegant silk jersey gown by French designer Herve L. Leroux.

That same year, Reese Witherspoon was also expecting her third child, but first with second husband Jim Toth. She also went with black in a Monique Lhuillier  gown showing her barely there bump at the time.

 

There you have it! The White House Correspondents Association dinner  has been noteworthy for Bumpwatch coverage history.

Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson Slay during 2016 BET Awards Performances



The BET Awards went down tonight at the Microsoft Theater on June 26, 2016  and it opened with Queen Bey performing her hit song with rapper Kendrick LamarFreedom”  off of her latest album “Lemonade”.  The receipts are in and the verdict is….Beyonce slayed up and down the wet and drenched stage.

 

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Watch in case you missed it, watch it HERE! Later, among several tributes that night, another one of our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alums, Jennifer Hudson took the stage outfitted in a white hooded mini-dress tribute to Prince‘s 2005 American Music Awards look. She followed up Tori Kelly and Stevie Wonder’s wonderful tribute  of “Take me With You” with her own amazing rendition of his soulful “Purple Rain.”



Watch that performance here!

Another blog fave Tracee Ellis Ross hosted the night’s celebration with her co-host from her ABC broadcast network hit show Black’ish, Anthony Anderson. 

Later, mama Knowles appeared to accept her daughter’s Video of the Year Award.

Great work, everyone!

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad For Grilling Parents About Gun Ownership before Playdates & Sleepovers

blackish gun episode

BLACK-ISH – “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Gun” – After a break-in down the block, Dre talks about getting a gun, and Bow is not comfortable with the idea. Which leads everyone to debate — there are many different ways to protect your family, but what’s the “best” way? Jack and Diane are shocked that they have been living in the house unprotected, Junior sets off on a quest to protect the family from the real threat, cyber terrorism, and Zoey has Pops teach her the art of Karate to defend herself, on “black-ish,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, NICOLE SULLIVAN, ANTHONY ANDERSON

A new Washington Post Wonk Blog analysis states that every week this year a toddler has shot someone. The piece begins:

This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: A little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I’ve found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.

This scary graphic accompanied the piece:

toddler shooting

 

These are harrowing statistics.

Before seeing this article, I watched a humorous episode of the ABC show Black’ish where this came up as well. In fact, the entire episode centered on the dad in the show, Andre’s (Anthony Anderson) obsession with getting a gun to protect his family and home.

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In the beginning of the episode, a friend of one of the teens on the show was going to stay over for the weekend until the teen’s mom, Janine (Nicole Sullivan) asked if the home had a gun and after Andre lied and said ‘yes”,  the mom grabbed her child and made up an excuse to not let him stay.

SEE THE EPISODE HERE!

This morning, one of my friends shared another piece from the Post from earlier this year, “The Question I Asked Before Any Playdate“, and it too speaks about hesitance of one mom to let her child play in the home of a gun owner who may not have all the precautions to prevent accidental shootings.

Experts say that 1 in 3 families with children have at least one gun in the house, but somehow, I never thought those statistics would include the parents at my child’s progressive pre-school. Though it is known that nearly 1,500 children will die from shootings each year, no one knows how many of those are children dying in their homes, or in the homes of friends, playing with a firearm. No records are kept on that by any government bureau; the numbers are just mixed in with gang killings, suicides, and school shootings.

But you’ve read the stories – a 6-year-old boy picks up a gun and shoots his 4-year-old sister, two kids are playing in a bedroom and one accidentally kills the other, the toddler who finds the hidden holster in his mother’s purse and shoots her in the head. Authorities say that parents don’t believe that their children know where their guns are hidden, but a recent study says that eight in 10 first graders know where their parents hide their guns. Parents don’t believe their children are capable of firing a weapon, but firing mechanisms are such that children as young as 3 are strong enough to pull the triggers of most guns.

Isn’t those last few lines the truth?

Given the ongoing incidents with gun deaths involving children, I do not think it is an unreasonable thing to ask of the parents, especially if the children will be alone and possibly unsupervised in the home for a long period of time.

Irrespective on what side of the political aisle one falls regarding gun rights and/or gun control, it’s pretty safe to say that all can agree “Responsible Gun Ownership” is mandatory for all.

There is no denying that so, moms and dads and caregivers, do ask this critical question (and appropriate follow-up questions) the next time your child will be spending any significant time in another person’s home.

Bump Watch: Ashlee Simpson supports Evan’s latest movie

Mom-to-be Ashlee Simpson Ross looked radiant while attending her husband Evan Ross‘ latest film project, Just Before I go at the ArcLight Hollywood on April 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Courtney Cox directed the project which stars the Hunger Games actor, who is also the son of music great Diana Ross. 


It was at Diana’s estate that Simpson and Evan married last summer. 
This will be Evan’s first child as Simpson is already mom to 6-year old Bronx with Fall Out Boy front man Pete Wentz.
Evan’s sister Blackish star Tracee EllisRoss was there to support her baby brother. 

We’ve said it before but with Evan’s looks and Simpson’s chin cleft, that baby is bound to look like Michael Jackson, at least the version from the “Bad” album cover. Ha!