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Daphne Wayans and daughters – photo credit Faye Sadou
Meet Daphne Wayans, Los Angeles native, mother of five and former wife of Hollywood giant Keenen Ivory Wayans. Spend five minutes talking to Daphne and it becomes clear that being a mom is what she was born to do. The fact that it’s something she always wanted may explain how she makes it look so easy.
But as we moms know, managing kids takes a lot of time and effort; and when those kids are born into a powerhouse family like the Wayans, and live in Hollywood, different things come into play. Do they plan to go into the family business? How do you keep them grounded? And what role does Keenen play?
Fortunately, Daphne was gracious enough to give us a glimpse inside her world. Read on as she dishes about raising the next generation of Wayans.
Mommynoire: So tell us, what’s the age range of your kids and what are they into?
DW: They’re 11-21 years old and they’re divided into the bigs and the littles. Jolie, my oldest, just finished college and she’s finding her way. I think deep down she wants to be a mom. And she wants a baby and to find her love life. She’s a homemaker type.
Nala’s 18 and she is what we like to call a natural born goal-digger. She wants to be rich for being her. She’s homeschooling for her last semester of high school. She wants to travel. She’s in fashion. She’s a social butterfly. She’s trying to discover it. Both Keenen and I encourage them to do what makes them happy and don’t worry about the money and the career right away.
Keenen, my only son, is 16. He’s a chip off the old block. If you could take all the talent of the Wayans he would be a hodgepodge of all of that. He’s in a play right now with the daughter of Omar Epps.
Bella is 14. She has so many things she could be or do. I’m not really someone who pushes a comic unless I really see comic ability, but she is very funny. I mean, all of the kids are encouraged to be funny. Keenen always said, ‘my children will never get in trouble if they make me laugh.’ So they got really good at making him laugh. He also wanted to teach them that you can get paid for selling jokes so they sell him jokes.
Daphne is 11 and she’s the most athletic. She just started dancing, which is interesting because we’ve never seen a dancer in the Wayans family.
I always knew I wanted to mother artists.
How do you keep them grounded?
DW: Well, I had to acknowledge the fact that what is is. Uncle Will and Auntie Jada are just that. They grew up around some of the biggest stars in the world and not just in their own family. It’s like growing up and your dad’s a doctor and all of his friends are doctors.They don’t know any other world. But I’ve always taught them that it doesn’t mean they’re entitled to anything. That person’s success is that person’s success. You’re in a proximity to be a voyeur to that and hopefully it will inspire something in you. When you get to see something in its fullness you get to see if it’s something you want or not.
We’re also a fun family. Laughing and games, joking and being silly is very high priority to us. Not to say that we live in a circus. They’re still disciplined within that. Everyone has to participate and contribute to the group. They have chores and responsibilities. I never wanted entitled kids.
Family sounds very important to you. How do you instill that?
DW: One thing I did when they were little to keep that closeness is I kept all five of them in one room, even though we lived in a huge house. I felt it was important that they learn to take care of each other. And they did.
Do you come from a big family?
DW: No. I’m an only child. I had to learn about big families.
Have you found situations where your kids have been exposed to other celebrity kids and wondered about the influence?
DW: Absolutely, but my kids know that certain things will never be ok. And Keenen and I have never once laid a finger on our children. Consequently, they’ve never been in a fight or hit each other. It’s a lot more talking and explaining to get them to really understand the importance of certain things. Some are more polite than others and if you see my videos they have a pretty foul mouth, but it’s not a button for me. I get more upset by things like, ‘hunh,’ or ‘what?’ That to me is rude.
How do you and Keenen work out co-parenting?
DW: We have time with them 50/50 and we love it. If ever I’m stuck, he’s my go-to person. We know them the most and love them the same. We’ve gotten into a rhythm over time. I find that I micro-manage and he macro-manages.
How close is the family?
DW: We live in Los Angeles. Specifically, the Valley. Keenen and I live 5 houses from each other. There are about 32 Wayans within a 15 mile radius. Not a day goes by where we don’t run into someone. It’s nice because having so much family and extended family keeps the kids in line.
In terms of going into the family business, do they have an expectation of being helped?
DW: I don’t know if they really expect help because Keenen is a humdinger. He definitely made his siblings audition for “In Living Color.” If you’re not ready it could be the death of you to be given something prematurely. He wants them to be ready. And a lot of times you have more regard for something if you have to find your own way. They do have a tremendous advantage because they’re in it. They get to see it. They’ve grown up with it. Anything you do for a lifetime you’re going to be pretty expert at. Then it’s the application of that. And they get to see that too. They have a whole family who can advise them on it and and people who are experts and at the top of the field. So they sit at a very unique position that allows them a lot of opportunities. And then in a way they’re going to be judged by that as well.
Do you worry about your daughter Nala getting into reality TV and that crowd?
DW: She’s a very strong girl and I don’t worry at all. Learning is experiential. Making mistakes, failing, not getting the outcome that you want is a part of learning. I try not to make decisions for them. Nahla knows exactly what she wants and doesn’t do anything thing she doesn’t want to do. Plus there’s no destination to finding your way. It’s important that they know that I’m still finding mine.
Do you feel that there’s a lot of unfair judgements about how parents raise their kids in Hollywood? Specifically, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith?
DW: People are extremely judgemental and want to shake their finger at people like Will and Jada, but I have to say they are my favorite parents because what they do is grant their kids beingness. Our children aren’t our item. We have children that are artists and we want them to be able to speak for themselves. Willow cut her hair and people were going crazy and Jada was saying if I can’t let her make a decision about the color of her hair, something that is going to change and grow, how am I going to teach her how to tell a man ‘no’ or how to stand up for herself in a situation that she doesn’t want? We are criticized for such.
What’s your main goal as mom?
DW: I’m the maternal leader of our group. I’m just pleased beyond anything to share life with them. It’s the thing that makes me get up every morning. Ultimately, what will make me feel like a success in life is if they go courageously after what they want and get it. That they are kind people. And that they laugh more than not.
To find out more about Daphne Wayans go to daphnewayans.com
Tamera Mowry-Housley is opening up about motherhood in a recent interview with mom.me.
In it, she explains how having her baby girl, Ariah, (almost three months) has changed her life, how she gets son Aden, 2, to talk about his day and how she balances career and family. With husband and Fox News senior correspondent Adam Housley by her side, she says she’s “in the thick of it,” but is also giving herself a break.
What’s your favorite part of having a little girl?
I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say I love dressing her up. I have so much fun with girl clothes. There are so many more options than boys’ clothes. There are great boys’ clothes out there, but you have to become a lot more creative, whereas with girls’ clothes, the sky is the limit.
How are you juggling parenthood with two small children, your co-hosting duties on “The Real” and all of your projects?
I just had a conversation with my girls (at “The Real”). It was hysterical, because normally during lunch we all have our private girl chats. They’re so great because I have to pump every lunch break and I’m sitting there, with my pump and my bra — and they’re just so open and so comforting.
[“The Real” co-host] Jeannie [Mai] said the cutest thing. At first, she was like, “Oh my God, this weirds me out a little bit, I have to be honest.” But I did mention, “Guys, I’m really trying to find the balance. I feel like I somewhat had an idea of what balance was with my son, but I have to learn new balance.”
I think what I’m learning right now is to just prioritize each day, each moment.
What ways do you encourage your son to talk about his day while having family dinners?
One of the things is actually getting them involved in the cooking process. When you have the child involved from the beginning to the end, you’re actually extending the sharing-a-meal process. The average time a family actually shares a meal together is 18 minutes, so when you make it fun and engaging, like actually having your child be a part of the cooking process, they’re a little bit more relaxed, they’re a little bit more open, and then you as parents can have more time with actually connecting and talking about their day.
I found out Aden’s best friend, yesterday, was Andrew, which I didn’t know. It’s cool to just hear them open up about his school day and his friends at school, what he likes to do.
When talking to your sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, she mentioned that you have different parenting styles. She said she was more of an attachment parent while you were more traditional. What’s the best advice that you’ve gotten from or given to your sister?
Do what’s right for you and your family, and that’s what I have learned as I’ve gotten older and met with other moms. I’ve learned that everybody has their different parenting styles, but there’s one thing we all have in common, and that is take care of that child the best way we know how. To give that child love, and that’s what I focus on with my friends. I don’t so much focus on how different our parenting styles are. It’s the thing that we all have in common, and each family has different needs.
I have a little girl now, a newborn, and I’m exclusively nursing, so for me, I have to keep her on a schedule. But I’m actually not 100 percent traditional. I do the attachment style with the carrier. I love carrying my baby. I love the bond that I have with her. I’m so grateful for my job that I’m able to bring her to work, and I just feel so blessed to be able to have her with me all the time.
What’s your take on Viola Davis’ history-making Emmy win, especially being an African-American actress yourself?
I am so inspired as an actress. Being in the business — I have been in the business for a long time and see that it’s difficult. Yes, people are really loving African-American actresses, which is amazing. However, I want to get to a place where it’s not a trend, where we’re all just actresses. I love that we are appreciating the beauty and the skill and the talent of our African-American colleagues, and I just pray and hope that it’s more than just a trend — that it’s the face of the future. That all women of color — whether you’re black, white, yellow, brown, purple — we all have a chance to win and have amazing opportunities.
Check out the full interview here.
There are some people who wait for opportunities to fall at their feet and others who work hard, stay focused and pave the way towards their passion. Demetria McKinney is definitely the latter. She is a budding actress (House of Payne), reality TV star (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), singer, and a mom who isn’t letting anything stand in the way of her dreams. She took time out to tell us why she enjoys motherhood so much, to talk about new projects, and to give her thoughts on marriage and love.
Mommynoire: Tell me about some of the projects you are working on. I heard you are working on an album, is that true?
Demetria: Yes, the album is called Officially Yours and it has some amazing R&B music on there. Definitely grown, definitely sexy, and still very in touch with femininity and what that means for me, anyway. Kandi Burruss is the executive producer on it and I’m super excited. We have an upcoming single as well as a single I have coming out with Lyfe which is called “Talking About Love” and that will be out shortly. And the touring has been phenomenal. R. Kelly has treated me like an equal which is something that I did not imagine. I didn’t expect him to be a dictator or mean or crazy, but I didn’t expect the love that I’ve gotten. He’s now asked me to be his official opener. It’s been a lot of fun.
Are you still acting?
Demetria: I am, I have two movies coming out. One is called “Let The Church Say Amen.” It stars Naturi Naughton and Hosea Chanchez. It’s really good, faith-based content. And then I have another one called “Sons 2 The Grave” and it will be out later on this year. And I just shot another pilot with myself, Essence Atkins, Vivica A. Fox, Tony Rock, Carl Payne and Lamman Rucker. Now this is something that people haven’t really seen me in. It’s grown and it’s a bit more adult than what people have seen me do, and tells the story from the parent’s view.
That sounds awesome. Speaking of parents and family tell me what you love the most about motherhood.
I have an almost 17-year-old. What I love the most about motherhood is that, at least up to this point, we are still just as loving of each other as we were from day one. He’s protective of me and still loves me when I’m having a good day…a bad day…in any situation. I’ve had a cheerleader and I’ve had a reason to push forward whether I felt like it or not. He’s my godsend and I think that’s the most beautiful and scary thing about parenting. You know you want to do it right because you only get one shot at this thing but he has let me know that I’m doing a good job and that’s good enough for me.
How do you balance raising a teenage son with such a busy career?
Well, I’ve been a big communicator forever and I taught him that so just like any other relationship if you communicate what you need where you are, and where you’re at, then people can’t really get too mad about what has to happen. When I’m out and he needs mom, he calls mom and mom comes home and he’s very vocal about that. He keeps a watchful eye on my calendar to see what I have coming up so we can plan accordingly. We still plan date days where I can take him out and teach him how to treat a woman. I try my best to be as open to what he has to say… as long as it’s respectful.
With all that’s going on with police brutality and how Black men and women are being treated, how have you prepared him? Have you had the “police” talk with him?
We’ve had so many of these conversations…way more than I anticipated having in my lifetime as a mother. I don’t think he’s ever prepared for it because I know I’m not. Now it’s gotten to the point where he’s keeping a watchful eye on what the headlines are saying and what’s going on in the country and he’s watching what he does. He no longer wears the hoodies or loiters in places. Normally he likes to skateboard and he and his friends would find a little spot to chill and wouldn’t be bothering anybody but you have to understand that sometimes being where you don’t necessarily have to be can lead to a situation you don’t want to be in.
I’m still old-school, and yes I was a mom relatively young, but I still believe in being in before the street lights come on.
At the end of the day we all have to stick together and we all have to make the changes and it has to happen within our community so that others can respect it and fall in line with that. But I always let him know that as an African-American man you are a statistic that you have to beat.
What are your thoughts on marriage and having more kids in the future?
I’ve been in a the relationship with Roger Bobb off and on for nine years and I’ve been in love with this man and if he were to propose to me with a Cheerio, as I said before, the answer would be yes. Now after all this time I better get a nice sized rock (laughs). I would be willing to marry this man. Now more kids, no, I’m cool on that. I haven’t had a kid…a baby in a decade and a half an that’s a long time away to start over. And everything is going with the career and all of that stuff so, you know, I’m content. He has his daughter and I have my son. I feel like I got the package that I wanted.
What are your thoughts on women proposing?
I think ‘to each his own.’ I think we are now in a situation where women have taken a lot of the lead, but for me personally I feel like if we don’t let a man be a man in certain places then we run the risk of never getting that family unit back. When the woman is fully the one wearing the pants, there’s no room left for the man. If he’s gonna be the man, let him be the man and that’s just for me.
Would you do a big wedding or have something simple?
You know, at first I thought I would have a small, little simple wedding. But with everybody having something to say–especially when you’re in the public eye and everybody has seen your ups and downs and everybody has an opinion–I’m gonna give them something cute to look at…
For some of Hollywood’s most notable and beautiful stars, Will.I.Am hit it right on the head when he sang “I got it from my mama.” We always knew that genetics had a controlling interest in the level of sexy many A-listers bring to the table. But what impresses us even more is how some celeb mother-daughter combos look more like sisters. So to celebrate this awesomeness in genetics, we’re taking a look at 13 celebrity moms and daughters who look like sisters.
images: COURTESY JENNIFER HUDSON
Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson revealed a much shorter hairstyle on Instagram — and we’re loving it!
“All black every thang! Who needs hair, when u serving face!,” she captioned the shot on her feed Friday morning.
We’ve always loved mama J-Hud’s pixie styles over the years. But with this hot new look is serving confidence and ease!
The award-winning actress and skillful singer is taking her talents to Broadway this fall, playing Shug Avery in The Color Purple. We’re sure this style will make those wardrobe and wig changes that much easier.
Would you make a chop like this?
Being a mother is no easy job and there are many different ways to parent. These celebrity moms were taken to task and had their parenting skills questioned after certain incidents caused major controversy.
The reality star flaunted her curves in a photo while wearing a tight, silver one-piece bathing suit. Standing next to Kimbella was her young daughter, Bella Monroe. The child was seen rocking a silver two-piece bathing suit of her own while tugging on the swimsuit bottoms, revealing her pelvic bone. Needless to say, Kimbella was dragged on social media for allowing her daughter to wear a bikini bathing suit, posting the image even though the child was clearly not ready, and for being a bad influence.
We always look forward to the awards and the BET Awards 2015 was at the top of our list this season!
Take a gander at these effortlessly chic Red Carpet looks!
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BET Awards 2015: 15 Swanky Red Carpet Looks
Nia Long like her gaggle of gorgeous and famous friends (Sanaa, Taraji and Gabrielle) is our BFF in our head. This haute mama has been holding it down on the screen for almost two decades! We’re not only excited about her upcoming nuptials to long time beau Ime Udoka but we can’t wait to see what she brings to her upcoming role with Key & Peele in Keanu.
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As of late Kyla Pratt has been looking amazing. Not to negate her in the past, she was always beautiful but now, Kyla is GROWN. As a mother of two with long-time boyfriend Danny Kilpatrick, Kyla does a great job keeping her pregnancies private. The 28-year-old recently explained why it’s important for her to keep her pregnancies out of the media:
I just feel like that was something personal that I wanted to experience and enjoy myself. Especially with the social media nowadays, people are easily able to reach you and easily able to say what they want to say without any consequences. And when you’re pregnant, you’re hormonal, you have a lot of things going on. My fear was somebody saying something, and it really affecting me when it doesn’t really matter.
So when I announced I had a daughter, we got a lot of backlash, but I didn’t care. I had my baby. But when you’re pregnant, you don’t know what somebody’s gonna say or what’s gonna affect you or how you’re gonna feel. And I just felt like that was just something personal that… I loved my pregnancy! Every moment! I wasn’t hiding! You thought I was sitting in the house with the shades drawn? Like, no! I went to Disneyland eight months pregnant. I had a HUGE baby shower. I just had people around me who respect me and understand where I was coming from.
Take a look at some of Kyla’s hottest moments in the last few years. Follow her on Instagram @kylapratt
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We’re still scratching our heads at the shenanigans behind these 15 stars famous for nothing and trying to figure out why…why…why?
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