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Viola Davis: On Sex Scenes And Her Daughter’s Obsession With Beyonce

September 29th, 2016 - By Danielle Elaine
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Viola Davis took to “The Ellen Degeneres Show” to chat all about her daughter, and the growth of her character Annalise on “How To Get Away With Murder.” The 51-year-old actress beamed in a radiant fuchsia jumper, as she gushed about her daughter Genesis’ and her passion for Queen Bey. Davis’ six-year-old is a proud member of the Beyhive and was devastated when her parents told her she could not go to the Beyonce concert.

Viola told Degeneres: “She wanted to go to a Beyonce concert, and we said, no,” to which Genesis replied, “No, you don’t know what Lemonade means to me, Mom! You don’t know what Beyonce means to my life.”


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The actress and mom also shared that her daughter also wants to be an actress. In an effort to convince her mother she had what it takes to be an actress, animated little Genesis had this to say, “Mommy, I know how to live the words. I know how to breathe the words. I know how to remember the words.”

As for her turn as the conflicted and ruthless turn Annalise, Viola says there will be a few changes on set that are non-negotiable. Due to sustained injuries, Davis declared she was done with sex scenes, to which Ellen replied, “Sounds like you aren’t doing it right.”

Check out the clip below, and get the full scoop on Genesis, and why Viola was limping for two weeks now.

Nicole Richie’s Advice For A Mom-To-Be: Don’t Let Anyone Touch Your Belly!

September 26th, 2016 - By Allyson Leak
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Ladies, make sure you are marching to your own beat—at least when it comes to motherhood. This is the advice that fashion designer, author, and TV personality Nicole Richie wants mothers to know. In a recent exclusive article with she opened up about her parenting style and some advice for moms to be.

The former “Simple Life” star said, ‘Don’t let anyone touch your stomach…‘Don’t let everyone think they have the right to just touch you,’ and added “Who wants that? Nobody.”

Richie, 34 is married to Good Charlotte musician Joel Madden and they have two children, a son Sparrow, 7 and a daughter Harlow, 8.

Nicole is one busy mommy. The entrepreneur who has an accessories line called House of Harlow 1960 and a reality show called “Candidly Nicole” said, “There’s not one way to raise children…there’s not one way to be a mother. It really depends on your house and your lifestyle.”

And while motherhood has it’s serious moments Nicole says it’s nice to be able to laugh. “Oh my God, they make me laugh every day…they make me laugh all the time. I’m always finding [funny] pictures on my phone of them that they take, and videos that they take.”

In an episode of the OWN Network’s “Where Are They Now,” Nicole talked about the importance of staying honest and how she views herself as a mother.

“I have to always come from a place of love and compassion with them. My kids operate best when I let them have a voice…and I really explain things to them, because really, kids want to be told the truth. They just do. They just want you to be truthful.”

And when it comes to making mommy improvements she said “I do know I do the best that I can…I’m probably constantly—every day—talking to other moms figuring out the best way to have a strong relationship with our kids.”

In addition to raising their little ones Richie and Madden are passionate about giving back to other children. They founded “The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation” in 2010 where they provide grants to non-profit organization’s in the areas of human rights, education and health care.

Her husband spoke about why they started it and said, “It was then obvious. We would start a family foundation and learn as we go. Our purpose? We wanted to better the lives of children. With our daughter, Harlow, on the way, it seemed like a great start to building our family around positivity and consciousness. I was raised in a family that was centered on faith. I want to instill that same faith in my children and—no pun intended— this is the foundation for that. I believe a life that is not lived in the service of God and others is not worth living. I want to teach my children that.”

Amber Rose Shares Parenting Tips With People Magazine, And One We Really Love

August 30th, 2016 - By Danielle Elaine
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In a People ‘Mom Talk’ video, Amber Rose shares a few tricks of the trade when it comes to parenting her now 3 year-old-son Sebastien. The miniseries focuses on bridging the proverbial gap between everyday parents, and celebrity parents through a series of on camera questions. Amber shares some of her fears, cutest moments, and highlights some of the things she loves about being a mommy.

What is your greatest fear for your child?

“As a mom you have a million different fears…I guess just for him to be depressed, and unhappy in his life. I want him to do literally any and everything that makes him smile and be happy forever”.

Tell us about the time your child made you laugh the hardest.

“Recently he just started chewing gum. So I gave him a piece of strawberry gum, and he was so dramatic when I gave it to him, ‘cause he said, “mmmm Mommy, this gum feels so therapeutic”, and I just laughed on the floor, until I cried.”

When you see a pregnant woman, what is one thing you wish you could tell her?

“Read to your baby every single day. Even when your baby is a newborn. I read to sebastien every single day, when he was in my arms, and now he can articulate a sentence like no other”.

The endearing and relatable video brings to mind some of the pillars most parents stand on. Whether you’re a first time parent, or you’ve been around the block a few times, several things ring true when raising your mini. From the instinctual nature of tuning into your newborn and then finally getting the hang of things, to the astounding evolution of your child’s personality, and all the fears that come to mind when you think of your child venturing out into the global world, one thing is universal: love. The deepest, and most sincere love one could ever have towards another human being is that of a parent, and child. Amber Rose gushes with love, and pride over her baby boy.

Check out Amber’s clip here, and let us know some of your own parenting tricks of the trade!

Eva Mendes Opens Up About Motherhood

August 16th, 2016 - By Allyson Leak
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Eva Mendes, Photographs by: Diego Uchitel

Eva Mendes, Photographs by: Diego Uchitel

Most of the time we have access to our favorite celebs. We know what they’re eating, where they’re going for the day, all about their kids and family, and how many houses they own and much of the info we get they give willingly through social media and interviews. But, there are a handful of celebs that are purposely secretive and keep to themselves as much as possible and Eva Mendes is definitely one of them.

Her love life with actor Ryan Gosling and both pregnancies were kept mostly out of the public eye. Ryan and Eva are raising their two girls, Esmeralda Amada and Amada Lee, and when she’s not doing that, she is a busy entrepreneur. Her beauty company CIRCA carries luxury products that are available nationwide and she has teamed up with New York & Company for a chic clothing line for women with of all sizes.

Born in Miami, the beautiful 42-year-old Cuban actress has come along way. From her first breakthrough role playing Denzel Washington’s wife in “Training Day” to more recent movies like “Hitch” and “The Women,” her career is definitely thriving.

In an interview with Latina Mag she talked about her perseverance and determination to make it. “I didn’t think acting could be a profession you could make a career out of,” Eva remembers. “I grew up, what, 20 minutes outside of Hollywood? It seemed like a foreign land. But when I saw the door open, when I saw the crack, slightly ajar, I kicked it open.”

Check out a few things she said about motherhood with

Your birthday entry in the book characterizes you as logical, emotionally objective, and also passionate. That certainly comes out in your films, but what about as a mom?

“Well, I have two girls. That’s a lot. It’s early for me to make any big statement about having children. My older little girl is not yet 2 years old. My little one is still an infant, and right now it’s really about surviving those nights and trying to enjoy this time as much as possible with them, and start the bond between Esmeralda and Amada. It’s a really, really special time. I’m loving it.”

You’re staying home with your girls now. How long do you see yourself taking a break?

“I’m not sure, but it would definitely take something really special. I don’t like saying “take me away,” but essentially that’s what work does. I think it can be very, very healthy if it’s something that feels worthwhile. Right now I feel very fortunate to be home with my kids. I feel so lucky, and I’m just taking advantage of that.”

Is there a reason you named both of your girls Amada?

“My grandmother’s name is Amada, and Esmeralda Amada is the name of our oldest. We had a few names picked out for our new baby, and when she was born, we didn’t feel like those names were her. We came up with a few more, even that morning, and tried them out. We were like, “What about Viviana?” But we just kept going back to Amada. In true Latin fashion, we reuse names all the time. I used to know five sisters that were all Maria del Carmen, Maria Elena, Maria Liliana…. [Laughs]”

Behind The Scenes: Vivian Green’s “Grown Folks Music” Video

May 2nd, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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Vivian Green

Singer Vivian Green dropped by Mommynoire to give us a behind the scenes look at her new video for “Grown Folks Music,” the second single off her Vivid album.

The busy mom also took the time to chat with us about homeschooling her son Jordan all week while booking her shows on the weekend. The Derek Blanks-directed “Grown Folks Music” video took so long to film because Jordan is such a priority in her life. Sound familiar, moms? It’s the balance all mothers strive to achieve.

Mommynoire: Why did you decide to homeschool your son?

Vivian Green: I chose to homeschool my son because in kindergarten he was fragile and I didn’t trust that he wouldn’t get hurt. Playing is a big part of kindergarten and I just wasn’t comfortable with it at all. Once he moved on from kindergarten, I still preferred homeschooling because it turned out to be just perfect for my lifestyle as a recording artist. It allows a lot of flexibility but it’s actually tough. His curriculum is a year and a half above grade level in our state. It’s not fun and games at all, but gives us a certain flexibility that standard school would not.

Vivian Green and son

Vivian Green and son

How have you found balancing your work on the weekends and devoting time to Jordan during the week?

We try to schedule concerts Friday through Sunday, so this way things in Jordan’s life don’t have to change too much. Sometimes there are shows on other days, and because of the flexibility I can take him with me, or leave school-work with my mother. It’s really cool because he has virtual classes online with teachers and other students; similar to college online. So he’s always able to sign in and attend class no matter where I am.

Does he ever travel with you? What’s your support system like?

He travels with me sometimes and he loves it. My mother is my co-parent and she’s wonderful. She was literally there from day one concerning Jordan, so when I need to leave him with her I’m never worried.

What has been a life-saver in finding time to produce your art and also make sure family time is a priority?

My mother (hands down) has been the magic that allows me to balance career and family.

Pick up Vivian’s album Vivid here on iTunes.

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Our Favorite Celebrity Moms Rock Easy Holiday Makeup Looks

December 10th, 2015 - By MommyNoire Editor
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by Amber Dorsey

This time of year is stressful enough with figuring out what to wear to all the parties and events that come up. Worrying about your makeup isn’t something that’s usually high up on the list and tends to get left until the last minute then you’re scrambling trying to buy and apply false eyelashes before you have to rush out the door. There’s no need for all that rushing around when we’ve got you covered with three easy looks to get you through the holiday season from glam moms Kerry Washington and Jennifer Hudson, and mom-to-be Chrissy Teigen. These glam but easy-to-replicate makeup looks pair great with any ensemble for any occasion and can even help take your outfit to the next level. Which one will you try?


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Berry Merry Bold Lips 

Tis the season to wear red, but we thought it would be fun to switch things up instead and go with a bold berry or wine color a la Chrissy Teigen. By keeping the rest of the look simple; winged eyeliner and long wispy lashes, the lips become the focal point and thusly the main attraction. Using a soft pink shimmery blush adds depth without detracting from your pout. This look is perfect to go from work to play as it doesn’t take a lot of time to get right.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics blending brush / Nars Cosmetics / Shu Uemura mink false eyelash, $21 / MAC Cosmetics bright lipstick / Givenchy kohl eyeliner

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Dramatic Dazzling Eyes

If a bright lip isn’t your thing try your hand at a dramatic eye in a not-so-typical holiday hue like Kerry Washington did. Bold blues and dazzling greens play up the holiday theme while a soft pink or nude lip keeps things simple. If you’re thinking this look is too complex for your skill set, don’t fret! Try emerald green eyeliner for a fun pop of color above a winged out eye for another take on this dramatic look.

Bobbi brown cosmetic eyeshadow duo / Nars cosmetic  blush/ Yves Saint Laurent lips makeup / Nars Cosmetics bronzer duo / Givenchy pencil eyeliner / Urban Decay false eyelash NARS Cosmetics black mascara / NARS Cosmetics green eyeliner

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Red + Gold Holiday Glam

One of the easiest ways to get in the holiday spirit is to go glittery glam with your look. We’re talking bold gold or shimmering silver on your lids to give your look some sparkle. Top it all off with a bold red lip and you’re basically a party waiting to happen. Think you can’t wear both a sparkly eye and a statement lip? Think again, as Jennifer Hudson proves it’s all about the intensity of the sparkle. She does a great job of making the corners of her eyes the focal point of light while the matte red stands on its own without competing for attention.  

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics sparkle eye shadow / Nars Cosmetics / NARS Cosmetics long wear lipstick / Givenchy black liquid eyeliner / Mink false eyelash

Love Is Love: Celebrity Moms Who’ve Adopted

November 30th, 2015 - By Najwa Moses
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Parents and children find their way to one another in various ways, whether it be biological or through adoption they come together to create a unique family composition all their own.

These talented celebrity moms not only hold down amazing careers, sharing their gifts with the world but they’ve also become mothers via adoption.

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Emmy-winning actress Viola Davis and her husband actor Julian Tennon adopted their daughter Genesis as a baby in 2011. You’ll recall that the beautiful young girl recently decided to dress up as her mommy during her 2015 Oscar win for Halloween. Photo: Viola with Genesis.

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Credit: Judy Eddy/

Screenwriting living legend Shonda Rhimes has two adopted daughters — Harper and Emerson. She had her third child via a gestational-surrogate in 2013.

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Credit: PNP/WENN

Sweet potato pie maven and phenomenal songbird Patti LaBelle has five children, however two of her children, Stanley and Dodd were adopted after Patti’s sister, their biological mom, passed away. Photo: Patti Labelle and her son Zuri.

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Credit: Nikki Nelson/ WENN

Hollywood heavyweight actress Alfre Woodard and her husband, writer Roderick Spenser adopted their daughter Mavis and their son Duncan. Photo: Alfre with daughter Mavis.

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Credit: FayesVision/

Comedic actress Kym Whitley adopted her son Joshua Kaleb in 2011.


Pop Mom Daily: Daphne Wayans On Raising The Next Generation Of Wayans

October 16th, 2015 - By Erickka Sy Savane
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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.

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Erickka Sy Savané is a freelance writer and creator of THE BREW, a social commentary blog. Before that she was a model/actress/MTV VJ. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Tamera Mowry-Housley On Juggling Parenting And ‘The Real’

October 6th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Tamera Mowry-Housley is opening up about motherhood in a recent interview with

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.

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Demetria McKinney Talks Love, Touring With R. Kelly And Motherhood

September 3rd, 2015 - By Allyson Leak
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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…