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Kerry Washington has once again given birth in complete privacy, having welcomed a son with husband Nnamdi Asomugh on October 5.
E! News broke the announcement today, sharing that the couple’s 2-year-old daughter Isabelle Amarachi is now a big sister. Kerry’s rep has yet to comment on the new addition to the family or the baby boy’s name, and given how notoriously private Kerry is about her personal life — we didn’t find out she was pregnant with baby number two until May — we don’t expect to get any of those details anytime soon.
Nevertheless, we’re happy to know Kerry, Nnamdi and the babies are well. When the 39-year-old mother of two spoke on expecting her first child two years ago she told Access Hollywood:
“I’m very blessed. I’m truly, truly blessed. Everything is so extraordinary. I have loved every moment of this, I’m just really blessed. That’s the word that keeps coming me because I feel like life is such a wonderful adventure right now.”
We’re sure she feels doubly blessed now.
Stop whatever you’re currently doing at work (if you’re still at work like some of us), and look into some acting classes. Memorizing lines and pretending to be a character for a living is definitely where the money is. According to a survey done by Variety on the earning power of stars in primetime, daytime, late-night and news television, it’s clear that we’re all toiling away in the wrong industry. When folks (make that three people actually) are making $1,000,000 an episode to star on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory, which is just a 30-minute show, one can’t help but wonder how they can get in where they fit in…
Seriously, though. Some of your favorite stars from your favorite shows are getting paid the salaries of a few individuals put together just to film one episode of your favorite show. Don’t believe me? Just watch.
Laugh on, Viola! The How to Get Away with Murder star reportedly makes about $250,000 per episode for the hit ABC drama.
While Kerry Washington’s baby bump certainly stole the show on the Emmy red carpet Sunday night, the actress’s blown out natural mane was definitely a close runner up, and that’s all thanks to her hair stylist, Takisha Sturdivant-Drew.
“I’ve worked with [Kerry] for 14 years and I normally style her hair straight. I’ve been trying to get her to wear her own natural hair on the red carpet for a while. I just think her natural hair is so beautiful. She really embraced the look. I was so touched by it,” Takisha told Cosmo, adding, “I’m really overwhelmed by the positive response from everyone.”
On Instagram, Takisha spilled the beans on how she styled Kerry’s gorgeous mane from the creams and combs she used, right down to the clip-ins, which happen to be her own TSD hair extensions.
And in her interview with Cosmo, Takisha explained how important it was to have that natural texture on display on the red carpet.
“It has more of a bold statement because everyone’s watching. I wanted the statement to be: ‘Here I am with my natural textured curls and I’m proud of it.’ And [Kerry] owned it. People sometimes look at magazines, and they don’t read it or see it half of the time,” she said.
“For so long women of color were criticized for wearing natural hair and we still are. With everything surrounding police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement now, it’s so important to see women we all look up to embracing their naturally textured hair to show the world, this is who we are, we’re beautiful, and we’re proud of it. When celebrities wear their natural hair, it speaks volumes.”
Kerry Washington hasn’t been one to shy away from using her celebrity to spread positive messages. After penning an open letter about the traumatizing violence regarding the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers, the actress is now speaking on the upcoming presidential election.
Recently appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher, Washington kept it real about her doubts of a Donald Trump presidency. When Maher asked, “Does it focus the mind, you think, with what’s going on with the nation when you know a little child of yours will be dealing with the repercussions of whoever becomes president?”
Quite vocal about her support of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Washington responded, “I’ve always been a very political person, and mostly, not because I’m in the public eye but because I’m an American and I think we have a right and a responsibility to participate in our democracy. So, having a child might open up my mind to the issues like this ridiculous maternity leave that Trump talked about recently.”
Washington also expressed her thoughts on Trump’s newly-announced Child Care and Maternity Leave policy, saying it was “insulting to families and workers because there’s no paternity leave, there’s no family leave.”
“I think we if we really look at policy, voting for Trump is voting against our best interest as Americans; as workers, as people of color, as women. Not voting is voting against ourselves,” Washington concluded.
In just a few hours, some of Hollywood’s best and brightest will come together to celebrate the 68th Annual Primetime Emmys. Saluting the most impressive and innovative television shows of the year, the Emmys is must-watch viewing for any pop culture fan. And with the diverse array of talent that is nominated, we’re excited to see the outcome of who will walk away with awards for their talented contributions.
So without further adieu, MadameNoire gives you a handy guide to the accomplished black actors and actresses that will be vying for a trophy Sunday night.
Category: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy
Why We Love Him: Anthony Anderson has had quite the career, but we think black-ish marked something truly special among all of his film and television credits. Serving as both lead actor and executive producer, Anderson has created a show that gives a honest look at the struggles and triumphs of black families today through a distinctive, unique and authentic lens. And it’s utterly hilarious.
Despite living what we assume is the good life, making millions and stunting on red carpets, celebrities are everyday people. And just like the rest of us, some of the biggest stars can get overwhelmed by social media and start comparing what they do or don’t have going on with the trappings of others. Even Kerry Washington found herself struggling with this. But as she carries her second child and wanted to be as healthy as possible in every way, she revealed that she decided to log off of social media for a little bit recently.
As the Scandal star shared in her new interview with InStyle about taking a break from her three million Instagram followers and four million Twitter followers, it all became a little bit too much.
“I started to feel overwhelmed, like there was too much noise,” she said. “I felt like I had to get back to who Kerry really is.”
And Kerry said that she dealt with the same less than pleasant feelings many of us have when we see people looking as though they’re living the best life while we question what’s going on with our own. As she described it, “That thing that happens in social media where you’re comparing your day or your life or your food or your mood or your kids to somebody else’s. I felt like I needed to create a little more stillness around me.”
And with her current pregnancy, she said she doesn’t have time for anything but stillness and positivity.
“There’s something about pregnancy,” she said, “that willingness to take up more space in the world—that is liberating.”
If there were ever a time to run in the opposite direction of all things stressful, it would definitely be when you’re expecting. But the good news is that Washington must be feeling much more still and centered because she has returned to social media as of late to promote and post a few things here and there. That includes the Confirmation DVD, her OPI nail polish collection and her InStyle cover. But as someone currently on a social media break for the last month, I can totally relate to the need to log off sometimes. How about you?
After this week’s tragic series of events, many celebrities are using their platform to spread positive messages to their fellow Americans.
Scandal star Kerry Washington now joins the growing list of individuals who are penning open letters in response to traumatizing violence that’s ensued over the past 72 hours to her 2.9 million Instagram followers.
“There are no words that can encapsulate the pain of our bleeding hearts,” she wrote on Friday (July 8) afternoon.
“Today, again, I am called to put my hand on my heart and affirm that: I matter. MY life matters. As a human, my life matters. As a woman, my life matters. As a Black person, my life matters. My life matters. And yours does too. Whoever you are.”
Washington’s words follow the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police officers and a deadly sniper shooting in Dallas, Texas, which left five police officers dead and seven injured.
“The violence must stop. We must do better,” she concluded.
Kerry Washington is an open book these days. Last month, the Bronx native opened up about the “toxicity” that she experienced in her life prior to signing on to star in “Scandal”. Apparently, some of that turmoil included being fired from two television pilots — but not for reasons you might think.
In an upcoming installment of “Variety Studios: Actors on Actors,” the wife and mom revealed that she was dropped because she refused to conform to racial stereotypes.
“Before ‘Scandal,’ I was actually cast in two other pilots. Both went to series, but I was fired and recast,” Washington explains in an upcoming installment of “Variety Studios: Actors on Actors”. “For both, it was because they wanted me to sound more ‘girlfriend, more like ‘hood,’ more ‘urban.'”
Aziz Ansari, who interviewed Washington for the segment, agreed that this is a common experience for any actor who is not straight and white.
“Every person that’s not a straight, white guy has their version of this,” he chimed in. “A lot of other minority actors have told me, ‘Oh, this so rings a bell’ when you go into an audition room and you see a bunch of people that look like you and you just start feeling like, ‘Oh I’m not here [because of who I am]. I’m here because I fit what looks like the person they want in here.”
Both artists agreed that a constructive way to combat this issue is to create their own stories.
“I definitely feel like I’m at that point where it’s nice to not have to sit at home and wait to be invited to the party, but to be creating work for yourself,” Washington expressed.
“You can’t wait for anybody to open doors for you,” Ansari went on. “You’ve got to really create your own doors.”
We would love to know which series Washington was fired from and which actresses were hired to replace her; however, we all know that Miss Kerry is too classy to name names.
H/t ABC News
Kerry Washington is radically tight-lipped about her personal life. She didn’t tell us when she got married. She didn’t tell us when she was expecting her first child. Hell, her baby girl just turned two and we have yet to see her. The actress’ life beyond the big and small screens has been off limits to the public for quite some time now; however, in a rare discussion for Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sessions,” the wife and mom decided to open up.
According to the 39-year-old, prior to accepting her role on “Scandal,” she wasn’t the well-put-together woman you see before you today.
“There was a period before ‘Scandal’ when I went into the wilderness. And, for me, what that meant was there was a lot of toxicity in my life — people I needed to let go of in a personal way, in a business way. And, also, I felt like I had been living my career kind of on auto-pilot.”
To gain some perspective, Washington says that she stepped back from the spotlight and accepted a role in a Broadway play. Her decision came with its own set of challenges, but in the end, she believes that it was all for the best.
“I took a break and did a Broadway play. I went back to my roots as an artist. Now, doing Broadway isn’t going to make you rich. I actually think that it cost me money to do Broadway. But it was my return to my artistic essence—a conversation between audience and artist,” she explained. “I let go of a lot of people and a lot of things. I experienced a lot of loss, professionally. I had, for example, companies that I was working with on an endorsement level that walked away from me because … not everybody thinks Broadway is ‘sexy.’”
“Going into the wilderness’ really meant stripping myself of a lot of unnecessary weight in my life. The ritual of doing theater, I thought of it as going into a monastery, because you do the same thing eight times a week, in the same place, you say the same words with the same props. It is a ritual that you commit to. I just wanted to, in a monk-like way, commit to that ritual and let it teach me about myself and let myself unfold.”
During this period, Washington shared that many things changed in her private life as well.
“My personal life changed a great deal,” said the actress, who is reportedly expecting her second child. “I allowed myself to be open to change… I don’t talk about my personal life very often, but that’s true.”
She concluded by saying that taking this break prepared her for “Scandal.”
“Going into the wilderness made me ready — as an artist, as a person, as a businesswoman — to receive ‘Scandal.'”
Watch a clip from Kerry’s interview below.
H/t Huffington Post
When it comes to mother-daughter relationships, everyone is different, but there’s no denying that many us of took small things from that bond and have used it in our own lives and even with our children.
Case in point, actress and beauty ambassador Kerry Washington shared with ESSENCE in an interview that the “one thing she took away from her childhood is her mother’s attention to self-care.” Although Washington didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in her mouth and wasn’t exactly the glamour girl we see on the red carpet today, weekly manicures with her mom made her feel both empowered and special.
“My mom is a retired professor who has a timeless elegance about her,” Washington said. “She’s not into trends, but she always looked great. Growing up she always received a weekly manicure, and when I got old enough we did it together.”
So when it comes to her own daughter, Isabelle, Washington hopes that she’ll pass on to her the beauty lesson of leading by example: “I hope I do what my mom did, she didn’t instruct, she lived by example. Actions are more powerful that what you say. And, [watching my mom] gave me room to discover my own path. I want my daughter to find her own path, but what’s more important is her relationship with self. Knowing that she feels good and deserves to take the time and invest in herself and not worry about other think about her is important to me.”
We totally agree Kerry! And ladies, if you’re still stumped on a Mother’s Day gift, why not treat the lady who loves you most to a nice manicure/pedicure and some quality time?