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First Look: Raising Whitley
Raising Whitley is the humorous, poignant docu-series following actress and comedienne Kym Whitley and her chaotic village of friends, as they attempt to do something none of them have ever done before: raise a baby...together!
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Parents who have children suffering from food allergies remain tense that others do not feed them edibles that do not suit their children. In order to put their concerns at ease, Comedian Kym Whitley has come up with an easy, yet unique idea.
How Celeb Moms Teach Their Kids
About Black History.
February is Black History Month but, as we all know, it's not the only time to teach kids about the immense contributions of African-Americans to the world.
There are plenty of fun ways to incorporate Black History lessons into your everyday life.
Sidebar: Remember how your parents made you watch Roots every time it came on TV and had you memorize the words to "Lift Every Voice"?
Well, some things just don't change. Take a look at some of the creative ways our favorite celebrity moms teach their children about how to be proud of their heritage.
By Aisha I. Jefferson
Photo Credit: Joey Levine/ Discovery
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
"With my 2-year-old son Joshua, it seems like we’re living Black history. For example, he was just learning how to speak during this last presidential election. So one of his first words was 'Obama!' Now every time he sees a Black man in a suit, he asks, 'Obama?' Since he's only 2, I'm breaking him in slowly, by singing old Negro spirituals as lullabies. Once he is of age, a few of the things I will do with him to ensure he is well-rounded will be to take him to Africa as my parents did for me, watch Roots with him, and visit two of my favorite places in Detroit: the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Hitsville U.S.A., home of the Motown Museum."
- Kym Whitley
If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of the old, misused and abused reality TV storyline that revolves around the ex-girlfriends and wives of famous celeb men, then the Oprah Winfrey Network’s latest reality television project, starring comedian and actress Kym Whitley may be the show for you.
According to OWN’s website, Raising Whitley will document the life of actress Kym Whitley and her group of hilarious friends – whom she refers to as “The Village” in their attempt to raise baby Joshua, the adorable child whom Kym was unexpectedly granted custody of. Joshua was left to Whitley after a troubled young woman, whom she mentored for 15 years, fled the hospital immediately after giving birth, leaving behind only Kym’s contact information.
“I got a call like, ‘Hello, this is the hospital. We have your baby ready,’ and I’m like ‘I didn’t order a baby. Oh, there has to be a mistake,’ ” Kym said as she recounted the day she received the shocking phone call.
“She wanted him to have a better life than what she could’ve given him,” she went on to say about her mentee’s decision to leave Joshua behind.
During the show’s trailer, Kym revealed that she only had one hour to decide whether she would accept responsibility as Joshua’s legal guardian or allow him to be put into the foster care system. She decided to step in as Joshua’s mother and the rest was history.
“I had no idea how to take care of a baby. He was a gift that I never asked for,” the actress gushed.
Unfortunately, Kym’s world was shaken when her mother passed away, only months following Joshua’s adoption. But she revealed that the tragedy only pushed her to be the best mother that she could possibly be.
“Once my mother passed, I decided that I might not have my family here in Los Angeles, but I’m going to build Joshua a village. I am going to rally up the good people in my life and we are going to make sure he is loved, just like my parents did for me,” she said.
“I’m learning as I go, but I love being Joshua’s mom. I might be raising Joshua, but he might end up raising me,” she jokingly continued.
Raising Whitley premieres April 20th at 10/9c on OWN.
Uh, where’s the award for for Most Adorable And Heartwarming Reality Show Plot Ever? I nominate Raising Whitley!
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as in People magazine...
COURTESY DON’T FEED ME
Kym Whitley‘s latest production is definitely a bit of food for thought.
After the actress discovered her son Joshua — whom she unexpectedly welcomed through adoption in 2011 — suffered from severe allergies, Whitley went to work to alert others of his forbidden foods.
According to the first-time mom, the risks of a child consuming the wrong things is something she knows all too well: Unfamiliar with Joshua’s allergies, his nanny fed him peanut butter, one of the many foods he cannot eat.
“Luckily, I was home,” Whitley tells ABC News. “That’s the thing: I heard that cough that sounded like what we had before he was tested.”
Her brainstorming led her to creating a line of Don’t Feed Me shirts — retailing for $10 and available in red, blue, gray and orange — which provide caretakers with a visual aid of a child’s allergies.
Along with the colorful tops, which allow a parent to fill in their child’s name and then check off which foods could cause a reaction, Whitley has also put together similar packs — complete with the ‘Don’t Feed Me’ chart — where EpiPens can be stored.
Proceeds will go toward a college fund for Joshua, who proudly sports the shirts each time he has a new babysitter or attends a birthday party.
And soon fans will get a glimpse into Whitley’s world as she tackles the tough job of parenthood, a journey that began after a young woman she had been mentoring surrendered her newborn son at the hospital with the actress as the only contact.
Raising Whitley premieres at 10 p.m. April 20 on Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network.