Mother's Celebrating Mother's Day

Mother's Celebrating Mother's Day
ESSENCE.COM May, 05, 2009

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New mom Jennifer Hudson takes little David out for stroll. Look at that motherly glow! How cute is David, his one sock missing…

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Rihanna is beaming standing beside her parents.

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Iman and her beautiful daughter Alexandria walk hand-in-hand in downtown New York.

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Solange has certainly passed along her funky style to her son, Daniel. Those Nikes are so cute.

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Condola Rashad has taken after her mother, Phylicia, and taken up acting as a profession.

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From the very first time we laid eyes on precious Sasha and Malia, we were in love. These darlings are so happy and well-balanced, it speaks volumes of what a great mom Michelle is.

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Kimora Lee Simmons a little boy to her fabulous family. Kenzo Hounsou’s two older sisters, Ming and Aoki, will surely spoil him with kisses.

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Halle Berry’s daughter, Nahla, is a little cutie with her mother’s eyes.

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Little Jaid and Jax pose with their mom, Garcelle Beauvais, on the red carpet.

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Common walks his mother down the red carpet at the premiere of his latest film, “Just Wright.”

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What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to check in with some of favorite celebrities to find out what motherhood means to them.

The First Lady Michelle Obama and her mom, Marian Robinson, graced the cover of last year’s Mother’s Day issue.

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Tina Knowles has passed her affinity for beautiful things to daughters Beyonce and Solange. The famous mom has also instilled in them to remember what really matters.

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Estelle holds tight to her mother, Deen Swaray.

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Crooner and radio personality Al B. Sure! embraces his mother, Reverend Cassandra Mack.

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Malinda Williams’s mom, Beverly, could easily pass for her sister as the two share a tender moment at her New Jersey bridal shower last August.

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Niecy Nash’s mom, Margaret Ensley, passed on her big grin and stylish ways to her daughter.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs continues to maintain a close relationship with mom, Janice Combs. She raised the entertainment mogul as a single mom, after his father passed away.

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Tasha Smith and her mother, Monique, have renewed their relationship since her childhood, when her mother was once battling a drug addiction. Tasha encourages others to let go of the past and cherish the time you have with loved ones.

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Before he married wife Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon’s red-carpet partner-in-crime was mom Beth Hackett. The two continue to share a special bond, as Nick begins a family of his own.

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Chris Rock continues to credit mother Rose with pushing him to be his best. She shared her secrets to raising three well-balanced children in the book, “Mama Rock’s Rules: Ten Lessons for Raising a Houseful of Successful Children.”

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Actress Tichina Arnold loves spending time with daughter Alijah Kai, who’s already showing signs that she may follow in Mom’s entertainment footsteps.

“Every day is a new experience with my daughter so I am constantly learning and trying to figure out motherhood,” Arnold tells ESSENCE.com. “It keeps me on my toes. It is a humbling, scary but exciting experience. I’m loving the ride.”

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Singer Yolanda Adams is rarely seen without daughter Taylor by her side. The gospel singer has seamlessly merged her life as an entertainer with motherhood.

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Chase Anela, 8, doesn’t wait until Mother’s Day to make mom Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins feel special.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner starred as the son of Clair Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” and in real life had mom, Pamela Warner.

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Kimora Lee Simmons’s daughters Ming Lee and Aoki Lee adore her and are excited to make room for a new brother.

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Basketball star Lisa Leslie-Lockwood is enjoying her life as a wife and mother to daughter Lauren and newborn son MJ.

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Tisha Campbell Martin and son Xen share smile and cuddles. Campbell and her husband Duane Martin welcomed a second son, Ezekiel Czar to the family on September 8, 2009.

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Nicole Murphy and her kids enjoy a day of fun at the Los Angeles premiere of “Shrek 2” in Los Angeles.

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Latanya Richardson with daughter Zoe and husband Sam enjoy the 23rd Annual American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

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Spice Girls alum Melanie Brown gets her last-minute shopping on with the family.

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LisaRaye and her daughter spend some quality time with their pup.

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Actress and proud mom Sheryl Lee Ralph with her son, Etienne, and daughter, Coco.

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Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas is a doting mother to the lil’ guy in her life.

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Jada Pinkett Smith, who stars in the TNT series “Hawthorne,” holds down her family and her career.

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Holly Robinson Peete’s adorable family keeps her young and spry.

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Now that a few famous faces have saluted their mothers, everyday women show their love as well:

“My sister, my BEST friend, my source of strength—this is my mother! I am so grateful to have the most genuine, thoughtful, caring, creative, brilliant, spiritual, and fun mother in the world. She truly is my other half! Thank you for showing me the world. Happy Mother’s Day, Mommy!!”
—Sage Garner, 22 with her mother, Toni Garner, 54, Brooklyn, New York

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“There aren’t words to describe the woman that I am blessed to call MOM! She is generous, caring, compassionate, funny, wise, the list could go on and on. She has an amazing spirit that touches everyone around her. Although I am her only child, she has been a mother to so many!”

—Laini Brown, 38 and her mother, Marie Brown, 68, along with Laini’s children Kia, 19 and Taylor Brown, 18,
Nashville, Tennessee

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“My mom will be 50 years old on May 21! I’m so pleased to give her the greatest gift she’s ever wanted. I am handing her my college diploma on May 8! She has worked so hard to get me where I am today and I am elated to show her that all her hard work was well worth it. In having a great support system like my mom, I was able to accomplish so many things through her prayers, motivation, and words of encouragement. For that I thank her and I will forever be indebted. I love you, Mom, and Happy Mothers Day!”

—Jaslynn Fanniel, 23 and her mother, Phyllis Philip-Guide, 49,
Tallahassee, Florida

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“We bought her that yellow dress she is wearing two years ago for Mother’s Day; isn’t she lovely? We love her intelligence, time and the values that she has placed in us about family and hard work. Mom has achieved big goals in her life: she’s a doctor and she has her own private practice in New Orleans. My brother Justin is a Stanford University alumni and I’m a Morehouse man. Mom is a shining example of how hard work pays off.”—Lawliss Turner, 26 (left) and brother Justin Turner, 24, with their mother Cecily Turner,
New Orleans

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“My mom is truly the greatest; not only because of what she sacrifices for her family, but also because of all that she selflessly does for others. A loving, generous, wise woman. I love her with all my heart.”

—Kimberly Leonard, 23, with her mother, Adrianne Leonard, 54,
Chesapeake, Virginia

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“I am the baby and only girl with three brothers. Our mother, Linda R. Pemberton is such a humble and loving person. She has always been so supportive and a giver, even when she didn’t have it to give. We almost lost her in January 2005. The doctors called us all in and informed us that ‘we’ve done all we could do.’ Our Father above had another plan and he brought her through and she now lives with me and my husband. As well as she took care of us growing up, we now in return take good care of her. We thank God for her.”

—Shalonda Lenzy, with her mother and brothers,
Lancaster, Texas

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“What makes my mom so special is her drive. Her faith in God is so strong you would think that God lives with her. Last Friday she just lost her job after being with the company 18 years and you would think that she would be depressed. No! Not my mom, she had an interview on Tuesday. I think it’s her steady faith that keeps her strong and for that I love her.”

—Trashaun Andrews, 30,
Lawrenceville, NJ

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“As the chief in the village that raised me, my mother showed me what refined and reflective womanhood looked like as I grew up. She is a praying woman who let me know that God has the final say in all we do and we must humble ourselves to Him. I am grateful for her example that we should seek to be spiritual, educated, cultured, and social simultaneously.”

—Taqwaa F. Saleem, 23, with her mother, Sheri Saleem Scott,
Savannah, Georgia

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