BY: DANIEL PETERSON
Naturi Naughton, 32, has always been in front of cameras since her childhood. Started Singing while she was 5-years-old, many were first introduced to the talented as a member of 3LW—in the early 2000s. Since then, Naughton has advanced to have a fruitful acting career in ‘Notorious,’ ‘Mad Men,’ ‘The Client List ‘and, now, as Tasha St. Patrick on the Starz’s ‘Power.’
But just as any expectant mom will do, Naturi Naughton recently had her intimate baby shower in Dazzler Brooklyn.
Naughton could be seen dancing to Soca music with her seven months pregnant—in a dimly-lit room filled with close friends and family.
“I’m so excited and nervous,” she confessed. “The advice I have received is that ‘you were meant to do this.’ I am scared, though, but I was meant to do [this]. I feel blessed, and I am more of excited than nervous.”
Naughton met Ben 3-years ago when she first visited Brooklyn—to film her hit TV show. Ben was her agent at the real estate and found her a place in the city. The pair went out for a meal at Madiba, (a well-known local restaurant), and the rest is history.
“Family is highly important to me, since like I said, ‘it takes a village to bring up a child.’ That is my theme. That is how I actually feel about life. We all have to be a part of bringing a kid into the world. It isn’t just 1-person or 1-couple. We can all assist bring that kid up with love.”
Below a big gold sign which read “It Takes A Village” there were adorable cookies, cupcakes, and other “sweets” decorated with palm leaves and giraffes. Before the baby shower games begun, which involved a singing and dance competition. Present, were African dancers who were introduced by Jennifer (Naughton’s best friend since childhood), who helped organize the event. Other than the traditional Caribbean food, two bars were also present in the room of about 50-people—serving tropical punches.
The celebrities in attendance were La La Anthony, Nicole Beharie, Regina King, Russell Hornsby and Hosea Chanchez— who all primarily showed up to express their love but not to take attention away from the beauty wearing a white lace.
In the end, Naughton had an exclusive announcement for all.
“It is official, that it’s a girl. I have not told anyone,” she said. “I feel her winding, and jumping and moving [to the Soca music].”
Apparently, Naughton values her ROOTS so much.
“I’ll give my daughter the Caribbean influence. But since she’ll be a Black girl in this nation, I want her to grow up with love and confidence, and with culture. My parents were greatly influential with me, and so everything they gave to me—I want to pass on to her.”
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