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14 Favorite Fictional Television and Film Moms

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It's not Mothers Day, but why shouldn't we appreciate the nurturers and rocks of the family? Movie and television moms are the key ingredient to making a family complete on screen and in light of International Women's Day, we've compiled a list of the best executed ones.

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Whitney Houston in Sparkle

Whitney Houston played "Emma," Sparkle's overprotective church mother. She was a former singer and recovering alcoholic that tried to live vicariously through her children, but still sincerely cared about them.

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Phylicia Rashad in The Cosby Show

Claire Huxtable was the perfect mother to a perfect and wholesome black family. Beautiful, smart and nurturing, Claire was always the glue that held the famous crew together.

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Whoopi Goldberg in For Colored Girls

Whoopi Goldberg played a super religious, obsessive compulsive, hoarding mother who loathed her eldest child —Thandi Newton—and aggressively attempted to raise her youngest to be nothing like her.

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Loretta Devine in Jumping the Broom

Loretta Devine nailed playing the overprotective, jealous momma. Laz Alonso was her baby and she wasn't ready to give him up.

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Alfre Woodard in Crooklyn

Carolyn was the epitome of a backbone for the Carmichael family. When she got sick, the family fell apart and had to piece themselves back together.

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Jenifer Lewis in The Brothers

Jenifer Lewis plays the mother that every woman is intimidated by-- the mother you're afraid to meet.

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Tichina Arnold in Everybody Hates Chris

Better known as "Pam" from Martin, Tichina Arnold takes on the role of the HMIC—Head Mother In Charge—by keeping her kids and hardworking husband in check.

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Octavia Spencer in Fruitvale Station

An emotional Octavia plays the caring and worried mother who is hopeful that the late Oscar Grant will get his life together after he is released from jail.

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Cicely Tyson in Diary of a Mad Black Woman 

The legendary Cicely Tyson plays an older and wiser mother in the Tyler Perry "Madea" series film. 

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Vivica Fox in Soul Food

She was tough and determined to get her family together after the unfortunate death of "Mama Joe."

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Lynn Whitfield in Eve's Bayou

Lynn plays Roz Batiste who struggles to hold the family together despite being cheated on by her husband.

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Angela Bassett in Notorious

Not one of her biggest roles, but Angela Bassett plays Voletta Wallace, the caring and supportive mother of the late Christopher Wallace a.k.a Notorious B.I.G.

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Viola Davis in Doubt

Viola Davis plays a mother on a mission to help her son receive a good education while they struggle to survive harsh conditions at home with an abusive father.

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Oprah Winfrey in The Butler

The media mogul plays the supportive housewife in The Butler. Oprah claims to only take roles that speak to her and Gloria Gaines was certainly a perfect fit.

 

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Summer Walker's Debut Album Inspires Drake To Write New Music

Summer Walker's debut album Over It has everyone's heart aflutter, including Drake.

Off the heels of her debut project, the Atlanta songstress shared Drake's admiration for her project Sunday (Oct. 6) which included collaborations from Jhene Aiko, Usher. 6LACK and Bryson Tiller. Drake had a strong reaction to "Fun Girl," a track that speaks to the acoustic aura of her precious project, CLEAR.

Sharing his love with more than a few emojis, the rapper reveals the song inspired him to pen two new songs at the crack of dawn.

 

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So I guess fun girl is his favorite song on the album, mines isss... BODY🥰 what’s yours ?

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Summer and Drake worked together for the remix to her breakout hit, "Girls Need Love." In Billboard's  “You Should Know” series, the singer says the two met via Instagram after he gushed about her visuals to the original track. "He said, 'I saw your video on a bowling alley monitor. Thought it was cool,'" she recalled. She added it was Love Renaissance's Justice Baiden who talked her into asking Drake for the remix. The singer is signed to the label along with Grammy-nominated singer 6LACK.

Things have been looking great for the singer. Her album has topped Spotify and YouTube since it's release Friday and is expected to make a nice debut on Billboard's 200 charts.

Get to know the men behind Love Renaissance in our feature, LVRN's Reebok Collaboration Showcases Atlanta's Influence In Fashion.

 

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Tinashe Resurfaces With Exciting Message: "I'm Back And Better"

Tinashe fans rejoice! After a hiatus, the Joyride artist resurfaced on Instagram Saturday (Sept. 28), in a brief video expressing that she's “back and better.”

After a tumultuous relationship with her label RCA, the singer-songwriter broke ties with the company. Since then, she's been hibernating in her “cave,” as she puts it.

"Creatively, I just feel like I needed to go through what I went through in order to be the person that I am today and to get back to my roots," she explained. "You pretty much put your heart and soul and emotions into all these songs and then you put them out there for the world to judge and tear down and pick apart. It's terrifying and it can really mess with your head."

 

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In an interview with VIBE, Tinashe expressed how important it is for her to stay true to herself and artistry. “It’s not even necessarily speaking up but coming to your own conclusions yourself and owning your own instincts and trusting in yourself and creative power,” she said. “I think that’s something that is always important to continue to maintain. It’s easy for that sometimes to get derailed, and it’s important to come back to that.”

During her recent statement, she broke down the importance of art and how it should be expressed through individuality and free expression, sans any boxes or limitations. Making people happy through her music is the goal.

"Music and art are supposed to be these wonderful beautiful things that bring people joy and happiness, and that's really why I started making music in the first place—to give people something that means something to them,” she said.

Although Tinashe did not say when fans can expect new music, she did share a snippet of what she’s been working on in the studio in a separate post. “I’m too emotional.”

 

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I’m too emotional

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Eva Marcille Gives Birth To Third Child

In late September, Eva Marcille gave birth to her third child, a boy, Essence reports. The model/actress announced she was expecting in May, over a year after she gave birth to her second baby and first child with husband Michael Sterling. Their son, Michael Todd Jr. is 17 months while Marcille's first child, Marly Rae, 5, is from a previous relationship.

In a 2016 interview with Rolling Out, Marcille discussed the importance of having a close network of supporters to help in raising a child. "You know, I have a great mother myself and if it wasn’t for my mom and my support system—my friends that helped me out—I don’t know what I would do, honestly," she said. "It’s a balancing act and you know they say 'it takes a village to raise a child,' I have definitely cultivated my village to raise my child."

A year ago, the couple tied the knot which was showcased on Bravo's hit reality television program Real Housewives of Atlanta. The series is set to return in November.

 

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Couldn’t be happier 🌻 (thanks @cynthiabailey10 and @itsmikehill for my #Chill blanket) #lifesaver

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So I decided to go ahead and have a little maternity shoot. You know what they say third time is a charm🌻 so, WELCOME TO THE GARDEN OF EVA🌻 It really was a simple situation thanks to the most amazing team ever: Photographer: @stanlophotography Dress designer: @theodoreelyett Florals: @creativetouchevents Location: @parkstudios.co Makeup: @iambarbielee Produced by: @ellybevents Baby Maverick i think Mommas ready 🌻

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