Dear Mama A Love Letter To Moms
By Jack Barnes
VH1 today released highlights from its annual Mother’s Day special “Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms” which premieres Monday, May 7th at 9 PM ET/PT. Co-hosted by Anthony Anderson and La La Anthony, the event recognizes mothers with celebrity guests paying tribute to the women who have shaped their success. Celebrity participants include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Colin Kaepernick, Gabrielle Union, Teyana Taylor, Ne-Yo, Jhené Aiko, Bobby Brown, Jessie J and Patti LaBelle.
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Co-hosts Anthony Anderson and La La Anthony welcoming guests to the show by providing commentary on today’s political climate, sparking laughs and nods of approval from the audience.
Teyana Taylor honoring her mother, Nikki, and recognizing the tremendous impact that she’s had in making her the wife and mother that she is today, before welcoming surprise guest Bobby Brown to the stage.
Gabrielle Union showering her mother Theresa with praise and thanking her for raising Gabrielle in a home filled with love, learning and acceptance. Gabrielle surprises her mom with an appearance by award-winning recording artist Ne-Yo who performs a medley of his hit singles “Good Man” and “Miss Independent.”
Jhené Aiko is joined on stage by her daughter Namiko Love to perform a poem for her mother, and sing a song that they wrote together, “Sing To Me.”
Jessie J delivers a sweet tribute to her mother, Rose, who encouraged her to write music that stands the test of time. Jessie sings her new song “Queen” and then gets the crowd on their feet with her rendition of the iconic hit “I’m Every Woman.”
After joking that his mom Teresa didn’t know what football was until he got to college, Colin Kaepernick talks about what his life was like growing up in a world where the privilege of his parents did not always protect him. He praises his mom for doing everything she could to give him the best possible life and says that she “chose [him]” and she’s “stuck with [him]!” Teresa joins him on stage, since “moms always have the final word” and says that Colin was always a wonderful son, student and athlete, and she’s overwhelmed with pride, even if he “doesn’t call his mom enough!”
In a sweet video message, Sean “Diddy” Combs and five of his children talk about all the things they love most about their “Mimi,” and Diddy takes the stage to recognize the tremendous sacrifice that his mom Janice made to ensure that he always had everything he needed. For his final surprise, Diddy introduces music legend Patti LaBelle for a show-stopping performance of “You Are My Friend.”
“Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms” took place at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Official sponsors of “Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms” include Baby Dove and Honey Nut Cheerios®.
“Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms” is being produced by Flavor Unit and Jesse Collins Entertainment. Shakim Compere, Queen Latifah, Jesse Collins, and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay are Executive Producers. For VH1, Amy Doyle, Garrett English, Elena Diaz and Andria Parides are Executive Producers, and Joe Buoye is Executive in Charge of Production.
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