Melissa Harris Perry adopts

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband James Perry received the best Valentine’s Day gift yesterday when they welcomed their new daughter into the world.

The couple’s adopted daughter was born on V-Day, and the proud parents are over the moon. The Perrys, who have been married since 2010 and co-parent Parker, Melissa’s daughter from a previous marriage, are excited to welcome their newest addition to the family.

Both Melissa and James tweeted the news of their daughter’s birth, Melissa calling the little one “a #TinyNerdinNerdland.

Melissa Harris Perry adopts



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The Perrys join the ranks of other high profile African American families who have adopted. Al Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts adopted their daughter Courtney in 1987; Magic and Cookie Johnson adopted a daughter, Elisa, in 1995; Alfre Woodard and her husband adopted a son, Duncan, and a daughter, Mavis; Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon adopted a baby girl in 2011; and Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes adopted two daughters in 2002 and 2012.

With so many Black kids in need of a good home, we hope other Black celebs (and regular folks) consider adoption as well.

Congrats to the Perrys on their new baby girl!

UPDATE:

While it as been reported that the Perrys adopted their daughter, they have not specifically said whether they adopted or had the baby via a surrogate. I will update when more information is released.

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  • Shannon

    While the fact is that Black families adopt in far, far higher numbers than white families, in this case, the baby was not adopted. According to a tweet from MHP today, she says adoption is not their story. She also said she would be writing about it soon.

  • geenababe

    Congrats to those two. At first I was thinking, I didn’t know she was pregnant but then I saw she gain a child by other means…good for her.

  • Columbiamdqt

    Adoptoin❓. I don’t think so. That little girl looks just like MPH❗️

  • francescolesSelma

    Although this is a happy time for your family, I want you to know that we love and miss you. Congratulations. May keep you in H(IS/ER) arms!

  • Frances

    Congrats to you both. She is a beautiful little girl.