Melissa Harris-Perry & Husband Welcome Baby Girl

by Britni Danielle

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

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.

  • http://vernettarfreeney.com Vernetta R. Freeney

    I saw a picture of her and she’s adorable. Congrats to them. And I believe Shonda Rhimes has 3 adopted daughters now. Great to see children who need a home are going to good families.

  • http://www.clutchmagazine.com Clutch

    Shonda Rhimes didn’t adopt her third daughter, she used a surrogate.

    ~britni

  • http://vernettarfreeney.com Vernetta R. Freeney

    Okay. I just knew she had 3 daughters now.

  • Kay

    Shonda has 2 adopted daughters and one daughter via surrogate

  • MommieDearest

    Congrats! She’s adorable.

    I wish the mainstream media would start regularly highlighting black celebrities who adopt black children.

  • noirluv45

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

    Congrats to them!

  • binks

    Awww too cute! I agree that the media needs to highlight more adoptive black parents and more black people consider adoption, especially the adoption of black children, as a choice.

  • myla cree

    I don’t care for her..just like Halle Berry they diss their white mothers. Our President has never said, I consider myself black.. he has a white mother and embraces having had a white mother & grandparents.
    Plz stop patting Melissa on the back, plenty of black children to adopt & they are not newborns….

  • Emeraldeyes

    Congrats to Melissa and her husband on the new addition to their family. No boys? Do I see a pattern forming? I recently read a fascinating article where, more and more, African American women are saying that they pray they don’t have a son when they become pregnant because they can’t bear the thought of losing him to violence as a teenager. Could you research and do an article on this? With all of the conversation around violence directed at teen black males in the media over the past 9 months and the loss of 2 teenagers, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis in the past 2 years at the hands of white racist sociopaths, it does seem to be true. I hope not, but it would be interesting to see a well written article on the topic. Thanks.

  • Destiny

    Congrats to them! On another note, I would love to see an article on Clutch about adoption and the Black community. A lot of people believe the notion that Black folks do not adopt. In my opinion, we adopt more than any other group. The thing is, adoption in the Black community is more informal and without paperwork. Anytime you have an aunt, uncle, or grandmother take in their nieces and nephews or grandchildren, I consider that adoption. Also, I know a lot of kids from my neighborhood who lived with a friend’s family because they’re parental environment was unhealthy and unstable. Just a thought. :)

  • Michelle

    Yes! This is a great idea! I’d love to see a piece talking about big trends in adoption in the black community. My own experiences jibe with what Destiny describes, but I’m also curious about what sorts of issues black adoptive parents face when going through the formal adoption process.

  • noirluv45

    Myla, our president identifies as being Black. He did so on his census form.

    I don’t recall Halle (don’t know about Melissa) dissing her White mother. Halle’s White mother raised her as a Black woman. That was her mother’s choice. I’m sure all of these people embrace their whole family identity, but some people prefer to identify as one or the other…or both. That’s their choice, isn’t it? Just saying.

  • EssDot323

    Correction: Pres. Obama always refers to himself as an African-American.

  • Christal

    You are totally wrong about Alfred Woodward adopting! She gave birth to her children! Her daughter is the spitting image of her! Research your facts before publishing!

  • http://www.clutchmagazine.com Clutch

    Hey Christal,

    We did our research. Alfre Woodard’s children are adopted.

    From USA Today:

    “Woodard’s own interracial love story (she’s been married to producer/teacher/activist Roderick Spencer for 22 years) defies the odds of any Hollywood marriage. ‘Our families have always been very supportive,’ she says. ‘We were both taught ‘you pick your friends on how they treat you — not by what they have or what they look like.’ We get twice the cultures.’

    They have two children, daughter Mavis, 14, and son Duncan, 11. Hearing her children, both of mixed race, referred to as “adopted” catches the proud mother off guard. ‘Yes, I did adopt my children, but I’m so grateful that we did all find each other through adoption,” she says. ‘If I had tried to carry a baby, I never would have got to my real children — the ones I was meant to parent.’”

    source: usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2005-09-29-housewives-woodard_x.htm

    ~britni

  • vintage3000

    “Plz stop patting Melissa on the back, plenty of black children to adopt”

    How many have you adopted?

  • Aria Wilson

    May want to follow your own advice there Christal…Alfre Woodard seems to disagree with you…

    From USA Today interview in 2005:

    “They have two children, daughter Mavis, 14, and son Duncan, 11. Hearing her children, both of mixed race, referred to as “adopted” catches the proud mother off guard. “Yes, I did adopt my children, but I’m so grateful that we did all find each other through adoption,” Woodard says. “If I had tried to carry a baby, I never would have got to my real children — the ones I was meant to parent.”

    It seems the author was correct.

  • Aria Wilson

    OOps…didn’t see your response Britni before posting mine!!

    Dang new format! :)

  • prettypieceofcrystal

    Congrats to MHP and family!! Also check out the “Black Folk Don’t” channel on YouTube, there is a segment about adoption in the black community.
    SN: Angela Bassett & Courtney Vance also adopted their twins.

  • 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!

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