Actress Alfre Woodard and her daughter Mavis Spencer are featured in the May issue of Essence magazine. Here is an excerpt from the article:


“Every mother wants to see her child fly, but perhaps not as literally as Alfre Woodard, whose 18-year-old daughter, Mavis Spencer, is a champion equestrian. “Even when she was a little girl, I never got nervous when she’d do five-foot jumps, because it was a God thing,” says the Emmy Award-winning actress. “I feel like the Creator speaks when I’m watching her.” This past January, Alfre coaxed Mavis into trading boots and jodhpurs for high heels and a Valentino gown to assume the role of 2010’s Miss Golden Globe. “I rarely put makeup on. Afterward I was like, It’s time to get back to reality!” Mavis says of embodying the statuette at the sixty-seventh annual telecast, adding with a shrug, “I was always an independent person.” It’s something that makes Mama proud. “Mavis is smart,” says Alfre, who’s up next in the TNT police drama “Delta Blues.” “She’s an alpha girl and she’s unapologetic about it.”


Also featured in the issue are celebrity moms Fantasia, Brandy with both her mother and daughter, Holly Robinson Peete with her daughter, and Vanessa Williams and her daughters.

Photos:Essence magazine, May 2010 issue, now on newspaper stands near you!

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