Congratulations to Yaya and Joshua Alafia who welcomed their first child into the world a few days ago. Little Sankara Alafia was born a healthy weight and height to two parents who think the world of him.


“No greater Joy! Some folks have asked what Sankara means. ‘Creator, Bliss Giver, Introspection, Remover of Doubt, King of Unity,’ are some that we love,” wrote Joshua underneath a cute pic of him and his newborn son on Facebook.

Yaya and her husband announced their expectancy a few months back. The model and actress has expressed nothing but gratitude for the life that she has been blessed with telling Essence a few weeks ago,I’m really grateful for every opportunity that I’ve been afforded thus far in life and I feel like life is amazing. With losses come gains. We had already planned my wedding when my brother passed away in 2012. When you’re grieving you don’t necessarily want to think about something like that, but my brother told me that he wanted me to so we went ahead and did it. It’s very common for new spirits to enter the Earth right after someone has passed in the family and I just feel so blessed to have so much love in my life, to have found my husband and to just continue doing what I love to do.”

Yaya is one of several stars in Lee Daniel’s The Butler. She and Joshua wed a few months back.

Photos: Frederick Photography via Facebook



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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