Mashonda Tifrere and her son, Kaseem Dean, may live in the suburbs but the weekends are all about the city. The celebrity mom and her tween give the New York Times an inside look at their ordinary Sundays.

“We wake up kind of late on Sundays,” Mashonda explains. “I’ll get up at around 9:30. Kasseem will sleep until 10. Then we get up and we walk the High Line. We both really love the High Line. It’s so peaceful up there, you kind of forget you’re in New York City. Sometimes we head downtown to the meatpacking district and have breakfast at Serafina. Or we’ll go to the Standard Grill. He keeps it simple — he’s a pancake guy. Myself, I’m going to get lobster hash, like lobster benedict. I’ll also have my Sunday Bellini.”


The weekends are also a great time to discover new art. “Kasseem knows my business is art, so he’ll accompany me to check out the galleries on Sundays,” Mashonda says. “We head down to the Village. I know a lot of the gallery owners in the area, like we’re very close to the Martin Lawrence Galleries family. My son and I both love it there because they have a lot of artists that are superanimated.”

Tifrere goes on to tells media, “I like to take him places where he can relate to the art. On the way home, we’ll look at street art. Kasseem loves it, and there’s a ton of it down in the Village, so we’ll spend some time checking that out before we go home.”

Once home, the focus turns to dinner and the week ahead. “Dinner usually begins around 7, and his bedtime is 9 o’clock, so I let him indulge in a little TV or whatever he wants to do after we eat,” Tifrere says. “Once he’s off to bed, I have to get out the laptop and get started on the week ahead. I get out my folders and get back into my conversations with artists all over the world. I probably shut everything down by midnight, so I can get a solid six hours sleep before Monday. But I definitely have my little glass of wine on Sunday nights. That helps me burn the midnight oil.”

Kaseem is Mashonda Tifrere’s only son with her ex-husband, Swizz Beatz. Stay tuned for more news coming from the celebrity mom!

Photo: Sara Naomi Lewkowicz/New York Times



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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