"Matchy Matchy"

Gabrielle Union and her daughter, Kaavia James, are twinning in matching tropical sets. The L.A.’s Finest star recently shared pictures of herself with her daughter wearing Lompoc Linen Two Piece outfits.


“Matchy Matchy,” Gabrielle told her social media fans. The actress wrote in reference to her and Kaav’s matching attire. “Too cute,” one social media fan wrote in response to the picture. “Queen training,” Octavia Spencer said.

Kaavia James is well on her way to dominating the entertainment industry. The youngster has a children’s book, Shady Baby, written about her life by her parents. Kaav also has an Instagram page that has nearly two million followers.

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade recently discussed their daughter’s facial expressions, which led to her receiving the nickname “Shady Baby,” during an interview with E! News’ Daily Pop.

“It was very clear when she came into the world, and we all thought it was a little weird, having a baby so young to be able to get facial expressions and using their eyes,” Dwyane shared. “But then we realized where it came from: It was a reaction to other people.”

Gabrielle further explained, “Shade is just acknowledging something bad is happy or something not so great is happening, and when a little Black girl can help lead those corrections and use her voice, let’s do that.”

Shady Baby focuses on the life and times of Kaavia. The motivation to write the book comes from Dwyane and Gabrielle’s desire to rear free thinkers.

“What we’re trying to do is raise free children and free Black children,” Gabrielle said during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Raising free Black children shouldn’t be a radical act, but it is,” the celebrity mom said.

“Part of that freedom is not tying her into binary boxes,” Union said of her daughter. “We don’t subscribe to ‘This is what a girl does, this is what a boy does. Your parts make you who you are.’ We don’t subscribe to any of that, and that’s what it’s really all about: who she is authentically and organically,” the celebrity mom explained. “When you give kids the freedom, and you get out of your own way and don’t let your own fear guide your parenting, that’s the only way that we can move these days.”

You can learn more about Shady Baby here. Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade parent four kids together.

Photo: Gabrielle Union/Instagram



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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