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Da Brat and Jesseca “Judy” Dupart are using their platform to educate men and women about infertility and sperm donors. The celebrity couple, who is expecting baby number one to arrive in the coming weeks, recently stopped The Tamron Hall Show to spread awareness after enduring scrutiny for choosing a white sperm donor.


Da Brat and Judy were joined by an expert in the field, Dr. Stephanie Marshall Thompson, who provided more information about the IVF process.

“I think the first thing that we have to do is have the conversation,” Dr. Thompson shared. “Because if we don’t have the conversation, and we don’t talk about it, then we don’t know that we need the access. We have to get the word out there, especially in the Black community, so that we know that we suffer from infertility also. Because there is this huge thought process that Black women do not suffer from infertility.”

Da Brat suffered from infertility to the degree of believing her desire to conceive and give birth to a child would never become a reality. The rapper revealed her expectancy earlier this year, which brought excitement among her fans.

Da Brat and her wife later came under significant scrutiny upon revealing their decision to choose a white sperm donor.
“We didn’t have a lot to choose from,” Da Brat shared in reference to the overall options she and Judy had at the sperm bank. “He definitely wasn’t Black,” the rapper said. “I think we did a great job with picking,” Da Brat further revealed. “He’s handsome, he’s tall and I think he’s going to look beautiful with my wife’s egg.”

Some accused Judy and Da Brat of not wanting their child to be Black. They also criticized Da Brat specifically for making a distasteful joke while revealing her sperm donor as white, which was later featured on their reality series Brat Loves Judy.

“I didn’t think it would be offensive to anybody,” the rapper shared on The Tamron Hall Show. “I cracked jokes about almost everybody that I saw, that one just happened to make it in the show,” the entertainer continued. “I wasn’t trying to be mean or say anything negative about Black people,” Brat assured her fans and foes.

Despite the judgment of others, there were many who came to Brat and Judy’s defense. “What a weird time to be alive,” one social media follower said. “Insane that two grown people have to explain to strangers why they chose to move how they wanted to move.”

Another supporter wrote, “This is supposed to be your beautiful moment, and anyone fortunate enough to get a glimpse of it should respect your right to decide how you live your life.”

Photo: Jesseca “Judy” Dupart/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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