And now for some news that will drag you back to the mid-90s and make you feel all kinds of old. Tatyana Ali, Will’s baby cousin Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the star of one of my favorite music videos featuring an airport passenger drop off, recently confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that she’s knocked-up. For those of you shouting “But Ashley’s too young to have a baby with Derek!” (so basically me, and maybe two other people), Tatyana is 37 and the daddy is her fiance, Dr. Vaughn Rasberry. That might be the most perfect name I have ever heard in my life. I bet daytime soap operas are fighting over the rights to his name as we speak.
As for where Tatyana and Dr. Rasberry met, she says they hooked up on eHarmony. They plan on getting married later this summer, and say that they want their wedding ceremony to “really celebrate our newest blessing.” I know the “blessing” Tatyana is referring to is probably the baby growing inside her. But I like to think the real blessing here is how glamorous she’ll sound introducing herself to people if she decides to take her husband’s last name. “Mrs. Tatyana Rasberry” is like a pageant queen, a perfume tycoon, and a prize-winning show poodle, all rolled into one glamorous being. That name is truly a precious gift from angels above.
As for that baby, Tatyana doesn’t say when it’s due or what she’s having. But again, with a last name like Rasberry, I hope they choose something really good to go with it. Personally, I’m partial to Blue Rasberry; it’s classy, it works for a boy or a girl, and who wouldn’t want to be named after the second-best Jolly Rancher flavor?
And because you can’t bring up Fresh Prince without mentioning the Fresh Prince himself, here’s Will Smith looking like Ashley, Carlton, and Hilary’s hipster cousin from Portland (Salinger Banks) while shooting a movie with Keira Knightley in New York this week.