Diana Ross: ‘Beyond Thrilled’ to Be First-Time Grandma

CAPTION: "I've been very blessed to have that kind of mother," Rhonda tells us of mom Diana (above). "A mother that wanted the best for me."

"I've been blessed to have that kind of mother," Rhonda says of Diana (above). "A mother who wanted the best for me."

You can’t hurry grandkids, as Diana Ross learned this year.

But now that the pop legend has finally got one, she’s tickled pink.

So reports her daughter, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, whose dad is Motown Records founder Berry Gordy.

Interviewed tonight on Timothy Hodge, Rhonda chats about giving birth to her son, Raif-Henok Emmanuel Kendrick, on Aug. 7, and how her mom has reacted to the bundle of joy.

“This is the first grandchild. It took us a long time—I mean, you know—but what are you gonna do?” Rhonda, who has been married to jazz pianist Rodney Kendrick since 1996, tells host Timothy Hodge.

“So my mom is thrilled. She is beyond thrilled. And it’s been so amazing because my mother—some people know, some people don’t—my mother is and was a very, very hands-on mother.

“From my birth, it didn’t matter what performances she had at night, she was always up for breakfast in the morning, she got us ready for school, she was there if we were sick.

CAPTION: Baby love indeed! "There's nothing I wouldn't do for this little person to have what he needs to achieve in his life," says Rhonda (above, with hubby Rodney) of her son.

"There's nothing I wouldn't do for this little person to have what he needs to achieve in his life," Rhonda (above, with Rodney) tells us of three-month-old Raif.

“And that continued with my two younger brothers [Evan Ross and Ross Arne Naess], who are now just 21 and 22. I got to witness her really be hands-on with them,” Rhonda, 38, adds of Diana, 65.

“Now she gets a chance to be that kind of a hands- on grandmother. She’s so good with my son, it’s amazing.

“Throughout my pregnancy, she was able to be here on the East Coast with me. She came to every doctor’s appointment with me. She really was so hands-on and so supportive and so encouraging of me,” adds Rhonda, who played Toni Burrell on Another World.

“And because I have that relationship with her, and I’m doing my best to emulate that relationship with my son, I feel so excited.”

On Nov. 12, Rhonda will host It’s A Love Thing! an annual fundraising gala that benefits Hearts of Gold, a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of New York City’s homeless mothers and their children. Also scheduled to appear at the NYC event will be Hearts of Gold board members Vanessa Williams, Marcia Gay Harden and Soledad O’Brien.

To learn more about It’s A Love Thing! click here.

To hear Rhonda’s full interview tonight at 9 p.m. ET, click here.

8 thoughts on “Diana Ross: ‘Beyond Thrilled’ to Be First-Time Grandma

  1. John

    Soledad O’Brien is such a phony. In April 2008, Reverend Jeremiah Wright gave a speech in Detroit to the NAACP.  One of the things that  he said in this speech was that black and white children learn with different parts of their brain, and then gave an “unflattering imitation of the way white pastors speak.”  Peoples comments were that he gave a racial speech. Soledad  O’Brien, on CNN, was quoted as saying, in a gushing manner, that the speech was a “home run” and “really funny.” When questioned about the things he said in the speech, she would say things like, what he really meant was …..or what he wanted to say was… Once again she’s covering the truth and being racist.  Just as with the Henry Gates incident.  In an appearance on Anderson Cooper, the night or so before CNN’s “The Moment of Truth” she appeared enraged that it was a racial profile against Gates. She said that she got calls from her FRIENDS saying it was all about Gates being black.  She went on that show with the purpose, at all costs, to destroy the credibility of the white police officer and throw him under the bus.  When Cooper was talking she wanted to make the point that Gates said “Thank You” to the police officers.  By mentioning that, she was purposely misrepresenting the truth by playing down Gates’ belligerence and racial remarks, which she didn’t even mention.  Even Gates’ attorney and friend, said to the media that he used very strong language. Colon Powell and President Obama both said he should take blame in the incident.  I have seen this in many occasions with her, where she doesn’t speak the truth and hides the true facts.  Another time on Anderson Cooper, Cooper said to O’Brien that Senator John McCain hasn’t brought race into the campaign, like he said he wouldn’t.  You would think her response would have been something like, that’s great because he shouldn’t.  Instead she strongly insinuated that he would, even in the last week of the campaign. Also, her questioning style, in interviews  is completely different with a white person than it is with a black person.  Like in her interview with Henry Gates in “The Moment of Truth”  She just went along with his lies. I have seen several comments on various websites about her racism.  There are many other examples I could give of her racial bias, dishonesty and hypocrisy. She seems to consider herself to be black. She mentioned in an interview that her parents made it clear to her “you’re black” and that’s all there is to it.
    She’s all about being #1, she wants the world to revolve around her. She comes first, before her family. She wants to be a celebrity figure and a star. In interviews she says she works 6 days a week, mostly out of town, and on some holidays. She goes to gala events, concerts, lots of entertainment events, as a single woman, leaving her husband and kids behind.
    I think Soledad O’Brien is a very poor journalist. What ever happened to the days of CNN with Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff? They were honorable journalists. You could believe what they said. John Las Vegas

  2. Boyfish

    This article was about Rhonda Ross Kendricks wasn’t it ???
    I’m happy for Rhonda. Will the baby be calling Diana, “Granny” ?( LOL ) Rhonda is supporting a important charity. Best wishes for Rhonda and her family.

  3. Stephanie

    Yeah, I was a little confused by JOHN’S comments as well. This is about Rhonda and her lovely family not Soledad O’Brien. Congrats to Rhonda and I wish her all the happiness in the world. BTW, I happen to like Soledad so get over it dude!

  4. Rick

    Diana has raised some beautiful children…inside and out! Don’t understand Jonhns rantings, but otherwise enjoyed this article on a Very Special Human Being. Rhonda and Rodney seem to have it together..a sucessful marriage, a beautiful new son and a Mother like Diana. Wow its great to see how the other half of Hollywood children are civiled, and to know not every Hollywood Parent has obnoxious children like Paris, Lindsay etc……Congratulations to Rhonda Diana Rodney and the rest of the Ross family…you are shining examples. No wonder Michael Jackson wanted Diana to be Guardian of his kids….look at the wonderful children she has raised!

  5. markus

    I just read a nice, light little article about Rhonda Ross Kendrick, her new baby, husband, her legendary mom being a grandmom, and so on.

    And then I see this looooooong rant about Soledad O’Brien being racist (anti-white?) How she loves Reverend Wright and something about Henry Gates’ “belligerance” (I’d be belligerant too if I were getting searched in my OWN HOME). Huh? Therapy, man…and possibly an ativan.

    Congrats, Rhonda!!!!

  6. ahmed khan

    wishes and all the wishes to Dianna Ross that she could be a grandmother for the firstime.it is indeed a remarkable moment for any grandma and u r not different from that.obviously a jolt of smileyes to and ur whole family…

  7. Diane

    Congratulations Rhonda!!!!!! You deserve the best. I have been a fan of your mom’s since I was ten years old (1963). She has done such a fantastic job in raising you and your siblings. Her parenting skills are supreme. Continue taking pages out of her book Rhonda. Much happiness to you and your husband.


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