Post by Liz Alterman. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes one strong mom to nurture an Olympic champion. Natalie Hawkins, proud mama of gold medalist Gabby Douglas, has been there for every step of her daughter's journey, celebrating her victories and helping her overcome adversity. Show More Summary
Disney Welcomes the Brave and Passionate Merida into the Disney Princess Royal Court Gymnastics Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas Hosts Royal Celebration With Her Mom At Walt Disney World On Mother's Day Weekend To tweet this release, copy...Show More Summary
If there's one person we'd be afraid of admitting our actual diet to (other than our mom -- sorry, Mom), it'd be First Lady Michelle Obama. As much as we want to follow her advice for healthy eating, sometimes the siren song of Doritos is just too great. Show More Summary
Gabby Douglas’ Gymnastics Hairgate: Some mean people lashed out at gold medal winning and history-making gymnast Gabby Douglas over social media because of perceived problems with her hair. We chatted with Gabby’s mom, who had a thing or two to say to Gabby’s detractors. Then we took a look at why black athletes–and their hair–just [...]Show More Summary
For those still feeling the Olympic spirit, Essence has a great interview with gold medalist Gabby Douglas and her mom, Natalie Hawkins. Below are a few highlights, but click through for the entire piece. On people criticizing Douglas’...Show More Summary
Natalie Hawkins is the mother behind gold medal Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas. Sixteen-year-old Douglas managed to capture the gold medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around, and helped lead the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to the gold medal in team competition. But Gabby couldn’t have done it without the love and support of Natalie, who sacrificed [...]
The latest in the great hair debate: Long hours in the gym, a white host family and lack of black salons in Iowa have all played a part.
The Gabby Douglas hair saga continues and now the Olympian's mom is addressing the haters. The folks over at Fashionista.com snagged an interview with Natalie...
This morning, Olympic gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas posted a sad message on her Facebook page: Whew I finally got some good rest after having to deal with some of this negativity. First my hair – then my mom. I guess no one could wait till we finished competing so that we could keep our concentration and focus. Show More Summary
Attention, Gabby Douglas hair critics: Natalie Hawkins has two words for you: Enough already! Douglas' mom is in mama grizzly mode this week, speaking out to defend her daughter and her spunky ponytail in the wake of unexpected controversy. "How ignorant is it of people to comment on her hair and she still has more competitions to go?" Natalie fumed. Show More Summary
Olympic gymnast and Gold Medal winner Gabby Douglas is fast becoming America’s newest sweetheart but with all the love and praise that she is getting, there’s unfortunately been a lot of criticism too, and out of all the things that … Continue reading »
As previously discussed, some people watching the Olympics — mostly fellow African-Americans — have been critical of Gabby Douglas's hair. For many black people, hair is not just hair: it is "good" or "bad," a political statement, a reflection of socio-economical status and a vehicle for messages about social and beauty standards. Show More Summary
Gabby Douglas made history at the young age of 16 by becoming the first African-American woman to win the all-around gymnastics gold medal at the Olympics. Today is the final day of competing for Gabby in London. Throughout these Games she's not only delighted us on the beams and bars, but also inspired while talking about tough topics. Show More Summary
London Olympics sensation Gabby Douglas' journey to become U.S. team and all-around individual gymnastics champion has come at considerable cost. The two-time gold medalist spoke candidly about her family's tough times amid her quest for glory, including her mom current's financial woes. "It was hard for us growing up... Show More Summary
“In 2010, it came to a head and I had to make a decision. There were only two factors to consider: I could either stand in the way of her dreams, or I could get on board with it. And I knew she needed another coach. I knew she needed a higher level of coaching. [...]
LONDON–Gabby Douglas, our new gymnastics golden girl, is arguably the biggest star in town right now (yeah, even bigger than you, Ryan Lochte). After helping Team USA handily win gold at the women’s team finals, she went on to become the first African American woman in history to win a gold medal in the women’s [...]Show More Summary
During interviews prior to her daughter?s two gold medal-winning performances, Natalie Hawkins said Gabby Douglas? training for the Olympics was very difficult because it separated the two and caused a lot of financial stress. Less than a week later, we?ve finally learned the true implications of that financial stress.
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On the heels of yesterday's revelation that Ryan Lochte's parents are facing foreclosure comes this news: Months before Gabby Douglas' gold medal win at the Olympics, her mom filed for bankruptcy. Natalie Hawkins filed for Chapter 13, which TMZ calls "far less severe than Chapter 7." She's been making monthly...
The win for Gabby Douglas and accompanying endorsements will save the family from financial difficulty. Natalie Hawkins, Gabby’s mom, filed for bankruptcy just before the games began. “According to documents filed earlier this year in Virginia, Natalie Hawkins filed for Chapter 13 … which is far less severe than Chapter 7. Show More Summary