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Danielle Brooks Reflects on Dealing with Postpartum Depression

Danielle Brooks is opening up about her experience with motherhood and mental health.

The 30-year-old Orange Is the New Black actress, who welcomed her first child Freeya with Dennis Gelin in November 2020, spoke with Parents about the pressures of “bounding back” after having a baby.

“I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, and I think I did go through postpartum depression,” she said. “I was trying to stay positive when it felt like my whole world had flipped upside down. Creating a human takes a toll on women’s bodies. Sometimes we don’t give ourselves enough love or patience about that.”

“You may think you’re going to bounce back miraculously, but that’s not true for a lot of people. I’m one of them. While I want to return to my pre-baby size, at the same time, I want to love this skin that I’m in now,” she continued.

Danielle explained that her focus has shifted from eating and exercising to lose weight to staying healthy and living a happier life.

“If I want to continue to live a life full of abundance, I have to plant those seeds now,” she said. “I bought roller skates and a personal trampoline. Freeya will jump up and down, imitating me. I find peace by taking walks with Freeya too. I try to incorporate her into things that bring me joy and calmness. And I really like the advice to ‘talk to yourself as if you are your best friend.’”

Danielle also added she still hasn’t decided whether she wants to have more children or not.

“Right now, I’m getting to the part where I’m okay with shedding that old skin and discovering somebody new,” she says. “Once I feel a bit more whole and not like a machine that is being put back together, then I might consider it.”

It was recently announced that Danielle had joined the star-studded cast of The Piano Lesson on Broadway!

Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, & John David Washington to Star in 'The Piano Lesson' Movie & On Broadway

Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington are all heading to Broadway next year… and then they’ll be turning the play into a movie!

The three actors are reportedly set to appear in a revival of the classic August Wilson play The Piano Lesson in 2022.

The Daily Mail‘s Baz Bamigboye reports that the production will be directed by Samuel‘s wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson.

A movie version of the play is also in the works with all three actors expected to appear. A different director will helm the movie, though it will not be the previously reported Barry Jenkins.

Denzel Washington will be producing the movie and he previously had told the New York Times that Barry was in talks to direct. The actor is planning on turning all 10 plays in Wilson‘s Century Cycle into movies and he has already completed Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

BroadwayWorld reports that The Piano Lesson “is set in 1936 Pittsburgh and follows the lives of the Charles family as they deal with themes of family legacy and more, in deciding what to do with an heirloom, the family piano.”

Michael B. Jordan & Jesse Williams Step Out For Macro's Oscar Party

Michael B. Jordan keeps it casual while arriving at The MACRO Pre-Oscars Party held at Fig & Olive on Thursday night (February 6) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 32-year-old actor was joined by Jesse Williams and Zola star Taylour Paige, Tyrese Gibson, Tia Mowry, and Cory Hardict.

Other stars at the event hosted by Grey Goose included J Alexander, Michael Ealy, Omar Miller, Logan Browning, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Danielle Brooks, Trevor Jackson, and more.

Guests at the party celebrated a year in filmmaking with specialty cocktails from Grey Goose cocktails, and were greeted by vibrant paintings by artist Noah Humes of Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo, Jodie Turner-Smith and Awkwafina.

25+ pictures inside of Michael B. Jordan, Jesse Williams, Taylour Paige and more at Macro’s Oscar Party

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Kerry Washington, Billy Porter, & Janelle Monae Honor Their Friends at Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon!

Kerry Washington, Billy Porter, and Janelle Monae hit the carpet while attending the 2020 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon on Thursday (February 6) at the Four Seasons’ Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The stars were all at the event to celebrate some of the most successful and inspiring black women in Hollywood!

No Time to Die‘s Lashana Lynch, When They See UsNiecy Nash, Queen & Slim director Melina Matsoukas, and Pose‘s MJ Rodriguez, Angelica Ross, Hailie Sahar, and Janet Mock were all presented with awards during the annual event.

Some more stars who stepped out for the luncheon included Gabrielle Union, Insecure‘s Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, Aja Naomi King, Alfre Woodard, Eve, Dewanda Wise, Nafessa Williams, Naturi Naughton, Tia Mowry and husband Cory Hardict, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Logan Browning, Gina Torres, Loretta Devine, Danielle Brooks, Garcelle Beauvais, Loni Love, Aisha Hinds, Tika Sumpter, and Jenifer Lewis.

FYI: Kerry is wearing a Lanvin dress and Harry Kotlar earrings. Janelle is wearing a Marc Jacobs dress. Gabrielle is wearing a Rosie Assoulin dress. Issa is wearing a Solace London dress. Yvonne is wearing Sergio Rossi shoes, and Lulu Dharma jewels. MJ is wearing a Halpern dress. Janet is wearing a Prada dress. Angelica is wearing a Celestino dress. Naturi is wearing a Jovani dress. Aja is wearing a Prabal Gurung outfit. Garcelle is wearing a Tadashi Shoji dress. Ava is wearing Malone Souliers shoes and a Longchamp bag. Logan is wearing Tasaki jewelry. Danielle wore Kurt Geiger shoes. Eve wore Genny.

80+ pictures inside from the Essence Black Women in Hollywood event… More Here! »

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Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monae, Laura Harrier & More Get Together at Alfre Woodard's Sistahs' Soiree!

Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe and Laura Harrier strike a pose on the carpet while attending Alfre Woodard’s 2020 Sistahs’ Soirée held at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx on Wednesday (February 5) in Los Angeles.

The Oscar-nominated actress and two ladies were joined at the event by Tiffany Haddish, Tracee Ellis Ross, Danielle Brooks, Kiki Layne, Aisha Tyler, Edwina Findley, Amandla Stenberg, Taylor Russell, Lashana Lynch, Lynn Whitfield and hostess of the evening Alfre Woodard.

Alfre‘s Sistahs’ Soiree takes place during the tail end of award season right before the Oscars. It’s a statement and message to the industry — particularly for black women and women of color.

Alfre Woodard started the event during award season to celebrate women of color “who have ever been nominated for an acting Oscar and those, who in a perfect world, should have been.”

The 2020 Oscars are set to air this coming Sunday, February 9, live on ABC!

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Danielle Brooks Reveals Her Daughter's Name on Instagram

Danielle Brooks has shared a brand new picture of her precious baby girl, and revealed her name!

The 30-year-old Orange Is the New Black actress welcomed her first child with Dennis Gelin in November.

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“Our heartbeat. Introducing Baby Freeya. 💕,” Danielle captioned the adorable shot on her feed. See the photo HERE!

Freeya even has her own Instagram account! You can follow all her baby adventures @FreeyaCarel.

Danielle just recently shared the happy news that she and Dennis got engaged on New Year’s Eve. See the announcement here!

Danielle Brooks is Engaged to Dennis Gelin!

Danielle Brooks closed out 2019 on a high note!

The 30-year-old Orange is the New Black actress revealed on New Year’s Eve (December 31) that she is engaged to boyfriend Dennis Gelin.

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“I never thought one of the best days of my year would happen the last week of the year. I get to marry my best friend. We’re ENGAGED!! So excited to become your wife. D&D until the end. ❤️🥂,” Danielle captioned the below Instagram post.

and Dennis have been together since 2017. Back in November, the couple welcomed their first child.