The Mshaka Morris Family
Anthony a.k.a. T-Mor was an aspiring MC when he met his beloved, Thembisa. She briefly managed his group, Elements of Change, before becoming a rap editor at The Gavin Report
Thembisa and L-Boogie. Working at Sony Music, Thembisa worked on ad campaigns for Lauryn Hill, Jermaine Dupri and Destiny's Child.
Mother and daughter on the Mshaka-Morris wedding day. Thembisa's mom passed away in 2007. She credits her mother with informing her passion in work and life.
T-Mor and his mom. "Marriage doesn't really run in my family. My mother and stepfather went on a date when I was 7; he spent the night that night and never left. They're still together and they just got married like five years ago."
Proud new parents of Brooklyn-born Mecca Jihad Mshaka Morris.
Mecca. "There was nothing I could put him in that would match his energy. Nothing was challenging enough. He's been skateboarding since he was 3, and I'm a skateboard mom!"
When Mecca was 10, he told his mom he wasn't getting enough Black history in school. His parents sent him to Egypt. "That's how I do it," says his mom.
Umi and her big brother. Mecca begged his parents for a sibling. Soon, Thembisa was pregnant with Umi.
Thumbs up, Daddy! "I didn't know how to be a father when I had my son," Anthony says. "But I am so blessed!"
Umi Nia Mshaka Morris at tea. Umi's mom, a self-proclaimed tomboy, is intrigued by her daughter's love of all things girly, reminding Thembisa of her own mother.
Thembisa, author-filmmaker-producer. "I'm 42 now. I've been married for half my life. The people I hang with are mostly single and I can't relate [to current courting rituals]."
Anthony & Thembisa. The two initially met when Anthony was a production assistant on a KRON-TV show called Home Turf
, hosted by Amiri Baraka's daughter.
Mecca in the air. Anthony says, "My son is a skateboard junkie. He's skateboarding right now!"