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Daphne Wayans
When asked to describe herself, Daphne Wayans will tell you she’s her children’s mom – their happiness her calling, their well-being her mission, their pain her own, and their love her life. Her focus on family is impossible to overstate and immeasurably unyielding. She is a mother. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. As the ex-wife of Hollywood mogul Keenen Ivory Wayans, and close-knit friend for over 20 years of Nicole Murphy (ex-wife of Eddie Murphy) and Sheree Fletcher (ex-wife of Will Smith), Daphne is a natural fit for the season-2 cast of VH1’s “Hollywood Exes.”

Born and raised an only child in Inglewood, California, Daphne’s relationship with her blue-collar parents was nurturing and unrestricted, one in which she was encouraged to be and do whatever she truly desired. She attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles. And with a passion for the arts, she later attended Otis Parsons and FIDM, but was always drawn to the allure of a family.

As a teenager, Daphne spent summer vacations with her friends Shawn and
Marlon Wayans. It was here where her relationship with Keenen began. First as a friend, who made her laugh like she had never laughed before. But as she grew up, so grew her feelings. And at the age of 18, the only child was welcomed into the vibrant and ubiquitous Wayans family, to which she and Keenen added with their own beautiful brood of five: Jolie (21), Nala (17), Keenen (15), Bella (13), Daphne (10).

Ever the people person, and with an innate inclination to help, Daphne has become a confidant and trusted adviser in her A-list Hollywood circles. She is a strong supporter of many philanthropic causes – including The Way to Happiness Foundation, Keep a Child Alive and New Village Leadership Academy – and is a woman of unshakable faith and values. She is an ardent traveler and a lover of languages, and enjoys expressing her care of others by way of her culinary skills. But first and foremost, Daphne remains a mother. And one of the most devoted and consummate ones at that.

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Entries by Daphne Wayans

Mother Hover

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 7:22 PM

My children are my world. The love I have for them is practically immeasurable. But even with this already incredibly high level of love, there was something I learned along the way as a mother that actually caused it to increase. Ironically, it took a divorce and a custody arrangement to teach...

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The Other Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 7:31 PM

Often times I see mothers wracking themselves, wracking their minds and beating themselves up because they want to be the best, or feeling like they have to have all the answers when they don't. Somewhere along the line we got the idea that we had to be these heroines that...

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Getting Your Master's Degree in Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Being a mother of five, I have at this point in my life spent a combined total of 75 years as a mother. And at this juncture, I am now able to look back and clearly identify the skills that I have amassed.

When I first considered going to college,...

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Can Parents Be Friends With Their Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 5:40 PM

I can firmly say that I have journeyed through the beginning, middle and end of parenting, which is to say conception through adulthood. And although I am yet in the infantile stages of adulthood with my eldest, from this vantage point, I can already see that the steps I have...

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The New Divorce and How It Affects the Modern Family

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 6:40 PM

Divorce has been defined as "a separation between things that were or ought to be connected." I particularly like the phrase "ought to be" here. While all definitions of "divorce" seem to imply a severing and ending of relationships, the word itself derives from the word "divert," which seems to...

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