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Country singer Thomas Rhett, 28, shared an adorable photo of himself with his 3-year-old, Willa Gray, whom he and his wife Lauren Akins adopted from Uganda in May 2017.

“Just a little night cap,” he wrote earlier this month alongside the shot of them cuddled together while wearing matching polka-dot bonnets.

Black folks across social media seem to be quite impressed that the Rhetts are hip to Black hair care, as many Black women live for a bonnet to help maintain a manageable mane.

One Instagram user wrote that not all “families with adopted kids” take “the time to incorporate the child’s culture or cultural practices into their lives.”

“I’m glad that you guys have taken the time to incorporate black hair care into her life! I also hope you guys raise her with knowledge of her Ugandan heritage because our culture is beautiful.”

As reported by PEOPLE, Thomas responded with the praise-hands emoji.

“I hope God has given me all the right tools to raise Willa Gray to know that no matter where she comes from, she is our child, and that we want her to express her diversity,” Rhett told PEOPLE earlier this year. “She’s from Tennessee and she’s from Uganda and I want her to be proud of that.”

“You have no idea how important and beautiful this is,” wrote one social-media user in response to the daddy/daughter bonnet photo.

Another IG user said: “I remember how embarrassed I used to be at sleepovers when I had to wear my bonnet around friends that didn’t understand. Thank you for supporting the differences of your daughter.”



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12 thoughts on “Country Singer Thomas Rhett Praised For His ‘Cultural Practices’ With Adopted Daughter Willa Gray

  1. Ernestine Morrison on said:

    She’s not a twin. Let her have her
    own identity by allowing the choice
    to choose her own clothes. Stop trying
    to make a Black girl be viewed as a
    White girl just because they’re
    dressed alike.They are individuals.
    Melanin defines one from the other.
    Melanin is the first thing seen despite
    them being dressed alike. Honor the
    childs’s culture. She’s her own person
    with different genes, DNA and a mindset
    of her culture. Let her be who she was
    meant to be, non-white.

  2. Rune Graham on said:

    some one has to show love and not hate, because we as society don’t adopt black kids or any other kids..We can’t handle some of our on dam kids, pants sagging, no respect for authority or elders, and will steal anything of if he and his wife did something to change their way of thinking, who cares @passing through about kinky or straight hair it all has to be groomed.

  3. Granidajohnson on said:

    Love the way you are allowing her to embrace her natural hair. Teach her about her family (if you know anything about them) and black culture. Blessings to all of you!

  4. Passing Through!! on said:

    Why should some white person get props for adopting a black child. All children need to be loved. Adopting black children is almost like Ferrari shopping to white celebrities now days, nothing to see here people. I hope this beautiful little girl is raised with some black identity, black pride, I hope she loves her kinky hair and chocolate skin.

    • S. Bland on said:

      You just had to be that person didn’t you? Nowhere did I see this article praise them for adopting a black child. Instead, they’re applauding them for doing what YOU are asking, which is helping her to embrace her heritage and culture. We don’t have a lot of stories to feel good about these days when it comes to issues of race and the one time there’s something to smile about you bring your ignorant comments. Do better next time and stop looking for something to be mad about. This shouldn’t have gotten your panties in a bunch like it apparently did. smh

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