Laiyah and Islah

Laiyah Shannon Brown and Islah Koren Gates rocked their natural hair in their own individual styles during a holiday weekend outing with Laiyah's mom Monica Brown and Islah's mother Dreka Gates.

Monica posted a video of the girls enjoying their outing together on her account. Mo' addressed Islah's mother, Dreka Gates, in the caption: "Thank you for always making sure that they get time together even though we live on opposite sides of the world."

Islah's father, rapper Kevin Gates, missed the outing because, unfortunately, he is still locked up in an Illinois prison on weapons charges.

Kevin, 31, and Dreka also have a son Khaza Kamil Gates.

Laiyah just turned 4 on Sunday, September 3. The little fashion plate was dressed in head-to-toe Givenchy. Her daddy is former NBA star Shannon Brown.

Monica, 36, has also two sons, Rodney Ramone Hill III and Romelo Montez Hill, by rap mogul Rocko Da Don.

  • Karen Brady

    Those faces!!!! YUMMY :-)

  • Pamela

    Is it just me or is Islah Gates hair receding already?
    Cute girls though. Love little Black girls.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Damn girl

  • CCW47

    She is just a baby, are you serious. That is her hairline and she has a head full of hair.

  • Yetunde

    Monica has a lot of close friends. I find people like this untrustworthy.

  • stav

    Pure cuteness!

  • missarewa


  • Pamela

    Seriously I didn't mean to be mean, that's why I asked if it was just me. My eyes could be playing tricks on me.

  • Guess Who

    NBA STAR? (Shannon Brown)
    Rap MOGUL? (Rocko)


  • Guess Who

    Say what?!

  • Guess Who

    LMMFAO and SMH!

  • luVn_liFe…


  • Guess Who

    I do too! Or folks you just met acting like yall been friends for years and talking about how they got your back. Those are the biggest snakes.

  • Oh Tommie

    I thought it was just me!! Everything that happens to anyone in ATL she has to mention how much she loves they were bro or tight they on and so forth.

  • rere

    Leave Monica's kid's daddy's alone??????

    I love this pic of the kid's...cuteness

  • bashi

    Beautiful kids

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Those girls are such CUTIES!!! OMG!!!!
    I realized with celebs friendships seems to be more and more frequent. Anybody they take a picture with is their sis or bro. Sit it down. I like Mo but there has always been something very off about her. I get a vindictive and manipulative vibe from her. Like she the type to have somebody secretly bust your windows out but when you call her and tell her about it she has a "homie" with a detail shop who can fix your window for the low. Or the kind of person who behind the scenes puts your personal business on blast to the media then be the main one posting on her IG about how much she loves you and blah blah blah. Something very sneaky about that woman. I know I went too far but damnit I get those vibes from her and granted I have never ever met her in real life.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Off topic...i believe I'm addicted to playing ??Spades Plus on my phone!

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Beautiful girls.

    What's Shannon unemployed ass doing now?

  • bella28498 .

    lmao y'all aint shit for these comments

  • Just Passing Through


  • Just Passing Through


  • hottlanta

    2 little girls dressed like little girls. Refreshing!!!

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    ?Mo already done says she'll never leave him no matter what lol


    Well she is a Scorpio... they tend to make ppl feel that way.

  • OvertheMississippi


  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    Just ask Ciara lol. They fell out. Whole Ciara was a very 'close' friend of hers, Mo was also a very close friend of Future BM. When future was cheating on C with the BM Brittney, Mo knew and said it wasn't none of her biz?

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    No chill ?

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Dang now I have to download it!

  • SG

    According to her everybody is a close friend. It's annoying.

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    Oh really.....(reaches for popcorn) ?

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    You didn't go too far at all, some of us need examples ?

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    I was also going to say she has really fine hair as well which sometimes looks thin around the edges

  • AG

    So do you think it would be a good way to learn how to play, because I want to learn.

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    LAWDDD!!! I dated a Scorpio for about 3 years and although they are very affectionate and will love you unconditionally they have that flip side that is possessive, jealous and always likes to start arguments. I cant be controlled though. I definitely need somebody who can put their foot down but acting as if Im your property is and always will be a no go. Scorpios get a rise out of making people mad then wanna turn around and ask what's wrong. I got tired and packed all his stuff and took it to his brothers house and changed the looks with 0 days notice. I left him 7 years ago and he still wont leave me alone. To this day even though we have both moved on he still finds a way to get into contact with me weekly. They are all Delusional as hail!!!

  • Jay

    They live on opposite sides of the world? Somebody needs to get this chick a map. Cute kids though.

  • Phillybruh

    He is playing in China .

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Look OK!!! I know I do every now and then!

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    See that's what I'm saying. She cant be trusted.

  • T3

    Idk why but I literally BUSTED OUT LAUGHING!!!! Laaaawd! Y'all ain't ????

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Get these labels off the kids please. No, jacquez and jakeeta, ur gonna rock Target's finest.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Reminiscing on the career he once had, a decade ago.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I knew someone else would side eye that for me.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    close friend, Ludacris and Polow Da Don are her cousins, the next 10 artists are her brothers, etc. I typically scroll past her IG posts now.

  • Tanya

    Her daughter is just all kinds of precious. Cool with Monica until her defensiveness throws me off which others on this particular post have also mentioned so that's a given that it's noticeable. For me it sends off a bad vibe along with the mean mugging blank stare in her photos. Get rid of that defensive mechanism and she'll be fine.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    She's a Scorpio. Cheating to them is like having running water. It's natural, so they think nothing of it. Oh and they're not really loyal, imo.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I have a scorpio friend. The point of contention in our friendship is they can say do whatever they want, but schit hits the fan if someone says or do that same thing to them. FOH. I'm good, pink slip's in the mail.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    LOLOLOL. But, for why did you point that out? HAHAHA.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    He got a job? How he go from playing in the NBA to the D league China? Smh.

  • Faithz

    Beautiful Little girls, very Neat ...

  • Faithz

    Love Monica, and shes a Beauty as well.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I noticed that too

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    You ain't never lied about that. SMH

  • Anunnaki

    Love those beautiful melanted Brown beauties. Awww. And
    Florida please be safe. To all my melanted islanders. Take caution and please be safe

  • SouthernGirlAZWorld

    To understand exactly what you meant. Lll

  • imright

    all Monicas children are beautiful

  • Pamela

    You explain yourself very clearly. Nothing wrong with that at all.

  • Phillybruh

    China is a huge basketball market they are paying nicely. So he's not missing the NBA

  • EntrepreneurialSpirit

    La La blows me with that too. They both fall into that "I want to like them but something's holding me back" category. You can throw Gabrielle and Nicki into that pot as well.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Isn't Kevin the one who had sex with his cousin? G

  • morenYAHdelsur

    No me gusta Kevin Gates ?

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    If you say so. I doubt they're paying him millions though. I'm happy he has a job and is no longer on IG (for now) in groupie DMs.

  • kekeb

    Obviously idk all the details, but I love Monica's life. She seems to have such a blessed life.

  • DaughterOfaQueen should download it!

  • DaughterOfaQueen


  • Faithz

    Cuteness Overload.

  • leapyearpisces

    I agree. My spirit can't do that demon.

  • leapyearpisces

    My bf is too. Ion eeen complain. I be on the blogs and he be on Spades Plus. Mofo be cussing like he has tourettes. LMAO.

  • Luv Pitties

    I resent and disagree with that hate filled statement. I am a Scorpio and we are very loyal and least I am. Please refer that running water statement to the minority who simply ain't shit and the one(s) who hurt you.

  • Luv Pitties

    I have the same disdain for Cancers

  • soujourn_erets

    Sitting on top of car...throwing up triple flood in Houston. Coincidence? Or, predictive programming? Pay attention. These celebs are down with the destruction.

  • You Could Never


    No bc it was shot in LA to depict New Orleans. The writing on the windshield says New Orleans PD. Not Houston. She is the only thing Houston in that pic. And with it being the 4th biggest city in the nation...Imma venture out and say A LOT OF FOLKS could be from there.


  • morenYAHdelsur

    Nope ??

    He's a special type of evil.

  • soujourn_erets

    "She's the only thing Houston in that pic".

    Bingo, my point. Everything is symbolic with these folks

    Sleep well

  • ?Royalty?

    I have mixed feelings on this.
    I have been on both sides of this coin, and I noticed a good majority of women tend to turn on the messenger when it has anything to do with an unfaithful d!ck.

    I learned this lesson the hard way, and it completely broke my now......I'm not telling another heiffa not a dayum thing about her boyfriend/baby father/husband -ever.

  • ?Royalty?

    "Scorpios get a rise out of making people mad then wanna turn around and ask whats wrong."

    I had a guy try this after our 4th date. I wouldn't react, which left him confused and angry all at the same time.
    He was a Scorpio and that was our last date. LOL!

  • MsPam

    Monica is 36 years old too?! ????

  • leapyearpisces

    Anddddddddd....I'm going to keep it REAL cute, and not talk negatively about his daughter, because I been posting on this blog since 2006, and the general sentiment of the blog is not to talk ill of children, and I will RESPECT that, but I am going to say Monica will need to monitor the friendship of Laiyah, and his (Kevin Gates's) little girl. I'm going to leave it at that.

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    But, Mo played 'closed' friends to both?

  • Yoni7

    OMG Isla (and Monica's daughter) is absolutely stunning!

  • Diva_woman

    Dating a Scorpio was the worst decision of my life. Don't feel like typing the whole situation out but the guy was weird af. Just ended recently, never again.

  • Benjamin

    I love Monica. She has such a beautiful family.

  • Diva_woman

    It was Mo's loss in the end bc I know she'd love to be fake besties with Ciara's new friend circle (la la, Kelly, Serena, larsa, Beyoncé, Eva longoria, etc). She played herself with that one. & Ciara wasn't gonna be the type to stick around looking dumb while Future still circling back to baby mamas. Ppl forget Ciara was single and by herself with her baby for a while before she got with Russell.

  • Diva_woman

    I'm on there whenever I have downtime. It's a habit. Then I went home to visit my family, saw my brother doing something on his phone, looked down it was spades plus. We had a laugh and a bonding moment over that lol!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920


  • Intellectual by Nature!

    Is that an app? Asking for an addiction-prone friend.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    They are so beautiful. True childhood beauty togetherness!!!

  • Phillybruh

    They are probably paying him at least 5 to play over there.

  • Jen_no_juice

    So much cuteness and innocence! Adorable

  • Smith Jane

    Islah is beautiful

  • NeverSurprised

    Yes, they are. But this little girl has been beyond beautiful since she was a baby.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol @ a decade ago. That was so funny.

  • Guess Who

    Yep..and the one who kicked a girl out of his room because she couldn't have sex with a dog. He is an idiot...and I hate the way his mouth is shaped. It's a cross because someone that is toothless and Tyler Perry.

  • Guess Who


  • Kanyade

    "post flood in Houston"

    but that was filmed/took place before? the recent floods in Houston/South Texas...

  • Kanyade

    "kicked a girl out of his room because she couldn't have sex with a dog"
    What?! meaning it was possible, but somehow she couldn't do it? or wouldn't do it? or both? or GROSS. disgusting! Mercy!

  • HelloToni

    Too cute!

  • Renee26

    So much cuteness!!

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Lol...tell "your friend"it's a free app

  • Renee26

    Same thing I was thinking LOL

  • Yoni7

    WAY before.....

  • Guess Who

    Exactly. She refused to do the act with a dog.

  • AG

    Cool ?

  • You Could Never

    Which was MY point. I mean I kinda get tired of folks implying this lady is some type of devil worshipper or something. Not everything has some kind of "hidden meaning" or agenda. It gets exhausting.

  • You Could Never

    Cute babies.

    Dont like the way Dreka or Kevin insert religion when its convenient. And obviously from the comments on some of their social media items neither do others so I dont think I am speaking out of school as the elders would say. Islam is not a fashion. Its not something you can take on or off or claim when it suits you. And to do it as such is an insult. And no. Im not Muslim. Just tolerant and observant.

    That will be all.

    New post.

  • Pebbles

    I am muslimah!

    You are correct when you said that Islam is not a fashion statement. I don't judge him because I understand that change comes with learning and implementing....

    His family became muslims not long ago so with that being said: they're still learning.. growth will come in time...not when we think it should come.

  • You Could Never

    thank you so much for this. I just see it more and more and it offends ME and I am Christian. However, if you are good with it...I am. I did see some comments that others were not and that is not good. to offend. And as someone else pointed out, all religions actually do it. Insert when they feel like it etc. Which is true. Im not sure why it offends me so much lately though with the Muslim faith. It just does though. Not going to lie.

  • Look@m3

    What cute kiddoes. Love seeing this black dolls dressed like lil girls.

  • Pebbles

    I see the comments to but people don't take into consideration that he just became muslim so growth and change takes time..... people put him on different level because he is in the public eye..

    as I mentioned before he still learning and growing just remember step by step.

    I always tell people this...that when a woman have a baby after 9 month : do the baby automatically come out walking and talking? nope! everything happens in stages of development.

    same thing with Kevin or any new Muslim for that matter.. growth happen in stages...

  • ThaRealist StudioGangster

    "growth will come in time...not when we think it should come"

    Excellent point, the problem with the out side looking in is that they question the sincerity of a newly convert because he or she is not practicing the why they think or have known Islam to be practice. It's well known amongst the Ummah of Abul Qasim that Iman goes up and Iman goes down and that people grown in to strong Iman over the years.

  • Pebbles

    That is correct!!!!

  • soujourn_erets

    It's called predictive programming. You should research 9/11 predictive programming. They've been telling us about the fall of the towers for more than 20 years before it happen (movies, music, tv..etc)

    YouTube the Prince performance where he was overseas and was singing "I gotta get back to America, ya'll. Gotta get ready..get ready for the bomb...osama bin laden getting ready to bomb"

    Here it is because for those who won't research for themselves

  • Dollface

    Monica's daughter is amazingly 100% BEAUTIFUL. I just LOVE her.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    So if it doesn't apply to you, why did reply? Your disdain for Cancers is most likely based off your dealings with enough of them, but certainly not ALL OF THEM. So no one will dispute your comment. I too have a disdain for Cancers. My late sister was the exception cuz she was the sweetest.

  • Mischelle


  • Luv Pitties

    I replied because you made a blanket statement about all Scorpios you did not make any exceptions

  • memorybliss

    Why Cancer's?

    If I may ask?

  • Luv Pitties

    I should've added Cancer men because in my experience they are manipulative and need constant validation, not to mention they are liars

  • memorybliss

    They can be needy and liars (the men)

    Us Cancer girls are motherly sensitive ?

  • itsjismemelly

    soooo cuttteee

  • KA

    Sooo true! GREAT and excellent point! And I believe this applies to any faith - conversion is only the first step, definitely not the end result!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Adorable little girls!

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  • ItellNOLies

    Little beauties indeed !! Wonder what's the reason Shannon isn't in none of Laiyah's Birthday pictures ? Monica haven't even posted a picture of them on her ig in min. *None of my business tho*

  • Tena

    To add further. Cancer men act like bitch boys. Very emotional, selfish, and expect you to chase them when they offer nothing in return to be chased for.

  • friendofblog

    She said in a post (or on Laiyah's IG account) that they did FaceTime since he's in China.

  • friendofblog

    Could it be that it seems as though Monica goes above & beyond to prove that she's 'down' for every thug and hood nickel there is??! Ish works my last borrowed nerve.

  • Luv Pitties

    You hit that right on the nose. The crazy part is those crappy compatibility charts always say Scorpios and Cancers are the perfect match, all of it is bs if you ask me

  • Karla E

    So cute. It's nice to see kids having fun together when they have the chance ??