Vanessa Bryant Congratulates Gigi On 8th Grade Graduation ... 'So Proud Of You'

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Vanessa Bryant is paying tribute to her daughter, Gigi, for her academic accomplishments ... sharing a heartfelt message and a photo of her honorary 8th grade graduation diploma.

"Congratulations on your 8th grade graduation Gigi," Vanessa said on Instagram. "I love you forever and always."

Gigi was a student at Harbor Day School in Corona Del Mar, CA ... and was in the middle of her 8th grade year when she died in the tragic helicopter accident alongside Kobe and 7 others on January 26.

The school honored "Gianna Maria-Onoré Bryant" with a diploma -- and Vanessa was clearly moved by the gesture.

"I’m so proud of you. ❤️, Mommy #classof2020."

Gigi was a standout basketball player with dreams of making it to the WNBA ... and her school retired her #2 jersey at a memorial ceremony in February.

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Guess Who This Cute Kid Turned Into!

Before this tiny toddler traded in his baby talk for one of the most powerful voices in rap music he was just another cute kid with a New York state of mind growing up in Brooklyn, New York.

You may not recognize him by his birth name (Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones) ... he only shortened the Arabic name once he started his career as an MC and nasty lyricist.

Although he's god's son ... many say it was written in this young man's fate for the rapper to rule the world and now his life is good.

Can you guess who he is?

Guess Who This Snapback Star Turned Into!

Before this backward hat boy was known for his comedic work ethic, he was just another little lad in a white tee growing up in Waterloo, Iowa.

This hilarious kid got his big break when the web series he created with his two best friends got picked up by Comedy Central. This trio's funny office place antics and stoner humor was so popular that the show ran for 7 seasons.

And, now, this tough guy has moved onto pitch-slapping movies where he has starred alongside Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Zac Efron, and many more.

Can you guess who he is?

Madonna Mocked for Tribute to George Floyd ... Video of Her Son Dancing

Madonna tried to honor George Floyd by sharing a video of her teenage son dancing to a Michael Jackson song, but social media is a merciless universe ... especially for Madge, these days.

Thursday, before a third night of protests over Floyd's killing was beginning, Madonna released a 3 and a half-minute clip of her son, David Banda, busting moves to MJ's "They Don't Care About Us."

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She wrote ... "As news of George Floyds brutal murder travels around the world my son David Dances to honor and pay tribute to George and His Family and all Acts of Racism and Discrimination that happen on a daily basis in America."

While supportive Madge fans applauded the post and were impressed by David's dancing -- the kid is good -- it didn't go over well with a lot of other people ... who blasted her response to the hot-button issue as insensitive and clueless.

April Reign, the activist who created the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, wrote ... "Nobody asked Madonna to weigh in today. Not a soul. Unforced errors among public figures have been rampant this month." Others sarcastically thanked Madonna for "ending racism."

We'll say this ... Madonna's timing was not good. She posted the vid right around the time federal and local prosecutors held their news conference to say they were NOT arresting officer Derek Chauvin yet for Floyd's death. That non-announcement clearly fueled the rage that turned protests into fiery riots Thursday night.

So, yeah ... Madge's proud mom bit went over like a fart in church for many.

Guess Who This Splashin' Kid Turned Into!

Before this cute kid with a drenched hairdo was making waves in the music industry with her pop song and smooth voice she was just another sweet, little lady with wet hair growing up in London, England.

This curly little kid traded in her blonde swirly hairstyle once she shot to stardom ... and now famously only rocks jet black hair with bob cuts and blunt bangs.

Although her name was super catchy as a kid (real name Jessica Ellen Cornish) she's chosen a much more abbreviated version of her beautiful birth name as a celebrity.

Can you guess who she is?

Guess Who This Overall Cutie Turned Into!

Before this adorable little boy buckled into a cute pair of overalls and had strapped himself into a wild ride as an athlete, rapper, actor, sports commentator ... and even Superman ... he was just another cute kid getting dressed up for a photo in Newark, New Jersey.

Although this side-eye guy hasn't looked back since he shot to fame in the mid-'90s in magical fashion ... he still maintains his child-like playfulness and young spirit in everything he does.

Attack this awesome throwback and see if you can get to the center of who he turned into!

Can you guess who he is?

Guess Who This Lego Lady Turned Into!

Before this little lady in a lego ride was building a career as a smoking hot actress and riding around on the streets of Hollywood she was just another sweet little girl going for a spin in Spokane, Washington.

Although this pint-sized princess has done a lot of growing to become a 22-year-old star ... she still has been able to hold onto her light-brown locks and perfect complexion.

Now that this wheely cute kid has lego of her good-girl image she's landed roles on shows like "Euphoria," "Handmaid's Tale" and "Sharp Objects."

Can you guess who she is?

Guess Who This Red-Headed Kid Turned Into!

Before this straight-faced kid grew into a respected actor with roles on long-lasting television shows, she was just another girl showing her serious side growing up in New Jersey.

Although this cute girl was born in 1980 as disco was dying ... she's most recognized for her '70s style looks including high-waisted bell-bottoms, rockin' KISS shirts and Farrah Fawcett inspired follicles.

This little ginger kid has always stayed true to her roots with beautiful red locks ... but can be spotted around Hollywood from time to time showing a bit of her dark side, with some more muted hair colors.

Can you guess who she is?

Little Michael Corinthos on 'General Hospital' 'Memba Him?!

California kid Dylan Cash was only eight years old when he became a soap star after he landed the role of Michael Corinthos (full name Michael Morgan Corinthos III) for a 6-year stretch in the early 2000s on the iconic ABC soap opera, "General Hospital."

Dylan Cash was cast alongside his on-screen adoptive parents including Tamara Braun as the cool-headed maternal figure, Carly Corinthos, and Maurice Benard as the manic mob boss father figure, Michael "Sonny" Corinthos Jr.

Cash ultimately was aging too quickly for the 'GH' character, so Michael was written off the show by putting him into a coma after getting shot in the head.

Guess what he looks like now!

Guess Who This Cake Kid Turned Into!

Before this cherub little child enjoying a celebratory smash cake was treating the world to her grade-A acting and stunning good looks, she was just another cute kid with a dessert growing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

This towhead tot never crossed over to the dark side of life after gaining fame ... and can still be spotted rocking her naturally blonde hair paired with her piercing emerald blue eyes.

Although she looks sweet wearing yellow in her adorable kid pics ... this big-screen actress is better known for having a 'Mean Girl' streak and wearing pink in Los Angeles.

Can you guess who she is?

Melissa Etheridge Son Beckett Cypher Dead at 21 ... From Opioid Addiction

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6:08 PM PT -- Melissa says Beckett died due to an opioid addiction.

She says he struggled to overcome his addiction for years and finally succumbed.

Melissa Etheridge is grieving after announcing her son, Beckett Cypher, has died.

The Oscar and Grammy-winning rock star announced Wednesday her son with filmmaker Julie Cypher died. Melissa's team tweeted, "We’re sad to inform you that Melissa’s son Beckett passed away and there will not be a Concerts From Home show today. -- #TeamME."

Melissa had been performing Facebook Live concerts and offering virtual guitar lessons for just $10 during this pandemic quarantine. It's unclear at this time what led to Beckett's death.

Julie and Melissa had to 2 children via artificial insemination during their partnership. Their daughter, Bailey Jean, was born in February 1997, and Beckett in November 1998. For a while, the couple was reluctant to discuss who fathered the kids but they eventually revealed rock singer David Crosby is the biological father of both children.

Cypher -- who was previously married to Lou Diamond Phillips -- and Etheridge ultimately split in September 2000.

Beckett was 21.

RIP

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Guess Who This Cool Kid Turned Into!

Before this cool California kid with a silly smirk grew into the coolest West Coast rapper, he was just another mini man giving a sneaky side-eye in the LBC.

This lad in maroon leisurewear -- complete with an ultra-wide '70s collar -- swapped out his disco duds for a pair of Chuck Taylor sneakers, a pair of fresh dickies and a blue flag hanging out his backside.

This kid also traded in his real name (Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) for something a little more cool with his canine companions in the music industry.

Can you guess who he is?

Little Ritchie on 'The New Adventures Of Old Christine' 'Memba Him?!

California kid Trevor Gagnon was only 11 years old when he landed the role of small son Richard "Ritchie" Campbell Jr. -- the 3rd grader who gets pulled in two directions by his old and new moms -- in the early 2000s CBS sitcom, "The New Adventures of Old Christine."

Trevor Gagnon was cast on the family-friendly show opposite actors like Clark Gregg as Richard Campbell Sr., Emily Rutherfurd as the new Christine Hunter ... and of course, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the old Christine Campbell.

Gagnon is also well known for playing Loogie in the rockin' 2009 movie, "Shorts."

Guess what he looks like now at 24 years old!

Guess Who This Cake Kid Turned Into!

Before this cute kid with a cake was treating the world with delicious reggaeton music to eat up, he was just another cute kid celebrating his birthday in Colombia.

This small little sailor no longer rocks the Donald Duck inspired duds 'cause he traded in the naval outfits for lavish diamond chains, brightly colored streetwear, fashion-forward sunglasses and rainbow-colored hairstyles.

This kid traded in a longwinded first name (Jose Alvaro) for a single letter moniker after he gained fame for his Latin pop songs, complete with colorful titles like "Morado," "Rojo," "Azul" and "Amarillo."

Can you guess who he is?

Guess Who This Brown-Eyed Girl Turned Into!

Before this pint-sized kid grinning for a family photo with an adorable doll dress upgraded into a 5’2” actress shooting smiles in gorgeous gowns in the City of Angels, she was just another happy girl growing up in the lone star state.

This brunette beauty with blunt bangs may have changed her last name (Baston) once she gained fame and success, but she can still be spotted rocking a brown mane and messy up-dos.

She can be spotted on hit shows like "The Young and the Restless," "Devious Maids" and most notably "Desperate Housewives."

Can you guess who she is?

Elon Musk & Grimes Son Can't be Named X Æ A-12 ... That's Illegal in Cali!!!

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Elon Musk and Grimes can call their newborn baby son whatever they want, but on his birth certificate, X Æ A-12 is a no-go ... TMZ has learned.

According to a supervisor at the Department of Public Health Vital Records Office in Los Angeles -- where the baby is believed to have been born -- it is against California law to include numbers or symbols in a name.

The law states names must only include the 26 letters of the English alphabet ... obviously, the name Musk and Grimes are claiming for their boy does not meet that criteria.

As we reported ... the Tesla honcho revealed the news of the baby's birth and photos via a series of Twitter replies Monday, along with the odd name choice.

Grimes later explained the name was inspired by the A-12 plane -- a precursor to the couple's favorite aircraft, which was a CIA spy plane used during the Cold War -- among other interesting things.

That might all be moot now, though, as the kid's legal name will have to be something else ... unless they just shorten it to A for Archangel, or go with "metal rat."

Ya never know with these 2.

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