Diana Ross turned her most recent performance in Las Vegas into a family affair, inviting her son Evan Ross, and her grandson Raif to the stage. The iconic diva has made sure to get her family involved in some of her latest public appearances, including the 2018 Thanksgiving parade.
Raif Ross is only 9, but the kid is not afraid of the cameras or a big audience, proving that he’s the rightful grandson of the great Diana Ross.
The adorable boy is the only son of Rhonda Ross and her husband of 22 years, Rodney Kendrick. He was Diana’s first grandchild ever, and according to Rhonda, her mother was in cloud nine when he was born.
This created an incredible bond between Raif and the singer, and he can’t refuse anything to his legendary grandmother. So, when Diana asked the boy to join her on stage at the Encore Theatre in the Wynn Hotel, in Las Vegas, he was pleased to do so.
Rhonda shared on Instagram two clips from the moment Raif took the mic to boast his French before breaking into a special dance performance with his cousin Anyla, who must be a relative from his father’s side of the family.
Diana tried to mimic the kids but failed. However, she kept a huge smile the entire time, encouraging her grandson as he delighted the audience with his charming personality.
In the second clip, Raif tells the audience that he’s studying four languages: English, French, Spanish and Chinese, and even explains that, although Chinese was tricky at first, once you get the grip of it is easier, earning a laugh from the impressed audience.
Proud mom Rhonda captioned the clips:
“SWIPE FOR MORE VIDEO Getting onstage with mom is a rite of passage in our family!!!! I love watching Raif gain comfort and confidence on the stage! He’s dancing with his cousin #Anyla and discussing the 4 languages he speaks, reads, and writes. @dianaross #rhondaross #raifhenok #rossfanilyrocks #vegas #homeschool #homeschooling #blackhomeschoolers.”
Fans found Raif’s confidence amazing to watch and filed the comment section with their praises for Rhonda and her husband for raising such a bright young boy.
“He has grown so big in age and personality! Signs of great parenting! I am so happy for you and Rodney.” - @sydwam
“He's getting so big, so fast. God bless him. Thank you for sharing such a special moment.” - @missross_2u
“I think your son will wind up in show business one way or the other..to start he's a good dancer!” - @shiwot
“Grandmothers and their grand-sons....a very special relationship I know all too well. Your Mom must be through-the-roof proud of Raif!!! He's going to be an outstanding young man one day!!!” - @realrudimeye
Raif wasn’t the only member of the family to join Diana on stage. The Grammy Award singer also brought her son Evan Ross to the front, and he melted hearts serenading her with a short acapella version of his newest single “I Do,” which he originally sings with wife Ashlee Simpson.
The single was also boasted over the speakers at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade last Thursday, where Diana and her entire family roamed the streets of New York aboard a Christmas decorated float.
Like the rest of the celebrities that took part in the parade, Diana was forced to lipsync her performance, since the floats don’t have the required sound capacity that is needed for a live performance.
But instead of bashing her for it, fans totally loved that she didn’t even try to pretend she was singing live, as she didn’t have a microphone.
Raif was also aboard the float, waving and blowing kisses left and right, having the time of his life like the rest of the extroverted Ross family.