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Celebs Who Broke Into The Industry After Reality Tv

September 12th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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For many people, when they first get on reality television, it’s because they feel as though they have some talent, but haven’t been discovered yet.  It’s a way to make yourself be seen by the right people.  But, too many of those people forget their reasons for getting on their chosen shows in the first place, and find themselves stuck to the allure of infamy, because it’s easier.

However, there are some people who the entertainment industry took notice of, and didn’t hold (some of) their ridiculous behavior against them.  There are also people who focused on their talent, and kept a cool head in manufactured drama.

So, here’s to these participants of reality television who the entertainment industry looked beyond the reality shows that they were on, and gave them a chance regardless.

When Friendships Don’t Grow With You: How I Realized I Didn’t Like My Best Friend Very Much

September 11th, 2014 - By Opal Stacie
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When I was younger it was easy for me to accept certain negative qualities about the girls I chose as friends. When I was younger my values were also all messed up and I was always intrigued by the mischief in life. The girls I met in the sixth grade were just as lost as I was and naturally, we found direction in one another.

Over the last five years, like many other 25-year-olds I know, I began to realize that my time is limited, I value more, I have grown up, and my tolerance for BS is slim to none. I can’t keep up with the nonsense like I used to, so I’ve allotted all my tolerance for ish I can’t control to the whims of my two pint-sized children.

I’m a mother now and part of being a good mother for me means surrounding my children with positive influences. The quality of the “village” in which I raise my children takes precedence over everything else. If those are values that I hold, then trying to maintain a friendship with a woman who shows little moral character goes directly against all that I envision for my family. I had a friend like that, and things didn’t turn out well.

With the influence of my children aside, it is my strong belief that had I known or embraced my true self at a younger age, it would have been merely impossible for our friendship to form. Besides the length of time between us, any blind man could have seen that the distrust, disloyalty, dislike, and disrespect forever present in our circle made us more enemies than friends. I’m speaking for myself when I say that some of the women I considered my best friends over the years were women that I could no longer stand to be around at one point. Nene Leakes of “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” fame recently said that as she got to know Cynthia Bailey better, she realized that she didn’t like her. Though I knew these women for all of our teenage years, I had to re-learn who they were as grown women. The more I learned about myself as a woman, the more I learned that grown up Opal did not like the same set of women I chose as friends when I was a pre-teen.

If you’ve got a group of girlfriends who fully support one another, enjoy each other’s company, respect one another’s opinions and advice, and are inspired by each other’s success, then you’ve got gold when it comes to girlfriends. Some of us aren’t so lucky. We get stuck in friendships that are past their expiration dates and should have been tossed out with old Melissa jelly sandals and T-Mobile sidekick cell phones (which were popular when my former friend and I had more in common). Some of us stay bound to each other simply because we’re comfortable and don’t want to start over with other people. We put up with disrespect from our besties and chalk it up to “that’s just how she is, you’ve just got to get to know her…”

I can’t speak for the women I’ve had to leave behind as I’ve grown, but I can say for me that the end of our friendship was inevitable. We had been slowly breaking up for years, but my comfort zone fed me excuses that allowed me to remain miserable in a familiar situation that was hurting me. We’ve beared witnesses to the biggest moments in each other’s lives and that will keep us bound in one way, but that doesn’t mean that I have to continue to put up with people I would probably be better off without.

There wasn’t a long conversation held among any of these women once I realized we needed to go our separate ways. Nobody got cut, cursed out or un-friended on Facebook. In fact, I can still see all their updates on social media, but the only difference is that I am less involved in their drama and I like it that way. I’d like to be able to see that they are doing good and living well. I don’t know if I’ll ever entertain a friendship with these women the way I had before, and I think some of the “comfortableness” between us is what drove us apart. For now, I’ll have that personal “girl talk” about the trials of my life with my spouse, as it’s just safer that way. When it comes to making friends at this point in my life, I’m going back to the basics and keeping friends for entertainment purposes only. If it sounds like I’m a “friend scorned” it’s probably because I am, but I’m thankful for the lesson.

Opal Stacie is a freelance writer out of the Miami area. Keep up with her on Facebook.com/thecolorsofOpal.

Nene Leakes To Replace Sherri Shepherd In Broadway Version Of Cinderella

September 4th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Just as Cinderella gets ready to make its Broadway debut with the first Black fairy tale princess, Miss Keke Palmer, already casting changes are being announced. We’d already reported Keke’s feat and then announced that Sherri Shepherd had snagged the role of Cinderella’s evil stepmother out from under Nene Leakes’ feet, but now it appears the two will be sharing the spotlight.

According to Broadway.com, while Sherri Shepherd will perform the role of Madame September 9- November 22, she will be succeeded by Nene Leakes who has now been added to the final cast. Each star will play the role for about two months, with Nene taking over the part from the end of November until the final show on January 3, 2015. There’s no word on why Sherri isn’t performing for the entire show run, but it will certainly be interesting to see which of these ladies wins over audiences. How do you think Nene will do?

RHOA Cast Films Season 7 In Puerto Rico, Form New Cliques After NeNe & Cynthia’s Falling Out

August 27th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The new season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has already started filming, and after the dust settled from the explosive season six reunion earlier this year, friendships ended, new friendships were formed, and of course, new cast members were added.

The ladies are allegedly filming their big girls getaway in Puerto Rico right now, and as they share shots from their big trip, it’s clear that the women have made new cliques and split from one another. Now that NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Bailey’s relationship is kaput, Leakes is spending time and getting close to Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams and Kandi Burruss (the latter of which she was at odds with during the reunion over comments about Mama Joyce). As for Bailey, she’s become quite close with Kenya Moore (which I’m sure is exactly what Moore wanted to get under Leakes’ skin), and new cast mates Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney seem to be flocking to them. No more ‘Talls vs. Smalls’ it seems.

It’s really crazy to see Leakes and Bailey at odds. In a recent chat with us, Leakes said she was a good friend to Bailey and they’ll handle settle everything during season seven.

“Cynthia I honestly had a real friendship with her. I don’t know where all this is coming from. But it was sorted out on season 7 for all of your guys to see. But I must say I feel like I’m a great friend to everybody who’s really been a friend in my life.”

Check out the budding “friendships” below.

NeNe Leakes Covers Pose Magazine, Talks Coming To The Realization That She Doesn’t Like Cynthia Bailey

August 21st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nearly every Atlanta housewife, has directly or indirectly confirmed that they will be returning to the Bravo franchise; however, a huge question mark remains when it comes to the show’s last standing original cast member, NeNe Leakes. She’s currently the cover girl for Pose magazine’s September issue, where addressed her extended journey with the series and discussed coming back for season seven. Check out some highlights from her interview below, including her discussing coming to the realization that she doesn’t like former friend, Cynthia Bailey.

On her HSN clothing line being designed for full-figured women:

“Big girls would write to me and ask me where I got my clothing from. I thought, there must be a void in the market for the curvy girl. When HSN approached me to do the line, I said I can’t unless I can include the curvy girl.”

On how she has changed since season one of RHoA:

“I feel I have definitely grown since season one. I also think about the years that have passed. When we started, my youngest son was in the third grade. Now he’s in the 10th grade. My oldest son was in the twelve grade and now he’s 24 years old with a daughter.”

On realizing she doesn’t like Cynthia Bailey:

“They want viewers to believe we are all friends because we’re on a show together. Now, Cynthia and I did form a real friendship over the years we were on the show together. I don’t think the viewers know that I never knew her until she signed up to do the show. I never met her. I never knew anything about her. I never met Kandi Burress, Porsha, or Lisa Wu Hartwell until she stepped on the show and we signed these contracts. When you guys are getting to know us, we’re getting to know each other. We are going out, having drinks, and getting to know each other. Sometimes you meet people and you like them. Then as you get to know them, you think, ‘You know, I actually thought I liked her…but I don’t.’ We’re shooting season seven right now so the viewers get to see how it plays out.”

On her real friends:

“I love my girlfriends and love being with them, going out in our neighborhood for a drink, where we don’t have to wear make up or going to lunch with them.”

On her realness being mistaken for harshness:

“I do think that being real comes off as being harsh. I always have to think before I say things because I’m a straight shooter. I don’t think I’m being mean. I think it’s the delivery that makes it mean. Sometimes I shoot and move on. I don’t know any other way to do it, but I am learning that sometimes everything doesn’t need to be said. But, if you ask me to be real, I’m going to be real and you may not like it. Be sure you want to ask me, because I’m just going to tell you. Some people have a really sweet tone. They say things and it comes off really sweet. I do know it’s all in the delivery. There are people who say that they’re real, but they mean real loud or real ghetto or real crazy. What I need to do is try to be a little phony now and then. [laughing] My husband is always on my case. ‘You don’t have to say that,’ or ‘You don’t have to be that real about it.’ Like, okay, maybe he’s right. I’m going to do much better from now on. I am really working on it.”

Are you looking forward to the upcoming season of RHoA?

Cynthia Hopes To Make Amends With NeNe: ‘We Had A Rough Patch’

August 11th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Tis the season for reality TV besties to kiss and make up? A few weeks ago, we told you that former “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada expressed a desire to patch things up with friend-turned-foe, Jennifer Williams. Now, it seems that Cynthia Bailey is also ready to bury the hatchet and move forward with ex-friend, NeNe Leakes.

“It’s a friendship,” Cynthia told the QC Scene. “We had a rough patch and I’m really looking forward to moving forward with her. I will always have love for NeNe regardless of whether we’re besties or not.”

As for whether or not a reconciliation will actually happen, Cynthia encouraged fans to tune in for the new season to find out.

“You just have to watch the show to see how the dynamics of our relationship, friendship has changed and evolved,” she said.

Nene recently spoke to us about her friendship with Cynthia and has this to say:

“Cynthia I honestly had a real friendship with her. I don’t know where all this is coming from. But it was sorted out on season 7 for all of your guys to see. But I must say I feel like I’m a great friend to everybody who’s really been a friend in my life.”

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not a reconciliation will actually occur, as NeNe has stated in recent months that she and the model-turned-reality-star’s friendship is a dead issue.

“I think that’s a done deal for me. I think that our friendship was great,” she told Us Weekly. “I feel like I was a great friend to her, I honestly think she was a great friend for me, I just think that our friendship has come to an end. It’s run its course.”

Do you think Cynthia and NeNe should give their friendship another try?

The Virtual Hustle: 10 Celebrities With HSN Collections

August 5th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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It seems like every celebrity has a product they are trying to sell these days. Buy this fragrance. Purchase my clothes. Guess you wouldn’t be a true businessperson if you didn’t have a hustle — or at the very least work on creating multiple streams of income. Here are some celebrities with collections at HSN. Do you think celebrity endorsements are getting out of hand, or do they make sense given society’s obsession with entertainers?

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#TeamWendy: Kenya Moore Defends Wendy Williams Against NeNe Leakes

July 31st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Kenya Moore appears to have always been quite fond of Wendy Williams. However, it seems that she has a bit more of an incentive to adore the outspoken television personality these days: Porsha Stewart and NeNe Leakes’ beef with Wendy. Kenya was recently asked what she thinks of NeNe’s feud with Wendy and unsurprisingly, she repped #TeamWendy loudly and proudly.

“What’s your opinion on the Nene and Wendy beef?” one fan questioned.

“It’s petty. @WendyWilliams speaks her mind that’s why ppl watch,” Kenya responded.

“#teamwendy some people can’t take criticism it’s really not that serious. The truth hurts it u don’t have to believe it,” she continued.

Earlier this week, NeNe spoke to us about her beef with Wendy and the “Glee” star accused her former friend of being extremely harsh towards Black women on her show.

“She’s not only negative toward people, she is negative toward Black girls,” said NeNe. “And you’re a Black woman sitting up here. Now, I have a feeling why she’s saying it, but I just want people to know it was not about my Birkin bag, my bag was the last straw for me. She put on this sabotaging campaign for a very long time. So I wanted to do an open letter and just said to her ‘What did I do to you?!’ Because if I did anything to you, you need to tell me.”

NeNe went on to express that Wendy’s entire empire was built on being negative.

“We all know that Wendy has been very negative towards a lot people in the industry. That’s basically how she built her career. That’s fine with me. No tea and no shade. But the deal is I supported Wendy, I was supportive of Wendy.”

“All of a sudden it’s like Wendy flipped and went on some type of sabotaging campaign,” she continued. “Every time she would put my picture up, she said something negative about me. I don’t watch her show anymore because she has been so negative toward people.”

Thoughts?

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Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line, Cynthia & Marlo, Wendy Williams & Why She Keeps Coming Back To RHOA

July 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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NeNe Leakes doesn’t really need any introduction around these parts does she? At least once a week something she’s said, done or something that involves her, in one way or another, is featured here on MN. We’re always talking about NeNe and have been since she joined the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” with her one of kind brand of “keepin’ it real.” In honor of her launching her new clothing line with HSN, we got a chance to speak to Ms. Leakes about everything from her new business venture with HSN, the end of her friendships with Marlo and Cynthia, the issues she has with Wendy Williams, why she can’t leave RHOA even if she wanted to and whether or not we’ll see her on Broadway. Just like the NeNe we see on television, Ms. Leakes in real life had plenty to say when we spoke to her on the phone and I ended the conversation remembering just how she became the one-to-watch reality star that she is today. See what she had to say.

What inspired the clothing line?

I wanted women of all ages, all shapes, all sizes to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that they’re wearing. My motto was, for every woman to walk into her closet, walk out of her closet and own it. I just want them to own it. I would go out like that. I would have women that would approach me and say things like, ‘Hey NeNe where do you buy your clothes?’ First thing they would say, ‘You’ve lost so much weight.’ And I would say ‘No I haven’t.’ You watch me on television and I know television sometimes makes people look much larger but I’m not plus size. But people thought I was plus size from watching me on television and I would say, you know I need to come out with a line of  clothing that makes women feel good, affordable luxury. I’m able to walk through the store and obviously buy things that are very expensive but there was a time in my life when I couldn’t afford things either. So we came out with a line with good fabrics, things that really felt good, things that wash good, things that dry cleaned well, things that didn’t tear. And then clothes for larger, curvier girls. We can tap into a market that nobody is really tapping into right now and that’s what I did.

 

What made you chose to partner with HSN?

We took meetings with a lot of different people. And HSN actually felt right. When they walked into the room we totally clicked. And you need to really work with people who really understand and get you. They even took a little bit of a chance too. There’s a reason why people aren’t going into market for the curvier girls. They felt like it was a little scary to kind of go up to sizes that were so large but I felt very adamant about us clothing the curvier girl. And I felt like the curvier woman or girl would want to come out and purchase this line if we made things that weren’t frumpy, if we only made things that were stylish. I felt like a lot of their issues were they couldn’t find things that were stylish in the market.

I’m a beginner in the fashion industry so I wanted to be able to learn my craft. One thing I hate is doing things that I don’t have the full knowledge of. I feel like I can turn it all the way out if I have full knowledge of how the game works.

 

NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line

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Did you get into reality TV to use it as a platform? 

You know when I first started I didn’t really know what the whole reality tv world was about. I had watched “Flavor of Love” and the two brothers [from "I Love New York."] The Osbournes and “The Real World” but I really didn’t know that much about reality shows. I was acting at the time. I was going back and forth from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be a part of  pilot season. And when I got approached by these producers to do the housewives of Atlanta I wasn’t thinking about anything other than maybe this could help my acting career. So I didn’t really go into the show with a plan. Once I got on the show and saw what the show was, I was like ‘Oh ok, I’m about ready to turn this into a business. We really need to start working on our dreams.’ And just from that– I didn’t even know how I was going to work on my dream actually.

I met this man, whose my manager now, Steven Grossman, he would say ‘I see all of these things for you. I watch you and I feel like you can do this, that or the other.’ And I thought, ‘Ok, so he wants some money.’ So I let the meeting go and went a whole other year and he would always try to send me a message like I still want to work with you and I was like ‘Ok…no!’ Until one day, I sat back and thought I just really learned the game after doing the show a couple of seasons.

I really was able to work on the show and saw that there were so many girls on the show who wanted to be popular. It was so weird to me because honestly… honestly I never wanted to be popular. I never thought about that. I always thought, I want to damn eat and I want some damn money. When other girls on the show were thinking about how popular they were, I felt like I was always popular. I was popular in high school. It was never that serous to me. These girls wanted rich boyfriends but they never wanted to do anything. They just wanted to date a popular guy. So I learned real quick. I thought, hey I’m married. All I can do right now is try to figure out how we can eat. It just popped in my mind to start working, you got to do other things outside of this show. So I reached back out to Steven and I said let’s give this a try. And it just worked for us. It just worked in my favor that people wanted to meet with me.

Bippity, Boppity, Boo: Sherri Shepherd & NeNe Leakes Vy For Fairy Godmother Role In Broadway’s Cinderella

July 24th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Could TV personality and comedienne Sherri Shepherd or reality TV star and sometime actress NeNe Leakes be coming to Broadway? Rumor has it that both of the ladies are competing for the role of Fairy Godmother in the Broadway musical Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. 

According to Radar Online, sources claim that both Shepherd and Leakes really want the part and have already auditioned for the next casting of the musical, which was revived in 2013 for the stage.  Typically, this version of Cinderella has always appeared as a TV movie special. First with Julie Andrews in 1957, then with Lesley Ann Warren in 1965 and finally with Brandy in 1997.

In this most recent Broadway revival, the role of fairy godmother has been played by Rebecca Luker and Victoria Clark, who is currently playing the part.

Having seen this production, which I highly recommend, I remember that this part called for quite a bit of singing. The fairy godmother sings the song “There’s Music in You.” And if you heard Whitney sing it back in 1997, you know that that is no small feat. I don’t think either Sherri or NeNe could pull that off. They would have to cut that whole number entirely–and believe me, it’s chill inducing.

Reportedly, Keke Palmer is also in talks to become the next Cinderella, which we would totally support.

If I put my concerns about their singing to the side, I think I’d prefer to see Sherri over NeNe. But that’s just me.

What do you think, would you want to see either Sherri or NeNe in this role?

And just because it’s so great, I’ve embedded Whitney singing “There’s Music in You” from the 1997 version of “Cinderella.” She was absolutely amazing.

Those are some big shoes to fill.