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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?

Read 10 of the Most Successful Celebrity Endorsements

#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.

NeNe Leakes Lashes Out At Wendy Williams: ‘You’re Scared I Will Take Your Place!’

July 22nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The way these two go at it, it’s sort of hard to believe that they were once friends, but apparently that’s a thing of the past

NeNe Leakes recently took to her blog to respond to Wendy Williams questioning her decision to deface her Birkin bag.

Considering that the two have had issues with one another in the past, NeNe clearly took offense to Wendy’s question and decided to air it all out on her website. Her post reads:

“Wendy I am sure people think that I’ve done something to you, maybe we had a beef or I slept with your man but none of that is true! I’ve actually only been nice to you! I gave you a beautiful black $3,200 Celine Phantom Bag to celebrate your 500th show but you haven’t spoken of that! But what you have chosen to do is constantly speak negative of me and lie on me!

What you need to do is stop spewing hate! When it comes to gossip you are the lowest of the low! I know you hate because I turned down the chance to come on your Talk Show and I am sure you’re scared I will take your place (I know you have heard! Ummhmm wink wink) BE SCARED!

I have a clothing line on HSN coming out in a few days and I know it must be hard for a black woman to support another black woman but you should try it sometime. PS: My Birkin is being turned into a work of art to raise money for a worthy charity something you fail to mention on your show! I don’t have one Birkin I have five now run tell that WIG.”

It would make sense for these two to just stop acknowledging one another, but that’s probably unlikely.

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“No, I Can’t Hear That B*tch Out” NeNe Leakes Says She’s Forever Done With Cynthia Bailey

July 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night, Andy Cohen celebrated his the fifth anniversary of “Watch What Happens Live.” And though things seemed to be a little tense between him and NeNe Leakes, the two had a grand ole time laughing and joking about various topics, including just how rich NeNe is. She was also joined by fellow Bravo star, real estate agent Jeff Lewis from “Flipping Out.” Things were pretty light and easy until Andy asked NeNe how she felt about Apollo being sentenced to eight years in prison. Leakes said that while she knew Apollo had admittedly committed these crimes, she still felt bad for both him and Phaedra. And when Andy asked if she’d spoken to Phaedra about the sentencing she said she had not because the topic was just too uncomfortable.

Andy moved on from Apollo and Phaedra and started taking questions from the audience. Even those were pretty jovial, until one woman asked about the status of NeNe and Cynthia’s friendship. Here’s what NeNe had to say:

There’s no friendship and there will not be. No, I am so done with her. I don’t even have words for her. 

We had a real friendship and I don’t play those games. We had a real friendship, I really loved her and I feel like if she a issue with me, I don’t understand somebody waiting six months to have an issue with you. Come over your house, eat your food, go to the hospital, go to the fashion week with you, travel for New Years and then all of a sudden sit on a couch and make up some isht. 

She blindsided me sitting on the couch. 

Jeff: But she clearly loves you and I’m wondering if you can find it in your heart to forgive her. 

I can forgive her but I don’t want to have a friendship with her, ok? So I know you only get to see one side of it. You have to know the whole story. How dare you be my good friend and I be there for you and you wait six months to tell me I did something wrong in front of people who don’t give a damn about our friendship? If you were a true friend, you could have called me up and said, ‘Hey I need to talk to you. Come to my house, let’s meet, let me come to your house.’ Why would you bring this up in front of people who don’t care about our friendship one way or the other. 

Jeff: Maybe you can hear her out?

No, I can’t hear that b*tch out. 

Jeff: Has she apologized?

No.

Jeff: Maybe she’ll apologize next season. 

Well, maybe she will. 

You can watch this portion of NeNe’s “Watch What Happens Live” sit down in the video below.

Porsha And Kenya Required To Film Together Despite Altercation, Says Source

June 13th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Despite their reunion show altercation, an industry insider claims that Bravo producers will require Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams to film scenes together for season seven. Actually, none of the housewives will be allowed to turn down scenes with one another if recent reports are correct.

“Bravo has had it with the egos of the housewives,” the source told All About The Real Housewives. “They talked to all the Atlanta ladies when they were asked back and specifically told them that if they expect to stay on the show and receive their paycheck, they will do what every employee has to do — THEIR JOB!”

The source went on to say that producers have had it with one housewife in particular and that’s resident Queen Bee NeNe Leakes.

“Producers have especially had it with NeNe’s superior attitude. They know that this is her only ‘million dollar’ job and she won’t quit despite what she demands she tries making. Not only that, she’s never had anything interesting going on in her life that could carry her on the show. Her interaction with her castmates is what makes her interesting.”

As you may recall, NeNe has made unfavorable comments about the franchise and whether or not she will return several times since the season concluded.

“I don’t know,” NeNe said earlier this month about her own decision to return. “I felt like this past season was very dark. I thought it was very negative.”

Considering all of the relationships that fell apart last season, we can definitely see why Bravo executives would want to make it mandatory for all cast members to film with one another. With all of the turmoil, this could possibly be the series’ most explosive season ever. Representatives from Bravo have yet to offer comment on the rumors though.

Are you looking forward to season seven?

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