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Clapbacks are the stuff reality TV is made of, but with Black women continuously battling their image in the media, is the art of the read something we should really be concerning ourselves with? According to Real Housewives of Atlanta newbie Kim Fields, it depends.
While Fields is well aware that clapbacks have come to characterize the unscripted television genre, in real life women would be better off using a little more tact, she says. “Checking is important, but it’s all about how you do it — finesse and not burning a bridge,” she told us during Essence Fest. “You always want to make sure people understand how to treat you and hold your ground… but if you can do it while you’re lifting up as well — lifting your own self up and the interaction between you and the other woman — then great.”
Do you agree?
Porsha Williams’s look is always changing. But if you’ve noticed a difference in her nose, it’s because she’s had some work done on it that she’s not afraid to share with the world. But not the kind of work you’re thinking of.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star put her followers, and in turn, the rest of us, on to what experts call a “non-surgical nose job” that one can have done in under 30 minutes. She shared a time-lapse video of her procedure on Instagram, and it has everyone talking:
A video posted by Porsha Dyanne Williams (@porsha4real) on
What’s happening in the short clip is that Williams is having filler injected into her nose via syringe. As you can see, it does change the bridge of the nose, but it’s a subtle change, and it isn’t necessarily a permanent one. Depending on the type of filler the patient requests, results can last for less than a year, or go as long as two years, according to Self. If you like what you see, you return to the doctor to continue the procedure before the fillers wear off. Dimitry Rabkin, M.D. of Esthetica MD in Englewood, New Jersey, shared the process with Self.
“First, he injects the patient’s nose with saline water in areas they want to correct to show them what their nose will look like once the fillers are in. If they’re satisfied with the look, he’ll apply numbing cream to the nose and then use fillers to get the desired appearance. Patients may experience a little bit of swelling immediately after the procedure, but Rabkin says it’s minimal, if it occurs at all. ‘A lot depends on the injector’s technique,’ he says. ‘If someone is rough with it, you’ll have more swelling.'”
Experts say that the procedure is an excellent alternative for those who want to make slight changes to their nose without going under the knife. Recovery time is minimal, and while some may deal with light bruising, you’re usually ready to go soon after.
Those looking for more extensive work still need to seek out a rhinoplasty.
“If you’re not into taking chances with a formal rhinoplasty, this procedure is ideal,” Rabkin told Self. “When you see the results…it’s a beautiful thing.”
And the prices aren’t so bad either. Depending on the filler used, you could spend as little as $250–or as much as $1200 per procedure. But you probably don’t want to go too cheap when you’re talking about the quality of a substance being injected into your face…
Williams sure seems happy with the results. What do you think of the non-surgical nose job route?
The eighth season of the Real Housewives Of Atlanta has been chock full of explosive scenes, plot twists, and a few interesting additions to the cast to say the least.
From Sheree questioning Tammy about her friendship with her ex-husband to Phadrea, Kandi, and Todd’s workout video woes to Cynthia and Peter’s rocky marriage to Kim Fields separation anxiety when it comes to her family, there’s been just as much drama as previous seasons.
However, things are just heating up this season with episode 11 just hours away from air time. Bravo just recently revealed a new midseason trailer for the reality show, where a number of crazy incidents occur.
To begin, NeNe Leakes returns to the cast after exiting stage left. “NeNe is always going to be around now — she ain’t never leaving,” Leakes says in the clip, which then draws a rift between Cynthia and Kenya’s new friendship they’ve nurtured throughout the season. And of course, Kenya stirs the pot once again, questioning the sexuality of one of the housewives husband’s. Yikes! Can you guess who?
Take a look at the trailer for yourself, and be sure to catch all the drama unfold on RHOA tonight (Sunday) at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
Earlier this week, we told you about the drama between Kandi, Phaedra and Todd. In case you missed it, basically both Todd and Kandi allege that Phaedra owes them money for a workout DVD Todd produced for her.
While many argued that Todd was only approaching her because he was short on cash and Phaedra was in a vulnerable position, with Apollo being incarcerated, Kandi took to her Instagram to announce that Todd had been trying to get that money since 2013.
Going on three years.
Considering that Kandi made that last comment on Sunday of this week and we’re just a week and a day into 2016, it would seem that the issue has yet to be resolved.
So, I found it quite interesting that both Kandi and Phaedra posted a picture of them in the hospital together after the birth of her newborn son, Ace Wells Tucker.
If they’ve resolved the issue, that’s great.
But for the sake of argument for this article, let’s say they haven’t yet. And let’s also say that you’re Kandi. You just welcomed a new baby into the world. Knowing that you were once very close with Phaedra but your relationship has been strained as of late, would you still invite her to the hospital to welcome the arrival of your child.
And by strained, I mean not only does Phaedra owe you money your friend witnessed her publicly bashing your husband.
I don’t know about y’all, but I don’t think it could have been me. If Phaedra was a family member, I’d be able to excuse a few more things. But she’s not. She’s a friend. And I don’t know if I’d want someone who doesn’t respect my husband, his time or our money to be sitting up on my hospital bed (in her street clothes no less), posing and grinning for the cameras. Phaedra was sure to include the fact that she brought Kandi her famous chicken salad, along with some croissants.
Not saying that Phaedra is out to get Kandi or anything, but I wouldn’t have felt comfortable eating from her. But I’ve been known to be paranoid.
When I asked my coworkers this question, the answer was pretty split. Some of us wouldn’t have Phaedra in the room because she seems like a shady person and not too great of a friend.
The rest of my coworkers argued that when you have a new baby you’re probably so elated and happy that you’d welcome someone who you were once very close with to come share in that joy. Moments like births and deaths do have a way of making people think about the bigger picture.
If she did come through, armed with food and well wishes, she certainly could have stood by the side of the bed, instead of sitting all on my sheets.
What do you think? If you felt you had fallen out with your friend and felt she had disrespected your husband, would you welcome her or would you wait until you left the hospital to make things right?
If you watched the most recent episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” you saw Todd Tucker confront Phaedra Parks about some money she owed him for helping to produce her workout DVD. Y’all remember Donkey Booty. Anyway, Todd presented her with receipts showing that the checks she had sent to him were canceled.
I’m sure it was a little embarrassing for Phaedra.
Some viewers who tuned into the show, didn’t take too kindly to Todd approaching Phaedra. They felt that he was only doing so because he was pressed for money and waited to confront Phaedra about it once Apollo had been hauled off to prison.
And, while I don’t watch the show, I saw the reaction and thought what does it matter when he asked for his money, it’s his. The mere fact that he has to ask for it at all says more about Phaedra than it does about him.
Kandi saw the reaction; and in defense of her husband, she provided some receipts and a bit of backstory on her Instagram page.
In 2015 My husband @todd167 had 3 shows that he was executive producer on to air on 3 different networks. People lie but credits don't. Check the credits! We're trying to move past this petty bs about this workout DVD but it's always tough to watch the drama play out today over things we've supposedly worked out already. I just want to make things clear for people who are watching this episode of RHOA. My husband is great at what he does & he's been successful at it. People always talk shit on this show but I hate when they try to discredit him with lies. Let me just clear up something for y'all. Todd & Phaedra talked years ago when she was pregnant with Dylan about him helping her with production for her pregnancy DVD. He was doing it as a friend because he said they could do it way cheaper than the company she worked with on her 1st workout DVD. She approved the budget & she paid the first 2 payments but never paid the third for whatever reason. This was well before Apollo went to jail. Todd sent final invoice emails but there was just excuses & no payment. I told him not to worry about it & give her time. But now years have passed. You know how it is when you have a friend who owes you money but they come around with new shit all the time but never mentions your money… That's why he was irritated. So to everyone who is coming at us in the chat box saying my husband waited for her husband to go to jail to ask for his money as if he was scared to ask, that is absolutely not true. He's was asking long before. Just never got all his money. Simple…. And Todd was never being mean or disrespectful to her. He always remained cordial. The video was shot & finalized in 2013. She was suppose to give him the photo she wanted to put on the DVD menu & final payment back then…. It's 2016 people. I hope this gives y'all some clarity. #NoShade #AllFacts
Well, well, well.
I’m a little biased toward Kandi. I’ve always liked her the most because she seemed to be the most honest and would own up to her mistakes if need be. That being said, it doesn’t seem like she’d lie about Phaedra not paying Todd from nearly three years ago. If she had, there would be no need to present receipts on cable television. But sometimes folks have to be embarrassed in order to do the right thing, especially people who are overly concerned with status and appearances.
But Phaedra, Kandi and Todd aside, money is a sensitive subject. And I wondered if some of you have ever had to return to a close friend or family member to ask for the money you lent them. If you’re anything like me, it’s generally not a pleasant experience. There’s something so frustrating about attempting to hold a grown person accountable. Trying to show someone how to be a man or woman of their word is something he or she should have learned during childhood. And the possibility of insinuating something about a person’s morals and values, in asking for your own money, could offend someone you care about. And you obviously care about them otherwise you wouldn’t have loaned them money.
I’ve noticed that men have an easier time asking for their money than women do. In this and many other societies, women are conditioned to please, while men are commended and rewarded for speaking plainly, no matter whose feelings get hurt in the process. I once watched a man I was dating ask his roommate for his half of the rent, in front of me. He wasn’t rude about it. But I was amazed at the fact he’d done it so casually, and in front of me no less. Shouldn’t that conversation have happened in private? Apparently, that wasn’t necessary. And within minutes, he had his money.
The only example I have of a woman getting assertive when someone owed her money, was my grandmother. Apparently, she loaned my aunt some money and when she hadn’t paid it back, after being repeatedly asked for it, my grandmother took her to small claims court. Harsh, right? Well, she got her money. And though I’m sure their relationship might have been strained for a while after, they eventually came back together.
And I think that’s the point. If the relationship is strong enough, it’ll be able to withstand you asking for your own money back. Anybody who would look at you crazy for you trying to get what you’re owed, probably wasn’t down for you in the first place.
Kandi Burruss has always been my favorite housewife. She’s entertaining without being super messy and catty. And I personally can’t wait to see she and Todd’s baby.
Kandi and Todd have already had their baby shower, but in honor of the holiday season, she’s giving back to a few other expectant mothers.
Through her Kandi Cares organization, Burruss hosted 10 moms. The women played games, sang songs and each walked away with $500 a piece.
Mama Joyce was even there helping the ladies play some of the games.
Check out some of the videos from the event in the videos Kandi posted on her Instagram.
Today was a great day! My @kandicares foundation put smiles on 10 mom's faces! We gave them all diapers, high chairs, gift cards, etc… We also gave them $500 a piece. Right on time for the holidays. Games, food, & fun! It was a great baby shower. Not done yet. @kandicares has toys for another 100 families that we're giving out this week. #TeamGiveBack KandiCares.Org #BlessedToBeABlessing Follow @kandicares
If there’s one thing that we’ve learned about Porsha Williams, it’s that she’s quick with those hands. Like when she pulled Kenya Moore’s hair and body down to the ground two reunions ago in the blink of an eye. Or how she recently pushed a friend down, reportedly over the company the woman keeps.
According to TMZ, during a recent Real Housewives of Atlanta shoot where Williams was at a holiday party, she attacked friend Jami Ziegler over the guy Ziegler brought to the shindig. It’s unclear what it was about that man (whether they had a history or he’s a shady character) that caused Williams to be up in arms, but she was not happy to see him. The entrance of the woman and her date was caught on camera.
After an argument ensued, Williams reportedly tried to have Ziegler escorted out of the function, but the woman and her partner left without much fuss. However, despite exiting stage left on her own, TMZ reported that Ziegler was followed outside by Williams, and things got heated to the point where Ziegler was shoved down to the ground by the RHOA star, who started pulling at her hair.
Sources at the function said that the squabble was broken up fast enough that cops weren’t called, and Ziegler wasn’t seriously harmed in any way. It also happened so quickly that RHOA cameramen missed the altercation. (Andy Cohen is somewhere kicking himself.)
TMZ said they reached out to Williams’s people, but no one responded. And Williams’s page shows no signs of any drama. It’s unclear whether or not Ziegler will press charges like Kenya Moore did against Williams, but she did post this on her Instagram page:
I don’t know what’s going on, but it’s clear that Williams has been hanging around the wrong people–because she’s fought three of them in less than two years (Moore, Ziegler and Cynthia Bailey).
So I watched Real Housewives of Atlanta yesterday. Well, most of it at least. Sometimes the shenanigans and drama between the ladies is so over the top I find myself flipping channels. (And if you’re wondering why I don’t do recaps or live tweet for the show anymore, I’m sorry, but it’s like a second full-time job trying to sit on the computer for two to three hours every Sunday evening for almost six months straight.)
Still, I did check out last night’s episode, which featured the argument between Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey during the “Bachelorette” boat party. In case you missed it, Kenya Moore got into it with Williams’s friend, Shamea Morton, over some jabs taken during her hair care launch party (Moore having water in the product bottles is kind of hilarious).
After Moore acted as though she were going to have the boat operator pull over to kick Morton off, Bailey got up to try and calm Moore down. When she did, Williams made a quip about Bailey being Moore’s “best friend.” Bailey responded by telling her that they should all question some of the people they call “best friend” in their group. From there, Williams said, “Who b—h?” and all hell quickly broke loose.
Bailey told Williams that she didn’t need to call her out of her name because she didn’t do that to her. According to Bailey, it was about respect, and Williams was showing very little. Williams, however, seemed shocked that she was being reprimanded. Especially since they had called one another b—h, allegedly as “a term of endearment” throughout the boat party. But Bailey was heated. More heated than we’ve seen her in a long time.
When Williams tried to address Bailey about it, the former model was still on edge. Even insulting at times, going after Williams’s appearance and intelligence while Williams sat their calmly, taking Bailey’s long finger in her face: “It’s very dismissive and very disrespectful, and your a– know it is. So stop playing like you’re dumb. People call you stupid, but I know you’re not that damn stupid.”
And in no time flat, Williams’s hand was in Bailey’s face, which seemed to be an added affront to Bailey despite her own finger-wagging habits. She grabbed Williams’s hand and just like that, the screen went black–Porsha had been hit in some way (reportedly kicked in the stomach) and had to be held down by one of the production crew.
It was quite the mess. And in my mind, I initially felt as though if I were in that situation, I would have just apologized so everyone could move on. But that’s just who I am. People are entitled to their feelings, even the silliest of reactions. I often feel that we sometimes fail to acknowledge those feelings when we refuse to say “I’m sorry,” and we usually fail to apologize because of our pride. We’re human. We say and do things we don’t mean sometimes, and people may feel some kind of way about it. To keep the peace and to move past such minuscule matters (there was a party going on for goodness sake), I would have just apologized for offending her if that truly wasn’t my intention. That’s just how I operate as someone from a big family.
But should Porsha? Probably not.
Honestly, I thought she was joking with her use of the b-word. To be clear, she didn’t say, “Whatever b—h” as Bailey claimed, but rather, “Who b—h?” Afterward, she made a reference to Bailey throwing “slight shade” with a smile on her face. However, Bailey was already upset at that point. All the more reason folks should stop throwing around “b—h” if they’re not really about that lighthearted, jokey-joke life.
And Williams did approach Bailey like an adult to try and hash things out, confused at how she had offended someone whom she traded playful “b—hes” with all day. But Bailey wasn’t trying to hear it.
In that moment, I would say that Bailey didn’t operate like someone deserving of an apology.
That’s right, sometimes being offended ins’t enough to warrant an apology, especially when you’re behaving in an extremely aggressive manner. Like sticking your finger in someone’s face, which Bailey has done way too many times (remember her spat with Burruss at NeNe Leakes’s pajama jam?). In fact, I would say that her whole beef with Williams stemmed from the fact that Bailey has misguided anger. She popped off on Williams because just a few seconds before she made her “best friend” joke about Bailey and Moore, Kandi Burruss had encouraged Bailey to go talk to her “best friend,” to which Bailey responded, “Shut up, Kandi.” Hyped up on drinks, she was sick and tired of being the butt of folks’ jokes.
And Bailey had been dealing with the anger of finding out that her husband has been out here living foul, and so recklessly that he’s been caught on camera at that. Since that reveal was made, their relationship has supposedly been on a rocky road, so much so that Bailey told Burruss the following, according to Us Weekly:
“It’s just too hard,” the Bailey Agency owner admitted. “I’m going to bed every night by myself. His little side of the bed doesn’t ever have to be made up. I’m not going to be 50 sitting in a marriage and I’m not happy.” Kandi gently urged her to give it the old college try before throwing in the towel, prompting Cynthia to admit that things were, at least for the moment, a bit better. “Right now, we’re speaking again.”
And that’s the real issue with Bailey, and a lot of people who go off on individuals in unexpected ways. They’re dealing with personal issues, whether it’s ones in their relationships, lack of employment or emotional scars never healed. Take that sh-t out on the treadmill, a punching bag, in a diary–but not out on me.
With all that being said, I try to operate on the side of being the bigger person. As my pastor instructed, sometimes it’s best just to step up and say sorry when you know you’ve caused someone some pain–even if you don’t fully understand how.
But then again, I usually only do all that for people I care about, and considering that these on-screen friendships go from good to bad in a flash, if I were Porsha, I would save that sorry. Because Bailey is the one who should be trying to make amends.
Kim Fields finally made her Real Housewives of Atlanta debut, and we’re here for what she brings to the show. Here’s what we can’t wait to see from one of our favorite TV stars.
If there was ever an example of a person who can dish it but can’t take it, it’s Nene Leakes. Homegirl is sensitive. Today, she appeared on “The View” to discuss her new role in the Broadway play Chicago. But you can’t have Nene in the place without discussing “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Reality Tea reported that Nene said she might appear on the show from time to time because it was a great career move for her. And in true Real Housewives fashion, she flaunted a bit of her fortune by showing the ladies and the audience pictures of her new house.
But there was something missing…furniture.
And never ones to hold their tongues, Whoopi and then Joy Behar were quick to call her out on it.
Whoopi: But where is the furniture Nene? You’re there but where is the furniture?
Nene: They told me to…I didn’t want to show pictures of my furniture so we gave pictures to you guys when we first bought the house.
Joy: Why can’t we see the furniture?
Nene: Because honey, we have to have security measures. Rolls eyes
Joy: But you’re showing the house…
Nene: I showed the outside and I’m behind many gates, with security.
Joy: How would the furniture?..oh…well.. Waves hands.
You could tell it was a bit of a nice-nasty interaction. But in case there was any confusion about how Nene felt about the whole thing, she took to Twitter to explain.
“Just sat with a bunch of mean girls turning up their noses, looking u up & down as if u don’t belong! The HATE was so real & SAD”
Nene certainly has a personality for the stage with all of those dramatics. The tweet has since been deleted.
I like Nene, but let’s be real. When you’re showing pictures of your house on national television, you’re really not concerned about security measures, honey. People don’t have to see what you have inside of your house in order to want to break into it. It’s all quite comical, considering we were all up in through Nene and Greg’s house when they were on the show for all those years. Stop the games.
And if it were someone sitting in her position, trying to push that explanation, Leakes would have asked the same question. If memory serves, she’s had plenty to say about Chateau Sheree…or lack thereof. It’s literally the same thing, just varying degrees.
Just because someone doesn’t agree with you or some of your actions, it doesn’t make them mean.
What do you think about Nene’s appearance on “The View”? Do you think the women were mean to her or did they ask legitimate questions?
You can watch the tense interaction in the video on the next page.