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If there’s one thing people know Kenya Moore for, I wouldn’t say the first thing that comes to mind is hair. No shade. She’s known for winning the Miss USA title in 1993, being on Real Housewives of Atlanta, and well, involving herself in a lot of drama. But she’s also known for being a businesswoman, so that might explain why she is preparing to launch her own hair product line. Moore loves hair, and she says she really loves her own. I can’t say whether or not that’s all of her hair that we see all of the time on the show, but the beauty showed off her natural strands on Instagram this week to announce her new product line:
“#moorehair coming soon! I’m so excited to share my innovative new products that grow your own hair longer. #itsallmyhair no pieces, no tracks, no weave. You too can grow your hair and I can show you how. extensions can be good for resting your hair so that it grows…And fun to change styles, but not to be dependent on. More to come. :-)”
Moore really, really loves hair though, because she has been showing her own off since 1993. One major TV opportunity Moore had after winning Miss USA in ’93 was the chance to star by herself in a Pantene Pro-V product commercial. A Twitter follower posted the video and tagged her through her Twitter handle, saying “bet u forgot ALL abt this!” Moore retweeted the video and statement, replying with “I’ve always loved hair!”
She looks exactly the same in the clip, which was quite cute (and I’m sure a big deal at the time since it was a hair commercial for a mainstream hair product being peddled by a black woman). Check it out for yourself below and share your thoughts. Would you buy a product from her upcoming line?
Things have gotten extremely ugly between former friends NeNe Leakes and Marlo Hampton. But Marlo admits that she was warned prior to befriending NeNe that their relationship would eventually take a turn for the worse.
“When I met NeNe, everyone was against her,” Marlo told Radar Online. “Everyone told me, ‘Beware! Beware!’”
Unfortunately for Marlo, she says she decided to get to know NeNe for herself and well, we see how that turned out.
“But guess what, I didn’t listen and got to know NeNe on my own,” she continued.
Marlo adds that she was warned by cast members that NeNe was extremely upset when she learned that Marlo would be joining the show.
“Kandi showed me, ‘NeNe is going to play you like chess.’ She said, ‘Marlo, when she knew you were coming onto the show, she went crazy on set. She screamed and cursed and yelled and then she befriended you.’”
As for NeNe’s claims that Marlo is an opportunist:
“It’s hilarious that she’s calling me an opportunist. That’s bullsh-t. I met NeNe and styled her at my boutique before she couldn’t even afford to shop there. She needs to look in the mirror.”
Despite their constant back and forth on social media, Marlo says she did reach out to NeNe via text to see if they could sort things out.
“We exchanged text messages a few days ago. It ended up with her saying, ‘Don’t call me back.’ It wasn’t good at all.”
Apparently she hasn’t given up complete hope on the possibility of the two being friends again, but she says it would take a lot for things to go back to the way they were because she’s not the type of friend that NeNe wants.
“It’s definitely possible, but where I’m sitting right now in this chair, that’s the last person on my mind,” Marlo explained. “NeNe does better with mimes as friends. It’s ok as long as you’re praising her and being her cheerleader, but as soon as you go to disagree, it’s a problem. I’m real and not going to sugarcoat something just so she can feel happy.”
Marlo closed by congratulating her estranged friend for landing a coveted spot on celebrity dance competition “Dancing with the Stars,” but not without throwing in a little shade.
“I hope she does good. I’m proud of her. She loves being the center of attention, so she should do great. As long as she has cheerleaders on the side, she will shine.”
It honestly seems like these two need to just cut their losses and move on from one another.
For a few weeks rumors have been circulating that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore has plans to leave the Bravo franchise. The rumors were further fueled when Kenya shared that she is extremely unhappy with the way things have been going this season.
“If Bravo asked me to come back, I’d have to really think about it,” the former pageant queen told OK! magazine “Right at this moment, it’s a very tough question.”
“I don’t want you to take that the wrong way, because I’m nobody’s victim and never will be,” she continued. “But at some point you want people to put aside their differences and back you up because it’s the right thing to do.”
“I will never shrink in the presence of anyone,” she said. “If that is what they would like me to do so they can feel more comfortable around me, it will never happen. You have to just be you and never shrink who you are for anybody.”
It now appears that Kenya’s statements were made during a moment of frustration because when a fan recently asked if she’s planning on leaving the show, the 43-year-old reality TV star made it clear that she doesn’t plan on going anywhere.
We imagine Kenya’s co-star and arched nemesis, NeNe Leakes, is probably gagging at that statement. Up until this point NeNe has clearly been the Queen Bee of the “Housewives,” but now we’re not so sure.
Were you hoping that Kenya would leave the show?
“I Am A Role Model”: Marlo Hampton Sorry For Reinforcing Stereotypes About Black Women In Beef With NeNe
There was no new episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta last night, probably because those behind the show didn’t want to go head-to-head with the Academy Awards (just as they didn’t want to rumble with the Super Bowl in February), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t RHOA drama going on. After throwing jabs at one another on social media and blogs last week after the most recent episode of RHOA aired (which showed NeNe and Marlo falling out), Marlo Hampton seems to be having a change of heart. She took to her blog, Musings from the Boudoir, to actually apologize to NeNe, but more so, to apologize to her fans and the people who look up to her for tearing down another woman trying to make it:
Divas and Divos…
I realize how we women sometimes tear each other apart in anger when in truth we’re really just feeling hurt or betrayed. But that’s not the woman I want to be.
I don’t want to be a Diva who seeks to destroy another with words or “reads,” while the crowds cheer on our bloodsport ratchetness. No one wins, except the ratings of course! Believe me, I’m not mad about that, (no ratings, no show!) I just think we have more to offer. Don’t you agree?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not backing down, giving up or punking out. Trust and believe, I will NOT be Bullied at anytime by anyone!
I’ll always stand up to those who try to knock me down, dig up my past or throw shade on my name and I encourage all my Divas and Divos in training to do the same. At the same time, I don’t want to BE a bully either. It’s not cute, or in fashion. It won’t raise my star power and surely won’t increase my bank account!
The truth is… I love it when women, especially black women, overcome obstacles to succeed despite all the challenges we face. Everyday I’m striving to be like the women I admire. Beautiful, accomplished, intelligent, yet flawed women who make mistakes, fall down, hit rock bottom – only to prove that like a phoenix, they can and will rise again from the ashes.
I can’t fake hurt or anger because I’m human and I’m always going to be real. When I care for someone, I’m doing so without any ulterior motives. And, while being betrayed by family or friend can take you “there,” retaliating with an equally inappropriate verbal or physical assault can never be justified. So I’m checking myself.
Whether I want to be or not, I am a role model to my glam it up girls, nieces, goddaughters and other young women who are watching and imitating my behavior. I need to do better. I can’t promise you I’ll turn the other cheek if I’m slapped, (don’t suggest anyone try me, I’m not there yet) but be patient ya’ll, God is still working on me!
So… I apologize for my part in this shameful drama that reinforces stereotypes about who we are as black women. And pray that one day we’ll realize nobody wins when even one of us loses.
To all the RHOA/Bridesmaids I have offended: Phaedra, Kandi, Kim, Sheree, Diana, Pat and NeNe, I apologize. We may never be friends or see eye to eye on anything, (and I’m cool with that!) however, I don’t need to tear you down to build myself up. I know who I am – The Diva, Marlo Patrice Hampton and I am the spotlight, but so are you. Let’s all bask in it. God made sure there would be enough shine for all of us.
And there you have it. While I can appreciate Marlo trying to take a few steps back and do better when it comes to how she deals with NeNe and her anger, I doubt NeNe will accept her apology. Word on the street is that during a Q&A on Twitter on Friday, Leakes put a “former friend” on blast for dating one of her exes. Many of Leakes’ fans are assuming the dig is at Marlo, and think she has been canoodling with NeNe’s ex (during her divorce from Gregg), John Kolaj, the man behind Famous Famiglia Pizza. If this is true, that might also be a reason why the women are at odds, on top of Marlo’s new friendship with Kenya. Whether or not these ladies can ever bury the hatchet, let’s at least hope that they’ll pick up the phone to deal with one another and quit taking to Twitter and blogs to publicly slam one another.
What did you think of Marlo’s apology?
I wouldn’t say that I have a relationship with reality television. I watch maybe three of those shows, then I leave my mental palette for other outlets, like books, scripted shows and creating balloon music. However, one of the reality shows that I watch is “Real Housewives of Atlanta. I’ve been a fan since its first season, and have a standing date with Bravo on Sunday nights. But, has it just been me, but do you feel as though sometimes when you’re watching it you’re seeing a reversal of growth? Now, I know this might be hypocritical coming from a person who just admitted that they liked watching “Adventure Time” via a link, while also admitting that I’m going to be thirty in a few years, but still, I can’t be the only one feeling this way.
As a girl, I always found it hilarious when my father would yell at the television while watching his favorite sports team, and now I’ve adopted that same trait. For the last few episodes of RHOA, starting with the wine tasting brunch fiasco, I found myself yelling at the television, as if these women could hear me. Unlike my father, I wasn’t yelling things that the people should be doing, I found myself yelling things that they should know. ”YOU ARE GROWN WOMEN!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!”
Along with Meg Butler’s hilarious article, I’ve began to feel embarrassed watching it and my other reality shows, but not for her same reason. I find myself embarrassed for the women that I’m watching. Knowing that the freedom to act-now-think-later is gone, and they have an entire audience (and in some cases, children) to have to account for. That’s heavy.
Now, I’m not going to be tough on these participants (this isn’t just about the women, the men are just are immature acting as the women). Lord knows if you have a camera following me all day, you’ll see some pretty unflattering moments. I’m not the most mature, or upstanding individual at all times. I’m also cognitive that though the emotions might be real, certain things are manipulated to increase drama and tension. You put all of that in a fishbowl and that’s what brings the last few episodes of Bravo’s hit series and many other reality shows that are airing now, or just ended their seasons (“Love and Hip Hop”).
But at the same time, I’m just a little dumbfounded by some of the actions. But then again, I’m beginning to see older women outside of the realm of reality television beginning to behave younger as well. There isn’t an age limit on selfies, or posing with your butt sticking out, but you tend to think that that type of behavior is beneath people of a certain age. But no. Social media isn’t just for the young anymore, and you can come across your mentor in a bandage dress taking a bathroom selfie at any moment (don’t say I didn’t warn you).
I once wrote an article about my decision to stop shopping in the junior’s section, only to recently see a woman older than me shopping with her young daughter and trying on the clothes in that same section.
Is it them, or is it me? Am I in too much of a hurry to be a mature adult that I’m forgetting to enjoy my youth? My mother always says that “the only thing that age dictates is how long you’ve been on the earth, nothing else.” So, am I placing ridiculous standards on older women and men? At what point is someone just being themselves, and when does it get to the point that they should “grow up,” if they’re already grown?
Let’s seriously discuss this, because I’m beginning to feel lost in the sea of age-(in)appropriate behavior.
NeNe Leakes is right. There are rules to friendships, but one of them should be that grown folks shouldn’t be allowed to dictate who their friends kick it with. Especially when said dictating friend isn’t paying anybody’s bills.
On Sunday’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Marlo became the subject of NeNe’s ire when she started getting a little too friendly with Kenya. In previous episodes, whenever we saw Marlo, she was side by side with NeNe. But in the last two episodes, she’s been laughing it up with Kenya, arriving with her at events and meeting up for drinks. NeNe did not appreciate this, and she made it clear via her behavior that she was pissed off when she decided against inviting Marlo to her “Team Rich” group for Cynthia’s Bailey Bowl. This left Marlo to be picked up by Kenya’s “Team Twirl” when the beauty queen was shocked to hear that NeNe had shut Marlo out. Marlo tried to speak to NeNe throughout the Bailey Bowl, but at every turn, she was ignored. Kenya, always one to be nosy, tried to intervene to get the ladies to talk (as she had just buried the hatchet with NeNe at Peter’s birthday party), and before we knew it, all hell broke loose. NeNe wound up cussing out both ladies, who bumrushed her, throwing a water bottle near Marlo, and storming off. But not before Marlo followed her, angry at being scolded and trying to confront her about the real reason she was treating her so poorly–because of Kenya.
I can understand NeNe’s feelings and reservations about Marlo getting so buddy buddy with Kenya. She has good reason to be skeptical. Kenya, on more than one occasion, has been NeNe’s enemy on the show, and seeing as Marlo knows all of NeNe’s business because they’re so close, it makes sense that she wouldn’t want one of her closest confidants fraternizing with the enemy.
However, the major issue with this whole situation is how NeNe handled it, and herself. You feel some type of way about Marlo dealing with someone who continues to show her behind? Fine. Tell her. Instead, NeNe immediately threw a whole gazebo worth of shade at Marlo, barely speaking to her at Peter’s birthday party, and trashing her to Porsha: “One of my good girlfriends did say that Marlo is an opportunist.” The final straw was the fact that she treated her like a leper in public (the ultimate NO-NO), inviting all the bridesmaids that could come to be on “Team Rich,” except for Marlo, and walking away from Marlo every time she approached NeNe. Instead of speaking to her woman to woman, both women ended up acting like children.
This whole issue of one friend trying to throw a massive guilt trip on another friend for getting to know or even just being seen with someone they don’t like is something you would hope folks would be done with after high school. I’ve been through it, I currently have a good friend going through it (and she’s stuck in the middle of a mess), and I never get it. I’ve always been under the impression that as an adult, you can hang with who you please. Once someone expresses an issue with it, you take their feelings into consideration as a part of being a loyal friend, and keep that in mind when it comes to your interactions (whether you decide to cease contact or not) with the “enemy.” However, taking the route of being pissy and then expecting for people to not only read your mind, but ditch this newly acquired connection because you seem to have an issue with it (but won’t open your mouth) is ridiculous.
And therein lies the problem. Communication. While being a “good friend” does involve being a loyal comrade, it also involves communicating your feelings before they bubble over and cause you to be childish–ignoring your friends, their phone calls and their presence. I don’t know why some people feel that to have best friends means that they have to walk all over them or that the decisions said friends make have to be run through them first, but as friends we should be focused on supporting one another–not stifling folks.
Sometimes you meet people through your friends who you hit it off with immediately. And as someone who has felt like NeNe before, I get that it sometimes makes you feel some kind of way when your good friend starts getting close with someone you cut off long ago. But as someone who has also been treated like Marlo in the past, I can say that someone’s interactions with an individual you don’t like don’t always mean your friend is up to no good. And at the end of the day, if you start telling people who they can and can’t be seen with or talk to, you’ll have something to say about everything. When will it stop?
Well, it appears that there may be another major twist in the Phaedra Parks-Angela Stanton saga. In case you’ve been living under a rock and somehow missed it, Angela is a former acquiantance of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star who claims that she served major prison time after a fraud scam that allegedly involved Phaedra went awry. In 2012 Angela wrote a tell-all titled “Lies of a Real Housewife,” where she recounted the stories of her alleged dealings with Phaedra. Phaedra later sued her ex-friend in response to the allegations.
Fast forward to today, in a newly released sworn statement pertaining to the lawsuit, Angela’s ex-boyfriend, Justin Cody, suggests that the two women were more than just friends and alleged business partners.
“I actually thought that Angela and Phaedra had an … I thought they were together,” Justin said in the statement obtained by Radar Online.
Naturally, his statement prompted further questions.
“Like, as a girlfriend?” the attorney questioned.
“Girlfriend,” he responded.
According to Justin, Angela’s “closer than close” relationship with Phaedra is what contributed to their breakup.
“That was one of the reasons me and Angela broke up,” he continued. “Because they was like real close, like closer than close.”
When asked what led him to that conclusion, Justin responded:
“Phaedra’s birthday is in March or sometime early in the year,” said Justin. “And I remember one time Angela and Phaedra, they spent the night out during Phaedra’s birthday and Angela spent the night at her house and they went on all these parties and wild parties and she didn’t come home for like a couple of days.”
He adds that once he questioned Angela about the nature of her relationship with Phaedra, the two got into an argument, which was basically the beginning of the end of their relationship.
“I’m like, what y’all got going on? And so we got into an argument about that and about then it turned into an altercation and that was like one of our first breakups.”
“Her and Phaedra was so close that, you know, I actually thought they was together…” he explained. “They kiss each other and hug each other.”
The accusations seem pretty wild, especially since Angela has never made mention of carrying on a romantic relationship with Phaedra. But hey, you never know.
NeNe Leakes has done quite a bit since she introduced herself to the world on Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s been on The Apprentice, she’s tried her hand at network television, including having recurring roles on NBC’s short-lived The New Normal and FOX’s Glee, but now she’s about to take a page out of Kenya Moore’s book and get her “Team Twirl” on as a cast member of Dancing With The Stars.
At least, that’s what sources say.
Dancing With The Stars has been making some big changes to the show to get prepared for season 18 (including doing some firing of Brooke Burke-Chavet as co-host and hiring sports reporter Erin Andrews as her replacement), and part of those changes include a whole new cast of stars to get their dance on. According to E! News (who broke the news about Brooke Burke-Chavet’s firing), Leakes and former Full House star Candace Cameron Bure (DJ Tanner for those who used to watch) are on board to compete in the new season.
ABC hasn’t decided to speak on casting rumors, because they plan to unveil the full cast on March 4 on Good Morning America. But once the cast is announced, folks will be paired with their dancing partners and prepare for the season premiere on March 17.
So what do you think about such a possibility? I would love to see NeNe bust out the Pasodoble for Team Tall (represent!) and battle for the mirrorball trophy, but what about you?
We told you yesterday that NeNe Leakes took to the RHOA Bravo blog to explain why she wants nothing to do with Marlo at this point, even though the two were at one point best friends, and Marlo played a huge role in NeNe’s second wedding to Gregg. Of course, NeNe was upset at the fact that Marlo was getting a little too close for comfort with Kenya, and basically said that any good friend wouldn’t fraternize with the enemy. But Marlo isn’t one to hold her tongue (as you probably saw on Sunday night’s episode), so she took to her own blog, Musings From The Boudoir, to tell her side of the story, and she threw quite a few jabs:
Divas and Divos, I’m doing my best to be the one to take the high road, but these last few weeks have been filled with lots of shade and haterade from people promoting products from Donald Trump’s hair emporium!
Say what you will about me, but I’m always going to be real. I’m always going to be that Woman who will come straight from the heart with no chaser and no BS. I’ve never claimed to be perfect, flawless or without regrets. Who is? Definitely not the fake bleached blond with the bold ambitions! She talks about my past incarcerations, her past includes pole sliding, lap dancing, lights, cameras and action! Which one of us is worse? Both of us have come a long way since then haven’t we? Good thing we took advantage of “opportunities.”
I’ll never forget where I came from. It’s what keeps me grinding towards a future of bigger and better things. That’s why I became so emotional when confronting the drag queen impersonator. When I went to speak to her I genuinely wanted to express my disappointment that I hadn’t been asked to join her team with the other bridesmaids. That really hurt me. But in order to get past it, I wanted to initiate a truce. Sometimes friends have disagreements, and then they forgive and forget. I have said many times I looked up to her like a big sister and valued our relationship, so I wanted to break the ice, kiss and make up. However, when the water was thrown at me, along with the nasty attitude, I wasn’t having it! I didn’t need to kiss her a$$ because she didn’t bring me up. When she met me at my boutique I was already that girl who styled her, (on a budget) for season 2. And at the time, she was on team I.O.U, NOT team Rich!
I didn’t become a stylist yesterday. I’ve been a fashion trendsetter since I was mini Marlo and if it wasn’t for me, she’d still be rocking Dots jeans with Payless boots! No disrespect to the brands or those who wear them, but neither is known for their couture lines. I put her on and stepped her fashion game up. You’re welcomed! Why do you think she hired me to be the creative director for the wedding?
What person who is really secure about who she is feels the need to dictate what others can and can’t do if they are her friends? I didn’t sign the friend contract that said I agreed to be anybody’s possession. I guess Kenya, Kim and Sheree didn’t either. If she really believed she was in the spotlight, then why worry about others trying to steal her shine! Truly confident people never waste time or energy worrying about the next person on the come-up. The same way really rich people NEVER speak on their wealth and they definitely don’t silkscreen it in rhinestones across their chest! That’s what “new money” with no class does because they are faking the funk in the social circles of the well-to-do.
For the record, Ms. Marlo doesn’t wear knockoff designers or faux fur. In other words, I don’t like fake things or fake folks! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Real friends have ups and downs, but if they are “real,” then nothing and no one will be able to come between them. NeNe calls herself a “loyal” friend? I wonder if any of her other “ex” friends would agree with her on that. Doubt it! Even some of the friends on “Team Rich” see her in a different light because now they know her loyalty was a one way street and the only person benefitting from it was her!
I heard she wants nothing else to do with me, but because I’m against toupee abuse, I’m still willing to hook her up with Lawrence, Dawn or Kemya, three of ATL’s top hairstylist so she can free that small furry animal on her head. My people are on speed dial, just holla at ya girl! That’s what friends are for… Bloop!
She’s clearly vying for a shot on this show, because I’m sure this storyline will continue on until this season ends (whenever that will be).
On another note, Peter Thomas is also speaking out, but he’s doing so to defend Kordell Stewart from the public trashing him about the way he handled his divorce, and people calling him gay, rumors he said that Porsha threw fire on…
I’ll be honest, I’m still a little naive when it comes to reality television. I don’t think that everything is authentic (because if it was, then it would be called a documentary series, rather than a reality show); however, part of me doesn’t think that it’s as scripted as people make it out to be in various comment sections. I’m not too big on watching a lot of reality television, but while watching an episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” this season, I experienced entertainment whiplash.
Now, I’m not sure if everything is scripted, but I do know that I’ve seen certain scenes before, like:
Relationship Stress and Health Scares
A few episodes ago when Mama Joyce finally agreed to step out of Kandi’s and Todd’s relationship. One of the reasons that she gave was due to her health. Well… did anyone else have a flashback of “Flavor of Love 2″ when Sister Patterson, New York’s mother mentioned a health scare as a means of dealing with New York’s relationship with Flav?