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“My Mother Didn’t Raise Me”: NeNe Breaks Down In Tears In RHOA Reunion Preview

April 16th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Thank the Lord! The seventh season of Real Housewives of Atlanta is finally coming to an end after months and months worth of episodes (and drama). The season finale airs on Sunday, and afterward, we will have to sit through yet another tense three-part reunion special.

Bravo has released a teaser for the reunion, and while the ladies look nice dressed in all white (trying to get their Solange on), they’re not playing nice.

Claudia is throwing jabs at NeNe’s hair, Porsha is laughed at for calling the scepter Kenya had in her face last reunion a “specter,” Cynthia and Phaedra go at it, and Phaedra gives the real deal about what life with Apollo was like.

But the scene from the reunion that everyone will probably be talking about is NeNe breaking down in tears after talking to Dr. Jeff about her relationship with her mother–or lack thereof. The original RHOA cast member ends up storming off of the stage as she refuses to bring up her mom.

In the end, that tough moment (and how she works through it) seems to bring the women together for hugs and reconciliation.

But then again, you never know what you’re really going to see with good ol’ Bravo editing…

Check out the preview of the reunion below and be prepared for yet another emotional rollercoaster when the reunion airs April 26:

RHOA Ep. 21: Long-Distance Love, Saving Our Sons, And Claudia’s Obsession With NeNe…

April 12th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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What was really going on during Sunday night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta? How did a positive event that was supposed to support the youth turn into a verbal sparring match between NeNe and Claudia? Child, we were not here for it. Let’s talk about those shenanigans and everything else that went down during RHOA Ep. 21.

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Noelle’s First Homecoming Dance

As Sunday’s episode begins, Cynthia is helping her daughter, Noelle, prepare for homecoming. Noelle has grown up pretty fast since we last saw her trying to have a little boyfriend in season six. Looking exactly like her mom and her famous dad, Leon, Noelle has her hair and makeup done to the nines for her big night. Kenya comes by to help her learn how to walk in homecoming with confidence and work the room (“I’m all about the boys and getting glammed up!”), and after teaching her how to strut in a gorgeous black and white sequin gown with a big skirt, Noelle is ready to own homecoming! She better work…

RHOA Ep. 20: Kenya And Phaedra Kiss And Make Up After Two Years Of Strife

April 6th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Pigs are officially getting their breaststroke on in the sky, because something we never thought would happen came to fruition during Sunday’s episode of RHOA: Phaedra and Kenya shed tears, resolved their issues and prayed together. Only miracles like that can happen on resurrection Sunday!

But that’s not the only thing that happened. Let’s talk about all that went down on RHOA Ep. 20.

Reconciliations And Beef Between NeNe And Kandi? What Went Down During This Weekend’s RHOA Reunion Taping

March 31st, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The day begins in Atlanta! #Wig

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I’m not exactly sure when this season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” will end (last season literally lasted for more than six months), but the finale must be looming because the ladies taped the reunion this past weekend. There weren’t any fights, which is all I can really tell you about it. But NeNe Leakes filled her fans in on what she can say went down. She couldn’t say too much, be she hinted that she may have unexpectedly made peace with most of the women on the show–everyone except one…

Here’s what she posted on Instagram:

So many of you have asked me how was The ATL Housewives Reunion! What did I wear and how was my hair LOL! Obviously I can't speak on it but I can say these things….(1) I feel like I been in a daze for the past few days! Really mentally drained (2) I went in feeling very at peace and I had mentally accepted things I could not change. (3) I had made my mind up that there were people I would NEVER talk to again in life….but God! Won't he do it! #RHOAREUNION #WAIT4IT PS: I don't think I will be writing anymore blogs. What I wanna do is let you write my blogs! So I'm gonna choose 3 blogs to post each week on my website after the remaining episodes. I'll let you tell me what you think of my NEW jealous hater & the rest of the girls. I'll post more information on how to do that💋 come on help me out…write my blog & keep it real even if you say something about me, I'll accept it👍 PSS: because you have money & things, that doesn't mean your not a jealous person! Think people

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Based on a recent blog post she wrote, the person she seems dead set on calling a hater is most likely Kandi Burruss. In case you missed it, here’s what Leakes previously said about the successful singer/songwriter:

Kandi, I always knew you didn’t like me but you truly showed me how hateful and jealous you are! You don’t have a real reason to be mad. You should be mad that you were MIA on your friend but you chose to throw salt on me because I was just a shoulder for Phaedra. There’s no where in this season where you see me saying negative things about you! You said all those things about me because you fail as a friend! If I were you, I would call Dr. Jeff for help #girlbye

So expect these two to bump heads during the reunion.

As for how the taping went for everyone else, Andy Cohen, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss and Claudia Jordan walked away with nothing but good things to say–for the most part.

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Thank goodness! After last season’s reunion, I can’t take too many more wild fights and arguments. Maybe Dr. Jeff returns and holds a Kumbaya session with the ladies? We’ll have to wait and see…

Will You Watch? NeNe Leakes And Kim Zolciak Get New Spinoff Show

March 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Today, Bravo announced their new television lineup. Included in the network’s ten new shows and four returning series, is a new show featuring “Real Housewives of Atlanta” veterans NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak.

If you’ve been watching Kim and NeNe, you may have noticed that they’ve been on great terms as of late, putting their differences to the side and rekindling their friendship. Whether it was genuine or orchestrated as a business move, it looks like it’s all working out.

The ladies’ new series is called “NeNe and Kim: Road to Riches.” Bravo describes the series as follows:

Atlanta’s “most driven” housewives— NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak Biermann— drive out of their comfort zones and across the country to discover America on a one-of-a-kind adventure. The road to LA may be paved with good intentions, but that doesn’t mean they won’t occasionally drive each other crazy.

Cute… but also strikingly similar to “Tiny and Shekinah’s Weave Trip.”

Either way, what do you think about the premise of the show and NeNe and Kim reuniting? Will you be watching?

A Note On Phaedra, Kenya And The Misconceptions About Forgiveness

March 30th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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So there I was, tired as all get-out, watching and live-tweeting “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” I spent a good part of the day (from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at church, singing in my choir for Palm Sunday. By the time it hit 8 p.m. EST, I was already ready to be in bed. However, a lively debate woke me up as I tweeted, and while it came about because of the reality show, it wasn’t necessarily a debate about the ladies.

It was a debate about what it means to forgive.

If you watched last night’s episode, I’m sure you peeped the scene where Kandi and Phaedra talked about Phaedra’s newfound friendship with NeNe. Despite the ugly things NeNe said about Phaedra in the past, she managed to change and has grown to like the Southern belle. Phaedra chose to forgive and forget because NeNe has been a supportive shoulder to cry on as she’s watched Apollo get himself thrown back into prison—this time, with two kids directly impacted by his decisions.

According to Kandi, who still cares very little for NeNe, if Phaedra can forgive her, it should be a cake walk when it comes to forgiving Kenya.

It’s safe to say that Phaedra was not feeling that idea, calling it “a matter of opinion.” And if you’ve watched past seasons, I’m sure you know why Phaedra would be hesitant to make amends with Kenya. Despite Apollo admitting that Kenya never tried to sleep with him as he had previously claimed, the two did admit to sending text messages to one another without Phaedra’s knowledge (they claimed the messages were about business). Plus, our own eyes watched Kenya flirt with Apollo during their trip to Anguilla, and in Mexico, even doing so in front of Phaedra’s face. At a certain point, it went from being the harmless behavior of an overly flirtatious person, to being outright disrespectful. But alas, both Apollo and Kenya were in the wrong.

So with that in mind, I asked whether or not Kandi had oversimplified everything based on the actions both NeNe and Kenya displayed in the past. One talked trash while the other flirted with Phaedra’s husband AND talked trash.

While it would be nice to see Phaedra let bygones be bygones, let’s not pretend like this is such a simple task, especially when all parties involved are clearly still hurt.

Kenya actually felt some type of way about the question I tweeted. She responded to it by saying that it didn’t matter what she did to her in the past–if Phaedra is the Christian she claims to be, she should be able to forgive easily.

Kenya Moore tweet

I understand what Kenya is trying to say, but I disagree about the following two things:

For one, people tend to forgive and let go of pain at their own pace. Every time these women get together for a trip or a dinner, they’re trying to force a peace treaty to happen so that the offender can have a clear conscience. This happened in the Philippines. But did we not just watch Kenya get a kick out of helping Cynthia confront Phaedra about rumors that she was cheating in front of everyone? Now, a few weeks later, you want someone to “engage” in a conversation with you to make peace? It’s not always that simple.

And secondly, with this group of women, and many other people, they believe that with forgiveness comes immediate friendship.

Please don’t play yourself.

Sometimes people can forgive and find it possible to be friends with someone after all the betrayal and shenanigans. Phaedra did that with NeNe. And even NeNe did that with former housewife Kim Zolciak, and vice versa. But every person is different. At the end of the day, just because I forgive you for something harsh you did to me doesn’t mean that you haven’t displayed a character flaw that makes it hard for me to trust you again. Being cordial, being pleasant and being supportive when one needs such support is a lot different from, I forgave you, now let’s be BFFs.

To me, that’s where Kenya always has gone wrong. People can forgive you and not necessarily want to be associated with you. That’s just something you have to know and move on from. At the end of the day, forgiveness is about that person—they are moving past a certain attitude or feeling of vengefulness caused by a specific offense on your part. But that doesn’t mean they want to be chummy with you, and that’s okay.

So for everyone who assumes that forgiveness equates to friendship, pump your brakes. As for Phaedra, while I can’t fault her for being upset, she should forgive Kenya. Holding on to that bitterness will only hurt her (and halt her blessings as a professed Christian) down the line. But as for Kandi, Kenya and the like, they need to allow her to forgive and move forward when it feels best for HER to do so. To force it for the cameras would be phony. At the end of the day, one can forgive you for the pain you’ve caused, but not everyone is down to forget about the person you’ve proven yourself to be.

RHOA Ep. 19: The Ladies Do The Philippines And Claudia Does Her Best Iyanla Vanzant Impression

March 29th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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On Sunday night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, the ladies (minus NeNe) took a long arse flight to the Philippines to kick back, relax, and finally handle their issues. By the end of the episode, Porsha was bickering with Claudia again, Cynthia was seeking to make amends with Phaedra, and the Southern belle and Kenya finally decided to sit down and work on their problems. Are pigs flying or nah?

Let’s chat about all that went down on RHOA ep. 19.

The Women Prepare To Hit The Unfriendly Skies

As the episode begins, the ladies pull up at the airport, faces beat to perfection, trying their best to get along since they’ll have to travel for more than 20 hours together. Oooh child! My knees hurt at the thought.

After therapy with Dr. Jeff, the ladies seem to be friendly enough with one another as they arrive–the only exception being Ms. Phaedra Parks. As she pulls up curbside, she tells Porsha that she would like to stay in her car until time for check-in because she doesn’t want to be anywhere near Cynthia after the Mr. Chocolate shenanigans. Porsha encourages her to actually try and mix and mingle with the ladies, which Phaedra reluctantly ends up doing.

Sign Them Papers: Claudia Jordan Signs RHOA Contract, Beats Out Porsha And Demetria

March 27th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We were pretty surprised to learn that Porsha wasn’t coming back as an official peach-holding cast member of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Instead, she was being replaced by two new women. Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney.

Well, it turns out there was actually more to the story. Now that season 7 is wrapping and the reunion is being taped tomorrow, some of the cast members can finally spill the tea.

According to B Scott, after months of negotiations, Claudia Jordan is finally signing her RHOA contract. So now, she’ll be paid for her appearance on the reality show.

This puts a bit more context to Porsha’s response to one of Claudia’s tweets saying Porsha should be fired for not having her contract signed.

Claudia Jordan Signs RHOA Contract

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Porsha had it right. Claudia didn’t have her contract signed. But with the three women vying for that number one spot, it looks like Porsha won’t be signing a contract any time in the near future. Claudia has proved to be the most turnt of all those three women and the on most likely to give NeNe Leakes a run for her money.

Claudia released this statement about the contract signing:

“Because I already have a great job–I could afford to be patient and waited until the contract was exactly what I wanted and it paid off. I’m very happy with my deal!” 

What do think about Claudia being added officially to the RHOA roster?

Phaedra Parks, Sarah Jakes And Gaining Your Vulnerability

March 27th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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Phaedra Parks, Sarah Jakes And Gaining Your Vulnerability

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After watching Phaedra Parks’ journey throughout this season of RHOA, I felt that things had really come full circle for her on Sunday night’s episode. She sat down with T.D. Jakes’ daughter, Sarah Jakes to let it all out about her marriage to Apollo Nida, and to find healing.  The thing that really got me was when both women expressed a loss of agency when explaining how they felt like they weren’t allowed to be vulnerable in their relationships. Both women felt that they were under a greater level of scrutiny for their decisions because their former relationships played out in a public manner, and because they are both preacher’s kids.

Even though their situations did play out in a manner in which many of us can’t relate to, I still feel that this issue is something that most women can relate to: the loss of vulnerability.

Many people criticized Parks as they watched her marriage implode. They felt that the self-proclaimed Southern belle didn’t act as if she cared too much about what was going on with Nida. But to me, she seemed to be putting on a brave face because she didn’t want people to see her sweat. I hope that Sunday’s episode allowed people to see just how taxing the situation was on her, and I also hope it shed light on the reality of losing your vulnerability in a tough relationship.

As women, we get a lot of flack for being too emotional, and then we’re judged unfairly if we don’t show enough emotion in certain situations.  When a man is emotional, he’s seen as “passionate,” whereas women have insults thrown at us to explain our “behavior.” For reasons such as this, when times get tough a little too often, some women will display a stiff upper lip because people are watching in order to see us crack and fall.

As women, we might be more sensitive to other people’s views of us.  We’re very aware that we’re being watched by others, and that has the ability put a damper on how we approach tough situations.  However, I don’t think that it’s fair for us to have to taper our emotions based on what other people might think.

The tragically beautiful thing about life is that our emotions allow us to express how we truly feel, so it’s not fair to be robbed of that.  That puts us in a position where other people control our reactions to things, as opposed to listening to our own hurt and finding a way to heal in a way that’s best for us.

I feel as though allowing ourselves to lose our vulnerability just exacerbates our problems. Instead of dealing with our emotions, we’re too busy trying to suppress them, which eventually makes us weaker.

I’m not saying that you need to cry for everyone to see it, but you’re doing a disservice to yourself by holding in your emotions.  If you’re sad, feel it.  If you’re happy, feel that too.

Let’s be honest here: Displaying your emotions won’t make your problems go away, but neither does acting as if you’re devoid of feelings.  At the end of the day, you have to do what’s best for you, and if you feel like walking around with a frown on because you don’t want to fake it for others, then do that.  There’s power in being vulnerable and honest with yourself about how you’re feeling. In that power you’re expressing that you’re not ashamed of feeling hurt or sad, and you shouldn’t be.

Gain your power back, and feel free to express your true emotions when you deem it necessary.  As Jakes and Parks both shared with viewers, being robbed of your vulnerability is akin to being imprisoned, and no one wants to spend unnecessary time being punished for something so natural.

“You Can Spend Your Whole Life Looking For Prince Charming When A King Arrives”: Kenya Moore Still Dating “Millionaire Matchmaker” Boo

March 24th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you watched Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker on Sunday night, then you know that Kenya Moore made an appearance on the show in attempt to find her ultimate match. The reality star and former Miss USA shared that even though she’d been proposed to seven times in the past, she was never able to settle down with any of the men because of her abandonment issues. She’s struggled with this since she was young because her mother has never really been a part of her life.

After doing some counseling with Patti Stanger and Cynthia Bailey and meeting some eligible bachelors, Moore went on a date with a handsome fella named James. The two had an immediate connection while learning the tango, and during their dinner date they even shared a kiss (two kisses actually).

But that was on TV. A lot of the time, stars who appear on the show connect with the individuals they’re matched with, but once the cameras stop rolling, things don’t work out. So where do things stand with Kenya and James now? According to Moore, he’s stolen her heart.

 

While she didn’t reveal all his business on the ‘gram, based on the episode, we know that James is from Washington, D.C. and has been living in Los Angeles for five years now. He’s a former model who wants kids just as much as Kenya does (within a year of dating allegedly), and a divorcee who was married for less than three years. He’s a good catch, and Moore is geeked to have caught him! As she said during her date, “What else could a woman look for? If he’s not it, I give up.”

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