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Can’t Knock The Hustle: Apollo Nida Launches Fitness Program From Jail

December 8th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Apollo Nida was sentenced to eight years in prison for cashing stolen checks, identity theft and laundering money through bogus bank accounts. But jail will not damper former Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member’s hustle.

Nida has launched a new fitness business, Nida Fitness 4%. Radar Online reports the program’s name helps promote one hour of exercise a day; four percent is one hour out of a 24-hour-day. Along with the program, Nida has also launched a website, itsonly4percent.com, that is selling waterproof USB wristbands to help keep on-the-go professionals fit no matter their location or busy schedule.

Below is a promotional video for Nida Fitness 4%. In it, encourages women not to be lazy or make excuses. He also states. to all the haters, to not steal his brand’s idea. That’s a lot of talk for a guy in his position, but OK.

Will you sign up for Nida Fitness 4%?

So Petty: Kenya Moore Says NeNe’s Too Ugly To Take Anyone’s Man

November 28th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Kenya Moore Says NeNe's Too Ugly

Y’all know how Kenya gets down. When she comes under attack, she always finds a way to deflect. And while some of her arguments might be legit, she always takes it a step further, with the insults.

Apparently, Kenya is still seeking vindication for Apollo lying on her. And instead of just directing her comments at the parties involved, Kenya went for her longtime nemesis NeNe Leakes. She was upset that when Apollo was lodging his accusations, her castmates believed him and subsequently questioned her character. She felt it was hypocritical, especially since she said NeNe blatantly flirted with Cynthia’s husband Peter.

In her blog on Bravo, Kenya talked about NeNe’s past missteps and her present hypocrisy.

I have been respectfully employed since the age of 14, managing to stay off a pole and out of jail. Therefore, for 20 plus years I have been around the block working. NeNe cannot say the same. I will no longer tolerate the thinly veiled insults aimed at my virtue as a woman. Several seasons ago, NeNe blatantly flirted with Peter and was greatly criticized. However, no one took her seriously because of the way she looks. Clearly, she’s not a threat to anyone’s marriage. Lucky for her.

Oh Kenya…so pretty and yet, so petty.

It’s so clear that she’ll do anything to keep up this ridiculous beef these two have going on with each other.

“Everything I Have Been Thru Has Brought Me To This Moment”: NeNe Leakes Emotional Making Broadway Debut

November 26th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last night, NeNe Leakes made her Broadway debut as the wicked stepmother (Madame) in Cinderella, alongside KeKe Palmer. After launching a very successful clothing collection on the Home Shopping Network, being the highest paid “Real Housewives” star in the franchise and getting to do big things in her acting career, having the chance to star on Broadway is the cherry on top for her. Leakes shared her feelings about all that she has been through to make her dreams come true. I can admit that I haven’t always been a NeNe Leakes fan, but I thought her message was a great one:       

NeNe Leakes on Broadway

“My name is in lights on Broadway! What a dream come true. Everything I have been thru has brought me to this moment. Thanks to all of you who has supported me! This little black girl from Athens Ga, This teen girl who entered Morris Brown College, yea that 22 year old stripper, yup that single mom and yes she just added Broadway actress to her resume! DREAMS DO COME TRUE”

 When the show was over, she shared her thoughts and spoke on how emotional she was to hear people cheering her on and calling her name at the end:

And her co-star, KeKe Palmer, lauded the reality star: “I am so proud of you @neneleakes!! You came prepared & your consistent hard work shined through. I am so very proud of you, & it will only get better & better, it was already so amazing at that!! Love always”

Check out more photos from Leakes’ big night below, including all the famous faces who came through to support her:

#cinderellabroadway   A video posted by NeNe Leakes (@neneleakes) on

All my boo thangs showed up to celebrate me last nite! YASSS hunni A photo posted by NeNe Leakes (@neneleakes) on

My girlfriend @jenniferwilliams17 came out to support last nite #cinderellabroadway   A photo posted by NeNe Leakes (@neneleakes) on

My girl @emilyb_ and her cutie pie daughter came out to support me last nite #cinderellabroadway A photo posted by NeNe Leakes (@neneleakes) on

“What Happened To Your Class?”: Fans Criticize The New, Feistier Cynthia As She Takes Beef With Porsha To Social Media

November 24th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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I think we can all agree that it was surprising to see Cynthia Bailey throw so much shade on last night’s episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” After constantly being accused of being NeNe’s minion and even breaking down in tears when NeNe criticized her decision to let her daughter date so young last season, it was very interesting to watch her throw so many jabs since this new season has started. But the jabs continued once last night’s show ended, as both Cynthia and Porsha briefly had it out again on social media after their failure of a meeting on the show aired:

If you’ll recall, during her chat with NeNe earlier in the episode, Porsha said that Cynthia Bailey was out here trying to compete with the Instagram ‘THOTS’ with her new Ebony spread. Bailey didn’t appreciate that and put Porsha on blast by posting this to her Instagram page: “What are your THOTS??? Thanks @ebonymagazine for the beautiful spread”

 

  But Porsha had a few things to say herself:   Porsha Twitter

Ironically, Bailey had a photo up on Instagram just a day ago that she took with Porsha, and things looked all good between them: “Me & @porsha4real#funtimes #rhoa”

 

Porsha went on to criticize her for flip flopping with that image:

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And after Cynthia said on the show that Porsha was out here flip-flopping for bags and shoes from a married man (remember that old rumor?), Porsha also had this to say, calling out Peter:

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And while we’re seeing a new Cynthia who isn’t taking sh*t from anybody anymore, fans and followers of the model and mom are torn on whether or not they’re feeling this side of her. Many commented on the picture she posted of herself and Porsha side-by-side and let her know that she’s better than what she’s currently showing people:

“This makes you look so stupid. Smh you have a business of young girls that look up to you that you mentor, dont damage your reputation by being childish and looking dumb!!”

“Yet you’re suppose[sic] to be the ‘classy’ one”

“What happened to your class? You’re letting these ppl make you look like a THOT in training”

“Stop it, u mentor young women, stop hanging with @thekenyamoore she’s bringing you down. Kenya is delusional, childish and desperate for attention, don’t become that person.”

“Don’t play into this it’s not worth it…you have a lovely daughter, beautiful face and personality, amazing body, #peterthomas your hubby, your fab mom and so many other things including a career spanning decades….don’t allow this show to change you or your brand.”

What do you think?

“She Has Chosen To Act Like Kenya” Porsha Says Cynthia Bailey Will Do Anything For A Check

November 21st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Porsha Says Cynthia Bailey Will Do Anything For A Check feat

Officially, Porsha Williams is no longer a peach-holding cast member on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” but we all know that once a housewife, always housewife. Especially since we still see Porsha all the time, whether she’s prominently featured on the show or not.

And she definitely still has an opinion. Recently, Porsha spoke to OK! Magazine about whether she and Kenya could ever be friends in the future, Apollo’s allegations and why she thinks Cynthia is turning to Kenya 2.0.

See what she had to say in the excerpts below.

Did she originally believe Kenya’s allegations against Apollo?

No, when this whole affair took place two years ago, even though I wasn’t that close to Phaedra at the time, I felt her pain. I know what it is like to be with someone who isn’t faithful. I can’t imagine how it must have felt to think your husband is possibly sleeping with a co-worker or being inappropriate. I remember Kenya admitting to Kandi that she did see Apollo in LA last season. That’s why I don’t understand why she’s now forcing Apollo to back track and clear something she admitted in private with Kandi. But hey, that’s none of my business.

If Kenya apologized, do you think you two could be friends?

Unfortunately, I’m exhausted from going around in circles with a person who doesn’t mean well. Last week as I watched the show, I was in complete shock to see this woman play “The Victim” after she blatantly used props, pointing them in my face and shouting obscenities through a bullhorn in my ears. This weekend when I saw her make fun of how she violated my personal space, it made me sorry for a woman of her age with such behavior! She needs help in a real way. I find it pathetic that she would try to toy with the hearts of our fans and cry wolf by making claims of being attacked, then in a blink of an eye sing a song about dragging me by my hair.

She can never give a sincere apology because those come from the heart. At this point, I’m not sure she has one or a conscience. She represents a woman who is lost in “Fake Reality” and will most likely realize it isn’t real and have nothing because instead of using her gifts and being a blessing, she will have spent her life being envious and tearing down others who are actually living in the real world. However, if Kenya takes responsibility for the use of props at the reunion, yes, there might be a chance for a new start between the two of us.

A little messiness

Oh, here’s a little steamy tea, you all have to promise it’s just between us! I saw Kenya’s full sew-in & track, on a RHOA international trip. However, I welcome her and all to visit gonakedhair.com to get ya hair glam on!

And lastly, what she made of Cynthia and her behavior during the first and second episodes.

Flip-flopper and mean girl! The reason I chose those words to describe her character will become clear as you watch season 7. You will see for yourself the new and unimproved Cynthia.

She’s still cool at times and I still care for her, but mainly from afar! I feel like this season she has decided to “do whatever it takes” for her to make it.  It’s sad that you don’t see the true person or see who is real around you until money is involved. I believe that because of her financial misfortune she has chosen to act like Kenya, doing anything for a check. At the end of the day, we are only left with our self-worth & integrity. Instead, she has sold both to have a storyline and check. I pray that she realizes that even though she didn’t have a voice before, mimicking evil around you & being mean spirited is not being strong at all. Instead, one would think she’d been setting a positive example as a role model for women of all ages, verses displaying negative behavior.

Do you agree with Porsha, was Cynthia behaving inconsistently on the first two episodes? Is she too desperate for a storyline?

Kenya Moore Is Getting Married

November 19th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Don’t ask us how, who, what, where when, or why, ‘cuz baby we don’t know. But, according to Kenya Moore’s Instagram page, she is getting married — tomorrow!

Okay, so I guess we do know the answers to a few of those questions. The who is “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” most notorious antagonist, the what is an apparent wedding, and the why is for her new scripted show “Life Twirls On.” Kenya is inviting fans to be extras in her new TV show in Jonesboro, GA, tomorrow, where the only requirement seems to be to be fabulous — and formally dressed.

When Kenya talked to JET magazine about the TV pilot a little while back, she said the show was “a half-hour comedy loosely based on my life. It’s funny, it shows me in a situation where I have two sisters. We move in together to try and resolve our differences–we’re all at different crossroads in our lives.”

Could that mean Kenya might be walking down the aisle soon in reality? Or is that the loosely based part? Either way this should be an interesting spectacle. What do you think?

“I Shouldn’t Have Told My Wife You Offered Me Fellatio”: Apollo’s Been Lying On Kenya, And Mama Joyce Is Back And Mean As Ever; RHOA Ep. 2

November 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This week’s episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” included a lot of action and drama, and as usual, Kenya and Apollo were a big part of it.

To summarize: Phaedra and Apollo continue to be at odds, Mama Joyce is back and she still can’t stand Todd, and as it turns out, Apollo has been lying on Kenya all along. Let’s chat about this week’s shenanigans, shall we?

“Real Housewives Of Atlanta” Racks Up Best Season Premiere Numbers In Bravo History

November 14th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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People love those Atlanta peaches! The Real Housewives of Atlanta season seven premiere on Sunday had the highest ratings of any premiere in the network’s history, tallying 3.83 million viewers overall and 2.2 million among adults ages 18 to 49. The show bested last year’s premiere by 20 percent.

The premiere spent much of the time focused on Apollo Nida’s legal troubles, but also gave us Kandi’s married name (Burruss-Tucker) and gave us a look at Nene’s preparations for her role in the Las Vegas show “Zumanity.” (You can read the full recap here.)

The show’s premiere numbers also outdid CBS’ Madam Secretary, but they were exceeded by ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

RHOA was also the number one reality show on social media with 171,000 tweets.

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“I’m Really Not Supposed To Be Here…” Kenya Moore Recalls Her Abusive Relationship

November 13th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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After the whole melee with Porsha and Kenya from last year’s reunion, Kenya compared that hair pulling incident to a man beating his wife. While that might have been a little extreme, in an interview with theGrio, Kenya explained why she was so sensitive to Porsha’s attack.

It actually triggered memories of an abusive relationship from her past.

“I was really young. I was in high school, and I was dating a much older man. He was every bit of what you would think an abuser would be. He tormented me physically, mentally and once even nearly killed me by putting me into the hospital from stabbing me with a finger nail file.” 

“I lived through that very early on and I feel actually blessed because I did go through it so young and I know the signs to look out for with the men that i’m dating now. And whenever I see a hint of it, I don’t choose to be with that person because I know what it looks like.”

When asked what she would tell other women who may find themselves in a similar situation, Kenya said:

“Love is not someone who will hit you, someone who will talk down to you, someone who controls you, someone who doesn’t allow you to be with your friends, someone who wants to be every part of your life, that’s not love. And my advice would be if they are experiencing that, then they need to tell someone, they need to confide in someone that can help them.”

She also expressed that she wished she had taken her own advice as a teenager.

“I wish I had told another man that it was happening to me because I feel like a man would not stand for it on any level, to see a young woman being abused in that way. So I would say, try to stop seeing that person, get help, counseling yourself, which I had to do. And also, tell someone. 

I’m blessed. I’ve had a lot of things to overcome in my life and I just feel blessed that I am here. I’m really not supposed to be here…but I’m here.”

Why I Believe Phaedra Didn’t Know About Apollo’s Thieving Ways

November 13th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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Like my last article addressing Apollo and Phaedra, I must start this off by saying that I have no idea what their marriage was like.  All I can do is speculate, because, like in most marriages, the only people who know what really happened are the two people involved.  With the use of reality television you get somewhat of an insight, but even that’s flawed, because you only see what the people involved, the cameras, and the editors show.

Now that I got all of that out of the way, can I just say that I think that some people are being a little too hard on Ms. Parks.

When Apollo was first arrested, and with the release of Ms. Stanton’s book, a lot of people said that Phaedra had to have known.  There was also the phrase of:  “Where did she think the money was coming from?” and “What type of wife was she not to know?!”

As someone who was married, now separated, soon to be divorced, I have to say that I can see how she could have been in the dark about a lot of things.  Let’s dissect the situations that people claim should have pinpointed Apollo’s wrong doings and have pointed to Phaedra’s willing participation.

His Past:

Some people think that his past should have been a good indication, but Phaedra was blind to it because of how he looked.

However, I honestly think that she thought that his past was behind him.  If someone is telling you about the wrong that they have done, and they’re being so open with it, you begin to think that they are recognizing their faults.  You begin to think that they are so open with discussing it because they’re not interested in behaving in that way ever again, so their past follies are now only anecdotes to a forgotten path that they have discarded.

On top of that, you look at the person and you begin to feel bad for judging them because you have a past too.  You think:  well, I wasn’t always on the up and up, and I’ve messed up too.  Just because they got caught, or theirs was on a larger scale doesn’t mean that I should hold it against them, I mean, he/she seems like they’ve changed.

So, you begin to believe them.

 

His lack of a Job:

To my understanding, Phaedra always talked as if Apollo was employed.  On one reunion special when some of the other wives suggested that Apollo was living off of Phaedra, she proudly admitted that he worked, made his own money and was employed as in the Asset Recovery field.  Even Kandi jumped in to explain it a little better.  There was even a scene two seasons ago where he came in with a bookbag on and said that he just came from work.  Granted, we now know that he was in field of stealing assets, but I don’t think she really knew that.

How many times do adult people tell you that they do something and you actually check on them?  How often do you go to your spouse’s or boyfriends jobs?  Even if you do, how often do you see them in action?

There are many people who lie about their jobs, and they do so because they are embarrassed.  People lie about credentials, background, and for having a higher position than they actually do.  Heck, I knew a guy in college who always talked about going to class and working on papers, when we all knew that he was kicked out of the University.  It didn’t stop him from strapping on a bookbag, sitting in different lectures, and carrying a yearbook around to give the impression that he was still in school.

Most of the time if someone you love and trust is telling you that they are doing something mundane, and they’re leaving for a set number of hours each day, are you going to follow them?  You’re gonna take their word, because why would anyone lie about that?!

On top of that, Apollo was a reality star, and most reality stars supplement their wages by doing appearances.  When he talked about throwing thousands of dollars in the strip club, maybe he told Phaedra that he got that money from work or from a series of appearances?  It’s plausible!

 

Penultimate, his attitude.

Now, I don’t ever want to come off like I’m anti-Apollo.  I don’t even know the guy.  But what I saw on the show was a guy who didn’t like to be questioned.  He was portrayed as a guy that he was highly offended if Phaedra questioned him and didn’t take his word.

I’m not saying that Apollo was threatening, and Phaedra was scared.  But what I’m saying is, when you’re married and have kids, you try to minimize as much drama as possible.  For some people, it looks like trying to bypass anything that makes their spouse angry, so you try not to overly question or make them feel like they’re being interrogated and take them for their word, because (as some of them say) “you act like you don’t trust me.”

Marriage is all about trying to find a good way to live a life with a person who has a life outside of you that includes other stressors.  So, many people toe that line with their spouses.

 

Finally, her behavior.

I remember about three to four months before I left my husband and decided to go at things alone, I buried myself in work.  At the time I was book editing full time, and I was ed-it-ing.  I would do a book in the morning, a book in the afternoon, and a book a night.

For me, there was such a tangible sense of powerlessness that was going on.  My marriage was disintegrating, my husband didn’t seem to want to talk about it, our newborn was being a newborn, and we went from a two income family to one.

When things in people’s lives get out of control, they might try to find solace in something that they can control.  That’s the basis of some people’s eating disorders, addictions, abusive behaviors, and other habits.  For me, it was working, it gave me the ability to feel like I had something to control when every other area of my life was out of control.

So when Phaedra started getting all of these extra degrees, putting on animal funerals, and redecorating, I didn’t see it as she was trying to cover for the unknown source of Apollo’s income.  I saw it as her finding a sense of control.

Like I said, none of this is based off of knowing these people, because I don’t.  But because I know how difficult a marriage can be, and how people will look over signs that are obvious to others, it causes me to be a little bit more sympathetic.

Love truly does cover a multitude of sins, and when you’re tied to a person you might be more likely to believe that hogwash that they’re feeding you.  You’re more willing to look for rain clouds when they’re obviously peeing on your leg, because you want to believe that the person they showed themselves to be when you were first dating is still there.

However, when you realize that you’re actually eating chum, instead of sushi is when you finally decide to move on, which is what Phaedra is doing now.  She might have had blinders on all this time, but she’s obviously seeing clearly now.

 

Kendra Koger is now craving sushi (thanks article), and tweeting @kkoger.