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For weeks, there have been rumors floating around that “House of Payne” actress Demetria McKinney has been cast as the newest member of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Although the network has remained mum regarding the rumors up until this point, a reliable source has revealed to MadameNoire that the singer and actress will be starring in the new season. In fact, last night, Demetria hosted a party celebrating the release of her new music video for her single, “100,” featuring Da Brat at Harlem Nights in Atlanta.
The guest list consisted of many of Atlanta’s familiar faces, including Phaedra Parks, Apollo Nida, Cynthia Bailey, Peter Thomas, Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss, Carmon Cambi, Derek J and Da Brat. Oh, and of course, Bravo cameras were in the building capturing the magic on film.
“Demetria sat at a booth with the Housewives. They were all interacting very well,” the source told us. “They were all supportive. There was a glitch and the video wouldn’t play, but they were all supportive like, ‘Girl, it’s okay. You know, it’s going to be alright.’”
“They all stayed the whole time until it was done.”
Unsurprisingly, Kenya and Porsha are still at each other’s throats.
“Of course, there was some shade. Kenya came in, hugged everybody else, looked at Porsha and looked her up and down. Then she threw her hand like, ‘Ugh.’”
Strangely, although Apollo stated a few weeks ago that he believes his marriage to Phaedra is pretty much over, it appears that the two may either be trying to work things out or are still trying to save face for the cameras.
“Later on, Apollo came. He came by himself. I don’t know why he came by himself and not with Phaedra. He did come in and kiss her and she wasn’t pulling back like, ‘Don’t give me no kiss,’ so…”
Adding to the awkwardness was Kandi’s former Xscape group member and apparent enemy, Tamika Scott, who was also in the building.
“I don’t think she spoke to Kandi at all,” the source revealed.
You can check out additional photos from the event on the following pages. Are you looking forward to seeing Demetria on the show this season?
Even though Kim Zolciak managed to make being petty look fun and easy, she recently told In Touch Weekly that she really dreaded her time on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
In fact, she believes the way the producers and editors portrayed her was not an accurate depiction of who she is as a person.
“I was made to look like a wine drinking, raging lunatic! I hated it!”
Zolciak, the mother of six, says she feels leaving was a great decision for her. “It got to the point where I felt like I was sacrificing myself for a paycheck. I never knew what I was getting into.”
And then, she threw just a bit of shade, saying that her relationships with her castmates influenced her decision to go.
“I didn’t like half of the women on the show, so that made things difficult.”
Ok Kimmy. We’re hoping that’s the truth (Ruth) and she’s not just a little bit bitter because Bravo didn’t ask her to come back.
Either way, these are just a few of the juicy quotes from the In Touch interview, there will be more in the new issue which is on news stands now.
Do you think Kim was really having that bad of a time or do you think she’s a little salty now that the ride is over?
Get ready for some mess.
As if there wasn’t enough drama to go around among the six main characters on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Bravo has apparently decided to add two new ladies to the bunch. According to the Daily Mail, those ladies are model and personality Claudia Jordan and actress Demetria McKinney who are allegedly joining the reality show as “B” characters a la Marlo Hampton. If you think back on how much mess Marlo has caused over the seasons, you can see how this could be a problem.
In true “wives” reality TV show fashion, neither Claudia nor Demetria is married, much less a housewife. Claudia, 41, who you probably recall from “Tiny Tonight” and her beef with Omarosa on “Celebrity Apprentice All Stars” isn’t even in a serious relationship and apparently just relocated to Atlanta to join the Rickey Smiley Show radio program. Demetria, 32, who used to star in Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” is a single mom of a 12-year-old son and has been in a relationship with former Tyler Perry Studios executive Roger Bobb for some time now.
A source close to the network told the Daily Mail:
“Bravo is really high on her. She’s likeable, works well with the other ladies and is intriguing without contrived drama. She has wealth, loves fashion and fine things, and is in a real relationship with a high-powered entertainment executive.”
As for Claudia Jordan, the source said:
“Claudia desperately wants to be on this show despite that fact that she doesn’t remotely fit the Housewives’ format. She came on the show as a friend of Kenya’s but hasn’t meshed that well with the others. “She dresses like a teenage party girl and isn’t into fine, southern living, so producers aren’t sure that viewers will really connect with her or find her likable.”
Why aren’t we surprised? Production just began on the seventh season of RHOA last month so it’ll be a little while before we see these two in action, but based on their descriptions what do you think about these two new additions?
We all watched Todd endure his fair share of hell from Kandi’s mother, Mama Joyce, on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” And most of us can agree that he handled it with more class than many of us would have–including Kandi herself.
So with that in mind, it’s only right that Kandi show her man extra special attention whenever she can.
Todd’s birthday is coming up on August 4 but apparently, Kandi couldn’t wait to surprise him.
She posted a picture of her new husband in the white Corvette she bought him on Instagram. Here’s how she captioned it.
Happy Birthday to my love @todd167!!! I love you babe! His bday is Monday August 4th but we’re celebrating all weekend :* #stingray #corvette #MadeInTheUSA #HeLovesHisGift I’m a good wide! Lol!
Yes, props to you Kandi. “You done good.”
Exclusive: NeNe Leakes Talks New HSN Clothing Line, Cynthia & Marlo, Wendy Williams & Why She Keeps Coming Back To RHOA
NeNe Leakes doesn’t really need any introduction around these parts does she? At least once a week something she’s said, done or something that involves her, in one way or another, is featured here on MN. We’re always talking about NeNe and have been since she joined the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” with her one of kind brand of “keepin’ it real.” In honor of her launching her new clothing line with HSN, we got a chance to speak to Ms. Leakes about everything from her new business venture with HSN, the end of her friendships with Marlo and Cynthia, the issues she has with Wendy Williams, why she can’t leave RHOA even if she wanted to and whether or not we’ll see her on Broadway. Just like the NeNe we see on television, Ms. Leakes in real life had plenty to say when we spoke to her on the phone and I ended the conversation remembering just how she became the one-to-watch reality star that she is today. See what she had to say.
What inspired the clothing line?
I wanted women of all ages, all shapes, all sizes to feel comfortable and confident in the clothes that they’re wearing. My motto was, for every woman to walk into her closet, walk out of her closet and own it. I just want them to own it. I would go out like that. I would have women that would approach me and say things like, ‘Hey NeNe where do you buy your clothes?’ First thing they would say, ‘You’ve lost so much weight.’ And I would say ‘No I haven’t.’ You watch me on television and I know television sometimes makes people look much larger but I’m not plus size. But people thought I was plus size from watching me on television and I would say, you know I need to come out with a line of clothing that makes women feel good, affordable luxury. I’m able to walk through the store and obviously buy things that are very expensive but there was a time in my life when I couldn’t afford things either. So we came out with a line with good fabrics, things that really felt good, things that wash good, things that dry cleaned well, things that didn’t tear. And then clothes for larger, curvier girls. We can tap into a market that nobody is really tapping into right now and that’s what I did.
What made you chose to partner with HSN?
We took meetings with a lot of different people. And HSN actually felt right. When they walked into the room we totally clicked. And you need to really work with people who really understand and get you. They even took a little bit of a chance too. There’s a reason why people aren’t going into market for the curvier girls. They felt like it was a little scary to kind of go up to sizes that were so large but I felt very adamant about us clothing the curvier girl. And I felt like the curvier woman or girl would want to come out and purchase this line if we made things that weren’t frumpy, if we only made things that were stylish. I felt like a lot of their issues were they couldn’t find things that were stylish in the market.
I’m a beginner in the fashion industry so I wanted to be able to learn my craft. One thing I hate is doing things that I don’t have the full knowledge of. I feel like I can turn it all the way out if I have full knowledge of how the game works.
Did you get into reality TV to use it as a platform?
You know when I first started I didn’t really know what the whole reality tv world was about. I had watched “Flavor of Love” and the two brothers [from "I Love New York."] The Osbournes and “The Real World” but I really didn’t know that much about reality shows. I was acting at the time. I was going back and forth from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be a part of pilot season. And when I got approached by these producers to do the housewives of Atlanta I wasn’t thinking about anything other than maybe this could help my acting career. So I didn’t really go into the show with a plan. Once I got on the show and saw what the show was, I was like ‘Oh ok, I’m about ready to turn this into a business. We really need to start working on our dreams.’ And just from that– I didn’t even know how I was going to work on my dream actually.
I met this man, whose my manager now, Steven Grossman, he would say ‘I see all of these things for you. I watch you and I feel like you can do this, that or the other.’ And I thought, ‘Ok, so he wants some money.’ So I let the meeting go and went a whole other year and he would always try to send me a message like I still want to work with you and I was like ‘Ok…no!’ Until one day, I sat back and thought I just really learned the game after doing the show a couple of seasons.
I really was able to work on the show and saw that there were so many girls on the show who wanted to be popular. It was so weird to me because honestly… honestly I never wanted to be popular. I never thought about that. I always thought, I want to damn eat and I want some damn money. When other girls on the show were thinking about how popular they were, I felt like I was always popular. I was popular in high school. It was never that serous to me. These girls wanted rich boyfriends but they never wanted to do anything. They just wanted to date a popular guy. So I learned real quick. I thought, hey I’m married. All I can do right now is try to figure out how we can eat. It just popped in my mind to start working, you got to do other things outside of this show. So I reached back out to Steven and I said let’s give this a try. And it just worked for us. It just worked in my favor that people wanted to meet with me.
Over the weekend rumors started to swirl that Phaedra Parks wouldn’t be coming back for the next season of “Real Housewives Of Atlanta.” And while that would make sense considering all of the drama that’s currently brewing in her household right now, it doesn’t seem to be the case.
According to TMZ, not only is Phaedra scheduled to participate in the upcoming season, she’s been shooting for a month now. A source told TMZ that the rumors of her taking a leave of absence from the show are just not true.
And she’s not the only one. Her husband Apollo Nida will also appear on the show until he has to begin serving his eight year prison sentence for fraud. Though I did hear some tea that Phaedra refused to film with Apollo. Apparently, she was driving to a restaurant to do a scene and when she learned that Apollo was there, she said she wasn’t coming. But that’s all hearsay at this point.
Naturally, the cameras want to capture some of the drama associated with Apollo’s sentence and the stress and strain it’s caused in the Nida/Parks marriage.
The rumors that Phaedra was quitting may have surfaced because a source confirmed that Phaedra may skip some filming to take care of family business but that’s far from leaving the show altogether.
I wish I could say I was surprised. But honestly, this is the most interesting thing that’s ever happened to Phaedra and Apollo.
It’s a generally understood and accepted fact that Real “Housewife,” Kenya Moore has a flair for the dramatic. She spends her life doing the utmost. And it’s gotten her into a bit of trouble on more than one occasion. Yet she never seems to learn.
This past weekend, the reality TV star was participating in some type of competitive event at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Other Real Housewives from the other franchises were also in attendance where they teamed up with “high rollers” for a series of games they performed in front of a large audience.
In one of the games, the housewives were supposed to teach the high rollers how to work a catwalk. It seems like Kenya would be the perfect person for this. But it wasn’t long before she hit the floor and not with a dance step.
Take a look at the video below.
What we will say about Kenya though, she played it off pretty well and recovered like she starring in a sultry music video.
You can’t keep Kenya down.
I’m very hesitant to speak on other people’s marital problems. Marriage is very easy to discuss when you’re not married. Everyone seems to have the answers and easy solutions to what married people need to do, but when you’re in a marriage, the lines are muddied by the waters of love, expectation, family and the such. But with all of that said… really Apollo?!
Last week we posted an article addressing how his life has been since his sentencing. As most people hypothesized, he addressed that his marriage to Phaedra might indeed be on the outs.
“I doubt [that my marriage will survive this],” the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” said during a recent interview with B100 Radio. “My wife didn’t even f—ing show up for my sentencing. I’m still kind of salty about that.”
Okay, now I was already feeling a level of disgust when he did that pathetic photo with the caption: “Who will ride with me?” But this is just too much for my sense of reality. Are you kidding me, dude?!
Now let’s be real, there’s always a level of deception in relationships, especially when you’re first dating. Chris Rock expressed this in his Bigger and Blacker stand-up comedy special. He explained that when you’re first meeting someone, you’re meeting their representatives. That’s true. Everyone’s on their best behavior, and it extends when the relationship begins to become serious. Men will adamantly tell you how they will always love you, protect you, be romantic, and offer you a never wavering shoulder of support. Women will do the same thing. They’ll cook for you, clean up after you, and will sing (or if you’re like me and don’t have great singing abilities, but have mastered the art of “talk-singing”) Kelly Rowland’s verse on “Cater 2 U,” expressing their desire of always being appealing to you, domestically, physically, and emotionally.
It’s not until you begin to get really comfortable, that you begin to let the façade fall and your true colors show. Especially if you introduce children into the mix (“You want me to cater to you? Change this child’s diaper, do that and then we’ll talk.”) Within a relationship you learn to either be a better version of yourself, due to wanting to keep the person in your life, or you just embrace your faults and hope the other person will accept them as well.
However, there’s something to say about men who want full acceptance of their flaws and expect their partner to mindlessly go along with the foolishness. Now, I’m not talking about all men, just the constant victim, the I want a ride or die chick, but will quickly drop a woman if she does the same thing that I do type of dudes.
I’ve seen men who have abused their wives and girlfriends only to get mad at her when she finally leaves, but blast her on Facebook to get back at her. Get back at her for what?! You were the one doing the dirt!
Which leads me back to the Apollo, who’s-gonna-ride-for-my-crap situation. Now, I’m not going to ever pretend like I knew what their marriage was like. But I do know that it probably wasn’t easy on Phaedra to have to constantly defend the character of her husband when he was released from prison the first time. When other people took any opportunity to bash him (and we have the entire third season or “Real Housewives of Atlanta” as proof of that), she defended him because she loved him. She was riding with you then. After “text-gate” with those inappropriate texts with Kenya Moore, she still rode for you. When you played her oh-so bogusly on episodes of last season’s RHOA and she stood there quietly, knowing that her silence would be broadcast to millions, she rode for you. Granted, we didn’t see her fall out, which I’m pretty sure happened when the cameras were gone, but she took a slide so you could look like a man. She rode with you.
But let me ask you something, when were you riding for her? Were you riding for her when you and your “right hand b—h” were defrauding innocent people? Were you riding for her when you so callously put your foot down in an attempt to prove that you’re a man, while also stomping her reputation?
It just bothers me when I see these men who demand women to be by their side, constantly, even in the face of not just their wrong doing, but sometimes in the face of infidelity. (And if I hear another man say: “But that’s just what men do, women can’t do what men do,” I’m going to vomit… all over your faces.) But the crazy thing about it is, if the shoe was on the other foot, would men stay? If a woman cheated on her husband or boyfriend, how many men would unabashedly leave, citing crap about their pride? But you expect women to just be empty shells of thoughtless obedience?
Men, respect needs to come from both ends. You can’t behave dirty and not expect to deal with some uncomfortable consequences. It’s like blaming a mirror for not liking your reflection. The mirror didn’t make you look this way, it’s only showing you how you look. Don’t question the mirror’s loyalty to you for not reflecting what you wanted to see.
You want people to ride for you, then ride for them as well. If not, catch a bus or something.
Last night, Andy Cohen celebrated his the fifth anniversary of “Watch What Happens Live.” And though things seemed to be a little tense between him and NeNe Leakes, the two had a grand ole time laughing and joking about various topics, including just how rich NeNe is. She was also joined by fellow Bravo star, real estate agent Jeff Lewis from “Flipping Out.” Things were pretty light and easy until Andy asked NeNe how she felt about Apollo being sentenced to eight years in prison. Leakes said that while she knew Apollo had admittedly committed these crimes, she still felt bad for both him and Phaedra. And when Andy asked if she’d spoken to Phaedra about the sentencing she said she had not because the topic was just too uncomfortable.
Andy moved on from Apollo and Phaedra and started taking questions from the audience. Even those were pretty jovial, until one woman asked about the status of NeNe and Cynthia’s friendship. Here’s what NeNe had to say:
There’s no friendship and there will not be. No, I am so done with her. I don’t even have words for her.
We had a real friendship and I don’t play those games. We had a real friendship, I really loved her and I feel like if she a issue with me, I don’t understand somebody waiting six months to have an issue with you. Come over your house, eat your food, go to the hospital, go to the fashion week with you, travel for New Years and then all of a sudden sit on a couch and make up some isht.
She blindsided me sitting on the couch.
Jeff: But she clearly loves you and I’m wondering if you can find it in your heart to forgive her.
I can forgive her but I don’t want to have a friendship with her, ok? So I know you only get to see one side of it. You have to know the whole story. How dare you be my good friend and I be there for you and you wait six months to tell me I did something wrong in front of people who don’t give a damn about our friendship? If you were a true friend, you could have called me up and said, ‘Hey I need to talk to you. Come to my house, let’s meet, let me come to your house.’ Why would you bring this up in front of people who don’t care about our friendship one way or the other.
Jeff: Maybe you can hear her out?
No, I can’t hear that b*tch out.
Jeff: Has she apologized?
Jeff: Maybe she’ll apologize next season.
Well, maybe she will.
You can watch this portion of NeNe’s “Watch What Happens Live” sit down in the video below.
In this week’s new print issue of In Touch Weekly, a source close to Phaedra Parks says that the Real Housewives of Atlanta star doesn’t plan to stick around to watch Apollo Nida go through another stint in jail. Nida did five years for racketeering from 2004 to 2009, and soon after he was released, he wed Parks in November 2009. From there, they had little Ayden, 3, and baby Dylan, 1, and all seemed good. But then their communication issues started popping up on the show (remember when he left her sitting outside of their hotel room in Mexico after she caught him and Kenya being Chatty Cathys?), he was having inappropriate interactions with Kenya Moore, and of course, he got involved in more illegal schemes that would come back to haunt him.
Now a source says that Parks “wants to leave him” and has wanted to for a while.
“If they never started a family, she would have filed for divorce long ago. But this is going to push Phaedra to act quickly.”
The source says that she wanted to make her family work for her sons, but she can’t deal with Nida’s never-ending legal issues.
If Phaedra does head for the exit, this wouldn’t be a major shocker. For one, she wasn’t present at Nida’s sentencing, and we really haven’t seen the couple together (as in the same room) since Nida was telling Kenya Moore to get ready to put money on his “books” if he was sentenced to do more jail time at the RHOA reunion months ago.
After the sentencing, Kandi Burruss said that her friend was distracting herself with work:
“Phaedra’s doing great. She’s basically working. That’s how I deal with things too; when I have a lot going on, I just put more into work.
I know that she’s promoting her book and doing the book tour and stuff like that and she’s not really trying to focus as much on what’s happening.”
Nida posted a cryptic message days after his sentencing, asking “Who will ride with me??” And even though Parks said she would stand by him until his trial had concluded, it’s unclear what her next move will be. But someone who thinks she should stay is Gayla St. Julien, Nida’s alleged co-conspirator who is serving time for her role in all that bank fraud. In an interview with us from behind bars, she said that if Parks knowingly benefited in any way from the money Nida made illegally, she shouldn’t abandon him now:
“There were benefits that had been reaped and so if you go into a marriage and you know what a person is involved in, and you say ‘Okay, I can deal with it,’ and you take the diamonds, you take the trips, you take the bikes, you take the whatevers–then you take the time too.”
But we’ll have to wait and see what happens…