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Well, it appears that Dr. Umar Johnson is looking to turn in his title as Black America’s favorite “Prince of Pan-Africanism” for a Georgia peach.
What I am talking about is an announcement posted a few days ago on the good doctor’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages suggesting that we could see him on an upcoming episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. To be more specific, the announcement, which is attached to a picture of the RHOA cast members reads as follows:
“Breaking News!! Dr.Umar Johnson, Black America’s #1 School Psychologist, invited to appear as special guest PsychoTherapist on an episode of “The Real HouseWives of Atlanta!” Date Coming Soon….”
Although the producers of RHOA have yet to confirm his appearance and Dr. Johnson’s message does only say that he’s been “invited,” it sounds like some commitment has already been made as noted by the part of the message that reads “Date Coming Soon….”
Needless to say, this possible appearance has raised eyebrows from both outside and within Dr. Johnson’s part of the conscious Black community. In particular, some on his Facebook page are wondering why Dr. Johnson would risk going – or even want to go – on a show, which they believe not only degrades Black people, but has the potential to make him (and by default, the conscious community) look foolish.
And they do have a reason to worry. If you’ll recall, “Dr.” Tiy-E Muhammad, the self-proclaimed relationship expert, and certified psychologist, ended up looking foolish as all hell after appearing on a couple of RHOA episodes. He played the role of Sheree Whitfield’s boyfriend. But it came to light that the “The Love Doctor” was not a certified psychologist. In fact, he had only attended a couple of semesters at Southern Illinois University.
Some critics are also calling Dr. Johnson’s possible appearance hypocritical considering that has been known to rail against the alleged destructive propaganda of not only mainstream television, but also of Black women with weaves and blond hair. Of course, Dr. Johnson has some supporters. Particularly those who feel that this exposure will not only give him an opportunity to “free some minds,” but open wallets for his proposed Marcus Garvey RBG International Leadership Academy for Black Boys. It should be noted that Dr. Johnson would not be the first public intellectual to use mainstream channels to help reach broader audiences. Not only has famed intellectual and activist Dr. Cornel West cut a rap album, but he also appeared in the sequels to the cult classic Matrix trilogy.
Personally, as a fan of both reality television and Black women with weaves, I want to see this to happen. But only for meme’s sake. Still, it is hard to see how dishing tea with the ladies would be the right move for Dr. Johnson, who only a couple of months ago was involved in a very salacious public sex scandal with Khym Ringgold, aka, the Conscious Stripper, after he erroneously claimed that he was celibate.
And again, a fan of reality television, I do realize that much of it is scripted and heavily edited. With that in mind, I also fail to see how any of this would help to repair his image, let alone empower the global African community. And I definitely don’t see this changing the minds of those, even among his flock, who still have questions about how well his personal character matches up with his public persona. If anything, it would likely provide more ammunition to those who feel that the good doctor is using the Black conscious community to promote his personal ambitions.
Moreover, I think his possible appearance is another example of how misogyny, particularly against Black women, is often normalized in our community. In spite of all of his personal contradictions and regressive gender and sexual philosophies, Dr. Johnson still continues to enjoy great success on talk circuits. Not just within the conscious community, but among more mainstream Black institutions as well. This includes guest hosting on a few of Roland Martin’s radio shows and being an on-air guest on Martin’s news show, which airs on TV One.
His appearance also says something about how our oppression as Black women and the Black LGBTQ community continues to be normalized even within more mainstream (i.e., White) channels. I just find it a slap in the face that Bravo and Andy Cohen, who produce the Real Housewives series, would even extend an invitation to a man who once said that single mothers “psychologically castrate” boys and turn them gay. This is especially confusing for a show geared mostly towards the Black LGBTQ community and Black women in general.
The irony in all of this is that Dr. Johnson, as well as many of his followers, love to call any Black who doesn’t get step-toe in line with misogyny and homophobia “brainwashed followers of white women feminism.” Yet those same people have no qualms about accepting checks from gay White men. If the same act would make us “negro bed wenches,” what does that make them? But that is just me pointing out some things…
What do you think? Can a so-called Black conscious brother lead a flock away from the destructive gains of White supremacy while also standing knee-deep in it?
You may remember earlier this year we reported that Kim Fields would be joining the cast of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” And though that might have been the case at one point, sources claim that that’s no longer happening.
According to Straight From The A, Fields was indeed considered for the show and even taped several episodes with cast members over the past month. But allegedly she was “too dry” in every scene. Which is not too much of a surprise. From what we know of Fields’, she’s always been a class act and she wanted to maintain her reputation on one of the most drama-filled reality shows around.
Good for her.
So, while it would be great to see her on television, on a more consistent basis, it won’t be on RHOA.
Is this good news or nah?
Last week, we reported Claudia Jordan apparently received the axe from Real Housewives of Atlanta. Now, we have some new information for you.
Singer and actress Drew Sidora will not be joining RHOA after all. The Jasmine Brand reports,
Drew Sidora will indeed be busy this Fall! Following the birth of her second child, Drew will return to TV in a new series, as well as co-star in “The Choir Director” and “The Preacher’s Son,” the highly anticipated film adaptations of Carl Weber’s “New York Times Best-Selling” books. Drew is also on deadline to complete her forthcoming cookbook and planning the annual Girl Summit for her DreamMakers charity. She has truly embraced and loves being a working mom. Contrary to published reports, “RHOA” producers did not “test” Drew’s “Housewife” qualifications for the upcoming season; however, we can confirm that she excels daily as both wife and mother.
Well, there you have it folks. Drew will be busy living her life as an actress and mom. Go Drew!
Apollo Nida had a very lonely Father’s Day.
According to TMZ, Phaedra Parks did not bring the estranged couple’s two sons to see their father this past weekend.
Sources told TMZ that Parks is taking advice from psychologists who have said it wouldn’t be good for her four-year-old son Ayden or her one-year-old son Dylan to see their father locked up because they’re so young.
Though the boys couldn’t be there in person, they sent Apollo cards with pictures of what they’d been doing recently.
Phaedra also hasn’t visted Nida, though a source claims that she puts money on his books so he can makes purchases at commissary.
Nida is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for stolen checks and money laundering.
This story breaks my heart. Of course it is Apollo’s consistently poor decisions that have separated him from his family; still, being kept away from his children just seems like adding insult to injury. While I understand that seeing a parent in jail might be a traumatic experience for a child, the alternative of not seeing your father during your crucial, developmental years, is also unhealthy.
I wonder how long does Phaedra plan to keep the three away from one another.
Though this is certainly not a position any wife and mother would ever want to find herself in, I think there are some advantages to Phaedra and Apollo’s sons being too young to fully comprehend what’s going on in their family. I’m sure traveling to prison can be a dark and depressing experience for someone who fully understands their loved one’s loss of freedom. But a four-year-old and certainly a one-year-old don’t have that same type of awareness. Perhaps they’ll just appreciate the chance to touch and see their father.
While I’m sure leaving is painful and unpleasant, having to tell Ayden over and over again that he can’t see his father and having Dylan know his father only through pictures around the house really isn’t much better.
This is no shade to Phaedra because I really can’t even imagine what this might feel like. Still, I’d like to think in a similar situation I wouldn’t deprive my children any more than they have to be in this unfortunate situation.
What do you think about Phaedra’s decision to keep her boys away from Apollo to prevent psychological damage? Is this the decision you would make if placed in a similar predicament?
This week the ladies discuss RHOA and LHHNY drama. Did Y'all See Cynthia Bailey's husband Peter Thomas caught on video with another woman and Juelz Santana's girlfriend Kimbella's questionable mother-daughter swimsuits? Watch as we discuss all that and more in the video above.
While Claudia Jordan can’t seem to find the right man in real life on Real Housewives of Atlanta she stayed arm-in-arm with a good looking guy during her days as a video model. After noticing Jordan in a throwback video on my favorite channel, VH1 Soul, I did some digging and realized she’s been in quite a few visual clips since the early ’90s, and you probably never noticed. Here are just a few of her big appearances from kicking it with The Backstreet Boys to mixing and mingling with Joe and Dru Hill.
It’s a wrap, ladies, and gents! We’ve finally completed season seven. But before we click our heels in excitement at the end of yet another stressful season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” we must chat about everything that went down in the RHOA reunion finale. Shall we?
Peter Confirms Whether Or Not NeNe Wanted Some Of His Sexual Chocolate
When the second RHOA reunion episode aired last Sunday, it concluded with NeNe screaming at Kenya about incorrectly claiming she flirted with Peter while married to her ride-or-die boo, Gregg. As we started the third and last episode, Andy Cohen asked Peter what exactly he had to say about such claims. Despite he and Cynthia’s issues with NeNe, he backed NeNe up saying, “Nothing inappropriate ever happened.” He also went on to defend Kenya in the same breath. According to Peter, he and NeNe have a similar personality, so even though some may have mistaken their past encounters as flirting, it was never anything like that. He also felt that because Kenya and Apollo had similar personalities, their encounters were also mistaken for flirtatious ones.
Nah. I think we can all agree that Kenya was flirting. She may not have actually wanted to sleep with Apollo, but she flirted with that man (and at times, did so to get under Phaedra’s skin)…
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There has been no shortage of drama on this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. From Apollo’s prison sentence to Kandi and Todd’s never ending issues with Mama Joyce, the Bravo reality show has done more than deliver. But last night’s episode was filled with so many awkward moments and namedropping (ahem, Roger Bobb), we almost lost count. Almost. Hit the flip to see the most cringe worthy scenes from the latest RHOA and get a sneak peek at some of the turmoil taking place next week.
RHOA Rewind: ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s’ Most Cringe Worthy Moments
It was another pretty explosive #RHOA reunion on Sunday. Kandi was brought to tears while speaking about her wounded relationship with Phaedra, Cynthia and Phaedra threw their best shade about winning cases, plus size modeling and pipe dreams, and NeNe called Kenya everything but a child of God after being accused of flirting with Peter. Let’s chat about all the shenanigans we witnessed on the RHOA Reunion Part II!
After months of name-calling, bickering, African side pieces, Roger Bobbs, pseudo truces, and major successes, we’ve finally made it to the season finale of RHOA! *Does a little jig on the couch*
But did season seven go out with a bang? Let’s talk about all that went down on Sunday’s season finale and get ourselves mentally prepared for the reunion.
If She Can Make It There, She Can Make It Anywhere
As the episode begins, NeNe, Gregg and their son Brentt stroll down the streets of Times Square, heading towards the theater where she will make her debut as the wicked stepmother in Cinderella. As they enter and stand on the empty stage, NeNe gets emotional when she thinks about how far she has come, and all the expectations she has on her back for opening night.