Have you ever watched a TV show and had absolutely NO idea what happened? Yeah, that was pretty much my experience watching last night’s boring episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta. So, Phaedra hosted a dedication for Ayden and I don’t know what all that pomp and circumstance was about, but it was very cute. Sheree, at the behest of Bravo, tried to force Damon to propose to her daughter, and Kim and Cynthia had the meekest, tamest showdown in RHOA history. Where’s NeNe when you need her! So, let’s get this recap started!
Things begin with Phaedra running around the church, planning Ayden‘s dedication. Phaedra’s white jeans are distracting me, I hate white jeans. I initially thought it was a baptism and became alarmed, because Bravo’s track record with christenings is not so hot. Bravo certainly likes to use children’s religious ceremonies to create drama, doesn’t it? Anyway, this was a dedication. And it involves the baby being carried on a floating sled thing called a palanquin, surrounded by other children in white, who are ringing bells. Or, maybe that’s just Phaedra’s take on the situation. By the way, did anyone think Phaedra’s pastor was Bobby Brown for a second?!
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As you know, Kim recently announced she was pregnant for a second time with husband Kroy Biermann. Just in time to start promoting that spin-off “Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding“! Rumors circulated that Kim was pregnant with another boy, but the bewigged one is claiming she hasn’t told anyone what she’s having yet!
Of course, as with all good speculation, there’s an unidentified source who claims, “They’re so excited because Kim already had two girls and now that she’s having a second son, the family will be balanced out with two of each.” However, Kim wants everyone to know that there can be no “secret source” as the couple hasn’t told anyone the baby’s gender! What better way to spread that news than via Twitter.
“@biermann71 and I JUST found out the sex of the baby a couple days ago of and we have NOT told a soul soooo all this speculation is funny!!”, Kim Tweeted. “Although I know the gender we just want a healthy baby,” she added.
Kim also confirmed that the couple has picked a baby name. “wait til u hear the new babies name we came up with it all on our own ;),” she teased.
Moving on from Kim to her former bestie, one has to wonder: Is NeNe Leakes getting too big for her britches? And by britches, I mean Atlanta. After her recent stint on Glee, it seems that the Neenster is more of a star than any of her RHOA counterparts, and she doesn’t need to follow in their footsteps (ahem, Kim and Kandi Burrus!) with a spin-off. NeNe recently shared with her followers on Twitter (where else?) that she had been approached about doing her own show, but for now she prefers “acting & talk show hosting.” Her fans don’t want her going anywhere though, as they love her on RHOA, with one tweeting, “just don’t leave #RHOA u make the show.” The always humble NeNe’s reply? “Ur right abt that because these chicks r boring.”
NeNe also used her Twitter page to show her softer side and discuss her relationship with Gregg. While the recent episodes have shown NeNe struggling with the finality of her divorce, her heart, it seems, may still be with her estranged husband. When asked by a fan if she thought that she and Gregg may be able to work through their differences, NeNe responded, “Hopefully some day! We hav [sic] an unbreakable bond.”
Not shockingly, NeNe didn’t give direct answers when responding to questions about the state of her relationship. When a fan inquired, “R u & Greg tryin 2 work things out ? I hope so u guys seem like wonderful parents,” NeNe avoided the question, but stated, “Greg is my 1 & only Tru love.”
And fear not RHOA fans, you still have a few episodes of the drama to enjoy before the reunion madness ensues! NeNe tweeted, “we have 3 more episodes then the reunion begins.”
On tonight’s episode, Kim and Cynthia are the only ladies to make it to Phaedra’s ginormous Christening party for Aiden, and the passive aggressiveness ensues when they must sit at the same table. After making some comments about the Africa trip, Cynthia and Peter dip out, with Kim going after her for a confrontation. Speaking of parties, Kim is planning a surprise party for Kroy’s homecoming. Am I the only person who is grossed out to learn that Kim dries her wigs in the microwave? Sheree helps her daughter’s boyfriend pick out an engagement ring, but here’s hoping she doesn’t scare him off with her expensive taste and advice to “work overtime” to afford it.
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THOUGHTS ON KIM’S LATEST PREGNANCY? DO YOU THINK SHE’S HAVING A BOY OR A GIRL? DO YOU THINK NENE WOULD REALLY TURN DOWN A SPIN-OFF? WILL SHE AND GREGG RECONCILE?
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On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe couldn’t go through with finalizing her divorce and Cynthia divorced her sister by asking her to stay out of her marriage. Kim and Kandi made amends and Kandi successfully wrote a country song with artist Jo Dee Messina. Sheree learned that Tierra‘s boyfriend is planning to propose – and has already asked Bob for his consent!
Things start out at Cynthia‘s house. Peter and Cynthia are both upset about Mal‘s behavior at their anniversary party. Cynthia decides she is done with their fighting, to which Peter claims, he has no issues with Mal he just doesn’t want to deal with her.
Moving on, Kim and Kandi get together for a heart to heart at her new rent-a-mcmansion. Kim acts as if she is lady of the manor, but she’s really hoochie on the hill. I did like her red striped sofa. Kandi and Kim discuss how their friendship got so off track, and it basically is because of a little track known as, Tardy For The Party. They agree business and friendship don’t mix and I notice Kim never apologized for stealing Kandi’s money!
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With their fourth season starting to wind down, the Real Housewives of Atlanta filmed their reunion show on Friday! And according to the tweets byAndy Cohen and some of the housewives, it is the best reunion to date! Below are some of those tweets:
Andy Cohen – “We just wrapped the #RHOA Reunion. Probably the best ATL reunion in 4 Seasons of the series. And I’m on vacation now! SeeYa!”
Nene Leakes – “The 1 thing I learned @ the reunion show yesterday is that people will say, do & believe whatever #Dumbbroads“
Kandi Burruss – “Good morning! Yesterday I let people get under my skin & take me out of my character.#GoingHam but Im Looking forward 2 a better day 2day.”
Kim Zolciak - “Some ppl n this world have no class, using the F word referring to gays is disgusting, insulting my husband etc is why prison is where she shud of stayed!”
Nene - “I can’t wait 2 get back 2 Lisa’s house that I live n! LOL LOL the lies Mr Never Land tells! They never end”
Nene – “Finished the reunion show early this morning where shots were fired & lies were told but Raleigh NC i’am here”
A photo of Kandi Burruss at the reunion is below! It seems like Sheree one or more of the housewives accused NeNe of living with former housewife, Lisa Wu Hartwell.
Meanwhile, this season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta drama has centered around the feud between the talls and the smalls. However, lots of pesky gossip is surfacing behind the scenes, leading me to think that some of the biggest drama is stuff we didn’t get to see.
According to Marlo Hampton’s most recent Bravo blog, she’s learned a lot. Some might even say she’s tinkering on the edge of a new vocabulary. She writes, “Today I learned a new word, shadanfreude \SHOD-n-froy-duh\ , noun: A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others. I learned that when people around you do not mean you well, you must not give them the tools with which they can trip you up.” That sounds like it is straight from Webster’s Dictionary. Dern, that’s deep Marlo!
Talking about that vacation which never seems to go away, Marlo continues, “Some time had passed since my mistake. To be honest, I had hoped that with it all taking place on a different continent, maybe it would not have traveled back home. There I was, all dressed up and ready to play — I expected the evening only to be fun. But Sheree [Whitfield]had been waiting. To look at it now, she had it all planned out. She had as fast as she could made sure to tell on me, and like a vulture circling its prey, she had chosen the optimal time to strike — when I least expected it and was defenseless.” Um, to which mistake is Marlo referring?
Marlo then goes on to explain why she lied to Lawrence about using the F-word, you know, even though it was caught on camera! She adds: “I did not want to lie. I wanted the opportunity to explain and to say sorry. But I couldn’t, because she was there, gloating, so eager to bring my mistake to light. I felt ambushed, backed into a corner. Her smiling face was so hateful, so cunning. What strikes me, is that her friend is not even her concern. In her enthusiasm to set me up, she actually delighted in causing him pain, by stating it was him I had directly talked about, when it was not.”
Marlo is probably just happy to be off the radar, as Phaedra Parks’dark past seems to be surfacing. A former friend of Phaedra’s is coming forward with a tell-all book touting the Atlanta housewife as the ringleader in an alleged insurance and forgery scam that sent her husband to the clink.
The source, Angela Stanton, is promoting a book, Lies of a Real Housewife–the book cover is below–and recently revealed a lot about her former friend and alleged partner in crime in an interview with vibe.com. She speaks about her time in state prison and giving birth while handcuffed to a bed in jail. Angela lost her mother while serving her sentence, and Phaedra went to the funeral in her place. Once released, she was charged with seventeen counts of conspiracy, and her friend Phaedra wouldn’t represent her, citing a conflict of interest. It was at this point that Apollo’s brother, Everett Nida, claimed Angela was the mastermind behind the crimes.
While she didn’t have to return to prison, Angela found it nearly impossible to find a job with her criminal past. She was scraping by for her children, and even attempted to become a “dancer” at a nightclub. Angela says she was shocked to turn on RHOA to see that Phaedra had married Apollo, and had been able to maintain her lifestyle and give birth not handcuffed to a bed. She was disgusted that Phaedra could pretend to be a friend and even attend her mother’s funeral, and then turn on her. While Angela holds herself accountable for her actions and decisions, she maintains that it was not her, but Phaedra, who was the brains behind the operation. She states, “My book is not about vengance, it’s about justice.” An excerpt of her book is below.
Phaedra Parks was the answer to everything. The only thing I really needed to know was how to act. All my life I always believed that acting was part of my God given talent. Along with hustling, acting came natural. I began thinking of myself as this smooth criminal. I had gotten accustomed to the quick money by now, and quite naturally I never turned down any jobs, no matter how high the risk.
The next mission would be one of the biggest jobs ever assigned to me by Phae. The assignment was well thought out, strategized, and planned. The execution of it was going to demand time. These types of jobs have to crawl before they mature and start walking. Then low and behold, before you even know it, they were off and running…The first part of my assignment involved scoping out potential vehicles at luxury car dealerships. Each day I simply drove around Atlanta, and the surrounding cities looking for potential prey. Every car lot I visited had several luxury cars. I spotted all of the latest models of Porsche, Mercedes Benz, Hummers, Corvettes, and Cadillacs.
Once I had the information recorded, I reported it back to E. We rarely discussed business on the phone. So E and I met daily, and swapped information, and fake documents. It seemed like we never stopped. I provided the VIN numbers, and he provided the fake identification cards, and fraudulent registration cards matched to the vehicles I previously recorded. At this point, I was handling all of the day-to-day operations.
The cars were then sent to a chop shop. The VIN numbers were filed down, and replaced with new ones. Once replaced, I was provided with fraudulent certificates of vehicle titles from the state of Ohio. It seemed like I was going back and forth to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Hapeville, Georgia, on a daily basis. The Ohio titles had to be swapped out for Georgia. No, ifs, ands or buts about it, that was an important step of the scam.
There were other areas of the business that required my attention. This was a major operation, and I could only be in one place at a time. Phae insisted that I enlist the help of my cousin, Sheree. She too was a go-getter and about her business as well. Anything having to do with making money, she was with it, and so was I…
On tonight’s episode, Peter and Cynthia discuss the scene Mallory made at their anniversary party. Cynthia seems ready to write off her sister at this point. Kandi and Kim have a sit down to clear the air. They discuss the comment about Kim not holding a black baby and how their collaboration with Kim’s music career put unnecessary stress on their friendship. They miss trips to the Bahamas, Connect Four games, and their girls playing together. Can I get a collective “Awwwww”? NeNe meets with her attorney to discuss the status of her divorce from Gregg. She is feeling scared about such a big decision, having been with Gregg for such a long time. The Neenster seems very vulnerable, but even in the lawyer’s office she’s cracking jokes. A new episode airs tonight at 9PM ET on Bravo. Watch a preview clip below.
COMMENTS ON MARLO’S BLOG? DO YOU BELIEVE ANGELA STANTON? WILL YOU BE READING LIES OF A REAL HOUSEWIFE?
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Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta featured a lot of bad evening attire. Whew. That mess of bad fashion at the anniversary party was so distracting, was it not? We also got some family drama, and Kim playing her new role of lady of the rented mcmansion. Oh, and Phaedra embalmed a dummy!
Things begin with Kim storming around her garage, ordering Sweetie and her father around under the guise of organizing before Kroy comes home. Kim is quite the hoarder collector! Kim claims she’s helping with the shuffling of boxes across the garage, but she’s really just barking orders. Sweetie threatens to call Clark Howard, who is some guy on the local news that exposes employers who mistreat their employees. Yes, Sweetie needs to get on that call.
Sweetie takes a cigarette break and Kim freaks out, chasing her all over the house bellowing and threatening. #timemanagement. Kim explains that Sweetie has become more of a friend than employee, and doesn’t take her job seriously. Is it because Kim has become more of a joke than ever? Although I agree, Sweetie needs to do her job or quit. Kim’s father tells her she needs yoga, she misses the point and says she’s already lost weight. I think he meant she needs to calm down. BTW – is anyone else not surprised Big Poppa is allegedly broke after seeing all that loot?
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The ladies are settling back into their lives in Atlanta, but of course the drama follows them wherever they go. Taking to her blog, NeNe Leakes doesn’t hold back when writing about her perceived discord between the Smalls.
NeNe notes, “[T]here was drama about whether Kim [Zolciak] would have come to Africa and Kandi [Burruss]saying something about Kim holding a baby at the orphanage. The Smalls are looking a bit divided. Do you have to be friends with someone to agree with what they are saying? From what I could see, Cynthia [Bailey]said something that Kandi obviously agreed with.”
Continues the Neenster, “What’s the problem? She shouldn’t agree just because she’s not as close with Cynthia? Can you say stupid? These girls make me laugh out loud.” LOL, NeNe, LOL indeed.
Cynthia, fellow Tall and adorer of NeNe, both addresses and dismisses the South African drama in her blog entry. She begins, “It always feels good to get away for a few days, but with these girls, ten days felt like ten years! Lord have mercy! At times it was kind of like walking through a land mine, and if you didn’t watch your step, you could be blasted at any time!”
“Anything and everything you said was blown out of proportion, everything was a big deal (even when it wasn’t), and there was ‘shade’ around every corner,” reveals Cynthia. However, she doesn’t have time for that nonsense, saying, “Forever the optimist, the good always outweighs the bad with me. Positive affirmation will carry you far. The drama was inevitable on a trip like this. It was just a matter of time. Overall, drama or not, it was still the trip of a lifetime. Anyway, I missed my family so much and it felt good to be back home.”
Speaking of family, Cynthia writes, “I’m excited that Peter wants to do a one year anniversary party. We went through a lot at our wedding (understatement), and it was a tough first year. However, we made it to our one-year anniversary despite the naysayers. I’m actually very excited to celebrate!”
She admits, “We are not working with a Diddy budget or anything, but we can definitely afford to have a nice little gathering with our friends and family. Yes! There will be plenty of food and drinks, but I’m not sure if synchronized swimming mermaids in the pool will be in the budget! Thank you, NeNe, for helping Peter plan the party. Your love and support means a lot.”
Moving on to a shadier side of things, Kim’s new interior designer–also known as the woman who owns Kim and Kroy’s rented mansion–is taking heat as some of her past behavior is being questioned. Perhaps, Marlo Hampton should teach a class on the proper etiquette for shady pasts…
Wetpaint.com is reporting that Kim’s “designer” Kendra Davis has some pesky issues with controlling her temper…as does her husband. She’s married to former NBA player Antonio Davis, who played for the Chicago Bull, New York Knicks, and Toronto Raptors. Despite gossip to the contrary, a source close to the couple reveals they are not divorced.
While playing for the Bulls in January of 2006, Antonio received a five-game suspension as punishment for charging the stands after allegedly seeing a fan talking smack to Kendra.
After that incident, Kendra was charged with road rage for behavior she exhibited in October of 2005. And just, pray tell, was that behavior? Oh, she just cut off another driver and threw hot coffee into the woman’s open window. Kendra explained that she threw the coffee in retaliation to a racial slur used by the other driver, a claim the motorist denied. Kendra was later acquitted by a jury on all charges.
So basically, to those readers who live in Atlanta, if you see Kendra on highway, slow down, let her pass, and by all means, roll up your windows!
On tonight’s episode, Kim and her dad are trying to clean out the garage in anticipation of Kroy’s return from training camp. Kim yells at Sweetie for not doing enough work, while Sweetie threatens to call a local newscaster who reveals working scams. Kim’s feels like the pair’s friendship has broken down the boundaries of their working relationship.
Phaedra works towards her mortician’s license, and she’s disappointed to learn she’ll be working with a dummy to begin with…not an actual dead body. She learns how to drain the blood, embalm, and put make-up on the faux corpse. Phaedra fancies herself a painter of funeral arts.
Peter is planning the anniversary party, and he wants it to be black-tie and over the top…which translates into over budget. Peter seems to be using this party to simply impress his friends. He wants a Bentley limo, and Cynthia’s onboard until Peter tells her he won’t allow Mallory to ride with them to the party.
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DO YOU THINK THERE IS TROUBLE AMONG THE SMALLS? THOUGHTS ON CYNTHIA’S PARTY? WOULD YOU RIDE IN A CAR WITH KENDRA DAVIS?
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NeNe is speaking out defending her decision to let Bryson learn from his mistakes. “I believe in Never Making the Same Mistake Twice. With that said, I decided that tough love was better than no love at all. I decided to leave Brice in jail a few extra days to teach him a lesson,” NeNe explained on her Bravo blog.
“Brice didn’t steal because he was in need, he simply stole because he was giving in to peer pressure, seeking attention, looking for something to do, and being silly. Whatever the case may be, I felt a lesson needed to be learned!” I quite agree!
And further defending her decision, NeNe confronted allegations that she was ignoring Brice’s needs! “I know there are parents that would have chosen a different route, as Peter [Thomas]suggested, but I felt this was what my child needed. My goal is always to encourage my son.”
“I’m no different from any other parent; I want the absolute best for my son and always want see him on top! Brice, mommy loves you! We all make mistakes, just don’t carry them forward and you will be fine, my love!”
NeNe also tackles some of the other controversies, and she is just tickled by Kim Zolciak and Sheree Whitfield acting like the best of friends! “Kim saying she’s known Shereefor ten years. LOL! I introduced them at the beginning of all this about five years ago,” NeNe insists.
“Kim saying she and Sheree don’t talk behind each other’s back. Aren’t you the same person that said Sheree writes bad checks and returns the clothes she wears? Didn’t Sheree try pulling off your wig and said things about you dating married men! I could go on and on, but I’ll wait until…”
And NeNe is very amused by the state of Chateau Sheree aka a big ol’ hole in the ground with some overgrown bushes! “I was laughing out loud when Phaedra [Parks] said there’s not a trespassing sign out and the house won’t be ready by Christmas! You’ve got to love it!”
Moving on, Kandi Burruss is calling Sheree out as an instigator. “I’m sick of this whole black baby drama,” Kandi snaps, adding that her opinion hasn’t changed. She still doesn’t believe Kim would have gone on the trip. “It doesn’t matter if the orphanage was in Africa or Asia, I just don’t see it and I really don’t see what the big deal was about what I said.”
Kandi is still confused about why Sheree is twisting what happened and making the situation into something it’s not. “I don’t know why Sheree made it into this race issue. Sitting there going back and forth with them at the lunch was frustrating and pointless to me,” Kandi writes in her Bravo blog.
“Sheree was sticking with her story about the black baby comment, and she already had Kim sucked into it. They didn’t get nor did they want to understand my point of view. Of course Kim is going to say she would’ve gone. No one wants to look bad or come off as insensitive.”
One thing that Kandi is really furious about is Kim’s comments about her daughter Riley! “I was not feeling the scene where Kim was talking to her landlord/interior designer about her keeping Riley when A.J passed. I mean my daughter has spent the night at her house plenty times. Was there any reason she had to go on about that occasion?,” Kandi wonders.
“Seriously, don’t even bring my daughter’s name up when you’re trying to make a point about a negative subject. I will let your ass have it in the worst way. Y’all haven’t seen that side of me, and hopefully you never will, but putting my daughter’s name out there will definitely bring it out!” Um… whoa. Yeah, I think it’s time for Kandi to leave this show. She is too good for this drama and unlike most of these women has a legitimate and lucrative career!
Finally, Marlo Hampton recently celebrated her birthday with an elegant and sophisticated (just like Sheree!) dinner party. The woman who is anything but elegant and sophisticated, apparently patched things up with Sheree’s bestie Lawrence Washington after the gay slur she made in South Africa. According to The Young, Black, and Fabulous blog, Marlo spent her actual birthday in Europe, but her ATL birthday party was thrown by her good friend and interior decorator, Michel Boyd, in his home.
And despite her close friendship with NeNe, she did not appear to be in attendance. Photos of Marlo’s birthday bash are below. I must say, I love her pants!
WAS NENE RIGHT TO USE TOUGH LOVE WITH BRYSON? IS SHEREE AN INSTIGATOR? THOUGHTS ON MARLO’S BIRTHDAY BASH…
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Last night on Real Housewives of Atlanta, the ladies returned to the States, to nothing but drama. NeNe learned Bryson got arrested, Peter is spending more money Cynthia can’t afford to waste, and Kim is furious over Kandi‘s alleged “black babies” comment with Sheree stirring the pot all the way to millionaire’s row! Oh, these girls – no moving experience in Africa was going to move them!
The women are getting ready to leave South Africa. Marlo has the housekeeper bring her an icee and pack up all her things, while she lounges on the bed barking instructions. I’m very surprised she and Kim don’t get along better – they have many similarities! Meanwhile, NeNe needs help zipping and hauling all her Louis VOO-Tawn luggage to the car.
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