Episode 12 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta brought us spa confrontations, Kim singing, and Nene snagging a huge/astronomical celebrity interview but the best part of Sunday night might have just beenPhaedra Parks and her husband Apollo Nida’s appearance on WWHL, during which Apollo claimed he was 4 years younger than Phaedra. In this recap, I set the record straight on that while touching on whether or not Big Poppa aka Lee Najjar is broke and in foreclosure. Will also briefly touch which Bravo housewives I strongly dislike. They are now 5 by the way. Would also like to know which housewives you all despise dislike the most. With that said, let’s get right to the recap!
The episode begins with Kandi Burruss(who’s album Kandi Koatedis in stores now – a nice album) rehearsing for her upcoming promo tour, which is a week away. The best part of this rehearsal is when Kim shows up to show Kandi what her performance will look like. Once again, Kim whines, complains before showing off her lazy performance routine to go along with the bad singing. Here’s a tip for Kandi – have her lip sync. Kandi is not too pleased with Kim’s laziness but doesn’t have time to dedicate to Kim as she also has to focus on her own performances. Kandi wants Kim “to pull it together.”
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Peter, 50, opens up about his life and why he proposed to Cynthia, 43, despite her reservations about marriage. When it comes to Phaedra, Peter simply believes “she’s an idiot” when it comes to the comments she makes. Excerpts from Peter’s interview below -
ESSENCE.com: We don’t know that much about you. Do tell.
THOMAS: I’m Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-raised, lived in Miami, had seven or eight nightclubs in South Beach for the past 20 years. I’m a New York, Miami dude, and I lived in London for a while. I get around, and Atlanta’s new to me. My parents live here.
ESSENCE.com: Cynthia hasn’t been shy about her reservations towards marriage. What did you think of that?
THOMAS: I’ve heard about Cynthia Bailey for the last 21 years of my life. You know Russell Simmons proposed to her, she turned him down. Jayson Williams made a public half-time announcement on TV, she took the ring and gave it back. People that I know, even exes, talk so well about her. She’s an independent person and I love that about her. She likes to know that she has her own and I understand why because of her mom. I respect women who are like Cynthia because I’m not one of those guys who think men are superior to women. I used to date Nia Long and she was making like $800,000 a movie, and I was cool with it.
ESSENCE.com: What did you really think of Phaedra’s comments about wanting a “clean” man?
THOMAS: Phaedra is like 36, 37 years old and word around town is she’s dated a couple of rappers she represented, so when she says “clean” she probably means someone that doesn’t have baggage so she doesn’t have to deal with mothers from previous relationships. My point to her was I’m a grown man and I have five kids, and there’s really nothing wrong with it. I would understand if she was like 22 and getting married but as old as she is saying that… the only reason Apollo is “clean” is because he’s been incarcerated for the last six years. She’s an idiot. That’s how I really feel about the statements that come out of her mouth.
ESSENCE.com: How do you feel about the other castmates?
THOMAS: I don’t really know them enough. I’ve been around Sheree a few times and she’s always cordial. NeNe, she’s loud. I could be around NeNe, she could definitely be my homegirl. Kandi’s a really nice person, and Kim’s just crazy.
In other Atlanta news, Phaedra Parks gave a recent interview to a local GA news station – wjbf.com, during which she disucussed being a new mom and also touches on her portrayal on the Bravo hit show.
“Its very exciting, I don’t have anything to compare it to since it is my first child, but I adore my son. He’s wonderful, he’s really a sweet baby,” says Phaedra while also revealing that she had a high risk pregnancy and 3 days of labor.
When it comes to her “portrayal” on the show, Phaedra adds that “at the end of the day, it’s reality tv and so reality tv is about drama it’s about suspense.” Phaedra’s video interview is below -
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The latest episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta did not disappoint – at all!
In what seemed live an hour of revelations, Phaedra Parks and DoctorTiy-E Muhammed were both busted on their elaborate lies. With that said, let’s get right to the recap!
Episode 8 began with Pinocchio and her husband Apollo as they head to Augusta so that Phaedra can deliver her fully developed 7-month baby. “So you ready to drop the load?” aks Apollo. “I think that sounds crass,” replies the elegant Southern belle who was just declaring how eager she was to have her baby crawl out of her vagina an episode ago. In her interview, Phaedra lets us know she is very fearful of “maternal death,” whatever that is.
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In an interview with Black Voices, the 38-year-old Atlanta entertainment attorney discusses her snobby portrayal on the show, clears up her statement about her husband Apollo Nida committing a white collar crime, opens up about her new baby boy, and defends her “boughetto” baby shower. Excerpts from Phaedra’s interview below -
BV: What was your impression of the show and ladies before joining?
PP: I wasn’t a huge fan of the show. I didn’t watch the show faithfully and I was familiar with most of the people on the show just from being in Atlanta and frequenting some of the same shopping districts. So, I knew them all, but didn’t have a close relationship with any of them besides Kandi [Burruss] who I hung out with and we travel in a lot of the same circles
BV: Speaking of not always being portrayed in a positive light, how do you feel about your portrayal since the first few episodes of ‘Housewives’ have aired?
PP: I think because my background is different from some of the other ladies, you have to make a distinction and sometimes how they distinguish me is not really who I am. If you meet me , I’m probably the most humble down-to-earth person mentoring young girls and on the show you don’t see that part of my character. I think I’m portrayed as a snob and I’ve never been a snob, but at the end of the day people have to realize you’re only seeing 15 minutes of me on the screen and I’ve lived over 30 years. You can’t sum up a person’s character in a matter of 15 to 17 minutes one night a week.
BV: Nene Leakes said [Apollo] went to jail for stealing cars. Is that really a white collar crime?
PP: He didn’t go to jail for stealing cars. He went to jail for racketeering. It’s easy to say what he went to jail for when you aren’t educating yourself and reading the case. And, I don’t know if she’s qualified to make a statement about anything unless she is a legally educated [person] and can read the case and cite to the actual case.
BV: How is the baby and parenting going?
PP: I never knew I could be so happy but I’m crazy about him. He’s very, mild mannered and developing his personality. He’s very independent and so I’m assuming he’s taking after both of his parents. He is not a cry baby. He’s real quiet.
BV: What’s going on with the compromising with Apollo in terms of your parenting techniques?
PP: We are great parents and things changed once the baby was born and once the baby is here you see it’s a huge responsibility. You’ve got this person you’re responsible for he’s a blessing, but you know I’m going to be accountable for his upbringing so it’s very important for me to know I’m making a leader and this world is waiting for another Martin Luther King, Jr. or Obama and that’s what I’m trying to instill in my child.
BV: Didn’t one of the ladies describe the [baby shower] as ‘boughetto?’
PP: Ha! (laughs) That was Kandi. I think she thought the rhinestones on my eyes was ghetto but the event was very elegant event at The Tavern at Piedmont Park and I had about 175 guests. Lots of judges and lawyers and dignitaries and it was a nice event. I like to invite people from all walks of life so I had a Hodgepodge of people there.
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The latest episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta brought us some awkward sex talks and a slightly uncomfortable scene involving the always classy Phaedra and some pickles.
With the said, let’s get right to the recap! The episode begins with Kim Zolciak being yet again late to another event. This event in particular is Kandi’s web talk show titled Kandi Coated Nights! Following yet another scene with Kim berating her assistant Sweetie, she finally finds her way to Kandi’s studio, and the topic of conversation is Cheating! Something Kim knows an awful lot about despite trying to pretend her relationship with the still married Big Poppa has no cheating element to it.
“I only know what Papa tells me,” is Kim’s argument. Perhaps Kim should invest some time in using the google search engine as a quick search on Big Poppa will clearly let her know he is still married and living with his wife and kids.
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On the 5th episode this season, Kim is a guest on Kandi’s web chat show during which she discusses cheating; NeNe makes a plastic surgery revelation to Cynthia; Sheree has a good time on a date while Phaedra decides to do a pregnant photo shoot. And the ladies decide to celebrate Mother’s Day with a meal, dishing on sex and NeNe’s marital dramas.
Also, a special episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen is slated to air tonight. The guests will include Patti Labelle and Kandi Burruss.
In other Atlanta news, Phaedra Parks did a new interview with Zap2It during which she discussed joining the show and once again defended her decision to marry her husband Apollo Nida. Excerpts below -
Phaedra On Joining The Show – “At the time, I really didn’t know, because it wasn’t always well-spoken of in Atlanta to be very honest with you,” said Phaedra. “I’ve done reality TV a few times, so I’m pretty familiar with it. At the end of the day I understand that what makes for good TV are sensational events and drama and cattiness and some of this other foolishness sometimes. And that’s just part of the madness of TV, and particularly reality TV.”
On Her Husband Apollo - “At the end of the day, you have to realize I married him,” Phaedra said. “He doesn’t have to sleep with anyone except for me. No one has to be bothered with him except for me. So, why is it anyone else’s concern?”
A preview of tonight’s episode is below -
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The episode starts out with Nene Leakes paying a visit to her plastic surgeon with her BFF Diana, whom we’ve never seen on the show before. Nene is determined to get her happy back, and what better way to do that than with new boobs, a new nose and a new stomach. Oddly enough, Nene doesn’t discuss a nose job with the Surgeon though she does hint to the doctor that she might decide to do something else on the day of the surgery.
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On the 4th episode this season, titled ‘Petty Boughetto,’ Cynthia and her boyfriend Peter join Phaedra and Dwight for a day at the Steeple Chase, but before they can even arrive, Cynthia and Peter are put on the spot on the future of their relationship.
And it is a true down south, ladies-who-lunch celebration when the day of Phaedra’s baby shower finally arrives! But when some of the other ‘wives continue to chatter about Phaedra’s less-than-perfect father-to-be, will it spoil the special day? Also, former housewife Lisa Wu Hartwell makes a special appearance at Phaedra’s baby shower.
We will also get to see Nene Leakes as she undergoes her nose job. The new episode airs tonight at 9/8c on Bravo.
In other Atlanta news, Bravo announced today that starting November 7, the Real Housewives of Atlanta will move to Sunday nights at 10/9c. Watch What Happens Live will also be making the move to Sunday. No reason was given for the change in schedule.
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