Former (or is it current?) entertainment lawyer Phaedra Parks appears on the March cover of Upscale Magazine alongside two other ladies of reality TV: Tameka Raymond (Atlanta Exes) and LaTavia Robertson (R&B Divas Atlanta).
In a quote about her experiences appearing on Real Housewives of Atlanta, Phaedra explains that though the show may have ahem… scripted moments, the stars certainly aren't treated like actors!
“We’re not members of SAG so it’s not like we’re getting benefits from replays," Phaedra says of one of the glaring pitfalls of being on reality TV. "We’re talents that aren’t being considered as actors, so they're getting talent for a nominal fee. They’ve found a way to make money and cut the cost on studios and productions so they’re making the largest profit with the least amount of residual.”
Well, that's an hour of my life I won't get back. NeNe Leakes headed off to NYC this week, ditching a radio interview that was supposed to be about last week's Real Housewives of Atlanta episode featuring Kenya Moore's charity event, so she could spill this "hot tea" on The View instead. So we tuned in. Mistake.
They start off asking NeNe to weigh in on Mama Joyce and Kandi Burruss and Todd, since they were on the show yesterday. When asked what she thinks about the drama between the three, she says, "nothing". When prodded if Mama Joyce should let go and let Kandi make her own mistakes, NeNe will only say "She should let Kandi make her mistakes".
On to the charity event. Whoopi asks, "So it's a charity event in your honor? When did you find out about this?" NeNe replies, "I heard through the girls that there was going to be a charity event in my honor. I happen to be a big supporter of Saving Our Daughters, women of domestic abuse and all those things. I heard about it the night before from Kenya. I felt like if you're gonna honor someone, you should at least call them up and say "hey, I would like to honor you, are you available on this date?"
I bet Saving Our Daughters is sorry they ever allowed their charity to be the focus of a masquerade benefit held byKenya Moore on this season's Real Housewives of Atlanta. The aftermath of the charity event gets messier by the day. There seems to be no clear answer as to how much was donated and by whom. And the organization itself has come under scrutiny as it has been touting itself as a 501(c)3 charity when that exempt status was revoked by the IRS last year.
Saving Our Daughters released another statement yesterday to try to explain why they lost their tax exempt status and how they're working to rectify it. I'd like to note here that they removed their previous statement about the event from their website.
The chairman writes, "Saving Our Daughters’ has been a non-profit since 1997 and received its 501 C-3 in 1998. Many people are aware that in 2009 the founder of the organization, Curtis Benjamin, youngest daughter was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor that required immediate chemotherapy and radiation in Atlanta. During this time, all of Mr. Benjamin’s time and energy was solely dedicated to his daughter and family. After 2 1/2 years of battling this disease, Iliss Marie Benjamin died in 2011, one month before her 13th birthday."
With federal investigators reportedly still digging up dirt on Apollo Nida's accomplices, a judge has granted his request to delay his fraud trial. Lucky, ducky now he has more time to make club appearances before heading to the slammer!
In court documents filed on February 10th the Real Housewives of Atlanta star asked permission to delay his trial until March. Apollo was to begin his trial this month, but he is seeking more time to go over the prosecution's case against him and likely decide whether or not he wants to accept a plea deal. The Judge granted his request.
NeNe shared that she's heading to The View this Friday morning to spill the tea and clear up the rumors out there. Sherri Shepherd Tweeted, "NeNeLeakes comin by @theviewtv this Friday 2 clear up a few rumors & setting me straight on the drama #RHOA." NeNe then Tweeted, "Packing my bags headed 2 The View 2 chat it up wit the ladies & my girl @SherriEShepherd Tea Time Tune n Friday morning".
Another day, another twelve Real Housewives of Atlanta legal dramas! This afternoon it's none other thanPeter Thomas! Peter is being sued by his landlord at Bar One in Atlanta for $100,000 in unpaid rent!
Peter's landlord filed papers today claiming that Peter hasn't paid rent since March of 2013 on Bar One. They also filed a separate suit for $29,000 in rent owed on Cynthia Bailey's Bailey Agency property!
I can't promise this will be the last Real Housewives of Atlanta story for the day, but we're hoping it is! Barring any new developments, of course.
First up, NeNe Leakes was promoting yesterday that she'd be spilling tea on the Tom Joyner radio show this morning. That was before all hell broke loose yesterday afternoon, I guess, because Mrs. Leakes was a no show this morning! She did Tweet today, but not a word about why she decided not to do the interview and spill the tea she was promising.
On to other business. Kenya Moore took another opportunity to explain her side of what went down leading up to and the night of her charity event. She slams NeNe for her lies and her behavior, as expected.