To kick off the day, Lea was given the key to the city of Miami Beach by the mayor and the day (October 25th) was named for her! Lea Tweeted, “Oct 25 just named Lea Black day in city of #MiamiBeach by mayor @MayorLevine what a surprise!” This year Lea went big for the 20th anniversary of the event and managed to reel in Aretha Franklin for the charity fundraiser’s headlining entertainment!
In case you've been hiding under a rock this morning with no internet capabilities, Justin Bieber got busted for DUI (alcohol and drugs), resisting arrest, driving on a suspended license and drag racing. Not exactly reality TV news..except it is, sort of!
What does a pop star do when he's busted in Florida and not in his home state of Cali? He calls the best attorney in the state..who happens to be Real Housewives of Miami star Lea Black's husband Roy Black! Such a small world. We could probably make a fun game out of the six degrees of the Real Housewives.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, the NYC Housewife shares her opinion on RHMIA’s Elsa Patton and Lea Black. According to Ramona, Lea is badly in need of a makeover.
“I thought she looked like she was going to a costume party,” Ramona stated about the House of Gaga reject attire Lea wore to Adriana‘s gallery opening. “She looked a little ridiculous.” Oh but Ramona had more to say. “Someone’s giving her bad fashion tips. I think she needs a makeover,” added Ramona about Lea’s crimes against fashion. “It just looks like she’s stuck in a bad era.” Ouch!
And what does Ramona think of the glamorous Elsa? “I freaked out. I didn’t know if she was a man or a woman at first,” said Ramona upon facing Elsa for the first time on television. “I didn’t know if she was like a drag queen, I swear.” Telling it like it is indeed.
In other MIA news, the Miami Herald reported last week that three of the housewives – Alexia Echevarria, Marysol Patton and Lea Black — share a six degrees of separation with Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta, dubbed “The Boys” during the real Miami Vice era. Both currently seat in prison as Falcon pleaded guilty to money laundering and got 20 years in prison, while Magluta was convicted in 2002, sentenced to 205 years and ordered to pay a fine of $63 million for laundering cocaine profits to defense attorneys, bribed jurors and Colombian hit men.
Alexia, 43, then Alexia Figueredo married a Magluta associate Pedro L. Rosello in 1992, the same year their son Pedro aka Peter was born in Hialeah. Rosello, who cooperated as a government witness, was ultimately convicted of cocaine trafficking, and served some time in prison. Alexia and Rosello were divorced by the end of 1995.
Meanwhile, Marysol, 44, was the girlfriend of a convicted, big-time cocaine distributor who also was a cooperating witness in the federal drug case.
As for the role of Lea, 56, she is married to famed attorney Roy Black, who was paid millions to represent Magluta. When Roy was asked about the connections between the Bravo show and the Willy-and-Sal case, he simply stated, “It’s so Miami, that’s for sure.”
Coming soon to a TV near you? The Real Housewives of Miami reports E! Online.
According to E!, not only is the series happening, but it’s a done deal! As it has already completed filming. There is however a catch. A production source tells E! the series will not be as trashy as its predecessors because the show was “originally shot to be a different show, but they have decided to make it a part of the Housewives franchise.”
It seems the show was slated to be titled ‘Miami Social Club‘ not to be confused with the other Bravo flop show simply titled Miami Social. Apparently, once the show finished filming, Bravo loved what they saw and decided to turn this into yet another housewives series.
And in a Bravo first, the Miami series will feature a drag queen as a cast member! Pictured above on the far right is Elaine Lancaster, who is described as the drag queen of Miami South Beach. While Bravo refused to confirm the news, the insider states “the show is set to begin airing sometime between November and January” on Bravo.
As for the cast, it will include Larsa Pippen (pictured far left – wife of former NBA star Scottie Pippen), and Alexia Echevarria (pictured center – Venue Magazine editor).
The remaining cast will include Christy Rice (ex-wife of former NBA star Glen Rice), Art scene socialite Adriana Sidi, public relations expert Marysol Patton, and charity planner Lea Black, wife of famous defense attorney Roy Black. More cast photos below.
And once again, with the less than impressive ratings of the DC Housewives, and the upcoming Real Housewives of Beverly Hills franchise, we have to wonder if Bravo is over-saturating their successful Housewives franchise with too many series. Plus we’re not quite sure we’re buying the whole ‘this franchise will be classier than the rest argument.’ We highly doubt Bravo would have turned a very classy show into a housewives series, as we all know that Bravo is allergic to classy, at least when it comes to their housewives.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MIAMI SERIES? IS BRAVO GOING PUTTING OUT TOO MANY HOUSEWIVES SERIES?
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