Love her or hate her, Shamari DeVoe made a major impression during her first Real Housewives of Atlanta episode. Kandi Burruss introduced Shamari as a longtime friend of hers. Shamari returned the favor by pushing her husband Ronnie DeVoe to criticize Kandi’s performances with her group Xscape. Keep in mind, Shamari’s husband Ronnie was the OPENING ACT for Kandi’s group. Just saying.
Other than that, Shamari talked a whole lot about how her husband is a “legend.” It is clear that she came on this show to launch a career as a musical duo. Shamari even admitted that she wants to be the “next” Beyonce and Jay Z. That comment was…interesting. Nevertheless, with so many major departures from last season’s cast, this season has been lacking drama. Shamari will bring that.
Shamari reflected on her first episode as a Real Housewife in a Bravo blog post. She wrote, “I have to say that my first impression of the ladies was, ‘OK! Boss girls coming out to support another boss girl!’ I was really happy that they all took time out of their busy evening to come to support my Blaque performance at ATL Live on the Park. NeNe [Leakes] especially, given what Gregg [Leakes] is going through.” Plus they were probably contractually obligated to attend, maybe not explicitly, but I’m sure their presence was strongly encouraged by production.
During her on-camera confessional, Cynthia Bailey described Blaque’s dance moves and style as “dated.” Cynthia is never the one to throw the first shade. Could this before foreshadowing to future tension between Cynthia and Shamari? Maybe she filmed that interview weeks later and was chock full of Shamari shade from some drama that went down between them.
Shamari admitted, “I did side-eye Cynthia’s comment about Blaque’s look and hair being ‘dated’ when everyone knows that ’90s looks are coming back full circle…I think she should respect Blaque’s ‘dated’ look just like we respect her ‘veteran walk.'”
That “veteran walk” remark is a reference to the shade Eva Marcille threw at Cynthia when she was
gossiping at the gym “working out” with Porsha Williams. Eva has been shading Cynthia with every breath she takes. Will Shamari follow suit?
Kandi introduced Shamari to the group, but she also knew Porsha from high school. Well, kind of. Shamari acknowledged, “I did not know Porsha extremely well…we did not hang together at all. We just knew each other in passing, and we know some of the same people.”
Porsha had a very comical take on their history during her recent Watch What Happens Live appearance. Porsha said, “I went to high school with Shamari. I thought I remembered her from high school, but I actually had her mixed up with somebody else. I love her. She’s from Decatur. We’re both from Decatur girls. I’m gonna hold her down.” Was that shade? Or was Porsha just genuinely confused? Either way, I was laughing out loud during the episode.
Will Porsha and Shamari form
an alliance a friendship based on their high school roots? Or will one of them channel Mariah Carey’s infamous
“I don’t know her” rant about Jennifer Lopez?
Then Shamari addressed her husband’s shady comments about Kandi. She explained, “I know Kandi well, and like most recording-artists, we ARE very sensitive about our ‘s—.’ I do feel like she knew Ronnie was coming from a genuine place when he gave her the advice about how Xscape does their show. Ronnie and Kandi have a great relationship, and it’s always nothing but love there and respect. So anyone who is fortunate enough to receive advice from someone who’s been in the business over 30 years should definitely take it into consideration.”
Maybe Kandi would feel “fortunate” about receiving advice if she actually asked for it.
TELL US- IS SHAMARI DEVOE A GOOD FIT FOR RHOA? WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT HER SO FAR?
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