Real Housewives of Atlanta star Cynthia Bailey’s personal life is flourishing. On October 10, 2020, Cynthia married her man, Mike Hill. Their wedding had over 250 guests, so Bravo peaced out of filming the nuptials for RHOA due to Covid safety issues.
Cynthia isn’t letting any fine women come to her house when her husband is at home, and twerking is a no-no. Mike had a history of cheating on his previous wives, and Cynthia is removing any opportunity.
Eboni K. Williams was the first Black woman to join Real Housewives of New York. Since joining, Eboni has tried to educate her co-stars about Black history and the racial issues that exist today.
Ramona Singer offended her RHONY co-star Eboni when she called the people working for her “the help.” Eboni explained why it was an issue, and Ramona apologized. It almost seemed sincere.
There’s no better good-time girl in the Bravo universe than Sonja Morgan. I think even Heather Gay would agree with me on that. The Real Housewives of New York star in an OG in her own right. Her legendary townhouse parties. Her celeb-filled yacht soirees. Hey, even when Ramona Singer had 50 of her best girlfriends in a room, Sonja still stole the show. She’s a fun-loving, good-spirited lady just looking for love and someone to buy her Upper East Side townhouse. Is that too much to ask?
Sonja’s current season on RHONY is interesting, to say the least. She’s had a rough year that includes business setbacks and some major shade from her so-called friends Ramona and Luann de Lesseps. She surprised probably everyone by going from talking about multi-cultural fish in the first episode to being the only one to really understand Eboni K. Williams’ point of view on issues about race and microaggressions. And Eboni is returning the favor, swooping in to show Sonjarita some empathy and help her on her quest to find Mr. Right. And I’m living for it.
What the hell is happening to the Real Housewives of New York? What was once a top-tier Real Housewives city has become, and it pains me to say this, pretty boring and forgetful. I don’t blame it all on the ladies, though — the COVID-19 pandemic hit NYC hard and the women are feeling the blues. Filming was halted a handful of times because of coronavirus and I commend the group for finishing a season under such stressful circumstances. But I’m still here to throw a little shade because it’s clear the group is NOT bringing their A-game.
RHONY is pretty different this year. I’m still wondering what we’re even doing here without Dorinda Medley. Eboni K. Williams is trying her best to educate the women, but professional runner Ramona Singer isn’t having it. And while I appreciate Eboni’s efforts and the pressure she’s under as the first Black New York housewife, it’s not exactly bringing the best out of the ladies. I need more of Eboni and Sonja Morgan hunting men and less of Leah McSweeney using Eboni’s arguments in an attempt to seem woke and shade Miss Mona. And while I know there’s a lot of Leah hate out there right now, I feel for her too. Especially after she came out of the gate guns blazing last season, and is going through a lot of personal growth this year.
It’s time for The Real Housewives Of New York to get spooky! The women are off to Salem for their second trip of the season. Leah McSweeney’s chosen Salem as their next destination because why not? It’s the most on brand choice possible for the edgy sophomore Housewife. This sort of trip might not sit well with the more conservative women of the group like Ramona Singer, but it sounds like a blast.
Despite the witchy fun in store for everyone, there are still issues lingering in the group. Eboni K. Williams has rubbed many of the women the wrong way with her educational moments. She should be trying to get to know a new group of ladies, but that’s now how they’re feeling for the most part. To them, it all feels a little too preachy when all they want to do is have fun. She’s risking never fitting in with the group if she doesn’t dial it back a little.
Alliances shift each season on Real Housewives, and while the dynamic between the core group of cast member on the Real Housewives of New York remains relatively unchanged, new cast members have a way of shifting friendships as well. The relationship between Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and Ramona Singer is ancient history, they fight and make up just as quickly. There is genuine love there, despite their quirks.
But sometimes it takes an outside lens to shape these relationships for the better. Eboni K. Williams observed these ladies in action, Luann and Sonja at each other’s throats one minute, then embracing the next. Sonja gets labeled a one night stand often, and Eboni decided to guide Sonja on a path of self-worth and valuation. Her reaction was appreciative and very moved.
I don’t understand how every Real Housewives of New York fan isn’t a major Sonja Morgan stan. Sonja has brought so much throughout her decade on the show, even though her storyline’s been pretty much the same the entire time. She’s the straw that stirs the drink, with a whole lot of A-list glinted stories to tell anyone who’s listening. And even if she’s falling out of her chair or screaming about the Morgan family legacy, she gets right back up and keeps partying. My kind of girl.
It’s also clear that Sonjarita doesn’t have a malicious bone in her body. This season of RHONY, she’s the only one who understands where Eboni K. Williams is coming from in terms of racial microaggressions and white privilege. Points for Sonja. She’s just too kind for this world, which is why my heart breaks for her that she’s having another rough year of dealing with her townhouse and kissing a lot of frogs. But I hope that now Eboni is standing up for Miss Sexy J, especially when it comes to Luann de Lesseps and Ramona Singer’s petty attacks, Sonja will be coming into her own. And bring back more of her fun-loving personality.
The current season of the Real Housewives of New York has been a doozy, and not exactly in a positive way. The ladies attempt to keep their high-energy vibes amidst the coronavirus pandemic that hit NYC extremely hard. The five apple-holders seem to be on edge, whether it’s family issues or, in Ramona Singer’s case, the calls for accountability amid a racial reckoning and complete political turmoil in the U.S. Sonja Morgan’s drinking a littttle (or a lot) too much and having meltdowns about her past life. Even a new and improved Luann de Lesseps was set off by newbie Eboni K. Williams that turned into a vitriolic feud. And Leah McSweeney is sober again and dealing with a lot of family issues behind the scenes.
It’s no secret that Leah’s had a rough one. She’s receiving a lot of hate, which I can understand, but even Ramona told fans to give her a break. She lost her grandmother while filming in the Hamptons which led to not one, but a few outbursts from Leah. Her half-hearted attempt to defend her friends from Holla Heather Thomson’s slander turned into a whole mess. But I commend her intention — she wasn’t down for the ladies to be buddy-buddy with Mama Heather without knowing the rumors she was spreading about them.