This season feels like the perfect reset for The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Drew Sidora & LaToya Ali are the new additions this show desperately needed. We haven’t even seen them yet, but from the previews, it’s probably going to be a fun ride with them. How they fit in with the existing cast remains to be seen, but if they can bring their shade game, they’ll do just fine. Real Housewives of Atlanta is home to the shade QUEENS, so it’s a tall task.
Hopefully we see more of Porsha Williams fight against police brutality and systemic racism. Porsha’s transformation since her first season has been beautiful to watch. She’s made some missteps along the way, but this social justice crusader is the perfect iteration of her. This version of Porsha feels like she can accomplish anything. It’s so inspiring for her daughter. I do wish though that she was filming more with the other women.
Season 13 of Real Housewives of Atlanta needed to be a season of change. Last season was toxic and kept recycling the same storylines. In September, “OG” NeNe Leakes announced that she was leaving the show. But, with NeNe being NeNe, even her RHOA exit was filled with frantic drama.
NeNe alleged that she was forced off the show. And when rumors surfaced that Bravo snatched away her peach, NeNe insisted that she walked away from an unfair offer. Sure, NeNe. Eva Marcille also departed the franchise.
Well, as we round out the messy ass year of 2020, we certainly all deserve this fresh season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. The ladies came out strong in their season premiere. The opening was heavily focused on the early pandemic days. We also saw Porsha Williams represent the black lives matter movement in a huge way. She has come so far since we first met her. I feel honored to have watched the evolution of this icon.
Unfortunately, not everything has changed. Kenya Moore is still in her miserable marriage to Mark Daly. This guy is a full time garbage person. I can’t wait for her to be free of his black hole suck on her magic. Kenya is a queen (don’t @ me), but she has always been lost in love. Remember Walter Jackson!? Fucking yikes.
This is set to be the most monumental season of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta. From the pandemic to the focus on Black Lives Matter, and of course StripperGate, it’s going to be SO JUICY. Our favorite peaches always deliver no matter what. Porsha Williams has ascended to her spot as the new Queen Of ATL with her protesting against police brutality. Who knew she had it in her? That’s what we call a personal glow up.
While some might find it boring, the emphasis on the personal storylines is the reset this show needed. Last season was toxic because of the feud between Kenya Moore and NeNe Leakes. With the exit of the latter woman, we can finally recalibrate and have a great season again. Plus, these are the real issues going on in the world. It’s fascinating to be able to view them in this lens.
Real Housewives of Atlanta is down one OG, but one thing is for sure, Season 13 is insane. Filming through a summer filled with a pandemic, fighting for racial equality, and planning Cynthia Bailey’s wedding, the ladies are back and very ready to party.
Viewers will meet two new cast members. Drew Sidora is joining the group full time and Latoya Ali will show up as a friend. Tanya Sam and Marlo Hampton, with her eternally empty hands, will appear part time as well. If a worldwide health crisis and extensive racial unrest weren’t big enough issues to address, we will also dive deep into the rabbit hole of STRIPPERGATE. Judging from the trailer and someone’s questionably placed ankles, this particular rabbit hole will be long, dark, and have dollar bills in his g-string.
The beauty of being a Friend of the Housewives instead of a full-time cast member is that you get a lot of the benefits without as many of the drawbacks. The “Friends” get the trips and some camera time without an invasive look at their lives. However, a lot of the time, depending on the show, the friends don’t get to share their side of the story when it comes to drama. Well, except for Marlo Hampton, who reportedly gets paid than more than the full-time women on Real Housewives of Atlanta even though she’s never held a peach.
Someone else, who’s actually come across very well, is Tanya Sam. She’s been a “Friend” for two seasons and she just seems lovely. She’s so well-spoken and she just seems so together. What is she doing on this show? That’s why it was so shocking when Kenya Moore deciding to come for Tanya, of all people. After lying about wearing wigs sometimes, she called Tanya to get her wig that she left behind in a Toronto hotel room. Tanya did her a favor by grabbing that wig and then she told the girls about it. In response, Kenya brought the Cookie Lady, a woman who claimed Tanya’s man Paul Judge was trying to get with her to a lunch with Tanya. Oh, and then Kenya called Tanya the “C” word for no reason.
Marlo Hampton and Kenya Moore were good friends for a hot second, but that cannot be further from the truth these days. Kenya brought that marching band in to disrupt Marlo’s wig launch. Marlo said Kenya isn’t really married to Marc Daly.
These two are constantly going back and forth. However, it seems like Marlo does have some compassion for her rival. When it comes to Kenya’s dynamic with Marc, Marlo is cringing just like the rest of us. How can Kenya stand up to any of her co-stars, but not her own husband?