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Hello everyone! Welcome back to a new year and new episodes. Finally, the reruns are over! It is 2011, and hopefully you have a new outlook! I am always fascinated by the optimism a new year brings: hope for change, excitement for life, and the possibility of true self-actualization.
2011 is significant because the number 11 is the master number which represents rare and exceptional energy, much like 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' (which is essential for great television!). The central theme of this week's episode is stepping out of your comfort zone. While stepping out of your comfort zone is never fun, it is imperative for growth. During this episode, I venture out of my comfort zone by inviting Kim to my son's Sip and See at my home, following our confrontation. Kim ventures out of her comfort zone when she leaves her children for the first time to join Kandi for a bus tour. Kandi ventures out of her comfort zone when she elects to have Kim, a novice artist as her opening act for her tour. NeNe also finds herself in an uncomfortable situation when she attempts to interview Jermaine Dupri. Lastly, Cynthia and Peter participate in premarital counseling and face some challenging issues regarding their relationship and pending nuptials.
While all of these scenarios are vastly different, everyone wants the same outcome of success and happiness. We all know life is not always easy. Everyone will at some point experience joy, pain, happiness, and sadness. But, unfortunately, facing those hard tasks and uncomfortable situations head on is sometimes a necessity. Often, when we look into the eye of the storm, God gives us the wisdom and courage we need to walk through it with grace. When I face difficult situations, I am always comforted when I remember the beautiful rainbows that follow horrific storms. My Mom always says, "Trouble doesn't last always, this storm too shall pass!" With this new year, know that you and I have an opportunity to overcome all difficult situations so that we can be rejuvenated, redeemed, and renewed!
Happy 2011! Happy new you!
Phaedra, I loved the idea of a Sip and See. Your baby is beautiful and look great! I was glad to see that you opted to sit down with Kim and discuss and your issues without the "Peanut Gallery".
Congrats to you and Apollo!
Phaedra-Happy New Year to you too! That was the best start-off-to-a-new-year-speech I've seen in a long time. You have inspired me! (Your nicer side is the one I like best)
I think you are so funny! My friends and I all say, "mmmmmmmmhummmmmm!' when we see something we like!
Phaedra you are an excellent addition to the show! Love the way you put Kim in her place! Appolo & the baby are beautiful!!
Happy New Year for you, your baby and your husband. Phaedra, your baby is so beautiful. Last night I saw the show and you looked great. You had lost a lot of weight. I loved the dress you had in your party at your house. I hope the best for you and your family and 2011 will bring you peace and health. I will make a commentary to you though,...the ladies that I can be consider friends, are Cynthia and Kandi. They are down to earth and are looked as they are good people. Continue to be in a positive way and congratulations.
God Bless you.
Regards from San Juan, Puerto Rico Yolanda Garcia-Berdecia
You try so hard to come off nice but you are such a MEAN GIRL. Saying Nene "attempted" to interview Jermaine Dupri? That is a mean dig. Your Sip and See is a made up event. You orchestrate scenarios where you can act like you are special when you come off like a lonely, dumb loser hungry for attention. Did I mention dumb? Your clients HAVE to have run away fast as to not be associated with your social ignorance. You are very annoying as you lie and are in complete denial about your real contribution to the world...just stop lying!
I have come to really like you! Your baby is absoutely beautiful!!! You are definetely an asset to the show, at first you were a hard pill to swallow, but I know some things are for the "shock & awe" factor. I like how you set Kim straight, I really dont like her at all anymore, she's an embarrassment to the white race, she reminds me of trailer trash people.
I think that Phaedra only talks in circles. She constantly feels the need to prove how intelligent she is by talking endlessly and in the end never making any sense. She doesn't even make for good tv...she is nothing but annoying!
Well I am glad and happy that kim saw your baby and that you and her talked the situation over once more. Cause what she said and did was not kool at all. I would have put her on her place like for realz. Take care and god bless
I LOVE YOU PHAEDRA!!!!,..... I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU!
I'M SO GLAD YOU MADE AMENDS WITH KIM, SHE REALLY IS GOOD PEOPLE...THE ONE THAT KEEPS UP MESS IS NENE. I'M NOTICING ON THE SHOW, NENE HAS AND NEVER WILL APPROACH YOU IN THE MANNER THAT SHE HAS SHOWED OUT ON SEVERAL OF THE OTHERS..TRUST ME, SHE KNOWS WHATS UP.
HONEY, YOU ARE DEFINITLY A LEADER,...I LOVE THAT. (HELL, I DID NOT LET EVERYONE TOUCH ON MY NEWBORN EITHER WHEN SHE CAME HOME). GIRL, PEOPLE HATE SOMETIMES SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT THE FIRST TO STEP UP AND HANDLE "THE BUSINESS" OR GOD TOLD THEM TO DO OR NOT TO DO SOMETHING, AND THE RESULT(S) WEREN'T TOO PRETTY, BUT THEN, SOMEONE ELSE STEPS UP AND TAKES THE LEAD AND BAM!, THE BEGINNINGS' OF "PLAYA HATA-RISM" ENSUES...AND IN YOUR CASE MY FRIEND, THAT'S THE ISSUE WITH THIS SHOW AND PROBABLY IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFESTYLE.
I LOVE YOU AND YOUR CHARACTERISTIC'S STYLE...AND REMEMBER, DON'T BLOCK GOD, "IF HE GAVE IT TOO YOU, HONEY WEAR IT WELL.
HAPPY NEW & REVITALIZING YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS!.... P.S....HOOONEY, THAT APOLO IS FINE AND LITTLE MAN IS JUST AS CUTE AS HE WANTS TO BE...YOU ALL ARE VERY BLESSED.
This is one of the nicest, upbeat blogs I think I have ever read in the history of the Bravo blogs! Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for some positive energy for a change.
Happy New Year back atcha, Phaedra! And blessings to your beautiful family as well. You are always so wise and positive, thank you for taking the time to put together a nice blog and keep rolling with the show. It's been a blessing to have you join the cast.
It's called REALITY TV....which means you are so SUPPOSED to be truthful and honest about your life. This show is not doing anything for your image and it making people dislike you when it could actually be the other way around. Teach young girls to NOT LIE!!! Did they teach you that in law school. LYING is not LADYLIKE!!! Everybody Knows that when you lie you are breaking one of the Ten Commandments. Stop Lying Phaedra!
Phaedra, that was an awesome blog! I criticize you sometimes, but you are so right about starting the new year with a fresh perspective. Much success to you in 2011.
I hated you the first few weeks the show aired, but after watching you, you make the show funny, cool and positive. You seem to be a down to earth, crazy talking female as most of us. You just say things we think. Love it,
Apollo seems to be a very nice good looking man. Every women desires the love of a man, ex con or not. He is good to you and the baby; that's all that matters. The baby is CUTE!!!!! and will soon be handsome. Mama better get ready for the southern girls that will be after him! (smile) You are a great addition to the show.
Happy New Yr to you and yours.
Well, what can I say.... Your dress was really stunning, and your baby is as sweet as can be. I am happy to see that you can be maternal. As far as you putting Kim in her place.... I think not. It was more like, Kim put you in your place. LOL!!!!!!! Have a blessed New Year
Finally got to see a real person this week!! Like that you spoke with Kim privately. Why did you not just take this road in the beginning? There was no reason to lie about your due date. I think that's what upset everyone so, you tried to play them for fools.
Your baby is absolutely beautiful - you are a very lucky mother.
I am confused about the "sip and see" though. My family (father's side) has lived in and around Camden, South Carolina since the late 1600s, and I have never heard of that tradition. Maybe it is unique to Georgia? Or your religion or church? My experience has been, everyone comes over to visit, without waiting for a formal invitation. My family thinks it is rude to "invite" family or close friends - they are always welcome. I am not saying I like this practice (I don't, in fact), but that's how they roll.
Dear Phaedra, You have given me an insight on SOUTHERN CHARM. Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us. Please use this platform to shine your light. Take Care
You only need to stand partially corrected in regards to Kim being a "nurse", she is an LPN not a Registered Nurse, there is a vast difference and she did not earn a degree to become an LPN, that is a vocational program usually attained in technical schools. I have no idea what she did at UCONN, but it wasn't nursing. Your baby is a doll.
I think it was really racist for Kim to tell Don Juan to get his Nappy ass out of her bed, she is so suspect. Is it me, or is she just too comfortable.
Phaedra, I just can't get enough of you and your beautiful family. You are hilarious and keep us entertained. I adore you.
I liked the way you cleared things up with Kim as well. And, unlike Dr Tiye, she came out shining because she did have her documentation proving what we all did not believe: she is a certified nurse.
Phaedra you look AWESOME!!!!!!!! You are a classly lady and funny to boot. YOu have a blessed family ;o) Mmmmmmhummmmmm
That rainbow is God's promise! Gen 9:16. This episode has shown me a side of Phaedra that Ive been waiting to see. And I love your positive blog. My God bless you, your beautiful baby, and your husband Apollo in this new year and in more to come.
Phaedra All I can say is you keep doing you. Not sure why you are gettiing flack for marrying Apollo. Are they asking men and women whose wives/husbands are politicians, actors, police officers, etc and go off to prison, to divorce them? I don't think so. I also love how you have stepped outside of the box. You did not throw the traditional baby shower, because it is not who you are. I attended a baby shower, where there were pastors praying and laying hands on people (non-traditional and unexpected but no one complained). I have heard of the Sip n See and am glad that you decided to do this for your baby boy. People are so quick to judge and label us as bourghie (sp) when we are just opening people's eyes to new things. I have friend just like you, and she is from the 'hood' but she has introduced all of us to so many new restaurants, events, places, etc, that we would have never experienced without her.
Phaedra, the baby is so beautiful. You can't believe that your body can create such a wonderful human being. I felt the same way when I had my one and only daughter. Good Luck, get that figure back, Girl, Keep it tight!!!!!!! GOD BLESS. Andrea
I think your son is the most handsome little baby I've ever seen except for my own son (smile)! But he is really a handsome baby and I'm not just saying that!
I'm from South Carolina and I'm 51 yrs. old. I've been all through the South and North Carolina too - NEVER heard of the sip and see or see and sip! I really think you have a way with words just as you do showing off or putting on an event. The baby shower was the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen! Girl, you need to stop trying to sound as educated as all those degrees you have because you don't really look smart at all. I wish you would also take off some of that damn lipstick. Your lips are big enough as it is and with all the lipstick, vasoline or whatever it is, it makes your lips look like you had them blown up! Other than that, I think your husband and baby borders on perfect and they don't even have a degree - - go figure!!!!
This week you really let your inner light shine! It was nice to see you speak of your husband's past in terms of acceptance and redemption. There are tons of single black women who won't give a brother a second chance, and you are showing them that we have to be forgiving and trusting with one another... On the outside it appeared that you picked up Apollo to complete your own white picket fence fantasy, but hearing the story of your relationship from your point of view, it is clear that you have a love connection and you were willing to trust that he could be a good man for you. Congratulations on your faith and your maturity. This is the first episode that I see your purpose on the show, not that you're not always entertaining, but I now see you as a positive role model for other women. God bless you & your cute little family :)
I Love Your So Because Me And Him Have The Same Name. He Is Also Beautiful, And I Like Your Character Because You Are Very Calm Your Not Crazy Like The Other Girls, You And Sheree' Are The Calmest Thats Why I Love You And Sheree' Sincerley, Ayden Aliyah Amyers
you shouldve said somethiing when Kim pulled out those LPN papers after claiming to be an RN at the spa when you confronted her...haha...she is such a liar...so she is the pot calling the kettle black...you both lied
Blog was ok I guess! Ur still annoying stop trying 2 act like u r better than every1 & u might, just might come off as a REAL person!
Amen Peachy, In previous episode, Kim lied and stated that she was a Registered Nurse.In reality, she is a Licensed Practical Nurse. Big Difference. Compare that lie to a Paralegal saying " I am a Lawyer " Big Difference. Continue to be yourself Phaedra. You are the best. Much success to you and your family,
KIM PROVED THAT SHE HAS A LICENSE TO PRACTICE AS LPN AND IT MAY BE EXPIRED. THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE OF THE TITLES LPN TO RN. KIM DID LIE SHE SAID THAT SHE WAS A REGISTERED NURSE.
Phaedra I hope that you fed the homeless w/all those damn peaches!!!!
You have a cute figure.....I'll give you that!
So whats the big deal about the Sip N See...I think it was a great idea!! I also liked that you announced to everyone not to touch the baby. Anyway I think you are awesome boughetto or otherwise. However, I really don't like Dwight so involved in your life...no one likes him.
Love you lots, and very proud of your accomplishments!
Whats the big deal about the Sip N See, so what no one's heard of it...If it was an original idea, I think it was a really great one! I also liked that you announced to everyone not to touch the baby.
Anyway, I think you are awesome, but Dwight does not need to be so involved in your life, no one likes him!!
I am glad someone else was thinking the same thing I was about the Sip n See. Come on now, being born and raised in North Carolina never in my 41 yrs have I ever heard of a Sip n See bless her heart :) Yes that baby shower wasnt over the top, it was just in bad taste just my opinion. The baby is a cutie .
I hope that you apologized to Cynthia for accusing her of calling your baby an alien. She had never even said the word. Kim said it. Cynthia is the coolest chick on the show. She addresses the current episodes and her own behavior on them. Phaedra evades the discussion of her behavior. Probably because her behavior is usually was wrong. What professional would say, "me and my family have big stanky booties?" It sounds like you and your family need to take a bath. The reason why Kim and the other women talked about your pregnancy so much is because you lied about it so much. People talk about others who tell blatant lies.