Cast Blog: #RHOA

Boom in the Tomb

Episode 9: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor counts down this week's top three moments.

No. 3 - Lucky Sevens

So NeNe and Marlo finally sat down to hash out all the rumors regarding NeNe's relationship with Charles Grant. Perhaps surprisingly, it was a perfectly polite conversation. NeNe went on a date with him once in the past before he was with Marlo. Nothing came of it. Now he's with Marlo. Case closed. 

However things took a rather unexpected turn when Marlo put out there as a side note that she's been arrested seven times. I have to say I had the same reaction as NeNe -- "Say what now?" Don't get me wrong, the past is the past so no big deal. It was just that her delivery was so non-chalant. It wasn't as if they were sharing past secrets or playing truth or dare. But hey it didn't stop Marlo and NeNe from becoming BFF and attending that Captain Planet charity jewelry auction (yes, you read that right) together, so I suppose pre-emptive honesty may be the best policy. 

No. 2 - Shakes by Sheree

We've seen Kim's various attempts to stay in shape before. Last season there was the jog with Sweetie that ended in trying to score free beers off some delivery men and of course the infamous laser pizza incident. Now Sheree has stepped in to try and whip Kim into shape. Unfortunately not even she can conquer Kim's aversion to semi-taxing physical fitness or health food. Kim's attitude towards the whole experience (and Sheree's signature juices) can be summed up by this photo. 

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Let's just say kale and Kim do not mix.

No. 1 - Boom in the Tomb

We can all breathe a sigh of relief now that Phaedra's convinced Apollo to get on board with her funeral business. I'm not sure why he would want to get in the way of what would certainly be the most fabulous funeral home the world has ever seen. And really how could you say no to Phaedra after she flashes that coy smile and talks about "putting the boom in the tomb" and making "the top hat rock." Honestly I'm not sure if those were meant to be sexually suggestive statements on her part, but hey, it worked. I can only hope we get to see Phaedra applying rhinestones to a corpse's eyelashes at some point this season. 

Next week Mama Joyce attempts to do the impossible -- get Kim and NeNe to talk to eachother. Can she convince them to break the silence?

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Kenya: "I Will Always Be a Queen"

Kenya Moore dishes on the truce with Phaedra Parks and the non apology from Porsha Williams.

CLOSURE
The reunion represents closure on all levels. I believe most women need closure. Reunions are tough because you live through filming, then through seeing it on TV, and then again during the reunion. You can feel you have moved on from something difficult and then you have to discuss it and rehash it. I felt good about this reunion, because I have grown so much. I am stronger now and nothing or anyone can destroy me.

Speaking of opening old wounds, I was respectful toward Phaedra during the conversation, but it’s clear that after our truce, she still wants to call me a whore and liken me to other “whores in the bible.” God doesn’t like ugly. Maybe sitting alone on the sofa now is confirmation.

THE NON APOLOGY
There was a part of me that was hopeful about getting an apology for being physically attacked at the last reunion, since that would mean the past was behind us. You have to own what you do wrong in life. Children are taught that you don’t hit anyone first or at all. Whether provoked or not, isolated incident or not, physically attacking someone is legally and morally incomprehensible. As such, doing the right thing should be easy. But this is the same person whose grandfather was a greatly respected civil rights activist who fought for non-violence, yet thinks the Underground Railroad was an actual train that took people to freedom.

In typical fashion, Phaedra attacks my character in a preplanned soliloquy. But in her own words, her “THOT” friend thinks that spreading your legs wide open and accepting gifts from married men is admirable. Yet, it’s basically teaching young girls that having a square card reader between your butt cheeks is how one becomes “blessed” and “successful.” That’s why I will always be a Queen, literally and figuratively, because when I am wrong, I can apologize, forgive, and move forward. I can love, though I have not always been loved, and I can be talented and successful on my own merit without needing men to finance my lifestyle, and I can be the bigger person when others try to bring me down.

SINGLE VS MARRIED
Some viewers ask why there are single women on a show about Housewives. It’s simple -- every Real Housewife franchise has single women, from Beverly Hills to OC to NY to Atlanta. With that said, there are only two Housewives on RHOA that are currently not married, Claudia and myself. In fact, approximately 43 percent of all Black women have never been married. My journey is not unlike the many Black single women who watch our show. Nearly half of Black women want to be married and find true love but are not willing to settle or can’t find the right man. NeNe and her puppet would like everyone to think it’s better to be in a horrible marriage rather than be single.

Having said that, I have never received so much love from the viewers as when I was featured on The Millionaire Matchmaker. It made me realize is that I am no different from all the single women around the world looking for real love. My journey is their journey, and ultimately they want me to fall in love with them rooting me on. It happened for Kandi, Kim, Bethenny, Tamra, etc. and it will happen for me too with all of you by my side. Therefore, having single women as Housewives is good for the show. Everyone deserves a chance to be happy. And we can inspire and give hope to those looking for love.

Rumor has it that someone said single women should be fired from RHOA. As such, we wouldn’t have witnessed the beautiful rekindling of NeNe and Gregg's love or her wedding special. Therefore, those people clearly didn't create the successful model for this show. If it's a play to get me fired... Try again. #CatchThatShade

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