Cast Blog: #RHOA

Late Not Hate

Cythia didn't have a problem with NeNe being late.

Welcome to Bar One! This is Peter's new business venture. I am so proud of him. Last year losing Uptown was tough, but as you can see by the grace of God, we are moving forward. So many entrepreneurs have lost businesses because of the recession. Peter's spirit was broken, but he still had faith in himself. He did not throw in the towel, and he got right back in the ring. I applaud him for that. Bar One is doing great, and Peter works very hard every day to keep it that way. I love you, baby. It's not how you start, it's how you finish. Go, Peter!
   
On Bar One being in the hood:

Bar One is located in the Grant Park area in Atlanta. When did Grant Park become the hood? Oh, when Bar One opened up there of course.   
On my photo in BarOne:

I love my photo in Bar One.  Even though I don't like surprises, I was very flattered. The afro was big! Not everybody can wear one.
   
"Practicing is always the smart thing to do."

Yes. I think my mom told me that when I was little.
   
"It would be rude to mention that Cynthia was not the best MC"

Perhaps not, but I was the prettiest.
   
"Everybody knows that you want to look at models, not hear them."

I guess one out of two ain't bad.
   
"Peter is a pimp."

I think this was actually meant to be a compliment, so I'm going to let this one slide. Thank you, I guess.What kind of crowd is Bar One going to attract? Let's see. Since Bar One opened, Ludacris, Monica, Jill Scott, Dr. Jay, Keri Hilson, Marsha Ambrosius, Robert Townsend, NeNe Leakes, Young Joc, Treach, Tami Roman, RL, Nelsan Ellis (Layfayette from True Blood), Joe, and Sheree Whitfield have come through. Did I already say Sheree Whitfield?
   
Bar One had air conditioning, running water, indoor toilets, and all the rest of the basics to run a business. The place was packed with people, so it got a little hot. Luckily, no one had a heat stroke.
   
"Hood folks gotta drink too." True. Everybody likes a good cocktail. Thanks for pointing it out anyway. Maybe somebody out there had no idea.
   
I love NeNe like a fat kid loves cake and Peter loves her too. Yes, Peter and I do love NeNe, and she loves us. We are just one big happy family, just loving each other to death. Oh, just for the record, skinny people love cake too. Especially models.I didn't do or say anything when NeNe turned up late to Bar One. I would rather NeNe come late and show us love than be on time and hate. Who cares? Everybody is always late. What was I supposed to do? Jump on her like a spider monkey and beat the crap out of her? Oh, maybe I should have poured water on her shoulder. That would have taught her a lesson.

NeNe only gave us five minutes because that's all we can afford. We can't afford NeNe for more than five minutes, but we can afford to open two businesses at the same time. Hmm... Maybe if Peter and I save up enough money, we can also afford to put skating rinks in Bar One and The Bailey Agency.
Love you guys!

Cynthia Bailey
   
Twitter: cynthiabailey10
www.thebaileyagencyschooloffashion.com
www.cynthiabailey.com

Bar One
687 Memorial Drive
Atlanta
404-522-0999
   
Join Peter and I on Sunday nights at BarOne at 9pm to watch Real Housewives of Atlanta. Great food and cocktails! Crazy fun and great music!
   
Thank you to my friend Zang Toi in NYC for giving me your beautiful  dress to wear to the fashion show that I hosted. You are an amazing designer, and I was honored.

Phaedra: Ending a Marriage Isn't Easy to Discuss

Phaedra Parks opens up about the difficulties of seeiking a divorce.

Bravotv.com: What were your thoughts about the counseling session? Do you regret not attending?
Phaedra Parks: I do not regret my decision to forego the counseling session. As Porsha said, while many of these women say things in an effort to move forward, their actions contradict their words. Hopefully, some benefit was received from the counseling, but everybody knows actions speak louder than words, so I will be watching to see a change.

Bravotv.com: Why did you break down when talking to Sarah Jakes?
PP: This situation has been very overwhelming to me and being surrounded by mean girls has not made it any easier. During one of my most difficult nights, I prayed and asked God to send me someone who knew HIM but could understand me, and I received a call from Sarah within 24 hours. I knew God had answered my prayer, because Sarah and I are both preachers' children. As such, we are often scrutinized based on our parents' calling rather than who we are as individuals. That being said, she understood my plight as a Christian, wife, mother, and business woman. Sarah went through a difficult situation and could relate to what I was experiencing. Because I knew God sent her, I trusted her, I already respected her, and she made me feel safe. I thank God for sending her!


Bravotv.com: Was it hard talking to the lawyer about your marriage?
PP: It is never hard to talk with a friend and colleague, who has mentored you for well over a decade. Ronne Kaplan like myself is a mother, who endured and survived a difficult first marriage. She did not allow that relationship to defeat or discourage her. Ronne is one of the best family lawyers in the country with a specialty focusing on high asset cases, so I knew she was not only well versed regarding my situation, but she also loves me like a daughter. Ending a marriage is not an easy thing to talk about, but she helped me focus on what was most important and gave me sound advice. It was incredibly helpful to have her put things in perspective for me and tell me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear.

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