Cast Blog: #RHOA

A Life-Changing Experience

Claudia: Kordell was Barely Flirting

Kenya on NeNe's "Embarrassing" Behavior

Claudia: "These Double Standards are Killing Me"

Kandi: "I'm Not Two-Faced"

Phaedra: I Appreciated Demetria's Apology

Are Demetria and Phaedra Cool?

NeNe on Her Apology

Cynthia: Claudia Can Read with the Best of Them

Claudia: NeNe's Behavior Needed to Be Checked

Kenya on "The Beasts"

Phaedra: Demetria Took Things Too Personally

GIF Recap: Lessons in Reading

Phaedra's Ignorant Comments

Claudia: I'm Not Surprised by NeNe's Ugly Demeanor

Kenya: NeNe Doesn't Want to Like Me

Cynthia: I'm Moving Forward in Grace and Love

Kandi: "I Wasn't Trying to Set Demetria Up"

Phaedra on Being Recognized by the Bar

NeNe: "I'm Not a Fake Friend"

Demetria Responds to the Rumors

Cynthia: Forgiveness is a Process

Phaedra: My Mother is My Rock

Kenya: "An Acknowledgement is Not an Apology"

Claudia: I Do Not Own a Flip Phone

Cynthia: It Was Awkward Seeing Phaedra Uncomfortable

Demetria: I Have No Beef with Kenya

NeNe Explains the Wig

Phaedra: I Was Hoping Apollo Wouldn't Create a Scene

Kenya's Not Interested in Roger Bobb

Claudia: "I'm the Samantha of the Group"

Kenya: Cynthia Commanded the Runway

Phaedra: You Don't Often Come Across Hair Burglary

Cynthia: "I Pray We Can Make Peace"

Claudia: I Could Relate to Cynthia's Insecurities

Cynthia's "Non-Conversation" with NeNe

NeNe: The Pit Bull Act is Not a Good Look

Kenya: If It Looks Like a Fraud...

Phaedra: "I Moved Past This Years Ago"

Claudia: I Am Not Asking for Sympathy

GIF Recap: Saltines, Anyone?

A Life-Changing Experience

Phaedra talks about her first trip to Africa.

Based on all the comments and emails I have received regarding our trip to Africa, it appears that our voyage has really inspired many people to either travel to the continent or establish some type of connection with it through charitable means or some other type of positive action. I cannot begin to tell you how excited that makes me. My first trip to Africa was truly a life-changing experience. It came about after working with editor and literary consultant, Meri Danquah, who is from Ghana. Through that relationship and work with a mutual client, Meri and I became good friends, and she invited me to join her during her next visit to Ghana, and I happily obliged. I had always dreamed of visiting Africa, and finally my moment had arrived.

When we hear about tourism in Africa, South Africa is usually the most touted destination. However, Meri was a native of Ghana, and historically Ghana is very fascinating. It was the first black African country to gain its independence in 1957 and is considered the gateway to the continent. After researching the country, my interest was quickly peaked. Since I visited Ghana with a native Ghanaian, I did not have a regular tourist experience. I was able to see the country from her vantage point which was most decadent. I had the pleasure of touring the same slave castle that President Obama and the first family toured when they visited Ghana. I also went to Kakum National Park and braved the suspended 131 feet high canopy walkway, which was scary yet empowering. These experiences gave me a glimpse of what my forefathers endured centuries ago.

While the landmarks we visited where captivating, the travel books always say that it is the people that make Ghana such a special place. I found that to be true. I was able to hobnob with many intriguing people, like Anna Bossman, who was the head of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Atukwei Okai, who runs the Pan-African Writers Association, and John Dramani Mahama, who was a Member of Parliament back then and is currently the Vice President. Meri’s cousin, Joe Ofori-Atta, who is part of the Akyem royal family, took me around and introduced me to numerous dignitaries. I met the Okyenhene, king of the Akyem Abuakwa kingdom and interacted with one of the presidential candidates, Nana Akufo-Addo, who shared with me that he had a daughter that was also named Phaedra.Those who watched the Africa episodes experienced the numerous heartfelt moments. I hope and think that we all enjoyed the trip. While we did have some disagreements, we were all able to find common ground in appreciating our lives and the many things we take for granted. I hope that our experience will spark the interest in traveling abroad. Initially, I had hoped that we would be able to visit both Ghana and South Africa, but it was not feasible. Africa is a large continent and to those wishing to visit, I would definitely recommend Ghana as well as South Africa as destinations. It is my hope that I can share the beauty of Africa with my entire family in the near future. Africa is such a vast continent with such a rich heritage that trickles down to the many different cultures we have today. I hope that all the people who have inquired about visiting Africa will have the opportunity to do so. Life is a journey; may God always guide your footsteps!

Kenya on NeNe's "Embarrassing" Behavior

Kenya Moore shares her thoughts on the rest of the Puerto Rico trip. How were you feeling after the dramatic dinner?

Kenya Moore: Even though I'm chocolate, I was in need of some sun from all that shade! Honestly it was embarrassing to see NeNe be so vulgar. I had to apologize to Claudia on their behalf, because no woman should be subjected to such denigrating remarks or attacks on her character. Were you shocked when Claudia called out Porsha on the bus?

KM: I wasn't shocked that Claudia called her out. She laughed at Claudia, not with her, at the dinner table after NeNe's crass comments. Furthermore, most if not all of the women have remarked about her sugar daddy, and it seems as though Claudia was fed up at their double standards and called her out for it. Her point being that everyone wants to call her a whore, but by the definition, you can draw your own conclusions about whom that applies to based upon the facts, not rumors. What did you think of Demetria’s performance?

KM: Demetria was amazing! She was so sexy and beautiful, but I was mesmerized by her voice. That girl can sing! I feel coming all the way to Puerto Rico just to see her perform was well worth it. Did you end up having a good time in Puerto Rico?

KM: I got to spend some quality time with Demetria, Cynthia, and Claudia and was happy to have them as my confidants.

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