Cast Blog: #RHOA

Evolution

Cynthia on Her Drama-Free Trip

Has Kenya Found Love?

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"

Evolution

Phaedra discusses everyone's varied business ventures.

After watching Episode 1, a strong theme immediately came to mind: evolution. Merriam-Webster defines evolution as, “a process of change in a certain direction.” Life is evolution because it constantly presents each of us with challenges as well as opportunities. As we grow, we inevitably evolve. In this episode, evolution is evident as businesses are envisioned, love blossoms, and a friendship deteriorates.

During this episode, my great aunt passes away following an extended illness. As I planned her funeral, I realized that mortuary science is truly a ministry.  I have always been fascinated by the funeral business. However, following my aunt’s funeral service I realized that it was more than mere intrigue, I am passionate about funerals -- I know it is my calling. In this episode, we see several business ideas evolve; Kandi, Cynthia, and myself all expand our brands to encompass our newfound endeavors. Kandi, similar to myself, prides herself in being a businesswoman and having her hands in numerous pots. Her idea of including a personal adult luxury line to her empire is brilliant. She is intelligent, business savvy, and always focused on success. While some might see the adult luxury industry as uncouth, none of us can deny that anything related to sex sells. According to CNBC it estimated that the sex toy business is a $15 billion dollar industry (CNBC.com Sex Toy Sell Surge 21 July 2011). Cynthia, on the other hand, builds off her skills as a model and opens a school to pass along her knowledge. She is determined to help young models learn the entire process of building a career in the world of fashion. Love blossoms as Kroy and Kim prepare to become new parents. She ventures into a new stage of her life as she moves into her dream home with her dream mate, Kroy. While her daughters face the dilemma of adjusting to their new sibling, Kim remains confident that a new addition will only strengthen the bonds of her family.

Unfortunately, some evolution leads to the deterioration of friendships, as evidenced by NeNe and Sheree’s argument. Sheree and NeNe both feel betrayed after a business deal goes awry. As both head in their separate ways, NeNe and Sheree find themselves digging up pieces of their past as their argument escalates. While NeNe confides in Cynthia for comfort, both ladies set their mindset as being “over it.” The beauty of life is that it is imperfect and evolves. As Oliver Wendell Holmes so eloquently stated, "The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving." This season will show us all evolving please join us for our journey of change and exploration.