Phaedra Parks

Phaedra discusses everyone's varied business ventures.

on Nov 11, 20110

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.

100 comments
KATHY W
KATHY W

Phaedra...."Phat Funerals by Phaedra"..This is going to be a spin from Housewives. It will give us the opportunity to see more of you. I believe it would be hillarious--Funeral home, Apollo and Phaedra.....You have the next "hit" reality show ! Bravo better get with it and realize who the star of the show really is.

Lisa_M
Lisa_M

Hey Phaedra....I think you're the best Housewive. I find you really inspiring...you have a great attitude, career, hubby, baby...and I love the way you handle yourself.

I think you got the short end of the stick (excuse the pun) with the trouble with Candy's Mom and Ridiculous at the 35th birthday party. If Apollo had felt comfortable enough to go - or to restate - had there not been a problem with Peter, the whole layout of the Ridiculous Show would have been different. The seating...the timing, etc. I think it was a cute idea that if executed properly would have been fine. I think the timing, attention to detail, etc were off because you had to be there without your man.

Kudos to you for being a strong woman. Youre a great role model.

Lisa, California

Edgina
Edgina

Hello Phaedra,

You crack me up.. I see myself in you and they say I'm a weirdo too. You have a beautiful baby boy and your husband is handsome. Tell him we all make mistakes and don't get caught up in the past. He's handsome and he's blessed to have you and his son. I am praying for you and I love your mother's spirit. I like the fact that you are independent and hard-working. Tell Apollo not to get caught up with the ex-con label. We are all God's Children. Good Luck..

sircharles1941
sircharles1941

We have all heard about judging a book by it cover. Well, many people look from the outside of funeral homes to be "all-that" and being experienced, honest, forthright, it is.....not! It has it own ups and downs, drawbacks, and negatives as well as positives. It is not for everyone, and it may be for Mrs. Parks; if she is sincere. Money is not why we enter this profession right off the bat, it is the service and the compassion we have for those families we serve. It is not what we called a "money" business that we look on, those that come in or enter this business...not what it may seem to be! You be blessed, and good luck!

NJLady
NJLady

What do you mean it's time to move? How could you hate your own people like that. You my dear are a disgrace to your people and yourself. How sad, and pathetic. I used to really like you.

mary ann
mary ann

love you because your simply the best!!!!!

Dee Dee 2
Dee Dee 2

Bravo, Please Post My Comments. Thank You.

Phaedra, I think it was very disrespectful for you to state that since "Negros" moved in your neighborhood it’s time for your family to move. You and your husband live in a glass house. People can say the same thing about you and your husband since he been in prison. I would rather live with "Negros" instead of being in a neighborhood with people who been in prison.

Princess Diva
Princess Diva

Phaedra,

When I watched you I kinda felt sick listening to you talk about how much money you could make off of a funeral home (especially if their policy is in affect). You keep saying it's your calling but all I hear is money money money. I am disppointed in you for that and I just don't know if I really believe it's in your spirit. It seems to be all about your wallet. It's not a good look.

Dr. O
Dr. O

I Like Mrs. Phaedra Parks! Mmmmm-Hmmm! i will admit, at the beginning of last season I was not a fan...then I realized I had somethings in common with you and realized how much I liked your character! You are the stable character in the group. I like the fact that you stand your ground, based on your principles. You and Kandi show the world what Successful, Positive Black Women look and function like! Thank You! Because we exist! I like the title of this blog: Evolution...why? Because at age 35 I felt a different calling and completely changed the way I practice my craft of dentistry. So now I practice as an Active Duty Army Dentist....so I get you (understand you). Keep Evolving Ms. Phaedra!

tashma hall
tashma hall

Dear Phaedra, You are so funny...EVERY SAINT HAS A PAST AND EVERY SINNER HAS A FUTURE. Stay blessed and say hi to your mom for me.

Discipline45
Discipline45

Phadera you r my girl....you truly grew on me and whenever Lieneither does leave the show...i will cintinue to watch because of yourself, sheree, kandi and kim.... If kim has her spinoff i will be watching as well.

ledge1
ledge1

Phaedra I love u. You are just awsome,and so funny to me. Don't ever change,please keep being you. : )

hulali
hulali

Everybody knows the Phaedra is the best thing that has happened to the Housewives franchise in a long time!! You are so sweet and constantly on the look out for new business ventures. Its so nice to watch you on the show and not have to suffer through the mindless arguing and insulting the other ladies seem to get caught up in (except Kandi).

KRich
KRich

Your husband is hott and you make me laugh.

Lisa in Philadelphia
Lisa in Philadelphia

Phadra, I do admire how driven you are but I have to say that eye makeup and those very very shiny lips are very distracting. If you can tone it down you would the best housewife. Smart, has her own thing going on, educated and very well spoken but the "makeup" please.....(just a little note).

msknoitall
msknoitall

Phaedra, with all do respect (however minimal that may be), I wouldn't let you handle my dog's funeral. You don't seem to have the level of compassion needed to handle a family's most delicate emotions. Furthermore, it seems you're all about the money. From one Atlantan to another, I suggest you invest in something you're more suited for...perhaps a male stripper review since you seem to be so familiar and enjoyed that so much. Oh, and all the name dropping you do is of poor taste. Afterall, it's one thing to know a person, but its a whole nother thing to be a respected friend. I wonder where you stand on that pendulum with the King family?

DIONE1887
DIONE1887

FIRST LET ME SAY THIS, EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO THEIR OWN OPINION. PHAEDRA I HAD ALOT OF RESPECT FOR YOU UNTIL THE EPISODE WITH YOUR AUNTS FUNERAL. YOU MADE IT SEEM AS IF YOU WERE PUTTING ON A PLAY OR SOMETHING. YOU REALLY DID'NT SEEM COMPASSIONATE AT ALL. I MEAN REALLY YOU WALKED OFF SAYING OOH I HOPE MY LASHES DONT FALL OFF. WHERE THEY DO THAT AT? AND THEN TO SAY IT IS YOUR CALLING. AND TURN AROUND AND SAY YOU CAN HAVE COMPASSION AS LONG AS THE POLICY IS IN FULL EFFECT. YOU CALL THAT COMPASSION? MY FAMILY HAS BEEN IN THE FUNERAL BUISNESS FOR MANY MANY YEARS, AND I KNOW WE WOULD NOT HAVE MADE IT WITH THE ATTITUDE YOU HAVE. JUST LIKE MY WILLIE CAUGHT ON TO WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, YOU CANT DO IT FOR THE MONEY, YOU HAVE TO DO IT FOR THE LOVE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING. GET IT TOGETHER BOO. WE NEED THE OLD PHAEDRA BACK. IJS # TOO SADDITY FOR ME

 desayy16
desayy16

You have style and class. Also you keep it real

Sanchayss
Sanchayss

Phaedra you should learn when to speak and when to shut your mouth! You started the whole thing with Peter and Apollo. I understand being upset by what Peter said but the baby shower was not the place to address it!

indie
indie

Pheadra, you just turned off potential funeral clients by showing your greed for money. SMH, I certainly wouldn't use your service.

rosie1976
rosie1976

you r smart, pretty for u r the best of all of them

Tpoulos
Tpoulos

Absolutely love you...you are intellectually gifted and so real that it makes me laugh!!!

Smallwood
Smallwood

Pheadra: Girl your a bit over the top....but I got nothing but love for ya! Go get it - or get it done Pheadra.

Love ya,

Smallwood, PA

Sugarcoated
Sugarcoated

Love you , love Ne Ne , Love Kandi , I pray for the best for all of you all in all areareas. Didn"t like the funeral it seemed fake.

RaRa GaGirL
RaRa GaGirL

Phaedra girl you got it going an now you are my favourite housewife you got it going on an you be so sharp I love that hat you had on.

georgiapeaches
georgiapeaches

Phaedra I loved your article on BULLYING. Mrs. Leakes don't realize what bad example she represent to our already troubled youth.

Retsel
Retsel

I love me some Phaedra! I work in the funeral service and you were a natural as the gentleman pointed out. I loved yourgood bye speech. You are always a lady...I appreciate that. Do your thing!

Ms. C
Ms. C

Stay out the DRAMA, they all turned on each other. I expect better from you this season 'MRS SOUTHERN BELL". Drama sells, according to you, YOU are not broke therefore, SET THE EXAMPLE. Don't allow money to make a fool out of you. Our little girls are WATCHING.

Nchervil
Nchervil

You are great love your style, attitude, the way you love your family not to mention how you carry yourself we need more women like you in our community..self respect, honest, integrity...my father is a pastor/Rev. In Haiti I know what u are going trough... You did not have to explain yourself and your pregnancy to anyone...the only person that really matter was your mom....you gonna find people that loves you and lots of haters...after all you are an attorney housewives or not u have real job..

angelfromgrace
angelfromgrace

All the best to you and your husband and son. From where we are sitting your light is shining all the way over here. GB! I think you and Apollo will do great in your new endeavor.

bettyboopy
bettyboopy

Phadra, nothing is sacred to you & you are nothing but an educated Con-Artist!!! Now I know why you met & fell in love w/a ex-fellon, but I have to say that Apollo has more sense then you do!!!! And it appears that from next week's episode that your marriage is starting to go sour & I'm not surprised 1 bit, as you have tried to control Apollo from day 1!!!!!!!!! You are crazy & this reality show is bringing out the worst in all of you grown-ass women!!!!!

M.Bradberry
M.Bradberry

To Mrs.Phaedra, I love that you don't have drama like most of the housewives on the show. It's always good to see a strong black women working hard & being there for her family. It's crazy how people all up in your business worried about your husband that ain't none of their business what your husband do he is a grown man. Everybody make mistakes people need to put the past behind them & move forward with their lives. But like my auntie always told me" people going to talk about you for the rest of your life & it ain't nothing you can do". It's just crazy that black people can't support each other as one. It's great that you want to open your own funeral Home. When I hear you say that you made me think about opening my own photography business you really motivated me to think about opening my open business I am only 20 years old!!! Thanks so much...

Ldycyclist
Ldycyclist

Phaedra, I have to admit when you first came on the show I was underwhelmed by you. However, with each passing episode, I find you so endearing...a lady with intelligence, theatrical flare, and a razor sharp edge. A dynamite combination!

Tutt01
Tutt01

Really Phaedra - a law degree & you don't "understand" what a repo man is? Seems every other word out of your mouth now is either exceptionally foul or a lie. I hope things improve as the season progresses or this won't be a show worth bringing back -that you would want a funeral business to suck money out of people suffering grief and sorrow is so disgustingl even you should know how wrong that is. When the funeral director - Willie - made an excuse to leave the scene with you a little birdie should've whispered you'd gone too far - that he left before he'd allow someone like you drag his business reputation down to the level of a law practice.

Your true nature just gets uglier & uglier.

Gravedigr
Gravedigr

Phaedra, I really don't think you are understanding what the funeral business is or means? I have been in the funeral industry since 1988. I spent 2 yrs in embalming school, served a 2 yr apprenticeship and then took the state & national boards. The funeral industry is not something that you just "think" you can do. It's not all parades, flowers, and all the flash from an exspensive funeral. Most will be small funerals that can't afford all that. I was shocked when, you made the comment about the money from the insurance policy. This is not something you do to make money or encourage people to spend more then they can afford. I can't wait to see you go remove a body that has been laying in a house for 3 or 4 days in your fancy clothes & high heels! Also, sorry but you won't be running to all your parties, and all that stuff. You are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. You get up sometimes 2 or 3 times a night and make removals. You cannot make any plans believe me, I've missed very important things due to having to work, the family and the body ALWAYS comes first! I can't see you giving up all of the things that you want to do. You have to embalm a body, get it made-up, in the casket, do visititaion, and the funeral when it's pouring rain, snowing, sleeting, 100+ degree weather. I think you need to step back and look at what it is you THINK the funeral business is? It's not a "boutique" as you said you want to make it. I think you should just open an upscale boutique and let it go. Better yet, spend a few hours at the Coroner's office with all the nasty bodies,(car wrecks, floaters, burn deaths, murders, and all kinds of left over days old bodies) and see how that works for ya?? I have a feeling you will NOT be buying a funeral home. Sincerely a Real Funeral Professional...

MRSDOLLABILL
MRSDOLLABILL

MRS. PARKS, I AM LOVING YOU ON THE SHOW. I WASN'T TOO SURE LAST SEASON, BUT YOU ARE BRINGING IT THIS SEASON AND SHOWING HOW WOMEN CAN DO THE DARN THING AND KEEP IT CLASSY.

nett8
nett8

I want to like you, but it's hard.

SincereSnob
SincereSnob

As usual Phaedra, you have something positive and enlightening to say. Always a lady. Love you!

Hunnyb
Hunnyb

Ok if you are truly looking to get into the funeral business then more power to you. The problem is you didn't really come off as being very compassionate, which is one of the main factors to being in that business. Harping on a cheap casket, and if the workers have on top hats should not be your main concern. Newsflash somebody died, I dont think that the people that are burying there loved ones will care about whether it gives off the asks 5th avenue appeal.....Just saying

Viewer
Viewer

Bravo Apollo....don't lose yourself

AnnPF
AnnPF

Phaedra, I hope you can keep the girls from killing each other. Nene needs to stop being so angry. Keep the conversations possitive. Love, Ann

Ms. Kitten
Ms. Kitten

You, Kandi and Kim are my favs.....Please don't allow NeNe to bully you because she is truly all talk and a true HATER. Know that you all are blessed.

audik
audik

Love Phaedra!

Simply Me
Simply Me

Phaedra, you, along with Kandi, are my favs! Your charm is so appealing and you make great TV!