Cast Blog: #RHOA

Evolution

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?

Kenya: Why Would Apollo Try to Hurt Phaedra?

Cynthia: "My Heart Went Out to Kenya"

Phaedra: "NeNe Made a Fair Observation"

Claudia on Her Sit-Down With Porsha

GIF Recap: Pushed to the Brink

Cynthia: Porsha's THOT Comment is Too Ridiculous

Kandi: Cynthia Can't Win for Losing

Phaedra: Cynthia's Behavior was Unbecoming

Claudia on NeNe's Thirsty Comment

Don't Insult Kenya's Virtue

GIF Recap: New 'Wife, New Shade

Phaedra on Being "Super Mommy"

Kenya: I've Never Been Anyone's Whore

Cynthia: I Felt a Connection with Claudia

Kandi: I Felt Bad for Kenya

NeNe Talks Zumanity, Apollo's Shocking Reveal

Claudia on Meeting the 'Wives

GIF Recap: She's Baaack...

NeNe: "I was a Rock for Phaedra"

Cynthia on Her Friendship with Kenya

Kandi: I'll Always be Honest with Phaedra

Phaedra: "It was Apparent the Marriage was Over"

Kenya: This is My Season of Redemption

GIF Recap: Oh the Zumanity!

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.

Demetria: I Have No Beef with Kenya

Demetria McKinney addresses the Roger Bobb situation.

Bravotv.com: When did you and Cynthia originally meet?
Demetria McKinney: Cynthia Bailey and I have been really cool for a couple of years now. We run in similar social circles, and I've always loved her spirit.


Bravotv.com: Did you feel like you and Kenya resolved the issue over her photo with Roger Bobb?
DM: As for me and Kenya…hmm. Just a couple of discrepancies: She didn't know me, but remembered meeting me with Nicci. She has no interest in Roger, but got all gussied up to see him at my event and threw shade galore when he claimed me. OK, girl! LOL! As for the picture, the fact that she was in it wasn't the issue. I've been in a relationship on and off for 8 years, and when the media was loudly connecting him to someone else, I didn't like it. Period. It could've been Strawberry Shortcake, it could've been Whoopi Goldberg. The fact that I was ready to be out about us was the issue. Kenya's picture just happened to be the last straw (speaking of straw, hey NeNe). So, yeah, I have no beef with Kenya. Not worried or bothered, I'm actually looking for opportunities to celebrate each of these women!


Bravotv.com: Was it tough when Roger wasn’t able to make it to your video release party?
DM: My bae, Roger, wasn't able to be there due to WORK! Hallelujah, he is not a kept man! Thank you, Jesus, Roger is a provider not only of what is needed but also a man who will do what has to be done to make his woman's dream come true. We support each other, and if he could've been there, he would've. My heart missed him, my mind knew he missed me.


Bravotv.com: What was your first impression of all the ladies?
DM: My first impressions of the ladies…
Cynthia: Beauty and class doesn't fade
Claudia: She's stupid! LOL!
Kandi: Cool
Phaedra: Wasn't she Bobby Brown's lawyer?
Porsha: ?
Kenya: Bet you won't forget me now! LOL!


Bravotv.com: Were you disappointed that all the ladies left when the video didn’t work? Did you eventually get it to play?
DM: My video didn't play, I was a bit disappointed, but having been in the industry for this long, I know sh-- happens. You roll with the hand given to you, and you learn for the next time. Could the ladies have stayed? Sure. But if they weren't going to offer anything positive, it was probably best that they exited.

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