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A few days ago my dear friend, Monica, stopped by to help me start my family tree. She completed hers recently and successfully traced her lineage back to the early 1800s. To give me some perspective, she shared a sample family tree which read at the bottom, “Like branches on a tree, we grow in different directions yet, our roots remain as one.” With Thanksgiving upon us, it is the perfect time to reflect on the importance of family and gratitude. On Thanksgiving we typically surround ourselves with family and remember the importance of enjoying the simple things in life while we stuff ourselves with turkey and all the other delightful fixings of the day.
While family and gratitude are not blatantly obvious in this episode, if you watch closely it is the recurring theme. During this episode, you see Apollo and I defending each other. I point this out because in any healthy relationship it is essential to know each other’s heart; and by doing so, you are able to speak on behalf of one another whenever misunderstandings arise. In any relationship, especially marriage, misunderstandings are inevitable. Marriage is not only the union of two people, but of two families; which often can be just as rewarding as it is challenging. I am very proud of my husband and grateful for our family.
Phaedrea I really admire what you are doing with the funeral home business. I always wanted to be a mortician.
Phaedra you are so funny, reallyh proud of your hubby defending you. Popa Smurf needs to get out and so does his puppet wife.
Phadrea, I have never wrote a post on a blog but I really wanted you to know that I enjoyed watching you this season. You have so much class but fun, funny, and loyal. I can watch your clips over and over. The stuff u say is hilarious like when Kim ask you about the C-section and you said you were on morphine and as crazy as a vampire in sunlight...lol, or the prayer cloth and holy oil at the funeral home, Papa Smurf joke, the booty joke with the contractor, Mr. Ri-Dick-ulous, and I can go on and on. You are strong career woman that protects her family and an awesome mother and it shows. I love Mrs. Phadrea (HIGH CLASS) Parks!
Phaedrea, I have plenty of respect for you. You are the same person no matter who is around or what their opinion of you may be.
Phaedra, You are by far my favorite housewife in Atlanta. Your poise, intelligence and charm, as well as great sense of humor are my reason for watching RHOA. You crack me up every episode and I find your charm and charisma a lot more entertaining that Nene's grandstanding. She is strait up embarrassing.
Phaedra, I adore you. You are and have been my favorite housewives since season 1. I love how you carry yourself with such class, dignity, and proud. I also love the bond that you have with your husband and son. You all are the picture perfect family, absolutely beautiful. I just want to commend you for being a smart, intelligent, beautiful, and classy woman Phaedra. Keep it up.
Ms Phaedra, You are definitely stealing this show!!! I love your humor first of all but not since Dan Rather have I heard such drop dead funny analogies. Also, you should have no guilt for the reaction to the stripper, it was all in fun!!!
You send mixed messages most of the time girl, Southern Bell, Attorney, Classy, Mother a pastor & then MR RIDICKULOUS.
phaedrea you should have never brought up the whole situation at kims baby shower if you didnt like what he had to say you should of handled it in a diffrent place and you said if cynthias man has a problem with you he should of took it up with apollo well if you had a problem with what he said then you should of took it up with cynthia and not at a baby shower with a group full of people ...and you say you dont care about what he said about you but why where u talking about it alot of the episode and why did u even feel the need to talk about it if you dont care!
You are truly a lady and last night you showed it. And I am very happy and glad that your husband apollo didn't fight Peter cause then it would have being a big mess. Some times I have trouble understanding you but i get ya now lol. It was real nice of you to go to kim's and apologize for what had happened unlike cynthia she didnt. And Kandi and her mom are just like me and my mom lol. And sheree her new home is going to be wonderful and marvelous. Unlike nene i doubt very much that she is a rich bitch like she told sheree lol. take care luv ya!
Giiiirrrrrlllllll, you a MESS!!! I thought bringing in Mr. "RiDICKulous" was the PERFECT gift for Candy so you better not EVEN feel bad about that! It's unfortunate that her Mother was offended, but as soon as she saw him step out of the box, (and you could CLEARLY see even with clothes on what NeNe referred to as "the Monster"), she should have ROLLED OUT!!! Buuuuttttttt, him orally "pleasuring" himself WAS a bit much and was definitely GROSS under ANY circumstance. That should have been between he, himself and him and whatever freaky deak weird stuff he's into BEHIND CLOSED DOORS!!!! And if any other GROWN folk wanted to join him, more power to ya, but NOT in public like that! I don't blame YOU for that, but you realize that it's "different strokes for different folks" and that crossed the line! I still adore you, and I am puzzled over how that dude can even WALK!!! Hahahahahahaaaaa!!!!!
Bravo,Phaedra, Bravo!!!!!!! I loved your birthday entertainment gift to Kandi. It was appropriate for the "birthday girl". I would have loved to have been there to party with you and Kandi! Any negative responses from anyone else is null and void. It was Kandi's gift. Phaedra, WOW....you remind me of the friend I don't have. I pray that you and Apollo remain open to each other and do not allow the camera/show affect your union as one. Ayden is beautiful and I laugh at how you and Apollo have changed roles in how to handle him. Please express to Apollo that he is setting an example as to what positive and productive choices can be made by a young black man during and after anything that may come. Apollo appears to be a real man and doesn't need the limelight to shine. (Hope he limits his appearances and precious Ayden). I do not see your family as one to entertain petty drama as the show can often offer. I agree with Apollo as far as not to comment when others want to chime in about him to you...you're smart and savvy enough to just make that transition to another subject. You are my favorite "housewife"! I love how you have fun with your womanhood and sexuality along with the ability to laugh at it all. One of the best pieces of advice my brother gave to me was "Consider the source." (Passing it on, especially when it comes to some of the other cast members.) Beauty, brains, professional career, a wife, and mother who believes in Christ!!!! YOU GO..KEEP PRAYING AND HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH! My husband and I have been married for 29 years and loving every moment. And I'm still young and vibrate and he's no Papa Smurf. I'm working on my gluts, probably won't have that (dunk) but, I'll be representing! Until next Sunday night....Continue to Keep that hubby loved up and the word jealous won't even come from either of your lips!!!!
Phaedra- Classy blog from a classy southern bell l!!! I would love to be one of your best friends. You are true and loyal. Funny and yet real. You are such an inspiration to a lot of young girls and women. Please tell Apollo not to be discouraged because his is soo hot:) Does he have a big brother??..LOL "A saint was once a sinner and a sinner will be one day a saint" Loved it. xoxo
Ok since you wont say it, I will. . .Moma Joyce was a hypocrite (if that is spelled correct) and a big one!!! She listens to Kandi Freak shows, and go to her freak events, including birthday parties however she wants to act a fool and make a scene at Kandi's milestone party????? Then she want to ask for respect??? Kandi is a real good one. . . Mama Joyce needs to stay in her place. . .
I love Phadrea as well. She is a strong black woman, businesswoman, mother and wife, but she instigated that situation with Peter and her husband. They were in public at their friends baby shower. Not a place for any of that to happen. That should have taken place true enough but not there.
You are so funny, make me laugh... And Candis Mom, is crazy for Nene, Thats exactly why she got so upset about the stripper.. The look on your face, was painfull.. I know you didnt mean to offend her.. Whats a mom doing at her daughters 35 anyways.. It was bound to have a surprise... YOU made it memoriable... Good Job... Shannon
I know this blog is a love fest, but I do have a problem with your contradictions. You had the nerve to cover your legs because of a so-called "lusty spirit" but then you have an over the top stripper at Kandi's birthday party. You're a little strange Phaedra. Get saved girl! lol
Phaedrea, you are great! Please don't let Candi's Mother or NeNe make you feel bad or embarrassed about the stripper, they need to gain a sense of humor. If they didn't like it, they could have simply left the room. Them leaving the party was a horrible thing to do to Candi and to you. NeNe just needs to complain about something and make others look bad.
Phaedra I do not approve of the stripper! You're a little trouble-maker and looked like a little kid with her hand in the cookie jar when Joyce was going off on Candi. I'd love to have heard what your Mom, the minister said to you about this antic. And, you also started the whole mess with Peter at the shower. At least you tried to atone for it with the gifts and apology to Kim.
However having said all that I really like you. As you said about Kim, you have some 'curb appeal.' You should do stand up comedy...you are hysterical. You are very creative....where do you come up with that stuff...I can't look at Peter without thinking of Papa Smurf...LOL!
Also, Ayden is beautiful.
Phaedra would you have a stripper at an affair of your with your Mother present. Kandi's mother should of been at her daugther birthday party shame on you I'm sure you knew her Mother would be there so why didn't you speak to her about the type of stripper you hired he went a little to far for the age group Don't get me wrong I 've be around where there were strippers when they were going to far the their mamager stop it right away. You are blessed with a handsome son
I enjoy watching Phaedra. She has it all -intellect, she is also fun and seem to be a great mother. I know you brought the stripper as a gift to Kandi-and people freaked out-if they know Kandi -they would know that was okay bec she is into that kinda stuff-now her Mom should have left quietly and allow Kandi to address the matter if SHE didn't think it was okay. I think Phaedra meant well and Nene and her stupid crew exited-o please -Peter go get a job!!!!!!!!!!! maybe ridiculous can use a side kick-you could hold the bag-
I like you -you are funny and thats good considering you are a Mom and a career woman-Apollo is quite lucky
You were right, what do you get a single woman of Candi's age? I think this was a good gift maybe it should have been more men to go around and they should have kept their britches on and not the porno stuff. Keep it clean and fun and full of laughs. But if you turn a stripper lose with a crowd of women hollering go for it, you are going to get "what up".
Phaedra, Sorry but you lost a lot of cool points with me by bringing that "ridickulous" stripper to Kandi's birthday party. You should never have done something like that a party she planned for herself. She gave herself the party therefore she did it that way she wanted it. It wasn't a bachelorette party; it was a birthday party. It was so disrespectul to do something like that in the presence of someone else's mother and other ladies husbands and significant others. I don't think your mother nor your husband would have appreciated it if they were there. Kandi's mother doesn't seem to be a prude but she still deserves respect. I thought a "southern belle" like you would know that.
I thought that it was classy of you to bring a gift basket and apologize to Kim. It was not the place or time for all that foolery. Peter is extremely volatile and I am glad that your husband walked away. You're a class act... Cynthia could learn a thing or two from you.
I loved what you did for Kandi. We all know she loved it, but its hard to be yourself sometimes when you are around people who judge. Kudos for being a good friend.
That was really nice what you did for Kandi for her Birthday. It sucks that she cant be herself because she si around all those people who judge. I understand thats her Mom but it isnt her day and its what makes Kandi happy. Kudos for keeping it real and being a good friend, and your husband is FINE!
PAPA SMURF WAS CUTE, BUT WHEN YOU CALLED HIM "UNCLE BEN" I LAUGHED FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES. STILL LAUGHING AT THAT ONE! YOUR LIKE A COMMEDIENNE AND THE WITTIEST ONE ON THAT SHOW. BLACK BETHENNY!
Now Ms. Phaedra...I didn't like you last season but you are growing on me because you have some funny sayings and you make me laugh but you, you are a little messy and if it wasn't for you bringing up that article at the shower Apollo and Peter wouldn't have got into. I think that is why you went to Kim's with that gift basket because you knew you was wrong.
I love that phaedrea`s husband stood up for his self and his family even with what every one is bloging about him. this says he is very secure in his self . i think people who have done wrong and payed his time should be allowed to become positive people, and any haters should keep their mouth shut. and peter seems jelous of just about everybody except nene maybe he should try to divorce cinthya and run off with nene, they seem to be haters maybe they could try hateing together. and leave real people along.and good job for phaedrea for standing by her man and also having the grace to apoligize with out cutting him down.
You and Kandi are my absolute favorite!!!!!!!!!! Love your one liners and the fun you bring to the episodes! You have a beautiful family...cutest son I have ever seen!!!!
Phadra Parks......I don't care what anyone says about you or what I thought about you last year.....this year, you and your husband are the bomb. I love you both. You are the funniest on the show. You're classy (NOT STUFFY) you know how to have fun and keep it real. You are my absolute favorite. LOVE LOVE LOVE YA & PLEASE KEEP US LAUGHING.
Phadrea you are a very interesting person and funny funny funy! I hope you stay on the show and never leave because you are too Cool.
I think you should have waited to confront Peter at another time and not at the baby shower because if you really think about it you did start it and Peter just finished it I think Cynthia should apologize for how her husband acted. But you are a very funny lady and keep it up
Everybody knows Phaedrea is the reason to watch RHW of ATL. I think you are hilarious, whitty and fun. Your little boy is adorable and so are you. Don't change - we have enough D-bags, stay on course.
Ms. Phaedra, You have your stuff together. (I admire that) Your family is beautiful. Keep doing what you do
Ms. Phaedra, You have your stuff together. (I admire that) Your family is beautiful. Keep doing what you do
Phaedra, no! I do not condone the stripper at the party. You knew her mom would be there, so why bring that type of energy there. I agree with the comment that it was a birthday party and not a engagement party. Please let your class begin to show.
Phaedra has been my favorite, without her, I wouldn't watch the Housewives from Atlanta, but what she did for Candy's party with that stripper has been the most horrible, low class, and inappropiate antic! I myself am I veteran of watching the housewives but this so far has been the most cheapest action they have ever done.After countless seasons I might stop watching the housewives of Atlanta. It has lost its fun.
Phaedra, you are the reason that I love RHA! You are so cute and I love it when you start off a sentence with "Everybody knows....."! I am so proud of Apollo for defending you at Kim's shower. He did what any good husband would do when his wife is being verbally attacked. Peter has some major anger issues and a huge chip on his shoulder! Enough about Peter, just keep doing what you do, Phaedra, 'cause we love you and find you most entertaining!
Omg, i love the world according to Phaedra. Nene and the other ones don't got nothing on you and Kandi.
Phaedra, I am sure you don't care but I like you more this season than last. You seem to be very nice but very complex and this makes for great tv chile! You crack me up with your Phaedra-isms and your good church girl meets the bad girl ways! The lawyer in you comes out and you crack me up when you out smart your cast mates and sometimes they don't even know it. You are a very good addition to the show. I was like OMG when you confronted Peter at the baby shower! Now I have more respect for Apollo (which again I am sure you don't care) too the way he was defending your honor and did not back down. It was great my husband watches with me and he said that is what a man is supposed to do. Yall are not playing around this season. Don't weigh yourself down with the funeral home business. You are already very successful seemingly. The funeral home business is very time consuming and if you open a funeral home the clients (not the dead ppl but the family members,lol) will expect to see you all the time. It is a noble profession but sooo time consuming. You appear to like to be on the go and keep it moving a funeral home will tie you down for sure. Maybe you can start a new business called Luxury Funeral Planner LOL the"rich very rich" will hire you. They have planners for every event under the sun anyway. That way you can get your funeral fix on without weighing yourself down with a whole establishment. Besides Apollo doesn't seem to buy into the whole idea. I really like your mom too. I want to hear her preach. She is no joke. The little baby boy your son is so cute. I was laughing b/c I said the same thing to my husband about giving the baby spankings when I was pregnant and he came and stole my heart just like your little guy did to you. I really enjoy the show and I enjoy you on it.
Oh By the way... the stripper thing was priceless wrong as tow left shoes but priceless!!! Again good TV. I don't like strippers and I wouldn't have hired a stripper at all but for Goodness sake Kandi is opening an adult product line she loves sex and sexual situations. So for her it was appropriate but at the same time not appropriate b/c so many ppl were there. Again I would never do that LOL!!! Her mother was heated so it kind of rubbed some folk the wrong way but I am beginning to think that you know exactly what you are doing. Do you all feel pressure to do over the top stuff like this to make good tv? You won't answer that b/c you are a lawyer. Was the Peter thing an attempt to make good tv b/c I think you know just what to say and do to make things even more interesting. What did your mom say about the stripper once it aired? Does she get on you about your representation of yourself as it relates to her ministry? I know mom don't play that. I heard you say, "I'm sorry" quietly during the barrage of poor Kandi's mom cursing, hooting and hollering. The stripper was so over the top. You are a trip! I was like OMG! But I must say Kandi seemed to enjoyed it. I still like you but that was off the chain!
Phaedra, I really had high regards for you when you joined the cast. After you had your child I witnessed you morph into a women with wits class and maternal instinct. I think women like you are a rarity in the media and for that reason I am proud of the way you use your platform to represent African American women (In a positive light). Recently however you've become a bit of a disappointment yeah its true you probably should not have brought that stripper to Kandi's party, but whats more is the disregard you showed toward the funeral industry. Having lost several members of my family, my mother only recently it was really disheartening to see the lack of compassion you coney in your comments toward grieving families. You are a great lady but we all could use a little extra greasing sometimes, CHECK YOUSELF