During this week’s episode my quest to enter into the funeral business is highlighted during a visit with my friend, the legendary Willie Watkins.
Willie and I met almost ten years ago during a fundraising event held by my mentor, the late attorney Charles Mathis. Charles was not only known as one of the best litigators in the South, but he was also known for having the most elaborate events in Atlanta. When I entered the practice of law over twelve years ago during the swearing in ceremony, the judge stressed the importance of having a legal mentor and a sounding board. As I stood before him I recall him saying in a stern voice, “A mentor should be a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." As I left the courthouse that day, I pondered on who would be willing to take on such a task. I knew I needed a mentor who would understand my vision and encourage me to pursue my goals. Most people who know me know I have always had lofty dreams and what some might consider an eccentric personality. Much like myself, Charles brought his great work ethic and an even bigger heart from his small town to the big city of Atlanta. He loved to help people, entertain, and most of all, win cases.
Very nice! U r One in a Million - Phaedra! But....I am starting to question ur husband.....at least u got a cute son out of him!! He just seems ALOT different than u??
Last year the "white" comments bothered me but this you have grown on me this season. You find the positive in any situation and I respect that! You don't look back but forge ahead! At the end of this shows run you will still be making money!
You are a good writer but your on-screen behavior contradicts the intellect and intelligence you exhibit in your blogs.
Phaedra you really share some insightful and helpful quotes. I enjoy reading your blogs. Your perspective on the past events from the show are revealing and make me think about what the real situation may be. You and Kandi are my very favorites on the show.
Cadillac Kimberly said you were a smart woman and now I believe her. It's clear that you're looking towards the future and preparing to stack your money deep. You've grown on me and I find you to be one of the most interesting and funny housewives overall.
I just love you and your funny funny personality. As a business woman myself, I agree on having a mentor and being a mentor to others. God Bless You for sharing your knowledge with others. And God Bless your beautiful family.
Phaedra, You are very classy & entertainting to watch on the atlanta HW's! You are are favorite. I love how your baby loves you so much, & how you adore him. I get a little frustrated with you husband, I hope he is easy to live with, & he is only argueing for show! Best wishes, & may God bless you! xoxo
I think its commendable that you are a lawyer of your stature and you don't live beyond your means-like living in a big ass mansion, and then you wear CHANEL, because of that i love you.
Hi Phaedra, Love your blog!! In one of the episodes, I saw you, your husband and baby. He is gorgeous and he is so big. I like you because you are a brilliant woman. Continue your pass, all good things will come to you and your family.
God Bless You,
Yolanda Garcia Berdecia San Juan, Puerto Rico
I absolutely love watching you! Hopefully you can show what a true lady like belle truly is. I am from the south and their is so much on tv that makes the south look bad. Thank you from all of us southern belles for showing a gracious elegant side!
I just think you are a breath of fresh air - funny and really bringing an interesting story line with this funeral "business". You are really hilarious.
love you Phaedra. wish you wouldnt dish on nene with kim... really dont like her style. shes beneath you.
Whats up with the comment about the black lady moving into the neighborhood. Dont forget where you come from sister. Still love you tho. Oh yeah that was classic when Apolo called dude old. lol
Please dont allow Kim and Sheree to rub off on you. you are wayyyy to intelligent to be on their level . They love to gossip.
My grandmother would always say--if you fool with trash it will get in your eye--Phaedra--dont forget who and what surrounds you. You and Apollo have something special--don't let those trashy folks drive a wedge between you. I felt what Peter said to Apollo about getting "pulled over" was a LOW blow to ALL men of color who may have had challenges with the police. You got Apollo's back? Then you need to get in touch with what can and will happen to him as an ex-offender. You need that understanding--because he is right--he does not need to be fighting the outside AND the inside of his "castle". Just tellilng what I KNOW!!
Phaedra I completely adore you! You keep it classy, elegant, and comedic all in one. Keep up the good work!
Love you girl! You and the Atlanta Housewives ( with the exception of Nene) are just FUN to watch! You ladies are my favorites along with Adrienne, Lisa, Camille and Sonja. SO HAPPY THE ATLANTA LADIES ARE BACK!!!
You are all about a women in business,and want to make your business work you are a lawyer, and I know your plan is to go into the funeral business as well. Good Luck.
Phaedra, please do not change like some off these other ladies. I THINK YOU ARE THE BEST HOUSEWIFE. You are funny and intelligent. Continue doing you and dont change.
What a darling baby you have! Luv you and your lovely family. Let the haters hate. Like you said at the reunion if people aren't talking about you then you are not relevant!
Dear Phaedra, I loved your quote, " EVERY SAINT HAS A PAST AND EVERY SINNER HAS A FUTURE ". Your baby is beautiful and your husband is handsome. Good luck with everything you do.
I actually like you on the show!! You need to find out what Apollo is doing as far as his job status we don't want him to get arrested again so do some digging to get the full understanding.
Phaedra, Please stick to the law business. You have the wrong agenda in regards to funeral service. I have been in the funeral service profession for a number of years. It is people like you that gives a bad name to this profession. This has to be one's passion/calling to serve, not all about money.
Phaedra, funeral businesses often starts where there are not that many funeral homes in one central place. Back in the old-days, families often called upon the same funeral director that their family have trust in for generations! Atlanta is big with so many funeral homes in once place with some never openly out there like the rest. It is 24/7, time comsuming and phone ringing off of the hook for this or that, now, people are shopping for the best prices no matter who is number one. The question is, are you ready to be in that business? You might, and I hope you will suceed and it won't be all at once. Are you ready to face every presentable case that you will be called upon to serve. Homocides, natural, auto accidents, gun shots, decomposed bodies, etc is just a few to mentioned. Are you able to eat to keep your strength up andyou will have to be a leader even though there will be someone who are experience to handle all of the cases I just described. Looks is very deceiving because it is not that beautiful when you start being part of the embalming and dressing process; to include building up the casket bed, making the remain to be life-like as much as you can. Then there is the different times of death that you will be called upon to make removals, at times, you will encounter difficult cases to remove and you need to have the right people and equipment. Have you handle a 300 pound deceased, now that is "dead-weight" and it is no joke trying to make this difficult removal from the place where tis person died. Sometimes, it is the outside that we judge to be the same on the inside....but this business comes with a lot of dedications, professionalism, honest, above all, it is hours that you have to give up of your family to ensure your business is conduct 24/7 even if you get tired of it. You will have to asked yourself, who will help me and give 100% because that is waht it will take. We all morticians are administerd the "Mortician Oath", some honor it while others do not, I think Mr. Watkins told you about the financial part of it; we do not enter the homes of any potential clients for the benefit of making a lot of money, in fact, money is far from your minds; we enter the homes for the purpose of caring for the oved lone who have departed or in some terms; "made their transitions." To pose this to you Phaedra, you will need all of the support from your family you can get. This is not just a business, you are charged by both State and Federal Laws to perform your best when family placed their loved ones in your care! You become liable for deceased remains from the time you remove it; to the final ninterment. It takes a lot of arrangements to bury one body, in this business, you might have more than you can handle, so your expertise, strength, professionalism all will be tested. "Are you ready?"
Phaedra,I like you alot!!!You put,I am sorry to say,NeNe,to shame,but,if you look at those words,thats absolutely what you do!!!Now to the important stuff;you are a wonderful role model for girls coming up;I love what you are doing in your biz world,whether it works or not;u have an idea&you are proceeding w/ it..no dust growing on you!!!!You are just a class act,bright,beautiful&kind undre duress.Mama always said,"cooler heads prevail" and we will see you prevailing on!!!!I loved the way you responde to NeNe,telling her in a nice way that no matter the issue at hand,you are QUITE happy not to be like her!!!That settled tha&she had no comeback!!!!Issue quietly,gracefully solved,like a beautiful dance!!!Keeping on keeping on&I love how you say UUUH-HUUUUH..its my new utterance,so thank you,Mrs.Lady!!!!
Phaedra I admire you on the show. You keep it real, classy,and you don't try to keep up with "The Jones'". And I died laughing when you were laying on your back on the sex toy and started shaking with the sales guy right there in front of you. Keep doing what you're doing. Great job.
Phaedra please tell Apollo that the way deal with the police is to file complaints on those who stop him,and you being a lawyer should follow thur on those complaints with lawsuits.The harrassments will never stop but when ppl know that it will cost them they back off. It's been twenty yrs since my last run in with the law and i still get mistreated on interviews and police that have'nt been informed to leave me along by their bosses.Good luck to you both !
Phaedra, You are my favorite on Housewives of Atlanta. You are eccentric and that is what I like about you in addition to your being a very kind person and you don't get involved in the gossip. Just one thing though. At the funeral during your blessing you said, ..."and to all the sinners..." Let me say that we are all sinners according to the Bible. Love, Pam
I enjoy watching you Phaedra. You are a true classy southern Diva. I think the funeral idea is excellent. You already gave me some ideas for my funeral.
Is that really what you call a prayer clothe or is that a Hankerchief??? Your son is adorable! Your husband seems very bothered by the camera's, I don't think he is confortable with the camera being on him all the time. I didn't seem like you shared your funeral venture with your husband first.
Hope u don't take it the wrong way BUT.. Apollo seems to have some anger issues. I've seen it before ... what really brought my attention to it is his argument with Cynthia's husband. When u tried to stop him he looked like he was about to jump stupid with u.. when all u were doing is trying to deescalate the situation.. It made me feel like he would get angry enough to hit u.. Just from 1 sista to another... Be careful & stay blessed...
miss phaedra, you are simply HILARIOUS! you have an amazing way with words, and always entertain me!! AND you and your family are so beautiful-- fine looking bunch! i love your demeanor and grace, but that slick mouth on you is QUOTABLE
you are the best of all housewives! I do mean all of em too..just a great personality and fun to be around! You are the real thing! hands down my favorite!!!!!! xxoo
Phaedra, I don't know where you were when your husband STARTED that crap with Peter, but he wasn't defending you- he was showing the fans how it is possible that he is an ex-con. You and Sheree are so ghetto, you two should be best friends. How are you going to claim to be classy and "the ultimate Southern Belle" when all you do is instigate and keep mess going?
I think you are a wonderful mother, wife, friend...just a great lady. Keep being you. You are my favorite househouse. You are a class act and there is nothing better than classy lady that loves the Lord.
Phaedra you and your family are a breath of freash air the real keep your husdands back and tell the haters to f off there just mad because none of there men are hafe the man that you husband is tell him to keep his head up and real people have his back understand and know the truth,much love and respect.
phaedra love you and your family,keep your husbands back to the fulest and know that the others are mad because there husbands and or what ever are not hafe the man that your husband is. stay keeping it real not scripted for the camras and like others and let your husband know that not all people are ignorent and too keep his head held high much love
I only watch occassionally, but Phaedra is certainly one of the biggest hipporcritsI've ever seen. She is not passionate for Law, not passionate about Caring for those who Mourn, Not passionate about Friendship, and not passionate about "Holy" Matrimony. The Love of Money is the Root of all evil and this is her motive for everything. There is nothing wrong with motive, but its the LOVE of Money which has become her god. I have to give you credit for keeping your other idol god looking good, YOU!
Hey Phaedra- Once a convict, always a convict! A zebra doesn't change his stripes, neither does a convict. Find it hard to believe you don't know what "your" husband does for a living! Please! Girlfriend you aren't fooling anyone. You are a lawyer, guarantee it you know what "your" husband does for a living. Sounds kinda shady to me.