Cast Blog: #RHOA

Surprise!

Episode 2: Bravotv.com's Assistant Editor counts down the top three moments.

This week's episode was full of surprises between unexpected lesbian weekends, birthday parties, and prayer cloths.

No. 3 - Hunk of Burning Love

To escape all the drama with Sheree, NeNe whisked Cynthia and Kandi off to Miami for a little rest and relaxation. And unsurprsingly Kandi mixed with a girls' weekend leads to conversations about sex. Specifically about, you guessed it, dildos! Now Kandi may be an "initimate luxury specialist," but NeNe is no fan of toys. She claims she's scared that she'll get third degree burns down below, but in her interview I think we get the real reason -- a dildo can't pay you any compliments in bed. Point well taken.

However things got really real when Kandi revealed that she needs a man who will "kiss both of her lips." It was NeNe's turn to take the expert role however when she shared that someone could be a good kisser but a bad "eater." You really have to give the Atlanta ladies credit, they are not shy about their initmate needs whatsoever. Who needs Sue Johanson when you have The Real Housewives of Atlanta? No. 2 - Queer Coincidence

I mean really? A girls' weekend where the ladies wanted to cruise for guys ends up being lesbian pride weekend? Even I would have had a hard time believing that they didn't learn that until they got there, if the exact same thing hadn't happened to a friend of mine. I'm not even kidding (although it was gay men rather than lesbians). Evidently either Miami is constantly having pride weekends (in which case I need to spend more time in Miami) or they just don't advertise them very well. In any event, the our Atlanta girls are "strictly dickly" according to NeNe, so finding a Miami fling wasn't in the cards this time around.

No. 1 - A Woman of the Cloth

The prayer cloth that is. Once again Phaedra teaches us about something that not everybody knows about, and that something is the prayer cloth. This is just a small, napkin-like piece of fabric that a lady carries around to cover her lap so as not to expose herself when wearing a skirt in church. It's probably also useful if you want to sit on the grass in a park or are in desperate need of a napkin after enjoying some cheese doodles while taking a stroll. Don't leave home without it!

I also have to point out how wonderful the interactions between Willie Watkins and Phaedra are. First off, he constantly needs to be subtitled because he's such a fast yet low talker. Second, whenever Phaedra gets too caught up in the money side of the funeral business, he reminds her that it's all about family and compassion. He's like the little hard to understand angel on her shoulder, and it's adorable! Next week things get tense between Apollo and Peter at Kim's baby shower. This certainly doesn't look like it's going to end well.

Cynthia: I Knew I Had to Take My Audition Seriously

Cynthia Bailey dishes on her audition (and outfit) for Kenya Moore's pilot.

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child."
-Sophia Loren


NOELLE
My daughter Noelle is 15-years-old now and is a sophomore in high school. I can't believe that in 2 years she will be graduating high school and heading off to college. She was almost 9-years-old when we moved from New York City to Atlanta. Where did the time go? As expected, she is a typical teenager that is going through the usual teenage growing pains of trying to find identity and purpose. As her mother, my job has always been to love, protect, teach, and guide her. Out of all of my many jobs, this is the most important one, and I never take a day off or call in sick. Having Noelle as my daughter has not only been a blessing, it has been a privilege. We push, motivate, and inspire each other to always walk towards greatness. I have always told her that childhood is a journey, not a race -- to take her time, and enjoy it. Leon is an incredible dad, and I love the relationship that he has with his daughter. They are very close and spend a lot of time together. I know how to be a good mother, but I am a mom, not a dad. That is his role, and being the talented actor that he is, he plays it well. We are both artists, and we understand that we are raising an artist. Noelle is a talented singer, writer, producer, photographer, director, and model. You guys only get to see snippets of her life, because it is our choice to keep some of her life private. In my down time, I love reading and writing in my journal. I am always looking for inspiration to be a better me, and to continue serving my purpose with humility and grace. Leon and I were so proud of Noelle's piece that she wrote. We have always encouraged freedom of expression and have raised her to be an independent thinker. Thought I would share the piece with you in its entirety. Enjoy!


A Fleeting Romance
Written by Noelle Robinson
Is it possible to fall in love with someone you've known for one day only and for them to go back into their shell the moment you guys part? To make someone feel important enough to see your vulnerability first hand, only to shut them out the moment your eyes don’t meet? What was your incentive anyway? To steal a meaningless kiss from my lips? Or was it equally as meaningful for you? You stole my eyes at hello, you stole my soul when you made me laugh at things I didn't quite understand, but you stole my heart as you made yourself vulnerable. For those 8 hours, I saw a spark that only I could ignite, a kiss only I could seal, and a fire only I could start in you. But was it really a spark or was it merely a deception that the fire in our hearts could come together and burn down all of society’s illusions that are holding us back from each other? If he would give me the key to his mind, I would simply run around in his mind all day and I wouldn't be in love anymore, because chances are I'll find his mind submerged in society’s deceptions. Ooh but if I don't. That might make me an optimist and it might even make me naïve, but it would never make me a fool for slipping through an opportunity to find the little drop of fuel to ignite our flame. I don’t need you to tell me you love me; I need you to teach me to believe it.

LIFE TWIRLS ON

I have always loved acting. In the past, I have acted in a few roles over the years, but my main focus until recently has always been my modeling career. I had so much fun auditioning for Kenya's pilot. I love the role she chose for me, because it completely took me out of my comfort zone. I was so excited to become the character and was determined to commit to part. Looking back at my outfit, hair, and makeup, I may have over committed… LOL! Unfortunately there was so much more of the audition that you guys didn't get to see, but trust me, it was hilarious! I know without a doubt that this role was not given to me, I earned it. Besides, if I bombed the audition, I know that Kenya would not have cast me for the part. Kenya is silly and loves to goof around, but be clear, when it comes to her business, she plays no games. It's all business, and it is so not personal. I knew how serious she was about this project; therefore I knew that I had to take my audition seriously. She is an over achiever, a control freak, and a perfectionist. I know because I share these same characteristics! I knew that she was going to be hard on me, and I had to go big or go home. So that is exactly what I did. I went big, landed the role, and I went home! Thanks Kenya, for giving me this amazing opportunity. I can't wait for you guys to see the finished pilot.

 

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