Cast Blog: #RHOA

Cynthia's Insecurity

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!

Housewives Then and Now: Atlanta Edition

Kandi's Post-Reunion Plans

Cynthia: "I Don't Think I Did Anything Wrong"

Tweet Recap: Reunion Part 3, Kenya vs. NeNe

Kandi: "My Mom Needs a Camera Around Her at All Times"

Lawrence: Momma Joyce Slayed the Girls

Cynthia's Insecurity

Kenya was embarrassed for Cynthia during her conversation with NeNe.

Flaws and All

What an amazing time in my life! I’ve moved to Atlanta where my loving family lives and has always been my home away from home. Being from Detroit, Atlanta has always welcomed me, since I filmed my first leading lady role in the movie Trois here. The people of Atlanta have always been so kind to me and have rolled out the red carpet.

My move represents a lot of change in my life. LA has great business opportunities for my film and TV production company and acting career, but it can be a very lonely place. I’ve been a private person for the most part and exposing my life in this way also represents my willingness to move forward with a serious relationship. It is my desire to find someone who loves me for me -- flaws and all.

Enter Aunt Lori.

I have always treasured my relationship with her. She is my "shero." Lori has always been the voice of reason, wisdom, and the epitome of class. Her approval is important to me, so I’ve always sought her advice and counsel. Naturally, she wanted to know why I had been keeping Walter a secret. It was not easy for me because I want to vet the men I date and make sure they are a keeper before I bring them home to meet my family. So far only one man has made it that far.

I loved the scene with Phaedra and Kandi. We had a blast! Phaedra was funny and sweet and Kandi was cool as cucumbers. We laughed about so much that day and it was fun to get to know them a little more. I felt I could be myself around them and they seemed to enjoy me as well.Naturally, when Walter told me he tried to date Kandi it made me a little insecure, because it hadn’t been that long ago AND she turned him down. He knew I had already hung out with Kandi, so I was suspicious as to why he was just telling me. I had also heard of other celebrity women he had asked out too, so I questioned his motives. I really like Kandi and to know he tried to date her didn’t sit well with me. But nonetheless I had to get over it.



THE GIRLS:

I loved seeing NeNe get emotional during the parade. She has come a long way and should be proud knowing that one can turn their life around. Stay focused.
I never noticed how much Kim curses! I felt bad that she had to move so quickly being pregnant. Moving is very stressful, so I felt her pain.

Kandi and Todd are so cute together. They are so in love and it’s obvious Kandi is happy because she can’t stop smiling when they are together.

Phaedra cracks me up because she always calls me Miss America when I was crowned Miss USA. It doesn’t offend me because they are both American Institutions and prestigious titles and the winners are a part of history.

For clarification, here is how Miss USA and Miss America differ:

Miss USA is a beauty pageant owned by Donald Trump and is a part of the umbrella of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO), which includes Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe. Miss USA is the delegate from the USA to the Miss Universe pageant. Which means, Miss USA can also become Miss Universe. (I was 4th place in Miss Universe the year I competed.)

Miss America is a scholarship and talent pageant and is older. Prior to recent years, it was held in Atlantic City.

There was a lot going on at the Success party. Cynthia seemed very insecure about my conversation I was having with NeNe. I applaud NeNe for being a bigger person and remaining neutral and allowing for us to have a connection. I also felt embarrassed for Cynthia because she came across as territorial and desperate to keep me away from NeNe. But I digress.As far as Cynthia asking me what year I won my title, it seemed pathetic. To add insult to injury she asked if I was “before or after Vanessa Williams.” Firstly, Vanessa Williams is a goddess in my eyes and a living icon. I’m not on her level yet, nor do I pretend to be. However, she is my role model -- kind, generous, smart, and a great person.


Secondly, whether you are Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, live in America or abroad, Vanessa Williams made history as the first Black woman to be crowned Miss America. That was a victory for brown women around the WORLD. Who didn’t cry when she cried? Who didn’t feel their hearts swell up with pride when her name was called? What brown woman didn’t feel validated or vindicated for all the years we had been told we were ugly, lesser than, or inferior to Western beauty? Regardless of how Cynthia may feel about me, it is heartless to try to knock down or diminish an accomplishment such as mine. Vanessa Williams opened the door for me and I graciously walked through it. I hope there are other young women that will walk through the door I opened for them in 1993 (19 years ago). There is a fight bigger than the one Cynthia is now picking with me. Yet, we still need to fight for fair representation.

Cynthia’s question that was meant as a “read” actually manages to put down Vanessa as a lack of recognition, myself, and an accomplishment of a people -- not of a single woman. I also saw Cynthia’s tweets about me being a liar because I explained exactly how I was invited to the casting. I may be a lot of things, but not a liar. Her points are so silly and to buy into any more of Cynthia’s empty rhetoric is simply exhausting. She likes to beat a dead horse. It’s dead, Cynthia. Let it die already.

With all that said. It’s probably best that we focus on empowering and uplifting other women that you and I both agree on. Let’s move on.

Claudia: I Could Relate to Cynthia's Insecurities

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on Cynthia's runway walk and the ladies' sit down.

Bravotv.com: What were your thoughts about the ladies’ big sit down to hash out their issues?
Claudia Jordan: I was really looking forward to a real resolve, and it seemed like that might happen when we saw (what I thought was) real emotion from both of the ladies. But sadly, once we heard the comments in the confessionals, we saw that only one of the ladies was truly being honest. I for sure thought when I saw NeNe leak some salty liquid from her tear ducts that she was in fact meaning what she was saying, but to so easily flip the script and throw that shade in her interview, well it was disappointing to say the least. One thing I love about Cynthia is that no matter what, she is always down to at least give someone a second chance. Some people may choose to call that weak, but I don't. I think it's easier to write someone off than it is to be open to them again once they have hurt you. Personally to me that takes real strength. I tend to hold a grudge once someone shows me their true colors, and I am great at closing the door and never looking back. So to me it was impressive that Cynthia was even open to once again trying to patch things up with NeNe. At the end of the day both ladies made a choice -- Cynthia made a choice to at least try one more time, and NeNe chose to act like she wanted to be friends again only to turn around and take it all back in her confessional. I wish I could say I am surprised, but sadly I'm not. I thought that was quite mean. Why not say that you were not interested in being friends when Cynthia was in your face? Why bother with the theatrics of crying only to later on basically say you didn't really mean it? Shady, shady, shady! If you're really about that life, say it to her face NeNe! Don't turn up in the confessionals and boo hoo in person! Where they do that at?


Bravotv.com: As a model yourself, did you sympathize with Cynthia’s insecurities about walking in a NY Fashion Week show? How was Cynthia’s walk?
CJ: I absolutely could relate to Cynthia's insecurities walking the runway with teenagers and 20-something year olds! I haven't walked a catwalk in so long, but when I did, there was such a rush that comes from when you KNOW you just did your thing and the crowd shows you love. That instant gratification is everything!

 

But I must say Cynthia did a great job, and if she was insecure, it certainly didn't show while she was on that catwalk! I thought she looked beautiful, and I was happy for her.

Bravotv.com: What inspired you and Kenya to take a cooking class?
CJ: Well I love to cook, but I don't make a TON of different things, so I'm always down to learn to make more. Although my reaction to the dessert wasn't as strong as Kenya's -- and her moans -- I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was sooo good! It was a fun experience, and Kenya never ceases to amaze me with her wild and crazy self!

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