Cast Blog: #RHOA

Phaedra's Spin Tactics

Kenya calls out Phaedra for asking her to work for free.

I’D RATHER HAVE A FRIEND THAN A CHECK

THE FAKE FAYE SPIN

I was Phaedra’s biggest fan and she was my confidant and my RHOA BFF. I truly thought the world of her, which makes this dispute over money more difficult to fathom. In our first meeting Phaedra stated “money was no object.” Yet, this entire falling out is simply over Phaedra’s pure greed, over-inflated ego, and her desire to exploit our friendship. It appears that everybody knows that Phaedra is shady except for me. She will try to sell you anything including a boldface lie with her “spin” tactics i.e. baby gate. We all heard Phaedra tell Kandi that she works for free all the time suggesting I should too. This statement from the woman who told Sheree she doesn’t work for free and gave her money back and who allowed an athlete to out lawyer her in court.

Let me do my job because I do it well. Phaedra, Apollo, and her attorney received an impressive package including a one sheet, budget, marketing materials, potential concepts and alternate taglines, projections and so forth. As a seasoned and successful film producer, I used my pre-existing relationships to vet a distribution deal for the video. I was not obligated to obtain a distribution deal. That is not what a production company does. We are ONLY paid to produce (make) a product (video) and walk away. However, because she was my valued and trusted friend, I wanted to help as much as I possibly could. I thought she would be elated, because distribution is THE most important factor. Ms. Parks claims she is an astute entertainment attorney. If so, how can she in good conscious and a straight face think anyone should bring her a deal that could make her money and not be compensated in any capacity? Evidently, Apollo never agreed with his wife either as they are rarely on the same page. Apparently, business is slow for her, therefore changing careers and focusing on burying dead people and pets, hawking stun guns, booty pads, and workout videos all while being a reality TV personality is now her primary focus.

SITTING ON A POT OF BULL, NOT GOLD

As the little guy all my work is transparent. I’m upfront and honest unlike her shady creepy attorney lingering in the shadows of her office rather than join the meeting to set the facts straight. Honesty was not their paramount concern. I’m a producer, I’m paid to negotiate. I don’t need an attorney to negotiate my deals. I direct them on what to do. We need attorneys to solidify and “paper” the deal once made. The initial budget discussed with the distributor was $100,000 as I was aggressively pushing for them to finance the entire project at no cost to Phaedra. Once I knew that they weren’t interested in financing, I moved forward with a more modest budget according to their budgetary concerns of $35,000. My distribution deal would have paid for MOST if not ALL of the costs to make the video because of the cash advance offered. For that, all I asked is for a mere 10% of her profits from the sales if any.  Reasonable? OF COURSE. This also means if she never sold 1 video I wouldn’t receive any money. Respectively, she wouldn’t have lost any money. Again, she had a sweetheart deal.

The truth is the distributor was less than impressed by her name or her physique and her pot of gold-less donkey butt was the least impressive of all. She bragged about having other offers on the table yet, she distributed herself online to Amazon.com to abysmal sales using her own money. The truth is, no one wanted her video because they did not believe in her or her gimmicky video. I softened the blows in order to be positive, because I believed she was my friend and didn’t feel a need to hurt her feelings. I’D RATHER HAVE A TRUE FRIEND THAN A CHECK

To add insult to injury Phaedra said she’s never heard of any of my movies. I’m very proud of the work I’ve accomplished. I’m a multi hyphenate who has produced over 6 films with production budgets that usually range from $1-3M. They may not be movies with huge “A” list talent but they are profitable movies that have been nominated for several awards in the film industry. I LOVE what I do and would not want to do anything else. I know my worth and what I bring to the table. Phaedra refused to recognize this and treated me like a disposable diaper. I was so hurt I wanted to walk away because I’d rather have a friend than a check, however, with friends like Phaedra, who needs enemies?

GONE WITH THE WIND FABULOUS NEW SINGLE!

On a positive note, I’ve been on a huge high this week! I released my first single and it debuted at #33 on iTunes! The song is a song of empowerment. #GWTWF is an anthem for anyone gay, straight, black, white, young, old, rich or poor, man or woman… who will never listen to anyone trying to put us down. We face people who bully us, call us unspeakable names, harass, degrade, criticize, and hate on us on a daily basis. With all the negativism, it’s easy to believe them. But we know who we are. We are strong and beautiful and Gone With The Wind Fabulous! That’s why I wrote the song. It’s an answer to the ones who try to destroy us.

You can get the single at iTunes: http://bit.ly/10AzPTu

My resume: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0601469/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

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Claudia: Some People Have a Vendetta

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on the group therapy session.

Bravotv.com: Did you feel like progress was made at the therapy session?
Claudia Jordan: I do and I don't. The main people that needed it were not willing participants. One took off because she couldn't deal with hearing about how her actions affected the rest of the ladies. And the other that stayed, well… she received apology after apology without ever acknowledging any of her own wrong doing. That's not right at all. How is it that the woman on the receiving end of a physical attack has apologized to her assailant on several occasions, yet she has yet to show any remorse? That's downright insane to me! At the end of the day, there are lots of situations in this group where one can claim they were "provoked," and if the response/excuse every single time was physical violence, we'd all be in jail! And the sad thing is in this particular environment I felt that everyone else there was really ready to do the work and participate. So if ever there was a time to drop the ego and do the right thing and apologize simply for the purpose of starting the healing process for the group, then that was the time. Some people are just too stubborn and refuse to humble themselves. That happens when you are babied your entire life -- you feel like you can do no wrong. The rest of the ladies (including myself) however have all apologized and taken responsibility for contributing to the discord. But just pay attention to who never apologizes and who always does. I do not think that is because one "group" has been causing all the negativity in the group. But I do think that is because some have an agenda and a vendetta, while the other group is actually trying to make things cool and move on.


But on the flip side I will say that therapy was beneficial. In that one session we did get some good guidance from Dr. Jeff, who I would like to apologize to on behalf of the group for how he was mistreated. He came to help us and was insulted, disrespected, and his professionalism was questioned, which he did not deserve. So Dr. Jeff, I am sorry for how you were mistreated. The session did just highlight that some of us are mature and able to speak respectfully to one another, even if we have an issue with them, and some just cannot stand the sight and sound of someone we have decided not to like just because. All in all we did the best we could, and everyone who stayed did seem to really want to get along. And things were definitely better at work after the session. We were cordial and friendly.

Bravotv.com: Why did you decide to meet with Dr. Jeff one-on-one?
CJ: I have never, ever once claimed to be perfect or without flaws. And when I say I want to really resolve things, I am not just offering lip service -- I really mean it. If there is something that I am doing wrong that is contributing to any of the strife amongst the group, then I'd like to address it and do my part to work on me. I think most of us have issues with others because of past hurts that we perhaps never really dealt with and that cause us to act out in certain ways that may bother others. I am not saying I do this necessarily, but I have no problems talking to someone to at least try to be a better person. I for sure have made my share of mistakes and have experienced a lot of pain and disappointment in my life, but I've also been extremely blessed. But at the end of the day, my intention is always to grow and learn from it all and to be a better woman today than I was yesterday. Dr. Jeff is great at what he does and was for sure an asset to the group. Thank you, Doctor!

Bravotv.com: Did you and Porsha manage to get back to a better place?
CJ: It seemed that way. But I had made the decision that regardless of whether or not she was going to continue the peace treaty, that I was going to do my part to keep it cool, polite, and cordial. And so far so good.

Again I'd like to thank the fans for all their support and love and enthusiasm for #RHOA! I was in Miami Beach and Miami Gardens with the morning show this past weekend for Jazz in the Gardens, and the love I got from all the fans of the show was next level! I was truly flattered and humbled, and I will never let any of this get to my head and change me. I'm grateful to be a part of this and for all the amazing opportunities that keep sprouting from this. I just wrapped a movie called The Hills that I have a lead role in, which will be out in the fall, as well as another film called Love is Not Enough. I'm also working on a product line (to be announced soon) and more calls have been coming in from Hollywood for more great acting roles. I also had a great time with my girls in Miami and ran into a bunch of awesome people doing their thing that love the show too! I feel so rested and at peace. I'm healthy, happy, and appreciative. #ThankYouGod

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