Cast Blog: #RHOA

Phaedra Whips Out the Big Buns - Ep 6

Bravotv.com's Associate Editor reveals how you can recreate Phaedra's scandalous ensemble at home.

This episode was all about departures -- Kim takes her leave and the ladies head off to Anguilla. A Housewives trip is really exactly what we need right now to fill the wig shaped hole in our hearts right now.

No. 3 - Under Their Umbrella

The ladies got a little dance performance treat when Phaedra organized a special showcase from the local dance troupe. This wasn't surprising, only because of Phaedra's habit of always organizing some kind of dance exhibition at events -- the ballet dancers at her baby shower, ReDICKulous at Kandi's birthday, etc. She's truly a modern day patron of the arts.

The dance group shook it up with some semi-scandalous moves and some fancy umbrella prop usage. (Were the Anguilla dancers the inspiration behind Rihanna's hit?!) This (coupled with plenty of pina coladas most likely) got the girls in the mood to show off some of their own booty-popping moves, and NeNe puts the other girls to shame. Clearly she wasn't afraid to dust off some of her pole dancing skills, to show these girls she's still got it (and perhaps to send a little "yep, this is what you've been missing" message to Gregg).

No. 2 - More Excuses!

So when is NeNe releasing Excuses? Because that needs to happen. I'm already hooked from the snippet she came up with on the spot, and I love the idea of having the other ladies doing backup. Although I'd worry about some crazy Supremes-like drama, so this would have to be a one time thing.

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Plus we now know that all the ladies have sexy moves up their sleeves, so there is definitely some music video potential here.No. 1 - Welcome to the Bun Show

Phaedra's always been a proper Southern belle, but it's clear she's got a bit of a wild side. Phaedra decided to let her freak flag fly a little louder and clearer than usual however, when she debuted a very special ensemble -- basically a thong with a fishnet stocking thrown over it. Outfit complete! You can recreate this look at home simply by buying some black yarn and strategically placing it over yourself.

This was done of course to accentuate her legendary donkey booty, which we will probably never see again in such detail, so I hope you all soaked up the enormity (ha!) of the moment.

Next week Kenya and Porsha's mounting tension finally boils over.

Claudia: I Give Up

Find out which friendships Claudia Jordan has decided to focus on.

Bravotv.com: Were you surprised by Kenya's elaborate viewing party?
Claudia Jordan: Yes, I was! She was pretty good at keeping it all a secret, and it was so well done! I really felt like I was going to a surprise wedding. Hopefully that was some foreshadowing of what's to come in the near future…

Bravotv.com: What did you think of Kenya's pilot?
CJ: I thought it was cute and very fun to watch. The thing about Kenya I really like is that she is comfortable laughing at herself and not taking herself too seriously. She's entertaining. I thought Cynthia was really funny and totally committed to the part. It was fun to watch it with all the girls, especially the part when Kenya played her own hair care commercial during the pilot! That was hilarious.

Bravotv.com: Did you feel that you and Porsha finally repaired your friendship?
CJ: You know, it's hard to tell. I can't say we were ever really friends, because at the end of the day we have very little in common, and I don't think I can say I know who she really is. I was totally open to it when I arrived on the scene, but it's difficult dealing with someone who's cool with you one minute, then not cool with you the next. I think too many people are inserting their opinions and changing things. I swear we will be past something and "cool," then the very next time I see her it's back to the okey doke or I will catch wind of her throwing jabs in her blog. So honestly I have given up and no longer care to beat that dead horse.

Instead I'm focusing on viable and healthy friendships with people I feel I have things in common with, like Demetria, who's one of the most hardworking and classy (yet still fun) girls I know. Like Cynthia, who supports and attends everyone else’s events. Like Kenya, because even though she's very busy and travels a lot, when we do link up, it's all positive. And like Kandi, who I'm not super close with, but we are getting to know each other more and more. And despite our friends not liking some of the folks we both hang with, Kandi never let that get in the way of being open to a possible friendship with me, and I respect that.

I was hopeful when we got back from the Philippines; Kandi, Porsha, and I even went to a club the day we got back from our 20-something hour trip home. But what happens with these shows is you make progress, but then someone on Twitter may amp you up, and you feel you have to placate those people. Or an episode airs that took place six months ago when things were bad, and even though things are good now, you get in your feelings all over again when you watch the show months later. I suspect this may be the case, but like I said, it's exhausting trying to figure out why people do what they do, so I am throwing in the white towel. I give up trying. If things change for the best, then hallelujah, and if they do not, I promise I will not lose any more sleep.

The season was fun and stressful -- I laughed a lot, I cried a few times, I opened up about issues I never really get to talk about in my day-to-day life, and I have made some pretty amazing friends. I'm getting calls to do some comedy shows, I have two films coming out later this year, I am dating, and I’m in a very good place! I'm optimistic moving forward and extremely excited about my future here in Atlanta. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me online and in person. It's been truly flattering and humbling. Love y'all! xoxo!

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