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Cynthia's Surprising Excuses

Porsha shares her side of the pageant fallout.

Hey loves! I hope you all had a great weekend! My weekend was surprisingly relaxing. I finally got a chance to go to the spa. Between working on a business plan for my home decor line and being wifey and mommy, I've been busier than usual. But I have to say doing a little cardio here and there has helped me pump up the energy.

Let’s jump into Sunday’s episode. In the first scene you met my lovely mother, Diane, and my beautiful sister, Lauren. They are the best pair to give you a real opinion when choosing a dress for any occasion. Sometimes you just need people to tell it like it is, with a strong yes or no (or even a hell no)! LOL! To all of you ladies asking, those dresses were all from Sherri Hill. I'm all about the glamorous approach, so anything I wear will have some crystals somewhere. Hehe!

Next up you meet my amazing niece, Jaydnn! I promise that my little poo bear normally loves her auntie, and in reality she still loved me then, she just didn't want to look at me, touch me, or hear my voice that day. I wanted my sister to bring her so I could start keeping her more often and get used to handling business as well as errands with a little one. After all I went everywhere with my mom, so I’m guessing my mini me will be the same way!  Well I guess you all saw how the beginning of that day went, this week you will get to see how it is when I bring her home. I have to say I'm starting to realize that to make this picture perfect I may end up needing a nanny just to help fill in a little. We shall see... Now on to Ms. Bailey. Here I am on Saturday chilling at home with my family, I decided to get up and leave what could have been a fun-filled day with them only to go to the Bailey Agency and walk right into  a hostile environment! I always go off of spirit when I meet people, and I am very sensitive to the energy of people around me. With that said, when I sat down and saw the look on Ms. Bailey’s face, I knew something was up. Little did I know it was some mess about me not wanting complete strangers over to my house for a business meeting for her pageant.

I must say I threw Kordell’s name in the mix to add to my response, but in actuality I made the decision not to have it in my home on my own. I sincerely felt if she didn't want to meet at her office, fine, and I even offered to pay for lunch elsewhere anytime, but to turn my home into an office? Um, no. It was something I thought was a small and private conversation with Ms. Bailey as a friend. How quickly I learned that all things discussed in private aren't so private with her.

I thought after talking to her it was simple and easy. I just made the decision not to have all her staff come over and it was done. We would meet at her place of business. But no, I was attacked and spoken to by the Bailey workers in a way that to me was inappropriate, asking why I run my home a certain way. I was bothered, so I took my husband’s advice to check the situation by letting her know how it made me feel and making sure it didn't go any further than that. After all, I was helping for free and I was also involving my family's charity so that many people in need could benefit from a percentage of the pageant.

This relationship was supposed to work two ways. Number one I had my family create an outreach event specifically for Cynthia’s pageant participants so that they would have the opportunity to be hands on in giving. They were supposed to come the Saturday before the pageant and make lunches with fresh produce and hand deliver them to the people we had solicited to be at the outreach event created for her. Number two Cynthia was going to donate ten percent of proceeds to Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. This collaboration would have also benefitted the pageant in that she could use the charity’s affiliation to solicit money from sponsors and help with securing an event space. Having the charity involved was of great value to the pageant.

Anyhow I go to lunch on a Wednesday to meet my "friend" for midday drinks and lunch only to once again be smacked in the face with another surprise. Wow, she doesn't want me or the charity involved? Why? Because she says she never received a document from the charity stating they are affiliates. First, that document has nothing to do with her giving proceeds to help feed the hungry. Second she only gave two weeks for this huge organization to get all these docs sent to her, which by the way she could have received after the event or closer to the actual day of. When she asked me to involve the charity and have them create an outreach event inviting some 1,000 needy people, I jumped right on it. The charity sent volunteers and paid staff to make the event possible for her pageant. Now she is telling me never mind because she didn't get the logo (that she could have gotten off Internet), so therefore she doesn't want me or the charity involved. When sitting across from someone who obviously doesn't understand that you cannot just involve an internationally known charity and then not follow through, you do what I did -- gracefully bow out!  I was looking at what I thought was a friend and someone I put myself and my family charity out there for just to see her win, and what did I get? Nothing but a sorry excuse for why she has decided to turn her back on the thousand people who would have benefitted from receiving fresh produce and groceries as well as donations. What do I decide to do? Move on and let her sit where she is. I'm not going to teach someone how to care. I’d rather let her have her way and figure out an immediate plan to salvage the outreach for all those expecting it and learn from my mistakes. I do care for and Iove Cynthia, but this has proven to me that you can't lend yourself to people without knowing their motives. I have decided to forgive but not forget how this made feel and how serious it is not to involve the charity with people you can't depend on. 

Now for my husband’s fabulous party! The Harlem nights themed event was gorgeous. It was everything I wanted for him to feel special on his 40th birthday! I have to say, he sure was looking sexy to me. Needless to say we had no problem working on little Stewarts that birthday. Hehe!

Before I forget, to all of those who asked me Tiffany Cook of DreamDesign was the planner for his party. Here is her info:

Palm Beach: 561-792-2452
Miami: 305-394-6261
Washington DC: 202-558-2295
Atlanta: 888 478-6534All right, guys, love ya! Sorry this blog was so lengthy, I just wanted to fill in the blanks for you all. I have to get ready to thaw out steak and salmon for tonight's dinner. Of course Kordell loves the steak and Syre is the salmon lover. I haven't decided on sides, so if you leave a comment give me some suggestions that would go with both. Kisses!

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NeNe: I Felt Phaedra's Pain

NeNe Leakes explains why she had been reaching out to Phaedra Parks.

It always amazes me how these ladies like to point fingers. It's always somebody else's fault rather than admitting, "Yeah I was wrong," or, "Maybe I shouldn't have said that at that time," or, "Maybe I wasn't there for her because I had my own problems going on." It's always easy to point the finger at your girl NeNe and hope that no one will see their true colors!

Let's be clear about a few things: Phaedra and I are not close! We're not BFFs! One of the great things about NeNe Leakes is that I have a heart. Phaedra is a woman, and woman to woman I felt her pain! Hell, I had been there before! It doesn't matter what it looks like on the street, you never know what a woman is going through behind closed doors, and I could clearly see Phaedra was going through something and she was in pain. She's a mom with two young boys, and all I saw was myself, so I had to reach out. I wanted to give her advice on how to get through during tough times like these. Sometimes you just need somebody to talk to. Somebody to cry to. It's always during times like these when you get to see the true colors of those that call themselves your friend!

When the info was brought up about the Phaedra cheating rumor from Miss I Don't Have a Story Line, the first thought that came to mind was something my aunt told me last year after the reunion show. She said, "NeNe, you might be hurting now and she may have fooled some people for the moment, but the truth will surface. You sit back, be quiet, and her true colors will show up. People will see her for who she is!" You guys saw with your own eyes what Team Petty does week after week, so speak on it! Blow their ass up!


This is where I burst into my fake tears, because I have been called a whore and I'm innocent. #Girlbye #Weseeyou.

Stay Fierce and Fabulous,
NeNe Leakes

PS: Thanks for all the amazing support of my HSN NeNe Leakes collection on HSN.COM, in Canada TSC-CA, and my ISM by NeNe T-shirt line at SHOP-NENELEAKES.COM. We have sold out over and over again because of you!

 
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