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Reading with Cynthia - Ep 2

Bravotv.com's Associate Editor wonders whether The Bailey Agency also teaches people how to read.

Did anyone else start singing Crystal Waters' Gypsy Woman when Kim kept talking about how she's homeless? No? Just me then. But seriously look up the song while I share my favorite moments this week.

No. 3 - Who Run the World (Gays)

NeNe continues her Hollywood invasion by participating in the LA Pride Parade, and a more fitting person would be hard to come by. If NeNe had a penny for every time a gay said, "I am very rich, bitch," she could probably retire on her own private island now. So when she gets teary because everyone knows who she is, I kind of wanted to say of course they do, you're on Bravo! These are your people!

She then goes on to expound on how the gays have created everything -- weaves, make up, etc. Clearly the greatest inventors of our day were gay. Forget Ben Franklin, we should really be thanking the gay colonist who did his wigs!

No. 2 - Reading with Cynthia

I could probably watch NeNe talk about Cynthia reading Kenya on loop. She sure knows how to work a good hand motion. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I thought maybe the Bailey Agency debacle might have been a little hiccup in what could have been at least a cordial relationship. But it would seem Kenya and Cynthia are heading down the express lane to full on confrontation mode. First off, Kenya grabs the mic after Cynthia to give a speech, leading with, "Enough of that clown business..." Clearly she has no problem saying how she feels. Then she goes over to NeNe to give a "Cynthia and I may not be friends, but I hope we can be" speech. Before NeNe can process that and form a response Cynthia swoops in to give Kenya a little read. And as NeNe informed us, we're not talking about books. She went straight for every model's weak spot -- age. I imagine no Miss U.S.A. wants to be asked what year they won. Burn! But at least we did learn a fun fact: Vanessa Williams was the first black Miss U.S.A.
No. 3 - Pee You Later

So Kim and NeNe spoke! Finally. And Joyce didn't even have to force them to do so. However they didn't really say much of anything. I was hoping that maybe this would lead to a possible friendship renaissance (because really it's so much more fun when Kim and NeNe get along), but alas, it doesn't seem to be in the cards. Despite NeNe's insistence that she come upstairs to enjoy the party for a little bit longer, Kim assured her she'd be back after using the ladies' room and then just completely bailed. Ouch!
Next week we finally meet the newest Housewife, Porsha Stewart, and it looks like you can add her to the list of People Kenya has rubbed the wrong way.

Phaedra: Ending a Marriage Isn't Easy to Discuss

Phaedra Parks opens up about the difficulties of seeiking a divorce.

Bravotv.com: What were your thoughts about the counseling session? Do you regret not attending?
Phaedra Parks: I do not regret my decision to forego the counseling session. As Porsha said, while many of these women say things in an effort to move forward, their actions contradict their words. Hopefully, some benefit was received from the counseling, but everybody knows actions speak louder than words, so I will be watching to see a change.

Bravotv.com: Why did you break down when talking to Sarah Jakes?
PP: This situation has been very overwhelming to me and being surrounded by mean girls has not made it any easier. During one of my most difficult nights, I prayed and asked God to send me someone who knew HIM but could understand me, and I received a call from Sarah within 24 hours. I knew God had answered my prayer, because Sarah and I are both preachers' children. As such, we are often scrutinized based on our parents' calling rather than who we are as individuals. That being said, she understood my plight as a Christian, wife, mother, and business woman. Sarah went through a difficult situation and could relate to what I was experiencing. Because I knew God sent her, I trusted her, I already respected her, and she made me feel safe. I thank God for sending her!


Bravotv.com: Was it hard talking to the lawyer about your marriage?
PP: It is never hard to talk with a friend and colleague, who has mentored you for well over a decade. Ronne Kaplan like myself is a mother, who endured and survived a difficult first marriage. She did not allow that relationship to defeat or discourage her. Ronne is one of the best family lawyers in the country with a specialty focusing on high asset cases, so I knew she was not only well versed regarding my situation, but she also loves me like a daughter. Ending a marriage is not an easy thing to talk about, but she helped me focus on what was most important and gave me sound advice. It was incredibly helpful to have her put things in perspective for me and tell me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear.

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