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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.

Cynthia: I Had a Blast with 'Life Twirls On'

Cynthia Bailey discusses the challenges she faced filming Kenya Moore's pilot.

I have had several small acting roles over the course of my career; however my focus back then had always been modeling. More recently, over the past couple of years I have been cast for different roles, and I have fallen head over heels in love with acting. So when Kenya told me about her pilot and that she was interested in Noelle's dad, Leon, for one of the roles, I immediately let her know that I wanted to audition for it. Up until that point, Kenya knew nothing of my acting ambitions, and seemed a bit reluctant to let me try out. I knew that if she gave me the opportunity to audition, I would only have one chance to impress her. I showed up at the audition on time, in character, totally prepared, dressed to impress, and showed out! I landed the role!

I had a blast watching myself on screen as CeCe in Kenya's pilot Life Twirls On! It was so much fun to play such a colorful character with a funny, quirky, eccentric, outspoken, over-the-top personality. I have to admit that the Jamaican accent was a bit of a challenge, but thanks to Peter's help, I was up for it. Although I am a newbie to acting, I still expected Kenya to challenge me and take me outside of my box. I jumped out with both feet and went for it! One of the things that Kenya and I share in common is that we are both perfectionists. I knew that if I didn't take my audition seriously, she would not have cast me for the role. I also knew that if I got the role and did not deliver, she would have fired me (friends or no friends). Failure was not an option! I was grateful for the opportunity and did not want to disappoint Kenya, and more importantly, myself.

I thought Life Twirls On was hilarious, and Kenya did a great job writing, acting, casting, directing, and producing it. I know how hard she worked on the pilot, and I was proud to be a part of it.

 
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