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Soul Searching in a Strip Club - Ep 9

Bravotv.com's Associate Editor wonders how Cynthia selected that strip club.

This episode really straddled the line between sexy and attempted sexy moments. There must have been something in the Atlanta air...

No. 3 - French Kissin' in the U.S.A

What's the best way to shoot down those pesky divorce rumors? Pheadra and Apollo have your answer -- simply make out in public. But not just any make out will do; you need to commit wholeheartedly and whole-mouthedly. Because really the only way you could do that in public without feeling so incredibly awkward and like you can never look your partner in the eye again is to be secure in your relationship.

No. 2 - Rich Fabrics

You may not have thought it possible, but I think NeNe proved she is even richer than last season (bitch!) with her cash couture. I preferred it to the diamond bath look, but hey, that's just me. Is this the launching pad for a line of NeNe Leakes looks? Just some casual items made out of money or expensive items -- the gold doubloon blouse, the Benjamin bottoms, treasure chest tops -- this could be huge!

 

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No. 1 - Strip Search

Cynthia decides she wants to go to a strip club with Peter, Phaedra, and Apollo to see what the fuss is about for guys. Now, I'm not sure how they ended up picking the fine establishment they did, but it managed to be the both the best and worst choice ever. Why? Let's just say the median age for the dancers was, well, a bit higher than you might have expected. It was great for them to support these veteran performers, and as Phaedra pointed out, good for them that they're still comfortable showing off their bodies. At the same time, it was almost impossible to take in a word of Apollo's serious "I need to find myself" speech while these seasoned strippers were shaking their stuff. Just take a look for yourself.

Next week we get to meet NeNe's granddaughter, excuse me, glam-daughter.

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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