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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: This Group Should Reserve Judgment

Claudia Jordan thinks the other 'Wives shouldn't be so willing to believe rumors. 

Bravotv.com: How shocked were you when Cynthia shared the rumor about Chocolate?

Claudia Jordan: Well I really don't know Phaedra that much to comment on her personal life, but from the little bit I am privy to, I was surprised to hear about an alleged affair considering the extreme criticism that Kenya got. At the end of the day only two people know what really did or did not happen, and I would love for this group to reserve judgment on everyone until there is confirmation. But I think a precedent had been set a long time ago, so that has opened the door to where we are now. I think it's easy to believe something negative about someone in the group, because in the past it's been shown that it takes very little actual evidence or proof for some to jump on that bandwagon. Hopefully we can get to a place where we afford each other the same benefit of the doubt that they may one day give us. At the end of the day there should be a protocol that we all follow and it should be applied to everyone. Until then I suspect we may continue to have a problem. But I am hopeful. Perhaps a lot of the drama in this group is because there are so many unresolved issues. And that combined with all the double standards in place is a sure fire recipe for disaster. I still have hope though. Again, not to have everyone be besties, but just being able to co-exist in the same space would be a major accomplishment with these ladies.

 

Bravotv.com: What were you thinking when Phaedra blew up at Kenya?

CJ: I thought it was silly and out of character. But I am glad that Phaedra had enough good sense to not actually hit Kenya. We don't need another physical altercation in this group. Again, we are all supposed to be mature ladies, so with that being said, I think the majority of us have a pretty good grasp of the English language and should be able to talk anything out without resorting to violence. Hitting each other is low class, childish, and ignorant behavior, and I'm so glad that Phaedra didn't really go there.

 

Bravotv.com: Were you surprised when Phaedra walked out?

CJ: Although this has nothing to do with me, I am around these ladies and a witness to all the shenanigans, but from what I've gathered, I wasn't surprised that Phaedra walked out. That seems to be a recurring theme in this group when things get uncomfortable. But at the same time, I am glad she did. If you ever feel the urge to put hands on someone and you are done talking, I think the best thing to do is excuse yourself and leave the situation without adding any more inflammatory language to the mix.

I would like to say that a lot of these issues in this group of course started way before I came around, but being here and seeing things with my own eyes has definitely been enlightening. It tends to get confusing as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior in this group, because there are clearly double standards. So in some cases it seems like it's OK to bring up sensitive information in front of the entire group, then in other cases it's not OK -- seems like it all depends on whom it's about. In a perfect world I wouldn't expect for us not to spill tea -- I mean that's what we do -- but if folks expect to be pulled aside to be asked about a rumor or some "tea," then I would hope they would abide by that rule and extend the same courtesy. That's all. Because the way it is now is causing far too much confusion, and as long as there is confusion and unfairness, there is going to be conflict. I've never been around so many arguments, so much shadiness and mudslinging in my life. And especially not since I graduated high school back in the '90s! Maybe there is a way we can get us to a place where we can co-exist peacefully. Hey, a girl can dream can't she?

Again, I want to thank all the viewers that tune in weekly to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I just returned from Charlotte, North Carolina where I was making a few appearances at CIAA and the love and support I got from hundreds of people that wanted to take pictures and talk about the show; it was amazing! So many people told me they love what I'm bringing to RHOA and I just wanted to say thank you to any of them that may be reading this. The show is loved by so many and I feel we have a responsibility to entertain and hopefully inspire. We've got a lot of the season left and I hope the fans will be happy with how everything turns out! Love you guys!

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