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The NeNe Normal - Ep 1

Bravotv.com's Associate Editor is still adjusting to NeNe's Hollywood lifestyle.

Aaand we're back! It feels like only yesterday we were hearing the ladies tell each other to fix that face. Ah memories.

There have been some major changes in Atlanta since last we left our Southern belles, most notably this week the absence of Sheree and the introduction of Kenya (more on our newest lady later). It seems as if everyone is in flux, between NeNe and Gregg's rekindled (?!) romance and Kim's unexpected eviction notice. It appears that the theme of Season 5 is change.

One thing however remains the same -- I'll be counting down the top three moments from each episode. As always, feel free to add your own faves in the comments below.

No. 3 - It's Gonna Be Me

After NeNe's very difficult decision to divorce Gregg (not to mention her gift-filled relationship with a certain Italian gentleman last season), it was pretty shocking to see that Gregg's back in the picture -- or at least trying to be. Please note, this was only slightly more shocking than seeing NeNe with longish hair again, which was giving me a total Season 1 flashback. And where does this all fit in with NeNe's new Hollywood gig? Evidently not even she knows yet, as Gregg tries to insert himself back in her life. The question is whether she wants him there, and honestly...it's tough to say. I think we'll have to just see how this all plays out.

No. 2 - Coochie Crack

Well Kenya has certainly come in with a Bailey Agency bang. The new girl is most certainly serving us some D-I-V-A this season, and I couldn't be more excited. While serving as a guest judge at Cynthia's Jet Magazine casting call, she wasn't holding back on the potential models. When one woman strut her stuff down the runway in a, shall we say, ill-fitting bikini bottom, Kenya was floored by the "coochie crack" that was seemingly burned into her eyes. I use such dramatic terminology, because she just could not let it go, much to Cynthia's chagrin.

Then Cynthia's assistant tries to tell Kenya to ease up on the aspiring models. Big mistake. Kenya blows up on the unsuspecting assistant and has him escorted out. By her own personal bodyguard whom she didn't announce. Yep, she just has a body guard with her at all times. But hey, clearly she makes use of him. Cynthia's none too pleased by all of this attitude, and there's some serious tension building between these two. Especially when Kenya gives the thank you speech at the end of the day's proceedings. It seemed like there was some major thunderstealing going on.
No. 1 - The NeNe Normal

So NeNe eats some snails with Ryan Murphy in Hollywood and then they try and call Tyler Perry (but the number NeNe has for him is disconnected). This is our new normal on RHOA.


What?! In honor of NeNe's new lifestyle, let's just take moment to look back at the first time we met Ms. Leakes:
Next week the unthinkable happens -- NeNe and Kim EXCHANGE WORDS. They actually converse. Seriously, I wasn't kidding when I said this season was all about change.
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Claudia: I Felt Good About the Reunion

Claudia Jordan shares her thoughts on NeNe Leakes' breakdown and the reunion as a whole.

Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind when NeNe walked off?
Claudia Jordan: Well the reunion was quite an experience. When NeNe walked off, initially I wasn't sure what was going on to be honest. But I did notice she seemed to be trembling, so I knew she was definitely feeling something very real to her. I just didn't know what set her off at that point. So at first I was a little taken back. I had never seen her cry, but we are all human and everyone has their breaking point.

Bravotv.com: Do you think NeNe had a real breakthrough?
CJ: I honestly did think at that moment she really did. Her demeanor was different afterwards. And I even heard from her after the show. That to me was a good sign that perhaps we could all really move forward and start fresh. I know I'm always open to squash some beef, especially if it's nothing deep rooted and something surface. I don't see why not. But like I said on the show, we all have a story and things that we have had to deal with and overcome. I think we need to not think our problems are bigger than the next woman's and respect one another's struggles -- whether we think they are major or minor. One woman's problems are not more important than the rest. And I think if we can all learn to be sensitive to the next woman, then we are on our way. Hopefully that moment was the catalyst for change in NeNe and in others as well.

Bravotv.com: Do you feel like everyone ended the reunion in a better place?
CJ: I'd like to think so. I do think some will probably never be open for change and are just stuck in their own way, while others really took advantage of the opportunity to take something from it all. I'm not going to worry about those that do not wish to grow and move forward. I will just focus and give energy to likeminded individuals that want to get along, move forward, grow, learn, and progress. I know I felt good about the reunion. I know I didn't chime in a whole lot. And I think I had good reason. You don’t get to see everything, but I felt it was important to let the people who had real issues with each other hash it out with no outside opinions, just like I said in the Philippines. When people interject their opinions and thoughts when it’s not their issue, it just adds confusion to the situation. One of the cast members in particular is good for that. Always adding "well I think..." when it has absolutely nothing to do with her, and I feel those extra unnecessary comments can potentially add fuel to the fire and then there is no coming back. So if my silence was going to help the progress of the group moving forward, then I will take that "L."

Yes, it's "cute" to "read" and get in an epic one liner or rant, but sometimes you just need to shut the hell up and let folks deal with each other and let them do them. I have no problems with that. Plus my opinion on everyone’s situation doesn't need to always be heard -- I wish more of us felt the same way. I will say that this seemed to be a great starting point for folks to move forward and put their money where their mouths are when it comes to being a grown ass woman. I really hope everyone wants to. It'd be great to see how things could go if we spent less time fussing and more time co-existing peacefully. #ThatIsAll

 

As the season has come to an end for me, I just wanted to say wow! What a roller coaster ride it has been! I had no idea getting into this that any of it would happen. I thought I'd come on board, have a little fun, bring a little light-hearted fun, and make some new acquaintances. This show is huge and everywhere I go people come up to me and say such amazingly sweet things, and I am truly humbled when they tell me how they can relate to me and appreciate my realness. I was particularly touched when a teenage boy who was gay and biracial that had always felt like an outsider reached out to me talking about suicidal thoughts he had. We spoke and I was beyond moved when he told me that he could relate to some of the things I spoke about and that I somehow inspired and encouraged him to keep going. Those are the moments that make all the drama and fussing and fighting truly worth it. I want to continue to use this amazing platform for important issues. Again I thank Andy, Carlos, Joy, Lauren, Stephen, the entire cast and crew for this amazing opportunity. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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