Cast Blog: #RHOA

The NeNe Normal - Ep 1

Cynthia: "I Pray We Can Make Peace"

Claudia: I Could Relate to Cynthia's Insecurities

Cynthia's "Non-Conversation" with NeNe

NeNe: The Pit Bull Act is Not a Good Look

Kenya: If It Looks Like a Fraud...

Phaedra: "I Moved Past This Years Ago"

Claudia: I Am Not Asking for Sympathy

GIF Recap: Saltines, Anyone?

Kenya: Why Would Apollo Try to Hurt Phaedra?

Cynthia: "My Heart Went Out to Kenya"

Phaedra: "NeNe Made a Fair Observation"

Claudia on Her Sit-Down With Porsha

GIF Recap: Pushed to the Brink

Cynthia: Porsha's THOT Comment is Too Ridiculous

Kandi: Cynthia Can't Win for Losing

Phaedra: Cynthia's Behavior was Unbecoming

Claudia on NeNe's Thirsty Comment

Don't Insult Kenya's Virtue

GIF Recap: New 'Wife, New Shade

Phaedra on Being "Super Mommy"

Kenya: I've Never Been Anyone's Whore

Cynthia: I Felt a Connection with Claudia

Kandi: I Felt Bad for Kenya

NeNe Talks Zumanity, Apollo's Shocking Reveal

Claudia on Meeting the 'Wives

GIF Recap: She's Baaack...

NeNe: "I was a Rock for Phaedra"

Cynthia on Her Friendship with Kenya

Kandi: I'll Always be Honest with Phaedra

Phaedra: "It was Apparent the Marriage was Over"

Kenya: This is My Season of Redemption

GIF Recap: Oh the Zumanity!

Housewives Then and Now: Atlanta Edition

Kandi's Post-Reunion Plans

Cynthia: "I Don't Think I Did Anything Wrong"

Tweet Recap: Reunion Part 3, Kenya vs. NeNe

Kandi: "My Mom Needs a Camera Around Her at All Times"

Lawrence: Momma Joyce Slayed the Girls

Tweet Recap: Momma Joyce Takes the #RHOA Reunion

Kandi's Wardrobe Malfunction

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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Cynthia's "Non-Conversation" with NeNe

Cynthia Bailey weighs in on the sit down with NeNe Leakes. 

Thanks for tuning in to another episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Let’s jump right in.

"When people show you who they are, believe them!" -Maya Angelou

I GOT YOUR BACK

Misery loves company, and I'm no longer making house calls. My dance card is full, and my cup runneth over! One of the last things that I recall saying at the reunion was that I believed my friendship with NeNe had come to the end of the road. I was happy to let bygones be bygones, wish everyone well, and move on with my life. I felt that too many boundaries had been crossed and chose to no longer accept friendships plagued with violations and disrespect. The space apart was a much needed break, and I prayed that time truly would heal all old wounds. That optimism was short lived when my friend (who "loved me like a sister") felt the need to attempt to publicly disgrace me and imply that I no longer needed to be a part of the show! Now that's some real sisterly love, right? That one singular moment showed me in HD that NeNe didn't know the meaning of a real friendship, and yes, the thirst really was real. It was astonishing to watch this woman who "had my back when none of these other bitches did" take the sharpest knife she could find, and gleefully stab me with it with no regard for me or my family. Regrettably for me, I never took heed to the many warnings concerning the wrath of NeNe, because I never truly believed them until I was on the receiving end. It was a very rude awakening, and yet oddly enough the only person I felt sorry for was her.

THE DOG THAT BARKS THE LOUDEST

Time passed and life went on until I found myself seated across the table from my girl, "I was a good friend!" NeNe. Despite everything that had happened, I somehow remained optimistic that we could have the conversation, agree to disagree, have a cocktail, and truly move on. I don't know what was more stale, the non-conversation that I had with NeNe or the saltines at the table. This clearly was a missed opportunity for both of us to take ownership and responsibility for any of our issues and put them to rest. I knew that seeing NeNe for the first time since the reunion would be emotional, but I chose not to let my emotions take over me. I wasn't interested in a screaming match or being over talked. I hope NeNe found closure in the conversation that she had with herself.

WWHL: ANNA MAE EATS CAKE

I know that the "Anna Mae" reference from NeNe was meant to be offensive and disrespectful, however I was actually flattered to be compared to one of the world's most popular entertainers, the queen of rock and roll herself Anna Mae Bullock AKA Tina Turner. Tina Turner is a legendary icon whose success, talent, strength, spirit, beauty, and class (not to mention her fabulous legs) speaks volumes and needs no introduction. My name being mentioned in the same sentence with her is an honor within itself. I hope this was not a failed attempt to make fun of the fact that at one point in Ms. Turner's largely successful career and life she was a victim of domestic abuse. All jokes aside, wasn't NeNe herself a victim of domestic abuse as well?

GIRL BYE!

I thought "Bye Girl" actually meant "Bye" and not "Hello Girl" I'm still talking about you! A girl can only dream that one day these words will eventually have merit and true meaning.
Thanks for watching and supporting!

I would like to send my condolences to Todd, Kandi, their entire family and loved ones for the loss of Miss Sharon. She was an amazing woman and will be greatly missed. On behalf of my family and staff, you all are in our prayers.

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