Cast Blog: #RHOA

Touching NeNe's Ear

Phaedra: I Was Disappointed with Cynthia

Claudia: This Group Should Reserve Judgment

Cynthia: I Knew I Had to Take My Audition Seriously

Kenya: I'm More Empathetic Toward Apollo

Claudia on Her Breakdown

Kandi: "Apollo Wasn't Thinking Clearly"

GIF Recap: Chocolate Goodness

Kandi's Devastating News

Phaedra: I Knew What I Needed to Do

Claudia: I'm Not Trying to Be Porsha's Friend

Kenya on Her Pilot

GIF Recap: Dish Nation Divided

Cynthia on Her Drama-Free Trip

Has Kenya Found Love?

Claudia: Kordell was Barely Flirting

Kenya on NeNe's "Embarrassing" Behavior

Claudia: "These Double Standards are Killing Me"

Kandi: "I'm Not Two-Faced"

Phaedra: I Appreciated Demetria's Apology

Are Demetria and Phaedra Cool?

NeNe on Her Apology

Cynthia: Claudia Can Read with the Best of Them

Claudia: NeNe's Behavior Needed to Be Checked

Kenya on "The Beasts"

Phaedra: Demetria Took Things Too Personally

GIF Recap: Lessons in Reading

Phaedra's Ignorant Comments

Claudia: I'm Not Surprised by NeNe's Ugly Demeanor

Kenya: NeNe Doesn't Want to Like Me

Cynthia: I'm Moving Forward in Grace and Love

Kandi: "I Wasn't Trying to Set Demetria Up"

Phaedra on Being Recognized by the Bar

NeNe: "I'm Not a Fake Friend"

Demetria Responds to the Rumors

Cynthia: Forgiveness is a Process

Phaedra: My Mother is My Rock

Kenya: "An Acknowledgement is Not an Apology"

Claudia: I Do Not Own a Flip Phone

Cynthia: It Was Awkward Seeing Phaedra Uncomfortable

Demetria: I Have No Beef with Kenya

Touching NeNe's Ear

Kenya weighs in on the argument with NeNe and Porsha's marriage.

MY WILD RIDE

Did you miss me? That’s a rhetorical question of course. Of course you did! LOL! Have you missed my twirls, my curls, and my Gone with the Wind fabulousness? I’ve had the time of my life over the past year. My life has changed in such a positive way, it’s been a dream. My love life has drastically changed and I am so close to having everything in life I’ve always wanted.

Atlanta has been a huge change from Hollywood.  Bonding with some and others not so much.  I’ve experienced the hard way of learning how you can think you have a friend in some, but in actuality you have a “frenemy.” Friends comfort you in the time of need, offer sound advice and are a sounding board, are forgiving and nonjudgmental, perhaps most of all, show you compassion, care, and are sensitive toward you.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE REAL

I heart Gregg and NeNe as a couple and was so happy to learn that they would be getting re-married. I think he’s the balance that she needs.  NeNe makes an issue that I never called her to respond to her wedding invitation but took to Twitter to let everyone know that I had an invitation. FALSE.  Firstly, I personally texted her to tell her I would be in Africa at the time and would not be able to attend. So let’s keep it real with the real facts.

She took the time to out of her busy wedding planning schedule to ask me if I was coming via text. At that time I felt she could have also shared the info of her invitation to my ex. It wasn’t required of her, but in my upbringing, it would have been common courtesy to inform me personally. After all, I had spent the past Thanksgiving with her then sharing some very personal info about my ex with her.  NeNe had in the past looked out for me regarding the actions and personal attacks and vendetta my ex had against me prior to him acting on them. So clearly, NeNe knew where that relationship stood… All the more reason to inform me as a friend that she had invited him to her wedding.TOUCHING NENE’S EAR

I never raised my voice, I never attacked her nor called her out of her name. I’ve always been an affectionate person who touches, and I was simply trying to have a civilized conversation with NeNe. Therefore, touching her ear was not aggressive. And she clearly didn’t see it that way either.



PORSHA AND KORDELL

I can only speak for myself and I can honestly say I am not surprised. Porsha and I have had our differences, but I never want to see anyone go through pain or hardship. Even though Porsha has never apologized to me for anything she has said or done to me, including laughing, often taunting me with the fact that I wasn’t married or that my ex didn’t propose to me and reveling in my struggle, I still reached out to her when I heard the news of her divorce and wished her well.

With that said, I find it quite disturbing that Porsha and her family go on and on about the fact that Kordell may be gay. After all, she told the world she had a “picture perfect life” and married the “man of her dreams.”  Cut to Porsha sitting with the attorney agreeing to take him back if he abided by a “list.” Well, a thinking person with a brain would ask the question that if the main problem was that he is possibly gay, why would you want him back?  I don’t think Porsha is telling the whole truth. That’s always been my opinion of her and it remains the same after listening to her recall the “facts” about their marriage.
MY SEASON MY WAY

The show has a way of forcing you to be more retrospective about your behavior. I am in a good place, but I have the experiences I have had on this show to partially thank for that. Life is about growth and that is sometimes painful. The key for me is to be willing to look deeper and from that be willing to have culpability for your own actions.

There will be foolishness and fools, love and loss, pain and gain, friends and enemies, union and reunions, users and losers, and housewives and husbands navigating life. It will be a wild ride! Stay tuned!


The wild card,

Kenya

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Cynthia: I Knew I Had to Take My Audition Seriously

Cynthia Bailey dishes on her audition (and outfit) for Kenya Moore's pilot.

"When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child."
-Sophia Loren


NOELLE
My daughter Noelle is 15-years-old now and is a sophomore in high school. I can't believe that in 2 years she will be graduating high school and heading off to college. She was almost 9-years-old when we moved from New York City to Atlanta. Where did the time go? As expected, she is a typical teenager that is going through the usual teenage growing pains of trying to find identity and purpose. As her mother, my job has always been to love, protect, teach, and guide her. Out of all of my many jobs, this is the most important one, and I never take a day off or call in sick. Having Noelle as my daughter has not only been a blessing, it has been a privilege. We push, motivate, and inspire each other to always walk towards greatness. I have always told her that childhood is a journey, not a race -- to take her time, and enjoy it. Leon is an incredible dad, and I love the relationship that he has with his daughter. They are very close and spend a lot of time together. I know how to be a good mother, but I am a mom, not a dad. That is his role, and being the talented actor that he is, he plays it well. We are both artists, and we understand that we are raising an artist. Noelle is a talented singer, writer, producer, photographer, director, and model. You guys only get to see snippets of her life, because it is our choice to keep some of her life private. In my down time, I love reading and writing in my journal. I am always looking for inspiration to be a better me, and to continue serving my purpose with humility and grace. Leon and I were so proud of Noelle's piece that she wrote. We have always encouraged freedom of expression and have raised her to be an independent thinker. Thought I would share the piece with you in its entirety. Enjoy!


A Fleeting Romance
Written by Noelle Robinson
Is it possible to fall in love with someone you've known for one day only and for them to go back into their shell the moment you guys part? To make someone feel important enough to see your vulnerability first hand, only to shut them out the moment your eyes don’t meet? What was your incentive anyway? To steal a meaningless kiss from my lips? Or was it equally as meaningful for you? You stole my eyes at hello, you stole my soul when you made me laugh at things I didn't quite understand, but you stole my heart as you made yourself vulnerable. For those 8 hours, I saw a spark that only I could ignite, a kiss only I could seal, and a fire only I could start in you. But was it really a spark or was it merely a deception that the fire in our hearts could come together and burn down all of society’s illusions that are holding us back from each other? If he would give me the key to his mind, I would simply run around in his mind all day and I wouldn't be in love anymore, because chances are I'll find his mind submerged in society’s deceptions. Ooh but if I don't. That might make me an optimist and it might even make me naïve, but it would never make me a fool for slipping through an opportunity to find the little drop of fuel to ignite our flame. I don’t need you to tell me you love me; I need you to teach me to believe it.

LIFE TWIRLS ON

I have always loved acting. In the past, I have acted in a few roles over the years, but my main focus until recently has always been my modeling career. I had so much fun auditioning for Kenya's pilot. I love the role she chose for me, because it completely took me out of my comfort zone. I was so excited to become the character and was determined to commit to part. Looking back at my outfit, hair, and makeup, I may have over committed… LOL! Unfortunately there was so much more of the audition that you guys didn't get to see, but trust me, it was hilarious! I know without a doubt that this role was not given to me, I earned it. Besides, if I bombed the audition, I know that Kenya would not have cast me for the part. Kenya is silly and loves to goof around, but be clear, when it comes to her business, she plays no games. It's all business, and it is so not personal. I knew how serious she was about this project; therefore I knew that I had to take my audition seriously. She is an over achiever, a control freak, and a perfectionist. I know because I share these same characteristics! I knew that she was going to be hard on me, and I had to go big or go home. So that is exactly what I did. I went big, landed the role, and I went home! Thanks Kenya, for giving me this amazing opportunity. I can't wait for you guys to see the finished pilot.

 

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