Bravotv.com: What inspired you to throw the charity event?
Phaedra Parks: One of the biggest issues our country is facing right now is how to provide young people with the tools they need to become productive, successful, and compassionate adults. The problem is particularly prevalent among young African American males, and I feel a responsibility toward my community to take whatever action I can to help. It is critical for the future of our country, community, and society, that we empower youth by example; giving them role models which they can use to guide their own lives and make smart decisions. This event was an effort to get a dialogue going that will foster action and facilitate change.
Bravotv.com: What were you thinking after NeNe and Claudia's confrontation?
PP: NeNe came all the way from New York just to support my event, and that was really above-and-beyond anything I would expect anyone to do, so I was very appreciative. After the incident occurred I was thinking two things: one, how inappropriate it was for Claudia to initiate that conversation at my event and two, how respectful NeNe was in not wanting to engage in such nonsense at the event by removing herself in order to prevent an unpleasant incident.