Bravotv.com: How did you come up with the idea to do your camp for the children of Flint?
Phaedra Parks: Since learning about the Flint water crisis, I have visited the city numerous times to advocate for them regarding the water issue. During one of my visits to Flint I had the opportunity to visit several schools and interact with the students. After speaking and marching with numerous parents and listening to their concerns for their children’s health and welfare, I wanted to do something special for the children affected the most by the water crisis. After speaking about my desires, YMCA Camp Copneconic and I began a collaborative effort to make my dream a reality, Camp Impact.
Bravotv.com: Were you at all nervous about working with Kenya on the camp event?
PP: Given our history, there was some initial trepidation. However, since Michigan is Kenya’s home state, I knew she would want to help Flint children. I was focused more on making a beneficial impact on the community and less on the history of our relationship.
Bravotv.com: What was going through your mind during Kenya and Sheree's argument?
PP: In the words of the late Rodney King, “Can't we all just get along?” I know disagreements are inevitable, but the nonstop bickering can be exhausting. I am just glad they agreed to coexist for the benefit of the Flint children.