Wow! This train is finally leaving the station! First stop – yesterday at The Today Show, which I wake up and watch EVERY morning. I could not believe that I was standing on the plaza taking a photo with Matt, Al and Lenny! Then I was on the set with The View ladies, Sherri, Joy, Whoopi, Elizabeth, who are hilarious and smart and oh-so juicy. Can you imagine my surprise when I was escorted to a dressing room with my name on it – WHAT? CRAZY!
As you can see, all of this new Hollywood stuff is a trip and I cannot even act cool and unaffected by it. I am having a ball…and genuinely enjoying the company of my cast mates, despite the antics of one-fifth.
By now you have seen episode one, and probably think that I am not a fan of Cat. Well, she was an outspoken, uncouth first-time dinner guest in my home who made negative comments about two people for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect (i.e. my President and Tyra Banks, a successful businesswoman). I've been bombarded with questions about Cat and her motivation. Is she racist? ABSOLUTELY NOT! The two people mentioned just happen to be black. But self-absorbed? I thought so. Opinionated to the point of irritation? MOST DEFINITELY!
I'm finding greater virtue these days in those who call it like they see it. I am certainly a fan of THAT. So stay tuned...
I admire your intelligence, ambition, success, and how devoted you are to your family. Keep it up. You have it altogether.
As a black man living in Baltimore I am SO THANKFUL that you are representing in such a sophisticated manner. I know that every black person on television can't be the representative for the whole culture, but given the unclassy behavior of the Atlanta Housewives, I am so glad to see a sophisticated and classy woman such as yourself surrounded by other sophisticated and classy women. I tell ya...Baltimore and DC are like night and day.
As for Cat, she did come off as abrasive but even I didn't think it was a racial thing at all. But I tell you, if she had been in my house she would've known from the look on my face that she better zip it quick. I have friends with a variety of political views and we try to avoid political discussion at all cost. I imagine that can be hard in D.C. but it can get UGLY!! I still like her though, as well as the other girls (except the White House crasher).
P.S. You are so right out the people who live on the outskirts of D.C. and claim to be native Washingtonians. I love you already and your circle of other friends at your dinner party in episode one seemed really great!! Can't wait to see how the season unfolds. Congratulations and I hope you are blessed with continued success!
Your very sweet and humble I'm not sure about the first episode alot of the ladies came off as being racist like Mary at the Party and Cat I mean this is 2010 we have a black President it was alot of "akward" moments in the first episode to say the least!!!!
Hello Stacie! I enjoyed the first episode, and that cooking class scene was getting a bit edgy with the comments. I do believe in being truthful, but there is a certain amount of respect towards others that needs to be upheld, if one really think of themselves as classy. It is one thing to not like a person's personality, as what Cat was suggesting with her view of President Obama and Tyra Banks, but she was making the Obama situation regarding how he might have treated her husband look more like it was about her. I had to learn a long time ago, that whether or not a person, especially a person of great influence, seems to pay more or less attention to me and what I've done...it is not always about me. The sun doesn't rise and set based on if I come outside or not. I do see that you are handling yourself with great class, and I have nothing but respect for you.
Realizing how these shows are edited, I'm so hoping that we, the viewer, missed out on you and your other guests putting Cat and Mary in line. Cat's overly opinionated views were truly on the verge of being racially invective. While Mary's comments at her birthday party ware blacme on too much alcohol (isn't that when most folks speak the truth)-I'm hoping that you aren't continously placed in such awkward situations.
In hopes that the future espisodes of this show is not so racially charged - and they end up like the other HW shows, just plain ole entertainment for us!
I have to say, my first impression of you is that you are a very confident black woman who is beautiful and a class above your co-housewives.
LOVE YOU! As a black women it nice to see a classy black woman in the spot light, instead of the typical stereotypes. Your circle of friends are classy and so far you are my favorite.
Stacie - Kudos to you on a job well done! I am SO PROUD of your representation on the show as you are bright, witty, charming and diplomatic. I loved your comments on The View stating that being the only African American on a show about DC Housewives is like being the only Jewish person on a show about Israeli Housewives. WELL SAID! You're doing a phenomenal job at representing the race all by yourself...not an easy job!! Your family is beautiful and I wish you the best in your future endeavors. Kimberly
Okay, I must say I'm sooooooo happy to see Stacie representing D.C. in a most positive way. I think she is absolutely beautiful to say the least. The funny thing is out of the entire cast, Stacie seems to me to be the most down to earth. I’m so glad D.C. is in “The Real Housewives,” mix. LOVED IT!!!
I thought you handled the dinner party beautifully..Because in real life..If someone was invited into my kitchen..a BLACK WOMAN'S KITCHEN and started talking a bit strange (and I'm not talking about the accent)..things might have gotten a bit colorful...HAVE A GREAT SEASON WE'RE WATCHING
Stacie THANKS to you and your family for being such a positive role model for all to see. Seeing you and your husband kissing your children goodnight was really special. Touting your education as the key to your success made me want to scream YES!! All you young kids THIS is what being smart can do for you!
Your girlfriends seem very classy as well (Erika) drop dead stunning.
Looking forward to the rest of the season.
I loved the moment on the show when you and your husband were tucking your babies in at night - now THAT is a real housewife ;) Of the cast, you are the one who seems most like those of us who actually live and work inside and outside the Beltway. You enjoy your career, love your kids, and have fun with your D.C. social world. Great first show!
Wonderful to see DC from a "Housewives" point of view. I enjoyed all of the women except one (guess who?). I hope that the editors don't allow her storyline to engulf the entire show. Good luck.
You are the most likable lady on the show thus far. Level-headed, classy, and most of all tolerant. Great job of displaying patience at your dinner party!
I am glad to see you cleared the air a bit on some of the reactions you had to Cat's comments. The way it appears on the show, it seemed as though you were trying to make it seem that Cat's comments were racist. Glad to see that is not the case. But the way your face dropped along with some of your friends at the cooking party when Cat shared her opinion, was a bit dramatic and to be honest, it made you appear to be a bit narrow-minded. Not that I think you are, just saying it came across that way. I guess the point is, we all are entitled to our own opinions and not everyone will agree with you 100% of the time and that's okay.
Even though Catherine voiced her opinions how she felt about certain individuals, I was amazed that you and your guest was mostly silent about her comments. Sure, it"s fine to ignore the misinformed and ignorant because I do it from time to time, but she was a guest in your home. BTW, your kitchen looks identical to my sister's who also happens to live and works in the area.
As someone who was actually born and raised in Washington, DC until my teen years and now lives in the suburbs (Montgomery County, MD), I completely agree with you about lame people who were born in the suburbs(or elsewhere) and claim to be real Washingtonians. Anyone with basic map reading skills knows that McLean, VA and Bethesda, MD are NOT Washington, DC. I especially do not appreciate it when these people misrepresent our hometown. I really wish that the producers could have found more people who actually LIVE in the city. That being said, I really appreciate that you are so level-headed and classy. I'm sure that your reasoning for doing the show was not to be a martyr but you are representing a type of African American woman that is rarely seen on television. More people need to see that affluent African American women are not only the wives of professional athletes or employed as musicians and actors. On top of that, it appears that you are clearly the most tactful and sophisticated person on the show. Everyone knows(or should learn) that politics can be a extremely sensitive discussion topic and should be avoided in most casual social settings-- like a dinner party... Also, while you all seem to be well connected in 'DC society', you are the only cast member who does not seem to come off as being completely obnoxious and overt about it. Anyway, I can't wait to see how the season unfolds. Congratulations on the show and best of luck in the future.
You and your beautiful family are a great reflection of what America, not only black America, but all of America likes to see when we tune in. The children are being read to and tucked in, your husband has a sense of humor, which is greatly needed. To add to it, I greatly appreciate the way you speak and carry yourself. Many of us long for a new Huxtable-type family, I think we have found them in you guys. Stay in the most positive light as these things are missing in many of the other housewife shows. I cringe when some of the other housewives in other installments speak out of fear of what comes out their mouths. Sometimes, we typist get a little carried away and press too many keys, but how can you justify a wrong when it is coming from your mouth? Now you can dance like everyone is watching, because we are.
I have a problem with people from D.C claiming to be "Washingtonians". I live in Washington STATE, I am a Washingtonian, D.C isn't even a real state!
I think you are going to be my favorite. You seem intelligent, down to earth and classy and I am glad because the other ladies seem like a hot mess. Look forward to seeing more from you.
Stacie, I think you have a great sense of charm, class and elegance and I am certainly pleased that you are doing your thing, and doing it well I should add. You seem to be down to earth and that's very refreshing to see.
Now regarding your comment on Miss Cat, I do feel, and it is my opinion only, that you could have addressed Cat in an appropriate manner, still remaining classy, by letting her know that her regard for our President should have been delivered with more respect, despite her personal dislike for him. This is the second time that I have witnessed non President Obama fans disregard him and his position as the President of OUR United States(comments from another DMVer). Now don't get me wrong, I didn't and don't expect you to be the spokesperson for the African American community, or the nation for that matter, but has a guest in your home, I think you should have at least set the record straight for Miss Cat and at the same time educating her on the do's and don'ts of "How Not to Disrespect Your President While in Public...How to Be a Real Housewife, While Remaining A Lady & Classy At All Times." Lesson 101.
Looking forward to seeing what's in store for the next episodes. Blessings to you and yours always!
Another black woman with class and something going on..You are one for the books...You are another black woman that our sisters need to see as much as possible...outstanding...!!!
Stacie, You are a very likeable person, and your intelligence shines through. But I cannot watch this show anymore. Washington DC is such a political cesspool that anything having to do with that city makes me cringe. When I was a child, I loved visiting DC and was entralled by the architecture, the monuments, and the history. But now everything there nauseates me - except Stacie. Good luck.
YEAH!!! I'm so glad we have a multicultural cast. Even though it's 4:1, like Altanta, at least it's a start of representing housewives across america... I completely adore you and your family. Please know that you should just be the fabulous you that you are and not feel like you have to "represent" an entire race of women. All the best for you and yours...
Stacie, and others
Most people do not say President "name" anymore.. they say.. Bush or Obama.. when talking about them. In certain situtations they say it correctly, President Bush, President Obama.. But You just griped that she should have said President Obama not Obama.. yet you said Bush.. when you should have said President Bush,
PEople have their own thoughts and they dont have to have the same thing as you. That is what makes America great. Don't make this a Racist thing. Because its not. People dont like Obama for his Policies Not him. President obama the person is a great awesome person. But I do not think he is ready to be the president yet, maybe 8 years from now he would have made a great president. But he is our president and I will support him on the things that I like. Just like I did with Bush.
From a young black female in college-Thank you for remaining a classy role model. As for the race issue, you have showed me that every moment is a teaching moment. At times it is difficult to reconcile perspectives and the best solution is to definitely behave as you and your friends did. As a black female it was hard for me to watch her demean black successful role models, but I must remember that she is ignorant of the emotional and cultural respect with which professionals are revered in the black community. I must not look at it as an act of racism, but a form of culture clash. It is so nice to see that you remained calm and collected. As I further my education, I am confronted with similar situations. Your behavior motivates me to simply turn situations such as these into moments of personal growth.
I know you'll be my favorite DC housewife. Lovely family; down to earth; cool and classy. Agree on your comment about Cat (maybe she was nervous); who cares. I didn't like Lydia's(?) comment about second tier people. What does that mean? She looked very assertive; clever in the beginning of the show until that came out of her mouth. What a snob!
I live and go to high school right here in McLean, VA and I totally am in LOVE with Washington D.C. area! and girll you are my FAVORITE housewife so far! don't listen to Cat she is just not normal and is deff not all there..hahaaa.
I am a professional woman who works everyday. My guilty pleasure is the Real Housewives series. I watch them all and I can usually tell who my favorite will be by the end of the first episode...and it's you. I love the way you represent. You are educated, classy and you appear to be a loving mother and wife. I love watching you and your husband put the children to bed. I have some "problems" with a few of the women, but I will reserve "judgment" until later.
Stacie, I really like you and your family. I like the fact that you held it together and didn't give in to the ignorant comments made about Obama. He is the President of the United States, he doesn't have time to attend every "little" award ceremony or RSVP some random wedding. Bush came because he has nothing better to do these days, not that he did anything so great when he was President!! I think Cat was being purposely rude to be shocking and get attention. I personally don't care if she likes Tara or Obama but that was not the time or place for her comments. She is tacky and ignorant!!
You are my favorite housewife so far. I feel so refreshed by the new setting and identities you all carry besides wife and mother. Although unexpected comments were spilled in the episode (such as the intergrating salons comment or the Tyra Banks and Obama opinions), I felt it all brought some extra spice to the episode and I am sure it will not be the last time its brought up. Your family is beautiful and your husband reminds me of my fiance; when the day is rough he can make the worst day end with a smile on my face. Well, au revoir for now and I hope for the best for you and the other ladies (FINALLY, there is a group of woman worthy of being called ladies, lol).
Love you already! I can't wait to see how the season unfolds. While I'm sure that there will be plenty of drama, I can see that you can hold your own--but in a way that exudes class and professionalism.
Stacie, it's great to see a woman conduct herself with dignity and not the with the vulgarity women on the previous housewives series, in fact I didn't hear too much profanity tonight which was refreshing. I'm not going to uphold you as the 'Patron Saint' of a group of American women because I only choose to validate myself and your responsibility is to be a role-model to your own children and the young ladies you mentor. With the exception of Lisa of the ATL series, what did the other women do?
Stacie, I just want to say I love your style. I look forward to learning more about you the other ladies.You are my favorite Love It!!
I was very shocked at how intolerant you were to Cat's having a different opinion that you do. And who cares what enyone thinks about Tyra Banks for heavens sake.
Stacie, I really enjoyed you on the show tonight but I wished you wouldn't have let Cat take over your dinner party tonight! Clearly she had an agenda in what she was saying and she used your party as a platform to say what she felt about the president, Tyra, and frankly to put successful blacks in their place. She may not be racist but she is in for a rude awakening in her opinions of blacks living in D.C. It is chocolate city....
Yea Stacie! I love you and the D. C. wives (maybe not all 4 out of 5--not bad). I guess I don't have to give up on watching the housewives. I'm looking forward to the season.
One thing puzzles me about you Stacie. W/all the happiness & success in your life, why in the world would you want to be on a Reality Show that clearly promotes drama & division among women? You are clearly not in the league w/the other women cast & I do mean this in a good way. You seem to be above all the caddiness, jealousy, & back-stabbing that these women are all about. On tonight's episode, it appeared that you were trying too hard too try & impress these women, who could care less about you & your family. Good Luck!
You are my fav so far. Just do not let the fame go to your head:) Keep it really and always remember who you are, even on at TV show with edits. etc.
You are awesome! And I already know you will be my favorite. Keep keeping it classy and you won't ever be dragged down.
Wow, I have no clue how you held back from telling Cat where to go during that dinner. I like you already, Cat should go bowling with Danielle Kelly Bensimone and that Tardy for the party chick :)
I love you, you have so much class, I really liked how you handled Cat, she is typically one of those whites who just cannot handle a powerful Black person, i.e. The President, and Tyra, I went to school in Beverly Hills and I know the type, they just cannot handle a successfull Black they find all the bad in the positive. Many whites just cannot handle or see how Black too can be successful even more than anyone in the world. You can tell by the way she mocked Tyra where she was coming from, and the idea of her not liking President Obama, simply because he did not RSVP her...like you said He is running a country, and although he may know her husband, they mean nothing to her, as it relates to any bash that they throw...unfortunately, Cat is the reason why myself and the few friends that watched the show will not be watching again, I do love you you are so full of class but I cannot watch again, I gave it a chance, because I watched The View, and because I watch all the other House Wife's but sorry I'll just finish watching the NJ and then wait for Atlanta...sorry to say Cat blew it for me, especially because of her being a Brit and having so much hate for two successful powerful Blacks in America right now. Take care and hold it down...I know you will represent class. But cannot watch...I'm already over this show from the first episode...love you thought girl. Peace
Hi stacey I think your a very classy lady but the dinner comments bothered me. . I'm tired of hearing about race. We need each other right now Black, White, Asian, Latinos we have different color skins but were all americans !!
We all need to come together right now and help each other out. I'm a survivor of the world trade center attacks in NYC that day there was no color just Americans helping Americans.
You are absoultely beautiful. Your skin and makeup are flawless. I hope I can watch the whole season, the Salahi woman makes me dizzy and I might have to switch channels because of her. The english woman is laughable, saying that someone RSVP'd and then didn't show up is classy still makes me chuckle.
Don't think I'll be able to watch this series. Very boring I thought. I could hardly understand what was be said by half the castmates and their accents and snobbiness.
Nope this one is not for me.
Stacie you are beautiful and professional. I just love your family I'm so happy that Bravo decided to cast a successful woman of color its about time!! I can't wait to watch how this season unfolds I'm sure its going to be filled with drama. But I'm certain that it won't be coming from you. Stay true to yourself and always shine above the rest.