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After watching Episode 2, I'm so happy that the charity (which for 17 years has kept thousands of at-risk kids out of jail, in school, and moving towards higher education) got some attention. I've never understood why our court system would condemn a first-time juvenile offender to jail at a higher cost than my son's private school? Maybe we should look at who benefits from filling up the prisons?
I'm thrilled that the charity I founded helps these kids from becoming career criminals while saving the state millions. Recently, Pennsylvania juvenile court judges were convicted for taking kickbacks. Private corrections corporations paid them for sending kids to their prison so they could get more money from the state! Hmmmm.
Which brings me to the arrogance of some people: party crashers to be specific.
There are parties where it may be appropriate for single girls to spend hours getting all dolled up, show up fashionably late (easier to crash a party after registration), mingle throughout, then publicly comment "people should pay me (and my two friends!) to show up." However, a charity gala, where kids get the money from the ticket sales, is simply not one of those parties. When a dress or shoes cost many times more than the ticket price to enter, maybe its time to check the etiquette books and re-assess your priorities and values. You decide.
And now to the generosity of others...
Adriana, thank you for always attending and donating art, and I'm sorry you weren't on the red carpet list. Not sure how that happened. Since your comment about "I organize this whole event with Lea," I've gotten lots of calls and emails from volunteers saying, "She gave a few paintings and came to a couple of meetings. I was at every meeting and contributed far more than Adriana did!" So, please do me a favor and let the committee know you didn't mean to imply you contributed any more than they did. I need to keep the peace with them, as you know it's an all-volunteer army.
Wow Lea! Just heard you on WWHL! You are a tough cookie. Well done. Don't let someone lie about you and fight it when they do!
As I was just getting ready to post, I happened to turn on the TV just in time to see & hear when you called in on Andy's show...Clear, concise and to the point.
I think your charity work is awesome. You did right by confronting Christy for not purchasing a ticket.
Lea: What a lovely charity, you are truly a loving and caring woman, and unlike some of the other phony ladies, you are real. I can't thank you enough for having the courage to phone into the "Watch What Happens" show with Andy Cohen to set the record straight regarding Cristy and her two friends crashing the affair. Cristy is a selfish, thoughtless liar. She and her two friends are true thugs, and lack common decency! Thanks again for setting the record straight.
Your charity event was a success! How can us viewers donate money to your organization? I cannot afford a large donation but I want to send a contribution. A good idea would be to post a mailing address when viewers can donate. Thanks!
I totally understand your position and admire you as a business woman, you can be a lil tough but real, which i respect
God Bless you Lea, you're the only REAL housewife this season!.... I was born and raised in Miami and hearing Cristy's comment "cubans made Miami", and Alexia's comment "the lower people" of Hialeah" was truly embarassing. I'm so happy that you call it like you see it. Perhaps you can educate these ladies who seem to be a bit ignorant. Thank you.
It was fine to set the record straight but....
I don't think your blog is fair. No reason to call Adriana out and you may want to have shown a little more class when calling out Cristy on WWHL. Just a little.
I was so suprised that you did a drive by phone call to late night with Andy! lmao!! Wow you really could not care less about what that broad Christy said after you hung up! OMG that was so great! I didnt think you were going to be the excitement on this show, I am glad you call it as you see it, but take it easy all of these girls are going to avoid you like the plague and there wont be a show lol
From the very beginning you give me the impression that you are rude and unkind. It seems you enjoy embarrassing others. Respectfully, you don't seem to be a good friend.
You don't need to throw people under the bus to look good.
Lea, I thought your gala was fantastic. One of the comments in your blog stung a little however. The line about single girls getting all dolled up to go out was clearly a dig at Cristy being single. I am 33 and was engaged four years ago until I got very sick and my fiance broke up with me. The judgement from married people about being single makes you appear a little petty. I like getting dressed up when I'm able and go out, but I am all too aware of the "what's wrong with her because she's not married" judgement. Many single people would love to have a partner but not everyone has that. Please consider the impact of your words on others as you blog.
Lea, You are 100% right to have called Miss Christy out live on the after show. She has no class & has made a horrible impression of her herself and now Maimi and the world now knows who she is as a person. You Rock Lea!!!
You may never even read this, however i totally agree with your stance on un-announced guests at a CHARITY nonetheless. Get some class ladies! I see you have a wonderful personality and keep the laughter going. You are a great spirit to be around and don't see you as one to get wrapped up in drama. Keep your head up girl! My favorite quote tonight "She diddn't have a ticket, and noone is an exception."
Your fan, Casey
I hear ya and understand your points. Congrats on the fundraiser. By the way, very strong phone call tonight on Andy's show. Whoa. However, I can't blame you. If one sneaks in then why not others? Where does it stop?
Lea... you really are a class act. You need to show these girls how it's done. Your work and dedication speaks volumes of the person you are. Best of LUCK!
Lea, I would encourage you to reach out to the children of violent crimes as well. You commented something along the lines that when someone goes to prison "it can destroy the rest of the family." You have a point, but there is another side to that story and that is the children of victim's of violent crimes. There are many programs and resources for first-time offenders and for the children of inmates. Victim's families are usually left out.
Thank you so much for what you do for the children and giving back so much of yourself to this charity and for always putting your own money where you mouth is.
I am so happy you called the show! Seeing Cristy's face and then saying I only brought 1 friend, when we all clearly saw her with 2 friends and then we all saw her try to come up with whole "flat tire" excuse as she was entering the building ....like you said just makes it easier to crash a party after it has started.
I think that Cristy must be in some sort of financial trouble. Trying to promote your own jewelry line in the same sentence of I gave back to charities just shows that something her life isn't in check.
Cant wait to see you invoice her!!
Being from Pennsylvania..I am deeply disturbed to hear that there are judges (the people we are supposed to trust to always do the right thing) taking kick backs for sending "Our" children to jail....It makes me so sad for the children that happened to...I hope and pray they will be able to over come this terrible injustice they were forced to endure...
Thank you for doing your part to help the children!!!!
Also Thank You for calling out your cast mates for their bad behavior...I caught the "lower" comment and was upset about that...and the Nanny issue..crashing a fund raiser etc...I am glad that you see it and tell it the way it is!!!
You are going to be the woman to watch and admire!!!! Young women everywhere should look at you as a role model!!!
Good Luck with the show and your fundraisers!!!!
Hi Lea! I am a big fan of all of the Housewives series'. (Eg. Beverly Hills, NJ, ATL) But I can already tell that Miami is gonna come in first place in my likes. You by far are my favorite housewive yet. You're real. You're giving. You tell it like it is. You don't hold back! I love it... We have alot of similarities even though I'm only 22. LOL! Yeyyy. I have a new role model. And Thank you Thank you Thank you for calling in on Watch what happens live to put Christy in her place. I can tell I'm not gonna like her or Larsa... I don't care for mean girls. There's no reason to act like that... And it's sad because they're so beautiful on the outside but so ugly interiorly... SMH
Lea, YOU ARE GREAT! I hope the other ladies show us their generous side and I am not talking about to men.lol
Lea, After watching this episode and reading your blog, no matter what happens during the rest of the season, in my eyes you can do no wrong. You are a humanitarian and a hero. I agree totally with your viewpoint. Obviously, your head and your heart are in the right place.
Bravo, Lea! Very impressed w/ your charity & all the hard work! Completely enjoyed your smackdown on the party crashers. Andy's face during your call was priceless. Keep up the good work!
You did a GREAT job when speaking to Christy last night! You were straight forward, precise, and just plain AWESOME! You are one bad woman, and when I say bad I do mean good! You are beautiful, intelligent, and don't have time for games! It was so true that Christy owes the children an apology because the event was not about her, it was about them and their education! Keep being the wonderful woman you are and taking care of others because your rewards will come back 100 times over! LOVE YOU!
I agree with most of what you said and absolutely for calling WWHL and calling out Cristy- However; you are doing a lot of finger pointing and judging in your blog here. You may want to slow your roll lady, too much negative commenting. You point out things people say and bring more atention to them and we may have missed their faux pas. Now we'll be looking for the snide comments. I am certain as the season unfolds you will be caught showing poor judgement and saying things you should not have ("I didn't know he needed a green card"- not funny- crass) just ease it back and I think you will be liked as well as respected.
good for you lea you called it as is I think you and marisol are the ones that have class and brains thanks for being there for people that are more unfortunate than others
I love all the HW ( NY, NJ, Atlanta,OC, and Now Miami ) I have a favorite in every single one of them, and for Miami... the winner is LEA BLACK !!!! ( Being from Miami, I must say the scenes are amazing !!! )
Lea... I LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well said and stick to your guns, that girl is ridiculous
Good for you Lea! Plain and simple Christy was wrong she should have paid for the ticket. She didn't need to come and make an appearance she wasn't doing anyone any favors, it was pointless. She just wanted to be seen.
Lea, you seemed really passionate toward your fundraiser. I certainly do not blame you for getting annoyed with Cristy. When you have put in the time and work it is hard to watch someone waltz in so casually. I watched you call into Andy Cohen and I am inclined to believe your side of the story. Cristy did not even try to defend herself leading me to believe she was guilty. She was taken back in the lease bit by your phone call.
Hi Lea, This is why I love Texas women. I lived there for many years and well I just love the South.
I agree with the way you handled Kristie on WWHL last night. You seem pretty intelligent and I think it was the only way to handle that situation.
You are my favorite and love that you have a backbone!
love you Lea. you say it as it is and it's really appreciate. I don't think anyone can blame you and even take the side of Crissy even if she wasn't crashing the gala as she said. you were doing something so amazing so charitable that you should have receive 100% support from all of them, planning to be present or not. Did Larsa give any contribution? Someone knows?
Wow! I just gained a new found respect for you Lea! On the show it's hard for me to read your character, which is good because it means you have not annoyed or disgusted me with ignorant behavior. However, recently I read your blogs and they gave me an insight into your strong and intelligent character. As over used as this phrase is "you tell it like it is", and you do it well with eloquence, and you avoid coming across as a tacky, illiterate, immature girl who's writing a diary entry. Another thing, you call out people regardless if they are your friends or not, and this I can respect because it's a sign of how fair and balanced you are. You are not concerned with being "ok" with everyone because you are not a coward. Keep it up sharp cookie ;)
I really admire you, Lea. As a former fundraiser myself who organized gala events, I understand COMPLETELY the tremendous amount of work that can go into one of these events (from logistics, to auction items, to sponsorships, to table seating... it's endless!) I, too, have had many a "recognizable" feel that their "contribution" to the cause was their attendance. Uh.. NO!!! And there are always people who feel "entitled" to more recognition just because they donated an auction item. I say donate an auction item AND make a financial contribution so that you lead by example! The fact that you do this purely on a voluntary effort and have your committee (also purely on a voluntary basis) so dedicated to helping YOU and this cause speaks volume about your character. This is not easy work! In addition, I love your no-nonsense attitude. :)
Lea, you might be my favorite so far! You are dedicated and the viewers can definitely see that. I'm glad you called in on WWHL and set the record straight. The call was priceless! :)
Lea, I loved your phone call to Andy's show last night. For years my two closest friends and I have organized our charity's annual gala and every year this one woman who is richer than King Midas manages to sneak in without a ticket and plant herself at different tables on a rotating basis until the rightful owners reclaim their seats. If it wasn't so obnoxious it would be hilarious! We've thrown her out and she just waits a few minutes and then comes right back in. Next year we'll start invoicing her and see what happens!
I too watched the after show and just about peed my pants when Lea called in to dispute Christys (who btw looks identical to Mindy from Rock of Love) remarks. I have to say that was all handled with much more class than Mindy, I mean Christy deserved. Good job! I live in Pennsylvania and was unaware of the judge kick-backs. Thanks for the info. Miami has kept you quiet the secret, I'm so glad Bravo is helping to spread the message. I wish you continued success!!
Alexia was referring to the readership of her magazine - the "type" of people that can't go to the galas, etc. but want to read about it are "lower" - her words. I personally thought it was rude but overall I like her so I'll let it go.
Wow, this early in the season and you are already this critical and crabby...You must be the new Camille Grammer.
I think you were entirely justified at being irritated that Christy and her friends didn't pay for their tickets and that sending an invoice for this amount was the approproate thing to do. But referring to her as a $1K whore on TV was spiteful and completely out of line. You went to far.
I agree that crashing a charity gala is BAD form.... I’m totally on your side with that one!
As for the cutting/snide comments you have been making about the other women… super super tacky! Calling someone a $1000.00 hooker on live TV is shockingly bad behavior.
You left Kristy SPEECHLESS with that phone call to "Watch What Happens Live!" The expression on her face? PRICELESS!
Lea, Until last night, I'd never witnessed someone get back slapped over the phone...kudos to you and what you do for the community.