And the support of others...
Marysol, you looked beautiful in your long green dress. I loved that you were invited to sit with one of our big sponsors at an expensive VIP table. Your team took good care of our celebrity guests at the red carpet. Thank you!
And the grace of many huge stars throughout the years...
This year, Dionne Warwick, Pharell Williams, and Christian Castro are donating their performances to help kids in need...wow! Doesn't that speak volumes about who they are as human beings? I'm touched really and owe a big thanks to my legendary Grammy-winning superstar friends. I hope some of you will join us at The Blacks' Annual Gala, April 2, at the Eden Roc Renaissance Hotel! After all, "That's What Friends are For."
To Alexia, Go Herman!!!! Thanks both of you for your VIP ticket donation. I loved watching Herman bid. I need to zip your mouth when he's spending for the kids. LET HIM BID!!! He's my HERO! You go Herman. Alexia: loved the watch you won. But in your interview, what was that "lower people" comment? Yikes! And the "who married who" remark? You're making me nervous! Whew. I was thinking "zip it" all over again!
Lea you are a class act! Thank you for giving so much back to the community in Miami (my hometown)and having fun while doing it. You owned that room and looked beautiful at the GALA. P.S. I loved that you called Christy out during watch what happens live in Andy's clubhouse! PRICELESS! DONT STOP WHAT YOUR DOING GIRL!!! Laurie XOXO
Lea, you are tops - the best of the bunch. You don't have an air about you. You are so different than the girls, yet you can find the good in them and can socialize with them, and that says a lot. You ROCKED the charity event - it was amazing to watch you work the crowd- yikes! I hope you got the money from the freeloader that showed up at the event, yes she should have paid for her ticket, how disrespectful of her. You and your husband are amazing and I wish you all the very best!
You have no clue as to the generous and dedicated person this is to the underprivileged of this world. Lea is nothing like Camille Grammer. I know her for the real person that she is. Do your homework and then make a comment.
Lea, I left a longer post earlier, but I must write again, after having read some of the posts from these other narrow-minded, uninformed, negative viewers. I have done much research and have read many articles about you and so many things that both you and your husband, Roy, have done to contribute to making this world a better place--it's not just Black's Gala--but many, many other things. You are a role model to all young girls growing up, deciding what they want to do with their lives to be a positive influence and to make a positive difference in this world.
Evrey RH show has its outspoken matriarcal personality, OC had Vicky, NY had Jill, NJ had Caroline, BH had Camille, and ATL had Nene. Apparently with Miami its you. I hope you fair better than they did, because each one took alot of public critism (except Caroline) for bullying the other cast members. Please stop and think before you say and do cruel things to the other housewives. It makes you appear much less of a lady than I'm sure you really are. Anyone can marry a wealthy man and play the part, but a real lady carries herself with grace and dignity at all times. Your behaviour at the Gala and later insulting Cristy over the phone on live TV was absolutely disgraceful!
Lea IS the real deal. What you see is what you get. If you were fortunate enough to get one of the world's best surgeons, you wouldn't likely complain about her bedside manor. Lea and Roy are both among the best at what they do. That tends to come with some "acoustic license".
It's increasingly hard to find people who are honest with their words. (Though, probably a little easier to find them on TV.) But, I'm not exactly an unbiased viewer. I've known Lea & Roy for a number of years. They're both really good genuine people who are passionate about what they do. Fortunately, I just happen to agree quite a bit with many Lea's opinions. (I'm not sure I'd like to be on the opposite side of a debate.)
Most importantly, I'm so glad that this show has put a spotlight on a really important cause. Education is the single-bullet answer to nearly any problem you can point to. It's not just AN issue. It's THE issue of our time. Fix this one, and everything else has a chance to fall into place. Crime, jobs, innovation, leadership, alternative energy, prejudice, ignorance, cohesive families, you name it. Lea & Roy have clearly found a way to make a huge impact in their state. Who knows what that might inspire elsewhere?
I would encourage anyone who agrees to go check out their web site. (http://www.theblacksannualgala.com/)
You are the Vicki Gunvalson of this RHO Miami! Rock on and here's for having a "mature" woman in this gang!
love the show and watching you. It's better than real housewives of NY which I am a dedicated fan. Love seeing Miami and loking forward to my trip real soon. Second home to this New Yorker!!!!!!!
I like your husband's work. He is well respected and even admired in his field. Seems like he married the perfect woman for him - straight shooter and calls it like she sees it!
Yes her true colors are: being a great mom, wife, hard worker & contributor to this world. So I think I would be a little pi$$ed too after all the hard work everyone put into the Gala that someone would actually try to get in free and bring her friends there as well... if you didn't figure it out those ladies went there to find rich men!
Lea.....I just love you. I am a native Texan also living in Florida. Bless you, Roy, and your family. I look forward to future episodes. Miami is hot hot hot!
Judy, Miami is a city of fortune but FLA is NOT. This is an over-populated state with just as many "in need" areas as other states. The most good is done where the biggest population of need lives. So it's GREAT that this charity benefits kids of FLA and of Miami. If you want to do that in MN then do it!
Lea, I attended your Gala several years ago at the Ritz Carlton when I lived in Florida. It was a night to remember. I am happy to see that you are continuing to give to the community. A giving Spirit is rare these days and you should be applauded for your continued efforts. Your style and professionalism is a shining example of what we should all aspire to achieve. I love watching you on the show and Good Luck with everything.
Having a ton of money doesn't make you "stronger" I am a single mom and a teacher and no, I don't have a ton of money but I consider myself very strong to do what I do each day to take care of my child and I don't consider myself "weaker" as you mentioned in your blog and I don't need you to take care of me. Thanks! You need a reality check.
Lea- I really liked you and appreciate your passion for your charity, but I think your phone call into Watch What Happens and yelled at Cristy was extremely tacky and uncalled for. I know there are both sides to the story, but you are coming off like the unreasonable one. I think you may need to read the etiquette book you advised Cristy to read as well.
I saw that they compared you to Jill Zarin, but I would definitely compare you to Vicki Gunvalson! You are hard working, intelligent and an inspiration to women! I'm in college and I love seeing successful women like you and Marysol making money! It inspires me to be successful woman. :) STAY REAL! You're one of the favorites!
Lea -- you should be above critiquing the other women on your blog...makes you look tacky. Otherwise, you rock!
So seriously, with all the sleazy shows on right now you actually have a talent like Lea and expect her to be anything other than beautiful, brilliant and full of sass...oh so think again!
Lea, I admire your poise and confidence and am proud to have you representing Miami. I believe that Marysol & you are great examples of a true and dedictaed Miami Housewife. I saw the 2nd episode with my husband and we were flabbergasted by the ditsy comments made by Alexia, as well as the lack of respect that Cristy had towards you and your Gala. Thank you for keeping it real! By the time the show was over and you called in and commented on Cristy's actions, I totally related to you as I would've done the same exact thing. Your choice of words couldn't have been any better. Slowly but surely I would love to be able to give back to my community the same we you & your husband are doing. They say that you lead by example.....Thank You for being a Great Example and representing Miami at it's true Glory!
Ah you kinda bother me but for the most part I like what you are doing for the kids! Wish we could do that in other States that are not so furtunate ie: NM
I think it was awesome to see you in action raising money for the children. I think you are quite passionate and strong. I like how you work. I am personally not good with conflict so I try to get my point across without stepping on toes. I both admire your ability to state your mind boldly and take a stand and I also cringed a little for Cristi as you told her frankly how she was so wrong to crash the fundraiser. Cristi was wrong, indeed, but you should not have compromised who you are by losing your cool with her on the phone, publicly. Grace and poise. lol! The world knows Cristi did wrong. Hopefully she and you are reconciled.
Lea...You are authentic, caring, giving and real. I bet your next Gala you won't have any crashers! Tell it like it is...I love it!
Seems like Lea has done more contributing to Florida than anyone else on this show! Glad so see a realy honest person on this show-seems the others are lacking in this area.
Your grace and ability to do such great charitable work is to be commended. You are definitely the real star of the show, and you have the right stuff. Your gGala was absolutely amazing. We westerners salute you.
I agree that Cristy Rice was wrong. You knew it, she knew it. She was obviously crashing and wanted to get away with it. Even though I thought your call into Andy's show was hilarious and well deserved, you should probably not have called her names.
I liked the way you tacfully addressed the "party crashers" scenario in your blog. I don't buy that the "party crasher" showed up to show support, I think the "party crasher" wanted to be seen and wanted to mingle with fabulous people.
MEEOOW! Ok.. I never leave posts, but I have to say that your blog is NOTHING but catty! I can already tell you will be the cause of many conflicts to come... Just remember what happened to Jill Zarin from NY.. she went from being loved to a hated housewife because of that catty attitude.. be careful.
i am glad that you let the fans see your true colors! what you did on the Andy Cohen show was tacky and shows that no matter how much money you have..it cant buy you class!
God bless you for your charity - I wonder if there is a charity like that here in Texas. It is heartbreaking to see how quickly first time offenders are incarcerated especially those who cannot afford good attorneys. Thank you for doing what you can to help the helpless. You are in the "right" with this whole issue with Christy... YOU ARE!!! TOTALLY!! but, you stooped to her level by calling Christy names last night on " WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED" (not sure what Andy's show is called). You gave her a leg to stand on - - when prior to that low class comment you were actually... as Charlie Sheen would say... "WINNING!!"
I noticed that you didn't "call" Christy a $1000 a night hooker, but rather stated that she "worked the room like a $1000 a night hooker." There is a difference fellow posters. Also, I thought you were rather generous with that number...
Kudos to you, i dont usually leave comments but i have to this time, I admire you and you set the record very straight, the Christy herself has a very bad attitude or is it just me seeing this. she needs to be taught a lesson and have some class,if you didnt pay for your seat or the event, sit you butt at home. Thanks for being you, dont care what people said.
Lea, What you do is great, helping children in need. And I am sure that at the time of the charity you were very upset @ Cristy for showing up w/o a ticket. You asked your assistant to invoice her & that was that. END OF STORY. Publicly bashing someone the way you did and doing it over the phone, is just pathetic. Next time you have something to say make sure you do it to someone's face & if you are doing it for tv (which clearly YOU ARE since you bashed her on live tv) then make sure cameras are present .... I think that doing anything over the phone, email, text is just proof that you have no real balls to do it to someone's face. And also, I hear your gala is coming up, meaning that last yrs gala happened a really long time ago. Time to get over it... don't ya think?
Lea did not throw anyone under the bus she just said the truth. Lea is not a hypocrite . Lea is a kind and caring person but I guess you really do not know her, its so sad for you.
No one is perfect, we all make mistakes. It’s what we do after the mistake that is important.
Things Cristy failed to do:
1. Not admitting the mistake
2. Deny that it ever happened (Cover up the mistake)
3. Not taking steps to “fix” or alleviate the effects of the mistake IE-Often, showing true remorse with a humble apology goes a long way.
4. Blame factors outside your control
5. Attack other people for their mistakes
6. Resolve never to make that mistake again and move on.
7. Not learning from the mistake
8. Not taking measures to ensure it doesn’t happen again
Leah embrace Cristy and show her the way...
Loved the gala! What an absolutely fantastic job you and the other members of the committee accomplished.
I understand your annoyance with Cristy for not purchasing a ticket in advance and showing up on the spur of the moment. I just thought it interesting that when Adrianna was trying to enter the event, she never stated that she bought a ticket. Instead, she proceeded to let everyone how much work she performed and how much she had already donated to the charity. Why do you think that is?
Additionally, when you stated that both you and your husband bought tickets to the gala, it came across as somewhat disingenuous considering Adrianna's prior diatribe. Cristy's poor judgment was wrong, period. There really was no reason to further expound on who else did or did not buy tickets.
Thank you for all you do for charity; it really does speak volumes about your character and care for others.
Lea, So far I have been most impressed with your kind of "Miami Housewife." A person of your means could just sit back and do nothing constructive; however, you seem to be a devoted, caring wife and mother and community leader who works tirelessly to help others. The Blacks' Gala is certainly a huge fundraiser, but from your attitude, I'll bet that there are many, many other groups and individuals that you help. You seem to be one to speak your mind, which does take courage. I totally agree with your feelings about people coming to a fundraiser to help children in trouble who are not willing to pay for their tickets, and you had the courage to speak up for the children--not for yourself, but for the children. I have never watched any Housewives shows before, but I am certainly enjoying this one. You would definitely be my choice for the Miami Housewife that I would most like to be friends with. The friendship and conflicts between all of you interacting with each other make me look forward to next week's show! After the phone call, I can anticipate some sparks flying next week! A new Housewife fan
Lea, Congrats on the success or your event. I don't understand ... how did Cristy get past security? Even you had wear a wristband! Was it because she walked in with a camera crew? Did you invoice the camera crew also? Don't get me wrong ... I applaud that you invoiced Cristy. AND her reaction on watch What Happens with Andy spoke volumes. And even though your comment about how she worked the room was amusing, it really was below you. All you had to say was that Cristy crashed the event and honestly thought you should have paid her for gracing the event with the gift of her. The $1000 a night comment overshadowed your point. You were correct to invoice her, she was wrong to try to steal from your charity. Stay on point. Rise above the hurt feelings and disgust of her behaviors.
You are my favorite housewife! I admire that you have perspective despite your privilege. You are also intelligent and compassionate.