Cast Blog: #RHOM

You Can't Over-Give

Lea gives thanks to the many folks that helped with the gala, and has choice words for a few others.

Thank you Bravo!

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.

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! 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!

Larsa: I know you were in NYC at a big sports event with our superstar Scottie the night of the gala. I'm sure a lot of women were very happy you missed it...when you walk in, all heads turn. LOL. But the nanny thing, do you really keep firing them? Poor things, they need the money! Maybe start a training class for them? Or write them a list everyday? Or put them in charge of guarding the pocketbooks so you don't need a gun. Just kidding. NOT!

Too bad I missed Cristy's luncheon. Personally I love Cuban food and crock-pot cooking. Yum.

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s episode. Things start to get "Miami sizzling hot" in upcoming episodes. You will start to feel the heat, so stay tuned.

My thoughts this week are to give thanks for how blessed we are, and let the stronger of us reach out to the weaker among us and spread our blessings.

After all, we can never out give the universe, so let's enjoy and share the abundance. Life is good.

Spread the love and keep the peace.

'Til next time. Lea

Lea's Final Thoughts on the Season

Lea shares he status with each of the girls post-reunion.

It’s a Wrap!

It’s been an interesting season. I've been as honest and authentic as possible. I feel I owe that to myself and to you, our viewing audience. I've defended myself when wrongly accused or misinterpreted and in the process unfortunately, ugly truths have been exposed. I haven't gone out of my way to hurt anyone, but if I have, in the spirit of defending myself or setting the record straight, then so be it. I've had some fun, a few laughs, and experienced a lot of unnecessary stress.

I've showcased as many of my friend’s businesses as I could and got in a few shameless plugs for However, I haven't traded on the show or received any freebies, other than borrowing jewelry a couple of times! LOL! Some have interpreted it as being materialistic, I call it marketing. LOL!

I've listened to people re-invent the past, camouflage the present, and stoop to insults, foul language, and ugliness, all of which make me cringe. I've made closer bonds with some and made new friends along the way. I’ve learned to love and appreciate the work that goes into being on the show. Of course, I don't like what I see from time to time, but I hope I've maintained my integrity and what was important to me.I cracked a few jokes at others expense, made a few sarcastic remarks, and rolled my eyes a few times. I just can't (or won't) stop being myself. LOL! I've loved reading all of your comments and tweets. Even when I disagree, I'm OK with it if you were being intellectually honest. But the few comments which were mean-spirited, based upon uniformed conclusions, bias, or outside influence, I disregarded, ignored, and deleted. I have a low threshold for pettiness and unnecessary maliciousness.

Now, for the girls, in my usual style, let me be as honest as I can be.

Lisa: I feel she and I have a lot in common, and I'm closer to her than the others. I think she has a good heart, but is a little too sensitive. I think she often takes things too personally. She wants to have fun; she has a wonderful spirit and loves a good party. She did get on my nerves while attempting to be “the connector" but I understand the reasons and know her intentions were good. She can always depend on me, and we enjoy a loving and brutally honest relationship.

I'm the next closest to Joanna. I love a lot of things about her. Her love for animals, how much she works , her willingness to speak publically about her very personal problems, endure public scrutiny, and the manner in which she let's things go and moves on are all admirable. She doesn't live or die based upon the opinions of others. I am disappointed with some of the things that she said things during the reunion shows. I know she has suffered for it, regrets it deeply, and wishes she could take it back. But because of some of her choices, I have a reluctance to fully embrace or trust her. She knows exactly how I feel.
Alexia: For three seasons I have defended her, had her back, and given her the benefit of the doubt. Watching her all season, week after week, speak one insult or mean-spirited comment about me, knowing many of them were lies, causes me to wonder if she did it to patronize the hate club, play all sides, or if she has some hidden resentment towards me. Perhaps she did it for air time in an attempt to make herself more relevant? Maybe she just doesn't like me and doesn't want to say it? Whatever reason she got her digs in, it is not justifiable; they were uncalled for and she should regret it and say so.  Whenever the cameras weren’t rolling, she’d tell me how much she loves me and what great friends we are. So even though she threw me under the bus several times, as recently as the reunion, I'm not interested in going tit for tat. I wish her and Herman well, and I have a lot of empathy for her personal issues.

Now to Adriana:  Everyone knows how I feel about her. The one thing she did which showed her real inner self is when she ripped my son’s heart out and stomped on it. She intentionally, out of hatred, kept her son away from my son. To this day, I know that I’ve done nothing but try to help her or defend myself against her lies.  She has expressed her gratitude by stabbing me in the back. Whatever her motivation (I have my own conclusions), nothing will ever put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I can put the past in the past and be amicable towards her, but let me make the following point crystal clear: I will never fully trust her. And I really just don't like who she is. Since the show either she has changed or who she really is showed up. Either way it’s not compatible with who I am and what I want in my life.
Marysol: Again, I've called Elsa many times over the months, and I've continued to do so, whether Marysol chooses to believe it or not.

And to set the record straight, yes Frankie is a friend of mine. He is a comedian and has a You Tube channel of impersonations, he is a Broadway star and an entertainer. He only impersonates people he finds interesting. No, he never knew Elsa was sick and no, I didn't see him make the video, and no, I wasn't in the background. All of which can be proven. But if it was a big secret, he wouldn't have posted it on You Tube.

And by the way, he made the You Tube video months after the show was no longer filming. But of course Marysol brought it up about 5 months later, so she could justify and explain away her behavior of the season.

Overall, it’s been a learning experience. I've been surprised to discover how people will behave and how far they will go for attention, relevance, a storyline, or to make someone look bad. I've always said reality TV brings out the best and worst in people, and I stand by that belief.

My tag line “I live my life like everything matters, because I think it does" is true for me. As easy as it may be for some to just live in denial and brush things aside, I believe everything we do matters, including who we are to ourselves and to others. And who we are produces consequences, both good and bad. I choose to live my life trying to create good consequences and limit negativity.
Not all drama has to be negative. One doesn’t have to criticize others in order to justify their own poor behavior or make themselves feel better about their lives.

So maybe I'm a fit for reality TV or maybe I'm not, that would be up to the viewers. The one thing I am certain of is that my real friends, my family, my son, and my husband understand me and are more important to me than anything and everything else. They know that my charitable work, being true to myself, living like everything matters, giving more than I take, my sense of right and wrong, making a conscious effort to live a life of purpose, setting a good example for my son, and being mindful of future generations are the most important things in my life.

I love nice things and love living the good life, and sharing it, and I've earned every right to do just that. I will never apologize for my lifestyle, but I won't be defined by it either.

Thanks for watching. Life is time, and you took time out for us, and for that I am forever grateful. Whether you enjoyed me on the show or not, know one thing, I put as much into it as I possibly could, and then some. LOL! Thank you POP, our amazing producers and their incredible team, the Bravo Network, and the viewers for the opportunity to cross paths. Did we bond yet? LOL!

Spread the love and keep the peace.

Love, Lea

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