Lea Black

Lea thanks all of the people who showed up to support her gala.

on Sep 9, 20130

The Gift of Giving

I have found that my life is better when I make it about something bigger than and outside of myself.

Throughout my business life -- it has been about empowering people to do things they never dreamed possible. With my product lines it is always about affordable, practical products that produce clinical results and treating the customers the way I would want to be treated.

When it comes to a "cause" and raising money, it’s been about if I can make someone else's life better, easier, or more fulfilled -- then I have a responsibility to do it, because I am blessed and because I can. When I started raising money for "at risk teens" 19 years ago, it was because I saw how devastating it is to a family when someone goes to jail and recognizing that when kids who have no support and live a life based on their circumstances rather than possibilities, they sometimes have no chance of success, and good kids can resort to doing bad things. So second chances became a mission, and between me, Jason, and a hand full of volunteers (almost 20 years later) we've been able to keep thousands of kids out of jail and in school and offer opportunities that these kids never dreamed possible or even knew existed.

270 comments
Liznorris
Liznorris

I found it pretty amusing that Adrianna and Marysol went on and on about how they were going to a "fabulous" gay polo event because they wanted to actually do something fun, but they couldn't seem to get off the topic of you on the bus? ride to the event, and A. That polo event was far from fabulous and B. they all looked absolutely MISRABLE!! The scene of them on the bus ride home came across to me like they were trying really hard to out up a front when in reality they seemed very bitter they weren't going to your gala, they looked miserable and you were having a ball! This is obviously all just my perception and opinions on things, but to me it was blatantly obvious they are not happy with their lives. Bitter bitter bitter. They say you are out to get them, but what I see is them really going out of their way to try and turn everyone against you. It's pathetic. Marysol to me seems to be loving this feud between you and Adrianna and you can tell she is just dying on the inside for you two to stay fighting. It's really making them look very pathetic and everything they accuse you of doing (I have not witnessed you do) they are actually doing. DEFLECTION and HYPOCRISY is what I see from them. Keep being a classy lady Lea, to me your intentions are obvious and it's hard to hide your true character after awhile from the camera and I think everyone's true character is showing and it's not you that should be worrying! :-)

Shi.Riggins
Shi.Riggins

I must ask, what is it that you and Joanna use to wipe your tears when crying? I need one...I don't want to ruin my make-up and it looks as though whatever puff/sponge type thing you two use works!

 

sheredwards1
sheredwards1

I wouldn't want you for a friend! Talk about a person who talks about you behind your back!!

KARMEN111
KARMEN111

Leah, I turned the channel last night once I saw Adriana's disgusting attempt to project her lies on you. The show has truly become really disgusting with all the fighting and back stabbing.  I like you and Joanna and Lisa and that is pretty much it.  I hate everyone else on the show and I truly can not continue watching something that makes me so miserable.  The best of luck to you. Hopefully they will get ride of the witch Adriana next season so i can start watching the show again.

danieliza
danieliza

LEAH-

I think you are SO PHONY!!!  For some reason I can't fathom, you seem to think you are better than everyone else.  YOU'RE NOT!!!!!

miranda99
miranda99

I like you!  Think the gang mentality is just unbecoming on the girls.  I DO think you were very cruel to Marysol earlier seasons.  Maybe you need to take this as a way to NOT treat others?

Charli1
Charli1

Tonight! Oh Yeah! More Lea and the story of the three bad broads! We'll' two bad and one sometimes bad. Alexia can bee sweet when she wants to, but Adriana and that other girl, you know the voo doo belliever, are BAD!

Nebfan22
Nebfan22

Bravo Lea on your beautiful gala!  Bravo!

Irishgirl2
Irishgirl2

Oh boy Adriana trying to stay relevant. You always make me laugh Lea. People can see through phony and that you are not. I enjoy you on Monday and always get a sour taste when trouble comes on via Adriana, Marisol, and ugh Ana. Alexia is just a follower and I do believes has a good heart. Keep smiling!

protvwatcher
protvwatcher

I enjoyed you in Season 1 and Season 2 and am enjoying you so far in Season 3.  I do somewhat miss you and Adriana together because it seemed like you two had a real bond that extended beyond the show and it's sad to see that the bond has been broken.  Of course Adriana has shown herself to be a complete fraud so it's understandable that you questioned your friendship.  I guess I secretly hope that you and her can make up, but it seems like Adriana will never fess up to all of her lies and try to seek reconciliation. 

 

Look forward to watching you on the upcoming episode!

kristid10
kristid10

Love you Lea! You are so classy! Can't wait for the next episode!

Suzycute
Suzycute

I am impatiently waiting for Mon night! I want it NOW!!!! BRAVO PLEASE!

AnnaManager
AnnaManager

I am patiently waiting for Mon night.  I saw a clip of you and your son going over his birthday party.  He must be a lot like you for planning his own party.  I heard he is really smart (like you).  In another clip you said he earns and saves his $ and uses it for things he likes, rather than expect it from you or his dad.  You are good mother I can see.  See you Mon.

ricki69
ricki69

Hold your head up high, Lea, you are the classiest woman on the show by far!  I'm glad you exposed that grifter  Adriana for what she is!

Cari66
Cari66

 I've got goose pimples waiting for Monday. It's never boring watching how you handle the bitches latest stupid stunt!

hannah79
hannah79

Your organizing the Gala is what impresses me most about you.  I want to be like you when I grow up; oh wait a minute I'm older than you.  You just ignore the frenemies.

Mbranch
Mbranch

 I want to see you get even with the three sour-grape girls. Enough is a enough! I don't think anyone would blame you! 

Pugs123
Pugs123

Dpkmxs nailed this one. The girls who chose polo over charity have no class or concern for others.

" Proof is always in one's actions, not words.."

 

karen9822
karen9822

Love you Lea - I would not watch the show if you were not on it. I love your sense of humor but most of all I love what you do each year for the children.

Marlin
Marlin

 Almost there. Monday we see another episode in the ongoing struggle between right and delusional. What will the envious do next. Perhaps charge you with being a witch? Casting a sickness spell on Elsa? I wouldn't doubt it for a moment. The girls are getting desperate for attention, You'll be OK lea, we got you back!

gini
gini

Lea,you are a class act.  The others are losers.

Suzycute
Suzycute

I agree that you are a class act, but you must draw the line sometime. You are being attacked ans they are getting off lightly for it. I'm glad their bus leaked. I'm glad they think a polo match is more important than children, To behalf any other way would indicate maturity, That we know they do not have!

Karenjo8
Karenjo8

It's almost MONDAY and time for RHOM! Love you Lea! Be looking for us Monday 8:00pm central on BRAVO. We'll be looking for you and friends, and not so friends. BOO on the non friendlys!

Emily9
Emily9

We're pulling for you Lea! You're doing the right thing by not being like the brat girls. Look for you Monday on BRAVO!

mrshousewifeforreal
mrshousewifeforreal

I really like your style.  Class beats TRASH all the time.

 

I remember my mother saying:

 

IF you want to be seen stand up

IF you want to be heard speak up

 

IF you want to be "appreciated"  SHUT UP

 

Adrianna needs to shut up she is shown attending a Polo match instead of helping other children, guess her son is so important that he is the only child that needs "help" from you WOW! I really hope Andy will re-consider  Adrianna for this show and take the part-time fake "divorce housewife" Ana with her!

Dr.Di
Dr.Di

You are a class act.  You don't belong on this show.  That's a compliment.

 

Dpkmxs
Dpkmxs

The women who choose to be petty, mean, and jealous, could not bring themselves to be charitable or gracious. It's not in their DNA apparently. The ladies who went to your gala have all the class in the world! Proof is always in one's actions, not words...

Holycrap
Holycrap

Leah, it's simple...Marysol and Adrienne have nothing, add nothing to the show but hate, and are so lame it's laughable....they are so jealous of you they hate themselves...anyone who is happy doens't go around trying to talk others to join their mean girl brigade, spread lies, make excuses, bully others!  Ana, she's not even worth mentioning...all jealous...good ridance to them!!  Carry on women, you make most of us proud to be a female!!

Pay it forward!!  Yeah!!

Welchy35
Welchy35

Lea, Joanna, and Lisa are class and beauty. Adriana, Alexa are beautiful but no class. Marysol is DULL, BORING, UNINSPIRING, WACKO CRAZY AND believes in witches! You do the math. Which group would most interest you?

gini
gini

Lea, I cannot wait until Mon so  I can see how you will react to the mean girls.  You do not realize how admired that you really are.  Each time (which is few) that I read a negative comment to you I feel sure it is one of the mean girls because they are so jealous. Your gala was great and what I read a huge success.  Go Girl!

Karenjo8
Karenjo8

If you think this season has been bad, wait until the hater gang goes after you in the Reunion show. They know that is the forum where you may not have time to defend yourself. I hope BRAVO will give you equal time to answer the accusations the three haven’t thought of yet. We know they can lie without conscious and laugh as if it is the truth.  Wicked witches that they are!

 

christopher.j.florio
christopher.j.florio

Lea , you rise above it all ! Let the women ( and I use the term loosely ) show themselves for what they are , scene stealing , insignificant cast members with no real story behind them ! Your the reason I continue to watch ( O.K. and Mama Elsa  and Elaine Lancaster) !

Sucked_in
Sucked_in

"I have found that my life is better when I make it about something bigger than and outside of myself." We'll said!!! I felt bad for you, (for a minute) as I watched the mean-girl clan make complete idiots of themselves. Then I realized- no need to feel sorry for you. Not only were you likely watching the episode laughing at how ridiculous they just looked- Adiana, the girl that called wolf is portrayed in her true light! Finally!!!! Adriana = Loyal to no one and mean to everyone! You said all you could and she still made an attempt to belittle your olive branch. Who's lonely now Adriana?!

rebels18
rebels18

The 'I hate Lea' club needs to grow up and get a life. I truly believe they are just jealous they can not do what you do. They are looking for attention and all they care about are themselves. You are right by not giving them the light of day. Adrianna really needs to grow up and face the fact she lied to you in order to use you when she needed it. A mature person would just say, I was wrong by not telling you everything about my being married, I am sorry. I kept this from you because I really did not feel I was married (hahahaha). I can guarantee she would have felt married if something had happened to her husband or if the relationship had not lasted.  Stay true to you and what you stand for.

Emily9
Emily9

Lea, you have two friends and two enemies on the show. Well Marysol doesn’t count because she’s not really part of the cast anymore; so two and half enemies. I can’t seem to understand the hatred. What did you ever do to these women? No one believe you vexed Marysol’s Mom, surely not even Marysol believe that, so what is the deal? It’s a little embarrassing to see one of the girls believes in witches brews and spells. What’s next? An alien visit from another planet tells Marysol that you are not really human? Silly business this season, Silly indeed

rudy90210
rudy90210

One of the most hilarious moments on your show so far, was when you and your friends were getting ready for the gala, dressing in your finest, and arriving in luxury to your beautiful event, that actually is for the benefit of children, while ironically, your cast mates, were trying to show you up, by going to another event in the most pitiful chauffeur situations I've ever seen. They duped themselves unknowingly, as they conversed with bitterness and jealousy, while the vehicle bumped and shook down the road! Just as funny was the "camper attached to a van," type of limousine, leaking all over them, as the interior surrounded them with tacky disco lights and was lined with plastic and velour! What a wonderful ironic moment that the witches of the E. W. and S., all created themselves!!!

karen9822
karen9822

Love you Lea - you are the only reason I watch the show

Welchy35
Welchy35

I agree, we have the have nots wanting to be the haves without the work it takes be become successful.

 

Europeangirl2
Europeangirl2

Why is it that the more we try to help people the more angry they become? If you would have never rendered assistance to Adriana, she would have no reason to be angry with you. She bites the hand that fed her and tries to recruit others to disrespect you. Her husband is a bum and he bites the hand that fed his wife and helped pay his step-sons school tuition. He calls you a ‘Bitch.” If I were a man, I break that little twerp into a million pieces for saying that. Lea, you tried to do good deeds and they have come back to bite you. What a shame.

gini
gini

 @danieliza

 You are in a boat by yourself.  We love Lea and think she is the best.  Is this Ana, Marysol or Adriana?

lynnwhitlock
lynnwhitlock

 @Mbranch The best way to get even it to not allow them any relevance in your life. 

Monroebaby
Monroebaby

 @Marlin

Love the comment "the ongoing struggle between right and delusional"!  Thanks for the smile. 

Relo-HOM
Relo-HOM

 @Karenjo8 ...Reunion show is going to be ugly.  Unfortunately, when you have nothing to offer & are in fear of being thrown of the show...you resort to desperate means of attacking someone in order to make yourself relevant.  Unfortunately, Lea was their victim.  I think they will move on to someone else at the reunion show this season...(look out Lisa!!)

Liznorris
Liznorris

@rudy90210 so glad someone else noticed that!! Adriana "we are going to a FABULOUS gay polo event because we want to actually have some fun!" That event was so far from fabulous and all of their scenes were pitiful, and they couldn't stop talking about Lea. They looked like nothing but a bunch of miserable bitter girls.

AnnaManager
AnnaManager

 @Relo-HOM  @Karenjo8

 I guess the way Ana acted at the reunion was one of the reasons she was omitted this year.  A little drama is OK, but when it gets out of hand, it is too much for the viewers.  I would not watch the show if Ana was still on there, I think her remarks are worse than what Adriana is doing. Talking trash and referring to Lea's age.  Not sure how old she is, but looks older than Lea, and surely not as attractive.