Bravotv.com: So, how bad was your b-day hangover? Any fun stories from your b-day night?
Charrisse Jackson Jordan: The birthday party itself was like a wedding day where the bride deosn't get to eat the amazing dinner that everyone enjoyed at the couple's expense. I had a couple of passed hors d'oeuvres, but not much else. I had a few glasses of bubbly that I kept losing. As a result, no buzz at the party for me. However, the libation encounter was after the party. Michael and Ashley pretty much hosted a group that consisted of my nieces, close friends, and, of course, myself. We hit a local club and were flowing VIP all night (or should I say morning). We ended the night at Ben's Chili bowl. OMG! Who knew a turkey hot dog and fries with cheese could taste so good at 4:00 in the morning. Needless to say, it took me a few days to recover from the party after the party.
CJJ: When Karen went into her verbiage of telling Ashley she needed to procreate, I'm thinking what does this have to do with the topic at hand? I thought the issue was Karen feeling that Ashley wasn't in her opinion a good role model for Rayvin. It's not like she was trying to adopt Rayvin or pretend to be her superficial mom. Often times, I think a couple of these ladies come up with these things to say to offend or throw shade and blurt things out at any given chance even when it doesn't make sense. But that was a clever one for Karen. I wonder how long she stood in the mirror practicing that one. Lol!
CJJ: This whole race relations issue that these girls are having is really baffling to me. The constant badgering of being mixed or not and being not "Black enough” is the most ridiculous thing that we are unfortunately witnessing with this crew and in 2016. Wow! When it comes to race issues my concern is more in the realm of my son being around the corner at a party and scared out of his mind because the people he came with left him and now he has to walk alone at midnight in an upscale neighborhood and worry about someone mistaking him as a criminal because he is a Black boy in a predominately non-Black community and feels they have a right to shoot him. When my son shared this with me it almost broke my heart that this was his reality. So when Gizelle who thinks only Black runs through her green eyed veins continues to make pointless race comments and attacks on others for having to choose one side of their bi-racial existence really saddens me. I really thought we were beyond that. I see now that we have a long way to go, but I am certain we'll get there.
Bravotv.com: You seem to be the voice of reason at the table - tell us about bringing everyone together over respect. Do you like keeping the peace?
CJJ: I do try to be the voice of reasoning in any situation. I try to see both sides of an issue. Sometimes, there isn't a right or wrong conclusion, but as long as we are dealing with each other out of respect, there isn't anything that can't be resolved. It's one thing to have misunderstandings and differences, but it's how you handle them. We are a group of adult women who have different views on a LOT of things. As long as we treat each other with respect, we can express those differences. What is the point of arguing back and forth when there is no resolve? At the luncheon I opted to observe as they aired their differences. After a while, my brain couldn't take it anymore because the argument was so frivolous that I had to reel it in. I'm glad we were able to end on a positive note. Stress Kills! And I am trying to keep them all alive!!
As crazy as this group can be at times, I have learned a few things from them. Who knew?! But each of the ladies is dynamic and has a uniqueness of their own. There is so much about each of them that I would love to know on a deeper level as our bond to sisterhood strengthens.