As the newest ‘Wife on The Real Housewives of Potomac, Wendy Osefo is bringing her incredibly impressive professional background to Season 5. The RHOP newcomer is a professor, political analyst, entrepreneur, and a mother. Wendy is also a philanthropist who has been advocating for the Black Lives Matter movement for years, which she recently discussed in an interview with The Washington Post.
Noting that the entire cast is “very aware of the current climate,” Wendy said that civil rights is a topic that will certainly be highlighted this season.
“I know BLM has caught the nation’s attention at this time, but I have been doing this work for years. I marched when Trayvon Martin was killed and that was years ago. I’m excited that people are catching wind to this now, but this is my life’s work. This is what I do,” Wendy explained. “Something that I focused on while we were filming is getting Black women out to vote. That’s something I’m passionate about — not just to get out and vote but to know the power of their vote.”
“I think this group is very engaged with these current issues, and I’m excited because I’ve been doing this for a while and I’m glad people are coming on board,” she continued. “We need to propel this movement forward.”
Wendy also opened up about how she and her husband are navigating discussions about the current civil rights movement with her two young sons, 7-year-old Karter and 5-year-old Kruz.
“Mommy is on the news and if you walk into my house, you’ll see a TV tuned into a national news network. They’re hearing people protesting, they’re hearing, ‘No justice, no peace,’ so we had to explain to them why these people are in the streets and why they’re seeing these images on the television,” said Wendy, adding that soon, they will need to have the “conversation that every Black household with boys has.”
“The talk is about what happens when you’re pulled over by a police officer,” said Wendy. “That in-depth conversation we have not had, but we’ve let them know why the current climate in the country is the way it is and the history of racism in this country.”
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