Porsha Williams discusses her demotion on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and why I think "black-ish" is relatable. Plus, there's my hot (Lil' Kim) and not (the mother mistakenly given the wrong sperm).
After the foolishness that was the sixth season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” Bravo’s released the reality show’s season 7 trailer.
And season 7 is just as crazy as its predecessors–something die-hard fans will love.
Will someone get dragged across the floor? Not sure (though Phaedra Parks did lunge at longtime nemesis Kenya Moore) but the shade, one-liners and messy mamas are all present.
Who won’t be as much? Porsha Williams. After two seasons on the show, Porsha has been demoted from housewife to a friend, something that “blindsided” her. Ouch!
“It’s not goodbye, you will see me on the show throughout the season sharing and bonding with the other women,” she said in a statement to E! News. “I promise to stay connected with my fans as I start an exciting new time in my life.”
Sure, people thought it was curtains for Porsha after she molly wopped Kenya during last season’s reunion special. But when it was announced all of the ladies were coming back, we–along with Porsha–thought it mean as full-time cast members. It doesn’t seem that obvious watching the trailer though the demotion’s clear since she’s not in the cast promotional photo. Instead, we see Claudia Jordan, a former beauty queen who’s modeled on a few popular game shows and appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” a couple of times. Adding to the sting is that Ms. Jordan and Porsha’s ex-hubby, former NFL star Kordell Stewart get pretty cozy. Yep, that’s gotta suck.
Actress Demetria McKinney, known for her role in “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” will be a friend of the housewives as well. And possibly another thorn in Kenya’s side (she seems to have quite a few).
Here's a list of a few other things I noticed from watching the "RHOA" season 7 trailer. Read the list, watch the trailer and see if you spy any more. Oh, and be sure to watch the video about Porsha's demotion.
“RHOA” returns on Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.
1. Queen Bee NeNe Leakes (the show’s only remaining original housewife) and Kenya Moore seem to be …friends (or at least friendly)
2. Kenya’s showing some interest in former Tyler Perry Studios exec Roger Bobb (which means Demetria McKinney–his girlfriend–may bump heads with this former Miss USA)
3. NeNe and newcomer Claudia Jordan ain’t feeling each other (You have to peep NeNe’s response when Porsha asks if she knows Claudia. Plus, the verbal exchange between NeNe and Claudia. Classic NeNe!)
4. And apparently Porsha ain’t feeling Claudia either (As I shared above, Claudia and Porsha’s ex-hubby Kordell Stewart seem to get chummy in the trailer)
5. Mama Joyce is still Mama Joyce (Kandi Burruss’s new hubby Todd Tucker is going on about how she won’t apologize about something she said. I’m thinking it’s about the “rumor” about him sleeping with Kandi’s bestie.)
6. Todd’s mother is a mess, too (Oh, it ain’t just Mama Joyce!)
7. Cynthia Bailey gets a backbone (Apparently she stands up to NeNe more, burns the friendship contract (that should’ve never existed) and causes NeNe to cry?!)
8. Kenya and Phaedra Parks still don’t like each other (As I previously shared, Miss Southern Belle lunges at Miss USA)
9. “Phaedra’s having an affair with some African man named Chocolate” (That’s what Cynthia tells her hubby Peter Thomas and something that Phaedra’s hubby Apollo Nida shares with him, too.)
10. The aforementioned observance may lend to why Apollo doesn’t seem to like Phaedra anymore (We see the two arguing, obviously, before he went off to prison. *sigh*)
The “RHOA” Season 7 Trailer
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Porsha Williams Speaks Out After Being Demoted
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“black-ish” is worth tuning in
Huh, ABC’s “black-ish” is relatable. That’s the first thing that came to mind about 7 minutes into this new comedy’s second episode. It opened with husband-and-wife Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) reminiscing about “forgotten treasures” as they cleaned out their garage. I mean, who can’t relate to a little house cleaning? But it’s the following scene where Dre walks in on Andre Jr. engaged in “hand-to-gland combat” (aka masturbation), something that freaked them both out and leads to them having “the talk.” Oh, boy…Now, race related conversations may make most Americans feel uneasy but parents and their children having “the talk” has got to be waaayyy more uncomfortable. And it’s that awkwardness that we all can relate to regardless of race or socioeconomic status. Seriously, if you weren’t raised in an open household with hippy parents like Rainbow, chances are you and your parents (or your children) talking about sex will leave you squeamish (It’s sadly immature but is how most people were raised.). The episode also reminded me of other TV shows that broached the subject (“Degrassi Junior High” and “Roseanne” episodes immediately came to mind).
Plenty of people wondered how “black-ish” would do with mainstream viewers. It debuted as the No. 1 new sitcom with 10.8 million viewers last week but only 8 million tuned in this week. I kind of wish the pilot episode reflected the second episode more because it didn’t fall back on racial jokes that could be deemed stereotypical though I, and much of Black Twitter, found truth in some of the scenarios. (And no, the show’s title nor its content are racist as Donald Trump tweeted). Plus, Jenifer Lewis will guest star as Dre’s mother Ruby, who also butts heads with Rainbow. A spouse who can’t stand their in-law and vice versa? Unfortunate? Yes. Relatable? I have to yes, again. Anyway, check out the episode and judge for yourself. Do you think people should keep tuning in?
“black-ish” airs Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Watch the second episode of “black-ish”
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The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Kelly Rowland and Zoe Saldana’s baby bumps (Adorable!).
NOT: People using the word “female” when “woman” or “lady” could easily (and appropriately) be used (This is annoying!).
HOT: Lil’ Kim’s interview on BET’s “106 & Park” (I actually enjoyed this and Kim looked good).
NOT: The sperm bank that mistakenly gave a white mother vials from a black American donor (O_o).
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