Posts Tagged ‘Housewives of Atlanta’

Nene Leakes is smarter than we give her credit for

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Nene Leakes has reportedly been speaking out about the bullying and fighting that goes on in the reality show, “Basketball Wives”. Leakes, a “wife”, herself in “the Real Housewives of Atlanta” has also been criticized about being too loud and opinionated. It seems that she knows the limit though, because her star seems to be shining very bright. In addition to her role as a “wife”, Leakes also has roles in ‘Glee’ and ‘The New Normal’.

What I noticed about Nene’s comments about “Basketball wives is that she talks about how the women’s behavior can affect the future of their careers. Considering how well Nene’s career is going, I think she has earned some creditability to talk about what it takes to succeed in show business. I’m not saying I agree entirely with Nene’s conduct but I also believe she is much smarter than we give her credit for.

Think about it; one of the challenges that I believe Oprah Winfrey is faced with with her struggling OWN Network is that although she strives to put on only “quality” programming, many say most of it is “boring”. There is a delicate balance between having enough action and drama to keep people interested and engaged and going too far, like Jerry Springer or even ‘Basketball Wives’. On one hand, Oprah keeps her programs decent and dignified but no one is watching and then on the other hand, people are watching shows like ‘Basketball Wives’ but they are disgusted by what they see.

What I’m suggesting is that Nene has struck this balance and I believe she is well aware of it. She doesn’t try to act “nice” in front of the camera and come off as inauthentic and possibly boring but she also doesn’t get into fist fights when she has conflict with someone.

So far, Nene is the only “wife” that Donald Trump has tapped to be on is reality show, ‘The Apprentice’. She is the highest paid “wife” on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ and she also has roles on two other major shows. I don’t believe that all this success has come Nene’s way by some stroke of luck. I think that Nene is a smart black woman who understands how show business works and while people are sitting around talking about her, she is working on ways to get paid!

Originally Posted at Your Black Bloggers

Star Jones on The Gayle King Show to discuss new book, Satan’s Sisters

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Today, I gave the Gayle King show a shot and I was not disappointed because it was actually pretty good! The most interesting part of the show was when she interviewed former co-host of ABC’s The View and current contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, Star Jones. Star Jones has been doing the rounds on some television shows promoting her latest novel, “Satan’s Sisters”, which I believe will be an interesting read.

Inevitably, the topic of Star Jones’s rivalry with Nene Leakes of The Bravo show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, came up. I was very impressed with the way in which Star Jones handled herself during this conversation and on the show, in general. She refrained from reducing herself to petty insults and name calling and instead shifted the focus of the conversation to her reasons for going on Celebrity Apprentice.

According to Star Jones, the reason why she went on Celebrity Apprentice was to promote her charity, which focuses on bringing awareness to the seriousness of heart disease.

In my opinion, Star’s shining moment was when Gayle asked her if she was worried about her reputation with regards to her rivalry with Nene and she gave the best answer that I have heard to that question:

“I am the author of the ONLY dictionary that defines me”

Yes, indeed, we are the only authors of the only dictionary that defines each one of us. I think that we could all learn from Star Jones; let’s stop focusing on what other people think or say about us and focus on our own thoughts and actions. There is so much opportunity for growth when we start to be mindful of how we want to define ourselves and then take the necessary actions to make that vision a reality.

I’m about to hop online and order “Satan’s Sisters.” I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve finished reading. At the very least, I look forward to being entertained and intrigued!