The energetic and rabid networker of Atlanta's Housewives Lisa Wu Hartwell has filed suit to gain full custody of her two sons from ex-husband Keith Sweat citing the "best interest" of the children.
Hartwell and Sweat were married in 1992 and have two sons Jordan and Justin together. She has described the marriage in interviews as an "extremely tumultous relationship" and had been awarded visitation rights to the children in 2003.
The two sons did not appear with Hartwell and her new husband former NFL player Ed Wartwell on Bravo's Housewives of Atlanta because Sweat would not give legal permission. So, does this mean the two Sweat boys might be making their television debut on Housewives? Read More
With "too human" DeShawn Snow being shown the exit on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Bravo has approached R&B singer Usher Raymond's wife Tameka Foster to join the lineup of lunching ladies.
Tameka confirmed to Essence.com that she was asked to join the show but also says, "Although [Bravo] approached me, and I was flattered by the offer, I will not be joining the Real Housewives cast."
Too bad! It would've been fun to see Tameka show up Kim Zolciak with higher wattage music industry friends, and compete against Lisa Wu Hartwell for the multi-tasking mother award as she juggled her clothing line and five children (two of which are Usher's). Tameka even has a foundation similar to DeShawn's that helps build self-esteem in young girls, so maybe diamond galas would've been on the menu also.
Nene Leakes, however, is set to return for season two and already working on a spinoff with Bravo that's slated to air in 2010. Fingers and toes crossed Nene's "gay boyfriend" Dwight Eubanks joins her on the new show! Read More
Bravo has dropped the "destined for greatness" Deshawn Snow from the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta for reportedly being too low-key.
Snow tellsEssence.com that one of the reasons cited for her removal from the second season of the network's most popular installment of the Housewives franchise was because she was “too human for a circus show.”
"At the end of the day, I was the same person throughout the show,” says Snow. “I'm not the type to go "television" and start acting crazy...I was authentic and true to myself and I can’t control what other people do.”
Maintaining her ladylike composure, Snow says “They let me go and there are no hard feelings. I am thankful for the opportunity.”
So far the rest of the "circus" players are expected to return - Kim Zolciak, NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield, Lisa Wu Hartwell, and fingers crossed Dwight Eubanks!
A Bravo rep tells PEOPLE “Bravo is bringing Atlanta back for season two but we haven’t confirmed the cast at this time.”
In addition to maintaining the DeShawn Snow Foundation and a monthly column for Streamingfaith.com, Snow is working on a faith based pre-teens and teenagers book series. Read More
Bravo has reportedly picked up a second season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but what have the ladies been up to since we last saw them spending money and squabbling?
The blogs are buzzing about Sheree Whitfield receiving only six figures in her divorce settlement and the downgrade of her children's education from private to public. Her suburban Atlanta mansion, which was owned solely by husband Bob Whitfield, was even put on the market for a little under $3 million, but is now listed as "off market."
Wig-tastic Kim Zolciak recently launched a blogsite and slapped up some photos of herself from a recent Bahamas trip in (what else?) a bikini. Her country album, which producer Dallas Austin vehemently denies working on in a rant on his Myspace blog, is a "no go for now," a source close to Zolciak says.
We can assume DeShawn Snow is fully staffed at her McMansion because she has had plenty of time to put up a website featuring an online shop hawking bejeweled t-shirts and hats emblazoned with her fantastic egocentric quotes, "Google me" and "I always knew I was destined for greatness!"
Workaholic Lisa Wu Hartwell whose mantra is “If it doesn’t make me money, I don’t do it,” appears to be still juggling her real estate, jewelry and clothing businesses and denying she threatened to beat down Kim Zolciak for spreading rumours about her losing custody of two children Justin and Jason to ex-husband Keith Sweat because she was a "crack whore."
Anderson Cooper's favorite housewife Nene Leakes made headlines when news of her eviction from her rented prefab house got out, which Leakes denies. In an interview with Atlanta's CBS 46 the "tell it like it is" breakout star expressed interest in doing more TV saying she would "love to do a talk show," but "not the whole conservative sh** like Oprah or Tyra," and revealed that she met husband Greg while working as a stripper in Atlanta. And as for all of those "ghetto" accusations the self-described "life of the party" toldEssence.com, "I’m okay with it. If keeping it real is ghetto, then I’m ghetto."
Last but not least, the unofficial sixth housewife, Dwight Eubanks! There is talk of the design maven getting his own reality show, but we haven't seen anything official yet except the hilarious Behind the Purple Door trailer.
Fingers crossed all six reprise their reality roles in season two of The Real Housewives of Atlanta! Read More
After watching a few episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Blindie quickly realized the real gem of the show isn't any of the overpriced baubles that Big Poppa buys for Kim Zolciak, it is Nene Leakes' "gay boyfriend" Dwight Eubanks.
The dapper hair stylist can be seen on the Bravo series warning Nene of "plastic people," helping Nene's son Brice add color to his wardrobe, and accurately predicting that the guests at DeShawn Snow's gala would eat all her food and drink all the liquor and "not pay for nothin'."
When Eubanks isn't bestowing words of wisdom to rich Housewives he can be found at The Purple Door hair salon in Atlanta, which he owns and operates.
The salon also serves as the backdrop for a new reality show starring the style maven, Behind The Purple Door.
Blindie stumbled upon the trailer for Purple Door on Youtube and we are relishing the clips of Eubanks' employees describing him as "extra" and "grand," and Eubanks' self-proclamation of "I'm just international."
We're assuming the show hasn't been picked up by a network yet, and we are eagerly waiting for its and Mr. Eubanks' big debut.
Watch it now. Read More
Just when you thought Kim Zolciak couldn't make any more uncomfortable comments about race, Lisa Wu Hartwell couldn't get any perkier, and the word jewelry couldn't be mispronounced as jury for the umpteenth time! Yeah, it all happens again and then some, on the latest episode of Bravo's Housewives.
Here are Blindie's top ten moments:
Kim all of a sudden "can't handle the drama with Nene" and cozies up to Sheree Whitfield, gushing over her and callling her beautiful every chance she gets! And what does Nene Leakes think: "I can't stand fake ass girls!" she declares.
Lisa Wu hosts a trunk show for her jewelry line Wu Girls, sits for a photo shoot for the line, and even hosts a jewelry-making night. Maybe she should scrap the jewelry and just bottle her energy and sell that! Especially since expert jeweler Steven Zale (not to be confused with Zale Jewelers) thinks the line is worthy of just Macys and not Saks and Bendel like Lisa had been planning.
Stylist Dwight Eubanks delights us with another appearance as Nene corrals him to help pick out a wardrobe for her college bound son Brice. When Dwight catches wind of DeShawn Snow's huge free ticket gala he warns that people are "gonna come and eat all your food, drink all your liquor and leave and they're not gonna pay for nothin!"
Dwight insists to Nene "I am a brotha" and threatens to prove it by disrobing!
Kim tells Sheree her son looks like O.J. Simpson!! As if that were a compliment -ok, maybe it would've been like before 1994 and before a certain murder trial. Then Sheree tries to rebuttal by insisting he looks more like Denzel Washington.
When Kim isn't fawning over Sheree's "beauty" she is fetishizing over black women. "African Americans age so much better...I dont' know what it is...it's their natural oils...it's someting I just want."
Kim muses over the burden of being beautiful with Sheree. "Can you imagine not being beautiful?," she wonders, and even comes to the conclusion that "bitch means beautiful."
As Sheree gets ready for DeShawn's gala she declares, "I am fashion, I have impeccable taste and I will be the best dressed tonight!" Then she arrives at the party in a floor length fur coat and finds out there's no coat check. "What am I supposed to do with my fur? Hang it over a chair?" Hello? A fur in Atlanta? It's called Hot-lanta, not Siberia-lanta!
DeShawn's Night of a Thousand Stars gala goes off with more than a hitch. The auction is a disaster as no one bids or even pays attention to the auctioneers! DeShawn breaks down in tears and complains "I would never get invited to something for charity and not buy anything - that's just tacky to me!"
DeShawn's diamond gala costs a grand total of $30,000 and pulled in only $10,000 for her charity! It's a good thing Kim, err Big Poppa bought that $14,800 cuff bracelet.
The drama continues on The Real Housewives of Atlanta! With Kim Zolciak trying to be a country music star, DeShawn Snow trying to raise a million dollars in one night, and Nene Leakes looking for her real father, it was quite an eventful evening.
And here are Blindie's the top ten most unbelievable moments:
Kim wants to be a country singer, because people are always saying she looks like Faith HIll and Carrie Underwood. Yeah that's a good reason. Too bad Nene "never even heard this girl hum." And did we hear Kim say she's 29 years old?!
Kim drags Lisa Wu Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield, DeShawn and Nene to see her psychic friend Rose. The psychic surprises doubting Nene with a "dead-on" reading about her absentee father and warns she will receive a letter from a family member.
Nene does indeed receive a letter from a family member that questions the paternity of the man whom she thought was her father!
DeShawn thinks that giving money to the church, or tithing, is giving money to God and not to the pastor. Newsflash DeShawn, God don't drive Cadillacs, pastors do!
Sheree's gay hairstylist Lawrence, who says "women like Sheree, when they look that good...always know there's a gay man somwehere in their life," takes Sheree to the Mr. and Ms. Black America pageant -basically a gay ball minus the vogueing.
DeShawn is planning a fundraiser for her non-profit organization and unrealistically planning to raise one million dollars in one night by auctioning off lunch dates with her friends and selling diamonds. If DeShawn can raise that much money in one night, then someone needs to get this woman to Wall Street, because they need her, now!
Nene suggests putting Sheree up for auction and starting the bid at two dollars!
Nene helps Kim pick a song from the selections that Ed, her daughter's music teacher, has penned. And even though Nene thinks all the songs suck she suggests "Don't Be Tardy For The Party" because it will be something people can dance to in the club.
After Kim drops record producer Dallas Austin's name whenever possible, to anyone who will listen, Austin finally shows up to help her get ready to...um...record...an album? And not a single note, tune, or hum ever comes out of Kim's mouth the entire episode.
Kim confesses to Austin that her recurring dream is to have two Vietnamese children, preferably identical twin boys! That sounds like a fetish not a recurring dream!
Blindie is enthralled with Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta, even though the women go through money faster than the plunging stock market.
But each episode leaves us with the same burning questions:
Who is Kim Zolciak's sugar daddy "Big Poppa"? After reviewing episode one we caught a glimpse of the name "Lee" in one of Kim's text messages. Then after much internet scrounging we think that Big Poppa might be real estate investor Lee Najjar.
Why is the daughter of famous boxer Evander Holyfield working as Sheree Whitfield's personal assistant? Considering Holyfield's recent financial problems reported by TMZ.com, which includes thousands in back child support payments, his daughter might be making a prudent career move by earning her own living.
Does DeShawn Snow actually do anything? You know, considering she has all that hired help including a chef, a nanny, and an estate manager. DeShawn founded and chairs the non-profit Deshawn Snow Foundation in 2005 that works with underprivileged and disadvantaged teenage girls between the ages of 11 and 17 to build self-esteem.
Will Sheree Whitfield's soon-to-be ex-husband grant her the seven figure divorce settlement that she is hoping to receive? After watching Sheree drop money on designer clothes and shoes faster than a rapper at a strip club we sure hope she gets her millions and then some.
Who was Lisa Wu Hartwell's first husband? After Lisa alluded to her first marriage not being a great situation, we just had to know who the sad sack was that didn't spoon feed her chicken soup in bed like current hubby Ed. We were surprised to find out Lisa was married to R&B singer Keith Sweat and they have two sons, Justin and Jordan, together. And in case you're wondering, you haven't seen the boys on the show because Sweat refused to sign a waiver and allow his children to be exploited, according to sandrarose.com. Responsible parenting, we love it!
Stop watching your 401k lose value and switch off that news anchor blabbing about some silly financial bailout, because it's time to see how The Real Housewives are coping.
Isn't it refreshing to see people spending money like water and stressing over petty things during these economic hard times?
Here are Blindie's favorite moments from episode two of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta:
It was just a tad bit ironic that hair stylist Dwight Eubanks warned Nene Leakes about the "plastic" people, you know considering his less-than-natural looking face. Not that we don't love it! The work is impeccable!
Kim Zolciak throws an $18,000 birthday party for her 11 year-old daughter Brielle, complete with a stretch Hummer ride, a sleep-over at the Inter-Continental hotel, a fashion show, and a ton of gifts including a $1,6000 Louis Vuitton handbag! And then Kim has to pull her daughter aside and tell her to be appreciative!
Sheree Whitfield has a shoe stylist who delivers shoes to her house! He also estimates that Sheree has at least a 1,000 pairs of shoes already!
We love that Sheree Whitfield's soon-to-be ex-husband Bob Whitfield clearly does not want to be on camera, as he comes to pick up his kids for a weekend visit and stays in the car outside the house honking the horn.
Sheree reveals the "lump sum" figure she is waiting for in her divorce settlement is seven figures! That's in the millions people!
DeShawn Snow is still trying to find an estate manager because she is soooo "particular." We love that she was impressed with the woman who researched her beforehand on the internet!
Lisa's husband Ed Hartwell not only tag teams his wife in a sales meeting for their real estate business, he also does some grocery shopping, and cooks chicken soup when Lisa gets sick! And did we see him spoon feed her?! We'll take a doting husband over a designer bag any day!
After Nene was left off the guest list at Sheree's party in the previous episode, she takes the high road and puts the whole "misunderstanding" behind her. She even hugs and kisses Sheree and compliments her hair! And just when we thought NeNe was losing her edge, she promises to "put [Sheree] back in her place" if it happens again.
After watching the preview episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Blindie just couldn't wait for the October 7th premiere! So we snagged a screener, put some shades on to protect us from all the high wattage jewelry and attitude, and took notes on all the obnoxious and outrageous moments.
Here are the top ten moments that make this season's Housewives better than Gossip Girl, Project Runway and 90210 all rolled up into one overpriced package:
DeShawn Snow says "I always knew I was destined for greatness" and "ever since I was little I knew I was destined to be somebody." Did we miss something here? What did she do besides marry a basketball player? She didn't even decorate the house!
Kim Zolciak, who we enjoy simply calling "the white girl", says "I'm a black woman trapped in a white woman's body."
And Kim is being kept by, err dating a celebrity who "prefers to remain anonymous" and whom she refers to as "Big Poppa". Blindie is guessing Poppa is a black celebrity who is either married or doesn't want anyone to know he likes the taste of vanilla.
Sheree Whitfield who is waiting for her "lump sum" divorce settlement in order to "maintain her lifestyle -if not better" scoffs "budget, what's that?" with a wave of her hand.
And she plans her birthday party with a staff of people and requests a cake in the shape of her Louis Vuitton handbag! Wait, didn't we see this on MTV's My Super Sweet 16?
Alll of the ladies are scrambling to out-glam each other for Sheree's birthday party except Lisa Wu Hartwell, who throws on a pair of jeans, a satin top and a fur jacket!
White girl Kim meets her fashion designer, Dean Perdue, at a Shell gas station! Off the highway! And changes into her custom tailored outfit at the side of her car! While her girlfriend Nene holds up a coat to shield her! We loved every tacky minute of it!
Dean Perdue's Catholic-school-stripper dress he designed for white girl Kim and his lazy southern drawl, with the slight hint of a California valley girl, makes us want to see him on Project Runway or his own reality show.
Tell-it-like-it-is NeNe Leakes is denied entrance to Sheree's party and gets bounced by security! And boy does she tell it like it is in the driveway as she curses up a storm! We were just as mortified as NeNe was and we're ordering our "Team NeNe" shirts right now!
Sheree actually tears up when she is serenaded by a low-rent R&B crooner at her party! Seriously, is this MTV's My Super Sweet 16?