‘RHOA’ Reunion Recap: Marlo Accuses Kandi Of Starting The ‘Strippergate’ Rumor

‘RHOA’ Reunion Recap: Marlo Accuses Kandi Of Starting The ‘Strippergate’ Rumor

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This got super heated during the third and final part of the ‘RHOA’ reunion special on May 9.

Jaws hit the floor during the May 9 episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, when Marlo Hampton claimed Kandi Burruss was the one who told her what happened with Bolo the stripper at Cynthia Bailey‘s bachelorette party.

After reunion host Andy Cohen read a fan question that hinted at Kenya Moore and Marlo believing Kandi knows more than she’s let on about what went down with Bolo, he asked, “Why do they think that?” While Kandi appeared surprised by such a thought, Kenya said that she was the first to stir the pot.

“Because I was in the room next door to them so I automatically get dragged into the situation?” Kandi asked before Marlo said Kandi told her who allegedly had sex with the stripper. “Everybody knows Kandi knows. You know Kandi, I love you to death…but right now, I don’t care now. At the end of the day, keep it to you 100,” Marlo said.

Marlo then went on to say that Kandi told her the following morning “what she heard and what happened” from being next door to the scene of the alleged crime that night. But unfortunately for viewers, nothing more was revealed than what we have already been told (Kenya and Marlo still think Porsha Williams and Tanya Sam slept with the stripper, but no confirmation was ever given).

Even when Andy asked if anyone had heard from Tanya, almost everyone refused to talk about her because she wasn’t there to defend herself (she quit the show soon after Cynthia’s bachelorette party).

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Drew Sidora & LaToya Ali Fight Over Her Alleged Romance With The Prophet

Later, Drew Sidora and LaToya Ali got into another fight over her alleged romance with the prophet, but no one could understand why Drew truly cared whether or not such a relationship ever happened. She claimed that other prophets pulled out from blessing her son because of LaToya’s alleged romance with the prophet, but everyone thought that sounded silly.

Drew also apologized for bringing a gag gift to the Christmas party before Andy basically shaded her for bringing the recording of the prophet, too. She claimed she couldn’t play all of it for legal reasons, and he said if she’s going to bring receipts in the future, she needs to bring better ones.

Kenya Moore & Porsha Williams’ Relationship: What Went Wrong

Finally, Andy tried to figure out why Kenya and Porsha just can’t seem to make their friendship work. Obviously, they each started the show hating each other — flashbacks during the reunion proved that — but when they found common ground after the births of their daughters, it almost appeared as though they had put the past behind them and decided to move forward as friends. Or at least friendly acquaintances. So Andy asked what happened. And that’s when Kenya said she couldn’t get past watching Porsha poke fun at her marriage in private confessionals and with other cast members on the show. So for now, they just can’t be friends with each other.

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And thus, not a ton of resolutions were made. But Andy did give the ladies the crab cakes Kenya had deprived them of in South Carolina when he wrapped up the show. So we suppose that’s a positive, right?

‘RHOA’s Riley Burruss Opens Up About Special Bond With Mom Kandi: ‘She’s The Best Teacher’

‘RHOA’s Riley Burruss Opens Up About Special Bond With Mom Kandi: ‘She’s The Best Teacher’







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‘RHOA’s Riley Burruss grew up learning from her famous mom! She reveals EXCLUSIVELY how she’s always there for her ahead of Bravo’s ‘WWHL’ Mother’s Day special.

Riley Burruss, 19, grew up in front of viewers’ eyes on The Real Housewives of Atlanta next to her mom, Kandi Burruss, 44. The two have a close bond, and although Riley is now studying at NYU, her mama is always just a phone call away. “When it comes to life, she knows pretty much anything,” Riley told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY during an episode of TVTalk on Instagram Live on May 7. “I call her up to ask her for help with literally anything and she’s always down to help. I definitely think that she’s the best teacher because she has so many different experiences.”

In addition to Riley, Kandi is also a proud mom to Ace Tucker, 5, and daughter Blaze Tucker, 1, with her husband — and Riley’s stepdad — Todd Tucker. The Grammy winner raised her first-born daughter as a single mother while Riley watched her mom’s career soar. Kandi joined female group Xscape as a teen in 1992 before launching her solo career in 2000. From there, she found massive success in songwriting with hits like TLC‘s “No Scrubs” and Destiny’s Child‘s “Bills, Bills, Bills,” just to name a few. Bravo fans really got to know the Atlanta based mother-daughter duo, however, when Kandi joined the cast for season 2 of the show. The mom-of-three has been a full-time peach holder for 11 seasons and counting.

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Watching her mom’s success has made Riley have a change of heart when it comes to her future goals. “I initially went to NYU to study nutrition,” Riley added. “But I recently switched my major to music business because I do want to be an entertainment lawyer so I felt like that matched up better for my music career. I feel like growing up with my mom as my mother and seeing her do her music stuff with her career really inspired me. It’s like I’m learning again at NYU. I feel like I kind of know a lot of stuff from my mom,” she tells HL.

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Although Riley thinks she could do great work for her mom, she doesn’t see herself going all in when it comes to mixing business and family. “I did talk to her about it,” Riley said. “I think that’s just an easy thing to do once I’ve gotten enough experience. I don’t think I’d want to be her main lawyer but I definitely would be down to work side by side. But of course, I’d want to be more of an advisor to her so we didn’t have to mix too much family and business and worry about that.”

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Riley teamed up with other Housewife kids like The Real Housewives of New York’s Avery Singer, and The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Briana Culberson, for a special Mother’s Day edition of Watch What Happens Live. She had a great time with everyone, but she clicked a little extra with The Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Gia Giudice. “I thought Gia was really nice,” Riley said. “I had never met her before. I didn’t know anyone else, really. I thought she was really nice. She seemed very genuine. She’s a very cool person. We did make a group chat afterwards just to add each other and connect. No, I haven’t reached out since then but I probably should.”

Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Mother’s Day special airs May 9 at 10pm.

‘RHOA’ Reunion: Porsha Reveals What Really Happened At Cynthia’s Bachelorette Party

‘RHOA’ Reunion: Porsha Reveals What Really Happened At Cynthia’s Bachelorette Party

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Porsha revealed new details about Cynthia’s bachelorette party during the May 2 episode of ‘RHOA’.

The events of Cynthia Bailey‘s bachelorette party were — and still are — a little hazy, but LaToya Ali and Porsha Williams revealed they may have gotten very close on the coffee table during the second part of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion on May 2.

It was mentioned after Andy Cohen brought up the party and said, “There was a lot of talk about the coffee table action.” After everyone started giggling, he asked, “Does anyone care to share what happened on the coffee table?”

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“That’s one of the things that were blurry,” Porsha started explaining. She then revealed, “It came back to me that Toya was doing a thing on me, you know, or whatever…”

“Or whatever?” Andy asked, before LaToya jumped in and further asked, “What’s ‘a thing on me’?”

“Your face was here,” Porsha said as she pointed to her crotch.

“My face was there?” LaToya asked, to which Porsha said, “Yes.” LaToya then asked, “Did you like it?” and Porsha again said, “Yeah!”

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“But I didn’t really remember that,” Porsha explained to Andy. She claims she was told by someone that that’s what happened. She also said, “I still had on my costume, so it’s not like she was [doing anything].” And by that she meant oral sex.

But Andy reminded Porsha that her costume was basically “a piece of dental floss,” so either way, if what they’re saying is true, then LaToya’s face was definitely close to Porsha’s nearly naked crotch area. LaToya agreed, saying, “I could have pulled them panties to the side.”  Porsha got excited by the thought of that, but it seemed evident that no one truly remembered all the details of what went down on the coffee table.

In other reunion news — Kandi Burruss and Porsha opened up about where their friendship stands today. After four years of ups and downs, they revealed that they’re following each other on social media. And when Andy asked Kandi what finally allowed her to “bury the hatchet with Porsha,” she said, “I guess like, this year, it just seemed like, you know, it was headed in a much better direction. We were having a lot more fun together, around each other. And then when we were at Cynthia’s event and she was showing support to DonJuan as well, I was like, ‘Okay, now this is really a different situation.’”

Porsha added, “Even when Kandi and I have issues outside of the group, we’ll talk about it over text and deal with it. And we deal with it and we leave it there.”

Want more drama? The third and final part of the RHOA reunion airs next Sunday, May 9, at 8pm on Bravo.

Meena Harris: Why She & Demi Lovato Joined Forces To Spread ‘Pro-Vaxxer’ Message

Meena Harris: Why She & Demi Lovato Joined Forces To Spread ‘Pro-Vaxxer’ Message

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Remember those ‘Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor’ T-shirts that were everywhere last summer? Now the woman behind them is promoting a new message.

Before they decided to connect to urge people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Meena Harris and Demi Lovato didn’t personally know each other. They just – to quote the entrepreneur’s camp – had a “mutual admiration of each other’s work.”

The product of that love from afar is the Pro-Vaxxer campaign – a line of T-shirts and sweatshirts designed to draw attention to facts, not misinformation, about getting immunized against the novel coronavirus.

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“I’ve always admired her talent,” Meena, 36, says of the 28-year-old popstar. “[Whenever] she decides to take something on, she’s an effective advocate. From mental health to racial justice to LGBTQIA+ rights, from climate justice to justice for immigrants, she consistently uses her voice and platform in a meaningful way.”

“Seeing the spread of misinformation about the vaccine online, Demi wanted to use her platform to share truthful, easily accessible information about vaccine safety – and also to raise funds to help Black and Brown communities, which have been hardest hit by COVID-19,” the mom-of-two added. “When Demi and I found out we had a shared interest in building a campaign on this topic, it felt like a natural fit to work together.”

Meena Harris runs Phenomenal and has teamed up with Demi Lovato to encourage people to get the COVID vaccine. (Maria Del Rio)

When it comes to raising awareness for a cause that she’s passionate about, Pro-Vaxxer isn’t Meena’s first rodeo. The native Californian (and children’s author) is the brains behind the Phenomenal brand, which is responsible for a series of T-shirts and campaigns beloved by celebs. Those Phenomenal Woman and Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor tees that you’ve seen celebs like Kandi Burruss, Regina King and Halle Berry wear? Those are Meena’s. Fighting the wild conspiracy theories about the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines that are floating around the Internet is just her latest cause.

“Spreading lies about vaccines will only prolong this pandemic, get more people sick with COVID, and – inevitably – cost lives. That’s the bottom line,” says Meena, whose aunt is Vice President Kamala Harris. “And what upsets me more than anything is that there are plenty of people who know this, and who even believe in vaccines and get vaccinated themselves, but who continue to engage in disinformation as a political weapon.

“It’s such a massive betrayal of the public trust. And once this stuff is out there it just spreads like a weed and becomes so, so hard to refute.”

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This week alone has seen some shocking anti-vaccine messages that President Joe Biden’s administration has had to push back on. For example, on April 28, Dr. Anthony Fauci – the nation’s top infectious disease expert and POTUS’ chief medical advisor – slapped down podcaster Joe Rogan, who told his listeners if they’re 21 they shouldn’t get vaccinated. “Well, that’s incorrect,” Dr. Fauci told TODAY, before pointing out that that unvaccinated 21-year-old could “inadvertently and innocently…infect someone else…”

For Meena, getting her first jab on April 5 made her feel “surprisingly emotional.” “It couldn’t have been easier!” she says about the experience. “And I’ll admit, I was not fully prepared for how relieved and grateful I felt afterwards.”

“I didn’t have side effects other than some mild arm pain,” she adds, “but I hear the second dose is what gets a lot of people. So, fingers crossed. But honestly, I’ve never been more excited to maybe feel under the weather for a few hours.”

Once she’s fully vaccinated Meena is hopeful for the future. “I can’t wait to have safe, fully-vaccinated get-togethers,” she says. “Because I believe strongly that we all have to do our part to help stop the spread and finally bring this pandemic to an end. Right now, getting vaccinated is by far the best way to do that.”

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While Demi and Meena’s Pro-Vaxxer campaign is trying to fight disinformation, it’s also calling for equity when it comes to access to vaccines within Black and Brown communities, which have disproportionately borne the brunt of COVID-19 deaths according to the CDC.

“The more we raise awareness, and the louder we call for greater accessibility and equitability in vaccine distribution, the more this message – that the vaccines are free, available, safe, and effective – will hopefully break through,” says Meena who is also working with Higher Heights (a non-profit focusing on Black women and progressive politics) on the Pro-Vaxxer campaign.

That said, she doesn’t expect people who are hesitant about getting vaccinated to magically overcome those feelings. That’s why she urges people to turn to credible sources.

“It’s totally natural to have questions – and there are some great, credible, scientifically-rigorous places you can go to find answers and get other resources. For instance, the CDC has a pretty great explainer,” she says, referencing the center’s Vaccinate With Confidence Q&A page.

The Pro-Vaxxer sweatshirt that Demi and Meena are promoting. (Courtesy of Phenomenal)

As for those Pro-Vaxxer sweatshirts, they can be found on the Phenomenal Woman website. “Obviously, everybody is entitled to make their own healthcare decisions,” Meena says. “But the science couldn’t be clearer: these vaccines have been tested around the world. They’ve been administered to hundreds of millions of people. The right thing to do – for yourself, for the people you love, and for the sake of ending this pandemic – is to get vaccinated as soon as you possibly can.”

‘RHOA’ Recap: Marlo Claims Kandi Confirmed Porsha Had Sex With Bolo The Stripper

‘RHOA’ Recap: Marlo Claims Kandi Confirmed Porsha Had Sex With Bolo The Stripper

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Kandi Burruss finally broke her silence on who allegedly had sex with Bolo the stripper, during the April 10 episode of ‘RHOA’.

The April 11 episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta picked up where last’s weeks left off — at Kandi Burruss‘ new restaurant tasting event. Marlo Hampton had also just arrived, so things got pretty dramatic very quickly.

It all started when Marlo tried to apologize for going off on Porsha Williams at the event with Big Freedia, but Porsha wasn’t interested in forgiving her on-again/off-again friend. Instead, she and BFF Shamea Morton accused Marlo of lying about getting liposuction. They claimed she secretly had the procedure just before the most recent cast trip to New Orleans, but she said otherwise.

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It was actually a silly argument and one that only started because Porsha and Shamea were tired of Marlo acting messy, but Marlo told Kandi that Porsha needs to be more careful because if she keeps coming for her, she’s going to spill some major tea.

“You know how right now I could go below the belt and tell her don’t play it off. I know [you] heard [her having sex],” Marlo told Kandi, referring to the fact that Porsha keeps denying she had sex with Bolo the stripper at Cynthia Bailey‘s bachelorette party. Then, a bit of unaired footage showed Marlo talking to Kandi in South Carolina, six weeks prior, and asking her who she thought had sex with the stripper. Kandi could then be heard saying, “Oh, I know who it was.”

Bolo the stripper on ‘RHOA’. (BRAVO)

Kandi didn’t name anyone on camera or on her microphone, but the way Marlo was speaking this way made it seem as though Kandi named Porsha. Kandi asked Marlo not to put her “in the middle” of their drama, but Marlo said, “I will [if I have to], so she better stop.”

Then, in a private confessional, Marlo admitted, “Kandi told me about the bitch over there f***ing Bolo all night, but I’m going to keep it sealed.”

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As many fans know, Kenya Moore has been on a season-long crusade to prove that Porsha had sex with the stripper — something she claims to have heard with her own ears. But Porsha has denied, over and over again, that she sex with anyone that night… despite what anyone may have heard.

Meanwhile, Drew Sidora confronted LaToya Ali after their personal lives collided. Drew heard that LaToya was hooking up with her prophet — the same man who was supposed to bless her daughter at the kids’ forthcoming christening. However, once Drew heard that LaToya was having relations with the prophet, and the prophet allegedly cheated on his fiancee, she refused to let him baptize her daughter. Apparently, she felt like it would have been bad juju.

Drew eventually confronted LaToya, but everyone thought it was an odd things to fight about — especially since the prophet’s personal life had nothing to do with whether or not it’d be kosher for him to baptize a child. Anyway, later, when LaToya was alone with the ladies (sans Drew), she called the prophet and the prophet told everyone that he did not have any sort of relationship with LaToya, nor was he engaged to anyone in the last couple of years. He basically called Drew a liar.

Finally, Kenya shared new hope for her marriage with Marc Daly, after she revealed that Marc had decided to spend more time in Atlanta and go to couples’ therapy with her. Will it last? Only time will tell.

Want more drama? New episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta air Sundays at 8pm on Bravo.

‘RHOA’s Kandi Burruss Reveals How She Dropped 20 lbs. Since November After Gaining Weight During COVID

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‘RHOA’s Kandi Burruss looks amazing after she revealed EXCLUSIVELY how she’s shed her COVID weight gain and why she’s not done yet!

The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss, 44, admitted to gaining 20 Lbs. quarantine last year — but is revealing how she lost it all a short amount of time. “I’ve lost 20 pounds since November,” the actress and entrepreneur told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY during an episode of TVTalk on Instagram Live on March 28. “I want to lose 10 more pounds,” she adds — confessing her secret came down to diet: no sugar and no bread, in particular.

While she admitted she usually kick starts her healthy eating habits at the top of the year, she started a bit earlier than usual. “I always do this prayer fast during the first month of the year,” Kandi revealed. “But I actually did it for 2 months. December, January.” This season we’ll see Kandi working out with her trainer and cousin, Patrick, after admitting on her social media page that she knew she packed on too many pounds during lockdown.

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Her diet became a priority since she’s been so busy working. “I took out all sweets,” Kandi added. “I stopped eating all sweets, bread. I only drank water, no juices, anything, and then I took some appetite suppressants so I didn’t feel hungry all of the time. I’m not even going to lie to you, I needed a little help, so it just helped me stay on course. That basically was it and over the 2-and-a-half months I lost 20 pounds and I’d like to lose 10 more although I have started back eating sweets here and there but I’ve got to catch myself before I get out of whack. But yeah, I want to lose 10 more pounds.”

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“This is my first day back to working out,” Kandi posted on her Instagram stories back in Sept. 2020. “I’ve gained 20 pounds since May. At the beginning of COVID I was working out and I was in shape, and even then I wanted to lose 10 pounds. But I ended up getting lax and comfortable, and I ended up gaining 20. So that means I have 30 pounds of which I really would like to lose. And I just want to better myself overall. I just want to get used to making working out a part of my regular routine.”

Kandi isn’t the only housewife in her cast to get snatched after the pandemic, either! Co-stars Cynthia Bailey, 54, and Kenya Moore, 50, also have dropped a lot of weight once Atlanta started opening up and it helped motivate The Chi star as the ladies recently wrapped the dramatic twelfth season. “Kenya lost — She’s skinny now!” Kandi said. “Yeah, she’s super skinny. I think everybody’s just trying to tighten up.”

The Real Housewives of Atlanta airs Sundays on Bravo at 8pm.

‘RHOA’ Recap: Kenya Moore Reveals Which Co-Stars She’d Hook Up With After Sexy Pic Reveal

‘RHOA’ Recap: Kenya Moore Reveals Which Co-Stars She’d Hook Up With After Sexy Pic Reveal

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Kenya Moore made a shocking reveal during the Jan. 10 episode of ‘RHOA’, when she said ‘there are three ladies’ in the cast ‘who could get it’… meaning, those are the ones she’d gladly hook up with.

It all started at a surprise party that Kenya Moore threw for Cynthia Bailey and fiance Mike Hill during the Jan. 10 episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. While everyone was sitting down for dinner, LaToya Ali told everyone that she had taken some sexy pics of Kenya for an online dating profile. But when she revealed one of the photos she had taken, it was a bare backside picture of Kenya.

Kenya immediately became bashful and asked LaToya to put it away, but everyone had already seen it. And after LaToya complimented Kenya’s bare butt, Marlo Hampton made a joke about it being fake. Kenya wasn’t happy about it and told Marlo that she shouldn’t have been invited to the party. Kenya also clapped back and suggested that Marlo wanted to “eat” her derriere.

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Marlo denied ever wanting to do such a thing, and that’s when Kenya took the opportunity to reveal which ladies sitting at the table she’d allow to “get it”. No one truly wanted to know who Kenya was thinking about, but she went ahead and named them anyway. And they were: Cynthia, Kandi Burruss, and LaToya.

Someone had joked that Porsha Williams would be one of them, too, but Kenya said no. And Porsha claimed that even if Kenya did want to hook up with her, Porsha would “beat her up” in bed. Yikes!

Porsha and Kenya also tried talking about what happened last week, when Kenya was uninvited from her surprise party, but they agreed to postpone the conversation for another time. And then, maybe they can finally figure out where their friendship stands.

Want more drama? New episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta air Sundays at 8pm on Bravo.

RHOA’s Drew Sidora Accuses Nicki Minaj Of Critiquing Her Post-Baby Body During An Audition

RHOA’s Drew Sidora Accuses Nicki Minaj Of Critiquing Her Post-Baby Body During An Audition

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Drew Sidora opened up on Kandi Burruss’ ‘Speak On It’ where she alleged that Nicki Minaj made comments about Drew’s body roughly three months after she gave birth and ‘was literally still breastfeeding.’

Drew Sidora is the newest cast member on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta and she’s already proving that she’s not afraid to speak her mind. During her December 13 appearance on Kandi Burruss‘ YouTube series Speak On It, Drew dished on an uncomfortable interaction she allegedly had with rapper Nicki Minaj! At the time, Drew was auditioning for a role on an ABC sitcom based on Nicki’s childhood.

The latest RHOA star, 35, recalled that she had been told, “Girl, you don’t look how you looked in TLC,” referring to her role as TLC’s T-Boz in the 2013 TV movie CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story. Drew then alleged that it was Nicki who made the comment! “I was up for an ABC family series, a Nicki Minaj pilot. And Nicki herself said that. She said I don’t look how I looked when I played T-Boz,” Drew claimed. “I was like, ‘Nicki!’ It was like, all these ABC execs around but I had gone through about five rounds. And she really, really liked me.”

Drew Sidora is the latest addition to the cast of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ season 13 [AP].Despite whatever warm feelings Drew and Nicki may have had for each other, Drew was initially caught off-guard by the comment. “She said that in front of all of these [executives],” Drew reiterated. “It is was it is. I was like, ‘Look, I just had a baby.’ I think at the time my baby was like three months old. I was literally still breastfeeding.”

But instead of letting the comments allegedly made by Nicki, who recently had a baby herself, defeat her, Drew took the words in stride and thought of them as “advice” to start her weight loss journey and get back to her ideal body weight. “What I took away was, ‘Girl, get your life together. Get back in the gym. You can’t keep blaming it on the baby and get to work,’” Drew told Kandi.

Drew Sidora stopped by Kandi Burruss’ talk show ‘Speak On It,’ where she alleged that Nicki Minaj ‘body shamed’ her three months after she had a baby [AP].Finally, Drew had a very clear message for anyone who wanted to shame new moms’ bodies. “Like, yes, I had a baby, let’s not body shame,” she said to Kandi. “But it did give me that motivation. So I turned it into lemonade like let’s get in the gym and really get my career back. So, I’ve been on a journey of weight loss and just getting back to good health.”

‘RHOA’ Recap: Porsha Gets Arrested, Kandi & Cynthia Urge Kenya To Divorce Marc Daly

‘RHOA’ Recap: Porsha Gets Arrested, Kandi & Cynthia Urge Kenya To Divorce Marc Daly

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Porsha Williams said her life ‘changed’ forever after getting arrested in Kentucky, during the Dec. 6 season premiere of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’.

Porsha Williams stepped into her family legacy during the Dec. 6 season premiere of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, when she tirelessly lent her voice and efforts to the Black Lives Matter movement. Speaking out against systemic racism, Porsha attended two different protests a ran away from rubber bullets as the core four — Porsha, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, and Cynthia Bailey — kicked off Season 13, but her passion about fighting for justice later landed her and 87 other protesters in jail for 13 hours.

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Even so, Porsha had no regrets about getting arrested in Kentucky. “As disgusting as that place was, being inside that cage with [30 other women] actually changed my life,” Porsha said during her private confessional. “I’ve never shared my soul with people that I had just met. And we were sharing it because a soul [Breonna Taylor] had been lost, which was so ironic about the whole thing.”

Porsha then went on to say that her biggest takeaway from the experience is that she’s “going to do it again”, unapologetically.

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Meanwhile, a few of the other ladies were dealing with relationship drama amidst the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. For Cynthia Bailey, who was busy planning to marry the man of her dreams, Mike Hill, she had to make some tough decisions. Either she could postpone her wedding altogether or do what Mike wanted to do, which was to scale down the guest list so they could make the event safer for everyone. But Cynthia couldn’t imagine getting married in front of a smaller crowd, and that upset Mike because he worried that Cynthia was more excited for the wedding than the actual marriage.

As for Kenya — she revealed that her fairytale romance with Marc Daly continued to be on the rocks after a difficult year.  Even though they got to a better place, following his initial ask for a divorce last year, Kenya revealed that coronavirus just made everything worse for them. Kenya told Cynthia and Kandi that they had been separated for several months, and he stopped putting in any effort, so they urged her to “pull the plug” and finally end her marriage. But Kenya didn’t seem totally on board with that idea just yet.

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Finally, Kandi and Todd Tucker were preparing to open an upscale steakhouse in Atlanta, as daughter Riley prepared to leave home and start college in New York City.

Want more drama? New episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta air Sundays at 8pm on Bravo.

Vanessa Hudgens, Kourtney Kardashian & More Celebs Dress Up For Halloween — See Pics

Vanessa Hudgens, Kourtney Kardashian & More Celebs Dress Up For Halloween — See Pics

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Happy Halloween! It’s time for ghosts, goblins, creeps, candy, and some of your favorite stars dressing up! From Vanessa Hudgens to Kelly Ripa, check out all these celebrity Halloween costumes!

Boo! It’s Halloween, the most wonderful time of the year for everyone whose heart bleeds black and orange. It’s the time of Hocus Pocus, of scary music, and, if you’re like Kylie Jenner, going all out with the Halloween decorations. While the 2020 spooky season is unlike any other, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that’s not stopping some of your favorite celebrities from dressing up. After all, Halloween is all about wearing scary masks, so why not incorporate some PPE in your Trick-or-Treating getup? It’s the best way to stay safe, so you don’t have to social distance yourself from some candy.

Some celebs, like Kandi Burruss, Vanessa Hudgins, and Bella Thorne, couldn’t wait for the 31st to dress up and shared their costumes ahead of the holiday. Others decided to wait until it was Halloween proper to show off their outfits. It’s bound to be a scream of a Halloween, so check out all the outfits below.

Vanessa Hudgens

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🕷THE BLACK WIDOW 🕷 made some Halloween magic by the insanely talented @franzszony , @michellehebertofficial on the gorgeous gown, mua @shablamgela, and coiffure @hisvintagetouch. What. A. Damn. Vibe. Also have something fun coming for y’all….😈🎃 ALSO Halloween playlist in my story

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“THE BLACK WIDOW,” Vannessa Hudgens captioned the photo she posted to her Instagram on Oct. 9. The 31-year-old High School Musical alum was one of the first major stars to get in the Halloween mood. In the photo, she looked like an R. A. Maguire painting come to life. With a Vampira-inspired corset and a look that could kill, Vanessa’s outfit was the perfect way to get into the Halloween mood.

Halle Berry

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Don’t know who the hell we supposed to be, but we doing it! Happy Halloween!! 🕸💀 #Calaveras #DiaDeLosMuertos

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Halle Berry, 54, and beau Van Hunt went all out! The adorable couple added some serious spook with their Halloween face makeup, but joked they didn’t know exactly what they were going as. “Don’t know who the hell we supposed to be, but we doing it! Happy Halloween!! #Calaveras #DiaDeLosMuertos,” she wrote in her caption on the posts, which were taken outdoors. Halle’s makeup was particularly ornate with several crystal sneakers!

Kelly Ripa

#LiveHalloween is this Friday! #JoeExotic #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/jabTPzeXNm

— LIVEKellyRyan (@LiveKellyRyan) October 27, 2020

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, daytime talk shows had to celebrate on Friday, Oct. 30. Kelly Rippa, who always seems to step up her game whenever October rolls around, gave a preview of her Joe Exotic costume on Oct. 26. She had the bleach-blonde mullet, the mustache, and the general skeezy look of the Tiger King star locked down. For those who want to dress up like the controversial figure (who is arguable the biggest meme or 2020) or his nemesis, Carole Baskin, here are a few DIY guides here and here.

Ciara

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Ahh 😝 @ciara #hotgirlshit

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Ciara, 35, morphed into Megan Thee Stallion, 25, in one epic Halloween video! The Goodies singer recreated Meg’s album art for “Girls In The Hood” where she rocked a pink top and fur. “MEG THEEEE STALLION,” Ciara wrote in her caption as Megan responded, “I Love you” with crying emojis. Ciara didn’t stop there, declaring “real hot girl s—” as she proceeded to show off her incredible twerking moves to the song “Hot Girl Summer” feat. Ty Dolla $ign.

Kourtney Kardashian

Ok Kourtney 😍 You are a halloween queen 🎃 @kourtneykardash pic.twitter.com/BtU5txXZAQ

— Ariana Velázquez (@planetKourt) November 1, 2020

Kourtney Kardashian, 41, was the cutest bug there ever was! The Poosh founder showed off her festive look in a series of selfies shared to her Instagram story on Oct. 31. “Peek a BOO!” she captioned a photo, showing off her festive orange nails she’s been rocking all week. The fitness maven looked incredible as she rocked a skintight black catsuit and wings!

Kandi Burruss

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Someone said they were having a costume party & I said “Purrrrrfect!” 🖤🐆🖤 Costume makeup: @lahluvie Hair : @sewjodie Nails: @imnails Creative : @hauseofglam

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Who needs to dress up as a Tiger King when you can be a tiger? Actually, Kandi Burruss was more of a jaguar in the costume she showed off on Oct. 22. “Someone said they were having a costume party & I said “Purrrrrfect!” she said, showing off the animal print top, tight leather pants, and incredible makeup. She even donned a prosthetic to give her more of a cat-like face. Me-OW, Kandi.

Bella Thorne

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Fairy sisters 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

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Bella Thorne lives every day like it’s a Halloween adventure, so it’s not a surprise that she showed her costume off early. “Fairy sisters,” she captioned the Oct. 19 post of her and Dani Thorne. Bella, 23, wore a purple feathered tutu, a bedazzled corset, and not much else. A few days later, she posed in a sexy take on Little Red Riding Hood. “Grandma doesn’t approve of my outfit,” she captioned the post that showed her latex bodysuit with deep cleavage. You better believe her outfit drew plenty of Big Bad Wolves in the comments section.

‘RHOA’s Kandi Burruss, 44, Looks Unrecognizable As A Cat In Sexy Halloween Costume: ‘Purrrrrfect’

‘RHOA’s Kandi Burruss, 44, Looks Unrecognizable As A Cat In Sexy Halloween Costume: ‘Purrrrrfect’

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Kandi Burruss gave the cast of ‘Cats’ a run for their money with her feline costume! The ‘RHOA’ star even used prosthetic makeup to go the extra mile for her ‘costume party.’

Kandi Burruss, 44, didn’t wear your average cat costume. Instead of simply throwing on a headband with ears and calling it a day, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star transformed into a realistic feline with body and face paint (well, and a headband too). Kandi credited this sexy cat look to makeup artist @lahluvie!

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Someone said they were having a costume party & I said “Purrrrrfect!” 🖤🐆🖤 Costume makeup: @lahluvie Hair : @sewjodie Nails: @imnails Creative : @hauseofglam

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The costume didn’t end there. Kandi applied white press-on nails from celebrity nail tech @imnails to mimic the pointy talons on a cat, and a high ponytail that was held in place by a chic gold wrap (hair extensions courtesy of stylist Jodie Rowlands). For her outfit, the Bravo star rocked an asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder cheetah print top — was there really any other choice for this cat-themed look?
Kandi got all dressed up for a special occasion, besides it being Halloween season. “Someone said they were having a costume party & I said ‘Purrrrrfect!’,” Kandi captioned her Halloween look. Kandi’s friends and followers thought the cat transformation was “purrfect” too! “Killed it!,” her RHOA co-star Cynthia Bailey commented, while RHOA friend Marlo Hampton left a string of fire emojis for Kandi’s fire look. Love & Hip Hop: New York star Yandy Smith also chimed in to write, “Oh you snapped!!”

Kandi Burruss at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills, CA on Jan. 25, 2020. (Photo Credit: MEGA)

Kandi shared a video of her getting-ready process on her Instagram Story, which showed her makeup artist applying prosthetic makeup on Kandi’s face. However, the RHOA star admitted that she was glad to transform back into a human after being a cat for a night. “I got to take these damn lashes off, I got to take this crap off my face, and I got to take these dang nails off. I don’t know how you girls do these super long nails,” Kandi admitted as she filmed herself removing the heavy makeup.

Halloween may still be a week away, but celebrities like Kandi are already showing off their costumes! Bella Thorne turned into a magical fairy with her sister Dani Thorne, while Vanessa Hudgens transformed into a spider queen with her “Black Widow” costume. We’ll keep you updated as more stars reveal their Halloween costumes over the next week!

Why Romeo Miller Was Convinced Zonnique Was Pranking T.I. With Her Pregnancy Reveal On ‘The Mix’

Why Romeo Miller Was Convinced Zonnique Was Pranking T.I. With Her Pregnancy Reveal On ‘The Mix’







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Romeo Miller revealed why he initially didn’t believe that his co-host on ‘The Mix,’ Zonnique Pullins, was actually pregnant when she broke the baby news to T.I. — right on their show!

Even Romeo Miller, who hosts The Mix — Zonnique Pullins‘ new FOX Soul talk show on which she made her surprise baby announcement — didn’t believe his co-host was pregnant at first!  T.I., 40, was certainly in shock after his 24-year-old stepdaughter dropped the baby news during the show’s premiere in August. Zonnique arranged for the show to present a photo of her sonogram, and have Tip guess who it belonged to. When the answer turned out to be his own stepdaughter, the “Live Your Life” singer kept repeating, “Y’all are playing.”

Romeo Miller is a co-host with Zonnique on The Mix. (Photo Credit: MEGA)

Romeo’s reaction wasn’t that much different from T.I.’s. “Do you think that I knew I was in on Zo [Zonnique] surprising T.I. about a pregnancy?! None of us knew and that’s the thing about this generation,” Romeo EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. He added, “We started a talk show and during COVID and during the break, we were never hanging out with each other in the flesh. We were literally Zoom, rehearsals and working over Zoom, so we had no idea she was pregnant at all! It was literally a bomb!”

Romeo further explained how Zonnique masterminded the surprise, which her mom and T.I.’s wife, Tiny Harris, helped plan (the Xscape singer is an executive producer and showrunner on The Mix). “Her and Tiny thought [the baby news] would be funny to drop on our opening episode and it felt like one of those prank shows. I was really confused and they had me be the guy to say it,” Romeo revealed. After T.I. failed to correctly guess who on the show was expecting a child, Romeo was the one who finally announced, “I’m going to congratulate you on being the grandfather!”

Looking back at that moment, Romeo told HollywoodLife, “I thought I was just saying it. Even when I saw it in the script, they’re like, ‘OK, we want to add this line, Romeo.’ I’m like, ‘OK — ‘y’all just trying to make T.I. upset or something because Zo’s not pregnant. She didn’t talk to us about it. We’ve been rehearsing for weeks now. We don’t know anything about a pregnancy’.” T.I. didn’t expect the news at all — as you can see in the video above — and so Romeo added, “They did a great job of surprising Tip on there. That was a priceless reaction.”

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I’m stepping for ✌🏽 now 2 piece: @fashionnova fashionnovapartner

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Zonnique Pullins showed off her baby bump in this gorgeous photo shared on Sept. 27, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of Instagram/@zonniquejailee)

In a previous interview, Zonnique shared how her stepdad felt about the pregnancy after the cameras cut rolling. “For him, he has to settle into things, especially for big things when it comes to his kids and his daughters especially,” Tiny’s daughter EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife in August, but she assured that T.I. “definitely [had] settled down” into the news after filming the surprise. Since the big reveal, Zonnique has been happily sharing glowing baby bump photos as she awaits the arrival of her first child with boyfriend Bandhunta Izzy. She also showed off her growing bun in the oven at T.I.’s 40th birthday party at the end of September!

In addition to her baby, Zonnique has been excited about her new show that is being branded as a mixed-gender talk show for millennials and Gen Z that is co-hosted by Zonnique, Romeo, Anton Peeples, Jamie DuBose, Jazz Anderson and Jill King. The Mix is relaunching on Oct. 6, and covers a range of topics from Black Lives matter to viral trends. Upcoming guests on the show will include Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Yachty, Kandi Burruss and Sukihana!

NeNe Leakes Confirms She’s Leaving ‘RHOA’ After ‘Emotional Negotiations’ — Watch

NeNe Leakes Confirms She’s Leaving ‘RHOA’ After ‘Emotional Negotiations’ — Watch







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NeNe Leakes has officially confirmed that she’s leaving ‘RHOA’ after months of speculation over if she would be returning, revealing that it was a ‘hard decision’ for her to make.

UPDATE, 9/17/20, 5:15pm ET: A Bravo spokesperson tells HollywoodLife, “We wish Nene all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for sharing her journey for over a decade with the fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s been instrumental since the start and will truly be missed, and maybe one day she’ll hold the peach again.”

ORIGINAL: Another OG has left the building. NeNe Leakes, 52, who began on The Real Housewives of Atlanta over a decade ago, has revealed that she’s leaving the hit reality show. The mother-of-two made the announcement in a September 17 video on her YouTube channel, titled, “Listen Closely, I got something to tell you!” NeNe said that after a lot of “emotional negotiations” with Bravo about her contract, she’s handing in her peach.

“There’s been a lot of emotions on both sides,” she shared with fans. “It’s been hard and I have made a hard, difficult decision to not be part of Real Housewives of Atlanta season 13,” adding that it “wasn’t an easy decision for me.” She reflected on the good memories she’ll hold onto from RHOA, too. “I’m just so happy that I can say that I was part of a genre that opened up a door for Black ensemble reality shows,” she said. “I want to thank everybody that has looked up to me over the years… I want to thank Bravo for all the memories… Thank you to the cast for all of the memories.”

NeNe Leakes has quit ‘RHOA’. Credit: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

Bravo head honcho Andy Cohen wrote an emotional message on Instagram following NeNe’s shocking announcement. “Nene Leakes is an icon of the genre. She is a gif and catchphrase machine. In 11 years of #WWHL, Nene has been our most frequent guest, and she is always A BLAST. Nene nicknamed me “Buttercup” the first day we met, and still calls me that today. Through her whole run, she has always had a serious concern and drive to maintain the success and well-being of #RHOA.

I am going to miss Nene on the show, but I’m hoping we work together again soon and will remain in each other’s orbits forever. XO, Buttercup. #Bloop #LowDownMonkeyWithAWig #CloseYourLegsToMarriedMen #WeSeeEachOthah #ISaidWhatISaid #TrumpCheck #ByeWig #SoNastyAndSoRude #Buttercup”.

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Nene Leakes is an icon of the genre. She is a gif and catchphrase machine. In 11 years of #WWHL, Nene has been our most frequent guest, and she is always A BLAST. Nene nicknamed me “Buttercup” the first day we met, and still calls me that today. Through her whole run, she has always had a serious concern and drive to maintain the success and well-being of #RHOA. I am going to miss Nene on the show, but I’m hoping we work together again soon and will remain in each other’s orbits forever. XO, Buttercup. #Bloop #LowDownMonkeyWithAWig #CloseYourLegsToMarriedMen #WeSeeEachOthah #ISaidWhatISaid #TrumpCheck #ByeWig #SoNastyAndSoRude #Buttercup

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NeNe first exited the Bravo series as a full-time cast member at the end of season seven, although she did make guest appearances for season eight. She retained her peach two years where she remained in that position up until season twelve. It wasn’t too much of a mystery that NeNe was planning on doing this given all the speculation over if she was going to sign on for season 13 that happened ahead of time. She deleted her Instagram account on Thursday, August 26, weeks before sharing the big news.

There was also all of those cryptic tweets she was posting that alluded to her being frustrated over her position with the long-running show. “The ladies are a little annoyed that Nene hasn’t signed her contract yet. They feel she does this every year and puts herself on this pedestal and they just roll their eyes a bit over it,” a source close to production EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife in early August. Regardless, “They’re not surprised.”

Kandi Burruss, 44, who has been a full-time cast member on RHOA since season 2, chatted with HL back in July regarding her feelings on the NeNe situation. “Listen, she and I, we’re like oil and water sometimes, but I definitely would love for her to be back,” she said, referencing her very on again, off again relationship that they have had for years.

NeNe Leakes with the rest of the ‘RHOA’ season 12 cast. Credit: Tommy Garcia/Bravo

Several Real Housewives veterans exited their individual franchises in 2020, much to the shock of their adoring fans. Vicki Gunvalson, 58, and Tamra Judge, 52, exited RHOC in January. Others who have since revealed that they won’t be a Bravolebrity anymore include RHONY’s Tinsley Mortimer, 45, and Dorinda Medley, 55, as well as RHOD‘s LeeAnne Locken, 53.

Kandi Burruss Admits She’s Gained 20 Lbs. During Quarantine As She Reveals Her New Weight Loss Goal

Kandi Burruss Admits She’s Gained 20 Lbs. During Quarantine As She Reveals Her New Weight Loss Goal

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Kandi Burruss confessed she wanted to lose 10 pounds before quarantine, but ended up gaining 20 instead instead! The ‘RHOA’ star already has a plan in place to get back in shape.

Kandi Burruss, 44, revealed that she gained some extra pounds in quarantine. “Ok so today is Wednesday, I believe its the…is it the 16th of September? This is the first day back to working out,” the Real Housewives of Atlanta star began a series of Instagram story videos posted on Wednesday, Sept. 16. “I gained 20 pounds since May. Since you know… well not at the beginning of COVID,” she explained, admitting she was originally sticking to a workout plan.

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Kandi reveals her weight loss plan!

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“The beginning of COVID, I was working out and I was in shape. And even then I wanted to lose 10 pounds but I ended up getting lax and comfortable and I ended up gaining 20,” Kandi — who is mom to daughter Riley, 18, son Ace, 4, and baby girl Blaze, 10 months — went on. “So that means I have have 30 pounds of which I would like to lose,” she revealed.

The Xscape singer admitted that it losing weight for her isn’t just about looks. “I just want to better myself overall. I just want to get used to making working out a regular routine,” she explained, confirming that her younger cousin Patrick Dallas is helping her get back into shape. “So my cousin Patrick has volunteered to start working out with me. He’s a trainer. He got up and came to my house at 7 to workout and that’s going to be my regular time,” the Kandi Koated Cosmetics founder said to her 8 million followers.

Kandi Burruss is flawless in a sequin mini dress. (MEGA)

“I hope I can stick to this,” she in concluded in the last video, writing the caption, “I need help! Thank God for family… I hope I can stick to this 7 am workout schedule.” Over another video, she wrote, “20llbs???!!!!” along with a shocked .GIF of a yellow character from The Minions. Kandi — who was seen at a charity event on Sept. 11 — looked absolutely flawless in the videos as she showed off her makeup free complexion. The reality star kept her hair back in a black headscarf as she filmed in what appeared to be her cozy kitchen.

Kandi Burruss, 44, Strikes Fierce Pose In A Colorful Jumpsuit & Fans Think She Looks ‘Flawless’

Kandi Burruss, 44, Strikes Fierce Pose In A Colorful Jumpsuit & Fans Think She Looks ‘Flawless’

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Kandi Burruss’ boutique is back in biz! The ‘RHOA’ star showed off her quarantine style in this cool jumpsuit, which is just as colorful as her personality.

Kandi Burruss, 44, is looking good! The Real Housewives of Atlanta star rocked a colorful outfit in her latest Instagram photo, posted to her account on Friday, July 10. Kandi struck a fierce pose as she put one arm on her hip, showing off her gorgeous new braids by Salon Supreme. “Tag you’re IT!” she began her caption. “New inventory at @tagsboutique!!!! Shop now at TagsAtl.com,” she added, promoting her Atlanta-based boutique.

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Tag you’re IT! New inventory at @tagsboutique!!!! Shop now at TagsAtl.com 💜 Braids by @salonsupreme_n_braiding

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The mom of three‘s skin was glowing as she posed inside the retail space, putting her flawless complexion on full display! Kandi added a flirty red lipstick for the casual Friday afternoon, adding a hint of glam to her otherwise laid back style. She paired the colorful “Just Chill Jumper” — which features a sexy criss-cross back and is already sold out on the Tags Boutique website — with an on-trend pair of blush trainer sneakers and silver hoop earrings. The store definitely looked ready for business as a white table appeared to display merchandise behind here, while a black dress and blue bomber jacket could also be seen hanging on racks in the background.

Kandi’s 7.9 million followers were loving her latest post, which already racked up 57,000 likes! Real Housewives of Potomac star Monique Samuels gushed, “You look bomb”, while Basketball Wives LA star Angel Brinks added five heart-eye emojis! “Truly amazing how incredible you still look!!! You go girl!!” and “Looking good and young fav” two fans wrote on the Xscape singers’ photo. “You’re flawless Kandi!” a third posted.

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My #RHOA girls doin #NoMakeup challenges with lash extensions, fillers, & filters. I’m gonna keep it 💯 wit y’all. I’m lookin tired AF with these dark circles, no makeup, no lashes, hair ain’t done, nails f*cked up… 🤣🤣🤣 This quarantine bs ain’t for me. Teaching school, cleaning, & cooking all day… I can’t take it!!!! This can’t be life. 😩

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Just a few months ago, Kandi proudly went makeup free while in quarantine along with her other RHOA castmates. “My #RHOA girls doin #NoMakeup challenges with lash extensions, fillers, & filters. I’m gonna keep it [100] it y’all,” she wrote. “I’m lookin tired AF with these dark circles, no makeup, no lashes, hair ain’t done, nails f—— up… ” she wrote on April 2. The reality stars’ skin was once again blemish-free and flawless, proving she doesn’t need a stitch of makeup to look good!

How The ‘RHOA’ Cast Would Feel If NeNe Leakes Left The Show Ahead Of Season 13

How The ‘RHOA’ Cast Would Feel If NeNe Leakes Left The Show Ahead Of Season 13

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NeNe Leakes recently shut down reports that she had been ‘fired’ from ‘RHOA’, but she has yet to sign a contract — and the cast has mixed feelings about whether or not they want the ‘OG’ to return!

It’s hard to imagine Real Housewives of Atlanta without OG NeNe Leakes, 52, especially for longtime cast member Porsha Williams, 38! “Porsha is really hoping that NeNe does sign her contract and come back to the show,” an insider close to the ladies spills to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “They’ve gotten extremely close especially during quarantine. NeNe is like a mother hen to her and always is checking in on [her 1-year-old daughter] PJ, it’s sweet. They’ve come really far,” the source also told us.

The rest of the cast, however — which includes Kandi Burruss, 44, Cynthia Bailey, 53, and Kenya Moore, 49 — are indifferent about NeNe returning for season 13. “The other ladies don’t care either way if NeNe returns or not. They’re not surprised that NeNe hasn’t signed her contract yet because she does this every season,” our insider spilled. “Last year she wasn’t in the first few episodes because she refused to sign her contract. They know NeNe is NeNe. They know she doesn’t make or break the show and feel it’ll go on successfully with or without her in it,” they concluded.

The cast of ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta.’ (Bravo)

A recent report surfaced that the Never Make the Same Mistake Twice author was fired from RHOA, but NeNe’s manager Steven Grossman set the record straight. “It is absolutely not true that Nene has been fired from RHOA. Furthermore, it was made abundantly clear prior that she will always be welcome on the series as long as she wants to be.” He went on to confirm that they “have not made any decisions regarding next season specifically,” hilariously signing off with NeNe’s signature catchphrase, “bloop.”

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I can’t chileeeeeeee

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NeNe herself appeared to cryptically respond to the June 17 report, posting a series of laughing-crying emojis to Twitter along with a dramatic screenshot of herself erupting in laughter to Instagram just hours after. “I can’t chileeeeeeee,” NeNe wrote via Instagram, hinting that that the reports were, in fact, false.

Notably, Eva Marcille, 35, confirmed she was not returning for season 13 on June 16. “I am thankful for the opportunity I was provided. However, after speaking with my family and representatives, I believe that what I hope to accomplish for the culture and community will be better served by focusing on other opportunities,” she said in statement.

‘RHOA’ Stars NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss & More Appear In Powerful PSA For BLM Movement: ‘Our Lives Matter’

‘RHOA’ Stars NeNe Leakes, Kandi Burruss & More Appear In Powerful PSA For BLM Movement: ‘Our Lives Matter’







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Marlo Hampton gathered her pals from ‘RHOA’ and ‘RHOP’ for a moving new PSA. In it they say how their lives matter, with Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes and more Bravo stars supporting Black Lives Matter.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton has brought together cast members from her Bravo series, as well as Real Housewives of Potomac and Married to Medicine for a powerful Black Lives Matter PSA. The black and white video begins with shots from a BLM rally, featuring participants holding up various signs. A Maya Angelou quote then appears on the screen that reads, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived. But if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

Marlo is then seen on camera, alongside her two young nephews while sitting together on a sofa. “Until we receive justice, how can there be peace? When police brutality and racial injustices continue to plague Black America?” the 44-year-old asks. “Black is love. Black is strength. Black is joy,” her nephew William, 11, explains, as his 12-year-old brother Michael adds, “Black is courage. Black is struggle. Black is perseverance.”

The ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ cast is seen in a Bravo  season 12 promo picture. Photo credit: Tommy Garcia/Bravo.

“We can no longer be silent. We must educate ourselves and others around us. We have to get uncomfortable now, in order to get comfortable for lifetimes to come. My name is Marlo Hampton. And my life matters,” she announces. Marlo gathered her fellow Black Bravo stars to tape on-camera messages from home, saying their name and adding, “My life matters.”

RHOA stars Eva Marcille, 35, and Porsha Williams, 38, are the first Atlanta stars up who share the message that their lives matter. Then comes the Potomac cast, including Monique Samuels, 36, Candiace Dillard, 33,  Wendy Osefo, 36  Karen Huger, 57, Gizelle Bryant, 49, Robyn Dixon, 41, and Ashley Darby, 32. Married to Medicine‘s Dr. Heavenly Kimes, “Dr. Jackie” Jacqueline Walters and Dr. Contessa Metcalfe also appear.

RHOA‘s Kandi Burruss, 44, is seen inside her beautiful home bedroom. Wearing a dark zip-front jacket and mock turtleneck, she looks into the camera and says, “My name is Kandi Burruss. My life matters. Our lives matter,” with passion and fire. NeNe Leakes, 52, is more anguished looking, as she tells the camera, “I’m NeNe Leakes, and there are things that need to be said out loud. Like Black lives matter.” She repeats the phrase several times and includes an impassioned “yes!”

Their cast mates, Cynthia Bailey and fiance Mike Hill, and Tanya Sam help round up the call that their lives matter. Marlo comes back on camera to say, “We will continue to fight for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd. And so many others who have lost their lives,” mentioning two Black victims killed by police and another in a fatal shooting by a White man while jogging. “But we have to create a change you guys. We have to use our voices, our resources and our wallets to make that change,” Marlo added. She and her nephews then helped list off a number of organizations in which to donate that are helping in the fight for Black Lives Matter.

‘RHOA’s Kandi Burruss Tears Up Over Teaching Her Son, 4, About Police Brutality — Watch

‘RHOA’s Kandi Burruss Tears Up Over Teaching Her Son, 4, About Police Brutality — Watch







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Jade Boren
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Kandi Burruss revealed that it was an ’emotional’ experience to teach her young son, Ace, that cops can be ‘the bad guys’ in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Imagine learning that the “good guys” can be the “bad guys.” This was the heartbreaking conversation that Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker were forced to have with their academically gifted son Ace, 4, which Kandi revealed during the June 10 episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Host Andy Cohen had asked The Real Housewives of Atlanta star how her children have reacted to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been protesting police brutality. Kandi sadly revealed that her young son had actually been “a police man on career day.”

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Guess who’s 5 months old today! @blazetucker 🎉🎊🔥

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Todd “was trying to explain to [Ace], you know, what was going on, why every body was so upset, and what was happening with the police,” Kandi told Andy. “Ace was confused. He was like, ‘So, the police are the bad guys?’”

At this point, Kandi was brought to tears as she continued, “Now isn’t that crazy to have to explain that to a four-year-old. For you to be Black and have to worry about the police being the bad guys…that’s an emotional thing for me.” Kandi then addressed Andy, who also looked close to tears. “And Andy, I know you care about us, but you don’t have to think about that [police brutality],” Kandi sadly said. “That’s something we have to think about, for our sons.” Kandi also shares a younger son with Todd, Blaze, who’s six months old.

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There are some who really need to read this picture for clarity & understanding.

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Kandi revealed that her daughter Riley Burruss, 17, has also reacted to the recent protests with strong emotions. “She was like, ‘Okay, I am unfollowing every single friend or person that is non-Black who is not speaking up about this, who’s not showing they’re an ally with our community,” Kandi revealed. Her daughter, who just celebrated her high school graduation,  followed through on her word!

Although Black Lives Matter is a movement that formed in 2013, it was given a resurgence of attention after a video of George Floyd’s death rocked and angered the world. George was an unarmed Black man who died under police custody, after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against the father’s neck despite George repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe. George’s senseless death has sparked nationwide conversations about systematic racism and police violence, and multiple stars like Lizzo and Natalie Portman have come forward to publicly call for the defunding of police.

Kenya Moore & Kandi Burruss Are Cheered On By ‘RHOA’ Fans For Voting In Georgia Primary

Kenya Moore & Kandi Burruss Are Cheered On By ‘RHOA’ Fans For Voting In Georgia Primary







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Beth Shilliday
Senior Evening Writer

The ladies of ‘RHOA’ are making sure Georgia voters get out and cast their ballots in their state’s primary election. We’ve got Kenya Moore, Kandi Burruss and NeNe Leakes’ messages to hit the polls.

You’ve got to hand it to the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast, as the ladies have been working hard to make sure citizens of their city and the state of Georgia do their civic duty and vote in the state’s June 9 primary elections. After two false starts due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was Georgia’s turn to vote in the presidential primary and more races. With the nationwide protests following the horrific police-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, and the Black Lives Matter rallies around the country, voting is the most peaceful form of truly affecting change. Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, NeNe Leakes, Porsha Williams and Tanya Sam all did their parts to get the citizens of Georgia to vote!

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We voted! Sidebar: The line wasn’t long at all which bothers me…. Y’all betta get out there & vote!

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Kandi shared a photo to her Instagram page showing herself and husband Todd Tucker wearing stickers reading “I secured my vote” with a big Georgia peach on it. The 44-year-old wrote in the caption, “We voted! Sidebar: The line wasn’t long at all which bothers me….Y’all betta get out there & vote!” However, a number of fans told her in the comments that at their locations, voting machines were broken and several people said they waited six hours in line to vote. The Washington Post reported on serious voting issues in the Atlanta area, where new touch-screen machines weren’t working, or had not been delivered for voters to use.

Kenya secured her vote as well! The 49-year-old showed her peach sticker proudly attached to her white t-shirt in an Instagram photo. “#Voted. Countless ancestors and freedom fighters died so that we could have a voice today. Exercise your rights and vote for change. #blm #change #georgiavoters,” Kenya wrote in an energizing caption message. Fan @talisabridges agreed, writing in the comments, “The MOST powerful place to implement change in policies as it pertains to racial inequality & police brutality is AT THE BALLOT BOX!!”

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#Voted. Countless ancestors and freedom fighters died so that we could have a voice today. Exercise your rights and vote for change. #blm #change #georgiavoters

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NeNe, 52, shared a video from her polling location, and she got up at the crack of dawn to secure her place in line. “Up early this morning to go and vote. Up early, my eyes are red,” she said in a June 9 video, with the sun’s light just coming up behind her. She was standing in line with other voters, all six feet apart and wearing masks to prevent against the spread of the coronavirus. Her video showed that there were a lot of early risers before her at her precinct, with even more arriving behind her as she taped her video.

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VOTE ATLANTA

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Porsha posted cast mate Tanya Sam’s tweet to her Instagram reading, “An order has been issued to EXTEND voting hours today until 9pm at all Fulton County location. Any voter IN LINE at that time will be allowed to vote.” Porsha, 38, wrote in the caption, “TY to all have braved rain and long lines to vote today. Thanks @itstanyatime! Guys stay in line!!! We got this!” This election was expected to draw a record number of voters to the polls in Georgia, so the ladies helped do their part. If you’re not registered to vote, it only takes a few minutes and can be done at the link below.

Snoop Dogg, Kandi Burruss & More Pray For George Floyd During Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond’s ‘Verzuz’

Snoop Dogg, Kandi Burruss & More Pray For George Floyd During Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond’s ‘Verzuz’







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Cassie Gill
Evening/Weekend Editor

This week’s Verzuz battle took us to the church. The two gospel legends paid tribute to the late George Floyd during the epic Instagram live event.

Kirk Franklin, 50, and Fred Hammond, 59, were the latest duo to face off in Swizz Beatz and Timbaland‘s Verzuz battles! The two gospel icons were announced via the official Verzuz Instagram account on Friday, May 29, dubbing the event “The Healing.” Bishop T.D. Jakes, 62, kicked off the event with some opening words, where he addressed the the death of George Floyd. “Today, we pray for light because we have seen too much darkness — from Trayvon Martin to George Floyd,” The Potter’s House Bishop said in his powerful sermon.

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“There are some of us who realize that darkness is not a thing…it has no metrics, no distance,” he continued. “With 100,000 people dead from COVID-19, Lord knows we have seen too much darkness. Sometimes I feel like that knee is on my neck and I can’t breathe,” he went on, poignantly referencing the way in which George lost his life, urging followers to “not allow darkness to possess your soul.”

Kandi Burruss prays for George Floyd (Instagram/Verzuz).
Kandi Burruss comments during this week’s Verzuz battle. (Instagram/Verzuz)

Celebrities flooded the comments section with prayers of their very own, including Snoop Dogg, Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kandi Burruss, and Ludacris. Kandi and Snoop added several prayer emojis for George, with Snoop writing “Praise God.” Ludacris dubbed the emotionally charged event “uplifting Sunday Soul Food,” which left many of the A-List attendees begging for longer songs due to Instagram’s time limits.

Snoop Dogg shares a prayer during Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond’s Verzuz battle. (Instagram/Verzuz)

“Y’all gotta let it play a little longer,” Kandi urged, as Kerry Washington backed her up. “Run it!!!!!!!!!!” the Scandal star begged, commenting throughout the stream. “This is my SONG!!!!” Kerry wrote later during the battle. “We mad like you mad. I cried,” Fred said during the battle, referencing George Floyd. “On that call with me, you, Swizz and Tim — we were in tears talking about this. We’re in the furnace right now…we in the lions den right now,” he added, becoming emotional as he talked about his 22 year old son.

Ludacris dubs the Verzuz event “Sunday Soul Food.” (Instagram/Verzuz)

“Join Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond and Bishop T.D. Jakes for this Sunday’s special edition of VERZUZ – THE HEALING… Everyone needs a hug …,” the original Verzuz announcement read, set to a soon by Keedron Bryant.

The pair are both at the top of their game when it comes to gospel music, with Kirk putting out hits like “The Storm Is Over Now,” “Why We Sing,” and “I Smile.” The Fort Worth, Texas native has 16 Grammy wins under his belt, dating back to 1996’s Whatcha Lookin’ 4. Fred is best known for his smash singles like “You Are The Living Word,” and “No Weapon,” and also earned himself a Grammy in 2007 for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.

Verzuz battles have become a viral sensation since quarantine began, starting off with Babyface and Teddy Riley back in March! The R&B producers unfortunately had to reschedule due to technical difficulties on round one, which have plagued some of the later live events, as well. Nelly and Ludacris later faced off, followed by 112 and Jagged Edge, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, and Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. Michelle Obama couldn’t get enough of Erykah and Jill’s battle, and even popped into the comments with a song request of her very own (Erykah’s iconic “Green Eyes”).