Monthly Archives: December 2011

Kandi Burruss Hosting NYE Event in Miami

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 Sometimes it is what you don’t see, the things that aren’t there, that make for an interesting blog.  I’m hoping this is one of those times. I have a lot of confusion surrounding this Miami NYE party that Kandi is said to be hosting tomorrow night. So many downright crazy things have been going on online in the past few days, I wonder if I am just all swept up in the paranoia that is everywhere.  So I am going to write this post about what I don’t know, and the crazy notions I am attaching to my not knowing, and then wait patiently for y’all to tell me what you think.

It all started back when I posted the ad for the Bravo/Ciroc NYE parties occurring in several major cities tomorrow night. I noted in that post that Kandi Burruss was conspicuously absent. Today, I’ve been researching the event that Kandi is hosting. It’s the Orange Drive Miami Music Festival. If you go to the official site, you will see a pretty impressive line up of musicians playing the three day even which began today.  What you will not see is any mention of Kandi Burruss.  Also, unlike the other events, it is not sponsored solely by Ciroc. While Ciroc is listed on the sponsor page it is one of many sponsors and not even the sole liquor company sponsoring the event.

On Kandi’s twitter account she has not mentioned the event at all and has been talking briefly instead about an event in Macon she and Phaedra are hosting in February. It’s like this whole event only exists in a brief mention on the PR release. As I was working on this story, I checked Kandi’s twitter and she had updated that she is flying to Miami tomorrow and looking forward to the warm weather. That’s it. No “join me for NYE”, no nothing.

Yesterday, Nene Leakes arrived in Miami.  Today she is tweeting that she is laying out by the pool all day.  Nothing about what she is doing there. She makes it sound like a vacation. Maybe it is. Maybe Nene and Kandi are both in Miami at the same time by sheer coincidence. Nene posted WAY back that she was not hosting any of the Bravo NYE parties.  But why hasn’t Kandi been pimping out her appearance? Why is Nene in Miami for NYE? Who is she with? Why is there NOTHING out there other than the PR statement from Ciroc/Bravo about Kandi’s appearance?  What the heck is going on, y’all?  I need answers.


Filed under Atlanta, Bravo, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes

Nene Leakes and the Mysterious Gifts of Jewelry

When it comes to Nene Leakes, there is one thing we know for sure. Nene likes to flaunt it. Over the Christmas holidays Nene was tweeting pictures of all her fabulous gifts, a fancy handbag, some Louboutins, a pair of earrings, and this necklace pictured on top of her new Birkin.  Nene tweeted this picture on Christmas day with the following tweet, “OMG he gave me an amazing all Diamond Letter N necklace! I love it!”. So of course, we all wondered who “he” was.

Wetpaint recently interviewed  John Kolaj and this is the quote they included in the article regarding his gift giving, “Absolutely, I gave her that ring! It’s 8 carats. I gave her a set of diamond earrings, too.” They also quote him  as saying he gave her “a few pairs” of Louboutins. 

First of all, all precious stones are measured in carats, the standard measurement of weight.There was no mention of the type of stone in the ring. Secondly,  if Nene received an 8 carat ring, of any sort, she would  surely tweet a picture. That is what Nene does.  Color me skeptical about there being any 8 carat diamond ring, total weight or otherwise.  This necklace was Nene’s big Christmas gift “from him”. 

She also tweeted a picture of “diamond  earrings” that were also “from him” on her birthday.  I know enough about jewelry to know these earrings are not from Cartier or Tiffany. It’s odd to me that there is no jeweler name on the inside of the lid of the box. It is impossible to authenticate diamonds from a picture on the Internet but if they were from a major jewelry company, I think it would be obvious.

I am not making this post to call out Nene’s gifts. I am pointing out some inconsistencies between John Kolaj’s interview quotes and Nene’s tweets. And also to  question why neither Nene nor John will state for the record what their relationship is. Nene is trying very hard in her tweets to appear as though she is in a relationship with someone that is serious enough to warrant expensive gifts. John certainly has plenty of money. If it IS him, I would think Bravo would want Nene to admit it. I mean after all that is the “storyline” right?  Yet Nene remains married to Gregg. For whatever reason, Nene seems to be pretending to be in a relationship with John. Perhaps John didn’t quite have the gift list straight when he interviewed with Wetpaint?  It’s all very strange to me.  What do y’all  think is going on?


Filed under Atlanta, Gregg Leakes, John Kolaj, NeNe Leakes, RHOA

More Storytime with Sheree, Y’all!

Random unsourced picture of
Sheree and Miss Lawrence circa 2009

Update: I removed the video as it was acting up something awful. I spent a LOT of time trying to fix it last night in a vortex of hysteria and have now officially given up trying to fix it. Instead, please click the link. :) Also that is one of those sites that starts multiple videos at once so you need to shimmy down the page really quick and stop the ad on the bottom left. Frankly, this interview really isn’t worth all the trouble. I’m sorry I even blogged it at this point. got an exclusive interview with Sheree and she tells us all about her struggles with men and business. And she doesn’t mention Nene ONCE!

Apparently she has her sites set on Kobe Bryant. I think they would make a delightful couple. She admires his commitment to marriage. I’m not making this up, she really says that. Also she is suddenly bringing She by Sheree back with a fitness clothing line. And she is tired of all the rumors about who she is dating! What you haven’t heard them either? Don’t worry, she will tell you all about them. As soon as she can remember the name of her very good friend. I can’t wait to hear what y’all have to say about this.


Filed under Atlanta, She by Sheree, Sheree Whitfield

Real Housewives Are Poster Girls for Responsible Drinking?

Here is the PR release on the Housewives NYE Parties.

‘Housewife’ aficionados have the opportunity to toast stylishly alongside a housewife at one of five sizzling New Year’s Eve celebrations: Kim Zolciak in New York, Taylor Armstrong in Chicago, Kandi Burruss in Miami, Alexis Bellino in Los Angeles and Gretchen Rossi in Houston, Texas.
“We are so excited to partner with CIROC during this holiday season, to bring our fans a uniquely glamorous opportunity to greet the New Year with The Real Housewives,” said Ellen Stone, SVP of Marketing for Bravo.
Committed to keeping consumers safe, CIROC and Combs, in partnership with these glitzy Housewives, will further ignite the brand’s social responsibility platform with the execution of the fourth annual “CIROC Safe Rides” program. This initiative provides consumers with access to free and secure transportation from their New Year’s Eve fetes. Leading up to New Year’s, Kim Zolciak, Taylor Armstrong and others will surprise lucky pedestrians with CIROC Safe Rides cards to ensure that they get home safely on New Year’s Eve.  Additionally on December 31, designated CIROC brand ambassadors will distribute thousands of “Safe Ride” cards to adult consumers in major metropolitan cities across the country. In New York, Chicago and Miami cards valued at $15 will be redeemable for usage in taxis, black cars, and liveries. CIROC will give Atlanta area consumers metro cards good for use on MARTA at the end of their big night.
New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite times of year. I love the energy of people coming together all over the world to celebrate life – what was and what is yet to come,” said Combs. “I want everyone to know that however they choose to ring in the New Year, it is important to celebrate safely and responsibly.”
In addition, these starlets will remind fans to celebrate the holidays responsibly through dedicated public service announcements and other multi-media programming on select lifestyle media outlets through the month December.
New Year’s Eve is filled with anticipation for new beginnings and a brighter future. I want to remind all of CIROC’s loyal fans to start the New Year out right by celebrating this special time responsibly,” said Taylor Armstrong of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Because nothing says drink responsibly like having a housewife give you a free MARTA pass. Am I the only one who remembers seeing Kim Zolciak driving around town in a convertible with a glass of wine in SEVERAL episodes of RHOA? Might I just point out if you are drunk in downtown Atlanta in the wee hours that MARTA is generally not the safest option? I wonder why Kandi was not in the video? Ciroc could really use some help choosing people for this promotion. I’m surprised the housewives didn’t have a martini glass in their hands. They were in the back of a limo. This whole campaign seems very poorly thought out to me. What do you think?


Filed under Atlanta, Kandi Burruss, Kim Zolciak, RHOA

Justin Bieber’s Grandparents in Serious Car Accident

Justin Bieber’s grandparents were in a pretty serious car accident yesterday. His mom, Pattie Mallette who lives in Atlanta, reported the accident on twitter yesterday “My parents got into a car accident today. They flipped into a ditch & totaled the car but thank God they are alive! My dad has broken ribs. Plz pray 4 him 4 quick healing! Count your blessings & forgive ur parents always. U never know what tomorrow holds!!!”  Police from Stratford, Ontario, Bieber’s hometown said that the couple skidded on some wet snow and flew into a ditch rolling the car once before flipping back upright. The Biebs was in Stratford as of December 26th where he tweeted the picture at left of him with some of his family members.  He was tweeting  about basketball a few minutes ago. Not sure if he is still up there or not. There has been no official comment from Justin wherever he is. Meanwhile, tween girls everywhere sob in sympathy while dousing themselves in the Someday perfume that Santa brought all the Beliebers on his nice list. I knew you would all want to know.


Filed under Atlanta

Joshilyn Jackson: A Grown-up Kind of Pretty

If you got one of them fancy Kindle Fire thangamajigs or the Nook doohickey for Christmas, or Hannukah or Festivus or whatever, then you might just be looking for something to load onto it. Or whatever it is you people do. I suggest that you click here  if you have a kindle or click here if you have a nook and download every single book by Joshilyn Jackson.

That is all. I have spoken. So shall it be done.

Really? You need more information? Alrighty then. Jackson is sort of a round-the-way Atlantan (she’s really from the Redneck Riveria but let’s not go there) who writes southern novels. If you love Flannery O’Connor, and if you don’t there is something seriously wrong with you and you are probably a yankee, you will love her.  Her books are about southern families and all the crazy involved therein. Didn’t you just spend time with your family? It’s kind of like that but without actually having to deal with them in person.  The main characters are women that you may love or hate that you love. Mixed in with their southern charms are secrets and lies and guilt and shame and violent outbursts and murders and tearful remorse.  And all of this is somehow wrapped in a sort of humor that southerns use to embrace, and often  even deify, their own personal crazy. Or something. I am probably explaining this all wrong which is why I wanted to end this post a paragraph ago.

When I find a new author I know I am going to love I have to start with their first novel and work my way through. For Jackson, this is gods in Alabama.  It’s about this white southern Baptist girl who kills the star football player in high school and runs off to Chicago after making a deal with God to stop being a whore and telling lies if He just gives her a pass on this one transgression. Wait. That is not right. It’s about a white southern Baptist girl who falls in love with a black guy from Chicago and can’t tell her parents. No, actually that is but a teensy, tiny, to the point of almost being irrelevant, part of the storyline. I guess this is why those fancypants New York Times book reviews never tell you what the book is about. It’s just too hard. I reckon a fancypants NYT reviewer would say something like, “it’s a story of redemption” or something. Y’all are gonna have to just trust me that it is a damn good story about some chick’s desperate choices that will have you laughing and crying at the same time. Just get the book.

Or just get the new book that will be released January 25, 2012, A Grown-up Kind of Pretty. I’ll just let Jackson’s website tell you what that is about. It says, “When a long-hidden grave is unearthed in the backyard, headstrong young Mosey Slocumb is determined to investigate. What she learns could cost her family everything…” Oh did I mention her books are mysteries? No? Well they are.  You can buy the new book  AS AN ACTUAL BOOK  signed by the author by going HERE.  You can read the first chapter HERE.  I will be, if sanity is present in a large enough quantity on January 25, in a book store selecting the most pristine copy on the shelves to add to my library. However you choose to read it, whether on an electronic doohickey or thangamajig or the way the Almighty God intended, let me know what you think!


Filed under Atlanta