Monthly Archives: January 2012

Ted Turner, Atlanta Billionaire I Almost Know.

Ted Turner looking good at 74

Okay, so moving on to a new topic. I was just sitting around thinking about all the elderly billionaires I know in Atlanta and my friend Ted Turner popped to mind for some reason. One time when I was on a church youth group excursion to TURNER FIELD to watch the Braves play I noticed he had lots of empty seat near him. So I walked down and asked if I could join him. I was about 15. He said “No, I don’t think my wife would like that”. So he’s a friend in my head. A friend who doesn’t share, but still. He’s NOT 80 though only like 74 or so. Phaedra Parks was recently very involved with his Captain Planet Fundraiser. I’m sure she knows Ted well from working on fundraisers. He surely could afford to buy some Chanel bags and a townhouse in Midtown. HYPOTHETICALLY SPEAKING,if it were 74 year old penis, would that make it better? I mean it works for Hugh Hefner…I’m of course not trying to imply anything here. I was just thinking about billionaires in Atlanta one might blow for Chanel bags for some reason.  I bet lots of girls would blow Ted Turner for a closet full of Chanel bags. I’m not one, but if that were the only way I had to survive and I squinted a lot, I  I would probably ask for better weave first thing.

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Nene Leakes Seems Oddly Angry with Sheree and Phaedra

Nene Leakes has had a lot to say on twitter in the past day or two. Up until yesterday, it was mostly her usual tweets about what she is doing and retweeting fan support. She seems to be encouraging her fans to let Bravo know that RHOA would be nothing without her. Bravo Andy can’t do an episode of WWHL without mentioning Nene. One would think that means she is good to go for next season. However, her tweets are starting to sound more and more like someone on the way out. When someone works with the public and receives a compliment from a customer and responds with “can you tell that to my boss?” it is usually an indication that they feel their boss does not value them and needs to hear from outside sources that they are working hard.  Her tweets tend to have that feel to them lately. Find out who Nene is hating on now, after the jump.

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RHOA In Capetown: You Can Take A Girl Out of the Ghetto…

One of the Dancers from
the Shamwari Drumming Scene

I am trying to watch this without getting my blood pressure up, but LAWD is it hard. Marlo Hampton is the poster child for the “Ugly American” traveler. She has absolutely no idea how to travel, or more importantly behave in public. While I appreciate she bought a book on etiquette to try to learn some basic table manners, but the first rule of etiquette is it is extremely impolite to discuss other people’s etiquette. Is Marlo on something that makes her run at the mouth all the time or is that just a natural personality flaw? Also, What the hell is wrong with her hair?  If even mild-mannered Cynthia has to tell Marlo to shut up, then the girl has a problem.

The fight begins because Marlo goes off for not being invited to the party in Llandudno. With her behavior no one can blame Sheree for not inviting an annoying unstable convicted felon to a private party. Sheree starts pointing out that Marlo sleeps with 80 year old men for her money. A point that Marlo does not deny. They argue about whether or not Marlo’s sugar daddy is married. Marlo says he isn’t. I say the issue should be 80 year old penis. Because I just can’t get the wrinkly image of that out of my head; nor fathom why someone would um, er, ah, voluntarily, um, be exposed to such a thing. How bad do you really want a Birkin bag and some Loubs? I have got to get the visual of how Marlo makes her money out of my head. Also, did Marlo go after Sheree for the air mattresses on the floor? Had she seen the episode with the air mattresses already? I didn’t think anyone had been to Sheree’s “townhouse”. That was odd.
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Orphan Tourism in South Africa

In an upcoming episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta the cast members visit an orphanage. I have a lot to say on this issue and none of it is good. What could be wrong with visiting an orphanage, hugging some socio-economically deprived kids and maybe bringing them a candy or twelve? Well lots of things. This isn’t your average RHOA post and may not be for everyone. On the other hand, it could be enlightening for some of y’all. It provides a bit of background on South African orphan tourism and its effects. We will have to tune in tomorrow to see how Marlo responds to the orphanage. As someone who has struggled with the effects of foster care, I am sure we will see generous donations to the South African children and lots of personal interaction.

Celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie who adopt children internationally have unintentionally spread the idea that dropping by an orphanage when in a country with residential care centers for poor and orphaned children is a noble act of kindness that benefits the children. This led to well- intentioned travelers seeking out orphanages while vacationing as a way of “giving back” on a global level. While these intentions are honorable, it tends to call to mind the old saying , “The path to hell is paved with good intentions.” Click through the jump to see why.

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Kandi Burruss on CNN’s Showbiz Tonight

I’ve edited out the video because CNN keeps giving me phantom hits when someone reads it and it’s messing up my true view count. sorry.

According to CNN’s The Marquee Blog, Kandi has done an interview about her opinions on some of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Specifically, her views on Taylor Armstrong’s book about her abusive relationship with her deceased husband Russell Armstrong and her opinions on Kim Richards’ alcoholism. The clip posted above is very brief and discusses just the Taylor situation. The brief blog goes on to say that Kandi’s line of sex toys, Bedroom Kandi, won an American Adult Video Award this past weekend. Mama Joyce must be so proud! Continue reading

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Sheree talks about Child Support

I got a lot going on here tonight, so here is an interview with Sheree you might have missed  where she explains the whole child support thing. I have more news on that but don’t have time to get into all that now.

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Honey Badger Don’t Give A SHIT!

OMG I LOVE RANDALL MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF!  Had I read my email earlier I could have saved my RHOA post!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to see Randall’s face.  OMG.

If you have never seen the original Honey Badger video which the pistachio commercial is based on and the football players name themself after  YOU MUST WATCH THIS!  My BFF Anne Boleyn sent me the BOOK! It’s so awesome and has all the cuss words! Honey Badger Don’t Care: Randall’s Guide to Crazy, Nastyass Animals

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Fight In Cape Town

Ever since I started this blog a few months ago, I’ve been doing some investigating into the RHOA trip to South Africa. I’ve been turning over rocks and trying to make friends in South Africa with people who may know something. I’ve found out bits and pieces that when all weaved together tell a story. I’ve been waiting for more than a bit here and a piece there to get some more explosive insight as to what is going on. It’s been a very slow process. Sometimes, though I forget that I haven’t told you guys everything I know yet. Not so much because I am holding back but because I wanted to know more before I posted. I wanted to have the bigger picture.

So tonight, while trying to figure out what to blog about, I realized that there is a lot I haven’t told you. More than enough for a blog post, but not as much as I would like for there to be on this particular story. I wanted to have MORE. I am working on it. But for tonight, I’m just going to go ahead and tell you what I know about the whole scene from the next episode where Marlo goes off on Sheree for not inviting her to a party. Skip through the jump for the tea.

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Nene Leakes on The Game Tonight

So last Tuesday on Glee, we saw Nene’s first scene in her big role. Literally, it was one scene. While following Nene on twitter, I noticed that she was running her lines quite a bit. From the sound of things she was memorizing some major lines. She hired an acting coach in LA to help her get into character. Then we saw a brief scene that was basically neck-rolling Nene spitting insults.  She was filming that scene all of one day and half of another. So after show, I decided to wait to discuss it until the Michael Jackson tribute episode which airs next Tuesday. Maybe she has more lines that show her abilities as an actress then.

In about half an hour, Nene will be on the game, playing herself for the most part. In the show, she has a clothing line coming out, but it will be the same ole loud mouth Nene. It comes on BET tonight at 10 pm. Go watch it and come back and tell me what you think.

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Shamwari Game Resort: The Girls Go "Glamping"

I’ve been getting some questions about Shamwari Game Reserve where the housewives and convicted felon will be going on safari. Shamwari is a game reserve, which means it is about 60,000 acres of land enclosed by electrical fencing rather than an actual wild environment like one might find on a safari in other countries, like Kenya. Though some refer to it as “safari lite”, the animals are live, plentiful and certainly in no way domesticated. There are seven lodges to choose from on the vast property. It is my guess that Bravo put the ladies in Bayethe Lodge. It is the most expensive with prices in 2011 well over $1,000 per night. It is also the only TENT Lodge. The video above narrated by some guy who had clearly been drinking some liquid courage before retiring, will show you that while the tent has wooden floors, plumbing and electricity, there are portions of walls that are in fact canvas.  The good news is that it seems that Bravo took up the entire lounge for the shooting. Click through the jump for more details

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Bravo’s Best Work Ever!

Bravo mocking us, mocking them for mocking us over their contrived editing process. It’s the best thing Bravo has ever produced.

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Meet The Cast, Check out the Preview for Shahs of Sunset

Hmm, It looks like the embed code isn’t up and working yet. You can use this link to view the video at Bravo.  Edited: Embem code fixed.

The press release for Shahs of Sunset just came out. Be sure to read here and here to find out about all the drama surrounding the taping of the show.  Based on those posts, it would seem that the only thing new about this Bravo “docu-series” is the ethnicity of the cast.  It looks like it may be more Iranian Jersey Shore than Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. So peep the video, and read about the cast and tell me what you think about the whole concept.

The show premieres, March 11 at 10pm which is a Sunday night. (Thanks Pam for asking)

Mercedes “MJ” Javid
MJ is a 30-something year old, luxury real estate agent living in the Hollywood Hills. A known party girl, she sometimes struggles balancing her “networking” at night with her early mornings at the office. Coming from different sides of the spectrum MJ and her overbearing and unconventional Persian mother, Vida, fight over everything including the way MJ dresses. MJ struggles to find out who she really is and what she really wants from her friends, from her work, and from her family.
Reza Farahan
Born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Beverly Hills, Reza is a 38 year old prominent player in the Los Angeles real estate world. He is one of few openly gay Persians in the community and often struggles with gossip and prejudice regarding his sexuality. Reza’s family supports him in spite of the pressure they feel to ostracize him. Despite his untraditional style, Reza is an old fashioned guy at heart who wants a partner, a family, and the American White Picket Fence happy ending, but he is going to have to get past the baggage he carries from his upbringing to achieve it.
A$a Rahmati
A$a is a controversial singer/artist who prides herself on living the “Modern Persian gypsy bohemian lifestyle” and is prominent in the Venice artist scene. A refugee who fled Iran as a young girl A$a grew up in Europe before moving to Los Angeles as a teenager. The sassy 35 year old is often considered an outsider in the group doing whatever she wants, whenever she wants including dating outside her race and religion. With little desire to settle down any time soon, A$a’s main priority in life is staying true to herself and her career.
Sammy Younai
Sammy is a residential developer in Beverly Hills specializing in building multi-million dollar homes specifically for the Persian community. Constantly working to make a deal, Sammy feels the pressure from his family and culture to be wildly successful in his career. The 35 year old is a “ladies man” and is always on the prowl for his next fling, but recently began debating if it’s time to find the right Persian girl who appreciates what’s in his heart and not in his wallet.
Mike Shouhed
Mike is part of the self-appointed “Persian Real Estate Mafia” in Los Angles. After being a high roller in the Vegas commercial real estate market, Mike lost his shirt in the crash and has moved back home to rebuild. The 33 year old reformed player has the best of intentions, but old habits are hard to break and Mike can’t seem to stop charming every girl in the room. His friends joke he’s looking for “the one” every night at the club, but ultimately he is looking for a woman he can bring home to his mother.
Golnesa “GG” Gharachedadhi
GG is an exotic beauty with a fiery temper and very little filter. Fully supported by her father, this classic “Persian Princess,” goes out to lunch with her friends during the day and shops for Mr. Persian Right at night. More than ready to start a family, GG is definitely looking to settle down, but the 29 year old is having a hard time finding a man that can support the lavish lifestyle and handle her unapologetic personality.

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