Kenya Moore is a woman of her word. She will be in Detroit next week to present a check to the Detroit Public School System for $20,000. If you recall, Nene challenged Kenya to make the donation to a charity of her choice for $20K and Nene would match it. Time to go look in that empty Hermes bag, Nene!
Article excerpts from Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press Education Writer (Click for full story)
Kenya Moore, a cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” will donate $20,000 during an appearance Oct. 17 at Cass Technical High School, her alma mater. It will be filmed for an upcoming episode of the show.
Moore said her Detroit roots, the inequities she sees in the education system and the city’s financial problems inspired her to give back. “I think right now it’s a dire situation for Detroit. I wish I could give more of my money to DPS. Clearly, $20,000 is not going to solve the problem, (but) hopefully it will help.”
Moore also plans to start a scholarship program for girls who attend Cass Tech. Moore and fellow cast member NeNe Leakes each pledged to donate $20,000 during a sixth-season reunion episode of the Bravo TV show. It was taped in March and aired in May.
Naturally, it is an important contribution, and it is the kind of thing you want to see happen because when someone makes a public declaration, you want to feel as though it was an honest commitment,” said Glenda Price, president of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. “When we heard a date, we realized it was an honest commitment.”
Moore grew up near Livernois and Tireman on Detroit’s west side. The grandmother who raised her, Doris Grant, still lives in the city, as do several other relatives. “My grandmother, she never praised me for being attractive or beautiful,” Moore said. “She always praised me when I brought home all A’s. She praised me when the teachers would give me a good report. She encouraged us to value what’s between your ears.”
During a fiery exchange on the reunion show, Leakes challenged Moore to donate $20,000 to a charity. Moore paused a moment before naming the foundation. It’s unclear whether Leakes plans to pay up.
“We’ve never had any communication with her or her staff,” Price said Thursday. “It was challenge that she said she would match, but we’ll see.”
You said, what you said, Nene.