Black News, Entertainment, Style and Culture - HuffPost Black Voices
iOS app Android app More
August 29, 2015

When You Realize What Matters Most

Jonathan Martin Nfl Joel Auerbach via Getty Images

One day, you realize how absurd your current mindset is, that this shit doesn't matter. You let your demons go, knowing that, perhaps, sharing your story can help some other chubby, goofy, socially-isolated, sensitive kid getting bulled in America who feels like no one in the world cares about him.

7 Facts School Leaders Want You To Know About Kids In New Orleans

Athena Image
Mario Tama via Getty Images

Racial Disparities Still Rage On In New Orleans, But It Isn't All Bad News

Athena Image
MCT via Getty Images

New Orleans Marks 10 Years Since Hurricane Katrina

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

How Social Media Would Have Changed Hurricane Katrina Coverage

Athena Image
Julie Dermansky via Getty Images

Ohio Cop Pulls Over Black Man Who 'Made Direct Eye Contact' With Him

Pulled Over Making Direct Eye Contact
John Felton

Misty Copeland Makes Her Broadway Debut

Athena Image
Bruce Glikas via Getty Images

'Crazy' St. Louis County Municipal Court System Fights To Survive

Athena Image
Michael B. Thomas via Getty Images

Ex-KKK Member Killed 3 Near Jewish Sites 'To Stop Genocide Against My People'

Athena Image
Handout via Getty Images

After Katrina, Here’s How New Orleans Improved Education, Low-Income Housing, Health Care

Athena Image
Mario Tama via Getty Images

Scientists Find A Way To Combat Racial Bias Among Little Kids

Athena Image
Credit: 4774344sean via Getty Images

Judge Refuses To Delay Trial For Ex-Cop Charged In Dashcam Beating

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Katrina Displacement Took Major Psychological Toll On Some Moms

Athena Image
Credit: Mario Tama via Getty Images

Lil Wayne On Hurricane Katrina Anniversary: 'It’s No Change'

Athena Image
John Lamparski via Getty Images

Black Man Jailed For Months Over $5 Theft Found Dead In Cell

Athena Image
Jamycheal Mitchell

No Retrial For White Cop Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Jonathan Ferrell

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Martin Luther King Jr. Delivered His 'I Have A Dream' Speech 52 Years Ago Today

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

George W. Bush Returns To New Orleans For Hurricane Katrina Anniversary

Athena Image
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images

Obama Recovers From Gaffe By Singing 'Movin' On Up'

Obama
MSNBC

A Group Of Chicago Residents Are Starving Themselves To Save A School

Athena Image
Tasos Katopodis via Getty Images
Global Black Voices
 

Apparently Going to the Beach Is Now a Crime in Rio. Driving With 14 DUI Tickets Is Not

Rio De Janeiro Beaches
Mario Tama via Getty Images

George Zimmerman Calls President Obama An 'Ignorant Baboon'

George Zimmerman
George Zimmerman

Gun Control Might Not Have Stopped The WDBJ Shooter. That's Not The Point.

Wdbj
Facebook

15 Of The Best Things Ever Written About Hurricane Katrina

Athena Image
Credit: Jacqueline Larma/Associated Press

5 Reasons Lauryn Hill's Influence On Music Is Incomparable

Athena Image
RTNKabik/MediaPunch/IPx

The 'Appalling' Ways The Media Framed The Narrative After Hurricane Katrina

Disaster Weather Evacuation Victim Refugee Residen
Marko Georgiev via Getty Images

Dad Allegedly Robbed Bank To Pay For Daughter's Cancer Treatment

Rob Bank Cancer
WXYZ

#BlackLivesMatter Activists Call For Charges In Brutal Death Of Prisoner Samuel Harrell

Samuel Harrell Fishkill
Courtesy Beldock Levine

Haunting Photos Show The Real New Orleans, Through Hope And Despair

Athena Image
Credit: David G. Spielman/The Historic New Orleans Collection

Obama Lauds New Orleans' Progress Since Katrina, Says There's More To Be Done

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

In Under A Minute, This Filmmaker Captures the Challenges Of Post-Katrina New Orleans

Katrina New Orleans Black Community Christopher St
Christopher Stoudt

4 'Reverse Racism' Myths That Need To Stop

White People
tumblr

Rand Paul Thinks He Has A Better Name For Black Lives Matter

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sandra Bland's New Legacy Will Force People To #SayHerName

Athena Image
KENA BETANCUR via Getty Images

Serena Williams Has The Perfect Response To Maria Sharapova Endorsement Gap

Athena Image
Rob Carr via Getty Images

MSNBC's Trymaine Lee Returns To New Orleans For Katrina-Anniversary Coverage

Trymaine Lee Hurricane Katrina
Nola.com

These Are The Forgotten Images Of Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina Rescue Baby
getty

TV Shooter Showed 'Bizarre Behavior' Throughout Volatile Career

Athena Image
Credit: Huffington Post

Jazmine Sullivan Recalls Past Abusive Relationship In Instagram Post

Athena Image
Leon Bennett via Getty Images

Fox News Gets Schooled On Why WDBJ Shooting Isn't Necessarily An Anti-White Hate Crime

Wdbj
Fox News

FOLLOW HUFFPOST

    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    1. HuffPost
    2. Black Voices
    3. View all RSS feeds

Georgia Tech Investigating Fraternity For Alleged Racial Slurs

Georgia Tech Frat Protest
Twitter

As Much As I Can, As Black As I Am: The Queer History of Grace Jones

Athena Image
Roger Kisby via Getty Images

The Big Problem With Calling African Fashion 'Tribal'

Athena Image
House of Tayo

The One Thing Patti LaBelle Refuses To Do On 'Empire'

Patti Labelle
Derek Blanks

Remember That Time Eddie Murphy Walked Into The Women’s Room At The VMAs?

Youtube
YouTube

Nature Expert Snoop Dogg Breaks Down Frog 'Orgy' On 'Kimmel'

Kimmel
YouTube

Derrick Rose Responds To Ex-Girlfriend's Gang Rape Allegations

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Women Explain Why It’s Not On Them To Stop Street Harassment

Street Harassment
Hollaback! and Modcloth

Spike Lee On Honorary Oscar: 'This Came Out Of Nowhere'

Athena Image
David Banks via Getty Images

Sorry, White People, Sylvia Plath Did Not Invent 'Basic'

Athena Image
AP/AP

Chiwetel Ejiofor's 'Z For Zachariah' Is A Poignant Post-Apocalyptic Tale Thats Stands Out From The Rest

Athena Image
Roadside Attractions

Derrick Rose Gang Rape Allegations Are 'Completely False,' Says Lawyer

Athena Image
Nathaniel S. Butler via Getty Images

Fastest Man On Earth No Match For Out-Of-Control Segway

Vine
Vine

LeBron James Sells His Miami Home For $13.4 Million

Lebron
Twitter

Former NBA Player Darryl Dawkins Dead At 58

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Jennifer Hudson Sings In 'Color Purple' Music Video Ahead Of Broadway Debut

Athena Image
Jeff Schear via Getty Images

Meet The Makeup Artist Who Painted Grace Jones' Naked Body

Athena Image
Roger Kisby via Getty Images

Kobe Bryant Is Older, Wiser And Reflecting On His Feud With Shaq

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

States Pressed To Increase Efforts To Reduce Drownings

Athena Image
4774344sean via Getty Images

MSNBC Moves Al Sharpton To Sunday Mornings

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Former NFL Player Jonathan Martin Says He Attempted Suicide 'Multiple' Times

Athena Image
Chuck Burton/AP

Amber Rose And Blac Chyna Reality Show Reportedly In The Works At MTV

Amber Rose Blac Chyna
Instagram

22 Sexy Songs That Give Female Masturbation The Love It Deserves

Love Myself
Hailee Steinfeld

Taraji P. Henson Says 'Empire' Is Great In Every Way, Except Dating

Athena Image
Steve Granitz via Getty Images

Kanye West Looks Damn Near Joyous In This Photograph

Kanye West
Instagram

Amber Rose Tries Out A New Look In Latest Sexy Selfie

Athena Image
Prince Williams via Getty Images

Broadway Veteran Angela Robinson Is Tyler Perry's Jewel In The Crown

Angela Robinson
Fashion Avenue News Magazine

How This 55-Year-Old Is Finally Conquering Her Weight Struggles

Athena Image
Linda Randle

24 Women Bare Their Scars To Reveal The Beauty In Imperfections

Athena Image
Damon Dahlen/Huffington Post

Model Winnie Harlow Says Fan Tributes Are Not Blackface

Athena Image
Instagram

13-Year-Old TV Star Throws Down For Intersectional Feminism

Athena Image
Ron Tom via Getty Images

Formerly Homeless Man Once Ashamed Of Teeth Gets New Smile From Kind Dentist

Harvor Davis
YouTube/USA TODAY

Comedian Tracy Morgan Marries Long-Time Fiancee Megan Wollover

Athena Image
Credit: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Shonda Rhimes Is Developing Yet Another Show For ABC

Athena Image
Frederick M. Brown via Getty Images

Blue Ivy Is Beyoncé's Mini-Me In Matching Swimsuit

Beyonce
Instagram/Beyonce

Mike Epps Talks 'Soaking' Up Richard Pryor Role

Athena Image
Prince Williams via Getty Images

Deborah Cox To Take On Legacies Of Whitney Houston And Josephine Baker

Athena Image
D Dipasupil via Getty Images

How Did Project Runway Finalist Emilio Sosa Find Inspiration In Harlem?

Athena Image
Arun Nevader via Getty Images

40 Essential Books For Any #BlackChurchSyllabus

Athena Image
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Who Said It: Donald Trump Or Kanye West?

Donald Trump Kanye West
Melina Mara, Ezra Shaw

Real Deal On Real Housewives of Atlanta

    Real Deal On 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'
    It looks at though Bravo has another hit on their hand with their latest reality series, 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta.' With a 20 percent increase from its 'New York City' predecessor, the much-buzzed about "docu-drama" -- which follows the life and times of some of Atlanta area's rich and shameless has become a sensation of the blogosphere and the water cooler. BlackVoices.com invites you to take an inside look at the major players of the seven episode series that has become the latest guilty pleasure for millions of TV viewers.

    Sheree Whitfield
    Single mother of three, Sheree previously owned a popular clothing store, Bella Azul, in Atlanta. Now, she has closed shop on the store to focus on her first clothing line called "She by Sheree." In the show's pilot she declared that she expects her alimony to be seven figures and allow her to maintain or exceed the lifestyle she had when married to NFL player Bob Whitfield. Sheree maintains an entourage of personal assistants, publicists and hair stylists at all times.

    Bob Whitfield
    Shereé's soon to be ex-husband is former NFL offensive tackle Bob Whitfield. The two are currently in the midst of a three-year long divorce battle. In episode 2 of 'Housewives' we see Whitfield picking up one of the couple's three children, Tierra. Whitfield announced his NFL retirement in 2007.

    Lisa Wu Hartwell
    Lisa is the career woman of the group. In addition to owning her own real estate firm, Hartwell & Associates, she also has a jewelry line and baby clothing line. She's a mother of three and just married NFL player Ed Hartwell. Her ex-husband is R&B singer Keith Sweat.

    Ed Hartwell
    After four successful seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and two with the Atlanta Falcons, Ed Hartwell just recovered from an injury and has been working out with his wife Lisa to get back in shape to return to the NFL. Hartwell and Lisa have a one-year-old son, EJ together.

    Keith Sweat
    Lisa Wu Hartwell shares two sons, 13-year-old Jordan and ten-year-old Justin, with R&B singer and her ex-husband Keith Sweat. Lisa has been very vocal during her interviews over the past few weeks about how she was disappointed that Sweat refused to sign a waiver to allow their two sons to participate in the show's taping. Sweat has no regrets about his decision, and told Essence.com, "I do not want my children exploited in that way. It would be different if this was more of a family-oriented show on Nickelodeon or Disney."

    Deshawn Snow
    Lifting a finger around her home is not something that Deshawn Snow wants to worry about. After moving into her dream home in Alpharetta, Georgia, she attempts to hire a chef, governess, and full staff to maintain her palatial mansion. In addition to being the mother of three boys, Snow runs a non-profit, The DeShawn Snow Foundation, dedicated to improving self-esteem for teenage girls.

    Eric Snow
    Deshawn Snow and her husband NBA veteran Eric Snow were college sweethearts. Eric began his professional basketball career with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1995. He has since played for the Seattle SuperSonics, the Philadelphia 76ers and now is a guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Last year, he was named co-captain of the Cavaliers, a leadership position he shares with LeBron James.

    Kim Zolciak
    Divorcee Kim Zolciak is the lone white woman on the series. The mother of two girls, 11-year old Brielle and six-year-old Ariana, divorced from her ex-husband when she was pregnant with their youngest daughter. She is a stay-at-home mom and aspiring country singer. Kim is closest to Nene on the show. The two have known each other for years and are shopping buddies and all-around hang out partners. Kim spent $18,000 on her daughter Brielle's eleventh birthday on the second episode of 'Housewives.' Kim considers herself a classy lady and decides instead of changing her clothes in a gas station bathroom she would rather do it instead in the parking lot and protected by Nene and her stylist.

    Big Papa
    There have been lots of guesses of who Kim's Big Papa really is. He allowed her to drop sixty-eight thousand dollars on a Cadillac Escalade, so that she can drive the car off the lot. Some say Kim's boyfriend could be a married man and others think he may be private. What we do know is that Big Papa is a celebrity. He resides in Atlanta. Some of Kim's closest friends still do not know who he is and Kim hopes to marry him one day.

Leakes doesn't appear to be suffering by any means. In the first episode of the new season, viewers get an inside look at the mother of two decorating a new home that she and husband Gregg purchased. Her popular best gay friend Dwight turns up to give her tips.

But for Sheree Whitfield, the season premiere showcases more of what the blogosphere has been circulating: Whitfield is not as wealthy as she once was. The aspiring clothing wear designer's home went into foreclosure, a private matter made public, thanks to a large story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The ex-wife of Atlanta Falcons player Bob Whitfield has now downsized to a much smaller home with her two children, but she hasn't slowed down celebrating herself. This season sees her again butting heads with her party planner.

And while it isn't clear whether Kim Zolciak still has aspirations to become a country singer, we learn that the blonde vixen has severed ties with her "Big Poppa" boyfriend and is trying to become financially independent by starting a wig line.

At 38, NFL wife Lisa Wu Hartwell is contemplating having another baby, and NeNe, whose new home is close to Hartwell's, spends more time with her new friend.

Fans of the show will be introduced to the show's newest housewife, Kandi Burruss, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who was a member of the platinum-selling 1990s R&B group Xscape.

As previously reported, NBA wife Deshawn Snow is out of the mix this time around.

From a teaser commercial, it is clear that Leakes and Burruss have a heated argument later in the season.

"I didn't know Kandi before the 'Housewives of Atlanta,' and I still don't know Kandi today," Leakes says. "Kandi came in our circle and prejudged me...she hangs out with Kim a lot, and I think Kim has fed her a lot of negativity."

"I would have appreciated her getting to know me first. I felt like she didn't do that. She is a weak-ass woman 'cause she should have gotten to know me first. How you know Kim ain't telling you a bunch of lies?"

Don't expect Leakes to go down without a fight. Tune in to the new season of Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' when it returns July 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

If you were entertained by Leakes calling Burruss a "weak-ass" woman, wait until you hear what else she has to say in part two of our exclusive interview. Stay tuned!


Mel B Pictures

    In this photo provided by Kraft Foods, Spice Girl "Mel B" poses for a photo wearing a T-shirt she designed based on the classic pink ribbon used for breast cancer awareness, after a fashion show and launch of "Pose for the Cure" web site to help Kraft Foods raise money for the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' fight against breast cancer in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. The shirt is for sale on the web site and the net proceeds will benefit the foundation. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, Ray Stubblebine) **NO SALES**

    AP

    In this photo provided by Kraft Foods, Spice Girl "Mel B" poses for a photo wearing a T-shirt she designed based on the classic pink ribbon used for breast cancer awareness, after a fashion show and launch of "Pose for the Cure" web site to help Kraft Foods raise money for the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' fight against breast cancer in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. The shirt is for sale on the web site and the net proceeds will benefit the foundation. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, Ray Stubblebine) **NO SALES**

    AP

    In this undated image released by Oxfam Tuesday Sept. 23, 2008, British singer Mel B participates in the 'In My Name' global campaign calling for action against poverty and demanding world leaders keep their promises on millennium development goals. (AP Photo/Oxfam, HO) ** NO SALES **

    AP

    In this photo provided by Kraft Foods, Spice Girl Mel B, left, serves as the emcee at a fashion show and launch of "Pose for the Cure" web site to help Kraft Foods raise money for the 'Susan G. Komen for the Cure' fight against breast cancer in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. Mel B wears a T-shirt she designed based on the classic pink ribbon used for breast cancer awareness. The shirt is for sale on the web site and the net proceeds will benefit the foundation. The woman at right is unidentified. (AP Photo/Kraft Foods, Ray Stubblebine) **NO SALES**

    AP

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: TV personality and designer Khloe Kardashian and Olympic-level swimmer and model Amanda Beard (R) pose backstage at the Mel B With Ultimo Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images )

    Getty Images

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Ultimo Scottish designer lingerie brand founder Michelle Mone (L) and pop singer Melanie Brown pose backstage at the Mel B With Ultimo Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images )

    Getty Images

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pop singer Melanie Brown poses backstage at the Mel B With Ultimo Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images )

    Getty Images

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pop singer Melanie Brown and Olympic-level swimmer and model Amanda Beard (R) pose backstage at the Mel B With Ultimo Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images )

    Getty Images

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pop singer Melanie Brown and singer Aubrey O'Day (R) poses backstage at the Mel B With Ultimo Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images )

    Getty Images

    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Pop singer Melanie Brown, Olympic-level swimmer and model Amanda Beard, singer Aubrey O'Day and TV personality and designer Khloe Kardashian pose backstage at the Mel B With Ultimo Spring 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 9, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images )

    Getty Images

Tagged as: bravo, nene leakes, NeneLeakes, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, TheRealHousewivesOfAtlanta
Email This

Comments: (36)

Add a comment

Page 1 of 4

Add a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed but they are required to confirm your comments. When you enter your name and email address, you'll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password."

More on Black Voices

Follow Us

Most Commented Articles

Daily Drama

The Best Clips From TV's Hottest Shows


More Daily Drama >>

Bossip

feed

The Urban Daily

feed
Around the Web