How I ended up in Hawaii at Gunpoint! #AlohaKitty

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One day I was sitting in my office in New York, watching the snow fall.  I was bundled up, and was just existing through yet another snow storm.  One of the Los Angeles bloggers reached out and talked about how he had rented a place with one of his college friends.  From thus point, an idea was born.  Ok, maybe I wasn’t sent here at gunpoint… but it didn’t take much for me to purchase a plane ticket and leave the snowy east coast for authentic good mornings, and better coffee.  I was in the process of moving out of my apartment and needed a place to go and retreat from life.  Also, during this time, I was in the beginning stages of piecing together an outline for my book.

I started my decent into paradise by making a 2 week pit stop in Los Angeles to reconnect with family, and drop off my belongings.  I spent the first week sick due to the change in climates as I went from extreme cold to extreme perfect temperature.  During my sick time, I reached out to several editor friends of mine and offered my freelancer services.  Side Note:  I will be submitting articles to the Examiner.com (wine & spirits) and TravelerMeetsTourist.com (travelers guide) in the coming weeks.

 

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They say that if you stay longer than 14 days in Hawaii, you don’t come back to the mainland.  While on the plane preparing for landing, my first glimpse of paradise was beyond breathtaking.  It called out to my soul, and grabbed my heart.  Before hitting ground, I contemplated never going back…. it was that beautiful.  There are so many transplants here from various places around the world.  One thing they all have in common is they came here to escape something.  Two days after being here, I extended my trip by 2 weeks to make it a total of 6 weeks.  Today marks the first week in, and although it is beyond beautiful here I know that it is not meant for me to stay here permanently. but I will use this time to create, explore, pray, think, write.

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Before I came here, I wasn’t sure if it would happen.  I wasn’t sure if I was deserving of this experience.  Life has made me accustomed to the bad, the heartbreak, the misfortune.  I am 35 years old, and have never taken a vacation.  Even know this is not a vacation as I still continue to work.  However, I am learning to have more and more days where I lay on the beach and disconnect.  Please, follow the blog for updates, Instagram for pictures, and FaceBook/ Twitter for my thoughts in real time.  Also be sure to follow/use the hashtag #AlohaKitty

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SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light in the City: Event Recap

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This past Wednesday, several bloggers and I were treated to a spa day sponsored by Smirnoff Sorbet Light.  Smirnoff tapped GLAM Media to execute this well-tailored event.  Upon my arrival, I was handed a Pomegranate Sorbet cocktail, and presented with several opportunities which included getting a manicure, pedicure, massage, and make-up.  There was a full staff in place dedicated to making sure we were taken care of.  In addition, there was a tarot card reader, a sushi bar set up with a private chef, and other treats that included cheese, fruit, cake pops, and sorbet for dessert.  Of course Smirnoff provided an open bar that kept us all festive during an intensely humid day.

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About SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light

SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light vodka specialties contain 78 calories per 1.5 fl. oz., which is 25 percent fewer calories than the leading dessert-inspired flavored vodkas. They also contain 1.3 grams of carbohydrates and 0 grams of fat or protein per 1.5 fl. oz.  Putting a spin on the flavored vodka category, SMIRNOFF® Sorbet Light ups the ante with three fresh flavors inspired by the sweet, icy and light taste of sorbet. This new line of vodka specialties is 78 calories per 1.5 oz. serving and creates scrumptious, light-tasting cocktails.

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The event was held at the Tenoverten Nail Spa and Event space.  Based on my research, this business specializes in pampering parties for large groups.  I think this concept is pretty ingenious.  Of course you can have a party at any spa- but this particular spa is set up for pamper parties.  The Tenoverten space had a kitchen area for bar, backroom for gift bag set up, and large windows with a city view.  There was lots of light and positive energy flowing through. I know I am kind of straying off topic here (lollll), but this was an awesome space for an event.  I will keep them in mind for future events.

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The sushi chef they brought in came from Haru Sushi.  This restaurant has 6 locations throughout Manhattan.  I enjoyed the food very much, and found it to be super fresh.  The chef was very enthusiastic to be around all of the women.  He kept our plates full, and encouraged us to try everything that he had to offer.  Of course with sushi, this was no small fete.  He had everything from California Rolls, to Spicy Tuna, to Salmon Sake, and Avocado-Cucumber rolls.   Side Note: Those were the only ones I could name, loll.  It was quite a large assortment.

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Now going back to the Smirnoff…. They allowed us each to bring one friend.  I guess when you think about it… what would a spa day be without your friends to be there to have girl talk?!  I brought along my Sister in Blog, Nafeesa, from Shoes n Booze.  Both she and I enjoyed the Pomegranate cocktails very much.  Upon exiting, Smirnoff represented both her and I with these huge gift bags filled with spa, beauty, and products to get us through the summer months.  Now to take it a step back…. The bags themselves were awesome!!!!  Below you will find the picture.  They were these denim bags with an umbre/tye-die affect going on.  I am absolutely in love with it!!!!

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Overall…. Kudos to SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light for hosting an amazing event.  I am so happy to work with the brand!

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Smirnoff Sorbet Logo

SMIRNOFF Sorbet Light Brand Statement:

The deliciously light taste of sorbet now comes in a bottle.  Introducing Smirnoff Sorbet Light. PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY.

Made With Smirnoff Vodka Infused With Natural Flavors. 30% Alc/Vol. ©2013 The Smirnoff” Co., Norwalk, CT.

Per 1.5oz serving: Calories 78, Carbohydrates 1.3g, Fat 0g, Protein 0g.

* 25% FEWER CALORIES THAN THE LEADING DESSERT-INSPIRED VODKA.

 

Disclosure of compensation:

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Smirnoff via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smirnoff.

Real Housewives of Atlanta: S5, Ep15 #rhoa

Real Housewives of Atlanta: S5, Ep15 #rhoa

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Below are 20 thoughts that crossed my mind while watching episode 15 of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Some of these I shared on Twitter. Please feel free to add your own in the comment section, I promise to respond to all…

1. Cynthia shouldn’t have shaded Portia then brought Kenya on to be apart of the event.  Thats not right.

2. UMMM Cordell does not read “straight” to me.  Sorry, I am trying to give him the benefit of the doubt, but NO!

3. Ohhhh poor Jaiden.

4. I want Chef Roble to come cook for me… in the nude, loll.  j/k

5. loll @ “street jargon”  Phaedra knows all about laying low in the streets, lolll.

6. I am not here for any of Kandi’s gospel music… I am not saying that because of the sex toys lolll

7. Did Boris really show up in Jeans and sneakers? lollll

8. Did Cynthia really hire this staff off of Craigslist?! lolll

9.  The kids are soooooo cute!

10. Boris in jeans is KILLING ME!!!! lolll

11.  I am happy that Kenya has a better attitude this episode.

12. Dear Porscha: I love dresses that sparkle as well!!!!! YESSSS!!!

13. They should have had a musical guest while the ballots were being counted.

14. Did they not do a rehearsal prior to the event?

15. AGAIN! Boris… how did you think it was ok to dress casual for a hosting gig?

16. Dear Miss Renaissance: Please contain yourself!  No ugly crying when you accept your tiara.

17. It’s good that all of the ladies came out to support Cynthia.

18. UMMMM So this episode was the Cynthia Episode and we now know for sure that Cynthia could not pull off her own spin off.  She is not that interesting.

19.  I really thought Phaedra was going to throw shade…. but I was WRONG!

20. This episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta was boring.  I have nothing more to add, loll.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mindless Behavior in New York #TeamMindless #mysmartercommerce

 

Mindless Behavior in New York

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to attend the New York movie premiere of “All Around the World”, a documentary following the lives of the members of Mindless Behavior.  The group consist of Prodigy, Princeton, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal.  Me… along with hundreds of young girls (and a few boys, heeyyyyy) got to watch this film.  I used #mysmartercommerce to document and recap this experience through my website and other Social Networks. In complete disclosure… although I am familiar with the group Mindless Behavior, I can’t say that I know much about them.  This post is being written from a non biased standpoint.

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One thing that stood out for me is that I have attended a few movie premieres in my day and I was so very impressed by the fact that the boys not only made an appearance; they stayed in the movie theater and watched the film with us.  They were so very personable and engaging.  I had the opportunity to spend time with the boys before they entered the theater to introduce the film.  I walked upon them huddled in a group with their manager praying before making their appearance.  Afterwards, it was really important to them to take pictures… not for vanity, but to make each moment count by capturing the quiet moments to remain humble.  The significance of this is when no one is looking, they are still well bred, present, and genuinely nice boys.  I hope that these characteristics never leave them as they maneuver through the pits of the entertainment industry.  I have come across some rude, self serving celebrities and Mindless Behavior is the total opposite of that.

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Now on to the movie… hmmm “All around the World“, more like “All Around California”, lollll.  A lot of the filming was done in my hometown which is also where most of the members of Mindless Behavior are from.  This film talks about how they got started, what their day to day process is, insight from their parents, and the important role that their fans play in their overall success.

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“My so was way too talented to stay performing in my living room” -Father of Prodigy

 

If you are in love with any of the members of Mindless Behavior, you will certainly be in for a treat with this movie as the boys periodically workout and practice without their shirts.  Judging by the screams from the young ladies in attendance, this will certainly help to draw large box office success for this film.  This movie wasn’t just about performing; we also saw the groups commitment to community service and playing it forward.  The movie showed the boys visiting various charities, and paying special attention to children with special needs throughout the tour.  They also paid homage to groups who did it before them… The Jackson 5.  I won’t give the movie away, but for someone who didn’t walk into this movie premiere being an über fan, I left with a better understanding of who they are as Mindless Behavior the group, and as individuals.  I was not bored at any point during this movie…. but then again it could have been the screams from the girls in the audience that kept me alert, lolll.  From a parents standpoint…. if you are taking your young daughter (or son… heeyyyyy lolll) to see this movie you will not be bored.  If anything, you will be at ease knowing that your child chose these wholesome young men over other ratchet artist in the industry.

GO SEE THIS MOVIE… it opens March 15th!!!!

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 CLICK TO ENLARGE :)

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Real Housewives of Atlanta: S5, Ep14 #rhoa

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Below are 20 thoughts that crossed my mind while watching episode 14 of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Some of these I shared on Twitter. Please feel free to add your own in the comment section, I promise to respond to all…

 

1.  Real Housewives of Atlanta OPENING SCENE: Porsha…. I really like her.  Her mom looks like she can be a sister, lolll.

2.  UMMMM Cordel likes to play dress up with Porsha…. did that hear that correctly? lolll

3.  Is Phaedra color blind?  Why did I never think of this before?  All this time we have been going in on her, and never considered that she could be color blind.

4.  Awwwwww Kandi and Phaedra are truly friends.

5.  MMMMM Cream Corn…. I loveeee me some cream corn.

6.  I really hope that Kenya is not faking about having lumps in her breast.

7.  I like the theme of Harlem Renaissance.

8. UMMM Porsha doesn’t know how to hold a baby Jaiden…. I am scared for the baby, lolll.

9. Baby Jaiden ain’t having it today, lolll.

10. Cynthia that was very messy… just because you allow all your babies daddies in your home for slumber parties doesn’t mean everyone else does.  That was very tacky of her to put Porsha on the spot.

11.  lollll Cordel has a dark side, I see.  He has Porsha on a tight leash.

12.  Cordel is a messy queen, lolll.  He wants his wife to READ Cynthia.

13. Porsha is not really the confrontational type.

14. Cynthia, I hope that you pt not to work with friends moving forward.

15.  Porsha, Cynthia did you a favor.  Lets move forward with grace.

16.  I hate Kandi’s voice!  There… I said it.

17.  Walter!!!!! lollll  I want him to join the cast.

18.  Cordel… you are the one who added tot he drama.

19.  Well that is good news for Kenya but honestly…. I have no more energy for her on Real Housewives of Atlanta.

20.  Peter, Cordel, and Walter need their own show.

The Walking Dead: S3,E8 “The Suicide King” #thewalkingdead

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Below are 20 thoughts that crossed my mind while watching Season 3, Episode 8 of The Walking Dead. Some of these I shared on Twitter. Please feel free to add your own in the comment section, I promise to respond to all :)

 

1. The Walking Dead OPENING SCENE: Daryl and Merle!!!!! What was the purpose of bringing the zombies out if it was a fight to the death?

2. Side Note: Gosh I missed The Walking Dead…. I am so glad the opening scene jumped straight into the madness.  This show is totally addictive.

3. They needed more zombies in the fog attacking the towns people.

4. I wish that everyone was able to play nice and be together at the prison, but Merle is a racist.  He will never conform, and frankly we don’t trust him.

5. Merle needs to learn to shut up in tough situations.  He keeps yapping his mouth making it worse for himself.

6. OOppsie newbies… don’t bring up the baby thats still a sensitive subject.

7.  Rick better let the newbies join…. the team needs to re-UP on Zombie decoys, lolll.

8.  Damn Glen… I mean I get it, but maybe you need to have a woo-sah moment.

9.  Nooooo Daryl don’t go… ok, I understand BUT damn… you are part of the family!

10.  Watch out for the walkers in the forest…. they are slowly but surely creeping up!!!!!

11.  Bye Daryl *pours out a little liquor*

12.  Machon, you better offer to be Rick’s new boo or something to get yourself out of this mess.

13.  Carol…. shit just got real for you.  Your only chance at getting some Zombie Apocalypse booty has just jumped ship with his brother.

14.  The Governor is still salty about his missing eye, lolll.

15. Andrea, it’s been almost 3 months and you still haven’t smartened up.  Please leave the town already!

16.  Glen… get your life.  We ain’t got time for this.  I get it, but we need to focus on the bigger picture here.

17. C’mon Rick…. just let them join the gang *sheesh*

18. Rick has lost his damn mind!

19. Lori…. you are like the crazy chick that just won’t go away!!!!

20. Tyrese… stay close by, they are going to need you real soon.

 

Glam Media NYFW Event Recap #dailyglam

 

Hey House Cats-

So as I stated in the video, I attended to GLAM Media “Get Glammed Up for Fashion Week” event at the Le Parker Meridien  (119 west 56th Street).  Gravity Fitness led Boogie and Yoga classes.  The dry Bar provided Blow Outs, and Ten Over Ten provided manicures.  This was a truly awesome event and I am so thankful to GLAM Media for allowing me to attend.

Below is a list and description of the items that we received in our gift bags.  Enjoy :)

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Spa Fit Toning Concentrate

This zesty concentrate contains 100% natural-origin citrus ingredients. It will leave skin looking smoother and more toned. For best results, use with other products in the Spa Fit range. Refines and tones Zesty citrus scent With lemon and grapefruit essential oils.

Nordstrom Brush Set (5-Piece)

Makeup must-haves in a shorter handled version, perfect for home or on-the-go. A luxe faux-leather pouch keeps the high quality synthetic brushes stylishly protected. Contains foundation, concealer, allover eyeshadow, eye contour and angled liner brushes.

Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Cleanser

Cleanses and leaves skin looking youthfully alive. This gentle foaming cleanser with Jasmine Flowers and conditioning Oat protein helps dissolve dirt and impurities and release dead cells. Leaves skin looking radiant, smooth and youthfully alive.

Award-winning, lightweight daily moisturiser hydrates and provides antioxidant protection, while improving skin texture and tone, leaving it smooth and radiant.

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The Original Beauty Blender

Look like a star without the pricey services of a major makeup artist. The key to a perfect face is simple: a perfect blend. So forget your fingers or sharp-edged triangular sponges as such application methods waste makeup and can leave visible streaks and pick up beautyblender® instead, the ultimate makeup-sponge applicator. Invented by top Hollywood makeup artist, Rea Ann Silva, beautyblender® has been created to leave you with a professional finish and a flawless complexion.

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Get your glam on…a dazzling mix of textures, details, and ultra modern style.  A dazzling mix of textures, details, and ultra modern style.
Restore skin’s natural protective barrier to help skin hold onto moisture. Its foamy lather thoroughly dissolves all traces of makeup and impurities without stripping skin, while leaving important ingredients behind to repair and protect skin.
Blush is like dessert, you didn’t know you loved it until you had a taste of it. Our blush was developed with easy application and a no-fail color palette in mind—to take the guesswork out of creating a sweet, romantic flush. It’s the little black dress of blushes.
For the inner artist in every woman, Vincent carefully selected three shades of coordinating creme powder eyeshadows and combined them in a single pot, eliminating any color matching frustration.  The easy as 1,2,3  philosophy guides where to place each shadow on your eye.
Created with pure Swedish beeswax, organic shea butter and vitamins A and E for long-lasting, deep-penetrating moisture and lip care protection. LypSyl Intense Protection LypMoisturizer™ helps moisturize, soften and protect your lips naturally. The unique one-hand slide allows for quick application. And, the oversize application tip ensures this ultra- light formula spreads evenly for better lip coverage.
A rare pink jasmine is blended with frangipani flower and peony with undernotes of cashmere wood and white musk.
Glam Media

Real Housewives of Atlanta: S5, Ep13 #rhoa

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Below are 20 thoughts that crossed my mind while watching episode 13 of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Some of these I shared on Twitter. Please feel free to add your own in the comment section, I promise to respond to all…

 

1. Real Housewives of Atlanta Opening Scene Kenya: *sighs*

2. People talk about Phaedra’s body as if she is out of shape.  Her body is decent.

3. Phaedra wouldn’t know class if it landed in her lap lolll smh @ Apollo grabbing on her booty.

4. Kenya invited Porscha to lunch!!!!!!

5. Porscha needs to stop cutting people off.

6. Kenya is dead wrong for trying to get Porscha over to her side.

7.  I am so glad Porscha held her ground and didn’t want to get caught up in the he said she said.

8. Why do I feel as if Cynthia keeps taking digs at Porscha?

9. Cynthia seems like a snake sitting at the table.  I wish she would keep it real and say that she is no longer cool with Phaedra.

10.  I don’t understand why Cynthia had an issue with Phaedra talking to her “friends” about her situation.  These ladies are supposed to be friends, right?  Kenya is someone who is new to the circle.

11. Cynthia just showed how messy she is.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.

12.  I love how Lawrence was able to continue on without Sheree.

13.  Kenya’s attitude makes her so ugly.  I am tired of her claiming “role model”.

14. Kenya was looking real old, desperate, and stressed out during this episode.

15. Cynthia should know well enough than to work with friends.

16. Phaedra really held her own in the argument against Kenya.

17. Kudo’s to Kandi for having Phaedra’s back.  Since Cynthia has so much to say in the green room, I was looking for her to do the same for Kenya.

18.  Kenya appears to be wearing “Stripper Shape Wear” to make her booty sit right.  You can see the lines through her workout wear.

19. I am disappointed in Lawrence.  He has made an opinion about Phaedra without even speaking to her based on what someone else told him.  Also, not everyone is going to be ok with men wearing heels.  That was Lawrence’s opportunity to be the bigger person and shine bright like a diamond. 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

20. Wow Kenya must be really at the end of her rope to come on to Atlanta Housewives and make this big of fool of herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KBTV: The Kitty Diaries, Ep1

The Kitty Diaries

The Kitty Diaries, Ep1

Host, Director, and Key Grip:
Kitty Bradshaw- KittyBradshaw.com

Special Thanks To:

Ty Knighten- TheSexySingleMommy.net
Shante Boyd- https://www.facebook.com/smileyshante
@InflewenceofINF- www.facebook.com/Inflewential

In this episode of The Kitty Diaries I will discuss my difficult week in love, CES, and I answer questions from my House Cats.  I appreciate any feedback you all want to give on my videos.  I am extremely shy in front of the camera and am working to build my confidence.  Please, be patient as I work through the rough patches.  Also, feel free to submit questions for next week’s video, and subscribe to my YouTube channel.  Your support means a lot to me :)

Next week on The Kitty Diaries I am going to work on having my sign sit straight, work from a loose script, and shorten the length of the video.  Also, I will put the phone on mute, and monitor the position of the camera so it won’t appear as if I am sinking in my chair, lolll.

 

ABOUT KITTY BRADSHAW:

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Kitty Bradshaw brings a fresh and innovative perspective to the blogosphere. With a following of over 30,000 avid readers, Kitty Bradshaw is able to effortlessly engage readers with her sincerity, communal presence, and creative approach to “Online Journalism”. Bradshaw’s likeability and success are largely due to her determination and adaptability to the ever changing Social Media Industry. With 16 years of technical writing experience under her belt —spanning through multiple accounts on various social networks, messages boards and chat groups, Kitty Bradshaw is on the list of “who’s who” with a savvy internet presence that will inevitably make her a household name.

Kitty Bradshaw currently resides in New York City where she writes about “New York Life from a California Perspective”.  As the Self-Proclaimed, “(neighbor)Hood Journalist”, she reports news as she cat walks over it in her pumps.

Real Housewives of Atlanta: “Battle of the Booty” S5, Ep12 #rhoa

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Below are 20 thoughts that crossed my mind while watching episode 10 of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Some of these I shared on Twitter. Please feel free to add your own in the comment section, I promise to respond to all…

Note: Last week’s episode was boring so I didn’t review it.

1. Kenya is messy and a disgrace to the Miss USA establishment.

2. I hate the name “Bri’asia”

3. Did Phaedra do something to piss off the ladies?  Everyone is siding with Kenya.

4. Cynthia is sure quick to jump sides.

5. I am disturbed that Kenya is going around saying, “Me and Phaedra were friends…. me and Apollo are friends.  Both Kenya and Apollo need to be checked regarding this friendship.

6. How is Kenya talking crap about Phaedra regarding not protecting herself legally and having business smarts…. but Kenya is the fool who did 4 weeks worth of work with no contract?!

7. Poor Portia barely gets screen time.

8. The kids are really cute and professional.

9. Why is Nene taking sides without talking to Phaedra first?

10. Why is Kenya bringing this video up every opportunity that she gets?  She is campaigning for support and that is not right.

11. Phaedra barely brings up the video situation.

12. Not only is Kenya stealing Phaedra’s idea, she is insulting her by taking shots at her looks.

13. If this was strictly about business, Kendra would not feel the need to insult Phaedra’s original idea.

14.  If Kenya hated the Donkey name so much why was she so quick to put in 4 weeks worth of pre production work on it?!

15. About time Apollo stepped up and sided with his wife.  You can have disagreements behind the scenes, but you need to be a united front publicly.

16. Point Black PAUSE…. Kenya should have dissolved the business deal professionally, and then at that time told Phaedra she would be moving forward with her own project.

17. RANDOM: Phaedra is friends with Jane Fonda?  Hollywood Royalty…. daughter of the late, great actor Henry Fonda?!

18. @PhaedraParks did not create the term “Donkey Booty”, that term was invented by black men as an ode for their love of big butts. @PhaedraParks idea to create a video around the term is original.  And there are plenty of women who aspire to have “Donkey Booties”

19.  WHy does Kenya care who Portia is friends with?  SHe campaigned to have everyone turn against her, and now is mad that her and Phaedra are friends?!  WHy wouldn’t they be friends…. they are both wives.

20. Real Housewives of Atlanta is turning into the Kenya show.  If it continues on I will not be interested in continuing on with this show.