Monday, July 28, 2008


Bravo's Housewives series has made its way to peachy-keen ATL. Finally a series with some color in it! LOL! I refused to post anything on this earlier because an official premiere air date will not be set in stone until sometime in August. But at least the folks over at Bravo have saw fit to give us a 3-minute sneak peek of the Real Housewives of Atlanta this Wednesday (July 30, 2008) at midnight. The show follows Bravo's original The Real Housewives of Orange County, and its offshoot, The Real Housewives of New York and will be the first to feature African American women in the cast...although to the ATL cast will feature one 'Becky' whereas the previous two never featured any housewife of color, but I digress.

And believe it or not but it was the lady tea-spillers over at popular gossip site who were the first to report that Bravo cameras had followed five well-to-do socialites in the Atlanta area for the new series. Bravo executive VP and general manager Frances Berwick says, "Bravo's Real Housewives franchise has resonated with our viewers across the country, and we think they will be equally fascinated by the lavish lifestyles and personalities of these Atlanta wives. They let us peek inside their exclusive, affluent community and see how they live their often-dramatic lives and manage families and careers. There is truly never a dull day for them."

Cast members for The Real Housewives of Atlanta are:
• DeShawn Snow, a mother of three and the wife of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Eric Snow. Runs a non-profit foundation and sits on the boards of three other local charities.

• Kim Zolciak, a single mother of two who's trying to jump-start a career in country music.

• Lisa Wu Hartwell, wife of Oakland Raider Ed Hartwell, real-estate firm owner and jewelry designer, among other things. She and her husband have three kids.

• NeNe Leakes, a mother of two with her husband, a real-estate investor, and founder of an organization to raise awareness of domestic violence. Bravo says she's also aiming to open a boutique hotel "in the very near future."

• Sheree Whitfield, a single mom and former boutique owner who's now concentrating on launching a clothing line.
And it looks like Mrs. Leakes (second from the right in the photo above) is already getting her first taste of paparazzi shine. Below are photos of Leakes and Bishop Noel Jones, who is unmarried and living the 'Christian-single life', as they were spotted having lunch at the infamous Ivy restaurant in Los Angeles about a week ago. Bishop Jones (the younger sister of singer/actress Grace 'Strangé' Jones) heads the City of Refuge Church out in Gardena, California which has about 17,000 members. You can catch Jones ministering his congregation on the Church Channel.

And I'mma gon 'head and say it: Oooh, Mrs. Leakes, you know you wrong. I could care less about you lunching with the Bishop man, that's your business...but to don a wig from Diamond's (former Crime Mobb member) personal collection is just wrong, Mrs. Leakes. It's all kinds of wrong. You don't go to the Ivy--the one restaurant where A, B and C-list celebrities dine at just too be seen--looking like that...especially when you're an Atlanta socialite with a reality show soon to hit the airwaves. Tsk, tsk, tsk. CLICK HERE and HERE to view a more up close and personal image of Mrs. Leakes.


DeShawn Snow — Snow and her husband Eric, captain of the Cleveland Cavaliers, recently moved to their dream home in Alpharetta, GA. Mother to three boys: nine-year-old EJ, six-year-old Darius and five-year-old Jarren, Snow is an active member of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. She exercises her faith by running The DeShawn Snow Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on improving self-esteem in teenage girls. She is a regular on the Atlanta social circuit and extremely active in local philanthropy, sitting on the board of three different charities, all while expertly juggling her busy social calendar with being an NBA wife and keeping up with her boys.

Kim Zolciak — Zolciak lives in an exclusive gated townhouse community in Duluth, GA with her two children, 11-year-old Brielle and six-year-old Ariana. Zolciak is single, but happily dating with hopes to marry again in the near future. She also has her sights set on fame in the music business as a country singer, and is currently working with Grammy award-winning mega-producer Dallas Austin and will begin recording an album later this year. A staple on the Atlanta scene, Zolciak balances life as a single mom with a vivacious social life.

Lisa Wu Hartwell — Hartwell, a resident of a luxurious country club community in Duluth, GA, is a busy career woman who wears many hats - she owns her own real estate firm, Hartwell & Associates, a jewelry line called Wu Girls, a baby clothing line, Hart 2 Hart Baby, and juggles a budding acting, modeling and writing career. She’s a devoted wife to her husband, NFL player Ed Hartwell, and their three children 13-year-old Jordan, ten-year-old Justin and one-year-old EJ. When she’s not running one of her many businesses or running after the kids, Hartwell is very active in Atlanta’s social scene.

NeNe Leakes — Leakes is an active member of Atlanta society. She resides in the upscale Sugarloaf area of Atlanta with her husband Gregg, a successful real estate investor and business consultant, and their two sons, 18-year-old Brice and nine-year-old Brentt. Leakes donates her time to various foundations and is the founder of The Twisted Hearts Foundation, which brings awareness to domestic violence against women. Never one to sit still, the outspoken social butterfly also hopes to open a luxury boutique hotel in the very near future.

Sheree Whitfield — Single socialite Whitfield, a resident of the exclusive Sandy Springs area of Atlanta, juggles her busy home life with a packed social calendar. She is a busy working mother to three children -Tierra, Kairo and Kaleigh. Whitfield prides herself on her fashion sense, and owned her own upscale clothing boutique - Bella Azul - for years before closing up shop to focus on her next business venture, a clothing line called “She by Sheree.” Whitfield is opening a new chapter in her life as a single mom while balancing her entrepreneurial spirit and active social life.

1 Comment:

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they sat at table 41?

Here's jo!

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