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“Real Housewives of Atlanta” premiere party at W Hotel in Buckhead

L-R: Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu Hartwell, Kandi Burruss. Photo credit: Brian Hah/www.tinyurl.com/Yogurberry

L-R: Sheree Whitfield, NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu Hartwell, Kandi Burruss. Photo credit: Brian Hah/www.tinyurl.com/Yogurberry

Attention is like oxygen for “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” If a red carpet isn’t there, do you even exist?

Fortunately for the five women from the Bravo show, last night’s premiere party at the W Hotel in Buckhead was nirvana thanks to the camera-toting media horde. More than 500 people showed up, including Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Antonia “Toya” Carter from the BET show “Tiny & Toya,” Q from the local R&B group 112 and music producer Jazze Pha. Zolciak invited her cosmetic surgeon Louis Cole, who said he may or may not show up in this season’s episodes. And show creator Princess Banton-Lofters, whose production company Loft 22 Entertainment helped put together the party, came by as well.

The publicist’s media advisory promised attendees such as Mike Vick, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and R&B singer Angie Stone. I did not see them.

Lisa Wu Hartwell was the first of the five there, looking fabulous in a green dress created by Sergio Hudson. Soon after, new buds Kim Zolciak and Kandi Burruss strolled into the green room for interviews. At about 9:30 p.m., NeNe Leakes joined the other three, highlighted by a stunning pearl necklace.

NeNe told my videographer Ryon Horne that the show portrayed her 100 percent accurately season one and she expected no different season two. She also said she didn’t get along with Burruss partly because she felt Burruss, as the newcomer in the group, didn’t show her the proper respect.

I also spoke briefly with Kim about her relationship with Kandi. “She is the best thing to happen to the show,” Kim said. “She’s phenomenal and so beautiful.” Kandi, she said, helps her big time in the music studio as Kim pursues a country music career.

Last housewife there? Sheree Whitfield, who decided to channel ’80s era Tina Turner and Grace Slick with a Mad Max-style hairdo. She came in too late to do many interviews. I also noticed that she never smiles with her mouth open when she poses. Instead, she does her own version of Zoolander’s “Blue Steel.” (See the photo on top.)

While I was in the green room, there was a fight and someone ended up on the ground. I was not able to get any real details except a man was booted from the premises.

The screening was scheduled to start at 10 p.m. By 10:30 p.m., most everyone was seated, but several folks milled about gabbing away in front of the screen. The plaintive cries of the emcee to sit down went ignored. I had already seen the first episode (Bravo had sent a screener a couple of weeks ago) so my fiance and I left at 10:45 p.m.. The screening did start a few minutes later, according to one of the publicists today. Apparently, people sat in spaces reserved for the housewives and it took some time to get extra seats to accommodate the women.

As I was leaving, I saw frequent NeNe sidekick and hairdresser Dwight Eubanks at the valet. He was departing early as well. I said to him, “You’re in the first five minutes of the first episode. Why are you missing that?” He rolled his eyes and said, “Whatever.” He had been there a long time already.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” season two, debuts at 10 p.m. Thursday on Bravo.

My friend Brian Hah (see below, with NeNe), the owner of Yogurberry in Buckhead, helped out with the gift bags and was also able to bail me out in terms of pictures. I had forgotten my camera so he sent me a few shots he took. Thanks, Brian!

124 comments Add your comment

notaracist

July 29th, 2009
9:51 am

I like these ladies,and it is bound to be more drama. I just wish they would portray a little more class.

Christopher Cook

July 29th, 2009
9:55 am

I wouldn’t watch this even if it were out in the backyard.

Kevin

July 29th, 2009
10:01 am

You know it’s a class act Atlanta event when the guest list contains so many names in quotations

Tameka “Tiny” Cottle
Antonia “Toya” Carter
Q from the local R&B group 112
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins

Rodney, we need to come up with a similar name for you. “R-Ho” perhaps. “The R-Hizzle”.

Just brainstorming here.

wow...

July 29th, 2009
10:02 am

…Rodney Ho and 5 hoes from ATL – birds of the same name flock together!

Tom

July 29th, 2009
10:12 am

Who cares? Who, What, Where, When….

RightHereNDallas

July 29th, 2009
10:14 am

Yall get a life and stop tripping. Its a damn shame when everyone can watch all the other Housewives shows and nothing is sad. These women are no more messier than the others. To be honest they don’t even spend half the money the others spend. The show is just entertainment like any other show. Seems like since they are African Americans you guys are harder on them. Get a life PLEASE! Won’t you haters let the cameras in on your lifestyle. Yeah right!

mike

July 29th, 2009
10:16 am

i wanna get up in Kim, i dont care what the haters say.. i would take care of business she looks good to me!

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

July 29th, 2009
10:19 am

that ho kim don’t know dallas.

Texas Boy

July 29th, 2009
10:19 am

I love this show it’s great entertainment. It is a whole lot better than those “Joisey House Wives”, Now that was boring as Hell. Can’t wait until next Thursday!

Melinda

July 29th, 2009
10:19 am

With the exception of Lisa Wu Hartwell, the rest of these ladies look like they have been through a SEX CHANGE…. I am just saying. Couldn’t they have found prettier women in all of the ATL???

durty turd

July 29th, 2009
10:26 am

<——grabs popcorn

lil birdie

July 29th, 2009
10:27 am

RealATLFan

July 29th, 2009
10:28 am

Agree with Texas Boy…it’s just entertainment i luv it and can’t wait!

lil birdie

July 29th, 2009
10:29 am

The isdea that this is representing Atlanta makes me ill.

Georgia Peach

July 29th, 2009
10:31 am

It is appalling that these woman were chosen to represent the women of Atlanta.How sad!!!!! First and foremost how many of these are truly born and raised in Atlanta? To say they represent the majority please help us!

over it

July 29th, 2009
10:36 am

“no more messier”…with grammar like that no wonder you love this show. They couldn’t find prettier people because the Real Housewives of Atlanta wouldn’t dare be on this show. Nene got evicted from her house, Sheree got foreclosed on, and Kim is sleeping with a married man. Who decided to make this group of trash famous?

Elizabeth

July 29th, 2009
10:47 am

I enjoy this train wreck of the show. And I’m looking forward to the second season!

Uncle Tom

July 29th, 2009
10:53 am

Now some people would call that a “stylish” hairdo. I’ll let you guess who I’m talking about!

Tiny E

July 29th, 2009
11:10 am

Mi gusta mucho Kim!

david scott

July 29th, 2009
11:20 am

so is kandi’s babys blocks or is it chuck smiths baby also how is she with a drug dealer that is after her for her money she needs to wake up i think one of the flashes blocked her vision rub your eyes kandi and wake up

Tyra Ellis

July 29th, 2009
11:28 am

I can’t wait for the new season. I love the fact that Kandi is a new addition to the show. I can’t wait for Ne Ne to continue to keep it real. By the way, when is the Ne Ne show coming to Bravo?

Alvin

July 29th, 2009
11:40 am

There are a lot more classier sisters than the ones on this show in Atlanta. I guess that why they let go of the wife of the basketball player, because she was the classiest. This is not what the show was looking for (shame). They prefer GHETTO FABULOUS. Classy BLACK WOMAN the media does not care to show (SAD). I really feel the rating would go up if they went with classier Black women.

IheartRHOA

July 29th, 2009
11:44 am

RHOA is my guilty pleasure. Let’s look a the lowest ranking “housewife” trannylicious Sheree. Last season she claimed only two of her children, is that b/c they are young and the daughter she failed to acknowledge is an adult? Who is she kidding? Sheree doesn’t look twenty something or thirty anything, she is a great looking mid forty-ish woman. This season should be great for viewers. Remember Sheree’s confident claim to her husband’s money? Well after season 1 aired, Sheree had her day in court. Little did she know, hubby claimed to be not as well off as she had hoped. (Also during the divorce, records show she claimed to be uneducated and essentially without any job skills, hmmm interesting). Now that she didn’t receive her “seven figures” settlement from her ex, what scam will Sheree concoct to maintain her unrealistic lifestyle and keep up with the other RHOA? I can’t wait to watch season 2!

Ocee

July 29th, 2009
11:50 am

Kim, keep it up. Your have the real stuff.

1Faith

July 29th, 2009
11:51 am

Define Housewives please. Once you do you will see these ladies (if you can call them that) are not housewives. They are Gwinnett T_ _ _ _.

WiseWoman

July 29th, 2009
11:55 am

“Yall get a life and stop tripping. Its a d**n shame when everyone can watch all the other Housewives shows and nothing is sad”
I’m guessing you meant nothing is said…which is true, since most of us don’t watch the other housewives either. In addition, the other so-called housewives don’t get crammed down our throats daily with fake, over-hyped PR about women with no talent, and over the top attention from news media struggling for readers and relevancy. I cringe when I travel and get asked about this show….with the exception of Kandi – they are all legends in their own minds.

Randy

July 29th, 2009
11:56 am

I love me some NeNe!

WHH

July 29th, 2009
12:07 pm

are any of these ladies actually housewives?

Zo

July 29th, 2009
12:13 pm

Kandi, get at a brotha out here in Conyers. I’ve been hitting your myspace & Twitter, but to no avail. You have the world in your hands I just want to be part of it. Peace

Ps. Your mother would like me!! ;)

Rajah

July 29th, 2009
12:14 pm

What is going on with Sheree’s hair?

Zo

July 29th, 2009
12:19 pm

Come on people let’s not be so disrespectful those ladies are making a living, so don’t knock their hussle.

ManOfTeal

July 29th, 2009
12:19 pm

Why do people idolize idiots?

THE TRUTH

July 29th, 2009
12:25 pm

Could they have not found a white or hispanic woman.. wtf? I mean this does not represent Atlanta. The only thing is shows people watching is Atlanta is full or ghetto black women, and that is just not true. There are so many other classy women other there. Sad and pathetic.

jeff

July 29th, 2009
12:27 pm

Im proud to be from Ga. but if thats the best you guys got in Atl. you need to take a quit trip to Helen Ga. and find where the real women roll

notaracist

July 29th, 2009
12:27 pm

I believe we had something negative to say about all of the House-Wives, so the fact that they are Black -Americans, does not factor in.However, I do agree it is entertainment. Bottom line, out of all of the shows some of the women do display some class. And it’s okay, money does not necessarily mean class, it is a personal decision.

JB

July 29th, 2009
12:28 pm

Makes you money girls let the haters keep hating as you flock to make a deposit into your account. Hail to the Atlanta Housewives!!!

Christopher Cook

July 29th, 2009
12:33 pm

ManOfTeal said: “Why do people idolize idiots?”

Because presumably it makes them feel smarter than the people they’re watching. To quote a guy I heard on the radio, God forgot to make stupidity painful.

AtownDownBoy

July 29th, 2009
12:37 pm

It’s a BLACK (trash) thing. White people, nothing to see here move along.

simple

July 29th, 2009
12:40 pm

I think Dwight Eubanks summed it up perfectly… “whatever” indeed.

Jess

July 29th, 2009
1:02 pm

Alright Kim, stop writing in here to say how hot you are. Your lips have been pumped fuller than your Escalade’s gas tank!

Jamal

July 29th, 2009
1:04 pm

WTF IS UP WITH SHEREE…………LMAO

IS IT JUST ME OR DOES NENE AND KANDI LOOK LIKE THAT COULD BE SISTERS IN THIS PIC?

THE REAL DRAMA QUEENS OF ATL

ron jeremy

July 29th, 2009
1:07 pm

i couldn’t even have given nene that big of a pearl necklace.

Tyree

July 29th, 2009
1:07 pm

Sheree is looking awful tribal these days.

Texas Boy

July 29th, 2009
1:34 pm

You know, come to think about Kim does look pretty sexable.

Yeah, right

July 29th, 2009
1:46 pm

most of us don’t watch the other housewives either. In addition, the other so-called housewives don’t get crammed down our throats daily with fake, over-hyped PR about women with no talent, and over the top attention from news media struggling for readers and relevancy

Hey WiseWoman if you don’t watch the other shows how do you know whether or not they get crammed down anyone’s throat? My NY/NJ friends claim they see/hear reports about the women on those shows all the time in those regions so …

RHOA is simply mindless entertainment good for a laugh, like most “reality” shows are. Anybody with a lick of sense would not stereotype Atlanta as a whole based on these five women. Atlanta, get over yourselves it’s not that serious. Really, it’s not.

sharon

July 29th, 2009
1:51 pm

What did NeNe mean when she said she doesn’t like Kandi because she didn’t give her the proper respect? Was she expecting Kandi to bow down or something?

Janell

July 29th, 2009
1:57 pm

It is so amazing how the people that could care less about the show and the ladies take time out of thier lives to comment on them. LOL. The Real Housewives of New Jersey are much more ghetto than those of Atlanta. Home forclosure is “REAL” by the way. Not so PRETTY is also “REAl.” How many people in Atlanta are actually born and raised here?~Not many. This show is great entertainment and I’ll be watching! *All of you haters will be too!*

OZZFEST

July 29th, 2009
2:08 pm

The blonde in the photo for this article is quite ugly.

RahRah

July 29th, 2009
2:12 pm

finally, something entertaining for my boring life. I don’t want them to change, each time after watching I get a boost of gratitude just knowing how blessed I am.

Debby

July 29th, 2009
2:17 pm

Call the show Atlanta’s Hottest Women, but not Housewives. Only 2 of them might have a husband. So Housewives is incorrect. Choose the 1st title or Atlanta’s HouseHoe’s. Now that’s catchy!!!!