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Phaedra Parks interview for new season of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’


As a new cast member of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Phaedra Parks is clearly a different breed from the originals. She is actually married and just had a baby. She has a full-time career as an entertainment attorney. She can be brash and bold and back up her words with action.

That’s all good but you can imagine immediately she will create a bit of competition for NeNe Leakes, Queen Bee of the show.

Her biggest controversy point is who she married:

Apollo Nida was convicted for racketeering in 2004. He served five years in  prison and was paroled last year. The other housewives jabber about this factoid behind her back.

But she isn’t ashamed. She feels he served his time for his crime and life should move on.

“I’m from a very religious family that’s very conservative and a very political family that’s well known,” Phaedra said during a conference call earlier this week to promote the show. “I wanted people to judge my husband for his character and not his past because he’s a great person and your past doesn’t dictate your future.”

She was pregnant during the filming of the show earlier this year and is now on maternity leave to raise her two-month son. She said her husband was okay with her doing the TV show as well, despite the scrutiny it inevitably creates.

“He’s my man and I love him so I’ll stand by him no matter what.”

In a separate interview after the phone conference, Parks fleshed out her background a bit.

“I chose law because I really have always been a fighter,” she said. “I’ve always subscribed to the theory of helping people and trying to enrich people.”

The Athens native and University of Georgia graduate at first wanted to go into politics but didn’t like the compromises and needs to clip her tongue to accommodate constituents. She prefers being able to speak her mind.

Out of UGA law school, she did insurance defense and even pondered becoming insurance commissioner.”I was excited about insurance,” she said.

But she knew a lot of athletes at UGA who became professionals. They’d ask for her advice. She is also friends with a rapper Too Short. He and V-103’s Ryan Cameron encouraged her to go into entertainment law.

She did have reservations. “I didn’t get into law to babysit and be around a bunch of crazy people doing crazy things,” she said.

Then again, one of her first clients was Bobby Brown. “Whitney Houston called me on a Sunday. She had heard I would be the best attorney for her husband.” Bobby’s been in trouble with the law over the years. “I was so honored she called me,” Phaedra said. “I met them  at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and the rest is history. She was so passionate for her husband… It was sad to me when they decided to divorce.”

She has a solid career and a husband she loves, plus a new baby. Why would she want to do “Real Housewives of Atlanta”?

“Life is full of different roads and journeys,” she said. “Not every road is smooth. In order for you to grow, you need to experience different things. This is just another experience. I just hope I can do our city proud and do the legal profession proud.”

She entered the show without knowing the other women well but came in with an open mind as best as she could. “It’s going to be a different show,” she said, “but just as excellent as past years.”

This doesn’t mean there won’t be disputes. (The preview trailer shows her flapping her mouth at another housewife.) “At the end of the day, we respect each other,” she said. “There will be explosive drama but also great heart-touching moments.”

My time with Phaedra was up. We’ll see how well she fits into the cast. Based on the first episode, she certainly gives us a more colorful personality than either DeShawn Snow or Lisa Wu Hartwell.

“Real Housewives of Atlanta,” 9 p.m. on Mondays on Bravo

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85 comments Add your comment

Mr. Ed

October 1st, 2010
4:29 pm

If she can speak proper English, that will make her a different breed than the rest of the ghetto rats.


October 1st, 2010
4:29 pm

I’m just glad she is actually married. Nene remind me of a man. Because of Phaedra’s education & career, Nene will feel intimidated. Nene will have to bring the drama from different angle because she is use to dealing with chain smoking gold diggers or women who only claim to fame is their baller husband.


October 1st, 2010
4:31 pm

And maybe someday we will be able to pronounce their names…

The Standard

October 1st, 2010
4:41 pm

Long story short:

PK kid got pregnant by an ex-con.

Shot gun wedding followed.

Signed onto a show to exploit it all because she wants out of law.

The end.


October 1st, 2010
4:48 pm



October 1st, 2010
5:50 pm

Angie J. I presume you mean CHAOS?


October 1st, 2010
5:56 pm

I actually think Phaedra will be a great addition to the new cast! Who am I to judge who she marries, it just shows that she is a good woman to be able to look beyond his convictions. I personally could not do it, but to each its own.


October 1st, 2010
6:19 pm

She’s too pretty to have on all that clown make up. She can lose the eye shawdow.


October 1st, 2010
6:22 pm

i luv me sum me!


October 1st, 2010
6:23 pm

haters! thats all i got to say about that! let them live and be ghetto, its called ratings…ching ching, mo money mo money..


October 1st, 2010
6:29 pm



October 1st, 2010
7:03 pm

Do those people who cast this idiotic show know there are plenty white women in and around Atlanta or did they just intentionally seek out the most ghettolicious bunch they could find and throw in one redneck cracker Barbie doll wannabe? It also might to nice if they could find some women who actually live IN Atlanta and not 30 miles out in the burbs.


October 1st, 2010
7:05 pm

Should be interesting. I like the fact that she attributed Too Short and Ryan Cameron with steering her towards entertainment law. Most people forget stuff like that, or at least never give credit where it’s due. Kinda shows she has class already. Nene’s illiterate arse is in for an treat I bet. She is going to get a verbal beatdown!!!!


October 1st, 2010
7:06 pm

“a” treat. I’m definitely not illiterate!!!! LOL

yo mama

October 1st, 2010
7:14 pm

the show has reached its limit, and shows never out do a major breakthtough like they had last year. its over, and no one will care about this show in a years time. the series is fading, and the constant character replacements are an indication that the show’s cup has runeth over. ITS OVER FOLKS, the show will flop this year. not enough drama to keep the train rolling.

Just sayin'

October 1st, 2010
8:26 pm

Michael. You’re right. There are lots of pretty white women in Atlanta, and they could add something to the show. Maybe Bravo decided that it was okay to have a Housewives show with majority African American women since between Housewives of NY, Housewives of Orange County, and Housewives of New Jersey, there isn’t one African American among them. I’m just sayin’.


October 1st, 2010
9:12 pm

Grace I’m sure you are no beauty queen.


October 1st, 2010
9:15 pm

I don’t know… I’m all about forgiveness too, but I wouldn’t marry or date a convicted felon. What are his employment prospects? Not too many businesses want a felon working for them. Maybe she’s financing a “business” for him, but is he trustworthy? What’s to say he wouldn’t get caught up again? Besides, you mean to tell me that this smart, successful woman couldn’t find ANYONE else to marry? Without a recond??

reality check

October 1st, 2010
10:31 pm

Oh, pleeease….another aggressive, loud talking, black woman full of herself just like the others….she has joined this ghetto smack talking crowd cuz she one of ‘em….this is becoming monotonous. Why couldn’t they find a white woman and start to even this out! Believe me (I was born and bred in ATL) there are plenty of two-faced, crude, immoral, boastful white women who would love to join this trashy group and don’t mind exposing who they really are!


October 1st, 2010
10:32 pm


I guess you dont make it down to ATL often..You find me a hot,educated, and driven white chick inside the perimeter…..Just sayin

Heaven Help Us

October 1st, 2010
10:35 pm

I can’t begin to explain my embarrassment every where I go when I have to defend this awful show. Yes, none live in Atlanta, Yes none are “housewives” yet the name lives on

I’m sure this latest train wreck will fit right in “knocked up by ex-con” and yet she’s from a conservative family that’s “a very political family that’s well known” – well I’ve never heard of them

Jeff C Mattson

October 1st, 2010
11:28 pm

And, you wonder why the masses don’t take Obama seriously? Pathetic!


October 1st, 2010
11:37 pm

The truth is she will make the show better… ok at more tolerable. And for all of the people out there hating on this woman. I will bet none of them are more accomplished and successful as her.

Jeff C Mattson

October 1st, 2010
11:44 pm

So, accomplished and succesful is being reduced to marrying a felon? It would take little to be more acomplished than her. How do you judge success? So sad.


October 1st, 2010
11:50 pm

Not that any of the Housewives versions of the show are exactly classy entertainment, but the Atlanta version is a complete embarrassment to this City. The women who have appeared on the show so far have only proven the point head-on that, “You can take the kid out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the kid”. And wow, do they prove that with each and every episode. If I were an educated Black man or woman, I’d be first in line with a picket sign around the Bravo studios for ever coming up with the crew they picked for this incarnation of the series.

Oh, and Bravo execs, just so you do know, there are actually housewives here who live IN the City, and a small handful of them are even Latino, Asian, and over 45 year old White woman, too.


October 2nd, 2010
12:36 am

Not a different breed, just another ghetto wannabe from the ATL…when the series is over, there will be no REAL HOUSEWIVES of Atlanta left. I am sure the new ghetto sect moving in thanks to Bravo will send the producers a graffiti thank you note from the side of a condo in West End.


October 2nd, 2010
12:51 am

AngieJ, I hope your comment was a joke. There were so many grammar errors and misspellings, your comment was barely comprehensible.


October 2nd, 2010
1:56 am



October 2nd, 2010
2:01 am


Now…lets get rid of Kim – Mistress
Next – Nene – needs to spend time with here juvenile deliquent son -Bryson
Next – She by Sherre` – Divorced — not a housewife.
Lisa the only other – Real Housewife is out of here! Next

Looks like they need to be searching for some more REAL HOUSEWIVES!


October 2nd, 2010
3:22 am

Michael, Bravo doesn’t want ‘white women’ in Atlanta for their reality show…we just don’t make good TV. They want the She’s by Sheree and all the rest mixing it up. And Jeff C? Thanks for bringing up politics….we must always have politics and race in all of these’s a rule! You idiot!


October 2nd, 2010
6:26 am

Wow, for all of those so concerned about who this woman married and what his past looks like I wonder what would happen if we knew how big your “dirt” pile looked. We have all made mistakes, some of you may be married or dating people who have made mistakes that you know nothing about. A person not willing to forgive is not worthy of forgiveness. Furthermore there is such an easy fix to all of your complaining … don’t watch the show or film your own since you obviously know what a successful show should look like.


October 2nd, 2010
7:33 am

To all requesting white women on this show; ghetto or not, there are not enough black women on tv at all. So get over it and take your prejudice minds back to the sticks where they belong!!!!!!!!!!!

The Diva

October 2nd, 2010
7:47 am

Ms. Parks is a role model to me because I want to be a lawyer and I have been following her career for awhile now. She has class and I think she would be a good asset to the show.


October 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

Phaedra lies about her due date throughout the whole taping of the show. There is something fishy about the conception of her baby that she is obviously ashamed of. Bravo is even showing it in the promos.


October 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

Not one of the women on the RHWoA have an ounce of class. I do not care how many black women are on TV, but I HATE that these trashy women represent my city, all of them, not just the black ones.


October 2nd, 2010
6:31 pm

Since judging and being heavily critical of other people is a prerequiste for posting; let me start off with saying.
1. Bravo and the abundant ethnic shows they produce or more accurately broadcast are so enlighting. They really bring out the best comments in people hidden behind a screen name.
2. Atlanta is highly superficial and the fakers who have given this city an auroa of Hollywood need to be slapped backwards.
3. Modern day Atlanta is a joke, fairly decent city to grow up and live in before post-development days. Now it is an emo-headcase that needs deflating very soon. 

(Sort of like a humbling. All carpet bagging douches, please stfu since you will not leave.)



October 2nd, 2010
9:23 pm

To the Standard: If you’re calling her a PK, then you’re obviously a bitter Wesleyanne who probably never graduated. First of all, she was not a PK, get your facts straight. And anybody who “really” knows her is super excited to see her on TV.


October 2nd, 2010
9:38 pm

For all the whiners complaining about white women not in the show……This was from the start conceived as housewives from a black perspective. How many black women are in the OC, NYC, or New Jersey shows?


October 2nd, 2010
10:18 pm

I am confused about this article. I have watched the show and all the “original housewives” were married married except the white adulteress, Kim and Sheree who was getting the divorce from her ex-football player husband. That would make 2 out of 5 not married! When Kandi Burress came in as a replacement, she was engaged to be married to her fiance who was suddenly killed.


October 2nd, 2010
10:56 pm

Okay,…errrr body STOP!!!

First of all, you ppl (and I mean you ppl) got to learn how to forgive and forget! I guess none of you have convicts in your family!!! As long as he does right by her, then who cares what you people think. It’s a show people!!! Entertainment!!! You want serious TV go watch something else. Jezzzzz.
Most of you probably don’t have any kind of life, so to watch and judge is all you can do. Do any of you ppl have a life. Fun, exciting a little drama to keep a show like this going!!!….I bet not!!! Corn balls I bet!!!! Sit back watch the show and freakin enjoy!!!! It’s ENTERTAINMENT!!!!


October 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

i love the show.

high school teacher

October 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again:
Housewives of Atlanta and other shows which glorify a materialistic and immoral lifestyle are part of the current problem with most all cultures. The problems with youth in our society cross all cultures, but in my experience, the problem is bigger in black culture today. OK I said it and I will probably be accused of being racist, because yes I am white. But as a high school teacher in a diverse community, I believe I am qualified to make this comment. Most of you who are posting say that you watch this show for entertainment only and I’m sure you can separate fiction from reality. You probably have an education and a job. But young people do not have the maturity to understand that the show is meant as entertainment. Of course it would be politicaly incorrect for me to say this publically, but most of these sterotypical black women do not reflect well on black society. Seriously, do you really want a generation of black girls to grow up to be like most of these women? Women who are superficial and obsessed about their clothes, weaves, sexual relationships, and physical and verbally fighting in public places. The successful black women I know are nothing like these housewives of Atlanta. As a high school teacher, I see black girls everyday who throw away opportunities for education and bettering themselves because they aspire to be like the Housewives of Atlanta types and embrace a thug mentality. Right now I know of 8 pregnant young black girls who will likely not finish high school, will not have a husband to support them, and will likely be on welfare. I also see young black mothers trying to go back to school to finish, but struggling to stay awake in class and complete homework because their baby has kept them awake at night. They struggle with absences because their babies are sick. Their babies did not ask to be born in this situation but will most likely suffer. It is very sad to watch it happen right before your own eyes. All of you who watch this show and make it popular should be forced to tutor and mentor young Africian American girls. I truly wish I saw more emphasis on education and morality in black culture. And I am glad the new character has a college education and law degree from UGA. And if she cares about a generation of young black girls and not just getting rich off this TV show, she will change the current emphasis of this show. If she embraces the current culture of this program then she should be ashamed of herself. As a UGA graduate myself, I hope she emphasizes the importance of education.


October 3rd, 2010
4:06 pm

Completly amazing… your small corner of the world gives you immense insight into an entire culture. Let me immediately say you are racist and grossly unprofessional. To make a blanket comment about a race and sex of children you are responsible for educating make me shiver. They will seriously have to have strong parental and cultural re-enforcement to shake your sterotypical small world view. How do I know well, had a high school and some lackluster college professor (sic). Who enjoyed quoting statistics “blacks this blacks that”. It was obvious heat shielding for a coward racist.


October 3rd, 2010
4:54 pm

Please take the time to read an article carefully so that your comments are consistent with the content. Take a little more time to check your grammar and mechanics. Then we can take the comments seriously.


October 3rd, 2010
5:56 pm

Exactly why this was used.
But very understandable how it flew over your head (something about glass houses).
You understood the overall comment, took time to read it then posted the typical gloss-over; one hundred mile view looking down. Next time keep up with the dynamic flow of the discussion, or in your case a static argument producer.

high school teacher

October 3rd, 2010
7:57 pm

To TC: call me racist if you want I really don’t care. I know I am not racist and I will be the first to admit the problems of all cultures, white included. But I am tired of seeing a generation of young students throw away educational opportunities that so many people fought so hard to have provided for all Americans. And I am tired of seeing people stand by and do nothing to change the current culture. I know that I am trying desperately to help students of all races and cultures have success every day. If anything, I go out of my way to help the black males in my classes because the black teachers seem to have given up on them. They seem to resent the underachieving black males. I come in early to tutor, I make countless phone calls home, I encourage them not to give up and I give up my planning to counsel and reteach. I know what I see everyday and if you cannot see it then you are not blind. I challenge you to go into a public school and mentor young students.

high school teacher

October 3rd, 2010
8:13 pm

TC: You can call me racist if you want I really don’t care. I know I am not racist and am used to people throwing the race card every time they hear something that is painful or they don’t like. If keeps people from having to accept the truth. I know what I see every day and that is a generation of young girls who are throwing away opportuntities for education that generations before them fought so hard for. Of course black girls aren’t the only ones who are underachieving, but in this particular case, I was talking about the negative influence of Housewives of Atlanta on black girls. If you want to talk about the negative influence of meth on the lower socioeconomic white students in my classes that is another subject. I choose to work in a Title I school, am a very dedicated teacher and I work very hard to help all students have success. I give up my planning to counsel students, come in early to tutor, make countless phone calls home, and regularly cry for the lives some of my students have to live. On the other hand, I see many students of all cultures have success and it is truly inspiring to see students succeed in spite of their challenges. If you do not see the destructive nature of some things in black culture then you are blind or else you live in a high socioeconomic “glass house.” I challenge you to get out of your world and tutor young high school girls.


October 3rd, 2010
8:43 pm

Where all the white women at?

Booger Sandwich

October 3rd, 2010
8:55 pm

This show is ghetto fabulousity at its finest. Perfect examples of what not to be and how not to behave. These idiots may have nice luxuries but behave like they “strait outa Compton”.

Real trashy bitches of Atlanta

October 3rd, 2010
9:16 pm

Yup…just another show about fat ass nasty bitches who give the citizens of SW Atlanta and clayton county something to shoot for.