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New ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ cast member is reportedly Marlo Hampton

Marlo Hampton at her "Glam It Up "event today at W Hotel for foster teens. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Marlo Hampton at her "Glam It Up "event today at W Hotel for foster teens. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

I just got back from a charity event at the W Hotel in Midtown hosted by the newest “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Marlo Hampton.

Hampton, a 35-year-old Atlanta resident who moved here from Florida eight years ago, herself wouldn’t confirm whether she was “officially” a housewife but based on the publicity material provided for the event, she is.

The event is called “Glam It Up!” according to the publicist’s note. It’s an initiative created by Hampton, who is described as “entrepreneur, stylist, TV personality and philanthropist.” The purpose: “focus on rebuilding the road to self-empowerment in young ladies 13-17 in the Atlanta area.” She is a product of the foster-care system, the release said. During the day, she provided tips on “healthy eating, dressing for success, grooming, etiquette and self-esteem with 25 girls.”

NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey and Phaedra Parks were supposed to stop by, according to the publicity material provided to me, but they weren’t there while I was there and I didn’t have time to wait for them to show up.

Hampton, in a brief interview, said she was a fashion stylist who has worked with Young Joc and Jazze Pha. She also owned the Red Carpet Boutique at Perimeter Mall for three years but recently shut it down. She is launching an on-line boutique August 1.

According to a Nexis search, she has been arrested at least seven times from 1998 to 2003. The folks at Starcasm were nice enough to create a gallery of her mug shots. Among the charges, she was arrested in 2002 for firearms possession in Florida. In 1999, she was arrested for aggravated battery.

Marlo Hampton being interviewed by Rolling Out magazine. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Marlo Hampton being interviewed by Rolling Out magazine. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Straight From the A first reported Hampton’s presence at a charity event at Piedmont Park next to Parks, fueling speculation she was joining the cast. She was also with Charles Grant, an NFL player.

Hampton responded in a statement to Straight From the A after it broke news of her felonious past:

“It has come to my attention that some of my past indiscretions have come to light. Let me first state, I am not ashamed of my past, as my past has helped me become a better woman today.

We all have a past; and my hard-knock childhood in the Foster Care system is a reflection on a bigger issue we faced in America, a broken Foster Care system.

I remain deeply sorry for my actions and I will continue to work hard to contribute to a better community.

My present charge in life is to live with God in my heart and help young women, especially from the foster care system, avoid the challenges I faced.

I’m more than just what is being said of me and I look forward to telling my story and helping others.”

– Marlo Hampton

Straight from the A also speculated that Hampton could be a potential replacement for NeNe Leakes, who has alienated herself from virtually the entire cast. But there has been no confirmation that Leakes is leaving the show.

Recurring character and stylist/singer Miss Lawrence (left) helped out Hampton with her "Glam It Up" event at the W Midtown July 19, 2011. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Recurring character and stylist/singer Miss Lawrence (left) helped out Hampton with her "Glam It Up" event at the W Midtown July 19, 2011. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Here’s a short interview I did with her:

Bravo itself has not confirmed to me whether she has joined the cast but I saw no sign at this event news to the contrary.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

170 comments Add your comment

It's Tuesday

July 19th, 2011
12:29 pm

Why is the W Hotel still being patronized? Although it is fitting, they exploit and have no regard for the black community and Bravo does the same with its programming.

brunt

July 19th, 2011
12:30 pm

Sorry Marlo… but you were not arrested when you were a child in the foster program. You were arrested when you were an ADULT… but typically, you blame your criminal activity on your childhood. Sorry, but PLENTY of people come from a difficult childhood and DO NOT become criminals. Your just another grifter looking for an easy buck.

Eye Roll

July 19th, 2011
12:34 pm

“We all have a past ….”

Um, NO – not like hers. Not to brag, but I don’t have a single mugshot. Bless her heart.

Mr. Ed

July 19th, 2011
12:35 pm

“she has been arrested at least seven times from 1998 to 2003. The folks at Starcasm were nice enough to create a gallery of her mug shots. Among the charges, she was arrested in 2002 for firearms possession in Florida. In 1999, she was arrested for aggravated battery.”

WOW!

Brenda

July 19th, 2011
12:44 pm

Why don’t the producers of this show consider hiring a role model instead of a train wreck???

bigDee

July 19th, 2011
12:49 pm

Well if this event is at a W hotel, Please, please don’t lean on ANY windows!

RCH

July 19th, 2011
12:52 pm

Where do the producers of BRAVO find these losers? State prison!

AJ

July 19th, 2011
12:54 pm

So, they are adding another unmarried person to a show about housewives… Why am I not surprised… They didn’t even say dude was her fiance, boyfriend… They’ve just been seen together. Really, Bravo… You can’t do any better???

Surf#5

July 19th, 2011
12:56 pm

@RCH as with all tv producers, they don’t care as long as ratings stay high and the money keep pouring it. After all, its your beloved Capitalism at work. You remember, “Sink or swim”. And they are swimming right now.

amy

July 19th, 2011
12:59 pm

i don’t even bother with RHoA anymore. at least the NY girls are almost all wives and keep the dramaticals interesting. if there were nothing else on and my only choices were between watching RHoA or a Ronco Rotisserie infomercial, i’d watch Ron. set it & forget it.

“entrepreneur” is the new “unemployed.”

Working Black Woman

July 19th, 2011
12:59 pm

See I couldn’t have a show. I’m happily married, have a job, a degree, a house with a morgage, kids who are passing their classes, and no record. I’m in the process of starting my own catering company. Just not enough drama for the masses. LOL

Barry Obama

July 19th, 2011
1:00 pm

I’m not sure a stimulus package could help Marlo’s face. On the other hand, perhaps the first lady can assist her with some self-empowerment and make-up application and facial hair.

Rob

July 19th, 2011
1:01 pm

I thought it was just me. I kept reading reference to “she” and I automatically associated that with the picture. I think Rodney Ho should rewrite the article or change the photo because the entire article is 99% about Hampton and it’s misleading to see the photo Grant.

RCH

July 19th, 2011
1:04 pm

Surf#5

Yes I believe in Capitalism. However, I would like to see the demographics of those who watch this shoe. Probably the same 50% that pay no income taxes.

Nick

July 19th, 2011
1:07 pm

@ Shawnquavian I totally agree! LMAO!

ATLieness

July 19th, 2011
1:10 pm

Rodney you need to do a little better than this….give us a picture of what she looks like, not who she’s dating…the article is primarily about her joining the cast, not who she’s dating, geez.

hmm

July 19th, 2011
1:10 pm

Didn’t Charles Grant used to date NeNe and now this Marlo is with him. Her and NeNe will bump heads, my money is on the seasoned ex con.

CosmicCowboy

July 19th, 2011
1:11 pm

I thought the picture on the main page of the article was her picture too. I thought she must had the picture at the gym because she don’t look anything at all like the picture in her mugshots, whcih for mugshots, she looked pretty good. With her criminal back ground and NeNe Leekes blunt mouth, they may come to blows with one another. I think NeNE Leekes might whoop her up pretty good.

Bryant

July 19th, 2011
1:14 pm

It would be nice if the show would actually empower women of color rather than perpetuate stereotypes in the Atlanta metro area. The entire Real Housewives franchise is only a detriment to American women and does nothing to aid the plight of womens rights in this country or the world.

This new cast edition shows no more promise of eliciting more favorable attention to women as role models. It is sad that this is the view of Atlanta that the world watches like a bad train wreck.

Laura

July 19th, 2011
1:15 pm

The producers really need to do something about the fact that the Atlanta housewives don’t even live in the city. City girls are much more sophisticated and classy.

Ellen

July 19th, 2011
1:17 pm

To hmm…

You are so right!!!!!

Reality

July 19th, 2011
1:19 pm

Since the event is at the W, can we get NeNe and the gang to take a photo next to a window? Preferably on the top floor.

Reality

July 19th, 2011
1:20 pm

@Laura, I hear you on that. If you want to see people who actually have money and aren’t a bunch of people living off of their husband’s NFL paycheck or Bravo royalties, go down to PDC or something.

pmuckle

July 19th, 2011
1:22 pm

smh…. not good at all!

Eye Roll

July 19th, 2011
1:23 pm

“entrepreneur” is the new “unemployed”

Love it amy, and so darn true!

ATL Guy

July 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

Just saw the 7 different mug shots from prior arrests! The cast members better be worried cause she’s been arrested for Aggravated Assault numerous times and she’s going to whoop up on NeNe!!! Keepin it classy Atlanta Housewives (that aren’t married)!

Mr. Ed

July 19th, 2011
1:27 pm

Hampton is quite the fashonista.

She has a way of modeling an orange jumpsuit.

Rodney Ho

July 19th, 2011
1:31 pm

@Rob. I had no photo of Marlo I could use until I went to the event. I only realized after the fact posting a photo of her possible boyfriend/fiance was misleading. I now have a proper photo of her up.

Spade

July 19th, 2011
1:33 pm

I guess they can merge the show with Hardcore Pawn. They are totally making a mockery of women in ATL and people only like the show because of the drama, not because these women really represent class or achievement. It’s like these shows “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” or “1000 Ways to Die” or people that survived wild animal attacks.

Especially that these women are mainly black validates the stereotype even more about black women to many people in America. Its a shame. I guess you can’t complain if you don’t do anything about it

RCH

July 19th, 2011
1:33 pm

Reality,

Do you think we can convince them to lean on that window? It shouldn’t be to difficult.

ATL Guy

July 19th, 2011
1:34 pm

Thought the proper photo of her was the Fulton County Jail glamor shot

Momof2

July 19th, 2011
1:39 pm

So Bravo couldn’t find a woman in Atlanta that didn’t have a criminal record??? Hell, I would settle for one arrest as opposed to seven! Her next arrest will be prostitution because she is about to get pimped by the network! SMDH! Bravo and these women will sell there sould to the devil for publicity!

Denise

July 19th, 2011
1:39 pm

@Amy – not true about NYC. Only Ramona and Jill are married. Cindy has never been married. Kelly, LuAnn and Sonya are divorced. They are really no more classy than ATL, IMO.

jmasen

July 19th, 2011
1:43 pm

I’m completely disgusted with the Real Housewives of Atlanta. They’ve chosen to portray Atlanta has a classless, ghetto city which is apparently home only to black people. I’m so embarrassed when people watch the show and think this is what Atlanta is like. Almost all of these women on RHoA is uneducated and ghetto. Disgusting.

nono

July 19th, 2011
1:47 pm

crickets,,,,

Leigh

July 19th, 2011
1:48 pm

The people that Bravo is exploiting is the audience. The train wrecks of all races on TV are well paid for their antics.

mavis

July 19th, 2011
1:48 pm

What does her past have to do with anything? We all have done some things in life that we are not proud of. (It might not have been criminal, but morally wrong). God…can people change?

Southern Stereotypes

July 19th, 2011
1:52 pm

It’s really sad that Bravo casts the other RHW shows with somewhat classy people but chooses to cast the southern version of RHW with inbred ghetto queens who wouldn’t know class if it bit them in the arse! Bravo and the RHWoA really do exemplify the stereotypical uneducated Southerner. What a shame!

FRAN?

July 19th, 2011
1:56 pm

Fran? Where are you…..

Beverly Hall

July 19th, 2011
1:57 pm

Atlanta is uneducated, classless and ghetto. The REAL test results underline this obvious fact. My teachers could only sugarcoat so much.

This show only reinforces the true Atlanta I’ve learned to tolerate.

Justin

July 19th, 2011
1:58 pm

@ Mavis

I agree with you 100%…..All these self righteous bloggers with squeaky clean pasts throwing stones.

Jodi

July 19th, 2011
1:58 pm

Aren’t their any “white” or “hispanic” or “asian” housewives in Atlanta?

Herb?

July 19th, 2011
1:59 pm

Herb??? Here I am…over here…look over here!

RCH

July 19th, 2011
2:00 pm

Mavis and Justin,

7 arrests in 5 years! Thats not a mistake. Thats a career criminal!

george

July 19th, 2011
2:00 pm

my mother in law, wife and daughter are all spelman grads are friends with any number of educated, successful and law-abiding business and professional women in greater atlanta and none of them would associate with this latest rhoa. kandi seems sane and phaedra has an education but marries felons and the others are even more ghetto trash.

The King

July 19th, 2011
2:07 pm

She is going to be a role model for kids who already don’t have a good start in life….there is something wrong with our system when someone like this has access to young kids “as a mentor”, you would think that they would look for someone who is a professional with a real job, not a professional felon! a d@m shame! I wouldn’t let her watch my dog!

Janice

July 19th, 2011
2:07 pm

Alex on RHONY is married.

biggerthanbigdawg

July 19th, 2011
2:10 pm

She seems to like to party and throw down if ya know what i am sayin. I think she would fit right in with the rest of the “wives” and their Steadmens(Not sure if anyone on the show is actually married) But then again I wouldnt kick’er outta bed foe eatin crackers either…btw have u seen the twins Kim is sportin now that she is post preggers…omg!! Motor boat baby!!

MJ

July 19th, 2011
2:11 pm

The comments regarding leaning against a window at the W are really uncalled for and extremely ignorant. People are so quick to hide behind some words. Get some class about yourselves!

There's a better lot of women to pick

July 19th, 2011
2:17 pm

“Are Black women really as seen on TV?” See post at Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/black-womens-health-and-happiness . Scroll down on that link for various articles on topic.

Once again, more negative images of Black women. Not just images, but again sisters “behaving badly” and being celebrated for doing so. SOOOO tired of it. For more positive words, tough love advice and social/media issues re: Black women see ‘Living Well Despite Catchin’ H***: The Black Woman’s Guide to Health, Sex and Happiness’(recently discussed on TJMS, M Baidsden and CNN).