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Kandi Burruss promotes her intimate toy collection at Shout

Kandi Burruss promotes her new Bedroom Kandi toy line at Shout Sept. 1, 2011. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Kandi Burruss promotes her new Bedroom Kandi toy line at Shout Sept. 1, 2011. PHOTO CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Kandi Burruss, wearing a skin-tight dress with a sparkly mid-riff, promoted her intimate toy line called Bedroom Kandi at Shout restaurant in Midtown.

The party featured Liberator sex cushions, a display of Kandi’s toys and topless men with eight-packs massaging women and dispensing lamb chops and egg rolls.

Her toys include a vibrator that resembles lipstick for discretion and a toy that links wirelessly to your sound system so it vibrates to the beat of the music. Burruss, mind you, is a Grammy-winning songwriter and musician so that’s a perfect tie.

“The line is not raunchy,” she said. “It’s cool and sophisticated.”

Her toys won’t be available for sale until late October, she said. You can pre-order soon at mybedroomkandi.com.

Burruss, who also has a stake in Tags boutique in Smyrna, is big on talking about sex on her on-line show Kandi Koated Nights so this all ties in nicely. She said she was inspired by Dr. Laura Berman, who has her own line of sex toys and wanted to get into that field herself.

A certain TV show had cameras there. (I signed a confidentiality agreement in which I agreed not to identify this TV show. The agreement included the word “disgorgement,” which sounds dirty and vaguely threatening. The network could sue me if I disclosed information they think would hurt said show.) I ended up leaving before other members of this particular popular TV show showed up so it ended up being a moot point. And no, the show in question is not “60 Minutes.” Morley Safer was nowhere in sight.  Nice guess.

I was unable to talk to Burruss at the party. (Said network kind of monopolized her time and I ran out of patience.)

Fortunately, her sweet publicist got Burruss on the phone with me this morning. The cast of her show did eventually show up in full after I left, she said.

“It was a nice crowd,” she said. “I loved the way my party planner decorated. She did a great job with the food and the guys from Pampered Touch.”

Asked how her personal life is going, she said, “I’m not in any serious relationship. The toys work out perfect for me!”

On the music side, she hasn’t had much of a chance to work with any big R&B artists but surprisingly hooked up with country artist Jo Dee Messina. “Country is something I always wanted to do,” she said. “We wrote four or five songs. I’m not sure which ones will make it on her album. But I have a good feeling about it.”

She said she is amazed how long this season’s shooting schedule is. In the first couple of years, the show shot maybe three months tops. This season is now entering its seventh month of shooting. (It’s set to debut later this fall.)

In the wake of the suicide of Russell Armstrong on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” I asked her how she felt the TV network dealt with the death of fiance A.J. Jewell two years ago. “That’s hard to say,” she said. “When A.J. passed, it was right before we were supposed to tape the reunion show. They did postpone it. They didn’t cancel it altogether. They’re a business. Life goes on. The sad part is, everyone will be there for you when things happen right then and there. Months later, years later, you’re still dealing with it while others are on to the next thing.”

So how is she doing two years after his death? “I’m doing fine. Of course, there’s a lot of things personally I’m dealing with but nothing I want to discuss with anybody.” On her show, “we reveal a lot. But not everything.”

I was able to get video of her public intro to the line at the party. She kept the language clean because she’s classy like that:

The only celebrity I recognized was Derek J, the hairdresser who stars in the Oxygen reality show “Hair Battle Spectacular.”

Derek J arrived at the Kandi Burruss party.

Derek J arrived at the Kandi Burruss party.

kandi interviewedshowing off toys

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

25 comments Add your comment

Von

September 2nd, 2011
10:01 am

Go Kandi! You look cute girl.

mike scott

September 2nd, 2011
11:00 am

good idea on the linked dil-do

mike scott

September 2nd, 2011
11:03 am

try wagner’s ride of the valkyries

Wayne stuck in AL

September 2nd, 2011
11:15 am

Yet another priviledged BAP who managed to get on “reality” TV.

rod

September 2nd, 2011
2:38 pm

what a talent, sex toys. next up, shipping short ribs in dry ice

GUNGA DIN

September 3rd, 2011
4:45 am

just when you thought that RHOA couldn’t get any trashier !!!

rlp

September 3rd, 2011
5:43 am

the scant housewives get worse by the season… the music business must be a little slow.

such a role model for the little women of Atlanta.

Mr. Ed

September 3rd, 2011
9:24 am

“The line is not raunchy,” she said. “It’s cool and sophisticated.”

Spewing coffee right now.

Me thinks, this statementis not valid. Mebbe, selling sex toys is raunchy. Mebbe, the statement is self-contradictory.

TG

September 3rd, 2011
10:16 am

Wow, what a role model she is for her little daughter! lol Not a wedding ring in site yet she’s put her staple on sex toys. Great.

Benjamin

September 3rd, 2011
11:02 am

What a role model for her daughter, “Only In America”.

whiteboy

September 3rd, 2011
12:06 pm

Are you guys that sexually uptight?…Really….it will be OK…you would think we were talking about Casey Anthony…man you guys are funny.

PhillyPhilly

September 3rd, 2011
12:20 pm

Congrats Kandi on becoming an entreprenuer. Hopefully, this new endeavor has created some much needed jobs. I’m sure that you’ll teach your daughter the importance of becoming an entreprenuer.

Maurice

September 3rd, 2011
12:59 pm

Congrats Khandi on teaching Riley that is ok to stick a wireless vibrator in her V to get off. You are a real class act. Dont you know that your daughter can read AJC. I thought you had class, you housewives of Atl really dissapoint on so many levels.

LikeMBigNThik

September 3rd, 2011
1:27 pm

Grow up folks! She is holding down multiple jobs, is raising a child, and (last time I checked) she has not hurt or killed anyone and continues to pay her taxes. At the very least, she’s trying to live the American dream by becoming a successful business woman. GOOD FOR YOU KANDI !!!

mstra

September 3rd, 2011
9:37 pm

For all the negative people who have commented, I’m sure you will be the first to visit the website when she gets one. And I’m sure you are the experts in the intmacy department that’s why you feel the need to judge her business venture. And by the way it’s just one of them. And her daugther will be just fine. I just hope your kids do not hear you judging because you taught them only God can judge right.

Danielle

September 4th, 2011
12:29 am

To Wayne stuck in AL and any other people thinking like him. I have to defend Kandi. She does not come from money. She has worked in the entertainment industry for decades. She was one of the few celebrities/singers from the 90’s that worked hard and was smart with her lifestyle and earned what she has HERSELF. If you watch when they show her house on RHOA she is not the one leasing a gigantic house she can’t afford. She owns what she has and worked hard for it. Because she has something does not mean she did not earn it. It is so ignorant of you to say that she is privileged and to use that word with a negative connotation. If she has a privilege it is because she has leveraged what she has to make more opportunities for herself. Is that not what an intelligent person should do? Im so over people that judge successful women like Kandi. Would you rather she work to sustain the negative stereotype of the black woman? If so, too bad. I myself am glad she does what she likes. You don’t have to support her or read this article about her, but obviously you are interested so you are reading and hating behind a computer screen. While you are making stupid comments she is off making money and being happy. Buy one of her toys. It will make you feel better and make you more fun to be around. Oh, sorry, these aren’t products that are $9.99 so you may not be “privileged” enough to afford one.

Tech guy

September 4th, 2011
11:34 am

I see no problem with her toys, as a matter of fact I might go out and buy one or two for my wife.

shonufia

September 4th, 2011
2:14 pm

derek j need a girdle.

Jayla Johnson

September 4th, 2011
4:35 pm

Let’s start by saying there are no classy women on any of the Housewives show. The same folks who buy and use sex toys are putting Kandi down. The girl is making money and her daughter probably already know about sex toys from tv or the internet. Only difference is her mother is an entrepreneur.

Jayla Johnson

September 4th, 2011
4:37 pm

As much as Derek loves heels and shorts, he should seriously stay away from the buffet line.
Whatever happened to the other ’singer’ Lawrence from RHOA.

TEE TEE

September 5th, 2011
3:19 am

Congrats Kandi. There is nothing wrong with starting your own business. I would like to host a product party once you launch your line.

meyouand she

September 8th, 2011
10:40 am

Keeping going to the bank as your HATERS keep HATING!!!!!

RickStar

September 11th, 2011
7:59 pm

CA to GA

September 13th, 2011
12:24 pm

Congrats Kandi on another business venture as an Entrepreneur. Why not capitalize on the sex toy industry?!?! Last time I checked it was a million dollar industry. As long as she isn’t demonstrating them in public then I say Congrats and do you. All the negative comments are expected…like I always say, ” If you don’t have haters, then you aren’t doing something right.”

Talented 10th

September 13th, 2011
3:23 pm

Ofays are out in full negtive force as usual whenever there’s a story on Black Americans on this blog…you people are hilarious. I’m sure Kandi really cares…NOT!