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By Marquesa LaDawn
NNPA Columnist


At Married to Medicine, Mariah’s going in hard. I’m excited to see Mariah back, most of the time. My problem is she’s acting like she was never gone. Rehashing old issues and screaming “you hurt me” is a bad idea. Why? She’s automatically putting the ladies in a defensive mode and some of them refuse to comply.

Toya is one of them and outright said, there is no forgiveness here. Of course, nobody’s right. Mariah in particular should approach with a sense of “I acknowledge how I hurt you.” This would soften the other ladies enough to possibly reciprocate. That’s all I’m saying. But, of course, the show would be boring and we’d all tune out. So, in the reality TV world, Mariah will insult Toya and the brawl will begin. At least this gives Lisa and Quad a break.

Before I close out of MTM, my heart was so touched by Lisa’s honesty about the heartbreak Darren’s caused. A couple of the ladies have said that Lisa is a bit stoic and only seems to engage when she’s attacked and I agree. Before joining the reality TV world, I think Lisa was comfortable showing her best face to the world and keeping the pain in house. The habit of most people, wouldn’t you say? The thing about reality TV is you can’t have the fame, money and benefits without bearing your soul, which means looking foolish at times. During a married couples exercise, Lisa finally shared her deepest pain, her struggle to trust her husband, Darren. It was beautiful, pure and connected her with so many of her fans.


The Real Housewives of the OC and The Queen of Mean

Yes, I’m talking about Vicki Gulvanson –again. It’s happening, after nearly 10 years and the crown of top Real Housewife is in a situation she can’t scream her way out of. We are loving this as fans, not just for the pure entertainment value, also because it took Generation X cast member Meghan to make that happen. Vicki, Brooks, Meghan and husband Jim, took a moment away from the others and hashed it out. Vicki, of course, wants to shut it down. I think she fears the worst, but that’s not happening anytime soon. After Meghan was told to butt out and called all types of names, it created this desire in her to dig deeper, and she found gold. You may wonder, is it right for her to do what she wants. As a Gen X’er myself, do not tell us what we cannot do, you will see us do it times 10. Plus, Meghan has family members impacted by this horrible disease and will not allow someone to misrepresent what it takes to deal with cancer. Brooks could not respond to that and the games begin…

Next week, it’s all out war. Does Brooks have cancer? We will soon find out.

One more thing, a picture has been released of the other woman in Shannon Beador’s life, the one that her husband had an affair with for nearly a year. Heck, she looks so much like Shannon; her name is Nicole McMackin. It almost seems like she planned to get into David’s head when she saw him at his lowest. One side of my brain, wants to blame Shannon a bit, she is high maintenance on steroids. But, cheating is cheating and it’s never okay Hopefully healing is around the corner for this family.

Did you see the list of #RHAward Winners? I released mine a couple of weeks ago if you recall and here’s the list:

  • “Rookie of the Year” – I chose Shannon Beador (RHOBH)

They chose Shannon Beador (RHOBH)

– Check 1

  • “Best Supporting Agitator” – I chose Jim Marchese (RHONJ)

They chose Collette Dubrow

Totally disagree, another thing, can we keep kids out of grown folks business,

  • “Best OMG Moment” – I chose Quad and Lisa Nicole (Married to Medicine)

They chose Lisa Rinna – Check 2 (sorta)

She was my runner up, not to mention, MTM was not a part of the race, I added them!

  • “Biggest Reunion Shocker” – I chose Ramona Singer (RHONJ)

They chose Teresa Giudice (RHONJ) – I have to give it to them and she also was my runner up.

  • “Best Comeback” – I chose Bethenny Frankel (RHONY)

They chose – Bethenny Frankel (RHONY) – Check 3

  • “Miss Congeniality” – I chose Carol Radziwill (RHONY)

They chose – Yolanda Foster (RHOBH) – Check 4, sort of, she was my runner up.

  • “Lifetime Achievement Award” – I chose Nene Leakes (RHOA)

They chose – Ramona Singer (RHONY) – Check 5, sort of, she was my runner up.


Marquesa LaDawn is a professional businesswoman who escapes the pressures of living in New York City by retreating into the real world of reality TV. Follow her on twitter @realityshowgirl and Periscope, and subscribe to her podcast at http://www.RealitytvGirl.com.



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