The name of the game is controversy and last night's premiere of The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo delivered that.
While watching the show, I felt embarrassed, uncomfortable, and sad for those ladies who need material things to validate their existence.
For those of you who don't live in Atlanta -- the Hot Mess Housewives of Atlanta are not real and they don't represent the Atlanta that I know.
Yesterday, I spent the evening with a millionaire. I've known this guy for many years. It just so happened that 3 of his employees pulled up in their cars. They drove a Range Rover and two Mercedes Benz's. All three of those cars once belonged to the millionaire. Now those cars belong to his employees.
If you met him you would never know he was rich. And that's my point.
The really wealthy residents of Atlanta don't feel the need to broadcast their wealth or material things like those desperate, pitiful housewives of Atlanta who act like they're not used to having anything.
Yes, Atlanta is full of desperate Gold diggers like Sheree, Lisa, DeShawn, Kim and NeNe -- and the men who love them. Women who feel the need to floss material things do so to make up for what they lack in personality and self esteem.
I'm told that Sheree Whitfield has no money. She lost her clothing boutique through mismanagement of funds. That $5,000 handbag you saw her buy last night was actually borrowed.
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Her "entourage" is made up of friends of hers who sometimes get paid if the checks don't bounce.
I know all of this because Evander Holyfield's daughter, who used to work for Sheree until her paychecks started bouncing, posts all of Sheree's dirt on message boards.
I did love the Louis Vuitton cake Sheree had at her party though.
NeNe was a stripper who met her husband who turned a ho into a housewife. Even though she's ghetto as hell, as least she keeps it real.
I'm told Lisa Wu, who got her ass beat on the regular by ex-husband Keith Sweat, lost full custody of her two boys, Justin and Jordan, to Keith. She has one son, EJ, with her current husband Ed Hartwell, who was cut by the Oakland Raiders and is now jobless. But Lisa came up after her contentious relationship with Keith Sweat.
She now designs jewelry, owns a real estate firm, Hartwell & Associates, a baby clothing line, Hart 2 Hart Baby, and does a little acting on the side to support her husband who is obviously smitten with her.
Click to see pictures from the Atlanta Premiere party last night.