There will definitely be a couple of new faces on the next season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”!
After weeks of rumors that Demetria McKinney would be joining th cast–and even going to a cast event earlier this month–E! News reports the singer/actress has officially signed on for season 7 of “RHOA”! Both E! and Bravo are owned by NBC Universal, so you know this is some inside info.
Demetria’s got a full-time contract for the show, so expect to see her holding a peach in the opening credits when the show returns later this year. After Kandi Buruss and Cynthia Bailey, Demetria will be the third previously famous woman to become a housewife.
There’s also been chatter that Claudia Jordan would be joining the cast, but not quite in the same capacity.
According to E!, Claudia may be getting the Marlo Hampton deal because she’ll be popping for recurring appearances. This could be interesting considering the fact that both she and Porsha Williams have joined “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show.”
As Bravo welcomes two new ladies to Atlanta, the network will also be waving goodbye to another one. US Weekly reports that season 7 of “RHOA” will be Nene’s last go ’round. Although, she’s already stated that she’s leaving the show, sources confirmed that she will leave the show at the end of the season.
In other “RHOA” news, The Jasmine Brand reports that Phaedra Parks’ husband Apollo Nida has just been slapped with a$1,948,314.85 million lien from the federal government. He incurred the financial penalty as part as a result of his conviction on charges that he was the mastermind behind a huge identity theft scheme.
Photo Highlights: President Obama Chicago Farewell Speech
President Barack Obama makes his final farewell speech in his hometown of Chicago. Arriving at O'hare airport on Airforce One Tuesday, early evening was First Lady Michelle Obama, daughter Malia and Vice President Joe Biden along with wife, Jill Biden.
Making a final journey as the 44th President of the United States, expressways and local South Side streets were cleared as traffic stood at a complete when the 20-vehicle caravan made its way to Valois Restaurant in Hyde Park. There, President Obama conducted a one-on-one interview with NBC anchorman, Lester Holt before proceeding to give his farewell speech at McCormick Place.
Nearly 20,000 attendees packed the nearly standing-room only space in the East wing of the McCormick Place as VIP attendees sat upfront to hang onto the President's every word. There were various groups that traveled from far and near to be a part of history including celebrity sightings from Sharon Stone to Empire's Jussie Smollett--local and state dignitaries. Opening up the ceremony was a special performance by Hip hop/R&B singer, BJ the Chicago Kid showcasing belting out the national anthem is a smart blue suit.
Once President Obama hit the stage, the electric energy of emotions ran throughout the audience. At times, the crowd's applause was so loud that it impossible to hear him but there were moments that silence rippled throughout the venue--knowing this would be his last time addressing his hometown as Chief of Staff.
In his signature style of class, poise and honor--he addressed the various strides that he and his administration has made over the last eight years in protecting America's democracy. His emotions got the best of him when he addressed his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia who sat in the front row along with Vice President Joe Biden, wife Jill and his mother-in-law--Marian Shields Robinson.
<p class="p1"><span class="s1">“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.”</span></p>
<p class="p1">After the speech, the Obama family took time out to walk along the barricades, greeting and shaking hands with supporters and friends. The scene was definitely historic and we knew it was the end of an era of class that will not be duplicated in the White House for a very long time.</p>
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