*Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss celebrated her birthday in Atlanta Mother’s Day night (May 17, 2015) with a private viewing party for the debut of her new Bravo special “Kandi’s Ski Trip.” Held at Atlanta hotspot Suite Lounge, Kandi, husband Todd Tucker, daughter Riley Burruss and “Mama Joyce” watched the first of three episodes of Kandi’s latest RHOA spin-off along with a crowd of friends, family and fans.
The Atlanta luminaries in attendance included Xscape co-founder Tiny Harris, RHOA co-stars Demetria McKinney, Phaedra Parks, Kenya Moore, Claudia Jordan and Cynthia Bailey; Actress Keshia Knight-Pulliam; Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta stars Rasheeda, Kirk Frost, Lil Scrappy, and Mama Dee; Shekinah Jo and Precious Harris of “T.I. and Tiny’s Family Hustle”; Southern Hip-Hop pioneer Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell; SWV’s Lelee Lyons; Toya Wright; Bravo “Fashion Queen” Derek J, Monyetta Shaw of VH1’s “Atlanta Exes” and Atlantic Records executive Kawan Prather. Also in attendance were Internet sensationsFunky Dineva, Messie Cee, and Ms. Foxxxy.
Immediately following the screening, the stars of “Kandi’s Ski Trip” – Kandi, Todd, Riley, Mama Joyce, Aunt Bertha, Aunt Nora, Weenie, Carmon, and Don Juan – sat down for a Q&A about their family vacation turned reality TV special.
“It was my idea to go on the trip,” said Todd Tucker during the chat, moderated by V-103 on-air personality Gerard J. “After my mom passed away, keeping our family close became even more important to me. And I thought this would be a great place to start.” And while the first episode may not have made it obvious, the family was all in agreement that it worked.
“I didn’t like him in the beginning,” said the outspoken and hilarious Aunt Bertha. “But now, we all love each other. We are a close-knit family.” “I’ll say we are all learning each other,” added Mama Joyce, who shared a few warm moments with her son-in-law throughout the evening. “But he’s gon’ have to get passed my baby’s head scarf.”
“Kandi’s Ski Trip” returns to Bravo for Episode 2 on Sunday, May 24 at 8pm EST.
Check out the photo gallery of the event here:
Photo credits: Prince Williams/ATL Pics.