*If you’re wondering who this fancy gentleman in photo is, it’s Todd Tucker, the boyfriend of Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Buruss.
Todd works within the production company for Bravo and we first learned of Todd during the last reunion show. Kandi was introduced by her cast-mate Phaedra Parks, who recounted the story during the reunion show explaining:
“I met Todd, and he was really a cute guy, and we talked, and he was just very articulate, really nice, real down to earth…I want Kandi to have a great relationship, and I was pushing him.”
The two have been dating for over a year now and recently, a rumor surfaced that both Todd and Kandi were secretly engaged.
Tyler Perry and guest arrive at 42nd annual Image Awards March 4 in Los Angeles
*If you missed the broadcast on Fox Friday night, Tyler Perry’s drama “For Colored Girls” won the best picture award at the 42nd National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
The film, which featured an ensemble cast including Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise and Kerry Washington also won for outstanding director for Perry and supporting actress for Kimberly Elise.
While Halle Berry won for Best Actress for her performance in Frankie & Alice, it was her dress that had most people talking. Halle wore a Pucci show-stopping number which featured a bold print and an even more eye-catching neckline.
Also, Sofia Vergara (pictured above with Halle Berry) won for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy for her work in “Modern Family.” Vanessa Williams picked up a Best Actress award for her work on “Desperate Housewives.”
Above, actress Kimberly Elise, winner of the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for ‘For Colored Girls’, poses in the press room at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, Friday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Below is a complete list of winners from the 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards:
* Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series: Millicent Shelton – “Men of a Certain Age” (Go with the Flow)
* Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Jill Scott – “Sins of the Mother”
* Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: David Mann – “Meet the Browns”
* Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives”
* Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Ice Cube – “Are We There Yet?”
* Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”
* Outstanding Drama Series: “Grey’s Anatomy”
* Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: LL Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles”
* Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King – “Southland”
* Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard – “Law & Order: Los Angeles”
* Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: S. Epatha Merkerson – “Law & Order”
* Outstanding TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: “Sins of the Mother”
* Outstanding Talk Series: “The View”
* Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special: Idris Elba – “Luther”
* Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Kevin Rodney Sullivan – “Modern Family” (Game Changer)
* Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series: Rodney Saulsberry – “The Bold and the Beautiful”
* Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series: Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless”
* Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): “Unsung”
* Outstanding Comedy Series: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”
* Outstanding Reality Series: “Sunday Best”
* Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): “UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Lionel Richie”
* Outstanding Children’s Program: “True Jackson, VP”
* Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special): Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP”
* Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television): “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots”
* Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Aaron McGruder – “The Boondocks”
* Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series: Shonda Rhimes – “Private Practice” – (Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?)
*If you missed it last night, in the second part of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion, Phaedra was grilled about the date of her baby’s conception and love of strippers, Kandi broke down twice, Kim admitted she owed Kandi money, NeNe admitted to nothing and Sheree, at long last, brought the words “She by Sheree” back to the show.
OK, here’s some of the breakdown:
Phaedra was pregnant when she got married. After a season of talking in circles, Atlanta’s Southern Belle delivered some straight talk. Sort of. “I might have been a month to a month-and-a-half pregnant when I got married,” she said, but only after being drilled by viewer questions about it. She said, in fact, she always knew her official due date, but that she had a problematic pregnancy and “at no point in time did anyone care about me as a person,” only “the gossiping.” Persistent viewers who wrote in to the reunion also wanted Phaedra to spell out what her husband Apollo had gone to prison for. That would be racketeering, “a white collar crime,” she said.
Kandi received only $3,000-4,000 for her producing “Tardy for the Party.” Kandi estimated that the song has “at least” earned Kim a (may we say shocking) $80,000 to $100,000. But what really got to Kandi was that Kim hadn’t done anything to correct the situation despite their friendship. It’s one of the only ones on Atlanta that appears genuine, too; earlier in the hour, Kandi explained that she and Kim bonded over being single moms, a side to their relationship viewers don’t see on the show.
“I don’t like to argue about money with friends, but what irritated me was… you know good and well you didn’t put up no money, you didn’t put up anything” for “Tardy for the Party” in the beginning, Kandi said through tears. When pressed by Andy for a reaction, Kim said, “Kandi, you could have taken all the money… I will be forever grateful to you for letting me live my dream… I don’t want to see her look like this… Yes, I owe her money. To me, it’s not about money. You can’t put a price on friendship with Kandi. She can have all the money.” (On the Watch What Happens: Live after-show, Kandi said that Kim reached out to her after the reunion was filmed, but no money has yet been exchanged. Their second collaboration, “The Ring Didn’t Mean A Thing” has still not been released.)
*Season number 3 of “The Real housewives of Atlanta” is in the books and is also the highest-rated housewife season in franchise history. Sunday night the cast reunited one more time.
Bravo’s Andy Cohen brought NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burruss, Phaedra Parks, and Cynthia Bailey together for an unforgettable Reunion Special.
In part 1 of the special, they dished on their season of marital meltdowns, premarital panicking and due-date discrepancies among other things.
In Part II, the ladies joined Cohen for more laughs, some tears and a lot more drama. Kandi told the truth about her music transaction with Kim and the ladies confronted Phaedra about her pregnancy controversy.
*Denise Martin from TVGuide.com got together the newest member of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Cynthia Bailey, for some Q&A time. First off, what has Bailey learned from being on reality TV?
“It looks so easy from your living room couch, but it’s not easy!” she says. “It’s very emotionally and mentally exhausting.”
Yep, drama doesn’t just manufacture itself. The producers have laid traps everywhere, and Bailey says it’s work trying to navigate:
“Before you go to shoot scenes, you always feel like you’re being set up for sabotage [Laughs]. You have to mentally prep. ‘OK, I’m getting ready to go have dinner with Sheree. What could she be getting ready to throw at me?’ It’s tiring trying to figure out what landmine I’m about to step in.”
Bailey spoke to TVGuide.com about stepping in it with her other new cast member Phaedra Parks, getting on Kim Zolciak’s bad side, and hosting one very memorable Mother’s Day brunch.
TVGuide.com: In last week’s episode, your Mother’s Day brunch kind of devolved into …
Cynthia Bailey: A cross between Girls Gone Wild and the Food Network?
TVGuide.com: That’s a good way of putting it. (For those who missed that scene, check it out here.)
Bailey: Can I tell you that was the first time we had all got together? I’m new. I had no idea what we were going to talk about, but I didn’t think it was going to be an episode of Real Sex. What’s funny is the ones you’d think would be conservative in bed? They’re the ones that want to pop a pop tart up there! It was crazy and slightly mortifying. Kandi’s telling us about how she got her mom a dildo, she and Phaedra are talking about what sugar does to your vajayjay. … I was like, “What is happening here?”
TVGuide.com: Phaedra has done a lot of fascinating things so far, from putting a rosebush in her hair to saying she wanted to deliver her baby prematurely. During your shared limo ride with her, she more or less said your fiance was “dirty” because he had kids from previous relationships.
Bailey: That limo ride was the first time I had been around her. … I’m not used to people just offending me to my face like that, and I didn’t even realize what was happening. I got out of that car and thought, “Wait, I think she just completely threw us under the bus!” Peter [Bailey's fiancée] and I couldn’t get out of there quick enough. We looked at each other afterward like, “What have we done? What is going on? Who are these people? Who acts like this? Who dresses like this? This is insane!”
That definitely didn’t make me a big fan of hers, and as you can see, she doesn’t have a whole lot of nice things to say about me so far: I’m not pretty enough to be a model, my house is not nice enough…