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Rodney Ho covers TV and radio, from Atlanta’s stations to the hottest “American Idol" news.

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ season 7 to debut Nov. 9 with two newcomers

  • 12:45 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Claudia Jordan started on the Rickey Smiley radio show on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. CREDIT: Getty Images

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” has been given a minor makeover for its seventh season, which returns November 9.

As reported earlier, there are two newcomers in the crew – actress Demetria McKinney and model/radio host Claudia Jordan. I was told a few weeks back that McKinney would be a full time cast member and Jordan a recurring one but in fact it’s the other way around.

Jordan, who moved to Atlanta recently to be on the Rickey Smiley morning show, has been bestowed full-time status while McKinney has been placed in recurring status, which means she won’t appear in every [More]

Lisa Wu tackles L.A. in TV One’s ‘Hollywood Divas’ Oct. 8

  • 3:01 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Lisa Wu Hartwell in 2009. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

Six years ago, she was known as Lisa Wu Hartwell, an actress and writer without any major credits trying out this thing called reality TV with the likes of NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak on Bravo.

The Alpharetta resident lasted a little more than two seasons  on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” but left partway through season three after clashing with producers over story lines she wasn’t all that comfortable pursuing.

When former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” producer Carlos King offered her a chance to spend some time in Los Angeles working with four established black actresses on TV One’s latest unscripted [More]

Video: talking ‘Survivor’ with John Rocker, ‘Real Housewives’ news, ‘Gotham’

  • 5:56 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Rodney Ho

CineStars’ Brittany Umar and I discuss the latest happenings on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” ex-Braves pitcher John Rocker starring in the new season of “Survivor” and the upcoming show “Gotham.”

Cynthia Bailey: Bar One moving, Ebony magazine bachelor photo shoot

  • 9:21 am Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Cynthia Bailey and her husband Peter Thomas are taping their fifth season on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." CREDIT: Getty Images

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast member Cynthia Bailey said her husband Peter Thomas‘ popular Bar One lounge on Memorial Drive is moving to a new location in the Fourth Ward.

The current incarnation in Grant Park off Memorial Drive will shut down at the end of the month.

Thomas earlier this years said he got caught up in a dispute between landlords, where one alleged he owed $100,000 in back rent when he said he paid but his rent checks were never transferred to the bank.

The Bar One landlords put the property up for sale in March. Bailey, in [More]

Kandi Burruss cancels ‘A Mother’s Love’ musical tour

  • 5:31 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Todd Tucker and Kandi Burruss had to cancel their road tour of "A Mother's Love" after just a week. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/

It sounds like Kandi Burruss hired the wrong promoter for her “A Mother’s Love” road tour.

The multi-city tour, which began earlier this month, was nixed after just three cities. Burruss, who created the musical in a matter of weeks last fall and debuted at the Rialto Theatre in November, confirmed the end on Instagram earlier today.

“I licensed A Mother’s Love to a promoter with high expectations of finally seeing my creation go on the road and I am very saddened and frustrated by the cancellation of the tour,” she said.

She created the musical to channel her frustrations about her [More]

Apollo Nida belatedly enters federal prison Sept. 11

  • 3:32 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Apollo Nida has been told by federal authorities to repay $1.9 million he allegedly ripped off various individuals and financial institutions. CREDIT: Bravo TV

TMZ reports that “Real Housewives of Atlanta” hubby Apollo Nida went ballistic in front of “Real Housewives” cameras with his wife Phaedra Parks over not placing funds in his prison account and didn’t report to federal prison by the U.S. Marshal’s deadline of noon, Wednesday, Sept. 10.

As of 4:30 p.m. EST, TMZ said he was “AWOL.” Earlier, TMZ also reported that there has been tension between Parks and Nida the past couple of months. He felt she hasn’t supported her, choosing to go on book tours instead, while she feels he is focused more on partying than spending time [More]

NeNe Leakes joins final run of Broadway’s ‘Cinderella’

  • 7:09 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Rodney Ho
NeNe Leakes from week six.

NeNe Leakes will be spending five weeks or so in New York City later this year to play the wicked stepmother Madame in the Broadway version of “Cinderella,” which concludes its run January 3, 2015.

She will take over for Sherri Shepherd on November 25, who begins Sept. 9.  The revival debuted on Broadway early last year.

According to

Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production brings to the Broadway stage for the first time the tuner that originally aired as a TV special in 1957, starring Oscar winner Julie Andrews. This Cinderella features a completely re-imagined book by Douglas Carter [More]

Video: Talking Steve Harvey, ‘Atlanta Exes’ and ‘Real Houswives of Atlanta’ gossip

  • 11:04 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Steve harvey triumphant

CineStar’s Brittany Umar & I  discuss Steve Harveys Neighborhood Awards this past weekend, the upcoming VH1  reality show “Atlanta Exes” and Porsha Williams‘ new gig.

Is ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ testing two potential cast members Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney?

  • 3:10 pm Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Claudia Jordan taped scenes for "Real Housewives of Atlanta." Does that mean she'll even show up on screen? Who knows? CREDIT: Getty Images

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” has not changed cast members out since season five. Why should they? The show hit record ratings this past sixth season with the existing seven.

But producers know story lines get stale fast unless new blood is thrown into the mix. So they are reportedly testing out two potential new cast members for season seven, currently in production: Rickey Smiley‘s newest radio morning show host Claudia Jordan and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” actress and singer Demetria McKinney.

UPDATE: I have heard from a good source that McKinney has signed a contract and will become a full-time cast [More]

Exclusive: Porsha Williams named permanent host on ‘Dish Nation’

  • 3:40 pm Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Rodney Ho
Porsha Williams appears on syndicated show "Dish Nation," seen in Atlanta on Fox 5 at midnight. CREDIT: Dish Nation

“Real Housewives of Atlanta’ cast member Porsha Williams has landed a permanent regular gig on another TV show: syndicated pop culture show “Dish Nation.”

A few weeks ago, she signed on as a temporary fill-in cast member of Rickey Smiley’s portion of “Dish Nation,” which includes Smiley, Gary With Da Tea and HeadKrack. She has now parlayed that into a full-time gig.

Curiously, the regular morning show recently added Claudia Jordan, who replaced Ebony Steele. Jordan will not be part of “Dish Nation,” which is taped after the morning show at Smiley’s studios in downtown Atlanta from around 10 a.m. to [More]