Yup, I wrote it.
I figured I’d just put it on out there because I keep getting Facebook messages, emails, and phone calls from my people asking, “Girl, is that you holding Nene’s hand in the commercials?!”
The answer: Yes, that is me in the promos for an upcoming episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, in which Nene and I are discussing her memoir, the book I helped her write. Never Make the Same Mistake Twice: Lessons On Love and Life Learned the Hard Way, hit bookstores on Tuesday, smack dab in the middle of the explosive second season of Bravo’s Atlanta Housewives franchise. Hate it or love it, The Real Housewives of Atlanta is appointment TV, and Nene’s cut-throat, in-your-face, keepin’-it-real antics with castmates Kim Zolciak, Sheree Whitfield, Kandi Burress and Lisa Hartwell are downright addictive.
For all the smack Nene talks on RHOA, though, she really brings it in the pages of “Mistake,” in which she exposes her dark past as a stripper, a domestic abuse victim, and the illegitimate daughter of parents who gave her up for adoption and kept her paternal lineage a secret. Sensational as her backstory is, it’s also poignant, and definitely helps to explain Nene’s journey toward becoming the reality show sensation she is today. Yes, she goes after Kim and Sheree in her book, but those two chapters are but a small part of her incredible story, which we crafted as a revealing tell-all to help inspire women facing the same challenges Nene dealt with as a teenager and young single mother.
For sure, it’s a good story, told in Nene’s signature, raw voice, but written in a way that brings honor to her story. (Come on, now: You know I’m not going to co-sign on any bull.) To see an excerpt, click HERE.
Never Make the Same Mistake Twice comes on the heels of my book with Steve Harvey, the New York Times best-selling advice book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. My 17th and 18th books, a novel for tweens and a picture book I penned with Holly Robinson Peete, hit stores next Spring.
As for my appearance on RHOA, I’m not sure which episode I’ll be on, or how it’ll be edited, or if I’ll look like a complete idiot when it’s shown, so say a prayer that mama preserves at least a modicum of class when I make my reality show debut. And even if I do look like Bobo the Fool, at the very least, let’s hope the “Nene’s Writing a Book” storyline makes “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice” a bestseller, because mama’s gotta send three brown babies to Yale.
Don’t play. Pray.