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'Real Housewife' Cynthia Bailey Talks Nene Friendship, Fashion & Battling Cattyness

Cynthia Bailey might be new to Real Housewives of Atlanta, but you’ve likely seen her face before. With a modeling career that spans over 20 years, she's appeared on the cover of Essence twice and graced the pages of top magazines like Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Vanity Fair and more. She's also graced runways around the world and appeared in several high-end ads for brands like Saks Fifth Avenue, Talbots, Lord & Taylor as well as commercials and a film entitled, Without You I’m Nothing. Hate it or love it, Bailey has a resume to die for, but these days she prefers a more laidback approach to life.

It’s exactly why she was added to RHOA. Not everyone has to yell and scream to get the spotlight. Don’t sleep on the quiet storms. VIBE got the golden brown beauty to open up about conflict on the show, being a commitment-phobe and a future children’s book collaboration with her 11-year-old daughter. ⎯Starrene Rhett

VIBE: Nene had her tiff with Dwight but there’s gotta be more, what’s going down for the rest of the season?

Cynthia Bailey: A lot! If you’ve enjoyed everything up until this point I feel like we’re just getting started. There’s a lot of internal drama. A lot of women this season show more of their internal side like their family, their children.

You mentioned in an interview with TV Guide that you sometimes felt like you were being set up by producers in certain situations, like, when you meet up with the women for lunch or drinks. Can you elaborate on that?

[Laughs]. There’s six of us and everyone has their own personality, their own drama, and you just never know what you’re gonna get and we never know when we go into scenes. I may have an idea of what we’re going to talk about but I still don’t know what’s going to happen and generally, whatever the plan is it just isn’t complete somehow, that’s just the way it works. So I always feel like, let me go to this place mentally, I’m not in the mood to argue if someone says something insensitive, I’m gonna take the high road, I’m not gonna go off or go in so I feel like I’m always psyching myself up. It’s like a defense and then when you go through with it it’s like, ‘Oh, okay. That was great. I thought you were gonna come from me.’ It’s like grown women slash high school kind of stuff. For the most part, everyone is really nice but sometimes when drama gets going, you know if someone is saying something then you have to deal with them lashing out, like, “Why did you say this?” It’s a lot of muscle work but you just want to resolve. I try to be rational and resolve situations. I’m not trying to fight anybody or anything.

It’s funny you mention that because Peter is amusing to watch. He’s the rowdy one out of the two of you.

[Laughs]. Yeah. I’m the good guy and he’s the bad guy, which makes us the ultimate odd couple. Me and Peter are like two planets that never were supposed to collide but we’re together and like in the Mother’s Day brunch scene, I specifically said to him, off camera actually, “Nene is going through her stuff; it’s a sensitive situation so don’t bring it up.” He’s like, “It’s not even my business, why would I bring it up?” And sure enough he brings it up and I’m like, “Oh my God, everything was going perfect until he had to open his big mouth and say that.” And I was mortified because she’s really my only friend-friend on the show and beyond the show. We’re friends in real life, too, so you never really want conflict with Nene generally [laughs]. It’s never a good idea. If you’re not gonna be friends with her you better be cool with her [laughs].

Talk about your relationship with Nene. Were you friends before the show?

She’s the only one that I met before I met everyone else. And I thought⎯this came up a lot during the audition process⎯they would ask me who I thought I would connect with and get a long with and I thought it was Kandi because I think she’s really sweet and down to earth like myself. She’s very laidback. But that didn’t end up happening. I met Nene and we didn’t really click right away, and then we met another time and it was alright, and we met another time and we had the best time and then from that point on we ended up being really, really tight. So the surprise to me was that I ended up connecting with her and Kandi ended up being a little more standoffish and harder to get to know. I have a great relationship with her now even though I’m more friends with Nene.

You and Nene seem to balance each other out.

Yeah. It’s interesting because I knew that when she met Peter they were either going to love each other or they were going to kill each other. And they kind of go up and down the whole season. She’s very opinionated and loud when she wants to be and so is my husband and it’s interesting. I’m a Pisces, I’m the rationale of the whole thing. I’m kind of like peace and love, lets sit in a circle, kumbaya let’s all get along and Nene is definitely a lot bigger in everything so I think I’m a nice balance for her because she’ll be like, “So and so said this. I think I’m gonna go over there and say this this and that,” and I’m like girl don’t let her take your power, think about it for an hour and make a rational decision but I think you’re giving a lot up to take that approach and that’s good for her because I think she feels like she’s been doing it for three seasons and I’m younger and new to the show so she has to grow. Her character has to grow on the show and I think she gets that.

Phaedra seems to be hating on you a lot. What’s up with that?

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Nothing was off limits during Cardi B's recent interview on CBS Sunday Morning. During the special, which aired on Sunday, Dec. 9, Cardi got candid with interviewer Maurice DuBois about her humble beginnings in the strip club, her beef with Nicki Minaj, and how she's been handling mega-stardom.

In case you missed it, check out a list we compiled of the Grammy-nominee's statements below, and watch the interview in the video above.

She called her beef with Nicki Minaj "unnecessary"

Cardi and Nicki Minaj have been at war for most of the year. The beef may have started following their collaboration on Migos' "Motorsport." Over the course of the year, it escalated to a physical altercation during a New York Fashion Week event, as well as many public jabs over social media. While both rappers previously agreed to turn their attention elsewhere, Cardi reflected on how the entire situation was "bad for business."

"A lot of people like to say all publicity is good publicity. To me it's not. That takes away [from] people paying attention to your craft," she said of her feud with Minaj.

Working at the strip club gave her power and a passion for performing

As you may know, Cardi B was previously a stripper before she gained mega-stardom. While she has shared mixed reviews about her past in various interviews, she told CBS that she thought stripping had a positive impact on her life.

"A lot of women here, they taught me to be more powerful," she said. "I did gain, like, a passion and love [for] performing. It made me feel pretty... I'm glad for this chapter in my life. A lot of people always want to make fun of me -- 'Oh, you used to be a stripper!' -- I don't ever regret it, because I learned a lot. I feel like it matured me. My biggest ambition was money. That's what these women put in my head: nothing is important but the money."

Her ability to connect with her fans stems from her accessibility 

Cardi undoubtedly understands how to connect with her fans and followers better than many of her counterparts. After all, the rapper built up her network in such a short amount of time. She attributes her likability to being "reachable."

"When I talk, I make a lot of mistakes," she continued. "Like, I might say words, and the words are not even in the dictionary. But people still like it because you can tell that I'm saying it from the heart."

She never imagined that she could make it this far

Before she made it big, Cardi admitted that she didn't expect her music to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. When reflecting on her first hit single "Bodak Yellow," she stated that she had low expectations at first.

"It hit at 85, and I just felt like, alright, I already did enough," she said. "Then when people was telling me, like, there's a possibility of going No. 1, I was like, 'Oh my gosh -- if I go No. 1, this is going to be crazy... and then it did. I just felt like I was on top of the world."

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Gabrielle Union Slammed For Kissing Newborn Daughter

Filled with that new-mommy joy, Gabrielle Union's Instagram feed has been packed with baby pictures. But a new video with her showering her daughter in kisses is receiving backlash.

Captioned "Kissing Game, She's got my heart on a string," the short video is a less than 30 seconds of the mother-daughter combo kissing on the mouth. Still, some commenters felt that Union was harming the child.


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Kissing Game. She's got my ❤ on a string. @kaaviajames 💋💋💋

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"Kissing seems so harmless, but research suggests that you could spread oral bacteria called mutant streptococci through saliva if you have active tooth decay," said one commenter, giving an unwelcome dose of cyber parenting. "And this could increase your child's risk of tooth decay."

With hundreds of people giving unrequested advice, Union offered a response to the comments.

"Hey guys, I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing,” the 46-year-old wrote. "I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work. Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her.”

A classy comeback, the actress stood her ground while defending her right to parent in her own way.

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50 Cent, Starz CEO Detail $150 Million Deal, 'Power' Spinoffs

50 Cent continues to flourish as a television producer as he spilled the tea to Business Insider during their Ignition conference this week on some projects he has coming in relation to his hit series Power.

In a sit-down interview, 50 along with Starz's CEO Chris Albrecht, told moderator Nathan McAlone that although he'll no longer appear on the Omari Hardwick-headed show, he'll be bringing three spin-offs from the show into on-air fruition.

One of the spin-offs will be a prequel revolving around 50's slain character Kanan. Meanwhile, all three spin-offs will be moving simultaneously, according to Albrecht.

"The prequel is my spin-off. I get the chance to come back. I'm dead," 50 said. "It's cool, though. It gives the chance to show the world where all of these characters grew in so you can see the defining moments that developed their imperfections that people are attracted to at the moment. It's exciting. It's TGE, the golden era."

Albrecht chimed in on 50's announcement, saying, "I'm happy to have them all work, but we're determined to have at least one.

"it's important because there's a lot of fans out there that want to see more of those characters and new stuff like BMF [Black Mafia Family], which is going to be amazing. Not easy, but amazing."

Black Mafia Family is another show that will be overseen by 50, about the infamous drug organization that ran rampant in the 1980s headed by Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory.

This news comes almost two months after the October announcement that 50 signed a multi-series deal with the network worth up to $150 million.

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