Where Are the Black Bethenny Frankels of Reality TV?


It’s odd that in little over five years (RHONYC debuted in 2008) Bethenny alleged made $55 million as early as 2010 and not one black female reality star has been able to replicate that level of financial success. Kandi Burruss is rich, but had an uber successful singing and songwriting career long before RHOA. She’d made her first million before reality shows were popular. And then there’s the funny, tell it like it is Nene Leakes who is steadily climbing the ladder of success outside of reality television. Hopefully her success leads to the same type of multi-million dollar deals that were on the table for Bethenny. And hopefully more black female reality stars take note by thinking beyond the 15 minutes of fame. —Bené Viera