kandi_carmon kandi_carmon

Kandi Burruss' Maid of Honor Dishes on the Wedding

kandi_carmon (1)

The vows have been exchanged, the rice has been thrown and now it's time for the world to see what went into the planning of Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker's wedding on Real Housewives of Atlanta presents: Kandi's Wedding.

VIBE Vixen chopped it up with Kandi's maid of honor Carmon Cambrice to talk about the show, the wedding and her own transition into a reality star. Tune into to Bravo Sunday night on June 1 at 8 p.m or the premiere.

How was the overall experience of filming the show?

It was crazy because we only had a short time to plan this wedding. We did this in like 4 to 5 weeks so it was a lot, you know? We are filming and planning at the same time. So it really was a lot going on.

Did filming interfere with planning?

No we didn't have time. We just had to plan and they filmed and what they got is what happened.

We all saw on the last season of RHOA that you and mama Joyce bumped heads. Did you have any run ins with Mama Joyce on this show?

I wouldn't say we had any run ins with each other but it was definitely a lot of tension whenever we were around each other.

Did anything change for the better during the show or afterwards?

Nothing. I mean, I don’t think anything has changed with mama Joyce but definitely I feel like I have changed as far as my feelings towards everything. I’m just over it and I’m just ready to put this behind us.

I know it’s hard to fight with your best friend’s mom and you’ve been around since you were a child.

Right. It's real hard. It's like fighting with your own mom. Someone you look up to and consider a mom. It was very difficult and it was hard.

So what did you love and hate about filming the show?

I love being a part of the wedding itself and of course filming comes along with that but you hate that sometimes every moment is not a great moment and it’s gonna be caught on tape for everybody to see, so that’s hard. I think for me, I’m more of a private person so just being on camera that was very difficult for me even in the beginning being on Housewives. It was super difficult because I’m the type of person like, okay, Kandi this is your thing this is not my thing, you know? I’m cool with being in the background. I don’t want to be in front of the camera like that. She was like okay well with working for me this is something that is going to be a part of it and you’re gonna have to get used to it. So I was reluctant at first.

I can’t say no because I’m gonna be around her and of course I’m in the wedding so how can you not be on camera? It would be like well, "I'm not gonna be in the wedding," and of course I’m not gonna say that. So it was just a lot to deal with that camera being there and you're not used to something like that. Then the mama Joyce situation happened I was just like okay I’m over this camera stuff like I didn't sign up for all of this. But I’m dealing with it and everyday I’m getting more and more comfortable with it. I guess it's part of my life now as long as I'm working for her and we’re around each other. I guess this just something I’m going to have to deal with.

Now the world knows you and wants to see you on RHOA,  so now you’re experiencing a transition from private person to reality star in a way.

And that’s kind of crazy to me to be a reality star or even having people know who I am when I go places. It's weird. I’m the type of person where I wanna throw on a baseball cap and roll. Now you think about it like, “Wait a minute. I may want to put on some makeup before I walk out this door” (laughs).

Now people want to take pictures.

That is so weird. Like take a picture with me? Really? You don't want a picture with me!

How was the wedding?

The wedding was beautiful. I enjoyed that wedding so much. I’ve never went to a wedding and enjoyed it that much. Like I danced all night long. I don't know if it was the whole planning in one month situation too but after it was over and they said "I do," it was like party from that point on all night long. It was great.

What can we expect from the show?

I think this show is going to probably be the best wedding special that you’ve seen on Bravo because it's real. Everything that goes on is what really happened. It's real emotions and things that happen with a wedding. It's always crazy trying to plan a wedding because some things don’t work out like you want them to, but in the end, the end result is so beautiful and it's so worth it and you'll see it in the end. The theme was Coming to America so it was just crazy. We got lions and it was so much stuff going on. Dancers, so it was a lot to put together in one month but it came together and it all happened.

Did anything surprising happen during filming?

I mean its gonna be a lot of surprises (laughs). You'll catch a few. It’ll be a lot.

Photo Credit: Wilford Harewood/Bravo

From the Web

More on Vibe

VIBE Vixen/ Jessica Xie

VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk Podcast: Meet Peppermint, The Boss Using Her Gifts For Good

VIBE Vixen's Boss Talk podcast amplifies the voices of women and she/her-identifying individuals in their respective industries as they discuss their journeys toward becoming the bosses we know today. From their demeanor and confidence and persevering through life’s pitfalls to make a name for themselves in their own way, being a boss is much more than 'just running sh*t.'

Miss Peppermint started as a staple in the New York nightlife scene, and after appearing as a contestant on the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, she’s continued to make a name for herself.

Outside of the show, she's traveled the world and is hoping to release her third album, which she hints will be influenced by the '90s, R&B, and neo-soul. She's also planning on re-releasing her debut album, Hardcore Glamour, for its 10-year anniversary.

"I'll be doing a lot in New York this year for World Pride," she explains to Boss Talk's host, J'na Jefferson. Pride takes place throughout June. "The last album I dropped was 2017... I'm excited about that, I'm writing it now. It's just poems, but I'm excited."

Peppermint, who was the first openly transgender contestant on the Emmy Award-winning show, was also the first transgender woman to originate a principal role on Broadway for her role as Pythio in Head Over Heels. 


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Head Over Heels (@hohmusical) on Jan 31, 2019 at 12:26pm PST

"On paper, it shouldn't make sense... it's hard to explain what it is," she says of the musical, which combined a loose adaptation of 16th-century piece The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia with the music of the new wave group, The Go-Go's. It closed in late-2018.

"The better way to explain it now that it's over and closed is 'a revolutionary show about dismantling the patriarchy...'" she says about Head Over Heels. "I knew that they wanted to cast a trans actor... I wanted to put as much as I could into it, and try to do our non-binary siblings well and proud... [the show] became something I really believed in."

Peppermint continues to share her love of performing all over the world and is also an activist, who aims to promote the importance of LGBTQIA representation and advancement. She has worked and supported organizations such as The Point Foundation, which aims to help LGBTQIA students attend college. 

"People are just starting to catch on that having queer voices is essential and inevitable," she says of further representation of LGBTQIA individuals in media and entertainment. She praises Pose creator Ryan Murphy for showcasing trans people of color both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.

"Giving [trans people] the power to speak for themselves, rather than slapping the community with stereotypes or archetypes... we're past that," she continues. "We're not in the phase where they're feeling comfortable to be who they are, but I think we're getting close."

Listen to the full episode below.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

Continue Reading
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Vivica A. Fox Explains Past Hesitance Behind 'Two Can Play That Game' Script

In a new interview with Essence, actress Vivica A. Fox discussed how she initially turned down her role in Two Can Play That Game based on the script. The established entertainer said it's her mission to ensure that black people are positively portrayed onscreen, and noticed the aforementioned film's prose didn't live up to those standards.

"I think the reason why—no I know the reason why—I've been doing this for such a long time is that I fight," Fox said. "When we did Two Can Play That Game, I fought for the way we talked, walked, the way we loved each other." The Set It Off actress continued to state that she consistently declined Two Can Play That Game before signing on to play the lead role. "Because the script, when I first got it, I turned it down three times because it just wasn't a good representation of African-Americans, so I fought them on everything," she noted. "I want to make sure that the images of African-Americans are as positive and as true as they can possibly be."

In 2001, the romantic comedy debuted to fanfare, boasting an all-star cast of Morris Chestnut, Mo'Nique, Anthony Anderson, Bobby Brown, Gabrielle Union, Wendy Raquel Robinson, and more. Directed by Mark Brown (Barbershop, Iverson, How To Be A Player), Fox plays a career driven person named Shante Smith who navigates a curveball when her boyfriend Keith Fenton (Chestnut) cheats on her with a co-worker.

After its release, Two Can Play That Game raked in over $22 million at the box office.

Continue Reading

Top Stories