Lupita Nyong’o Named People’s ‘Most Beautiful,’ ‘RHOA’ Reunion Show Sets Ratings Record But Moore, Williams May Not Return & More

by | April 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM | Black Entertainment, Can't Stop Watching, Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Today Show, The Tomorrow People

Lupita Nyong'o covers People's "Most Beautiful" issue. (Image: People magazine)

Happy Hump Day! In case you didn’t know, Lupita Nyong’o is the “Most Beautiful” person in the world and the infamous “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special earned record viewers though a show insider says it’s unlikely that both Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams will return following the dust-up. Plus, there’s my watchlist and what’s hot (and not). Enjoy!

Lupita Nyong’o named People mag’s “Most Beautiful.” I called it! Yesterday, I told you that I stopped paying attention to People mag’s “Most Beautiful” issue long ago. Well, after happening upon a “Today” show segment Tuesday, my mind began churning: Who’d be named this year? Lupita Nyong’o immediately came to mind. She’s hot, has crossover appeal, is on the cover of everything (except Essence mag–what’s up with that?) and will sell. Turns out I was right. Jess Cagle, the magazine’s editorial director, revealed the 31-year-old Oscar winner as its cover girl. This lady is everywhere. Aside from this recognition, she was recently named a Lancome spokesperson and there’s buzz surrounding her possibly being cast in the upcoming “Star Wars” flick. I’m sure she’ll grace the cover of Vogue magazine some time over the next 12 months. Read more here or watch the reveal below.

“Highly doubtful” both Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams will stay on “RHOA.” I guess we already knew this. A Bravo insider says it’s “highly doubtful” both Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams will return to “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” for another season following the ugly quarrel that aired Sunday. In case you’ve been under a rock (or focusing on more pressing matters), during the reunion special, Porsha grabbed Kenya’s hair, dragging her across the floor after the former Miss USA said the former Mrs. Kordell Stewart was an unfaithful wife and called her “a dumb hoe.” It was ugly. Porsha then freaked out and was sent home. Kenya called 911, pressing charges, and last week Porsha surrendered to authorities, leaving with a glammed up mug shot and a criminal record (she was charged with simple assault). And every news outlet has been covering this. Now, Kenya, after watching the televised skirmish, says she’s considering leaving the show. I think she should’ve had this conversation with herself earlier in the season. Her behavior–along with that of her co-stars–was appalling. She instigated and threw darts at everyone. As someone who cheered her Miss USA win and grew up appreciating her beauty and charm, her run on “RHOA” has been a let down. Again, she’s (unfortunately) not the only one. I kind of feel the same way about ex-supermodel Cynthia Bailey and ex-Xscape member Kandi Burruss. These three are women from my childhood who I championed from afar. Now, I see they’re crazy just like everyone else. But I digress. It seems a strong possibility that both Kenya and Porsha won’t stay. If someone exits, who do you think it should be? Word on the curb is that Porsha has yet to apologize to Kenya, something Bravo exec and reunion show host Andy Cohen suggested she do. Read more here and watch Andy send Porsha home.

Speaking of drama …

Sunday’s “RHOA” reunion show earned 4.13 million viewers. They say people love watching a train wreck and part one of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion special didn’t disappoint. TV by the Numbers reports 4.13 million people who tuned in to watch Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore duke it out (it wasn’t that at all) apparently set a record for Bravo. What else? Host Andy Cohen has officially banned props–like the scepter and bullhorn that Kenya used during the show that helped fuel Porsha’s rage–from being brought to future reunion shows. He shared his decision via Twitter, you know, like everyone seems to. It looks like the episode will put “RHOA” and Bravo in the crosshairs of ColorofChange. The civil rights organization is calling for Bravo to end  its “continued reliance on violent, stereotypical images of Black folks,” according to a post on ColorofChange’s Facebook page. “These dehumanizing portrayals shape negative perceptions that lead to real life harm for Black people, including discriminatory hiring practices and abusive treatment by police,” the statement continues. The Hollywood Reporter recently reported on the organization’s concerns. This brewing outrage is similar to that expressed about VH1′s “Basketball Wives” a few years. The Change.org petition cited the show’s constant bullying (‘memba Evelyn Lozada’s champagne bottle throwing and Tami Roman punching one girl and hiding the purse of another?!) and sought to prevent Evelyn from getting a spin-off show. Will ColorofChange’s stance make a difference? It’s unclear but with more than 4.13 million people tuning in, it doesn’t seem like any network or reality show producers will actively discourage (READ: ban) this type of behavior until it turns fatal or damn close to it. *sigh*

On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“The Tomorrow People”: Much is unfolding on this show. Hopefully, CW will keep it around for another season. It airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST. Watch it here.
“A Day Late and a Dollar Short”: If you missed this Lifetime film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames, you can watch it online now. I will. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: Former Jet magazine editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller being named EIC at Ebony magazine (I’ve worked with Mitzi while covering news stories for Jet. Congrats!)
NOT: The slew of shootings that took place in Chicago over Easter weekend (I love my hometown but …)

HOT: Nia Long’s nude photo shoot for Allure magazine (That’s one hot mama!).
NOT: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) choosing to skip honoring U.S. District Judge Julius Waties Waring for helping to end segregation (Really?!).

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