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YBF INTERVIEW: Kandi Burruss & Lisa Wu-Hartwell

TheYBF.com very recently chit chatted with the stars of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" Lisa Wu-Hartwell and newcomer Kandi Burruss. Lisa's not the typical NFL baller's wife as she runs several businesses and loves the red carpet limelight.  Kandi's no stranger to the public eye as she was a member of 90's girl group Xscape, but an "ATL Housewife" is indeed a new role for her. And the two ladies--who also happen to be big YBF fans--dished on what's coming up in the new season--tears, drama, cheating husbands, and ish talking about their fellow castmates: Do you believe there's a double standard when people are simply entertained by the antics of the "NJ Housewives", but call the "Atlanta Housewives"'s antics "ghetto? Lisa Wu-Hartwell: Absolutely. It's sad but it’s always been that way. For instance, people look up to Hugh Hefner and the Playboy bunnies show. But get a black guy in there doing the same thing and it’s a problem. Does the widely used term to describe the cast "Ghetto fabulous" irritate you? Kandi Burrus: Yes. Ghetto is a frame of mind. And people relate it to color. Our show is entertaining and that’s all. Lisa, this is your second season. But is there anything from Season 1 you would "do over" if you could? LWH: {Laughs} Well, I said I would flip Kim over the couch during the Reunion taping. I probably wouldn’t have said it had I had a week or so to let things settle. There were some things said prior, and the wounds were raw and fresh. But we don’t have the liberty to say “take this off” simply because there are cameras there.

Out of all the other "Housewives" shows in the "Real Housewives" franchise, what's your preferred locale? LWH: I have some friends on "NY" so I actually like watching them. But "NJ" did keep me entertained. They were so genuine. KB: I would say New Jersey. I couldn’t get into "New York". I watched only the first couple episodes of it. Speaking of "NJ", what are your thoughts on Danielle? LWH: Blogs and media probably don’t get it 100% right. But if [the stories about her stripper and coke habit past] are true, hopefully she’s moved on from it and is in a better place. KB: I actually think she’s pretty funny when I was watching her. She’s in her 40’s now so I’m sure she’s changed. So what are we going to see different this time around from you, Lisa, than we did last season: LWH: People will see my sensitive side this season. I cry a lot. People will see me cry, not really being the busy robot like last season. {Laughs} Not sure how I’m going to feel about people seeing me be that vulnerable. Your friend/cast mate Kim's singing career was the butt of jokes last season. Was she serious about that singing?: LWH: {Laughs} O gosh. We didn’t think she was taking it seriously last season and didn’t think she had a good voice at all. But then she hooked up with megaproducer Kandi and it took a different turn. KB: Yeah, when I was watching her last season I was like “Are you serious?” But when I got to meet her I helped her step her game up a little bit. She was really broken down and stuff from people talking so bad about her. Her confidence was shot and she wasn’t sure she wanted to continue. I haven’t convinced Kim to give up smoking. I have said something to her about it though. The rest of the interview when you read the rest...

Do you all let your children watch the show? LWH: Yes, I let my children watch show: I mean, I can’t really stop them. My older [pre-teen] children do watch. When I said “I’ll flip you over the couch” they knew before hand what had happened. But I still apologized for it. [2 year old] EJ loves seeing his mom on tv. He can point me out in a crowd on tv and start screaming "Mommy, mommy!" KB: I probably will let my daughter watch. Me and my daughter have a great relationship and talk about things. When she sees certain things, she says "Mommy, you shouldn’t have said that." Everything should be cool I don’t mind her seeing it. But I’m am worried about her seeing me talking about her father and it making me cry. He hasn't been in her life as he should and it hurts me. So Lisa, how has show benefited your businesses? LWH: Initially it did. But now that the economy has taken a downturn, things aren’t what they used to be. I’m restructuring the jewelry line thanks to the economy to make it more affordable. I’m writing movies and working on a book. It's called When The Cake Has Already Been Made. Kandi, as the newcomer were there a lot of surprises that popped up for you while taping? KB: A lot of surprises? I mean, I thought everything was cool, not that bad. But then I realized I was working a whole lot and they told me people needed to get to know me. Toward the end of the season things got hectic—even with our personalities. {Laughs} You'll see. Were you intimidated coming into this established group of women?: KB: No, I figured I would just come in and learn people’s personalities and just be myself. I didn’t want to come in being too crazy. I usually say what I think and am very vocal speaking my mind. But I didn’t want to tick anybody off at first. Plus, Lisa made it easy because she’s so nice. LWH: Awww that’s so sweet. KB: Well you are. {Laughs} Who have you been working on collabos with recently as a singer/producer? KB: Everybody in Atlanta. You name them, I've worked with them. The Trickys, The Dallases, the everybody. I’ve been doing music a long time. Even the hot up and coming producers. I’m doing stuff with Tiny, Gucci Mane, and Rick Ross and Fanny (got a place in ATL while taping album) and Sophia Fresh (T-Pain’s new girl group). Ok ladies. With all this drama surrounding South Carolina Gov. Sanford and his affair, how would u advise Gov. Sanford’s wife? KB: Most men cheat. I hate when people blast politicians for their personal dealings with their wives. I mean, it's what men do. it's not right but it happens. If they (the wives) choose to deal with it—that’s them. I personally can’t. But more power to them.

Who do you think is the craziest Housewife on any season? LWH: Who’s the one that talks too much on "OC"? Tammy? She’s always trying to get attention. I'm going to say her. Which housewife from another location most reminds you of yourself? LWH: I like Vicki (from "OC"), she works really really hard. She’s almost a workaholic. But my family does come first. She works a little bit too much, but I love her work ethic. Kandi, who did you get into it with this season? KB: I had my moment with one of the castmates we bumped heads. But no I didn’t come and cause drama. But I did have a MOMENT. A MOMENT toward the end of taping. It was with NeNe. We got into it toward the end. Our personalities clash pretty often. And you already saw some of it on the previews. I cried a lot too. LWH: YOU cried Kandi?? KB: Yes! Things were really emotional for me for some reason. Most people only know me for my music. Now they get to know all my personal business. My mom, fiancé, etc. Click here to read our interview snippet about Kandi's drama with her fiance and unapproving mother Lisa, how do you manage to maintain a healthy lifestyle, be a mother, wife and business woman? LWH: My husband is my teammate, I’m not an organized person. He puts the facts and paperwork in order. I have a lot of help. I learned early on I can’t do everything—I produced, wrote, did a movie a long time ago and realized I couldn’t do it all. And about that husband of yours, how are you coping with you husband Ed Hartwell’s move to another team? LWH: Well he...wait! I was about to reveal a whole story line so I can’t really talk about that! {Laughs} Yes you can Lisa! {Laughs} No you have to watch! But I’m happy with him staying home right now. That’s what I can say. The Real Housewives of Atlanta kicks off their second season on Bravo July 30th.

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I am from ATL, and the

I am from ATL, and the housewifes I know, spend time with the kids and HUSBANDS. They fight too much. Is is true NENE is in rental property. The new lady, is her finance a Drug dealer. It is never mentioned where he works. What does Kim do, what kind of work. She hasn't sung in years.
pat's picture

You people make me sick

You people make me sick talking about how you don't want to read the entire interview, but you have a comment. How can you have a comment and you didn't read the entire thing? It's very ghetto and limited to say you didn't want to READ. READ! OF ALL THINGS...I'm ashamed. Ignorance is not attractive.
DANI's picture

Lisa is a phony. She wants to

Lisa is a phony. She wants to play the little Ms Perfect role. Well a good friend of mine live in St. Marlo where she and her non-working husband lived. They are going broke, they had to vacate that home and are trying to rush to sell before it goes into foreclosure. They couldnt afford the home thats another reason she is JUST NOW trying to get her kids back from their father, Keith Sweat, she need the child support since she got nothing in the divorce and her husband cant get a job. Lisa claims she is down scaling her "supposed" jewelry line that she pretended to have on the show (the diamonds) Lisa is not downscaling her line for the economy, her line has always been beading or whatever its called! The diamond jewelry on the show was NOT hers! We saw them on the episode where her Ed pulls his trunks down (he's suspect) they were beading at her table. Sit down Lisa and stop lying.......correct, ur a housewife, but a broke one
Kimmi's picture

Well it's been a while since

Well it's been a while since I've seen her but I used to know Ms. Kim fairly well. I think this is the best website to put her on blast because I along with other folks know the story of how she came into a little bit of money (if that's what you want to call it) Why she is on Real Housewives of Atlanta I dont know but just put it this way maybe she made it there beginning when her name was Barbie at Cheetah....you didn't hear it from me though
Ms. Atl's picture

No Hate!!: I dont know if u

No Hate!!: I dont know if u read her last ybf interview last week, but her response on this interview is the reason why she is putting up with what she’s putting up with now. Says a lot. All I could do was laugh. lol No, I just started coming on this site....I will check out what she said though.
kahmmillion's picture

Does the widely used term to

Does the widely used term to describe the cast “Ghetto fabulous” irritate you? Kandi Burrus: Yes. Ghetto is a frame of mind. And people relate it to color. Our show is entertaining and that’s all. I'm gonna go ahead and dispute Kandi's comment. She was right about ghetto being a frame of mind, and about it being related to color (sad but true). I do think it was her way of claiming that ppl only say they are ghetto bc they are black. However, she's wrong about their show only being entertaining. Newsflash honey, the cast is ghetto!! Most of the women on the show are not real housewives, and most of them are broke! They are frontin to have things that they do not have and putting up with foolery they should not put up with. We've all had one or two guys who have deceived us, but Kandi honey if he wasn't man enough to tell you about all of his kids (his natural and lawful responsibility), he is not worth marrying. Thats proof that her man has cheated on her. If he didn't want to tell her about his 6 children, he is liable not to tell a groupie about his fiance/housewife. Sorry honey, its time to move on!
IMA2L Baby!!'s picture

I can't wait for the season

I can't wait for the season to start but I don't really want to read the interview, they are saying the same thing over and over that they already said on previous interviews. But Kim needs to stop it, she really can't sing or hold any type of tune, please stop
binky's picture

SweetDivaT: He looked

SweetDivaT: He looked disgusted to be associated in this circus in the first place! Good move on his part.
jennielove's picture

IAMTHEHOTNESS: You can meet

IAMTHEHOTNESS: You can meet someone and not know about their kids until later on. Not everyone discloses that information right away. It happened to me, cuz I current boyfriend had a child that I didn’t know about ’til way later and at first I was pissed, but we moved on from it. Maybe Kandi did the same thing! We're talking six kids, not one! Are you serious?!
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YesYesYall: Word is, from a

YesYesYall: Word is, from a Cleveland Cav friend of mine, is that it was Eric Snow, (DeShawn’s hubby) who said he wanted no part of this phoniness anymore. Hes trying to get a NBA coaching job and he was told by advisors of his, to distance himself and his family from this phony BS. They were the only couple really ballin on the show for real anyway. I guess being mentioned in the same breath with the rest of the phony ballers was possibly detrimental to his career. He looked disgusted to be associated in this circus in the first place!
SweetDivaT's picture

Kim CAN NOT sing! A new

Kim CAN NOT sing! A new producer can't fix that without some in-studio trickery.
SweetDivaT's picture

I love Nene but she got some

I love Nene but she got some feets on her.
Blakbarbie's picture

Lavender- Tell me how im

Lavender- Tell me how im suppose to breathe with no air?? wear an oxygen mask duh. my sons too cute: is this a reality show or scripted??/ lol. i wont be the robot anymore i now cry alot… WTF oh to funny. put my damn shows back on and cut this crap… I’ll take the jeffersons or a different world over this anyday! Do you remember Rags to Riches with Tisha Campbell, they can bring that back? What about Fat Albert? What happened to all of the good television shows that we could sit and watch as kids. It's too bad that our kids don't have that. Oh and I don't think anyone can help Kim's voice. She has no talent.
no more drama's picture

ms too good: nene looka

ms too good: nene looka lika mahn I AGREE! LET THE CHURCH SAY "AMAN"! LOL SHE RECENTLY GAVE AN INTERVIEW WHEREIN SHE STATES THAT SHE WAS A DRAG QUEEN IN HER PAST LIFE, I BELIEVE IT MAY HAVE CARRIED OVER INTO THIS LIFE AS WELL.
no more drama's picture

Ok so, 1st don't you have to

Ok so, 1st don't you have to be married to be a house wife? Three out of the five are not married. 2nd I thought house wives did not work? Maybe once again I was lied to all my life. So if these ladies have their own business and etc, why are they on this show? They're just like any other women in this world that works and has kids and know how to hustle.
nycki's picture

Word is, from a Cleveland Cav

Word is, from a Cleveland Cav friend of mine, is that it was Eric Snow, (DeShawn's hubby) who said he wanted no part of this phoniness anymore. Hes trying to get a NBA coaching job and he was told by advisors of his, to distance himself and his family from this phony BS. They were the only couple really ballin on the show for real anyway. I guess being mentioned in the same breath with the rest of the phony ballers was possibly detrimental to his career.
YesYesYall's picture

kahmmillion: KB sound real

kahmmillion: KB sound real stupid when she said “Most men cheat. I hate when people blast politicians for their personal dealings with their wives. I mean, it’s what men do. it’s not right but it happens. If they (the wives) choose to deal with it—that’s them”…..that’s just stupid and females thinking/making excuses for men is the reason why they will never stop. I dont know if u read her last ybf interview last week, but her response on this interview is the reason why she is putting up with what she's putting up with now. Says a lot. All I could do was laugh. lol
No Hate!!'s picture

Kandi is'nt doing nothing but

Kandi is'nt doing nothing but playing the role with Kim just like Dallas did last season. After all is said and done she's going to come out and say Bravo made her do tracks with Kim. Just NO
No Hate!!'s picture

lipstiick, bitchin since

lipstiick, bitchin since 1985: this interview was way too long & I can’t say I was that interested in reading all of it….Kandi says she helped Kim get it together, they need to stop lying to Kim, she cannot sing & she will never be a star, Kandi is accepting Big Papa’s $$ & smiling in Kim’s face when she know damn well Kim won’t go nowhere & besides trickin off Big Papa-how does Kim get $$???? I think they should’ve got rid of Kim’s ass instead of DeShawn cause Kim is the J.O. not a housewife but it’s entertaining & I will be watching! You said it girl. I don't get it either, first of all she chain smokes so even with "studio tuning" every one knows she cant hold a note even if she could sing. I like you Kandi but u need more people. Stop lying to Kim.
No Hate!!'s picture

KB sound real stupid when she

KB sound real stupid when she said "Most men cheat. I hate when people blast politicians for their personal dealings with their wives. I mean, it’s what men do. it’s not right but it happens. If they (the wives) choose to deal with it—that’s them".....that's just stupid and females thinking/making excuses for men is the reason why they will never stop.
kahmmillion's picture

I have a feeling Kandi has

I have a feeling Kandi has been cheated on a lot and accepts it with the line she said about men cheat and thats what they do. If you go into that with a marriage, I wont be surprised if her man cheats on her.
Jen's picture

jennielove: The word ‘wife’

jennielove: The word ‘wife’ is used in a different context nowadays, I see. It used to mean a woman who is married, has that piece of paper to signify a committed relationship to one partner. Kandi is not a wife, neither is Kim. I agree, DeShawn should have been left on the show. She, at least gave it some balance because she wasn’t caught up in all the drama the others had. I guess the network wanted to make it as ‘ghetto’ as possible by adding another unmarried black female who lives with a black man who has several kids, probably by several different women. And she said she didn’t really know about all his kids. Girl, please! How could she not know. Women are nosey by nature. She knew, or at least suspected it. She’s lying about this guy, and if she marries him, she’s the bigger fool. You can meet someone and not know about their kids until later on. Not everyone discloses that information right away. It happened to me, cuz I current boyfriend had a child that I didn't know about 'til way later and at first I was pissed, but we moved on from it. Maybe Kandi did the same thing!
IAMTHEHOTNESS's picture

Interviews are for magazines

Interviews are for magazines or tv
MUAH's picture

As far as Lisa goes, one NFL

As far as Lisa goes, one NFL contract can give the perception that shes really "up on it" as far as her cheese goes, but now that Hubby has no NFL job shes getting ready to hit the skids if she don't stop frontin. Yall mark my words...you will hear about her and Hubby being broke before too long.."Real Phony @sses of ATL" money will only go so far.
SayWhat's picture

...loooonnnnnnggggg

...loooonnnnnnggggg yawnnnn...
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nene looka lika mahn

nene looka lika mahn
ms too good's picture

Kelly: I like the show but

Kelly: I like the show but i wish they stop calling it housewives b/c all of them are not married I agree. Sheree is separated and in the process of getting divorced (if she isn't already divorced)= not a wife. Kandi is engaged (who knows if she will even make it down the isle)=not a wife. And Kim is mistress=not a wife. Lisa and NeNe are the only wives. That's three out of five who are not wives. But I guess Bravo uses the terms "wife" and "housewife" loosely. Or maybe they want a broad spectrum of "housewives" (lol) on the show.
StarBaby's picture

The show should be called:

The show should be called: "The Real Phony @sses of ATL"
SayWhat's picture

I agree, all this WIFEY

I agree, all this WIFEY bullshit is stupid as hell. A WIFE, is someone who has a piece of paper, not someone who has lived with someone for 654,098,098, years and dropped some babies or someone who has been in a relationship with someone. A WIFE, is just that A WIFE. All this other slang is dumb and stupid as hell, just tryna make something outta nothing. jennielove: The word ‘wife’ is used in a different context nowadays, I see.It used to mean a woman who is married, has that piece of paper to signify a committed relationship to one partner.Kandi is not a wife, neither is Kim.I agree, DeShawn should have been left on the show.She, at least gave it some balance because she wasn’t caught up in all the drama the others had.I guess the network wanted to make it as ‘ghetto’ as possible by adding another unmarried black female who lives with a black man who has several kids, probably by several different women.And she said she didn’t really know about all his kids.Girl, please!How could she not know.Women are nosey by nature.She knew, or at least suspected it.She’s lying about this guy, and if she marries him, she’s the bigger fool.
10:33am (P.T.)'s picture

I like the show but i wish

I like the show but i wish they stop calling it housewives b/c all of them are not married
Kelly's picture

LISA SIT YOUR ASS

LISA SIT YOUR ASS DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
karen's picture

YEP, A COKE HABIT AMONG OTHER

YEP, A COKE HABIT AMONG OTHER THINGS. ATL_Diva: I’m confused…wasn’t there talks of Lisa having a “coke” habit too?
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lipstiick, bitchin since

lipstiick, bitchin since 1985: this interview was way too long & I can’t say I was that interested in reading all of it….Kandi says she helped Kim get it together, they need to stop lying to Kim, she cannot sing & she will never be a star, Kandi is accepting Big Papa’s $$ & smiling in Kim’s face when she know damn well Kim won’t go nowhere & besides trickin off Big Papa-how does Kim get $$???? I think they should’ve got rid of Kim’s ass instead of DeShawn cause Kim is the J.O. not a housewife but it’s entertaining & I will be watching! The word 'wife' is used in a different context nowadays, I see. It used to mean a woman who is married, has that piece of paper to signify a committed relationship to one partner. Kandi is not a wife, neither is Kim. I agree, DeShawn should have been left on the show. She, at least gave it some balance because she wasn't caught up in all the drama the others had. I guess the network wanted to make it as 'ghetto' as possible by adding another unmarried black female who lives with a black man who has several kids, probably by several different women. And she said she didn't really know about all his kids. Girl, please! How could she not know. Women are nosey by nature. She knew, or at least suspected it. She's lying about this guy, and if she marries him, she's the bigger fool.
jennielove's picture

@arte. lol at lawn gnome..

@arte. lol at lawn gnome.. too funny. but they are all unfortunate looking. throw t.i. baby moms and voila ugliest t.v. stars you seen in your life
Lavender- Tell me how im suppose to breathe with no air?? we's picture

Her husband ain't got no job!

Her husband ain't got no job! Thats what LWH can't yet tell ya.....
SayWhat's picture

Cliff notes please

Cliff notes please
MUAH's picture

is this a reality show or

is this a reality show or scripted??/ lol. i wont be the robot anymore i now cry alot... WTF oh to funny. put my damn shows back on and cut this crap... I'll take the jeffersons or a different world over this anyday!
Lavender- Tell me how im suppose to breathe with no air?? we's picture

that pic at the BET awards is

that pic at the BET awards is a HOTT STANK ASS MESS... Lisa looks like a lawn gnome, nene looks like she from the land of giants, and she-he look str8 manly and sun-burnt and peeling... wtf? nene always getting into it with someone gee will wait to see the fireworks.
arte's picture

most men ****

most men ****
Brazilian Barbie's picture

nba961: Don’t feel like

nba961: Don’t feel like reading all of that. Ditto! lol
MRS les923 ELBA ~ Obama's #1 Stan's picture

I'm glad Kim's hair is

I'm glad Kim's hair is looking a little better; because that mess she in had last season... lol
Jess's picture

Ok Kandi so "men cheat" is

Ok Kandi so "men cheat" is your man cheating????
Brazilian Barbie's picture

Don't feel like reading all

Don't feel like reading all of that.
nba961's picture

@ATL_Diva - they were talking

@ATL_Diva - they were talking about Danielle from the NJ Housewives.
The Hostile One's picture

this interview was way too

this interview was way too long & I can't say I was that interested in reading all of it....Kandi says she helped Kim get it together, they need to stop lying to Kim, she cannot sing & she will never be a star, Kandi is accepting Big Papa's $$ & smiling in Kim's face when she know damn well Kim won't go nowhere & besides trickin off Big Papa-how does Kim get $$???? I think they should've got rid of Kim's ass instead of DeShawn cause Kim is the J.O. not a housewife but it's entertaining & I will be watching!
lipstiick, bitchin since 1985's picture

i cant sit here and say i

i cant sit here and say i wont be watching this foolishness cuz i love ne-ne...and lisa is just the prettiest thing...
:)))))'s picture

I'm confused...wasn't there

I'm confused...wasn't there talks of Lisa having a "coke" habit too?
ATL_Diva's picture

CANT WAIT TIL 7/30/2009

CANT WAIT TIL 7/30/2009
Kabir's picture

Cant wait to see what Kandi

Cant wait to see what Kandi does for Kim's singing. "Don't be tardy for the Party!!" LMAO!!!!!
StarBaby's picture

first.........

first.........
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