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NeNe Leakes Defends Her Diamond-Studded Ebony Cover!

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And so do we!

NeNe Leakes is one of many who personify money and power so well!

She wasn't a Real Housewife for nothin, we'll tell you that much.

And to channel her reality persona into legit acting gigs on Glee and The New Normal??? C'mon… how could anyone say she doesn't deserve to be on the cover of Ebony's Money & Power issue??

Still, many are offended by her sparking bubble bath of success, saying the magazine has now lost all credibility for placing the fearless star on their cover.

But NeNe stands firm! Speaking her mind, she says:

"I absolutely deserve to be on the cover. This cover is about money, power, and respect. And it’s about a come-up story and I’m the one that had that story this year. Not only did I come out as a reality star that was very boisterous and vivacious and outspoken and all those things. I flipped that into money and respect. And a lot of people can’t do that."

"But listen to me, definitely all of the negative feedback definitely came from my own; African Americans were the ones that were the most negative. And it’s so funny to me because I would call [the editor] over at Ebony and she would say 'Girl please, glass houses.' That’s all it is. They don’t want to see you on the cover, they don’t really understand the reason why you’re on the cover, they don’t know your story."

You go GURL!! We support you 110 percent!!!

And so does the magazine's editor-in-chief — Amy Dubois Barnett!

Coming to NeNe's defense as well, she states:

"As the magazine of record for the black community, it is Ebony’s role to both reflect the aesthetics and interests of our readership, and to inspire them toward higher aspirations for themselves and for all African Americans. The November issue featured the Obamas on the cover, and was a perfect example of the latter. The December/January issue featuring NeNe Leakes on the cover is an excellent example of the former."

Snappity Snap!

And NeNe is handling the situation with class, as always!

She did learn her elegance! And she's kept it too!

[Image courtesy of Ebony.]

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21 comments to “NeNe Leakes Defends Her Diamond-Studded Ebony Cover!”

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  2. COMEON says – reply to this



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    The negative feedback came from her 'own' because she has become famous by perpetuating all the awful stereotypes that are out there about black women. She has been rewarded for being a classless thug. Shame on Ebony for trying to defend elevating a woman who has done NOTHING to improve the image of African American women. Of course you love her Perez, you find her as entertaining as a monkey in a cage. She's everything you ever believed Black women to be. It's easy for you to sit back and laugh because it's not your image being tarnished. What I find laughable is NeNe thinking her behaviour has garnered 'respect' from anybody.

    Do whatever they like and collect your money but you will have to come a long way from where you are to get any respect from respectable women in your community.

  4. menotnene says – reply to this


    Congratulations to Nene she accomplished her goal! Why does one black woman have to be representative of the entire race or gender with her actions or behaviors. We do not hold Kim kardashian as representative of all Armenian or White people and say that she is bringing her entire community down with how she achieved fame. Or say that all white people act like honey booboo and her family. The black community is a diverse group and she is just one factor. Anyone who knows better she be able to make the connection that there are as Many Michelle Obama types as there are Nene leakes. She does not affect or determine my success or inspire me to do it her way but I don't see any reason to hate on her just because she is enjoying herself and being able to stretch out her 15 minutes. She has toned her behavior down somewhat and hopefully she will continue to evolve and have more success. Good for her for hustling.

  5. Magilla Gorilla says – reply to this


    You can put a blond wig on a pig but it will always be a pig.

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    Ebony just lost the last of their credibility as a platform for anything serious, a fake star, with fake tits and ass, on a fake TV show, with fake diamonds. Ebony jumped the shark, and not in a good way. What was a respectable and important publication is now a joke.

  7. ladyt says – reply to this


    Re: raypearson – I think ebony just gained more credibility. I love NeNe. I think she is doing a terrific job. She keeps it real, she has toned down. She inspire me. As a woman, if i wanted to make changes on my appearance to make myself more attractive, those are my decisions, no matter how someone else my feel about it. At the end of the day, i feel good about myself. All of us have at least one fake diamond, but that does not make us or break us. As for the show, HWOA, have not missed a show. Love the show. So Ebony, you have JTS, but in a good way and i hope as an Ebony fan, there are more out there agree with me, that the the respect and the publication is still the truth.

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    Re: raypearson – Do you subscribe to Ebony? Yeah didn't think so, so you can shut the hell up and take a seat!!!!

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    I love Nene, she can be petty and loud but she's funny and personable, and GENUINE, not fake, which I can appreciate. You may not like her, but at least what you see is what you get. Black people need to calm the heck down, she's just one person, she doesn't represent all Black women, just like Lindsay Lohan doesn't represent all white women as drunken byatches….

  10. Cece says – reply to this


    Re: matusadona – I think you all fail to realize that it is NOT the same for White people as it is for Blacks in this paritcular arena. That yes, Black faces in the public, do have that burden of representation. I personally do not consider Ebony any more credible than Seventeen magazine to really care who they place on the cover, but I do agree that the notions of power and respect are not ones that Nene personifies. She got to where she is because she feeds into this perception of Black women in the public consciousness, but I do recognize that women like Nene are common in our commnity and so no disrespect to her for it. However, her actions on the show are not genuine like she claims. She constantly threatened Kim with physical violence, and she is such a hypocrite, in that she can treat others one way but cannot deal with it if they treat her the same. I'm just saying, because I really could care less about this mag.

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    love NENE!!!!

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    Re: D-INCARNATION – you're a racist!

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    Re: COMEON – and you're just jealous. :-)

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    Re: funnygerl – it's a pity you don't know what you're talkin' about!! lol!! ’cause your comments are so long and so boring but you end up saying nothing and revealing your envy over nene's success!! work harder, funnygerl, and maybe you'll be on the cover of somethin' someday!!!!

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    Re: raypearson – lollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!! that comment made my day!!!! now i'll let you get back to reading all of your back issues of Ebony!!!! lmfaooooooooooo!! p.s. how's your 2 inch nub???? is it still sore???? lmfaoooooooooooooOOO

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    Re: ladyt – YES!! NENE RULES!! And she's sooooo funny and real!!

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    Re: Cece – your chinese, so shut it. lollllll!

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    Re: matusadona – i know!! pencil-dicked ray pearson reads a mag for black women????????????? LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! :-)

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    Re: Cece – you are a chinese shorty with horse hair for pubes. NOW SHUT IT!!!!! :-)

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