The Real Housewives of New York City They go to Eboni’s underground event in Harlem. Sounds fun right? Sorry to disappoint! It wasn’t what I expected, but let’s take advantage of it, shall we?
Hello Blurbers! Eboni has some baggage full of racial and political issues to unpack this week. She is trying to force Ramona bites of liberal snacks and steadfastly refuses to swallow anything Eboni is serving. Doesn’t Eboni realize that she will be more successful in getting her message across if she tries to find something in common with these women first? Big collective sigh!
Ramona pick up Bershan on the way to Eboni’s Harlem themed night. She shares that they met over the summer at a party. Come on, the production connected this random friendship! I am excited to meet Bershan, so I will tolerate the influence of the production, this time.
Eboni, whoever has their girls on display is thrilled to introduce you to the Harlem USA girls. He’s planned it in a speakeasy which I think sounds like a lot of fun. Leah He’s struggling down the stairs and is it wrong to secretly wish him to fall for a bit? Sorry, my inner voice came out! Luann then she tries the stairs which are really precarious but like a true countess she handles it like a pro.
Sonja He arrives with his tiara and is admiring the Eboni headlights. Ramona wants a lift
and a man who takes her down the stairs carrying her in his arms. Bershan greets the other women and seems super friendly. I am very excited to meet her and hope she will counter Eboni. Eboni really needs to slow down as her RHONY colleagues are rapidly losing interest and she needs to find ways to keep them engaged and focused on the topic.
Eboni is reflecting that they still don’t know who will be the president. She likes to refer to herself in the 3rd.approx. person and in case you didn’t know, this is Eboni K. Williams! Eboni wants a group photo and Ramona wants the photo to be more racially balanced. The other women flinch when she says they expect Eboni’s reaction, but they agree to her request, so the crisis is announced.
Eboni is gifting everyone a candle from the Harlem Candle Company. You are adapting them to the type of personality they have. Ugh, Sarah is coming, so we have to put up with the wet blanket at night. Doesn’t it seem like she walks into the room with black smoke swirling around her?
Eboni plans to educate the ladies in Harlem. She thinks she needs to share her extensive knowledge of black history. Eboni, of course, chose Josephine Baker herself. Leah welcomes James Baldwin, who was a strange truth teller. Hmm, that was a strange comparison to Leah’s. Luann is Billie Holiday and her little musical heart flutters at this. She is happy to have that honor, but wants the party to begin.
Sonja is assigned to Zora Neale Hurston, a famous writer and anthropologist. I found this fitting as Sonja is the historian and protector of Morgan’s letters, you know!
Ramona is Duke Ellington. She chose it for Ramona as she is a leader and songwriter. Ramona is totally disinterested as she is too preoccupied with eating. He’s even stealing food from Sonja’s plate. Sarah is Nella Larsen, a lesser known icon. LOL, how appropriate is that! I hate to agree with Ramona on something BUT this party is a total hiatus and nothing that I imagined would be a speakeasy.
Bershan feels that they are all the same and we must stop looking for ways to divide ourselves, but find common ground. Eboni doesn’t feel that feeling and is secretly planning to get closer to production to have this traitor kicked out of this housewife island. She believes her mission is to educate this group of women about black exceptionalism. Eboni believes that Bershan has an “All lives matter” vibe. She feels fired because Bershan is not following her script.
Ramona, who is obviously hungry, says she has to go home. She basically lies that she has vertigo and demonstrates with Sonja’s help her ability to act dizzy when asked.
Bershan tells Leah that she is a cancer survivor who had stage 4 cancer. She has a great vision of life and wants to live life to the fullest. Bershan doesn’t give a damn about ridiculous nonsense and he no longer pleases people. Well, Mrs. Shaw isn’t a breath of fresh air?
Bershan decides to share a story about a guy her friend is dating who has a small penis. All women sympathize with how they need a man with a sizeable package. Do you see that they can find something to agree on? Eboni, are you paying attention to how to get this group to listen?
Our next scene is with Leah and Eboni meeting. Leah comes in looking like a schoolgirl, which is downright ridiculous. She has barrettes in her hair and is trying to channel Cher from Clueless. “Ugh, as if!”
Leah thinks she’s too cool for school, but she’s more like Regina George from Bad Girls. She is malicious and acts like a petulant teenager. “Leah, stop looking and your creepy sister is trying to happen, it’s not going to happen!”
Eboni wants to know if everyone felt their event and had a good time. Leah recognizes that other women walk on eggshells. She acts like she’s awake and likes her black friends to educate her. Leah really acknowledges that no one wants to debate Eboni.
Leah believes the other women are going through a racial landmine. Eboni says she doesn’t want to be the educator, but has designated herself for that role. She doesn’t want to stifle her power and reduce it. Eboni acknowledges that it could be a bit intimidating. She thinks she’s on the payroll to teach white women about their privilege. Leah, having a moment of clarity, thinks that a better way to get to know them would be to slow down their roll.
Luann invites her daughter Victoria. Victoria has been sober for a year and honestly, I was quite surprised to hear that. She thinks that her mother can be a good example for other women.
Victoria is delighted that her mother is sober and is a gift. She refers to the time when it was “All About Tom” as “that period”. Victoria just wanted Luann to acknowledge the unhealthy behavior. Luann is thankful that they are both sober during this tumultuous time in her life. The production showcases many examples of Sonja and our Lu’s notorious about the dangers of being over-looked after.
Leah and Kier will meet with a high school admissions advisor. She is effusively on her to try to get on her good side. Leah doesn’t want her mom Bunny to influence everything with Kier since he obviously doesn’t want her to turn into Leah. I’d rather Kier go to a public school rather than a private school full of elitists. Side note: I understand that we all give our kids nicknames, but hearing Leah say “Kiki” bothers me if she had one.
Leah is using the intake counselor as her therapist. She does all of this about herself instead of her daughter. Does Leah think Rob will be the embarrassing one? Are you kidding me?
Ramona will invite Eboni to chat and get to know her better. He wants to discover more than his sermonizing side. Ramona praises how well planned the Harlem event was.
Eboni asks Ramona about her feelings about the election. Ramona doesn’t want to talk politics. Eboni clearly recognizes that she is prodding the bear and purses her lips smugly. Try to get her involved by telling her how empowering it is to have a vice president since she has a daughter.
Ramona changes the conversation to the Hamptons drama. He explains that he now understands microaggressions. Eboni has to continue to steer the conversation toward politics. Doesn’t he realize that when you go to someone else’s house and they tell you that a topic is forbidden, you respect it? I have friends with all sorts of beliefs and cultures, but I would never enter YOUR home and ignore your request not to speak on sensitive topics. Keep it light and fluffy for this group!
Eboni is treating Ramona like a cat and mouse by playing with him. She knows she can outsmart her. Eboni enjoys the moments when she can force Ramona into that proverbial corner and attack the Tory.
Ramona believes that election results are delayed by mail on the ballots, not that the nation is divided. Eboni won’t let him go.
Ramona leaves the room because she doesn’t want Eboni’s political beliefs to go up her throat. Eboni believes that he can bond with Ramona for common values. Ramona has no interest in having difficult conversations. He doesn’t want to talk about race, religion, or creed. Ramona lets Eboni know that the other women don’t like being scolded either.
Eboni does not have the privilege of not being black and cannot escape her blackness. Ramona thinks he’s messing with her for no reason. Eboni mentions the image that Sonja hinted was posted with her to show that she is racially inclusive. You want a relationship that doesn’t have a no-fly zone. Ramona continues to hug Eboni trying to silence her and turns to the Eboni motorboat to try to close this awkward conversation. PHEW, crisis announced for these two strong personalities, for now.
Next week they head to Salem and Leah is being her typical bitch. Hope everyone is okay and see you next week!
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