‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ licensed donkologist Phaedra Parks explained why its important to support strippers in their chosen career while chatting it up on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan.
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In recognition of the one-year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s sudden death 24 hours before the 2012 Grammy Awards (somebody hand me a prayer cloth so I can attempt to deal), Phaedra shared sweet memories of Our Fair Lady Nippy with OK! magazine.
“I always loved Whitney, I’ll always credit her and Bobby for a very important part of my career and for my notoriety. Because a lot of the time when people hear Phaedra Parks, the first thing they say is Bobby and Whitney, that’s the Bobby and Whitney attorney,” she said. “Whitney trusted me at a time that a lot of people would not have trusted a young, Black attorney, to handle such a big case.”
“I remember vividly the day she first called me. It was a Sunday I was having some collard greens, mac and cheese and turkey and gravy,” she recalled. “And I remember answering that phone, and her voice, because you know she had that raspy voice. ‘Hey um can I speak to Phaedra? This is Whitney Houston.’ I said, ‘Huh, hold on.’ It was Sunday, 4pm, Whitney Houston calling me on my cell phone? I had to remain calm. I grew up idolizing her.”
“We didn’t always see eye to eye on things but she was very good to me. Her family has been very good to me. His family has been very good to me,” she said. “What Whitney taught me being in such close quarters with her for all those years, traveling on the road with them.”
She continued, “I saw what the press can do . . . I saw what the media does and I saw the impact on her life. Personally, I saw the vulnerability of a superstar. I will never probably work with someone like that again.”
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