Phaedra Parks made her debut on “Real Housewives of Atlanta” last night, and it seems clear that she’s going to steal the Atlanta housewives’ spotlight (bye-bye, Lisa Wu Hartwell, and good luck with your real estate business). The savvy celebrity attorney, who has represented Jermaine Dupri and Bobby Brown, apparently likes younger men: She’s 38 and her husband is 31. More intriguing is her husband’s background. Apollo Nida is a convicted criminal and Parks is not ashamed to talk about it.
Parks, who married last fall, says that Nida was convicted of racketeering; she’s careful in interviews to point out that this is a white-collar crime. But more than that, she believes that black women have a duty to stand by black men and help give them a chance to have families as well. We may see her pregnant soon, because she wants a family.
Here’s what she told Vibe magazine earlier this year: “When Black women outshine Black men and emasculate them, that causes the break down of the Black familyâŽ¯and I want to have a Black family so I have to be very open-minded about Black men because if I crucify the thing that can obviously help me build what I desire the most, then I’m no better than the people that are tearing down the Black man.”
She also has some pretty strong thoughts on black women who won’t marry convicts: “Every Black woman who says that Black men with legal problems cannot be considered as a mate, then we help with the genocide of our own community.”
Welcome to “Atlanta,” Phaedra. I think you’re going to be an interesting addition!