Eboni K. Williams Calls ‘RHONY’ Out for Not Revealing and Revering ‘Aspects of Black Culture’

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American attorney and television host Eboni K. Williams recently announced that she would be joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New York for season 13 in 2021.

Her recruitment makes Williams the show’s first Black cast member. Williams follows in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Garcelle Beauvais’s footsteps, as Beauvais became the first-ever Black housewife on their Beverly Hills series.

“This isn’t a lecture hall, nobody’s doing any classroom instruction, but it is an authentic revealing of some really essential dope parts of New York,” Williams on People’s TV show. “I don’t know how you have this show for 13 years and you don’t reveal and revere those aspects of Black culture as they so deeply correlate with the New York City experience.”

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37. I’m so glad to see your ass!! ⁣ ⁣ The past year has tested and gifted me in ways that I couldn’t even conceive of before. ⁣ ⁣ For starters, I started my REVOLT TV journey exactly a year ago with my premiere episode of #SOTC 🙌🏾. Truly loved my job for the first time in a long time. ⁣ ⁣ Then I suffered a moderate case of coronavirus in April (thank God I didn’t have to be hospitalized 🙏🏾). But I was sick, and it was scary. For the first time in my life, I REALLY contemplated my own mortality. Shit hits different when you legit think you might be in your last days. ⁣ ⁣ Happiness is now my priority. And for the first time, I don’t feel guilty about it. ⁣ Y’all know I’m driven by my God-given purpose: to make this world better for others, especially those that look like me. ⁣ I work non-stop. And it’s been a great distraction to keep me busy enough to not pay that much attention to…me. ⁣ ⁣ How do I really feel? Am I really happy? And if I’m not, what am I prepared to give up in order to claim my happiness?? ⁣ ⁣ Anything you don’t change, you choose. Being sick and then fully recovering, forced clarity around some of my life choices. Painful & necessary clarity. And I’m grateful for it. #GrowingPains⁣ ⁣ Then, I got a call from Diddy’s team inviting me to host and executive produce a new show for and by Black people. Look at God ya’ll. As the world was at a standstill, I was offered the opportunity to help create the show of my dreams. #RevoltBlackNews⁣ ⁣ Mr. Combs & RevoltTV, you have no idea how you in a way, you saved me this year. I’m forever grateful. ⁣ ⁣ So, 37. I’m literally in pursuit of happiness this year. And I’m excited about. I’ve earned it. This year I’m paying extra close attention to how I FEEL. ⁣ ⁣ In every relationship and in every transaction, I must feel two things in order to proceed: Joy & Safety. Do I feel safe with you? Do I feel protected in this business agreement? Do I enjoy the work? Do I enjoy YOU?? ⁣ ⁣ Cheers to another year to do what I love alongside the people I love ❤️🥂God Bless⁣ @revolttv @diddy

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She continued: “This is not the first time I’ve been the first Black woman in a space. I was the first Black woman at my law firm coming out of law school,” she said. “When you are privileged to be the first, you represent your entire culture. I’m not just on this show as Eboni K. Williams, in many ways, I’m on this show representing Black womanhood. I take that responsibility very seriously. I don’t have the option to be a shrinking violet.”

Her arrival may mean that the ladies of the previously all-white cast will have to weigh in on race issues, which will likely have at least a couple of them squirming in their seats.

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Are We Hypocrites?? ⁣ ⁣ While we rightfully require white America to finally value Black lives & dissemble systems of Black subordination and white supremacy…we MUST require our own valuing of Black women’s lives and safety. WE MUST PROTECT OUR QUEENS 👑✊🏾⁣ ⁣ Domestic violence is pervasive in society at large, but Black women are THREE TIMES more likely to be killed due to domestic violence than white women. ⁣ ⁣ Times up on this horrific reality💔⁣ ⁣ Hip Hop has been a silent co-conspirator to this reality. We’ve all sat, almost entirely silent, about abuse allegations of the culture biggest names and icons. From Dr. Dre, Nas, The-Dream, Big Pun, XXXTentacion…to Fabulous headlining last night’s Versus battle. We know this shit is happening…or at least POSSIBLY happening, yet we say NOTHING.⁣ ⁣ Just like we’re calling out white folks that say “let’s wait for the facts?” “what about due process?” and other versions of denial/efforts to escape accountability of horrific violence against Black men and women…⁣ ⁣ I’m calling US out to stop the bullshit of silent complicity. We can and MUST self police and hold each other accountable when it comes to the value of of our Black women’s lives. These women don’t have to be famous or perfect in order to matter. ⁣ ⁣ We must collectively demonstrate that in order for Black Lives to matter, the lives of Black women MUST matter, even when the violence is perpetrated at the hands for Black men. ⁣ ⁣ This is NOT a demonization if our brothers. I know for fact that MOST Black men honor, protect and support Black women. This episode does the work of unpacking where the disconnects are, where Hip Hop has failed the culture on this issue, and most importantly…how the culture can do the work of showing up stronger and more protective of Black women.⁣ ⁣ Let’s Protect our Queens. Lets create healing opportunities for our Kings. Join me in the long overdue and much needed journey towards collective healing…⁣ ⁣ Tune in TONIGHT at 9pmET @REVOLT @youtube #RevoltBlackNews @diddy @safehorizon @verzuztv @sylviaobell @truelaurels @dragonsandrivers @charleneawrites

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“We’re going to have all the race discussions,” says Williams. “I’m not somebody to bite my tongue and I don’t hold back. And that’s not for the sake of confrontation, that’s only for the sake of growth.”

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