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NeNe Leakes Ebony Power 100 Cover Backlash

NeNe Leakes will cover the December issue of Ebony Magazine for the annual “Money and Power” issue, but does the reality starlet deserve to be a part of the Power 100?

Ebony’s Power 100 list ranks all the most influential African American women of the year, and featured Leakes on the list was enough to get some back lash but placing the Real Housewife on the cover of the mag has some people up in arms.

“Really, Ebony? Really? Is this a joke,” Demetria Lucas, a clutch contributor wrote on her Facebook wall.

NeNe found herself on the cover after transitioning from just a reality star into an actress. She capitalized off her rude attitude on the Real Housewives of Atlanta and it landed her an acting gig with Glee and her latest role on “The New Normal.”

In this sense, the 44-year-old has certainly fought her way to success, but does that necessarily make her one of the most influential African Americans of 2012?

To put things in a better perspective does the drama causing and openly materialistic starlet deserve to be included in the same list that features 16-year-old Olympian Gabby Douglas who trained almost every day for years in order to bring home the gold as she represented the entire nation in gymnastics?

It seems like most people are chiming in that the answer is a big fat “NO.”

When it comes down to it, despite the fact that the African American community did seem to tune in to the show in overwhelming numbers, it wasn’t because they were so proud of the way the women acted. The appeal of the show was to almost laugh at the ridiculousness of how the women acted on national television.

For Ebony to suggest that this type of woman is actually a great influence on the African American community is actually offensive and suggests that we are all tailoring our own attitudes to be as obnoxiously rude as the “The New Normal” actress.

Either way, she isn’t likely to be phased by the lack of support behind her being added to the list and she had no problems posing for her Ebony cover.

The cover features the Real Housewife in a diamond filled bathtub holding a glass of Champagne and flaunting her own diamond accessories.

The diamond loving actress doesn’t always spend a fortune, however, and was spotted recently shopping at a Target in West Hollywood.

An onlooker inside the Target claimed they spotted the self proclaimed “GlamMa” shopping for an “air mattress pump, a case of water, and a 12-pack of sprite.

The point of a star having a reality show is usually to show that they aren’t all that different from everyone else, so if Leakes made her debut as a “Real Housewife” it seems expected that a housewife would frequent a trip to Target to get some daily essentials.


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