Viewers of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” will find a ‘sisterhood’ between cast members, and that’s especially true of this season, according to reality star Cynthia Bailey. In an interview with Hollywood Life on Feb. 18, Bailey shared how the Black Lives Matters movement in recent months has brought the cast closer together. The BLM movement — a global organization founded in 2013 dedicated to fighting racism and police brutality against Black people — gained more mainstream attention last year following the brutal murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor.
The 53-year-old said she considers the “RHOA” women as sisters despite how unhinged the group may be. “Regardless of how crazy this group of women is, at the end of the day, we really truly are a sisterhood, and whenever anyone’s trying to do anything great, especially for the people, we usually always come together.”
Among those considered to be doing “great” things are Bailey’s “RHOA” co-star Porsha Williams. Williams protested and marched on behalf of Breonna Taylor on numerous occasions last summer to demand justice for the slain emergency medical technician. The mother of one became emotional during the Feb. 14 episode of “RHOA” upon hearing the results of Taylor’s investigation — that left a former Louisville detective indicted only on wanton endangerment charges for recklessly firing into a neighboring apartment during the raid.
She said during a confessional, “I’m discouraged by the legal system in this country, It just doesn’t feel as a black woman like I even belong in America. It just feels like I’m here on borrowed time. Something can happen to me, and nothing can be done.”
Williams tearfully added “No accountability on any level because the charges are actually not even for murdering Breonna. They are not acknowledging that she was murdered like that. That’s the part that hurts.”
During the interview, Bailey also revealed she enjoyed this season of “RHOA” because of the “real-life moments and real issues” that are included in the show. “What I love the most about season 13 is not only real-life the typical, usual drama, but there’s a lot of real-life moments and real issues that we’re dealing with. Again, as Black women, we all were affected and still are affected with the Black Lives Matter movement so there was no way we could just do this show and act like, and not acknowledge any of the stuff that was going on with the world.”
She credited the Bravo network for displaying what black people were going through in America. “I really tip my hat off to Bravo for including the real-life things that we’re going through that our friends and family are going through in the world. There was no way we could be running around, drinking champagne, while the world was basically turned upside down. So, you guys are in for a great rest of the season.”
Although the reality star disclosed that marching with her cast members for the BLM movement helped solidify their bond, she admitted that it wasn’t an easy road.
“Now, I’m not going to act like we all just came together and there was no drama and we were sitting by a fire singing Kumbaya and we were toasting marshmallows. That’s not what you’re going to see, but I think when it matters, we come together Season 13. Some of the other ladies are still working out some kinks. It’s always like that. It’s always like that.”
New episodes of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” air on the Bravo network on Sundays at 8 p.m. EST.