This week, Celebrity Squares tackles an HBCU-themed episode. BET has a long history of connection to HBCUs for obvious reasons. So, it’s only right to highlight a contestant who attended an HBCU. That would be Ms. Nene Leakes. She takes center square next episode, and while we know her for giving us iconic one-liners on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” there’s so much more. Here are five quick facts about Nene Leakes.
She Has Two HBCU Connections
She attended Morris Brown College in Georgia for two years before dropping out after getting pregnant. She didn’t finish her schooling there. Still, she got a second chance on College Hill: Celebrity Edition, where she attended Texas Southern University and got a certificate in multidisciplinary studies.
Thank Her For “I Said What I Said”
It’s an unremarkable phrase on the surface, but when delivered properly, it’s a great way to stand your ground, even if it’s in a ridiculous argument. Case in point, at the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Season 6 reunion, Nene got into one of many tiffs with Kani Burrus. Kandi was upset about some things Nene had said, particularly about her mother and let her have. Nene, exhausted, replied, “I said what I said,” because she wasn’t about to walk anything back. From there, everyone took the phrase and ran with it. It’s still popular years later. That’s not the only phrase Nene has delivered, but we’ll leave it there for now.
She Got Her Big Break Acting on "Glee"
Before appearing on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Nene Leakes had done minor acting roles. For example, she once appeared in an episode of “The Parkers,” but from 2012-2015, she appeared on “Glee" as Coach Roz, the opposition to badass Coach Sue. Roz gave Sue a run for her money and it seemed like Nene Leakes was right at home in the role.
She’s a Comedian
There’s no denying that Nene is witty and hilarious. That’s why she took her one-woman show on the road in 2016. She went on a comedy tour called “So Nasty, So Rude,” another of her catchphrases, and many of the shows sold out. She’s
She’s a Triple Threat
In the world of show business, “triple threat” is jargon for someone who can sing, dance and act. Nene considers herself a triple threat, and when it comes to singing, we got to see some of that play out on RHOA. There was drama behind it in the long run, but fans were surprised that Kandi tapped her for her vocals while making “Tardy for the Party.”
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