Reality TV Awards 2011

Reality TV Awards 2011
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 18, 2011

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Show: ‘Braxton Family Values’

Leave it up to the youngest Braxton sister to always tell it like it is – even when it offends her siblings.

Best Quote: “I may be the baby of the family, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to boss people around.”

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Show: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

Love her or hate her, NeNe Leakes is the reason so many tune in to watch “RHoA” each week. From her bizarre blowups with costars to her proclamations of wealth, you can always count on the self-described ‘mouth of the South’ to keep you entertained.

Best Quote: "I don’t keep up with the Joneses, I am the Joneses.”

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Show: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

Phaedra Parks is never short of witty bits of wisdom, which we call “Phaedra-isms.” Whether opining on childbirth (“I was as crazy as a vampire in sunlight”) or dating a man with children (“I didn’t wanna marry Papa Smurf”), this Southern belle has plenty of sassy opinions to share.

Best Quote: “A wig does not count as a hat, honey.”

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Show: ‘Basketball Wives’

She’s not just a reality TV star, Shaunie O’Neal is also the creator and executive producer of “Basketball Wives” and “Football Wives.”

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Show: ‘Basketball Wives’

Warning: do not, and we mean, do not, mess with Tami Roman! This former basketball wife has a penchant for throwing punches as quickly as she throws drinks. To her credit, Tami recently said she would be willing to take anger management classes.

Best Quote: “You’re only relevant cause I’m talking to you!”

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Show: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

Whether sporting honey blonde tresses or a sleek, shoulder-length blowout, this “RHoA” star’s hair stays looking glam.

Best Quote: "I’m fashion, I’m style and if they can’t keep up, then that’s their problem.”

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Show: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

A reality star with a real talent, Kandi Burruss has penned songs for costars Kim Zolciak and Lawrence Washington. She’s also got a talent for expanding her brand, having recently launched her own sex toy line and iPhone app.

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Show: ‘Love & Hip Hop’

Outspoken, unapologetic, and willing to put up her dukes to defend her girls and her relationship with rapper Jim Jones, this New Yorker – though temperamental – brings the “realness” to reality TV.

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Show: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

A peacemaker caught between her co-stars’ fiery personalities, Cynthia Bailey does her best to avoid conflict even when it’s between her family and husband, Peter Thomas.

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Show: ‘Basketball Wives: Los Angeles’

Jackie Christie’s cooky antics have made her one of the more eccentric reality TV characters. This season, we got to see Jackie and her husband Doug walk down the aisle for the 16th time – real love or a call for attention? Her costars think it’s the latter.