Bravo’s Real Housewives Of New York City is one of the staple shows within the franchise. Debuting in 2008 - RHONY has helped launch the careers of some of reality TV’s favorite ladies, most notably Bethenny Frankel who has turned her exposure on the show into a multi-million-dollar empire. However, after twelve seasons RHONY has remained one of the least diverse casts in the Real Housewives franchise, despite taking place in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Amid all that has transpired this year in our country, restored conversation of racial injustice forced brands everywhere to reevaluate some of their faults. It took one of the ladies of RHONY, newcomer Leah McSweeney to call for change. In August, McSweeney told Page Six that it was about time for some diversity on the cast. McSweeney is a staunch supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. “I hope that there’s just more diversity across the board because New Yorkers are not a monolith, obviously. I think that it is going to head in that direction.” Shortly after this, Eboni K Williams became the first woman of color added to the lineup.
Eboni K Williams is as excellent as it gets. Many of us may know her from hosting Revolt TV’s State of The Culture. Williams is a college educated woman, graduating with a B.A in Communications and African American studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her J.D. degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Williams has served as a correspondent for CBS News, Fox News, and has even dabbled in radio. Williams is the ultimate woman, having tried her hand in just about everything. Williams is even an author, having penned a book “Pretty Powerful: Appearance, Substance, and Success” where she spoke to the likes of Meghan McCain and Marcia Clark about how they balance looking the part in their jobs with their responsibilities.
Eboni told Page Six: “NYC is filled with successful and dynamic Black women. I am excited to join this legendary franchise as the first Black housewife. Cannot wait to share a slice of life in this city that has not been seen before. Anyone who is aware of my work knows I do not hold back. I’m going to keep it just as real here as I do everywhere else.” The show’s executive producer Andy Cohen assured the RHONY fans that Eboni is “no shrinking violet” and will hold her own. In an environment as cutthroat as the RHONY, Eboni is going to need that and a whole lot more.