How Eboni K. Williams Stayed True to Herself on The Real Housewives of New York City
RHONY's first Black Housewife Eboni K. Williams reflects on her first season, including those tough conversations about race, in an exclusive Q&A with E! News.
EKW:I guess my response to that is I can only be my authentic self, right? I decided long ago when I was invited to join this cast and presented with this incredible opportunity to be a part of this legendary franchise, that I would only do it on the term of honoring my own authenticity, and my authenticity is I am a Black woman with significant consciousness of my space in this world and society. And in addition to me being very aware of that, this network was well aware of that. We had a very dynamic and robust casting process that let them see me from a professional lens, from a personal lens, from a vulnerable lens, and all of those lenses were consistent with who I am, the nature of my life's work which is the broader humanity of Americans through race and social justice. None of those were secrets.
Sophy Holland/BravoCertainly everyone is entitled to their preference of what kind of television viewing they want to experience. What they are seeing by way of me introducing conversations that highlight Black excellence, that call out—when required—hostility towards Black American experiences, microaggressions and fragility of whiteness, all of that is just a part of my entirety. There is something that I do, which is bring all of myself to everything that I am, so it would be a disservice and a show of inauthenticity, to limit all that consciousness when it comes to
Real Housewives of New York, when there's no other space in my life where I deal with that limitation.So any, I don't know what to tell you. I am blessed with great passion and enthusiasm and knowledge of the Black American experience and that is my greatest joy to share that with others, including my headtopics.com
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