‘RHOP’ stars Gizelle Bryant, Dr. Wendy Osefo encourage viewers to vote in new special
Gizelle Bryant and Dr. Wendy Osefo from “The Real Housewives of Potomac” want you to vote.
In “Race in America: Our Vote Counts” on Bravo, the reality stars discussed the importance of voting in the black community.
Bryant, who worked with the NAACP before becoming a “Housewife,” told Page Six that as a child, she witnessed her father experience voter suppression.
“Unless we stand up and force our voices to be heard, they won’t be,” she stressed. “We’ve all seen, especially this summer, that black and brown people are just basically not even thought of. And our lives have seemed to not matter in the past. And it’s just it’s more and more prevalent as the days go by. So it’s always very important to vote.”
Bryant, 50, added that she is teaching her daughters, 14-year-old twins Angel and Adore, and 15-year-old Grace, about politics now so they “don’t grow up just ignorant to what’s really happening in this world.”
“I want them to have an opinion,” she said. “They will be out of this house and off to college and I want them to really be confident in how they feel about politics and policy and knowing that if you’re a black girl growing up in this country, the same rules don’t apply to you. So you’ve got to make sure you know how to work around it. Work hard to get whatever dream that you want.”
She explained, “I’m just always very real with my kids because they can take it. Kids are resilient. They get it. I don’t ever want to sugarcoat anything because it’s not necessary. I don’t ever want them to be confused. Like it is what it is. So as a mom, again, if I don’t have these conversations, I’m setting my kids up for failure.”
Meanwhile, Osefo, 36, told us that she is turning casting her ballot into a date night with her husband, Edward. While their three children, Karter, 7, Kruz, 5, and Kamrynn, 1, are too young to vote with them, they are staged a mock election at home.
“My children are very civically engaged in their own right because they know about voting. They know about protesting. They know about being advocates. We actually have an Election Day countdown ticker in my house that says how many days until the election and my kids actually participated in their own election. We made them fake ballots because we talk so much about the election. We wanted them to feel like they were a part.”
The political commentator hopes that her “Wine with Wendy” event on a recent episode of “RHOP” (although it was filmed about a year ago) and the upcoming Bravo special encourages fans to become engaged and get to the polls.
“I come from a family where our mantra is ‘to whom much is given, much is required’ and so I don’t take my platform for granted,” she said.
Dr. Britten Cole from “Married to Medicine Los Angeles,” Zuri Hall from “Access Hollywood,” Dr. Heavenly Kimes from “Married to Medicine Atlanta,” Dr. Damon Kimes from “Married to Medicine Atlanta,” Tamica Lee from “Southern Charm New Orleans,” Jon Moody from “Southern Charm New Orleans,” Barry Smith from “Southern Charm New Orleans” and Justin Sylvester from “E! News” also participated in the conversation.
“Race in America: Our Vote Counts” airs on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET and is produced by Lauren Grace Media with Leslie D. Farrell and Dorothy Toran serving as executive producers. Kandi Burrus is also an Executive Producer.
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