Tameka Raymond Covers UPSCALE, Explains Why She Joined ‘Atlanta Exes’

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UPSCALE’s March 2014 issue has snagged three reality TV stars: Tameka Raymond (Atlanta Exes), Phaedra Parks (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and LaTavia Roberson. Check out a few excerpts from their interview.

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Tameka on signing on for “Atlanta Exes:”

I’d previously received several offers to do a variety of different shows, but I’m all about timing. No matter what people have reasoned were the best things for me, I know myself better than anybody. I know my family and I know my needs. The timing wasn’t right. Now, it’s better. People have begun to focus more on me as an individual, a mother, a business woman and I think that this new exercise of introduction to the world is meant to happen right now.

Tameka on being fearless:

Let’s be clear, there’s not a lot that I’m actually “scared” of—that’s the Oakland in me.

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Phaedra on the financial realities of reality TV:

We’re not members of SAG so it’s not like we’re getting benefits from replays. We’re talents that aren’t being considered as actors, so their getting talent for a nominal fee. They’ve found a way to make money and cut the cost on studios and productions so they’re making the largest profit with the least amount of residual.

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LaTavia on how people will receive her:

There is nothing I can say about how people are going to perceive me. I have to stay true to myself. I know who I am, I love who I am. As far as the reality [television] part goes, I’m being myself; I really can’t change that… I’m not going to try to change that.

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