NeNe Leakes didn’t come from money, but instead, she used her large personality to make opportunities for money to come to her. Born in Queens, New York she was abandoned by her mother and sent to be raised by her aunt in Athens, Georgia. She longed for love, as well as success and always dreamed that she would one day be a model. After moving to Atlanta her life would take a turn for the worst before it would get better. Encounters with the law and an abusive relationship would take her further away from her dreams, but as a single mother trying to juggle casting calls, modeling auditions and motherhood she was determined to win and leave the pain and rejection behind. NeNe landed a job as an exotic dancer and fell in love with the fast money. She would then meet her husband Gregg through a mutual friend and then her life started to flourish.
With the support of her husband, NeNe moved to Hollywood to go to open audition season and landed roles minor roles in shows like “The Parkers”, “The Amanda”, “The Game”, and “Let’s Stay Together”, but her scenes were left on the edit room floor. As luck would have It her friend called and told her about a possibility of a lifetime “The Atlanta Housewives” from here she would soon rise to fame. Her outspoken, no-nonsense demeanor and “tell-it-like-it-is” attitude made her one the most popular cast member from 2008 to 2016 and in 2014 she would also be the highest paid reality star ever on Bravo.
Using the media and backlash as energy NeNe continued to hustle and expand her brand. She landed even more roles on shows like “Glee”,“The New Normal”, “Miss USA”, “The Apprentice”, “I Dream of NeNe”, which was produced by her own production company, and many more. She has become a force to be reckoned with and not even her health scare would stop her. With her own fashion line, a new boutique in Atlanta she is continuously making power moves. Her success did not come easy but she has made it a lifetime of entrepreneurship. Her book “Never Make the Same Mistake Twice” tells the story of how she lives her life. She is bold and hot and has made her respectful place in the world of television. Her life story is motivating for others who have the desire to succeed. NeNe makes it her business to fight, but never be defeated.
UNCENSORED is an edgy new docu-series exploring the intimate lives of some of today’s most notable personalities, debuts on TV One beginning Sunday, February 18 at 10 p.m. ET/9C. The 10-episode biography series gives unprecedented access to stars including Tamar Braxton, Charlemagne Da God, Tiffany Haddish, Le’Andria Johnson, NeNe Leakes, Nia Long, Rick Ross and more, as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words, in the places their stories unfolded.
UNCENSORED is a dynamic series with each episode capturing the essence of its subject. From the ultimate hustler Rick Ross and his climb from the streets of Miami to the top of hip-hop, to Tamar Braxton stepping out of the shadow of her famous sister and the meteoric rise of comedy’s newest “It Girl” Tiffany Haddish, UNCENSORED presents the stories behind the stars. Through the UNCENSORED lens, viewers get an unfiltered perspective on the journey they have taken to achieve their dreams and pop culture fame.
In its first season, UNCENSORED dives deep into the lives of these celebrated individuals with first-hand accounts of their road to stardom from the stars themselves. They speak directly and candidly about their personal triumphs and successes, the obstacles and challenges they have faced, and the pivotal moments that have shaped their lives and careers. No topic is off limits as they discuss issues relevant to today’s national dialogue such as race relations, drugs and violence, and sexual harassment. In addition to first-person interviews, UNCENSORED uncovers little-known facts with an expansive and impressive list of friends and family who know them best.