Season 13 of The Real Housewives of New York Citypremiered Tuesday night and introduced Eboni K. Williams, the very first Black cast member in the show's 13-year history.
Prior to becoming the host of Revolt Black News on Revolt TV and launching her new podcast Holding Court With Eboni K. Williams, the newest RHONY star was a correspondent for CBS News and a contributor for Fox News. Williams is also a lawyer by trade.
During the episode, Leah McSweeney stated, "Eboni is pretty much the epitome of Black Girl Magic. She is a lawyer. She's an AKA. She's a broadcaster. She took on the president, and she does this all while looking hot as **** wearing Louboutins."
Viewers welcomed Williams with open arms during her debut and even praised the new reality star for wearing a Black Lives Matter mask and a sweatshirt printed with the first names of the Central Park Five – the Black and Latino youths who were wrongfully convicted of assaulting a woman in 1989 – during her very first scene.
In her first every scene for #RHONY, Eboni goes for a walk with Leah in Central Park while wearing a Black Lives Matter mask and a sweatshirt with the names of the Central Park Five on it. Yes, yes, yes. pic.twitter.com/hGlB6pavpi
— Gibson Johns (@gibsonoma) May 5, 2021
Eboni’s first scene wearing a sweater with the names of the Central Park Five. She understands the assignment #RHONYpic.twitter.com/iL4dhgYG7R
— Queens of Bravo (@queensofbravo) May 5, 2021
Eboni repping the Central Park Five in her first #RHONY scene… a queen pic.twitter.com/tPpoAoDqe3
— bravo by betches (@bravobybetches) May 5, 2021
I love that Eboni honored the Exonerated Five for her first scene, which was in Central Park. #RHONY
— Annika Harris (@GlamNiki) May 5, 2021
Power move: Eboni wearing a Central Park Five shirt for her #RHONY debut
— Ethan (@ethanbrat) May 5, 2021
Meanwhile, longtime cast mate Sonja Morgan was attempting to welcome Williams with open arms, when she tried to point out that she has diverse fish at her Upper Eastside townhouse.
"If you notice, my fish are every color. I have black, white, yellow," said Sonja. However, later, Williams stated in her confessional, "I feel Sonja's trying to connect on the racial diversity element of the moment, but I think the fish effort is a bit lame. I give her two points for trying."
The Real Housewives of New York Cityairs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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