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Gocha Hawkins weighs in on WE tv show ‘Bold and Bougie’

Gocha Hawkins hosts a viewing party every Thursday night at Gocha’s Tapas Bar
Gocha Hawkins weighs in on WE tv show 'Bold and Bougie'
Gocha Hawkins, Crystal Betts (Photo by Jonell Whitt for rolling out)

Restaurateur Gocha Hawkins is one of the five ensemble cast members on WE tv’s hit new show “Bold and Bougie” produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment. Stylist and ex-wife of Usher Raymond Tameka Foster[ restaurateur influencer and ex-wife of singer Ne-Yo, Crystal Smith; producer and creator of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” Princess Banters-Lofton; and reality star, entrepreneur and former wife of retired NBA player Jannero Pargo, Malaysia Pargo, are also cast members.

Angela Malloy and Brint Nisbett are executive producers for WE tv. Brint Nisbett is the showrunner, and Rajah Ahmed is the co-executive producer. On the premiere night of “Bold and Bougie,” Gocha Hawkins celebrated her birthday and hosted a preview party inviting all her loyal friends to anxiously watch the first episode with her at Gocha’s Tapas Bar.

When asked what was the most interesting thing she learned about any of her cast mates while filming, Gocha replied, “Most of the cast I knew and I was familiar with except Tameka Foster. I definitely held her to a higher elevated level, but soon I learned her elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.”

In the first episode, Malaysia Pargo and Tameka Foster were very concerned about the ex-wife of Ne-Yo, Crystal Smith being in their company due to the fact they are very close friends with Ne-Yo’s baby mama Monyetta Shaw. Their main concern was making sure Crystal didn’t disrespect Monyetta’s name in their company. In a couple of scenes, Crystal had separate dialogues with Malaysia and Tameka to make it very clear that she had no intentions of making her ex her topic of conversation.

Meanwhile, on the ranch, Princess Banters-Lofton was having an emotional meltdown because she opted to take Tameka Foster with her to her cosmetic surgeon. Tameka was very uninterested in the surgery because she was having flashbacks of what happened when she attempted cosmetic surgery. She told Princess that she was basically signing up for a vanity procedure and reminded her this was not a necessary procedure. Well, this didn’t sit well with Princess, and neither did Gocha’s themed house party to wear swim attire and furs.

As the season has progressed, the most interesting storyline appears to be about Gocha and her children. She tried really hard to be a provider as best she could. She wasn’t given the tools she needed to display the affection the children were looking for, but she didn’t realize it was a problem until the show started filming. Hopefully, the resolution will be amazing as the story progresses.

The show’s intention is to depict real-life problems, triumphs, and resolutions among Black women and offer the world a different perspective of what happens in the world of upper-echelon tastemakers and entrepreneur women who are all about their businesses in Atlanta. Gocha seized the opportunity to promote her new breakfast food products for sale, Gocha’s Grits and Gocha’s Pancakes. Tune in every Thursday night on the WE tv network. Check your local listings for the time.

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