With three seasons of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” under her belt and a fourth in the works, Porsha Williams made a quick stop in Chicago last week to share details about her contributing role on the celebrity gossip TV show “Dish Nation.” The syndicated FOX program features a panel of Atlanta’s entertainment experts — like Rickey Smiley, Da Brat, Headkrack and Gary With Da Tea — diving into the hottest Hollywood topics and trends.
As Williams transitions into her new role as homeowner and independent single woman after her divorce from former NFL player Kordell Stewart, she is committed to maintaining a balanced and wholesome lifestyle. She spoke with Splash about her personal and professional goals for the year ahead — including the presidential nominee she believes carries on the legacy of her late grandfather, Civil Rights activist Rev. Hosea Williams.
S: What is the most rewarding part about hosting Dish Nation?
PW: Dish Nation uses different radio casts [who] dish on all the celebs across the board and any kind of current event that’s out there. I have to say the most rewarding part of doing Dish Nation [is] being able to give my opinion as freely as I want and being able to keep up with the celebrities. They keep us going; they’re always in the news, they always give us the best gossip, and I love to give my opinion on other people’s business. It’s perfect for me!
S: What’s your favorite gossip to cover?
PW: I always seem to be a little more passionate when it comes to anything [involving] relationships. I’m going to give my relationship advice, whether you ask me for it or not. If it’s Rihanna and who she should be dating right now, I have an opinion on that. Or if it’s Leonardo DiCaprio and we’re thinking he’s going to settle down with another Victoria’s Secret model, I’m going to give my opinion on that. I love the relationship news, the couple alerts and the smash (hook-up) alerts we give.
S: What advice would you give Taylor Swift?
PW: Taylor Swift moving on [from Calvin Harris] to Tom [Hiddleston] so fast … I feel like something was happening before she broke up with Calvin. It was just too fast. It was literally like a couple weeks and then she was on the beach with [Hiddleston’s] mom. She either has something really good going on that got her to meet the mom that fast, or it was already going on before.
S: Since Season 8 of ‘Real Housewives’ wrapped, what’s the status of your relationship with NeNe and the other wives? What will fans see in Season 9?
PW: I can’t speak on whether I’m even a [full-time] cast member or not. What I can say is I don’t talk to [NeNe] that often; she’s really, really busy. Phaedra [Parks] is my girl, I’m probably the closest with her out of all the cast members. We call ourselves Frick and Frack. We just recently went to the Democratic National Convention, so we were saying “Frick and Frack politically back!” We were on Periscope, we were on Instagram, we just have a great time together.
S: On the heels of the DNC, what do you think your grandfather Rev. Hosea Williams would think about this election?
PW: I know for sure my grandfather would back Hillary [Clinton] as our Democratic choice. I’m very proud of Hillary; I love what she represents. One of the main things I truly enjoyed at the convention was they had the Mothers of the Movement there — all the mothers of the slain sons. So to be able to give them that platform and give them a moment for us to recognize them in that way, and dealing with Black Lives Matter and just being aware of what’s happening in our community and being a voice for it, is what I love about Hillary. I know my grandfather would be proud of that and make sure we rally for a change and rally for it to be a better America.
S: Season 8 touched on the Mothers of the Movement, correct?
PW: We went to the Million Man March and we actually had a moment at the end where we sat down with [what is now] Mothers of the Movement. We were able to hear their stories and their pain. It was very, very moving. All these moms now are activists and they’re so strong to be able to stand up and fight for what’s right and command the system for a change. It’s very admirable and it’s emotional when you’re around them. So I definitely left the DNC knowing I want to do something. I want to make sure that no matter what or who you choose to vote for, use your voice – you need to go vote. Obama said, “Don’t boo, vote.” And that’s what we should do. Don’t stay home; go out and vote and let your voice be heard.
S: How does it feel to step into a political arena having a famed Civil Rights activist in your family?
PW: We were able to be around a lot of the delegates [and] a lot of the congressmen and a lot of them know my grandfather. It’s very rare that I go somewhere in the political world and [political figures] have not had some type of personal relationship with my grandfather. You’ll see some of this on “Housewives,” which is another thing I really love. You’ll get to see some positive things and a lot of things that are currently happening in our community. Just being there and meeting people who are telling me these stories about my grandfather; they marched with him in Selma — all of that just makes you want to do something and makes you want to be active. That’s what I’m currently doing. It’s just very fulfilling to be [at the convention] and it does bring up the legacy and makes me want to continue it.
Catch Porsha on Dish Nation weekdays at 4:30 p.m. on WFLD (FOX 32).
Photo by Dewayne Rogers