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The Real Housewives of Atlanta is an American reality television series on the Bravo cable television network, premiering in the Fall of 2008. It is the network's third series in this format, following The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of New York City.
The series follows the professional, social and family lives of five primarily wealthy Atlanta, Georgia women:
NeNe Leakes -- A Duluth resident and founder of The Twisted Hearts Foundation, which addresses domestic violence against women. She lives in the Stonebrier at Sugarloaf gated community on Sugarloaf Parkway. She has two sons, one of whom is attending Clark Atlanta University, and a real estate entrepreneur husband named Gregg. She once was good friends with Kim Zolciak.
DeShawn Snow -- Originally from Detroit, she is a current resident of the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta in the Manor Golf and Country Club. She has three children and is the wife of Cleveland Cavaliers professional NBA basketball player Eric Snow. Her main focus is the DeShawn Snow Foundation, an organization dedicated to the welfare of the self-esteem of teenage girls.
Sheree Whitfield -- She was born in Ohio and now resides in Sandy Springs, the ex-wife of NFL professional football player Bob Whitfield with whom she has three children. She is attempting to develop a clothing line called "She by Sheree" and has a feud with castmate NeNe Leakes.
Lisa Wu-Hartwell -- Also a Duluth, Ga. resident, she is the wife of NFL professional football player Edgerton Hartwell and ex-wife of R&B singer-Keith Sweat, with whom she has two children that live with Keith. She has also gone by the names: Sharon Millette Wu, Sharon Lisa Sweat, and Lisa Wu-Sweat when she filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2007 despite her mantra during the introduction of the show, "If it doesn't make me money, I don't do it." She lives in the exclusive gated community St. Marlo Country Club. Her father is Chinese and her mother is African American, and she works with the Hartwell and Associates real estate firm and has a jewelry line and baby clothing line.
Kim Zolciak -- She is a Connecticut native and Duluth resident, a divorced mother of two who is attempting to pursue a career as a country singer. She had a "sugar daddy", whom she mysteriously referred to as "Big Poppa", who chose not to be aired on the show for personal and privacy reasons. He funded her somewhat lavish lifestyle, buying her $14,000 diamonds and a $60,000 Escalade. Kim and Big Poppa broke up in the last episode of season one.
Atlanta was chosen as the focus for this new television series because of its status as a haven for successful African-Americans. Each of the women lives in northern metro-Atlanta suburbs situated in north Fulton and Gwinnett counties. The show was originally planned to follow the lives of five black women, but Leakes's good friend Zolciak impressed the producers with her personality.