The new season of "The Real Housewives Of Atlanta" kicked off yesterday with attorney Phaedra Parks and her husband, Apollo Nida, taking center stage. Apollo is in prison, after being indicted for massive fraud and theft this year, in stealing over $2,000,000 in pension money under a complete and utter scam. The fraudulent scheme was intercepted and shutdown by the U.S. Secret Service, who are also charged with protecting the President of the United States.
Apollo vented his anger at Phaedra for not appearing in court on his behalf and telling the judge he is a good father, which he believes would have given him a lower sentence. As it stands, the judge was merciful. Apollo was facing up to 30-years in federal prison for the aforementioned widespread fraud. The judge sentenced him to 8-years in federal prison. With good behavior he could be released in half that time. This means he would be able to see his kids grow up, which is a blessing.
Phaedra could have supported Apollo by showing up in court, even if she did not say anything. Many news sites and blogs were quick to note she was absent from legal proceedings. Phaedra is distancing herself from Apollo's legal issues, as she is a lawyer and it is not good for business. She also does not want to be implicated in his crimes, as someone has to raise their beautiful toddlers. And make no mistake, some online were stating Phaedra knew about Apollo's crimes and was somehow involved. Phaedra denies any involvement in his fraud scheme.
Apollo was incarcerated in the past for 5-years in connection with an auto theft ring. Some have stated Phaedra was wrong to marry an ex-con, but I don't think she was wrong to take a chance on an ex-convict. There are many ex-cons who are not repeat offenders. People deserve a second chance after a run in with the law. The problems occur when people go to prison, come out unreformed and end up back in a life of crime. Apollo should have learned his lesson from his first brush with the law.
Phaedra Parks, Apollo Nida and their sons
As stated in a past article, Apollo was blessed to have a successful, attractive wife, with her own career and lovely home, taking a chance on him straight out of prison, welcoming him as her man. They got married, he moved into her home and they started having children. He lived a very good life with her, but it is clear he took it for granted. Sadly, Apollo is a pretty boy with entitlement issues.
Apollo also wanted to earn more money than his wife, who is known for representing celebrities like Bobby Brown. However, Apollo should have been accepting of the fact Phaedra went to university for 7-years to become a lawyer and as a result makes more money. There's nothing wrong with that. He should have been thankful, as some men complain when their wives don't make any money. Still, some men take issue with their significant other making more money than they do, when it's nothing to be ashamed of or be emasculated by. At least it's not likely she wants you for your money (in general).
Phaedra Parks and her sons
Apollo also wanted to live like a millionaire and turned to crime again as a means of obtaining money. He was wasting money in the strip club ($5,000 per visit), buying expensive designer clothes and a luxury car with ill-gotten gains. This lifestyle was funded by robbing the pensions of elderly, retired people, who needed the checks to pay their bills.
Not everyone in life will be rich. People need to realize that. Furthermore, a lot of allegedly rich people you see on TV are overextended, cash poor and living on credit, while others in Hollywood are "robbing Peter to pay Paul" as the phrase goes. For many it's about keeping up appearances for the cameras, which misleads the public.
Phaedra Parks and her sons
For some a good life is having a job, buying a home, marrying the person they love and having kids with them. And you know what, you don't need to be a millionaire to do that and it's a great dream to strive for. At the end of the day love and family are what is important. Don't let money own or control you.
Some people love money too much and it becomes their downfall. The Bible says "the love of money is the root of all evil" and it's true. It doesn't say "money is the root of all evil" as people often cite, but "the love of money is the root of all evil." You need money to pay bills. There's nothing wrong with that, but keep things in healthy perspective, because when you love money it can lead you to do things that harms you and others.
Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida
People need to appreciate what they have in life. Don't be greedy. Do things the right way. Crime always catches up with people in one way or another. Therefore, leave it alone. Think of how your family will feel if you get into trouble (Phaedra spoke of the "shame" Apollo's conduct has brought her good name).
For those of you who have been in trouble with the law, stay away from crime. Make the most of your life and freedom. Show that you are reformed by not returning to that illegal lifestyle. It is not worth losing your freedom.