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Does NeNe Leakes Deserve to be Among Ebony Magazine’s Power 100?

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The upcoming issue of Ebony Magazine for the month of December features NeNe Leakes on the cover and it has already caused a stir. Critics of the reality show and now comedy series star are questioning whether she should be included in Ebony Magazine’s  annual “Money and Power” issue as part of the Power 100.

Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 is a list of the most influential Black Women of the year and including Leakes was probably already going to cause a stir but putting her on the cover has definitely caused a big controversy.

Demetria Lucas, a contributor at Clutch Magazine was among the people who seemed to have been rubbed the wrong way by Ebony’s choice of cover women, saying, on her Facebook wall,

“Really, Ebony? Really? Is this a joke?”

Nene recently went from just being a reality television star to also now being able to claim to be an actress. First she landed a recurring role in the popular musical television series, “Glee,” then she also landed a role in a new series, “The New Normal.”

No one can deny that the 44 year old has at least some secrets to success but it still raises the question of whether or not she should be among the most influential African Americans of 2012?

The issue that those who questions whether Nene belongs on the Power 100 list have is that she became a household name by being a loud mouthed, opinionated, drama causing cast member on the reality show, “The Real House Wives of Atlanta”. Now she is on  a list with people like Gabby Douglas who trained tirelessly for years to earn the gold medal that she brought home from the Olympics.

At the end of the day, Nene Leakes and the reality shows do draw huge crowds.
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Maybe Nene’s critics should consider that the list is a list of influential people, not positively influential people. Whether the influence is good or bad, there is no disputing that what people watch on television influences how they think and there are a lot of people watching Nene.