Book Review: “Lies of a Real Housewife” by Angela Stanton [Chapters 6-8 Recap]

Posted on Jul 7 2014 - 11:10am by Norrth Cafe

Phaedra Parks & Angela Stanton

Disclaimer:  I know neither Angela Stanton, nor Phaedra Parks. I can only tell you how I view this story, as a reader – and as a Real Housewives of Atlanta viewer. I must also tell you, now, that I will not give too many details away. From what I’ve read so far, fact or fiction (which it is  has yet to be proven in court), Stanton’s book tells a powerful tale. To give you too many details would rob you of the pleasure of reading it for yourself.

Book Review: “Lies of a Real Housewife” By Angela Stanton — Chapters 6-8 Recap

Angela Stanton

Anyone who thinks giving birth in prison is just another easy free ride hasn’t read Stanton’s account. It’s not just the pain of having to put a newborn child in another person’s arms to be taken away. It’s not just the fact that in some facilities, there may be insufficient support for new mothers – given the nature of incarceration for women. You’re not expected to be, or become, pregnant behind bars. It’s that, overall, there doesn’t seem to be any real support of any kind for new mothers – social or emotional.

Stanton shares a tale of near hemorrhaging, limited compassion, and tortured memories of a child she wouldn’t get to know for years – primarily being left with the cries she heard before giving her over to her mother for care. She was fortunate to have a few visits with her children before things went terribly wrong – as if being behind bars wasn’t already bad enough. I can see why Stanton thinks of her book as a warning for young people who think they’ll beat the system. Word to the wise: You won’t beat the system no matter how many stories you’ve heard of people who claim they have. Stay the hell out of prison – for lots of reasons but most especially because most people don’t have the ability to think about how awful the experience will be. If you’ve romanticized that it’s no big deal, you’re wrong. Very, very wrong.

There are points at which she undermines her own message, however, including discussing the bravado she puts on as she torments angry guards by not letting them get the best of her. She says that she lets the guards’ taunts of her being a two time loser roll off her back, and recounts her ability to work the system while inside. Message heard, message lost? There are times when the book reads like a script from “Orange is the New Black.” She can’t wait to get her hustle on, behind bars? There are trades of prison foods for commissary products.  There is rebuilding old and symbiotic relationships. We learn about physical and mental assessments and the gynecological exams that, by her account, seemed to be used to provide some semblance of pleasure for the inmates and some of the male physicians.

By the time her youngest child is two months old, things take a decidedly unexpected turn. Neither her calls, nor her mother’s calls are accepted by Parks, she alleges. Her mother is running low on funds to care for four children on her own and had hoped that Parks would provide some support to the family. Instead they find that she is putting distance between herself and them. Yet, there are still things Parks does that links the two of them together, including letters, news clippings, and photos Stanton claims were sent from Parks, regularly (described in limited detail by Stanton).  Since, even at that time, this would be yet another link between the two women that seems to transcend a client-attorney relationship. How is the reader to interpret this part? Was Stanton perceived as such a non-threat that she could be placated with a few photos and wouldn’t mind being blown off? How did Stanton get Parks’ home phone number and why didn’t Parks report being harassed by an inmate if Stanton called as often as she said? How common is it for attorneys to ask clients to call them at home? If she was a stalker client, why would anyone send Stanton anything other than a cease and desist order?

Stanton has long been questioned about what her motive is for coming after Parks? Money? Jealous? Revenge? Reading this section of the book, I would have to say that anger and hurt probably motivated Stanton as much as anything else if this story is true. While behind bars she sees others either meeting her same fate (Shaheed, father of her youngest child) or moving ahead in life (Phaedra, “Jay” aka Young Jeezy, with whom she claims to have had a brief fling). In interviews, Stanton is critical of Parks for not only failing to help her family when she went to prison, but for being in attendance at her mother’s funeral and then basically disappearing from her family’s lives. In six months, Stanton gives birth behind bars and loses her mother (and not too long after, her grandmother). Her losses were primarily, it seems, for the love of someone, she claims, helped send her there and who then walked away as if she was a stranger.

After reading this, I’m dying to know what documentation she has to support the story she’s told, because it’s a doozy. Did she save all of her mail? Does she have phone logs? Voice recordings? This deposition could be an even bigger eye opener than any of us imagined.

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  • cait

    I wouldn’t want her funeral home to bury me ! I’d probably end up in the local dump and have my box reused !

    • SAMRA1116

      Box—please that sweet southern belle knew exactly what she’s doing.
      CAIT—you are spot on
      just burn my ass—I’m dead—
      Selling bodies, parts, FRAUD,
      Fheadra is rolling the dice that no one is coming for her—-sha take all the $$$$ you earn, steal, laundry, and reuse —-I’m good over her
      I’ll hear about you soon—-sitting right here with my Levi’s on—SMH

  • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

    I love your point of view Cait. And your sense of humor is brilliant!

  • cait

    What is Apollo in court for this time ? Tell you what TP, Parks is so boring, it would be hard to rustle up more than 5 comments !

    • Marsbars09

      Cait, Apollo is about to be sentenced for up to 30 years in prison tomorrow for identity theft, amongst other things .

  • twifan2

    YEAH! Got my copy of her book at Wally World! 🙂
    NOW I need my box of Wally World’s finest & I’m set!

    • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

      Hi Twi,
      Have you been fact checking like I have?
      So far, what I’ve checked is spot on! Leonard Holland aka Shaheed Abdullah Rahman. Also checked the family horror story that followed them for years and years. That particular day, Lonzia Moss mortally wounded 3 people along with the major injuries to the Aunt and her son.

      Such a quick read and so riveting!

      Holey Moley.

      • Norrth

        WOW! I’m impressed. You need to write a follow up with the stuff you’ve fact checked! That would make a fantastic read. If so many of her facts are true, what’s the likelihood

        • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

          Well, for example, in particular on that October day when he shot and killed his daughter Gina, then shot his son and wife, he also has shot and killed another wife and child as reported in the newspaper. Now I don’t know if they were subsequent wives or simultaneous wives. I google searched Lonzia Moss and the first entry was a newspaper article of Oct. 31,1978 from what I presume was microfiche.

      • Thanks for providing these facts.

  • cait

    What’s Wally’s World ? What’s Apollo’s mystery affliction ? C’mon GIVE or you’ll think Tre Juicy is an angel compared to ME !

    • WestCoastFeed

      I’m going to guess. He has undescended testicles.

      • cait

        They don’t take you to court for undescended testicles ! Unless it’s a new US law !

        • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

          Wally World is Wal-Mart.

        • Norrth

          No, he’s not being taken to court for that. My comment was that if she had to prove she wasn’t making things up about them, she could use that as one more piece of evidence that she was part of the inner circle — unless his one testicle is common knowledge among everyone who knows them.

      • Tre’s Pic’s aren’t Angelic

        He was injured in a motorcycle accident and has a singleton.

        His witch wife thought that was THE most hilarious thing to share.

        I read the book today.

        • Norrth

          LOL! I didn’t want to spill it, but oh there it is. To laugh while with him? I hope Stanton made at least that part up. That’s pretty cold to turn the guy into a joke.

        • pasteeler

          So Apollo is only playing with one ball, no wonder his voice is so high. NO shade but that interesting.

  • Marsbars09

    The more I read Angela’s excerpts the more clearer it becomes how monstrous Fake is. I cringe when I see her laughing & joking with cast members knowing what she could be capable of.

    • Hey Marsie! I feel the same way. I saw her laughing last night on Kandi’s Wedding and I was repulsed. If she’s done the things Angela is alleging, she’s evil to the core.

      • Norrth

        I can’t get a consistent picture of Parks. She’s ultra religious on some days, at some times. She’s hiring strippers and dancers and shaking her backside all over the place other days.

        • pasteeler

          The most evil devils also believe in God.

    • Norrth

      When Nene busted her on trying to dig up dirt using her sister, I could only shake my head. Why would she do something so stupid? Nene is offensive in her very existence, to me, but not so much that she would deserve to have her life dragged out for sport on national tv. Why? Because she said she didn’t remember Phaedra from back home?

      • pasteeler

        I agree, but Nene isn’t much better since she teamed up with fake Phaedra to try to stomp on Kenya.

  • cait

    I said on another post that I bet Fraudra does not have clean hands in either of Apollo’s cases !

    • Norrth

      It’s just hard for me to believe this guy is walking around with pockets full of cash and no one thought it was strange.

  • SAMRA1116

    Norrth—- excellent —-great honest minds think alike. Post words on GREED
    u can’t cheat the US and get away with it—-unless you have something they want. —-
    I want it all —-but I can get it honestly –
    Let me know w hen the cop finally get old FHA FHA

    • Norrth

      LOL! I think the feds are waiting with bated breath for that deposition. So am I, now. I like that you put GREED in all caps. It feels like is should be in all caps after reading this book.

      • SAMRA1116

        That’s all it’s about —-excess, want, flashy, GREED on a grand level, while you are working, saving, etc. we honest ppl are paying for them to live grand. SMH

  • Norrth…this is very well written and paints a very clear picture of why Angela wrote this book. I hope Angela gets all that’s owed to her from Phae.

    • RonnieIsBack

      I love the way Norrth writes…better than Ciff Notes….
      Fakedra is super shady….either way her rep is tarnished…and then today Apollo….

      • Norrth

        LOL! I think I’ll apply for a job writing Cliff Notes.

      • Yes….her writing is clear concise and to the point.

    • Norrth

      Stanton does a good job of painting them as people who think they can get away with anything!

      • pasteeler

        Sociopaths believe that they have extraordinary powers of persuasion and they also believe that they are too smart to get caught. Sociopaths always seek ways to blame others and they will create elaborate evidence to prove that they are right, and everyone else is wrong. Phaedra fits that category. Apollo kinda don’t.

    • Virgo (say_no_go)

      I read the book as well and I beleive her. Way too many details to be false

      Hi Doc, hope you had a great 4th (I know I’m late — lol)

  • RonnieIsBack

    Egggggg cellant recap Norrth!!!

    • Norrth

      Thank you. Stanton saves the juciest for last! Now I REALLY get why she can’t stand the Parks-Nida pair.

  • RonnieIsBack

    BOOM! I wouldn’t be surprised if Ms. Stanton has a rich benefactor paying her legal fees to ensure Fakedra is exposed…Marlo called in a favor lolz

  • Norrth

    I think the folks at Vibe need new lawyers. Clearly those pockets weren’t deep enough to stop Amazon.

  • Good points. Also, Stanton’s lawyers are top notch. They win a lot of BIG million dollar settlements cases and if they even thought for a second her claims and proof was bogus, they would have dropped Stanton as a client long ago. And that’s what Phaedra was hoping Phaedra was hoping Stanton’s lawyers would get tired of running in circles and drop Stanton’s case but Phaedra bet on karma and is losing.

  • pasteeler

    So this kinda sounds like Angela had feelings for Phaedra and was hurt when Phaedra dropped her. Not only did Angela lose her mom, which was the only Constant one in her life, she lost Phaedra. Phaedra somehow convinced her, or brainwashed her into believing that she actually cared about Angela.

    It seems Phaedra got bored and moved on to more victims, she was grooming. In comes Apollo, who’s already a petty criminal and he’s ripe for the picking.

    Apollo met Phaedra’s criteria of being a safe bet because if he ever snitched on her, Nobody would really believe him. I now see Apollo’s recent crimes differently. He was either working with Phaedra to make his own money, cause she wouldn’t give him any or Apollo decided that he was done with her and made his own connections and money so he can one day not have to depend on his sugar mama.