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Eboni K. Williams Says She Is ‘Thrilled’ And ‘Honored’ Being The First Black Housewife On RHONY; Says “I Can Only Hope To Touch The Magic That Are Black Women”

Eboni K. Williams is opening up about being the first African-American cast member to join the cast of the Real Housewives of New York City for the show's upcoming thirteenth season.

“This franchise historically has not had a Black lens and now it will for the first time in 13 years,” Williams told ESSENCE. “I’m beyond. I’m thrilled. I’m honored. It is my great hope that my presence on this show will just do it justice. Do Black women justice. Do our culture justice. I can only hope to touch on the magic that are Black women.”

“Black women need to be in all spaces that decisions are made and culture is being influenced because it’s critical,” she continued.

Eboni admits that she’s not going to be “a typical housewife” as she is not married. But reveals that she is ready to open up and let viewers into a new stage of her life.

“I just turned 37 and I’m at a place in my life [where] I’m on the cusp of what does family look like for me? How do I define that? In CO-VID [times], if I’ve learned nothing else, I’ve learned that family is the single most important thing in the world, and it’s gonna be the most important thing in my world going forward. That’s new for me,” said Williams. “Viewers are gonna get to ride that journey with me as I go back to see where family is for me and what it is for me historically, and I start moving forward to creating a family of my own. That’s gonna be exciting. It’s a little scary to kind of go there, but I know it’s necessary for me to become the full woman that I want to be.”

As for what the viewers can expect from her in Season 13? “You know, I’m a Bravo fan like everybody else. One thing I take very seriously is meeting each one of these women in a real-life, authentic capacity–not bringing any preconceptions [based on] what I may or may not have seen on television before as a viewer or a fan. These women are now a part of my real life, and a part of my real world, and I welcome all that comes with that. All the ups, all the downs, and all the bumps along the way,” Williams told ESSENCE. “You’re gonna see me forming very genuine and authentic relationships with each one of these women.”

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