Eboni K. Williams is a force wherever she goes. From her time practicing law, to her stint on Fox News, to her gig on Sate of the Culture — it’s clear that she doesn’t hold back.
And she wants to assure fans that she won’t be holding back at her new job on the Real Housewives of New York. She was announced as the first Black woman to join the cast.
Fans feel that it could go two ways: Eboni would be portrayed as the ‘angry Black woman’ stereotype in the group full of white women or she wouldn’t be able to fully express herself.
Williams is making it clear that she’s not bombarding the group with heavy talks but race is naturally going to come up and when it does — she will be no ‘shrinking violet.’
‘This is not the first time I’ve been the first Black woman in a space. I was the first Black woman at my law firm coming out of law school. When you are privileged to be the first, you represent your entire culture. I’m not just on this show as Eboni K. Williams, in many ways, I’m on this show representing Black womanhood. I take that responsibility very seriously. I don’t have the option to be a shrinking violet,’ she told People.
She went on to explain: ‘This isn’t a lecture hall, nobody’s doing any classroom instruction, but it is an authentic revealing of some really essential dope parts of New York. We’re going to have all the race discussions. I’m not somebody to bite my tongue and I don’t hold back. And that’s not for the sake of confrontation, that’s only for the sake of growth.’
As far as how she’s getting along with her co-stars — Leah McSweeney and Luann De Lesseps have been the two she’s clicked with the most.