Dr. Wendy Osefo is the newest cast member to join The Real Housewives of Potomac.
She's a professor at John Hopkins University, specializing in education.
Dr. Wendy is also a political commentator and CEO of The 1954 Equity Project, LLC.
When The Real Housewives of Potomac returns to Bravo for season five on Sunday, August 2 at 9 p.m. EST, a new cast member joins the group of ladies: Dr. Wendy Osefo, PhD.
Based solely on the reality show's trailer, it looks like Dr. Wendy will be, as castmate Candiace Dillard Bassett describes her, "Black Girl Magic personified." And, as with all the Housewives franchises, you can expect the newbie to bring her fair share of drama, too. In one clip from the teaser, Dr. Wendy corrects fellow cast member Ashley Darby when she addresses her as "Wendy," saying, "It's Dr. Wendy. Address me correctly, sweetie." (I can already tell this season gonna be good...)
And Dr. Wendy's tagline has also been revealed: "The professor has arrived, and class is officially in session."
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Here's everything you need to know about the newest RHOP cast member:
Dr. Wendy is a college professor specializing in education.
Wendy, 36, is an assistant professor in the Doctor of Education program at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. According to her university bio, her research "examines how race and class influence the learning, achievement, and educational trajectories of non-dominant students in schools and community settings, and explores the intersections between race, equity, and underserved student groups in K-12 and postsecondary learning communities."
Happy #TeacherAppreciation Day to all my fellow educators. Each day we walk into our classrooms and work tirelessly to ensure a better life not just for our students but their families. The work we do is not easy and often goes unnoticed, but on this day please know you are not just appreciated but loved! I salute you 🍎📚. #ProfessorOSpeaks💋
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Before teaching at John Hopkins, Dr. Wendy served as the Director of Family and Community Engagement for the Obama Administration’s Antipoverty Initiative and the signature program for the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, DC Promise Neighborhood (DCPNI), per her bio.
She's also a mom of three.
Dr. Wendy is married to Eddie Osefo, an attorney and entrepreneur. Together they have three children: son Karter, 7; son Kruz, 5, and daughter Kamrynn, 1.
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Dr. Wendy is a political analyst.
@cthagod has done a lot for the culture, so I had to set the record straight. All successful black men are not rappers 🤷🏽♀️🙄. — #Repost @cthagod ... Salute to Queen @wendyosefo for educating @mschlapp I’m sending her a bottle of some expensive ass wine for holding black men down like this!!!! “Rapper” is a stereotypical trope that successful black men get labeled all the time because for whatever reason when some white people do see us they can’t see us as anything else. I mean I’m clearly to short to be labeled a basketball player so the only way I could be in first class on a flight or on your tv talking to a presidential candidate is because I rap right? I’m not going to call this man a racist, I’m a just say he has a cultural blind spot. I’m the type to counsel someone not “cancel” them. I can’t fault him for what he doesn’t know, maybe I look like I got bars. Plus I love RAP!!! So being referred to as a RAP STAR I would call that a positive stereotype, but a stereotype none the less. Anyway, the moral of the story is contrary to this Caucasians culturally clueless belief all Black men you see on TV are not rappers and athletes. The End.
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If Dr. Wendy looks familiar, it's likely because you've already seen her on one of many news channels offering her insight on political issues.
She has been interviewed by and provided commentary for CNN, MSNBC, The Steve Harvey Show, Fox News, ABC, Fox Business, BBC, HLN, Russian TV, The Washington Post, In Touch Weekly, Business Insider, One America News Network, and TV-One to name a few, according to her website.
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She's passionate about social justice.
Dr. Wendy is the founder and CEO of The 1954 Equity Project, LLC, which "provides workshops, mentorship, & resources for students of color to thrive in educational institutions & society."
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Dr. Wendy is all about authenticity—first and foremost.
When Bravo originally approached her about joining RHOP, she didn't "jump at" the opportunity. "I prayed about it. I asked all of my loved ones," she told Madame Noire. "The truth of the matter is I have so much going on. I work in what is considered a relatively serious field."
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But she eventually decided to give reality TV stardom a go because she wanted to share her authentic life experiences with the show's audience. "At the end of the day, they approached me and I said, 'I live my life authentically.' Whether it be as a commentator or a professor, one of the things I pride myself on is being completely honest," she told the publication. "I said to myself, 'I’m not hiding anything, so this will just show the world what I really am.' That being said, you only live once so I YOLO'd."
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