It’s becoming uncomfortable as hell watching Kandi Burruss’ mom, Mama Joyce, go above and beyond to cockblock her daughter’s happiness on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She’s like a terrible Tyler Perry stage play character come to life. The sort of woman, who by act three, Madea might’ve threatened to pistol whip before ultimately helping her see the error of her ways by way of an over-sung gospel track and/or plate of grits.

Though Mama Joyce swears she’s doing all of this to look out for her daughter, you get the sense that her real grip is that she worries Kandi’s fiancé, Todd Tucker, is going to marry her baby girl and cut her off – specifically when it comes to the dollar, dollar bills, y’all. I don’t want to disrespect my elders, but if I were Kandi, Mama Joyce would’ve been respectfully checked by now. Better yet, had I saw my mama try my intended boothang for life like that on national television, I would’ve sent her brochures for all of the area retirement homes. You know, the old school, USPS version of a subtweet.

On her Bravo blog, Kandi writes: “I know she can be a little tough, but I believe she really does want the best for me even if I don’t like the way she goes about it. I’ve told her a million times that I’m not getting married without a pre-nup. Todd and I already agreed that we were doing one, but I don’t know why she feels like she has to be the one he negotiates it with.”

Maybe she needs another reminder in the form of read. Just playing. That’s a Black family from the South. You come for a Black mama like that and you end up getting married in heaven after being choked to death with an extension chord. Still, someone’s got to talk to this woman because it’s not just Todd that’s “tired of the drama” with you mama. Hell, I don’t know any of y’all and I’m tired of it, too.

Like, Kandi, sis, your mama is trying to fight with your homegirls on national TV. You don’t think she needs a come to Jesus before you I send you to Shady Pines moment? Mama Joyce is now a part of the sister circle of overbearing, reality TV show mamas like Mama Jones, Momma Dee, and Frankie. I don’t know why these folks don’t stand up to their parents when they’re well into adulthood, but I do know one thing: Beyoncé would never. Ask her former manager, Mathew Knowles.

Since Mama Joyce likes to quote songs, I’d like to invite her to turn down 76 notches and heed this Kanye West line: “Hater n***s marry hater b****s and have hater kids.” You have to break the cycle, Mama Joyce.

And Kandi, you’ve got to stand up to your mama now or else you’ll end up singing “Softest Place On Earth” to a bunch of your Bedroom Kandi products.


Michael Arceneaux is from the land of Beyoncé, but now lives in the city of Master Splinters. Follow him at @youngsinick.


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  • Mama Joyce need to sit down!

  • KD

    The more I think about it, the more I believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with the relationship between Kandi and her mother. It is incredibly unhealthy and unstable for her mother to disrespect Kandi and those around her and more importantly for Kandi to ALLOW it.
    The fact that her mother showed up at the bridal shop to be negative and ruin that entire experience for Kandi is downright awful. That is still your daughter that you should love unconditionally and to ruin that experience for her shows her own nacrissism. Kandi should’ve asked her to leave because she was offering nothing but negativity and hostility. The fact that she did not shows that something is really broken in their relationship. Kandi can go off on everyone else, but she can’t respectfully address her own mother’s attitude and her behavior? Something is really wrong there…

  • Miss A

    I read somewhere that Mama Joyce is trying to get her own show! LOL!! That would explain her weird behavior! lol…

    I could not deal with my Mom if she acted this way. There’s a way to give your opinion IF ASKED then let your child make their own decision and learn from their decisions and possible mistakes. Kandi is not stupid – she is a smart business woman and I’m sure she will have a pre-nup. If it were me, Moms and her 2 miserable sisters would not have been invited to the bridal dress shop. Child, I would be married and on my honeymoon before Mama Joyce knew it! She need to take several seats or find her own man.

    • DINO

      If this old b! tch gets her own show I would NEVER watch it. I absolutely HATE HER. And if I were Kandi’s friend Carmen & Kandi’s mom came at ME with that [email protected] shoe & actually hit ME with it I’d beat the BRAKES off that OLD B! TCH. Seriously, ABSOLUTELY EVERY GRAIN OF MY CALM & RESPECT WOULD GO OUT THE WINDOW I’D KICK, PUNCH & TRY TO STOMP THE BREATH OUTTA THAT FK’ING SEA-HAG. I HATEEEEE THAT OLD B! TCH. I hate the way she’s acting towards Kandi’s fiancee & friend(s), I hate her EVIL disposition & CALCULATING WAYS, I hate the LIES she’s fabricating to try & put an end to Kandi’s engagement, that is all SO SELFISH & WRONG, and then she sits down her EXPIRED A***Z & tries to act “innocent” & justify her UGLY behavior – she’s fk’ing CRAZY, she’s SELFISH & she’s UNGRATEFUL. Oooooohhhhh LAWD really I’d try to KILL that SICKENING OLD B! TCH if I were Carmen & Kandi’s mom came at ME with a g’dmn SHOE like she’s about to HIT ME with it —- me & Kandi would just have to FIGHT —- bcz there is NO WAY IN HELL I’d allow that OLD WIG-WEARIN’ SLAB to spread LIES about me sleeping with Kandi’s fiancee, then tell me to “GET OUT” of MY BEST FRIEND’s shopping for her wedding dress & THEN get belligerent, attempt to take off her SHOE to HIT ME WITH IT???? Oh HELL NO I’d try to MURDER THAT OLD B! TCH