Who is Phaedra Parks?
Phaedra Parks is no stranger to the reality TV buffs. Starring in Bravo TV’s leading reality TV show ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’, Phaedra Parks is one of the most versatile celebrities of the present time. A successful lawyer, businesswoman, motivational speaker, author and philanthropist, Phaedra went to become one of the real housewives on RHOA. As managing partner of an Atlanta-based law firm, Parks is known to be actively involved in the Atlanta legal community & has been featured in Atlanta’s premiere attorneys and the cover of the magazine named ‘Super Lawyers’. Parks has represented many famous media and sports personalities that include names like Michael Jackson, Jermaine Dupri and Bobby Brown. Being a successful attorney and celebrity, Phaedra’s net worth is estimated to be $8 million. Known to have worked relentlessly for the African-American community in Atlanta, Phaedra is one of the most followed Afro-American on social media, with 2 million followers on Instagram and 1 million on Twitter and Facebook respectively.
Childhood & Early Life
Born to Pastor Henry Parks and Regina Bell in Oct 1973 in Athens, Georgia, United States of America, Phaedra is the second of 4 children. She has three siblings - Henri Jacques Parks, Albert Bell and Keosha Bell.
A native of Athens, Georgia, Phaedra earned her BA Hons degree from Wesleyan College, Athens, GA. She then went on to study law and earn a juris doctorate from the University of Georgia and a degree in mortuary sciences from Jefferson State College.
After graduating from Law School in 1996, Phaedra started The Parks Group PC, an Atlanta based law firm of which she is currently a managing partner. Parks has also served as the president of the Gate City Bar Association and been on the advisory board of the American Bar Association.
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Marriage & Children
She married Apollo Nida in 2009, and has two sons from him. Her elder son, Ayden Adonis Nida, was born in 2010, and the younger son, Dylan, was born in 2013. Phaedra & Apollo separated in 2016. She currently lives with her sons, Ayden and Dylan, in Atlanta and is said to be dating Tim Norman.
A Multi-Talented Lawyer
Besides being a successful lawyer and TV celebrity, Phaedra is known to have authored the bestselling book ‘Secrets of the Southern Belle: How to be Nice, Work Hard, Look Pretty, Have Fun and Never Have an Off Moment’. Through this entertaining book, Phaedra inspires the southern belles to be confident and graceful. Phaedra travels across the country extensively to give motivational speeches on a varied range of subjects that range from business to law to personal growth and achieving success.
Parks is also known for her involvement in community services. She has passionately advocated and worked for African-American community. She has also been associated with a not for profit organization named ‘Save our Sons’. The non-profit organization is known to organize nationwide awareness campaigns that highlight the importance of positive male role models in the lives of black boys.
Phaedra has spent time with the families of victims of violence and unjustified killings to express her solidarity and concern for the black community. As a lawyer she is also known in the Washington DC lawyers’ circuit and is known to be actively involved in initiatives to provide opportunities for at-risk youth.
If all of this wasn’t enough for Phaedra, this southern celebrity is a licensed funeral director and is in the process of opening a funeral home in the greater Atlanta area.
Gossip & Controversy
With Ayden and Dylan’s father in prison, Phaedra too got herself fired from the RHOA show in early 2017 on grounds of spreading a rumor that falsely accused two of her RHOA co-stars of scheming.
Looks like Phaedra Parks has been in the news ever since she wrapped up her time on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’. As per sources, Phaedra Parks raised concerns to the local police, after receiving life threats from one of her past clients. Terrence Cook, a onetime rapper by profession, seemed to have made claims that he sent his a bomb via special delivery to Parks’ office at Leonx Plaza. Soon after his arrest, the ex-rapper accepted that it was just a hoax and he wanted to get back to Phaedra, for not handling his case well and sending him to jail for 12 years. Cook blamed Parks for his failed career.