‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ Gizelle Bryant’s Significant Connection to History

Real Housewives of Potomac star, Gizelle Bryant, has come a long way since being the First Lady of a megachurch. The green-eyed beauty used her RHOP platform to start a beauty business that has earned her much success. She’s also now an award-winning author.

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Bryant’s talents and good hustle seem to be inherited. She’s given much credit to her father, who has an impressive connection to important moments in history.

Who Is ‘RHOP’ Gizelle Bryant

Bryant has been part of the RHOP cast since the show debuted on Bravo. She moved back to the Potomac area where she spent time as a child after divorcing pastor, Jamal Bryant. The two were married for eight years where she served as First Lady of his megachurch, Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Gizelle Bryant signs copies of her new book “My World” 201 | Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Bryant is a mom to three girls, 13-year-old Grace, and 12-year old twins Angel and Adore. The show has chronicled her life balancing single motherhood and building her beauty business from the ground up. Bryant started her makeup line, Every Hue Beauty, for women of color. It’s sold online and at Target stores across the country.

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Over the summer, Bryant also released a fictional book based loosely on her life as a pastor’s wife. “My Word” can be purchased on Amazon. Within 24 hours of its release, “My Word” reached number one on Amazon and Bryant also won an African American Literary Award for Best Fiction.

How ‘RHOP’ Gizelle Bryant is connected to the Civil Rights Movement

Since Bryant joined RHOP, she has been vocal about her connection to one of the greatest movements in Black History. During the season 1 reunion, Bryant professed that she was a “proud daughter.” She should be as her father, Curtis Graves, was recognized for his “distinguished public service career” in Congress during the summer of 2015.

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Graves did major work during the Civil Rights Movement. He was a huge force at the beginning of the movement, working alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1967 to 1973, making him the first African American to do so since 1899. His achievements were profiled in the August 2015 issue of Texas Monthly. He took on issues ranging from gun control to criminal justice reform.

Graves left Texas for Washington, D.C. in 1974 where he began a 30-year career working for NASA in the agency’s Academic Affairs Division and ultimately as its Director for Civil Affairs. A lover of photography, Graves took up fine art photography full-time after he retired from NASA. His work is showcased in an online gallery and he has also held exhibitions around the country

What charity work is ‘RHOP’ Gizelle Bryant involved in?

Bryant has taken after her dad by committing to acts of service. A graduate of the historically black college, Hampton University, she’s a proud member of the sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. The sorority prides itself on community service. 

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Bryant has dedicated her life to working on several philanthropic projects, including working with the Birmingham City Council to help with environmental advocacy and redevelopment of the Alabama city. She also competed as a dancer to support actor Hill Harper’s Manifest Your Destiny Foundation. 

Bryant was a big part of her ex-husband, and current boyfriend’s, pastoral efforts when she served as First Lady of his Baltimore megachurch. She helped to build wells for foreign countries to have access to clean water and has also been a longtime member of foundations that work closely with children.

The saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” is true in Bryant’s case!