Eboni K. Williams is feeling the pressure as she gears up for her first season on The Real Housewives of New York! Being the first Black cast member, Williams is sharing how she is taking the responsibilities of her new job "very seriously."
Appearing on People (the TV Show!) this week, Williams is diving into what this new role means not only for her, but for many other Black women in New York and across America.
Eboni K. Williams talks Real Housewives debut
While previously lacking in Black representation, Real Housewives of New York has finally added a Black cast member, miss Eboni K. Williams!
While the new reality star is excited about her role, she also feels that it's a big responsibility, one she takes seriously. While opening up to People, Williams shares how she's been preparing and teases what her debut on the show will look like.
"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," she said to the outlet.
"When you are privileged to be the first, you represent your entire culture," she continued. "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'll be joining season 13 with OG's Ramona Singer, Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan, and the latest addition, Leah McSweeney.
The lawyer and TV host shares that she hopes this experience will give her an opportunity to share her culture, in a way that has previously been ignored by the show.
"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," she said.
"I don't know how you have this show for 13 years and you don't reveal and revere those aspects of Black culture as they so deeply correlate with the New York City experience," she added.
She then continued, "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."
Earlier this month, Williams and McSweeney were seen hanging out together around New York, and Williams shares their friendship came naturally.
"Leah and I have just have a lot of organic things in common," she said. "As with Luann, we have some similar things in our background that are really fun interesting. I'm still very much getting to know Sonja and Ramona."
As for the show? "Nobody's holding back. I can tell you that much."