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    10 Quotes NeNe Leakes Gave To Pop Culture That Prove She's A Cultural Icon

    We may not all agree about where she falls on the likability scale, but what we can't deny is NeNe Leakes' legendary status in culture.

    NeNe Leakes is a legend. Point. Blank. Period. As one of the OG's of the Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) franchise, the reality TV star has kept us entertained for over a decade.

    NeNe Leakes is seen onstage during the "College Hill Cast Meet & Greet" at House Of BET

    Born Linnethia Monique Johnson and affectionally known as NeNe, Leakes has been a force since she first hit the screens. From her reality TV moments to the characters she's played on television shows, there are few dull moments when Leakes is in the picture.

    NeNe Leakes is seen posing after an event

    And that is what this post is all about: NeNe's ability to create a catchy phrase in almost any moment is a talent. Although some of those phrases have caused us to clutch our pearls, the Georgia native has given us moment after moment that has become synonymous with everyday life and language.

    Let's tap into the many times NeNe Leakes gave us new vocabulary for many of life's situations.

    1. "I said what I said."

    2. "Whew, child! The ghetto!"

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    Walking into any space and deeming it "ghetto" has many negative connotations. But how many of us haven't been in spaces and situations that we thought were a little sketch? I wouldn't recommend you go around proclaiming that people and things are ghetto. 

    However, in the Black community, we have a way of differentiating between the textbook definition, the systemic connotation, and the colloquial reference of the word. It doesn't excuse the pretentious nature of the phrase, but there is nuance to its context. Explaining all of that — ghetto (see what I did there).

    3. "So nasty, so rude."

    4. "You and your wig..."

    5. "Okay, girl. Bye."

    6. "I'm that bitch."

    7. "No possibilities."

    8. "The thirst is real."

    9. "I am not the one."

    10. "I'm just, I'm so tired. I'm really tired."

    This short list shows that it really doesn't matter how you feel about NeNe Leakes; her impact on culture is undeniable. You've likely used one or all of these quotes at some point in your life. Judge me if you want, but I enjoy her and believe she deserves her flowers. She's often shady but consistently witty and elevates the meme/gif content, and this is proof!

    What's your favorite NeNe Leakes saying?