Although the majority of the cast members on Bravo’s newest reality show The Real Housewives of Potomac are by most standards very well off, there is one star who experienced a share of financial woes in the past. In fact, according to Radar Online, Robyn Dixon filed for bankruptcy back in 2013 and may still be facing some considerable financial issues as the new series gets underway.
Dixon is the former wife of NBA player Juan Dixon and officially filed for bankruptcy in September of 2013 in Maryland. What were some of her reasons for filing for chapter 7? Along with facing the task of raising her two children following her divorce, Dixon listed her debts at over $215,000 while she was pulling in below $2,000 a month in income.
Topping the list of her debts was a $149,000 mortgage. Dixon also featured a few other big ticket items in her debt list, including some $28,000 to cover her Volkswagon CC Lux, $27,000 in credit card charges to Discover and American Express, $3,000 in shopping debt, and over $2,000 of unpaid fees to the IRS.
In the face of all of this mounting debt, Dixon reported that she was paid over $13,000 in one year for her work as a consultant. This is somewhat contrary to what Dixon lists as her profession in her Bravo bio, which states that she is an event manager and publicist.
In filing for bankruptcy, Dixon lost ownership of her car, was forced to take classes in credit counseling, and was forced to give the IRS over $16,000 in past taxes. The case concluded back in the fall of 2014, and it is unclear exactly where Dixon now stands in terms of her financial situation.
Meanwhile, Dixon’s financial problems are just one of many issues surrounding The Real Housewives of Potomac. In fact, although the new location is considered one of the wealthiest in the nation, there are many issues that the community still struggles with, including racial inequality.
According to the Washington Post, the city struggles just as much with racial poverty as any other major city in the United States, if not more. In fact, some 35 percent of students who attend Montgomery County Public Schools are enrolled for free or reduced meals. This adds up to more than all the students who attend public schools in Washington, D.C.
Although the difficult challenges that face the public schools in Montgomery County are only a reflection of those plaguing the rest of the country, Potomac is unique in that it has the wealth and resources to overcome these issues. In particular, one problem that needs to be addressed is the academic difference between minority students and their white and Asian counterparts.
Thankfully, there are a number of programs that have been developed to address some of these important issues. This includes a recently adopted Children’s Opportunity Fund created to help infuse money into education and the public schools in the area. In the coming years, it is hoped that these types of programs will do much to close the academic gap in Montgomery County.
At the same time, it will be interesting to see if these issues are even brought up in the upcoming reality series. Given the nature of the show and its focus on the elites of the area, this might not happen anytime soon. However, perhaps Dixon’s recent financial woes will allow the conversation to start and lead to more change in Potomac.
The Real Housewives of Potomac is set to hit television audiences on January 17, 2016, on Bravo.
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