A native of Atlanta, Georgia, reality star Shamea Morton hit off fame as the friend of housewives in the reality series The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA). In mid-2021, Morton who is well-known for her close friendship with Porsha Williams & Kandi Burruss spilled the beans that she denied the full-time offer in the Bravo TV show for family commitments.
More than being a TV personality, the former cheerleader is a doting mother of one with her second husband. Currently, aside from her managing her family life, she works as an official in-game host of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
Additionally, Shamea has excellence as a radio host too; is a fill-in on-air personality for The Ryan Cameron Morning Show alongside Ryan Cameron. Nevertheless, it’s not the only talent the versatile personality mastered- an occasional actress, she had minor stage production & on-screen stints as well.
When & Where Was Shamea Morton Born? How Old Is She?
Morton was born on May 13, 1982, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. The youngest of three comes from a family of African-American heritage; she is the daughter of Hubert Morton and Sarah Morton.
Her mother Sarah is a credit specialist & currently the CEO of Excellent Credit Wave; she goes by Instagram handle @excellentcreditwave.
Shame’s parents as well as her elder sisters: Tawuana Morton-Taylor and Glenda Morton are often her Instagram mentions. As for a fact, the reality star’s sister Glenda is the mother of a daughter named Kylie with her husband Hernandis Taylor.
An American by nationality, The RHOA star is 39 years old as of early 2022. She stands 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Where Did She Study?
Morton is a graduate with a Broadcast Journalism degree from Morris Brown College. Moreover, the American TV personality enrolled at Georgia State University and obtained a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology.
No wonder she is a contracted interpersonal life coach and consultant for law firms.
Also, she studied improv at Nick Conti’s Professional Actor’s Studio and later took acting classes at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.
Shamea Morton Was A Cheerleader & Dancer Before TV Fame
A Taurus by birth, Shamea Yvonne Morton from a young age was a dedicated & hardworking person. By the age of 4, she would sing choir on the church that earned her the tag of “Little Miss Tiny Star”; it eventually led to her interest in hip-hop songs in addition to dance.
Thanks to her supportive parents, Morton not only honed her vocal & dance skills but also became a part of a singing group including Shamari Fears-Devoe (a former singer of Blaque).
Moreover, the future TV star was one of the quartet group Co-Ed who sang the radio-friendly hit ‘Roll Wit Me’.
The blended passion for singing-dancing brought her into the cheerleading squad of the NBA team Atlanta Hawks (2003-14). Even more, she cheered for NFL’s Atlanta Falcons for 5 seasons including a captainship of the squad in the 2011-12 season.
TV Career Debut- Breakthrough From ‘The Real Housewives of Altanlta’
Although it was in 2002 when Morton made her TV debut as a dancer in the film Drumline, it was until a fast-forward to a decade she became famous. Between that period, Shamea worked in stage productions including Olympic Village, Illusions, and The Haves and the Have Nots.
In 2012, she became a guest-wife in the Bravo reality TV series The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Having made her debut in Season 5 of RHOA, Shamea made recurring appearances in the show.
A season-hiatus from the reality series, the former cheerleader-turned-TV star returned as a friend (a supporting cast) in The Real Housewives of Atlanta during Season 8 (2015).
Most notably, she is close friends with reality stars Porsha Williams and Kandi Burruss. From Season 9 to Season 13, Shamea Morton made guest appearances; Season 13 premiered on December 6, 2020, and concluded on May 9, 2021.
Will She Appear In Season 14?
While there were many speculations if she would join Season 14 of RHOA, the Georgia-born won’t be in the reality series in 2022.
Following the conclusion of the 13th season, Cynthia Bailey and Porsha Williams confirmed their departure, so was probably for Morton- she was a friend of the housewife star Williams.
Reportedly, Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, and Drew Sidora returned for RHOA (Season 14) along with the introduction of new housewife Sanya Richards-Ross. Moreover, Marlo Hampton became a full-time cast who previously appeared as a friend for a long time.
Shamea Morton Denied To Become A Full-Timer On ‘RHOA’
In 2021, during an interview with The Jasmine Brand, the Lesson Before Love actress confirmed that she saw offers to join ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ as a full-time cast (fancied as “offered a peach” in RHOA). However, Morton, who worked in RHOA since Season 5, denied the several calls to become a full-timer.
As for the reason, Shamea explained that it was due to her husband Gerald Mwangi‘s unwillingness to join the TV show while adding that he always supported & loved her.
Moreover, the reality TV star continued if she becomes a full-time cast, she would have to showcase all of her personal life including her husband- with which Gerald is not comfortable.
How Much Is Net Worth Of Shamea Morton? Salary From RHOA?
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the American TV personality, actress & former cheerleader has an estimated net worth of $2.5 million in 2022. Thanks to her versatile career. Morton enjoys the perks of a millionaire- most of the credit goes to her days in the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
From 2012 to 2021, Shamea Morton made 61-episode appearances in RHOA, though never became a full-time cast. Even though she didn’t earn as high as the other main casts in the reality series, the American TV star allegedly collected thousands of dollars per episode.
Reportedly, a newcomer in The Real Housewives franchise sums up a deal of $60,000-a-season. Kandi Burruss, the highest-earning RHOA figure earned $2 million per season from RHOA, totaling her net worth of $30 million.
And the second-highest earner Porsha Williams is worth $5 million; she earned $1.3 million for Season 12 of RHOA, a $500K rise from her previous payroll.
Moreover, her fellow The Real Housewives star Lisa Rinna (of RHOBH) has $10 million net worth- thanks to the reality show & her entrepreneurship, Rinna Beauty (a lipstick line).
Additionally, Morton made decent earnings yet undisclosed, through acting ventures: Lesson Before Love (2011), Temptation (2013), Damaged Goods (2015), A Christmas to Remember (2015), Ride Along 2 (2016), and Acrimony (2018). In 2021, she worked in the film The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2.
Formerly, she was a cheerleader for Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Falcons. In the United States, a professional cheerleader earns a salary of around $75,000, while a supporting cheerleader takes home $20,000 annually on average. The annual payroll for an actor in the USA is $58,000.
Social Media & Income From Endorsements
A fashion enthusiast, Morton’s professional venture success, without a doubt, has been an inspiration for many.
An avid user of social media platforms like Instagram & Twitter, she aspires to become one the best influencers. So it’s obvious that many brands are willing to collaborate with her for promotions.
On her Instagram @shameamorton with more than 650K followers, the American reality TV star often mentions Wakanda Atlanta (merchandise), Maven Brand (clothing), The Ivy Showroom (wardrobe), Versace, Hey Girly Hair LLC (wig), Lexi n’ Fifth (clothing), & others.
Even though the exact amount for the deal remains low-key, Shame earns $1,938 – $3,231 per sponsored post as per Influencer Marketing Hub.
Moreover, she is active on Twitter (@shameamorton) since July 2010, which has more than 15.8K followers as of 2022.
Career Upate- What Is Shamea Doing Now?
Currently, Shamea Morton works as an in-game host for Atlanta Hawks; she assumed the role nearing the mid-2010s shortly after quitting her cheerleading career. Notably, she hosted 2021 NBA ALL-STAR games.
Moreover, with Ryan Cameron, Morton hosts the Atlanta V-103’s radio program The Ryan Cameron Morning Show; also she has her own show on Friday mornings, from 1 AM to 6 AM. Formerly, the fill-in radio personality worked in Streetz 94.5 morning show.
Not to mention, her venture as an in-game host & as a radio personality combines up a 6-digit figure payroll per year.
Shamea Yvonne Morton Has A Daughter With Second Husband
The Acrimony actress is divorced once; from 2009 to September 16, 2010, she was in a marital relationship with King Solomon Smallwood, Jr. They didn’t share any child.
Currently, Morton lives with her second husband Gerald Mwangi, a Kenyan-born businessman, with whom she shares a daughter named Shya Nyambura Mwangi. As reported, her beau’s business deals in mergers and acquisitions.
After 3 years of dating, they married on July 22, 2017, in Nyeri, Kenya; as she walked down the aisle with Simin Couture white mermaid gown, Mwangi wore a black tuxedo. Her family, relatives as well as her RHOA co-star Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey & Todd Tucker attended the ceremony.
The wedding reception was held at Fairmont Kenya Safari Club in Nanyuki, at Mount Kenya.
On May 15, 2018, Shamea confirmed her pregnancy and later on July 11, that year, revealed that she was expecting a baby girl. Then, on November 25, 2018, she along with her spouse Gerlad became parents to daughter Shya (at 9:38 Am, 6lbs 9oz 19.5 inches).
Along with her professional stints, Morton shares her family moment on Instagram- especially her husband Gerald Mwangi and daughter Shya Mwangi. Her daughter is also active on Instagram & goes by the IG handle @princessshya.
How Did Shamea and Gerlad Meet?
In an interview with The Daily Dish, the Atlanta Hawks in-game host opened up how she and her boyfriend-turned-husband Gerald Mwangi met. Reportedly, the Kenyan business moved to the United States with his siblings for college.
The two met in Atlanta-based at the Rose Bar nightclub through their mutual friend in 2014. But it was until her friends invited her for a barbecue party at Gerald’s house, and that was it- their relationship took off.
After dating for 2 years, Gerald proposed to Shame on August 14, 2016, during a romantic dinner in San Francisco. The duo was attending a soulmate seminar by author John Gray, famous for the book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. And nearly after a year, the couple exchanged vows.