Where Are They Now? Reality TV One-Hit Wonders From Basketball Wives And Love and Hip Hop

February 20, 2014  |  
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Reality TV isn’t for everybody, and the following people learned that the hard way. They had bottles thrown at them, their purses stolen, their business put on blast and their hearts broken all for the sake of ratings, yet, they didn’t make it past one season. Where are they now and what are they up to?

Meeka Claxton

Claxton couldn’t get a break on Basketball Wives Miami. She was either talking herself into drama or she was getting popped in the head by the always crunk Tami Roman. After not getting an invite to return to the show, Claxton went on to do bigger and better things. She has done a few event appearances here and there, supported charity efforts for things like lupus, continued on with her entrepreneurial work (including the clothing brand “Privileged,” as well as Claxton Productions and Million Dollar Girlz), and of course, has blasted Basketball Wives since leaving, speaking on Laura Govan’s comments that Shaunie O’Neal has ruined the show by putting “hos” on it instead of wives:
“It’s the truth. Besides Jennifer and myself there wasn’t any [actual wives]. I’m rich. She definitely wasn’t talking about me. My man got a championship ring. She definitely wasn’t talking about us. I got the ring. The wives ring.

I agree with her. I felt it wasn’t a true representation of the lifestyle.”

Kaylin Garcia

During season three of Love and Hip Hop New York, we met Kaylin Garcia, who at the time, was the girlfriend of Joe Budden. While they were supposed to be committed to one another, Budden was busy trying to get back on the good side of Tahiry Jose, who he would later break Garcia’s heart to get back with. Budden reunited with Jose for the fourth season, and in turn, Garcia, a fitness enthusiast and twerker (seriously), was no longer needed on the show.
These days, Garcia continues to teach Zumba and promote fitness, but she’s also tried her hand at a music career, gets paid to party (which most reality stars do) and has even been on he cover of booty magazines like Black Men.

Raqi Thunda

Also a fixture for drama in season three of Love and Hip Hop NY, Raqi Thunda was known for getting a little too comfortable with people she interviewed on the radio, throwing glasses at Tahiry and arguing withe Jen The Pen about white privilege. Now that she’s off the show, Thunda has become a serious DJ, spinning at major events and even branching into a side-career in real estate, according to the test results she posted on Twitter late last year.

Jen the Pen and Consequence

On season three of Love and Hip Hop NY, he was an overemotional radio personality who just wanted her son to celebrate Christmas, and he was a rapper living in Kanye’s shadow, talking crazy about “light skin is the right skin” and muffing Joe Budden when no one was paying attention. Their antics, however, couldn’t get them a second shot on the show. Since then Jen Bayer has been hosting small events and making appearances at expos on the east coast, and spending time with the couple’s growing son. Same can be said for Consequence (aside from the event appearances), as he continues to make music, and recently reminisced on social media about his work with Kanye to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The College Dropout this month–even though the two aren’t on the best of terms anymore…

Kesha Nichols

After watching Nichols be bullied by Tami Roman on season four of Basketball Wives Miami, many people checked out from the show, claiming that it had sunk to a new low. And despite the fact that she was treated like crap, for season five, Shaunie and Co. didn’t ask her back. So what is the ex-fiancée of Richard Jefferson up to now?  She continues to dance, but she also has a clothing line called Southern Girl Swag, and is the CEO of the dance production company, Sugar and Spice, in New York City. She’s also the founder of a lifestyle “brand” called BlenDiva for women of “blended ethnicities and women of color” to have a place where they feel they belong.


Mashonda was almost something of a mentor to the women on the first season of Love and Hip Hop New York. She met up with them to eat and talk about tumultuous relationships, but by the end of the season, she decided that she didn’t want to return to the show when she realized the direction it was going in. “…when I saw a lot of the drama and the beef, I was a little surprised, I was like wow, okay, I didn’t know this was going to be apart of what this is.” 
Mashonda continues to be a devoted mom to her son Kaseem (with ex-husband Swizz Beatz), and from time to time, writes for sites like Global Grind, does fundraising for great causes like clean water for those around the world, invests in art and travels abroad.


We were introduced to Kimbella during season two of Love and Hip Hop NY when she made an absolute fool of herself by going to Emily B’s party and letting her know that she had sexual relations with Fabolous (of course, Chrissy Lampkin jumped on her for that). But we felt for her as the season went on, especially when Erica Mena showed up and called her everything but a child of God and the two ladies had their scuffle. While she was gone by season three, she did make one appearance to hang with Yandy in an episode for that season. So what is she up to now? After having baby girl Bella Monroe with boyfriend and rapper Juelz Santana (they also have a son, Juelz, Jr.), she’s still by his side, and like many people on this list, she appears at parties for a big fee when she’s not spending quality time with her kids.


Do reality shows really help a musician’s career? We can’t really say for L’orel, because ever since she did season three of Love and Hip Hop NY, we haven’t seen that much of her. But she’s hustling. She spit some bars for BET recently, has been hosting parties in New Jersey, and oh yeah, last time we checked, she was getting into it with 50 Cent on Twitter.

Winter Ramos

She was under fire from quite a few folks in season three of Love and Hip Hop NY for writing a tell-all book about her messy sexual exploits with big names in hip-hop, including Ja Rule and Swizz Beatz (and she revealed the business of quite a few other people, including Lore’l). Since then, her book, Game Over: My Love Of Hip Hop was released and was allegedly a New York Times Best Seller, she had an adorable baby girl named Summer, and has been settling down with her growing family. No more drunken arguments or beefs for her!

Kenya Bell

On the fourth season of Basketball Wives Miami, Bell was known for her interesting behavior, and getting a bottle thrown at her head by a pre-Iyanla Evelyn Lozada. Since she left the show, Bell picked up a record deal, released the song “Hate Me” about her former BBW co-stars, and is seriously out here trying to get her Beyoncé on. She even made a brief appearance in season five to perform her new song on stage, and oh yeah, to scrap with Suzie Ketcham.


Kimsha Artest

Now this woman has been hard to find. She was on the first season of Basketball Wives LA and clashed with some of the women, as well as Shaunie at times. Before the first season even came to an end, her scenes were cut and she was inevitably not invited back to the show, something that had her pissed on Twitter. Since then, she’s moved on from Metta World Peace ( aka, Ron Artest, who has been seen with one new chick after the other) and seems to be focused on their kids, as images have surfaced here and there of Artest (with a short curly cut) spending time with her daughter, Sadie, who is growing up fast.

Imani Showalter

She now goes by Melissa Imani, thank you very much. After one season on Basketball Wives LA, Showalter was done with the show (and with calling Draya “worthless”…ouch). She focused on slimming down (which we all remember she dramatically did), focusing on motherhood, dealing with rumors that she was dating gospel singer Marvin Sapp, and enjoying the foolery of Love and Hip Hop New York (which she has posted about on social media quite a bit–and she isn’t a fan of Amina Buddafly just so you know).

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  • Alfreda Calbert

    Meeka did not “talk” herself into trouble or anything else, as you stated. Jealousy and self loathing by the “ho’s” on the show caused the most trouble. Most of those ladies on the show were not married to NBA players, so, they should not have been on the show. It is ironic that Tammi Roman is blasting the show, she was the biggest, bully and big mouth on the show and that cheap shot she took at Meeka, showed how low down she was. Tammi came to the bar with pants on, obviously, ready to jump Meeka as they did back in middle school, most high schoolers have outgrown such nonsense, then told her should would jump her every time she saw her. Tammi should have been arrested. However, it is good to see that Ms Meeka is doing well and still lmarried. As for BBW, I am through with the show.

  • Get Over Yourself

    MN You must give me a warning if your going to post a HUGE pic of Consequence AKA “Piano keys teeth” all on the screen like that. That pic seriously got my mind together this morning. Im awake NOW…Thanks!!!

  • Alisha21

    Tami that beast of woman really ruined the show when she bullied that girls, Kelly. Meeka is a lot of things but she was right, too many hoes on that show.

  • sunshyne84

    What did Winter say about Lore’l?

  • leowoman

    Well Meeka suuure was trying to get in good with these “ho’s” at one point. I’m sorry, I never cared for Meeka.

  • IG: Taneeka2012

    I think Meeka is gonna forever be bitter about how the Basketball Wives thing played out. She wanted to be buddy-buddy with Shaunie, Jen, & Evelyn. But since her season, now it bothers her that they all weren’t wives.


    That picture of Consquense scared me I wasnt even ready..

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    So basically what we have is a bunch of women who lucked up and caught the right one, reproduced with him, and then made a career out of being associated with him . . .

  • MsT-mac

    Consequence … those teeth though!!

  • So basically what you’re saying is that all but three of these chicks have no job now that they are off of reality TV. Is Mashonda getting life long alimony from Swizzy? She doesn’t seem concerned about income.

    • Bambi

      Unless you count 40 yo Party Hoster as a job….
      So sad 🙁

  • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

    The only I know is kimbella… Cause of how Chrissy whooped her a$$ of course!!! MN knew that’s what I wanted to see, shy y’all have me clicking most of the way to see her? Lol!!

  • I’m North West BITCHEZ !!

    No post on Somaya R. From the 1st season of LHHNY? Y’all need to catch up with her. She did a complete 180 , for the better !!

    • Alexandrea Desteny Gray-Corujo

      Your screen name… you petty! lol

      • Sunshinegirl

        That AVI!! KMSL!!

  • Ayisha Carnival Queen

    Winter Ramos is so busted and Corny. Kimbella to me always came off ditzy, Meka Clayton was a punk, and Raqi Thunder just couldn’t find her mark.

  • Nessa Fox

    Eww any man that slept with winter ramos is gross.

    • Ayisha Carnival Queen

      I agree

  • Mividaloca101

    Ok Raqi isn’t going to sell that home with that obvious wet leak on the ground….not a good look!

  • Shawndrea Rachelle

    It really sucks that Kimbella will never live that fight down lol

    • tarrilove

      Yes, Chrissy manly as$ punched her in the side of the face (eardrum). Sucker move, she snuck her. Also if you hit someone in ear drum it knocks off the balance. I can’t stand Chrissy. She is so boughetto, if you ever want to know if you dealing with hoodrat friend or new accaintance. Bring up this show and ask who they favorites are. Most decent people will say I don’t watch or I watch as guilty pleasure. Hoodrats love Chrissy and Em because they “lifers” (forever girlfriends,baby mamas,common law wive). It gives them hope for their own jacked up relationship. But over all Kimbella really could fight cause she molly whomped Erica Mena as$. She get points for that forever. Plus the get away was classic! Her and Yandy was on some Thelma Louise.

      • Shawndrea Rachelle

        I 100% agree. I hated Chrissy on the show and her own. She played the mean girl role on LHH but on Chrissy & Mr. Jones she was a over emotional, nagging pain. She’s very weak. I’m just saying it sucks that Kimbella will never live it down, even though she didn’t get a fair fight

      • BahaGyrl

        I’m definitely not a hoodrat of any nature, but I damned sure gave Chrissy her probs for that Kimbella beat down. How do you come to someone party where they are celebrating a new direction in life and come in there with that BS. I would have promptly dragged her behind for my friend just like Chrissy did. Like her or not that was some foul stuff that Kimbella did. You reap what you damn sow!

      • me

        Omg! So true! Most ghetto girls love Chrissy!

  • Neeks

    I always liked Mashonda from when her and Swizz were together and looked forward to her being on the first season of LHHNY. She was too positive for the show anyway..glad she moved on from it.

    Kimsha was too real for the show. She wasn’t with their petty arguments and I guess it was boring for Shaunie.


      Right.. I’m glad woman like mashonda moved on from that because she still has a chance to be involved with something that can make her more money and be portrayed in a positive light unlike other stars who get on tv and sell their souls only to have a short career in the long run

    • Sunshinegirl

      Kimsha looked like she’d beat the ell out of one of those women if they said anything side ways to her!

      • Neeks

        lmao she sure did! That’s probably why none of them really tried her except that wife with the blonde dreads.

  • LesliePPlunkett

    She was rumored to be dating Warren Sapp, not Marvin Sapp.

    • moni

      No, the article is correct. It was Marvin Sapp

      • LesliePPlunkett

        She denied dating Marvin Sapp in several articles and stated that the person she is dating is a football player. Either way, who cares. I don’t watch BBW.

  • tarrilove

    Artest never seemed feminine. Nothing about her said I’m a woman.

    • Ayisha Carnival Queen

      I agree…Also to each their but she always looked raggedy too, never put together.

      • Sunshinegirl

        Always. I’m sorry, but in that world, if you walking around looking the way she did, you can’t expect your man to stay and be happy. It’s all good to stick with the one you came up with, but dang, put some of that Artest money to use because as far as I can tell, I don’t believe he’s broke.

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  • chocolatebone

    Kimbellla reminds me of beetlejuice that’s all I got