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?
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.”
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.
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…
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
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!
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.
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.
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).