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Don’t You Just Want To See Ciara Prevail When It Comes To This Love Thing?

May 6th, 2015 - By Alexandra Olivier
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Celebrity relationships operate a lot like trends–in one day and so far out the next. (Just ask Big Sean and Ariana Grande.) In fact, it’s rare for the public to take a particular interest in any relationship for more than 15 minutes if it isn’t Jay and Bey or Kimye.

But one new relationship that has people talking is Ciara’s current romance with Russell Wilson. Fans of her music or not, some women are interested in seeing how that courtship will play out. It isn’t because the pair are especially cute together or because their union – singer falls for athlete – is unique. Nope. Interests lie in whether or not this new relationship of sorts will last. You can blame this newfound concern on CiCi’s track record with dreamboat boos who, unsurprisingly, turned out to be nightmares in front of the world.

Yes, Ciara has fallen for a few princes who ultimately turned back into frogs. There was Shad Moss, then known as Lil Bow Wow, a relationship that could be placed in the puppy love department. Following Moss was 50 Cent, who comes with a laundry list of eccentric antics that can often be too much for even his Instagram followers to handle. Then there was NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who eventually went back to his ex, whom he went on to marry. Rounding out the bunch is Future, who allegedly cheated on the star. Despite Future now being a part of her past, she shares a beautiful baby boy with him.

It is perhaps all of these train wrecks that keep us watching Ciara’s love life play out with baited breath, hoping it will all work out. Not only is Ciara a sweet and positive person who deserves good luck in love, but who can’t relate to her story of falling for Mr. Wrong? There is no rulebook for dating, falling in love, or keeping a happy home, so we do the best we can and learn lessons along the way. Instead of dwelling on previous love mishaps, the “I Bet” singer seemingly mends her broken heart and moves on – quicker than many may expect.

Breakups can leave a girl feeling stuck and wanting to take a break from men. But one thing we could learn from the CiCi is that it’s ok to keep trying. You don’t have to put love on the back burner because it’s been an uphill battle.

Will Russell Wilson be Ciara’s knight in shining armor, the man to deliver unconditional love (and stay faithful)? Well, it’s way too early to tell. Their appearance at the White House dinner and even his good luck tweet to the singer, as she prepared for her tour, aren’t enough information to provide the answer. But still, his actions so far show that he’s not afraid to let people know how he feels about her. (And that he’s sprung.) Considering that CiCi has always been the one doing the gushing about the guys in her life, it’s safe to say that they’re off to a great start.

Bow Wow Explains Why He And Erica Mena Live With His Mom

April 15th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While most young adults like myself are plotting to get out of their parents’ home, it looks like Shad “Bow Wow” Moss intends to stay under his mama’s roof for a long time. In an interesting interview with People, the “CSI: Cyber” actor revealed that he recently moved his fiancée Erica Mena into the Atlanta mansion he shares with mom Teresa Caldwell.

“It just makes sense,” Moss said. “First of all the house is too big, but I want to make sure my mom is comfortable forever.”

The 28-year-old went on to say that this way of living is something he learned from former mentor Jermaine Dupri.

“I remember when I first moved to Atlanta and Jermaine Dupree had the same situation,” Moss explained. “He took part of the house and his mom had the whole rest of it. I said then that I wanted to have the same set up.”

Currently, the soon-to-be married couple is living in the newly remodeled basement of the 8-bedroom mansion.

“It’s like I have a condo downstairs,” he explained. “I’ve had 100 people there and my mom has been asleep and has never heard the music, screaming, laughter, or drinking. I mean full blown house parties downstairs while she is in the bed asleep. So I’m staying right here.”

It also seems that overstepped boundaries won’t be an issue for the trio because there’s so much space.

“There’s times where I’ll be down there for three days and we don’t see each other so it’s like I’m out of town even when I’m here.”

“I don’t have to get in the car and drive anywhere to see her,” he continued. “I just come up the stairs and say, ‘What up, Mom.’”

What are your thoughts on Shad revealing his current living arrangement?

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Make It Official: Looks Like Bow Wow And Erica Mena Tied The Knot Already

March 24th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Bow Wow And Erica Mena Tied The Knot Already

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When I first learned that Bow Wow and Erica Mena were engaged, I was shocked but also immediately assumed it was a publicity stunt. And if I’m being completely honest, I’m still not sure their love is real. But perhaps they’ve taken that next step anyway. Earlier today, on his Facebook page, the rapper and former host of “106 & Park,” posted an extensive message to his fiancé, that seemed to suggest that the couple are already husband and wife.

See what he had to say below.

Bow Wow is known for playing games on social media, so only time will tell if this is true or not. But if it is, congratulations to this couple.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to settle a debt I owe.

Bow Wow & Erica Mena Looked Amazing For Their ‘People’ Engagement Shoot

February 17th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Bow Wow and Erica Mena’s relationship generally attracts all types of skepticism and hate, but we honestly can’t see how anyone can hate on these beautiful engagement photos that they shot for People magazine. For the shoot, Erica wore a gorgeous lace gown while Bow Wow wore black slacks, white shirt and a bow-tie.

“I let her spearhead the engagement pictures,” the “CSI: Cyber” actor told the magazine. “They say it’s best to just say ‘yea’ to everything!”

Though they initially had plans to get hitched in April, they have since decided to push the ceremony back to June.

“I’ve got images in my head of how it will be,” he said. “I’m excited … What we have is real genuine.”

The former “106 and Park” host went on to say that he’s not only looking forward to being a great husband, but also a good father to both his daughter, Shai, and Erica’s son, King.

“I wanted to be a better man than my father was,” the actor revealed. “This relationship has definitely changed me as a person.”

As for why he decided to settle down, apparently, he just felt like it was the right time.

“The player life is cool, but I don’t want it to define me,” he said. “I’ve done it all, but being on the road, the groupies, you get burnt out.”

“I’ve known Erica for a long, long time,” he continued, “We noticed we had a lot in common and just took it day by day. You know how it goes, you text one day, then start texting every day.”

Considering that it looks like they’re actually going to follow through with getting married, we’re wishing them the best.

Thanks @PeopleMag Shot by @mikeho_

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Check out more photos from their lovely engagement shoot here.

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“I’ve Never Had Someone To Fully Accept Me” Erica Mena Opens Up About Love And Sex With Bow Wow

January 30th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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 Erica Mena Opens Up About Love And Sex With Bow Wow

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Honestly, I’m still waiting to see what’s going to happen with this Erica Mena and Bow Wow engagement. There is quite a bit of skepticism surrounding these two. One minute Erica, (Whenever I say Erica Mena’s name, I always hear Cyn’s whiny voice in my ear.), was with Rich Dollaz, then Cyn Santana and then, seemingly overnight, she was not only dating Bow Wow, the two were engaged to be married.

Life comes at you fast, huh?

We never know how the cookie will crumble in Hollywood relationships, so I’m not going to damn them or their love, I’ll just say it’s interesting.

In this day of social media proclamation, Erica and Bow Wow are forever making their love known all over each other’s social media pages. There are photos of the two in bed together, cute videos with sexual innuendos and gushing comments about who and what they are to each other. And in a recent interview with Rolling Out, the “Love and Hip Hop New York” star opened up about her relationship, talking about how Bow Wow tamed her, what real men like in a woman and what she wants her legacy to be as a woman, wife and mother.

Check out the highlights.

How can she be ready to get married when she was just with Cyn?

People have misconceptions about everyone I’ve dated. Last year, it’s like “oh, all of sudden, she’s gay.” No, I’ve been bisexual. In the past, I’ve been very open and affectionate towards females. It’s definitely no secret. At that point, I was dating a woman and brought her on the show.

How she and Bow fell in love

When that whole “106 & Park” kiss happened, we were both seeing other people and that kiss put us in the doghouse. So we were kind of confiding in each other. I realized that he is a man who really knows me and I’ve never had someone to fully accept me for who I am, flaws and all. I think it just happened naturally with us. We were at that point of really wanting to settle down, but the people that we were with at the time just weren’t fitting us. So it just happened and I discovered that this was the person that I was really supposed to be with.

What does she say to people who think this is a publicity stunt?

I think people are trying to put pieces together in other people’s lives so much that they are not living their own life. Cyn and I have been broken up for a while, I just hadn’t publicly come out about it because I’m on reality television. So to keep you tuned in, I had to keep things under wraps. So in this season of “Love & Hip Hop,”  there’s a lot of catching up for the fans to do. And I think they will see how everything transpired and will get a better understanding.

Bow Wow’s sex game

Being with Bow [Wow], he’s so dominating and that just turns me on because I’m usually the dominating one. I’m a Scorpio, so I call the shots. It’s different to have someone that you can finally be submissive to. So dealing with a woman like me, it’s kind of like, ‘can she be tamed?’ It’s all a matter of, are you man enough to tame the woman. And there’s a way to be assertive, but still give that embraceable nature that makes a woman kind of be submissive to you, that’s very powerful. But in order for a man to feel like a man, a woman has to give him the most respect. But in order for the woman to give you that respect, you kind of have to demand it and make her embrace you for what you are doing to her for her to respect you. So it’s a catch-22. I think men are scared of being men these days.

A little Rich Dollaz jab

From my last relationship with ‘B—- Dollaz’ [Rich Dollaz], he was just one of those dudes who would always run home to his mama. You know, it just shows that you’re a punk at that point. And that also goes for respect. You can still be a man and have authority and get your point across without being disrespectful. I think a man should “think like a man.

What do men respect about women?

Men love women who aren’t babies, who don’t nag and you don’t have to stroke their egos. You just kind of have to be sure of yourself. If you feel good, I’m telling you every man in America will know you’re feeling good.

How she wants to be remembered

In my career, I want to be known as the girl who was crazy enough to go for it and brave enough to get it done. In my personal life, I want to be the one who takes care of everybody. And in my marriage, I want to be that wife that my husband can really rely on for everything. I don’t want it to ever get to a point where my husband can’t be honest with me, or that he isn’t sexually into me. As a mom, I want to be that mother that steers her children to be whatever they want to be, but also lets them know that the world will never give them anything. So when they grow up, they can come back and say, “mom, you were right.”

You can read the rest of Erica Mena’s interview here.

Serious Question: Why Can’t Mya Work The Pole In Peace?

January 29th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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If you haven’t read by now, R&B singer Mya, best known in my head for delivering the classic lines, whose drawers are these? You know I wear a size 4…” is still alive, in good health and performing.

She was most recently seen doing all of those things inside of the G5ive strip club in Miami. We should all be happy that Mya still remains gainfully employed, especially in this economy. Yet, people are clowning her because, well, folks love to be extra hard on one another. In particular, rapper Bow Wow. As we reported by us earlier this week, the  rapper and former host of BET’s “106 & Park” went on his Facebook page and offered his own critique of her choice to perform in the club:

“Mya is a stripper now? If not who advised that it was smart to perform and dance on the stripper stage,” he joked.

He then went on to say that if times were hard enough for her to resort to such shenanigans, she could’ve just borrowed the money, not from him though.

“I can’t stop laughing at the video my homie sent me of Mya on the stripper stage dancing. I’m like why though? Haha Hell she coulda borrowed that 1500 performance fee from the local D boy if it was that serious.”

Ironically, Bow Wow’s “fiancée,” Erica Mena, is allegedly a former dancer. But I guess that’s different though…

Other people clowned her too, including a lot of folks on social media. But Mya isn’t worried about what any of you think of her performance, because she is getting those singles – no pun intended. As the singer put it: “I am whatever I choose to be when I choose to be it. The joy of life. Live it. Been doin’ strip clubs, LGBT clubs, dance clubs, straight clubs, concerts, festivals since 1998 to date. I love all my fans and it don’t stop. Instagram generation is late as hell.”

And hella petty too.

It’s just really weird how double standards tend to play themselves out. Mya is a busted clown for performing in a strip club when her male counterparts in entertainment are free to not only patronize and perform in these same clubs, but also make strip club anthems. I highly doubt that folks would care if this was 2 Chainz or even Drake. Now, maybe Jay Z would get a side-eye, but that’s because he’s in a respectable marriage now. But for every other male artist, folks probably would be offering them high-fives for having such a dope concept for a stage performance.

And that’s because it is okay for men to use and objectify women’s bodies for their own purposes, but a woman, who is an actual trained dancer and overall good performer, better not try to attempt to own and regulate (even if it is for profit and the male gaze) her own sexuality for her own benefit. Women’s bodies are for men only. That’s why we love the rappers and their stripper anthems, but hate the stripper.

Of course, the more subtle jab here is that Mya went from performing in front of more esteemed crowds, like at the Grammys, to rolling around on a mirrored stage for tips and spare change. We are supposed to feel sorry and pity her because she is no longer at the top of the charts. But when was the last time you bought a Mya album?

Seriously, and without a hint of shade or snark, when was the last time you actually purchased a ticket to one of Mya’s live performances, bought one of her singles or requested one of her new songs on the radio? The answer is probably not since the late 90s and early part of this century. Yet many of us, who neglect putting money into this woman’s pockets on a consistent enough basis so that she doesn’t have to take a gig at a place we feel is beneath her talents and ability, have no problem passing judgment on her. Nope, that’s not cool.

Mya is a performer. And as a performer, she will go where people are willing and able to pay to see her perform. The funny thing is, if she threw in the towel and took a job at an office building, folks would probably be clowning her about that too. So at least she gets to continue doing what it is that she loves to do – even if it’s while dancing around a pole.

And it’s not like some of us average Joes and Janes out here haven’t had to rebuild from less-than-glamorous stations in life after being at the top of our game (or at least economically secure). Folks are going in on Mya like some of us aren’t out here juggling two or three side jobs instead of one steady, decent-paying and fulfilling job. Or like we aren’t hustling our own music on the chitlin’ circuit. Heck, some of us are a paycheck away from the pole. The way I see it, if she can pay the bills and enjoy what she is doing and she feels respected, more power to her.

Erica Mena Talks Wedding Plans: “It’s Around The Corner”

January 14th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A couple of months ago, Bow Wow informed fans that he’s very serious about his engagement to Erica Mena. So much so, that the two have already set a wedding date. Yes, according to the former “106 and Park” host, he will be taking the reality star as his bride in April 2015.

The date is set. April 2015 #MRANDMRSMOSS

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Of course, that’s just around the corner, so it’s no surprise Erica is discussing wedding plans.

According to the VH1 star, she wants an intimate ceremony that reflects the personalities of both herself and her fiancé.

“We’ve definitely set a date and it’s around the corner,” Erica explained to Hip Hollywood. “It’s a lot of work to do, actually. My publicists are dreading me right now.”

As for her vision, Erica had this to say:

“I want it to be strictly friends and family. More importantly, I want us to enjoy the moment so much. I think with every single detail and everything we decide, it’s definitely going to be an us thing. This is a big step in our lives.”

If her previous comments lead you to believe that there’s still a lot she hasn’t done, your guess is correct.

“We don’t really have anything in mind right now, but as we sit down, it’s coming together. It’s going to be an intimate affair.”

From the sounds of it, she’s hoping it will be a star-studded event, but we’re not really sure how that’s going to coincide with her vision for an intimate ceremony.

“Thankfully, he has a lot of celebrity friends stuff so I’m sure my wedding party will be quite interesting.”

Oh yeah, she made it clear that her ex-bae Rich Dollaz is not on the invite list, which is probably a good thing.

“Can’t Trust Nobody That Still Uses Murray’s Grease”: Bow Wow Criticizes Al Sharpton, Claims He’s A “Foul” Opportunist

December 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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While taking a break from planning his wedding with Erica Mena, you know, the union he says black people haven’t supported, Bow Wow decided to put Al Sharpton on blast on his social media. This past weekend, Sharpton and the National Action Network organized and executed a successful March on Washington to fight for “justice for all.” Thousands showed up to make their voices heard outside the U.S. Capitol, including Sharpton. While standing next to the families of those who’ve lost loved ones at the hands of police, he told the people (and detractors) that this movement won’t be ending anytime soon:

“You thought you’d sweep it under the rug. You thought there’d be no limelight. We are going to keep the light on Michael Brown, on Eric Garner, on Tamir Rice, on all of these victims because the only way — I’m sorry, I come out of the ‘hood — the only way you can make roaches run, you got to cut the light on.”

And while Sharpton was out with the people, Bow Wow was elsewhere claiming that Sharpton was up to no good, trying to make money off the march. He posted this on his Facebook page:

Bow Wow

Some followers agreed with the rapper, while others asked him what exactly he was doing to help in this crisis.

But this isn’t the first time that Bow Wow has publicly criticized Rev. Sharpton. Back in August he had something to say about Sharpton’s presence in Ferguson after the death of Mike Brown. He said that Sharpton is always trying to be where the camera is:

Bow Wow II

And this also isn’t the first time that someone has said something like this. The aunt of Akai Gurley, the young man shot in a dark stairwell by a rookie cop in Brooklyn last month, said that Sharpton was doing way too much as the family prepared to bury Akai, including trying to deliver the eulogy without talking to them about it first:

“It’s been a nightmare, ” she told the New York Post. “He just wants to take credit for this when he’s never even contacted my sister [Gurley’s mother]. Who made you the spokesperson of our family? We just want to bury our nephew with dignity and respect.”

Over the years, Rev. Sharpton has been criticized, along with Jesse Jackson, for allegedly using different tragedies to bring attention to themselves. They’ve even been called ‘race-baiters.’ But despite all that, they have done a lot more than most to help and bring attention to these families and these social injustices. With that being said, I can’t get with Bow Wow…but what do you think about what he had to say?

“Tatted My Name So I Know It’s Real!” Erica Mena Gets Tattoo Of Bow Wow’s Name

December 1st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The things people do for love…

While we haven’t had the chance to see it as of yet, while relaxing with family, friends, and his fiancée this past weekend, Bow Wow (or Shad Moss, whichever you prefer) revealed that Erica Mena got a tattoo with his name on her body. He had this to say about it on Facebook:

“Love this woman so much! She You know its real when the ink dry. Tatted my name so i know its real! Saturday’s w/ the misses!”



Interesting enough though, this isn’t the first time that Mena has gone the ink route to let a man know how she feels about him. If you’ll recall, she revealed on a “Love and Hip Hop New York” reunion that she tattooed Rich Dollaz’s name on her hand. When things went left between them, she did get that ‘R’ covered up with a massive scorpion. She told the folks on “Black Ink Crew” (where she got the tat covered) that, “I did a sucka move. I got it to prove my loyalty and it worked against me.”

Hopefully things will work out better this time around. Hey, at least she’s doing it for her fiance this time…

Did Y’all See? Mary J And Naya Rivera Ban Their Men From Having Female Friends

November 22nd, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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The ladies of MadameNoire discuss Mary J and Naya Rivera banning their husbands from having female friends, Bill Cosby’s latest sexual assault allegations and comedian Tony Rock calling Bow Wow’s fiancee, Erica Mena, a whore. Watch and weigh in in the comments section and be sure to tune in for more Did Y’all See? on Cafe Mocha Radio.