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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 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.
Check out more photos from their lovely engagement shoot here.
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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.”
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.
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.
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
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:
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:
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?
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…
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.
“Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Said That, But I’m Not Taking It Back”: Tony Rock Kind Of Regrets Calling Erica Mena A “Whore”…
We told you earlier this week that comedian Tony Rock (brother of Chris) made some very disrespectful comments about Erica Mena earlier this week. In case you missed it:
Of course, Bow Wow didn’t appreciate such statements about his lady, and went on to not only bash black folks in general for not supporting his relationship, but threw threats Rock’s way.
“@TONYROCK ill have a talk w/ you when i see you. Face to face cuz”
“The homies just dropped the dime on Tony Rock. I just got the call. I toldem press go. Don’t f*** w/a man’s family homie.”
Tony Rock now realizes that his comments were pretty out-of-pocket, so he finally addressed them while hosting at a recent All Def Digital Comedy Live event. But he made it clear that he’s not going to apologize for his sentiments. Addressing what he said:
“Every ni**a falls in love with a whore at least once in their life. Fifty muthahf**kers were like, ‘Yo! That’s crazy funny! Mad funny! Mad funny!’ F**king Bow Wow responded. Okay? And he was like, ‘Yo, I’m a see you. We’ll talk when I see you face to face cuz,’ which made all my ni**as fall on the floor laughing. But then everybody kept retweeting it and kept retweeting it…if he was to walk in right now and he wants to turn it into something else, we can do that. But I’m not fighting Bow Wow. I will fight one of his dudes, but I’m not fighting Bow Wow. AT ALL! That’s not going to happen. But I will say this, he proposed to her, she accepted the proposal. She’s going to be his wife. This is a man marrying a woman, I should’ve respected that, so I’ll say, maybe I shouldn’t have said that, but I’m not taking it back. I’m not one of those comics who says sh*t and then takes it back. I said it. It’s out there. It is what it is.”
Not going to lie, I’m reading this whole situation as a possible push for attention by all parties. Clearly they’ve succeeded because I’m talking about it! Ha! Ah well…
But what do you think about Rock’s response to Bow Wow and his thoughts on his past statements? You can check out Rock chatting about the situation in full through Baller Alert.
“It’s Only 1 Race That Hates Most On My Relationship”: Bow Wow Disses “Black Folks” For Trashing Him And Engagement To Erica Mena
We told you yesterday that comedian Tony Rock (brother of Chris) made an out-of-pocket joke of sorts about Erica Mena on Twitter:
Bow Wow obviously didn’t appreciate such comments about his fiancée, and let Rock know that they would have a talk soon enough about such foolishness:
Bow Wow went on to say “The homies just dropped the dime on Tony Rock. I just got the call. I toldem press go. Don’t f*** w/a man’s family homie.” He would later delete the comment, what with it sounding like a threat and all, and Bow Weezy wanting to keep his new gig with “CSI: Cyber.”
He also professed his love for Mena on Facebook, saying “I love my wife so much! No words no opinions WILL EVER CHANGE HOW I FEEL. We locked in! Soul mates. This for life! So beyond in love w/ each other its crazy! Unbreakable.”
And Erica Mena also defended herself. There was a rumor going around after Rock’s comments came out that she had admitted to sleeping with 300 different people. Don’t know where all that came from, but she had this to say about everything:
From there, you would think any further comments by Bow Wow about disrespect towards his relationship with Erica Mena would be directed at Rock or at specific detractors, but no, Bow Wow took to Facebook again to actually criticize black people as a whole. According to the actor/rapper, black people are the only ones who he feels don’t support his relationship and say negative things about him in general.
“Funny how its only 1 race that hates the most on my relationship or anything i do. BLACK FOLKS. Says a lot about us. Exactly why folks think we can never elevate because we stay holding each other back with the bullsh*t and ignorance. Maybe we are just that. IGNORANT. FOH”
Well then…I’ll let you be the ones to share your opinions on all that. Does he have a point? Or is he directing his anger at the wrong people?