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#VIVALATINA: Erica Mena Transforms Into Selena, Jennifer Lopez, Frida Kahlo And More For Hispanic Heritage Month Tribute

October 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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If you weren’t aware, from September 15- October 15, it was Hispanic heritage month. To celebrate, people all over did a variety of things to show their appreciation for their traditions. Take “Love and Hip Hop New York” star Erica Mena for example. Mena went all out and dressed up as a few of her Latina idols to honor the path they paved for her. From Frida Kahlo to J.Lo, Mena recreated some popular images of these ladies and explained why they meant so much to her on her Instagram page. Check out the images for yourself:


#NationalHispanicHeritageMonth Selena Quintanilla-Pérez best known as Selena was a Hispanic-America singer-songwriter and the most successful Latin artist of her time. Selena’s father discovered her budding talent at the age of 9 years old. From that moment, Selena began performing with her siblings to raise funds to provide for her household. She would perform wherever she could – street corners, weddings, fairs, etc. By 15 years old, Selena won the Tejano Music Award for Female Entertainer of the Year. She was named the “Top Latin Artist Of The 90’s” and “Best Selling Latin Artist Of The Decade” by Billboard, for her fourteen top-ten singles on the Top Latin Songs chart. Ms. Mena grew up listening to Selena as a young girl, watching her performances while admiring how she captivated both Latino and American audiences alike. She wanted to be like #HER! Every about Selena’s hustle, driven by responsibility to her family, is the same drive that ultimately led to her success. Although, Selena suffered a tragic death at the young age of 23, her legacy and music live on. @latina #Selena #VivaLatina

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#NationalHispanicHeritageMonth In order to be GREAT, you must always acknowledge the TRUE GREATS Before You. Its been so much fun taking out the time this month to honor and channel these four amazing women from our Hispanic culture. Frida Kahlo Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) Rita Dolores Moreno (December 11, 1931) is a Puerto Rican actress and singer. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) Nickname: “Mexican Madonna” “Queen of Tejano Music” & TOMRW The Last Week Of The Month My Idol Jennifer Lopez @JLo tribute will Released. I have to send a Special Thank You @nelsonncastillo for shooting all four tributes for me and helping me execute all four perfectly! These amazing MUA @tashnd @soleilatiles_mua & THE BEST With Hair @tb_hairstylist @troystylez My Bronx Sistah on Styling @astar26 Thank You To My TEAM @thecodenyc @msgooding @jadeformayor You Are A Strong Part Of What’s Amazing Thank You Thank you to @latina for helping us get the word out and for all the support. You are truly appreciated View on Instagram


New York, NY, October 13, 2014 – It’s no secret that I’m huge Jennifer Lopez @Jlo supporter. So it should be no surprise, My final #HispanicHeritageMonth tribute is dedicated to the Latin bombshell. Wearing many titles, actress, author, fashion designer, dancer, producer, singer, and songwriter, Jennifer Lopez has lived most of her career in the public eye. Coming from a local hood in Bronx, NY the icon entered the game with cards stacked against her. Media wasn’t receptive to her in the beginning and would ridicule the star at every opportunity. “She’s too ghetto. She can’t sing. She can’t dance.” Through all the scrutiny, Jennifer has continued to break down boundaries and earned her right to be viewed as a global icon. Similarly, Erica is a Bronx native who’s shared a majority of her life publicly, receiving non-stop scrutiny, but has continued to push forward in hopes of living out her dreams. Jennifer is not just an icon to Ms. Mena, she is proof that no matter the odds, if you have the will, you will conquer all! I would like to thank photographer/Creative Visionary Nelson Castillo, C.O.D.E. NYC, HER beauty team and Latina Magazine for assisting with this amazing tribute. @nelsonncastillo @latina @thecodenyc #Latina #JenniferLopez #HER #ERICAMENA

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The images were shot by photographer Nelson Castillo and each week, for four weeks, with the help of Latina magazine, Mena debuted new pictures that payed homage to the icons. When speaking to Latina about why she executed this project, Mena had this to say:

“These women are amazing to me, I’m able to hold my head up high as a Latina woman who dares to be different, because of the contributions they’ve made to culture by being exactly who they are un-filtered. So it’s only right that I pay homage and salute them.”

So what do you think about the images?

Bow Wow Wants You To Know That His Engagement To Erica Mena Is ‘Real’ And ‘Far From A Publicity Stunt’

September 23rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When it was first announced that Bow Wow and Erica Mena are engaged I, like many of you, was convinced that this was some sort of publicity stunt or cry for attention. Bow Wow, clearly aware of that widespread assumption, is doing all he can to prove that their love is real.

“I think what a lot of people don’t realize is me and Erica, we been knowing each other for years,” he said on “106 & Park.” “If you pay attention, she’s in my ‘Fresh Azimiz’ video. She’s the girl right in front of me. I been knowing her since then. And like I said, she was supposed to do ‘Lottery Ticket.’ So it was just…I don’t know. The Scorpio-Pisces connect thing and it just happened. Anytime, you meet somebody like that and the bond is right…you gotta go ahead and make it do what it do!”

“It’s far from a publicity stunt,” he continued. “I’ve never been the type of person to do anything for publicity. I don’t need it. I’m on TV everyday. How much more publicity do I need? I did this out of my heart, I did this out of love.”

Oh, and according to the rapper-turned-actor, it will not be long before they say “I do.”

“It don’t take long to do nothing. That’s what a wise man told me. It don’t take long to do nothing. It ain’t gon take no two, three, four, five years. We gon move at Godspeed. We been moving at Godspeed for this long and we’re going to continue to do that.”

According to WetPaint, Erica recently opened up to Be100! Radio about the proposal, which she says prompted an emotional response from her.

“It was at home, and it was just us. Real intimate, by the pool. yeah, it was just us. He did all the talking,” Erica said. “I couldn’t stop crying. When it happened, I didn’t even see the ring and I was blown away. So when I saw the ring, it was another ten minutes of non-stop crying.”

The controversial reality star adds that she never really envisioned herself as a wife.

“I didn’t think I’d see myself get married,” she admitted. “I always wanted that. I gave every relationship … my all, so to finally have something… a mutual thing…”

“This is someone I’ve known for so long. We were always in the same circle and I feel like he had to go through his situation, you know. It wasn’t the right time to for us to come around.”

Listen to Bow Wow’s interview below. Do you think this couple she bother trying to convince people that their love is real?

Bow Wow And Erica Mena Engaged

September 22nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Erica Mena is something else… One minute, she’s talking about marrying Cyn Santana, the Chipotle-loving girlfriend we met on “Love and Hip Hop New York” and then the next, she’s kissing all up on Bow Wow on “106 & Park.” 

Since then Bow Wow and Erica have been seen in public together on several occasions. I didn’t think too much of it. But according to reports, the two have been dating for six months now.

That is until this weekend when she announced that she and Bow Wow are getting married.

Kind of unbelievable, right? But then again everything Erica does is unbelievable.

But there’s a ring and everything involved. See what she had to say during a red carpet interview with with Jack Thriller.

Jack Thriller: Is Bow Wow your boyfriend?

Erica: He’s actually my fiancé?

Jack: You getting married to Bow Wow?

Erica: Yup. 

Jack: It ain’t no where to go from there. 

Erica: I just gave you an exclusive muthafucka. Love you!

Well, there you have it.

Then Bow Wow confirmed the news on his Instagram account, posting a picture of Erica’s hand and ring alongside his.

I really have no words for this. It’ll just be interesting to see whether or not these two actually make it down the aisle. People are already calling this a publicity stunt. And in another Instagram flick, Bow Wow asked his followers what they thought of the engagement, which is an odd question. If you love somebody you probably don’t care what random strangers think about you all tying the knot. But then again, Bow Wow is a ham and is probably trying to get all types of shine from this.

Who knows…

What do you think about these two getting married? You think they’ll make it last forever? #KeithSweat

You can watch Erica break the news in the video below.

Where Is Cyn? Erica Mena Co-Hosts 106 & Park And Locks Lips With Bow Wow In The Process

February 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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At this point, I think most people can see that Erica Mena is not all that serious about her relationship with Cyn Santana (and Cyn probably knows this too, but why complain when getting played on TV has made you somewhat infamous?). When she’s not sitting on Rich Dollaz’s lap and letting him toy with her heartstrings, she’s co-hosting 106 & Park with Bow Wow and kissing all on him in front of everyone. That’s exactly what happened when she hosted the show with the rapper last night.

While hosting, Bow Wow brought up the fact that Mena was originally supposed to play one of his love interests in the comedy, Lottery Ticket. But sense that fell through, they missed out on an on-screen kiss. The audience could tell what was about to happen and one girl literally looked like she wanted to cut Mena, but that didn’t stop the two from sharing a very interesting kiss. This isn’t the first time that Bow Wow has been able to share a kiss with a well-known beauty (and make us a little uncomfortable in the process). Just last year he smooched with Tyra Banks of all people when she stopped by the show. While I’m sure he’s feeling like the man right now (we’ve already figured out that Bow Weezy can be quite vain from time to time), I’m sure Cyn and Rich (who did admit that he’s in love with Mena during the reunion show) are somewhere feeling some type of way.

‘I Already Have A Girl, I Don’t Need Another:’ Erica Mena Says She’s So Over Rich And Announces Plans To Marry Cyn

February 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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For two seasons we’ve witnessed “Love & Hip Hop” stars Rich Dollaz and Erica Mena repeatedly break up  make up. But the video vixen and aspiring singer says that things are really over with Rich—for good this time. According to Erica, they no longer speak to one another anymore.

“No contact whatsoever and I’m going to leave it like that,” Erica said of the current status of her relationship with Rich during an interview with Sister 2 Sister. “I already have a girl. I don’t need another.”

As for Rich’s recent efforts to commit to and do right by her, Erica says his attempts were mostly fueled by his ego because he sees that she has moved on.

“When they see you’ve moved on and they see you happy, all of a sudden they want to give you what they were supposed to,” Erica explained. “I knew that was really why. He wanted to have that ‘I won’ kinda feel.”

“It was just me standing up for myself and knowing I deserve better. For two years, I was saying ‘yes, yes, yes,’ trying to make us work. I was dealing with a lot of b****es at the same time.”

Erica also responded to Rich’s claims that her girlfriend, Cyn, is merely a “prop” that she’s using to get his attention. According to Erica, he couldn’t be more wrong about her relationship with Cyn.

“I think he’s just bitter. He needs to say something to make him feel good about what the situation is. If that’s the case, he was a prop, too.”

“Yes, [marriage is] definitely [in the future],” she said. “No hesitation on that…real near, real, real near.”

Well an Erica Mena-Cyn Santana wedding would certainly make for an interesting fifth season.

Do you think Erica is really done with Rich for good?

What We Can Learn When It Comes To Love From The Ladies Of Love And Hip Hop New York

January 30th, 2014 - By Liz Lampkin
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Love and Hip Hop New York is of course a reality show based on the behind-the-scenes lives of men and women in the world of hip-hop, and their day-to-day challenges with love. Every week, with each episode, we expected to see the typical reality TV drama that entertained and kept us intrigued from beginning to end, but along with the drama (and there was a lot), there were also lessons to be learned from each lady who struggled to deal with balancing her career and her relationship issues. I know many of you may be thinking, ‘What is it that we could possibly learn about relationships from the women of this show when it seems as though their love lives are filled with antics and theatrics beyond belief?’ Well, believe it or not, the relationships that have the most turmoil and dramatics are the ones you can learn the most from…if you observe carefully.

When recalling the relationship of Yandy Smith and Mendecees, the first two words that come to mind are patience and endurance. Well, at least for me. We all know the dynamics of this relationship, and we’ve seen how Yandy tries to keep it together through loneliness, single motherhood and juggling her many tasks as a career woman all while waiting patiently to reunite with her man, who faces an uncertain future. Many people would say she’s a fool for waiting for Mendecees to be released from jail, however, this is a prime example of patience and endurance with love at its best. The lesson that can be learned here is that if you think someone is worth it, you will wait patiently for them and endure what you deem necessary for the good of the relationship. Not everyone is up for the task, but she’s not the first woman to do it.

Sticking to your guns is the lesson women should have taken away from Tahiry Jose. Walking away from the man she loved and their more than a decade-long relationship was a bold move. It may have hurt her to her soul to end things, but she knew she deserved better than what Joe was giving. And she stuck with it. When he decided to propose to her in lavish fashion, Tahiry stuck to her guns and told him that she would not marry him until he could prove to her that he was worth her hand in marriage. By doing this, Tahiry set a new tone for the dynamics of their relationship and now he knows there is a higher standard to be met. Whether or not he is up to the challenge is up to Joe.

The name of the show is Love and Hip Hop, not Love and Hop Scotch, right? This is the question that comes to mind when observing Erica Jean and Saigon. Why do I say this? Because if you noticed the pattern at all between them, it seems as though they missed a few steps on their way to couple-hood. Let’s think about it…one minute they’re at each others throats, next they’re trying to function as parents for the sake of their child, then all of a sudden they’re moving in together so they can get to know each other and make an attempt to live happily ever after! Did I miss something, or did they? There are stages people should go through to build a successful love connection, and while each couples’ situation may vary, there’s still a certain protocol that should be followed. Ladies, if you can help it, take the time to actually be your potential mate’s friend first, allow him to court you, then make a mutual decision to move forward from there.

Healing is fundamental. That’s what I got from watching the antics of Tara Wallace and Erica Mena. Both of these young ladies failed to take time out for themselves to reflect back on their failed relationships, refocus and allow time for healing before they started dating someone new. This is a mistake that is made far too often with women and the results are yet another failed love connection. Why? Because they’re not over the previous mate, and those lingering feelings can affect progress with someone new. Ladies, if you do nothing else for yourselves after a relationship has ended, be sure to take a brief hiatus from the dating scene to fill the void in your heart and work towards moving past your previous love interest. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your future partner.

While there are other lessons to be learned from these and other women on the show, the lessons above are some of the most valuable because many women can relate to each circumstance in some way (I can’t relate to Amina and her secret marriage, that’s just crazy). Everyone has their own definition of love and we all experience different struggles, but the one thing we must remember is that the lessons love teaches us should be cherished and applied throughout life because they make us who we are or they break us so we can rebuild and become the people we were meant to be. What lessons did you learn from the ladies this season? Can you relate to any of them? 

Liz Lampkin is the Author of Are you a Reflection of the Man You Pray For? Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin.

“We’re Not Lesbians” Erica Mena and Cyn Santana Discuss Their Relationship On Hot 97

January 16th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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If you’ve been watching this season of  “Love and Hip Hop New York,” you’ve seen that Erica Mena has (kind of) moved on from Rich Dollaz and is in a relationship with Cyn Santana. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, as much as I don’t want to watch and don’t want to like the show, LHHNY is my favorite soap opera. And by that I mean, with the exception of Joe and Tahiry and Yandy and Mendeecees everything else is completely fabricated. But entertaining nonetheless. To me, the relationship that seemed to be the most staged, aside from Peter Gunz and Amina’s is the relationship between Erica Mena and Cyn Santana.

Not that it’s so hard for me to believe that Erica would be bisexual. But it’s hard for me to believe that her relationship with Cyn is not just a ploy to have a juicy storyline on the show and shock a few people along the way. And apparently, I’m not the only one who feels that way. Recently, Erica and Cyn stopped by Hot 97 to basically defend their relationship as Ebro and Peter Rosenberg asked a slew of sexually explicit questions. The conversation was mostly about the quickest way to get to hetero men off but there was at least one thought-provoking nugget. Check out the highlights see if you can find it. We’ll discuss later.

Is their relationship real?

Rosenberg: I don’t know. I don’t know if I believe it fully. Erica I know you love yourself so you found someone who looks like you to make out with.

Cyn: That’s not what it is. We just happen to look a like.

Erica: I think it’s just because we’re always around each other. And I think it’s because you become what you eat. You know that saying.


Their sex life

Cyn: She’s very experienced.

Erica: I’m passionate I take my time.

Cyn: I’m very passionate too! She’s just way more experienced and I’m still stuck in my comfort zone

**Fun Fact** Did ya’ll know that Erica Mena is only 26 and Cyn is only 21 years old! That kind of explains a few things right?


The Labels 

Cyn: We’re not lesbians. We love d*ck too.

Cyn: I’ve like kissed girls before, I’ve never been in a relationship with a girl. She basically harassed me. I was pinned to the wall and I had no other f*cking choice.

Erica: I had to put in a lot of man hours for her.

Ebro: Would you get married?

Erica: Yes, in Jersey.

Cyn: It has to be legal.

Rosenberg: You’re not going to tell us you’re not lesbians and then consider marriage, come on.

Erica: See you guys are putting a label on it. I hate that.

Ebro: So is it fear of the label?

Cyn: If I cared, I would have never ever ever have done the show.

Erica: Once they put you in like a label category it just haunts you. Yo Ebro. You’re sounding… you’re thinking about it too much. You sound mad old.

Ebro: Most people who fall in love with each other and when it’s same sex, it’s a gay relationship or lesbian whatever.

Erica: So you’re in love with your baby mom’s right?

Ebro: I love her.

Erica: So you wouldn’t sit up here and be like ‘Oh, I’m a straight man’ and run with that. ‘I’m a straight man, I’m going to get married.’ It’s the same thing.

Peter: It’s an interesting point. I hear what she’s saying. It’s not a part of labeling unless it’s same sex.

Erica: You only get labelled when it’s like the same and that’s so annoying.

Did you catch it? That last little bit is the interesting part right?! After watching Erica and Cyn’s interview, I’m not any more convinced that they are indeed in a relationship. And I really could care less at this point. Erica gets on my nerves. What I find so interesting is the point they made about the labels placed on same-sex couples.

She didn’t do the best job of explaining it but the sentiment holds up. If two women get married they must be labelled lesbians. Sadly, I know a few people who think identifying as bi-sexual is a farce. Smh… But, as Erica mentioned, we don’t place those same restrictions on heterosexual couples. You don’t get married simply because you’re hetero. The assumption is you get married because you’re in love with a single person. When we talk about homosexual relationships, rarely–very rarely– is the focus on love. It’s more about who sticks which parts where and what folks do in the bedroom. This conversation, whether it intended to go this deep or not, really did point to yet another way homosexual relationships and then marriages are marginalized in our society.

Didn’t think I’d get that from an Erica Mena interview. But there it is.

You can watch the full, sexually explicit NSFW interview on the next page. 

“Let’s Not Forget Alicia Keys Did The Same Thing”: Erica Mena Defends Amina Buddafly’s Homewrecking

November 29th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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And the messiness continues.

We told you on Wednesday that Amina Buddafly sincerely believes that she’s “above” Tara Wallace and needs to be respected because she went and married Peter Gunz when everybody had their back turned. And while most of us unanimously agreed that she needed to have a seat, or better yet, several, someone is coming to her defense, and that person is her Love and Hip Hop NY co-star, Erica Mena.

When speaking to Juicy mag, Mena shared her thoughts on the love triangle that is Amina Buddafly, Tara Wallace and Peter Gunz, and said that all the shade Amina receives isn’t fair, since, in her mind, Alicia Keys “did the same thing” with Swizz Beatz while he was married to Mashonda, but no one “bashes” her for it:

“Peter needs Iyanla to save his life right now…I actually became an Amina fan when she pulled out that ID. Let’s not forget Alicia Keys did the same thing but no one bashes her. It’s not talked about because it’s all about how the story gets put out there, but it’s the same scenario. The only thing different is Alicia Keys really did know he was married.”

All this is not a surprise considering that Mena also found herself in the middle of a messy love triangle with a married man earlier this year, and no I’m not talking about Rich Dollaz. It came out that she messed around with DJ Envy, who has been married for more than 18 years to his wife Gia Casey. DJ Envy went on his radio show, Power 105.1, and admitted to the affair and said that Mena was a “bird,” and “evil,” to which she responded on Twitter with this:

#underneathItAll Truth is If I would have never found about her Envy would still be hiding her. His forced to stay but I help save his half. Men always wanna call you out your name once they in the wrong and your gone. If I’m all you call me out to be NOW What’s that make you?”

Now it makes sense why she would jump to Amina Buddafly’s defense. Either way, Amina doesn’t need anybody to back her up, she needs to divorce Peter Gunz and get her music career together–without his help. I’m just saying…


What ‘Chu Say Boo? Caption This Pic Of Maxwell With Erica Mena And Cyn

November 21st, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Maxwell With Erica Mena and CynHere’s a site we never thought we’d see. A few days ago Maxwell posted some mildly incriminating pics of himself with some unlikely ladies — Erica Mena and her girlfriend, Cyn Santana. Yes, we’re talking about LHHNY Erica Mena.

Apparently Maxwell was hanging out with Erica for her Bday, according to the caption he put on the photo below on Instagram, which said: “Me and the homie @iamerica_mena on her birthday #scorpio”

How these two got cool is beyond us, but they appear to be awfully close, judging by the kissy faces and the lips Maxwell planted on Erica’s girlfriend. We’re trying to figure out what this trio would even possibility have to chat about (and secretly praying Maxwell doesn’t put Erica on a track with him), so please caption this pic and tell us what you think is going on here.

Erica Mena Threatens K. Michelle: “Anyone Who’s Gotten In A Fight With Me Doesn’t Last”

November 6th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Yeah, it’s this chick again.

Almost as soon as it was announced that K. Michelle was joining the cast of “Love & Hip-Hop New York,” Erica Mena started talking ish. Though the two-season hot head would like everyone to think K. Michelle is scared of her, it seems Erica is the one who’s really intimidated — judging from how much she keeps the “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” veteran’s name in her mouth. In an interview with, Erica claimed that when it comes to K, “She has a lot to say about me, but she’s scared to shoot with me.”

This isn’t the first time Erica’s made this claim. Last month she made the exact same statement on Twitter, to with K. Michelle replied, “I don’t speak goat.” Now, Erica is getting a little bit tougher, even claiming she can end K. Michelle’s career. She added in her recent interview:

“She’s coming from out of nowhere. Now, all of a sudden she has some harsh opinions about me, and she doesn’t even know me…Right now, she’s just feelin’ her own s**t.

“In the Concrete Jungle, there’s definitely no Southern hospitality. Anyone who’s gotten in a fight with me doesn’t last. I’m starting to feel like I have these secret powers where I get to kill people off one by one.”

Excuse me while I go try to find the people Erica’s gotten kicked off of LHHNY.

Aside from that allegation, I’m wondering how exactly the woman who initially claimed LHH was ruining her image thinks starting stuff with K. Michelle is going to benefit her life right now. I’m not one to advocate violence, but I would not be surprised if we saw this child catch a beatdown before season’s end. But more importantly, what’s the root of this beef anyway??