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POP MOM: Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Erica Dixon Brings A Dose Of Reality To Children’s Books

January 18th, 2016 - By Erickka Sy Savane
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Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Erica Dixon

The first thing I tell Erica Dixon of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” is that I have never watched the show. It’s a lie. I tried to watch it once and had to stop after about 10 minutes. It was just too real for me. So outside of knowing what Erica looks like I don’t know much about her.
“I’m the voice of reason,” she says, explaining her role on the show. I always try to give my cast mates the best advice.”
It’s a role that must keep her busy because one doesn’t have to watch the show to know the drama is legendary. People love to hate them, which makes me wonder how she deals with some of the more negative feedback.
“I’m a tough cookie. The only thing that really bothers me is when people target my child or have something to say about the decisions I make when it comes to her.” Erica’s daughter Emani is 10-years-old.
“Plus,” she adds, “there’s a lot of editing on the show so you have to take the good with the bad and use it as a platform, and keep going.”
In Erica’s case, this platform set the stage for the launch of a series of children’s books called “Southern Bell Book Series” based on her life. She says, “It was important for me to tell my own story because you only get bits and pieces of it on the show.”
Bell, the books lead, lives far from a fairytale life. It’s the type of book that Erica wishes she would have had while growing up with a mom addicted to drugs.
“You have kids in elementary school committing suicide because they think they are the only ones going through something. But if they can read a book about someone who went through something similar and came out of it, they can see that it’s going to be ok.”
Erica has turned out more than okay, but it hasn’t been an easy road.
She was just six-years-old when she and her brother, just one year older, were sent from Atlanta to New York. It was her grandmother’s sister and her husband that stepped in when her mom was sent to prison, and her father was lost to alcohol.
 Introducing Southern Bell
It was a scary transition for both of them because they had no idea what to expect. Fortunately, living with her aunt and uncle was the best thing that could ever happen to them. They went from a diet that often included butter and sugar sandwiches to eating meals everyday, going to school everyday, and getting their hair combed everyday.
Erica and her brother would grow to love life in New York, enjoying Girl Scouts, their own room, church activities, and a community of friends who all knew each other.
“These were big things to me,” Erica explains, “I learned what’s supposed to be done as a mother.” She also learned what type of mother she would one day like to be.
Everything, however, came to a screeching halt just a week before Erica’s 14th birthday when her uncle died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Shortly after, her mom got released from prison and wanted them back in Georgia.
“We begged my aunt to stay in New York, but between her husband dying and my mom asking for us there wasn’t much she could do.”
And just like that, they were headed back to Decatur, Georgia, facing yet another transition. She found herself sharing a room with her mother while her brother was sharing a room with an uncle. School was another challenge. “Going to a private Catholic school in New York, we had never experienced fighting. In Decatur, a kid brought a gun to school, my brother got robbed…I stayed home a lot.”
Ironically, it was weekends with a now responsible father that she and her brother would begin to look forward to. Within a year, they were moving in with him full-time and Erica would remain with him until she graduated high school.
Wow, what a rollercoaster of a story! “Tell me more,” I ask her.
“No,” she says, laughing, “I want you to read the book. That’s the whole point. It’s going to come in seven installments and end with a BOOM POW tell-all.”
An inspirational book for kids and a tell-all?

For more information on Erica’s children’s book series, and her clothing and hair line, visit

Are you looking forward to this children’s book series from Love And Hip Hop Atlanta’s Erica Dixon? Comment below.

Check out Erickka Sy Savané’s column, Pop Mom, right here on Madamenoire. Before Erickka became a writer/editor, she was a model, actress, and MTV VJ. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Jersey City. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

K. Michelle Reveals New, Smaller Behind, Says She’s Returning To “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta”

December 28th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Just last month, we told you that K. Michelle was decreasing the size of her surgically enhanced posterior to advance her career.

Well, in a little over a month’s time, the singer and reality star has done just that.

She revealed her new smaller booty, which she calls Betsy, in a series of Instagram shots.

And here’s another one, with another angle.

We’ll see what new ventures come K. Michelle’s way now that her measurements are a bit smaller.

Interestingly enough, K. Michelle’s career choices seems to be moving in a bit of reverse direction.

During a recent tour stop, the singer/songwriter, who already has the “K. Michelle: My Life” show on VH1, announced that she would be returning to “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.”

#PressPlay: #KMichelle announces that she is going back to #LHHATL

A video posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on

This is certainly an interesting development considering K. Michelle left the show because she didn’t want to keep blocking her blessings by behaving so negatively in front of the camera. Perhaps she wants to show the world and her former castmates that she’s truly turned over a new leaf. But if our knowledge of reality shows proves anything, I’d bet that she’s going to go back and continue to kick up dust. After all, that’s what made her a household name in the first place.

What do you think about K. Michelle’s new booty? Is it a wise decision for her to return to “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta”?

Lil Scrappy Ordered To Stay Away From Erica For A Whole Year

August 14th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Earlier, we reported that an Atlanta judge granted Erica Dixon a temporary protective order against the father of her child and former fiancé, Darryl “Lil Scrappy” Richardson.

In that article we mentioned that at a later date, a judge would decide whether or not the protective order would be permanent.

According to our sister site, Bossip, a decision has been reached. On Wednesday, the judge had reason to believe Erica’s claims and signed a “family violence” protective order, preventing Lil Scrappy from being within 100 yards of Dixon for the next full year.

She told the court that Richardson assaulted her, “aggressively attempted to attack me and had to be restrained on several occasions. During a scheduled work related filming, the respondent became enraged during a conversation while attempting to attack me and further throwing an object at me.”

Dixon said that she’s scared of what Scrappy might do. “Although we meet to exchange custody of our daughter, I am extremely uncomfortable doing so after his erratic behavior.”

In addition to the alleged violence, Dixon is seeking sole custody of their 10-year-old daughter Emani and is asking the courts to require Scrappy to get tested for drugs and alcohol, and go to rehab.

What’s Scrappy’s take on this situation? He said that Emani has lived with him for the past 2 year.  He took it a step further saying that he was scared of Erica. He said she dissed him in front of their daughter, won’t speak to him and refused to co-parent with him.

We haven’t been privy to the ins and outs of Erica and Scrappy’s relationship. But it’s a shame that things are transpiring the way they are with these two, particularly when they have a daughter to raise.

And Water Is Wet: Mimi Faust Finally Admits The Sex Tape Was Planned From Jump

June 22nd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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After more than a year of lying to anyone who asked, “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star MimI Faust is finally admitting that the sex tape she filmed with former boyfriend Nikko Smith was planned from the very beginning.

She told US Weekly, that not only was the sex tape absolutely not stolen from Nikko’s luggage, the decision to enter into an agreement with Vivid Entertainment, the distributor of the sex tape, was premeditated and consensual for both parties.

“The way he went about was, ‘Our lovemaking is like art, we should document this.’ All that New York, Brooklyn suave bullshit. And I was like ‘Yeah, yeah.’ Really, that’s how Nikko and I connected, was sexually. We had a great sex life. 

After him saying we should do this, I agreed and then at that point he was like, ‘We should put this out. This would be good.’ Always thinking of ways to make money, these master plans and these schemes and shit. And I went along with it.” 

Mimi said that they had to come up with some type of way to explain the tape’s origins.

And though she still gets paid for the video once every quarter, she still claims that she regrets the decision.

“Stupid decision? Yes. I wish I could take it back? Abso-fucking-lutely.” 


We all had our suspicions. But honestly, I believed that since Mimi has a young daughter to consider, Nikko was the one who had backed her into a corner. Clearly, I was more naive than I should have been, but I really believed portions of her story. So, while this might be something of a non-story to y’all, I find it a bit disappointing.

You can watch Mimi’s full interview in the video below.

Pass Or Play? Joseline Hernandez Releases New Song “Stingy With My Kutty Kat”

May 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Joseline Hernandez Releases New Song "Stingy With My Kutty Kat"

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When you talk about Stevie J and Joseline, music is one of the last things that comes to mind. The reality show couple’s shenanigans consistently overshadow the fact that Joseline is an aspiring artist and Stevie J is a legendary producer, fallen from the limelight.

But, in between rehab, fighting other people and each other, Joseline and Stevie J managed to not only release a song but the visuals for the little ditty as well.

It’s called “Stingy With My Kutty Kat,” and if the title is not of an indication, it’s about how Joseline shuts down all the boys who come to the yard because she’s…stingy when it comes to sharing her vagina.

Lyrics include verses like:

This for all my skeezers

If they please us, 

Blow on their cock

Like you blowing on reefer

or this is what it sounded like to me. Y’all know Joseline’s accent is on some other stuff.

I could front and play like the song is utter trash but I won’t lie, it’s catchy as hell. Don’t be surprised if you hear it in the club this summer.

Catch out the NSFW video below and let us know…pass or play?

Serious Question: Should Mona Scott-Young Have Been Included On Essence’s Game Changers Cover?

April 28th, 2015 - By Cynthia L. Dorsey
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Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes And More Cover Essence


There is nothing like seeing someone who looks like you on the cover of a magazine. Beautiful Black women, all shades, and hues, lending their testimonies of struggle and success. That is why I felt an extreme sense of pride when I saw the May cover of Essence magazine. When I picked up the magazine, smiling back at me were five of the most prominent Black storytellers, directors, and producers who have the added bonus of being amazing women: Issa Rae, Mara Brock Akil, Debbie Allen, Shonda Rhimes and Ava Duvernay, dressed in all white. I immediately flipped through the pages to read the article.

Over wine and cheese in Beverly Hills, these women discussed everything from the increase in the number of young people of color in the business and the positive effect it’s having on mainstream television, to the strain success has had on their personal lives. I could feel the camaraderie and respect amongst these women through the page. It was inspiring.

After I had read the article, I turned on the television, and on came Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Out of nowhere sprang an interesting thought. I could not help but to wonder if there is room for Mona Scott-Young at the table with her fellow Black storytellers and producers?

Mona Scott-Young is the founder and CEO of Monami Entertainment. Under Monami, Scott-Young holds both film and television credits. Her most popular production is the Love & Hip Hop docu-series on VH1. The franchise is the top-rated show on VH1, with the season 4 debut of Atlanta pulling in 6.2 million viewers, marking the show’s highest rated season premiere yet.

It seems that many people have a love-hate relationship with Scott-Young. They hate the content of the Love & Hip Hop franchise, deeming it “ratchet television.” However, there has to be something people love about it because they keep tuning in every week. Within right, people are always questioning Scott-Young’s motives and why she would produce a show where Black women are portrayed as stereotypical characters who are violent, argumentative, loud, oversexed, and belittled by men. In an interview with MTV’s Sway, Scott-Young said that these women “have every right to tell their stories. I think they’re valid stories, and judging by the numbers, they’re stories that people want to see and hear about. But if this is not your cup of tea, there are other great shows on other networks that you may view as well.”

And she is right. There are other great shows on other networks to indulge in. Two of my favorites are ABC’s Scandal, written by Shonda Rhimes, and BET’s Being Mary Jane, written by Mara Brock Akil. Both ladies, as previously mentioned, graced the May cover of Essence and were touted as “Game Changers.” Scandal chronicles the turbulent life of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), Washington’s most prominent “fixer.” One major part of Olivia’s storyline is that she is having an affair with the President. Affairs seem to be pretty popular on television these days–just watch the first season of BET’s Being Mary Jane. Mary Jane Paul (Gabrielle Union) has a lucrative career in broadcast journalism and this past season, she landed the prime time anchor position on her network. Yet at the height of her career, Mary Jane finds herself single and feels that the only way she will be complete is if she gets married and has children. Mary Jane, like Olivia, in an attempt to move past a very married admirer, explores a sexual relationship with several different men. While their lives are a bit on the messy side, we tout them as complex characters. Real women.

But are characters like Olivia Pope and Mary Jane Paul also perpetuating some of the same stereotypes and negativity about Black women that Scott-Young is accused of showcasing? Are the women of Love & Hip Hop just as complicated as these two beloved protagonists?

Akil, like Scott-Young, is unapologetic about including the sexuality of black women in her stories. In the Essence article she states, “We’ve been presented before as asexual or as whores. No, I’m a human being. I’m a human being, and human beings were made to be touched and have sex so that they can make more human beings. That’s just how it works. I certainly want to highlight it. I want our humanity in our sexuality.”

Rhimes agreed with Akil and said, “I just began a systematic push that we were going to talk about sexuality equally, in the same way. We’re not going to pretend that…Listen, if you could shoot someone in the face on television…I hope to God my child never shoots someone in the face, but I really hope she has wonderful sex.”

This systematic push is evident in all of their shows, and even in Scott-Young’s programs. These women have chosen to tell the stories about Black women as authentically as they know how without allowing the burden of stereotypes to deter them from creating work they feel is necessary. Rhimes, Akil, and Scott-Young both manage to monopolize their perspective networks in a predominantly white male industry. That, in and of itself, should be commended.

Don’t get me wrong. I am disheartened by some of the women’s choices on Love & Hip Hop. Moreover, being a part of a Black Greek Letter Organization, I could not bring myself to support Sorority Sisters, a program Scott-Young was allegedly tied to at some point in time. However, even though I may disagree with some of her content, it does not lessen the history she is making on television.

As Akil said, we — Black women and men — are human. We make mistakes. We are not abnormal. We are not strange. Some of us go off to college and become successful in our careers while others may remain loyal to the ways of our ‘hoods. We are doctors, lawyers, and scientists. We are also strippers, drug addicts, and adulterers. Just like every other race, we are full of complex and very different people. Because we are ridiculed and stereotyped so much we try to hide and cover up those members of our community whom we feel don’t represent us well. However, no matter which category you may fall into from those looking from the outside in, as an individual, you do not fit in a box, and your story deserves to be told.

So should there be room for Scott-Young at the table (or on the cover) when discussing Black women who are making strides in telling our stories on film and television? Absolutely.

Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Supertrailer Shows Stevie Going To Rehab, Nikko Terrorizing & Yung Joc Wylin

April 15th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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If you’re like me, you may be on the fence about whether or not you’re going to indulge in the guilty pleasure that is “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.” Lord knows, with constant drama and very little resolution, the show takes a lot out of you.

Maybe VH1 is getting the sense that folks are tired out here. So they’re trying to sweeten the deal. Today, the network released a six minute trailer from the season.

Joseline and Stevie are in therapy dealing with their issues. We’re going to watch Stevie in rehab Nikko is out here acting like a terrorist. He literally told Stevie, “Your daughter gon’ call me Daddy.” And Momma Dee is reuniting with one of her ex husbands. Then Nikko’s wife is all up in Mimi’s face causing drama. And as if that weren’t enough Rasheeda and Kirk are supposedly having additional marital issues, with Kirk renting an apartment in his wife’s name.

It’s a lot. Far too much than we could include in a text recap.

Just watch the video and discuss below.

12 Of Atlanta’s Most Outrageous Reality TV Moms

March 30th, 2015 - By Rich
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Atlanta is home to some of the most successful Black folk in the country. A notorious hub for Black professionals, many well-to-do business folk settle down with their families in the bustling Southern jewel. In recent years, this reputation has attracted a large number of production companies to the town to get in on some of its drama, juice and, most importantly to Southerners—tea. Reality television has been turned upside down with some of the drama served by the ATL’s highest in Black society. With shows like Atlanta Exes and Big Rich Atlanta, it seems the outrageous antics of ATLiens can be expected to keep coming. Check out our list of reality TV moms who like their drama like they like their homes, cars and hair—big.

12 of Atlanta’s Most Outrageous Reality TV Moms

Toya Wright Talks Separation From Memphitz, K. Michelle’s Accusations And Declining ‘Love And Hip Hop’

February 10th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Ever since K Michelle made her initial claims that producer Memphitz physically abused her, we wanted to know who this guy was. And it turns out, not only was he still involved in the industry, he was romantically linked–and then married to another recognizable name and face, Toya Wright.

And while both Memphitz, Toya and even some of their friends have always vehemently denied that he abused K. Michelle, the association alone took a great toll on Memphitz’s career and ultimately his marriage to Toya. Essentially, she believes it’s the reason they are separated today. And in a recent interview with Necole Bitchie, she explained what all of this did to Memphis mentally and how it hurt their marriage.

The current status of their relationship: 

The current status of me and my husband [is] we are separated at the moment. And, we’re just- everybody has their marital issues. And right now, you know, we’re separated.

I mean, what is going on with my husband, like I said when I spoke on it, is bigger than me. Micky has been going through something for the last few years since the whole lawsuit thing against his ex [K. Michelle] and Viacom and it really took a toll on him and it caused him to be a different person. So I think that, going through all of those things, and having all of that stress and the world looking at you one way as a “woman beater” and person that steals someone’s money. It’s hard for you to get back into your industry when you had a career and not a [just] job and somebody defames your character. I mean, it’s a lot to deal with day to day.

And I watched it. I went through it with him for three years. And I’ve been to counseling with him and all types of things so he can get back strong. It’s a lot for him that’s on him and choosing to live our marriage publicly. Everybody has an opinion and when somebody has the bigger platform to share their story and the other person doesn’t, it kind of gets one sided.

And for him- I always get upset when he reacts out of anger on social media because I know that’s not really him and that it’s coming from a bitter, angry place because the world has turned him into that person, constantly accusing him of doing this and doing that and he’s constantly struggling to get back to what he had.

On fighting for her Marriage

When I met him, he had a career. He was a self made guy with his own. And then to fall back into my shadow and then to be known as a “woman beater” it’s kind of a lot.

I’m just praying for him and praying for our situation. I’m a person that is all about love and our family and I don’t like to give up. Especially being married two times. I don’t even like to go through the whole dating stage and all of that. I love my husband and I’m praying that we can get through this and he can get back right to the person that I met because he’s not the person that I met. This whole situation has changed him into someone else.

Where his resentment toward her came from…

You know he started to blame me, for- you know- he had the opportunity when it first happened to go on the show and um-

Love and Hip Hop. He wanted me to go on the show with him. Well, the producer wanted me on the show but that’s not really my thing and I was like ‘No, we’re newlyweds. And we have kids.’

That show don’t really represent what I represent as a woman. I was like, ‘Na, I don’t want to do that,’ because it’s so much drama.  Not that I have anything against it, it’s just not for me.

So, he felt like, it was my fault that he didn’t go on the show and he had the opportunity to defend himself. We took another route and that route caused him to get blackballed in the industry and he kind of blames me for that and I have to deal with that everyday.

At that point, we had just got married. And to go on a show and argue with your ex, even for me to be put in that situation, I just felt like it was too much. I was totally against that and he just felt like, this was the opportunity for him to defend himself and  was like, ‘No, I don’t think so. If this is not true, then you should handle it accordingly.

If someone is defaming your character, you gotta sue them or do what you gotta do. Especially after you ask them not to mention your name or likeness and they did it anyway, and it’s like [the show] lead people- even if they didn’t say your name- it lead people to my [husband] and… he started to resent me for that.

At the end of the day, I can’t go against what I believe in. That’s not something I was cool with. I don’t want my husband on a tv show, going back and forth with his ex, [while] we’re trying to move forward. You’re in another relationship, that’s your past.

The Love Triangle: Guess Who’s Coming To “Love And Hip Hop Atlanta”

January 28th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Guess Who's Coming To Love And Hip Hop Atlanta

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Watching Nikko Smith or Nikko London, or whoever the hell he was, on “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” was like watching a snake-like predator slither in and slowly wreck havoc on Mimi Faust’s life. And though she invited him in willingly, there were several occasions where we wondered why she couldn’t see what we saw.

And even though it took a while and it produced a sex tape, that union is, thankfully, finished.  But it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to say that same thing for Nikko’s tenure on “Love and Hip Hop Altanta.”

According to Mimi Faust herself, not only is Nikko coming back for the new season of LHHATL, he’s bringing along his wife. She confirmed the news during an interview with Cotten Kandi. 

Yes, remember last summer the news broke that the whole time Nikko was dating Mimi, he was simultaneously married to a woman named Margo (or Margeaux…if you want to be fancy) Simms? And Nikko didn’t deny it. Instead, he discussed it openly in an interview with Vibe. 

In case you missed it, Tumblr told us that she looks like this:

Guess Who's Coming To Love And Hip Hop Atlanta

Source: Tumblr

Well, you know Mona Scott Young wasn’t going to let that goldmine of a storyline slide. So we’ll be seeing exactly who this Margo woman is, through the lens of VH1.

Do you think this is a good move for the show? Are you trying to see exactly what type of woman would knowingly let her husband galavant around with another woman? Or is this just too messy to stomach? So many questions that need to be answered.