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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.
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?
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
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.
Toya Wright Talks Separation From Memphitz, K. Michelle’s Accusations And Declining ‘Love And Hip Hop’
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.
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:
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.
There are far too many celebrities whose relationships have ended because of infidelity. Just like regular folk. Cheating is so plebeian. And while stepping out is pretty bad, these following celebrities were hurt on another type of level when they were betrayed by their spouses–or former spouses. Find out who I’m talking about on the following pages.
So whose little man is this? It’s Kirk and Rasheeda Frost’s baby boy, Karter. Remember when Kirk was acting a fool on “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” and in his disappointment that Rasheeda was pregnant again (they have another son named Ky), tried to claim that their unborn son wasn’t his? You know, even though he was the run out here jumping in hot tubs with scandalous folks? Well, thankfully, Kirk got it together, and off-camera, he and Rasheeda are crazy about their little tyke, posting many photos of the curly-haired cutie on their Instagram pages. Definitely a very beautiful family. Check out more pics of the little lad and his mom and dad below (and on the next page).
“They Were Boring As Sh*t”: K. Michelle Says Benzino And Althea Eaton Deserved To Get Fired From “LHHATL,” He Responds
When everyone found out that Benzino and Althea Eaton got the boot from “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” I think we can all agree that it was somewhat of a shock. Okay, a little bit of a shock. A lot of wild things are done for storyline purposes on these shows, but considering the fact that Joseline Hernandez went buckwild on everyone at the “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” reunion, and Benzino and Althea were a big part of Stevie and Joseline’s storyline, it seemed odd to cut them. Obviously, Benzino was pissed:
But surprisingly, one person who thinks the firing was justified is former “LHHATL” star, K. Michelle. She told Wet Paint why:
“If it’s your time to go, then it’s your time to go. I thought Benzino was wilding. I mean, they were boring as sh*t to me, so it is what it is.
I mean, there were other reasons they were let go that I’m not at liberty to say, and he deserved that, to be let go. It was a serious situation…I’m queen of “Love & Hip Hop.” And with Joseline and Stevie too, everybody else is replaceable. Bye! [laughs] I’m just being honest.”
A still testy Benzino was quick to respond, and took the time to do so on his website, Hip Hop Weekly:
“The thing with K Michelle is that you don’t want to get into a negative debate with a former cast member especially when the show did record numbers this past season after she left. I have had many successes in the industry for many years, so she has a long way to go before she can say anything about Zino. Bottom line is the facts are the facts; K Michelle came on the show in season one and made up a story about being beat up, which was a lie, which came out in her deposition in the case with her former boyfriend. When she left ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ after season 2 is when I stepped in and became a main character. I was intertwined with everyone’s storylines, so how is my storyline boring? And then from having Hip Hop Weekly on the show, to opening Sleazy & Zino’s, to my mom passing away and me getting shot, all of these were major parts of this past season. Also, I brought my fiancée Althea on the show, and she became a very important factor in the show’s storyline as well. We broke ratings records without K Michelle! If anything was boring, it was her involvement with the New York cast last season, you barely knew that she was even there. She better hope that her new show does better numbers than that VH1 special they did on her that basically flopped. She better hope it’s not a one and done like ‘Gossip Girls ‘, the Hot 97 show and ‘The New Atlanta.’ But once again, she is one of Mona Scott’s favorites–Mona manages her so of course I expected to hear K Michelle speak on their behalf. In my opinion it’s unprofessional to be the leader of a company and take sides and show favoritism, when it clearly was the whole cast, not just one person, that has made ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ so successful.”
But what do you think? Was Benzino and Althea’s storyline strong enough to keep them on the show? Do you think the couple being fired from the show was fair?
Earlier this week we reported that Rich Dollaz was double parked at a Five Guys in New Jersey. When the police ran his license plate, they found that Dollaz owed $11,000 in child support. He was arrested immediately.
In an effort to clear his name, Rich Dollaz spoke to The Jasmine Brand about his recent run in with the law and addressed the important question of why he missed his payments in the first place.
Dollaz said that he’s relocated to Atlanta from New Jersey. But the move caused a bit of confusion.
“I’m not going to pay child support on two different cases. If the lawyers where I live tell me that they’re moving the child support from New Jersey, where I used to live to Atlanta where I now live, I’m thinking it’s done. I’m not aware that there’s an open case in New Jersey and an open one in Atlanta.”
But Rich made sure to express that money was not the issue.
“I always had money, my parents had money, it’s not something new…I don’t run around bragging about money, that’s not what I do.”
Which doesn’t really explain why he hasn’t gone ahead and paid the child support…
But at the end of the day, Rich says the arrest was his fault and he takes full responsibility.
“It was a mix up. It was my responsibility to make sure everything was right, I didn’t make sure everything was right but now I’m suffering the consequences.”