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The numbers are in and VH1 ends the summer on a high note with African-American TV viewers. According to the latest Nielsen figures, the network got its biggest boost from its most popular Black programs. “For the last unofficial week of the summer, VH1 saw its favorite shows with Black viewers dominating the highest spots on the Top 25 list of cable shows,” reports Target Market News. On top were: Love & Hip Hop, T.I. and Tiny, and Atlanta Exes, which finished No. 1, 2 and 3 respectively. These were the only programs to claim more than a million viewers.
This was a victory for VH1 as it turned out to be the most watched cable network among the Top 25 contenders, with 9.7 million viewers across four shows. In second was WWE channel with just three million for three shows. Adult Swim channel pulled in 2.9 million across four shows.
“The total number of viewers watching the Top 25 most popular cable shows in Black households, according to Nielsen, was 26.5 million, a slight dip of one percent over the previous week,” reports Target Market News. Among Black households, following Love & Hip Hop, T.I. and Tiny, and Atlanta Exes, the other shows in the top 10 were: Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 3 (VH1), WWE Entertainment (USA), ranked No. 5 and No. 6; Braxton Family Values (WETV); WWE Entertainment; Bad Girls Club (Oxygen); and Bring It! (Lifetime).
Despite its success with Black audiences, VH1 has been trying to unsuccessfully lure in white audiences. Three new series featuring White casts have flopped. LeAnn & Eddie, Candidly Nicole and Dating Naked failed to pull in the ratings that shows with Black casts have for the network. As The Hollywood Reporter writes, “Reality series starring African-American casts continue to drive the cable network to some of the year’s biggest primetime gains.”
“The goal is to bring a general market audience back into the fold in addition to servicing our African-American audience,” originals executive VP Susan Levison told THR earlier this year.
Tara And Peter’s Sons Don’t Know About Their New Baby Sister: ‘They’re Too Small To Try To Process That’
Last week, we told you that Amina Buddafly gave birth to her first child with Peter Gunz. The “Love & Hip Hop” star announced her daughter’s birth via Facebook and promised friends and relatives that more details were to come. Interestingly, Peter’s two youngest sons, Jamison and Kaz, whom he shares with co-star Tara Wallace, are still unaware that they have baby sister.
“No, they don’t know. That’s something that he and I are discussing how we’re going to let them know that information,” Tara told Mara The Hip Hop Socialite. “It’s just a lot – they’re just too small to even try to even process that. The world is so filled with like hardships and stuff you have to go through, so if I can protect them for as long as I can, that’s what I’m going to do.”
As it turns out, the children don’t even know that their parents have broken up.
“My boys are very small – one is 2, one’s 6 – and it’s just a conversation that they’re just not ready to hear,” the actress and reality star explained. “They are obsessed with and adore their dad, so when their dad is not home, you know, as far as I’m concerned, they’re concerned, dad’s working, and you’ll be back with him tomorrow.”
As for what she personally thinks about Amina giving birth to Peter’s child, Tara had this to say:
“I see him often because we have children obviously, so I see him pretty much every day, and as long as Amina has a happy, healthy baby. No woman would want a woman to have a baby that’s anything other than healthy, perfect, despite the circumstances. So, you know, congratulations to them.”
The boys also have not spent any time with their new stepmother, Amina, but Tara says that they will get there in due time. Right now, she and Peter are simply trying to establish a stable co-parenting relationship.
“We are trying to develop a very functional, happy co-parenting relationship. You know he’s a fun dad, so I love being around Peter when he’s around my children, when he’s around our children, because he’s really fun. Peter’s like that dad that everyone wishes was their dad. He’s very funny, he makes jokes.”
It sounds like they’re trying to make the best out of an extremely complicated situation.
Watch Tara’s full interview on the next page. Thoughts?
“Love & Hip Hop” star Mendeecees Harris may be out on bail while he awaits trial, but his brother and co-defendant, Tyrus Harris, recently learned of his fate from South District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. According to the Democrat & Chronicle, 36-year-old Tyrus was sentenced to five years in prison on June 30.
As you may recall, Tyrus pleaded guilty back in March to the drug conspiracy charges being brought against him. Mendeecees, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was released on $600,000 bond back in April. The reality star is scheduled to appear back in court in October.
Mendeecees’ legal woes made it to his “Love & Hip Hop” storyline the season before last when viewers witnessed him turning himself over to the authorities. Although he claimed not to know what he was being charged with on the show, it was later revealed that he was facing a plethora of drug trafficking charges.
It’s not a rare occurrence for reality stars to be on the fence about whether or not they will be returning to the shows that made them stars. However, by the time the cameras begin rolling, they can usually offer up a solid answer. Strangely, that isn’t the case for Tahiry Jose. The “Love & Hip Hop” star says that her fellow co-stars have already begun filming for the new season, but she’s still uncertain about returning to the popular VH1 franchise at all.
“I think currently they have already started filming, yes. Have I started filming? No,” she recently told Mara The Hip Hop Socialite.
The former video vixen adds that her returning for the new season is still a toss-up. While she doesn’t offer an exact reason for all of the uncertainty, it seems like the hold-up is probably money related.
“It’s still a little 50/50 chance,” she explained. “We’re still trying to figure out certain things – I’ll just leave it at that.”
Speaking of things she’s on the fence about, Tahiry seems to have changed her tune about the possibility of a future relationship with Joe Budden.
“I spoke to him today. I unblocked him, and I believe…yeah, I don’t know, it’s weird,” she said. “I have nothing to say about that. With Joey and I, I don’t think we could ever be enemies, but, we’ll see. Maybe, maybe not.”
As for those rumors that Mona Scott-Young had a role in the release of Mimi Faust’s sex tape, Tahiry says she doubts it.
“I don’t know if Mona had anything to do with it – I know for a fact that all of us, we’re in charge of our own storyline, what happens. The show checks on us almost every day, every week on what’s happening today with us, so I don’t think Mona pushed that situation,” she explained. “I believe that it was probably something that was happening, and of course it’s happening in every day-to-day people’s lives, and that’s what the show captures.”
Would you like to see Tahiry return to “Love & Hip Hop” for season five?
‘He Hasn’t Seen Our Son Since The Show:’ Erica Jean Says Co-Parenting With Saigon Worsened Since ‘FML’
In a perfect world, “Love & Hip Hop” stars Erica Jean and Saigon would be living in co-parenting harmony since their dramatic appearance on “Iyanla: Fix My Life.” But unfortunately, Erica says this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, she reveals that things have worsened since their OWN appearance.
“I think that it made it worse, us going on the show,” she recently confessed to The Jasmine Brand. “The reason I went on the show was to get help for co-parenting with the father of my child and that I didn’t get help in. It really just made the situation extremely worse. Iyanla, she’s definitely hard and what she says isn’t completely true. I think it was one-sided and I felt like it was kind of an attack instead of helping me and that’s just how I got it.”
According to Erica, the show may not have been the only reason that they aren’t making progress in their co-parenting endeavors. She adds that Saigon may also be upset because she recently took him to court for child support.
“After the show, I took him to court. So I think he was very upset about that. Saigon is always welcome to see his child, he just doesn’t want to. He’s not involved. He hasn’t seen our son since the show and that was in January and his excuse to not see his son is because I’m just some horrible person that he doesn’t want to be around.”
The reality star also felt that there were many things that were taken out of context during her appearance on ‘FML.’ She says that she reached out to Iyanla to help them become better parents, but Iyanla and OWN producers took the show in a different direction.
“I thought that maybe that could somehow help us better to communicate and co-parent,” she expressed. “I understand that Iyanla was trying to help me in certain situations but a lot of things I think was inappropriate like bringing up plastic surgery, just things that didn’t have anything to do with me and Saigon’s relationship or me being a good mother.”
“I think the experience was the opposite of what I thought it would be,” she continued. “I was the one that kind of wanted help from Iyanla because of Saigon’s deal. The verbal abuse and the things I was enduring in our relationship.”
Read Erica’s full interview here.
‘I’m Seeing Little Things That Make Me Hopeful:’ Amina Buddafly Says Peter Gunz Is Becoming A Better Husband
At the conclusion of the “Love & Hip Hop” reunon show, it appeared that Peter Gunz and Amina Buddafly’s marriage was doomed. But the mom-to-be recently revealed that she’s noticed an improvement in Peter’s husband qualities lately.
“[He's] good. Getting better. [laughter] Sometimes he’s still just a little work, but I’m seeing some little things that make me hopeful and keep me wanting to be here,” she told Sister 2 Sister.
Amina also discussed what it felt like to hide their marriage for so long.
“Oh, it was hard,” she confessed. I only had to pretend that when we were shooting—especially that one scene that everyone hates me for. That was definitely difficult because I knew how it was going to look. But that was not something that I had to do on a regular basis. Peter and I were very open, even when he was still with the both of us, before we even started filming. He was very open with me, always out with me, holding hands, always introducing me as his wife when we performed together. I wasn’t feeling like I had to hide.”
Peter, who was also present for the interview, weighed in on the secret love triangle as well.
“I knew it was going to all blow up. Part of me was relieved. Like, alright, it’s going to be out there. Once I signed on to do the show, I’m dealing with the bulls#!t with Amina that’s going on, I’m dealing with the s#!t that’s going on with Tara. And then I know it’s going up on VH1. That’s what kills me with people [who say] “Oh, he’s a sneak.” Oh, no, I’m doing this because I’m not [a sneak]. It’s coming out. I’m on TV and your husband ain’t. Your boyfriend ain’t. And your fiancé ain’t. The only difference between me and them is I’m on TV because last I looked at the statistics, 85 percent of men [cheat] and they’re not getting married with somebody else. So that kills me when people throw stones at me like that.”
Are you convinced that Peter is a changed man?
Mona Scott-Young’s life has all the makings of must see reality TV.
As Executive Producer of runaway reality hits Love and Hip-Hop, and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta, the Monami Entertainment CEO has unadulterated inside scoop on all the drama surrounding her cast members. This should only increase now that her new show This is Hot 97—about New York-based hip-hop radio station 97.1FM—has hit the airwaves.
As if she isn’t busy enough, Scott-Young has partnered with rapper Nicki Minaj to push Myx Fusions moscato. The duo are rare females in the lucrative, male-dominated world of spirits. And she serves on the boards of The RSQ Foundation, The GrassROOTS Foundation, and The Haitian Roundtable.
But perhaps the most compelling aspect of Scott-Young’s storyline is her refreshingly progressive partnership with her husband. While Scott-Young earns her living outside the home, her husband Shawn Young holds down the fort as a stay-at-home-dad to their two children.
The onetime co-founder with Chris Lighty of hip-hop management group Violator recognizes their situation smashes hip-hop’s misogynistic characterizations of women as sex objects whose worth is determined by their proximity to powerful men — depictions that are in part perpetuated by some of the scenarios on Scott-Young’s shows.
“He isn’t just taking care of the kids,” Scott-Young said of her husband, squeezing time out of her non-stop schedule for a phone interview. “He’s taking care of me.”
“He’s taking care of our home, and our household, and, you know, taking care of all the things that allow me to go out there and do what I do for… the personal fulfillment that I derive from realizing my full potential.” She added, “[He’s] also, allowing me the freedom to build something for our children, and to build a legacy for our family.”
Scott-Young praises her partner for being man enough to buck narrow gender roles.
“My husband came from Brevoort, Brooklyn, and he came up in the era of hip-hop’s heyday and I actually met him while he was working for Busta Rhymes, who was one of my clients at the time. So he, in essence, should have been a product of the hip-hop, you know, male-dominating mentality, but he’s also an individual with a different experience that he brings to who he is as a man. And that’s what defined him and that’s what allowed us to have the dynamic that we have within our family, which allows us to have had a successful marriage and relationship for the past 17 years.”
This is a side of love and hip-hop sorely lacking on the small and big screens — and in the wider discussion of rapidly shifting gender roles.
With white women like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former Hillary Clinton aide Anne-Marie Slaughter leading the heated discussion around what it means to be a mother in the modern-day workplace (even as Yoncé explores a “***Flawless,” very sexual brand of feminism), Scott-Young is in a position to expand the conversation both on screen and off.
But she demurs.
“I think I’m boring,” she says. “I enjoy being behind the scenes. I enjoy producing. And [starring in a reality show] would be a distraction from all of those things. As a matter of fact, it became increasingly difficult to both produce and host the reunion show.”
After a couple of false alarms, it’s safe to say that Mendeecees Harris is home and out of police custody. The “Love & Hip Hop” star was released last night after spending more than a year behind bars.
A judge agreed to release the father of two on $600,000 bond. His fiancée, Yandy Smith, was able to come up with $200,000 of that. Harris told TMZ that the first thing he did after being released was grab some Chinese food and candy.
Smith’s team also announced her fiancé’s homecoming on her website, Everything Girls Love, in a post titled “Welcome Home Mendeecees.” The post reads:
“Over the last year, EGL’s own Yandy Smith has been open in sharing her journey with fiance’ Mendeecees Harris. Harris was released tonight on a 600K bail of which 300k was secured (200k from his fiance’ Miss Smith and 100k of his own funds.)
Details surrounding the terms of his release have not surfaced. In an exclusive, Yandy stated ” We have been anticipating him getting bail for a while. As you know from the show, every time I got excited, circumstances came up and threw a wrench in the plan. So this time, I did not get excited until I heard the judge say all the terms were excepted and bail was granted.”
Although Mendeecees has not seen his boys as of yet, Yandy confidently stated, ” I’m SURE it’s going to be like Christmas at our house.”
Mendeecees mentioned he’s excited to be home and is ready to make up for lost time with his sons and fiance’. Although, Yandy or Mendeecees can not comment about the case, we’re excited for him to be home with his family!”
As you may recall, Mendeecees was arrested Jan. 2013 of some pretty serious drug trafficking charges.
‘I Read About It On The Blogs Just Like Everyone Else:’ Mona Scott-Young Responds To ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Lawsuit
Earlier this week news leaked that Mona Scott-Young, VH1, Viacom and a host of others were named in a $50 million copyright infringement lawsuit over the “Love & Hip Hop” franchise. According to the filed lawsuit, production company 8th Wonder Entertainment insist that the wildly popular franchise was initially their idea and that they submitted a script for an eerily similar show starring Chrissy Lampkin, Tashera Simmons and Mashonda Tifere.
“Love & Hip Hop” visionary Mona Scott-Young has since responded to the lawsuit and interestingly, she’s saying that she hasn’t actually been served with any legal documents regarding the complaint as of yet.
“Well, the one thing that I will say is that I read about it on the blogs just like everyone else did,” Mona told Sway Calloway during a recent chat with “RapFixLive.” “So it seems like the only people they’ve served are TMZ and Bossip. I haven’t been served anything!”
She did however, express that she does believe that the lawsuit is legit, as the paperwork that has been floating around the Internet looks pretty official.
“I have to assume there’s some basis to this because these are all very legal-looking documents,” she continued.
As for the actual complaints made in the lawsuit, Mona thinks the plaintiffs claims are a bit questionable.
“Listen, the show’s been on for six years. And I just have to wonder did you just wake up one morning and say, ‘Hey, I just remembered, I did that show and she stole it from me!’ The beauty about the United States of America, the country we live in, is that anyone can sue for anything.”
The music industry vet doesn’t seem to be too worried about the lawsuit though, as she jokes that the suit must be a sign that she’s reached a certain level of success.
“From what I hear, you’re nobody until somebody sues you. I don’t know, I guess I’ve made it. The truth will prevail. That’s all I have to say.”
While she doesn’t doubt that 8th Wonder Entertainment may have very well been working on a similar show, she argues that this doesn’t actually mean that she swiped it from them.
“So many times there are paralleled shows being developed within a network—and then, may the best cast prevail. But the thing is, it’s a reality show. I didn’t create these people because I didn’t give birth to them. All I did was shine a camera on a segment of the population that I knew well, that I come from. I have 20+ years in hip hop. You know what I’m saying? You can’t create a reality show. It’s reality!”
Due to legal reasons, Mona says she can’t really discuss the lawsuit the way she would like to, but she promised to explain it all once everything gets squared away.
Well, I suppose we’ll have to stay tuned until then.
Watch Mona’s interview on the next page. Were you surprised by the lawsuit?
‘I Would Die For Him:’ Amina Buddafly Dishes On Her Pregnancy And Why She’s Sticking With Peter Gunz
Things got very interesting during the “Love & Hip Hop” reunion show. Though his wife of at least a year, Amina Buddafly, revealed that she was pregnant with his child, Peter Gunz confessed in front of the live audience and cast members that he never would’ve married Amina had he known his ex, Tara, still loved him. The special ended with most viewers assuming that things were over between the reality TV newlyweds, but alas, the two are back together and preparing for the birth of their child.
“That broke me,” Amina confessed during an interview with The Breakfast Club.”After the reunion we were on and off for a while [...] I didn’t want nothing to do with nothing, but you know how this love this is. I love him to death. I would die for him.”
As for whether or not Peter feels the same way, the reality star says she definitely believes that he does, even though he tries to censor his love to appease Tara.
“I know for a fact that he definitely loves me with his heart,” explained Amina. “Everyone notices that he’s not really open like, ‘Oh, I really love Amina.’ He never does that—ever. To me, he does it. He does [feel bad]. He’s very open with [his love for me], but anywhere Tara will see it he won’t. It’s deep what he’s done to her.”
Peter didn’t really seem all that excited to learn that he was going to be a father at the reunion show, but now that she’s three months into her pregnancy, the “Don’t Wanna Be Right” singer says that Peter is very happy about the upcoming birth of his eighth child.
“I’m three months,” said Amina. “The thing is I told him [about the pregnancy] in front of everyone and that’s what made him so mad. He [felt] like he [couldn't] trust me in that moment.”
“Now he is excited, but he can’t openly say it like that because he feels guilty about Tara.”
Amina admits that she realizes this relationship with Peter is extremely abnormal and that there’s a huge chance that she may very well be placed in Tara’s position someday, but she adds that she wishes people would just let her live and experience whatever heartbreak is coming her way.
“[He's] probably not [going to be monogamous],” confessed Amina. “I just want everyone to let me be stupid and find out on my own. Then y’all can tell me, ‘Told you so.’ “
Watch Amina’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?