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A lot of people think that the Love & Hip Hop franchise is pure trash–and a lot of times it is precisely that. Despite the trashiness, I’ve been a steadfast fan of the franchise since the very first season; I just keep getting sucked back in season after season, even as the storylines and theatrics continue to escalate to levels of sheer implausibility for what is supposed to be “reality.”.But if you look (like really look) beyond the weave pulling and other ratchetness, the show actually has some redeeming, dare I say inspirational, qualities about it. However paradoxical it may seem, I’ve actually picked up a few useful lessons from watching this foolery.
- Stand up for yourself
I hate confrontation. In the past, I haven’t been very good at responding to shade. More often than not, my way of dealing with shade was to resort to passive aggressive techniques. But here’s the thing with passive aggression–it doesn’t work if the other person is not good at picking up on subtleties! Sometimes one needs to respond to a threat in very direct terms. The cast members of Love & Hip Hop understand this quite well. Even the more levelheaded cast members like Tammy Rivera don’t take too kindly to blatant shade, as we’ve seen in the latest Atlanta season. A core principle of the show seems to be: don’t let people walk all over you. Having said that, in regular non-reality-TV-show life, not every instigator deserves a drink to the face or a wig snatching–sometimes the best response is a calm and icy one, like something that House of Cards’ Claire Underwood would say or do. Nonetheless, the lesson learned is to defend oneself.
- Believe in yourself
Perhaps one of the most addictive things about Love & Hip Hop is watching people hustling to achieve their dreams in the music industry. Some of the cast members pursuing music have, let’s just say “questionable” talent and/or methods of pursuit, yet they are unafraid to allow themselves to want what they truly want. In my opinion, that’s brave. Theirs are the rags to riches stories that draw in viewers–stories that evidence that there are people who reject the tedium of the 9 – 5 job to wholeheartedly go after their dreams. We root for them and hope that at least a few of them make it so that we too can believe it possible for ourselves, whatever our dreams may be. I mean, even Momma Dee is out here dropping albums for Christ’s sake! If that doesn’t motivate you to get your butt off the couch I don’t know what will.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover
I was always told to never judge a book by its cover but every once in a while I need to be reminded of this, and watching Cardi B on Love & Hip Hop was one such reminder. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cardi B, she is a saucy lady from the Bronx who started off as an Instagram personality before she landed a role on the New York show. Cardi B is a little rough around the edges (or at least that’s how she was depicted on the show) so I was quite surprised and impressed by her appearance on the Love & Hip Hop New York Season 6 Reunion show when she cussed out Peter Gunz about the shame that is the Peter-Amina-Tara love triangle.
In previous seasons it seemed like the focus of this love triangle was mainly on the women fighting over Peter and their poor decisions, but Cardi B turned the spotlight onto the common denominator in this mess–the core problem: Peter Gunz. It was about time that the man in the situation also got his fair share of demonization for his part in the fiasco. Cardi B’s got her head screwed on straight and sees things for what they are–not quite what I had expected from the loose cannon we saw earlier in the season who tried to kick out a window of an SUV outside of a club. Also, Cardi B has proven to be quite the talented rapper–her mixtape is on point! Well played.
At the end of the day Love & Hip Hop isn’t really all that bad for your brain… at least this is what I tell myself whenever I plonk myself in front of the TV to watch another scene of Joseline Hernandez squawking at Stevie J about something ridiculous.
Did you hear about the Detroit woman who’s suing FOX’s hit drama television series Empire because she says she’s the real “Cookie?” Well she’ll have to get in line behind hundreds of others claiming her same dilemma.
You won’t believe which TV shows have been accused of stealing plots and which ones of them actually did (and who they screwed over to do it)!
Earlier this month, we told you that Remy Ma and her husband, Papoose, will be joining the cast of “Love & Hip Hop: New York.” Pap recently sat down with The Breakfast Club, to discuss his new album, You Can’t Stop Destiny, as well as what pushed them to finally sign on to appear on the reality series.
On joining the cast of “Love & Hip Hop”:
It was actually a lot of interest there for a long time, but we were kind of hesitant to do it. They actually wanted me to start doing it when she was locked up and build up to when she came home, but we were like, “Nah.” We were just going off of what other people were saying, but we looked into it and to be honest, they made us an offer that we couldn’t refuse. So we were like, ‘Let’s go for it.’
On concerns about feuds with cast members:
Rem don’t like that. She don’t like to plan nothing. She’s like, “Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.” But I’m more like, “We need to worry about this. We need to worry about that.” and be on point. She’s like, “I’m not doing all of that.”
On physical possible altercations on the show:
We can’t. We can’t. She’s on parole.
On working towards a spin-off:
Oh yeah, definitely. We’re interested in getting a spin-off. It’s a stepping stone; we ain’t trying to stay nowhere forever. We definitely want to do that.
Well, if there were any concerns that the new season of “Love & Hip Hop New York” would be a snoozefest, we now know that this probably will not be the case. Last night, during an extremely brief appearance on “Love & Hip Hop After Party Live,” the Bronx bombshell announced that she will be joining the popular VH1 franchise as a New York cast member.
The “Conceited” rapper will be joined by her loyal husband and fellow recording artist Papoose. She confirmed his addition to the cast with a follow-up Instagram post, which reads:
We the real Love & HipHop!!!
#BlackLove #MeetTheMackies #RemyMa #RemyMafia #LHHNY #Season6 #ThisCannotBeDuplicated
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard talk of Remy joining the VH1 family. Shortly after her prison release last year, speculation about the couple being cast in the VH1 franchise began.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love me some Reminisce Smith, and while I’m happy that I will be seeing more of her in the near future, I would be lying if I said that I’m not concerned. For one, I just feel like she’s better than a series like this one. However, I can also see how reality television can expand an established artist’s fanbase. Hopefully, their storyline will center around their music, and they keep their relationship business under wraps. But since their relationship survived prison, reality TV might be a breeze. Regardless, I’m wishing these two the best.
Earlier this week on “Love & Hip Hop,” viewers witnessed Yandy Smith and her fiancée Mendeecees Harris have separate conversations with his assistant, Remy, over her inappropriate and unprofessional behavior. In case you missed it, Mendeecees took issue with Remy being a bit too touchy feely with him after she attempted to lock arms as they were leaving a venue. Yandy, on the other hand, sat Remy down to address her inappropriate work attire and social media postings relating to her boss.
The drama eventually spilled over onto social media when Remy took to Instagram to defend herself. Check out the note she left below.
To catch you up to speed, Mendeecees apparently hired Remy to work for him after returning home from prison so that his fiancée wouldn’t have to be burdened with every single aspect of his business affairs. According to Yandy, Remy secured her job with Harris by sending him a direct message on social media, lying and telling him that she worked for Yandy before. From there, things went left.
Watch a clip of Mendeecees confronting Remy below.
Cyn Santana Says She Was Recovering From Surgery During Physical Confrontation With Erica Mena: “I Couldn’t Fight Even If I Wanted To”
Cyn Santana and Erica Mena are a done deal, but unfortunately, even though Erica is already engaged to someone else, both women are forced to relive the ending of their relationship. During a recent interview with Hot 97, Cyn opened up about the demise of their relationship, Erica’s engagement to Bow Wow and the passing of her brother, who committed suicide. Check out some highlights from her chat below.
On watching her relationship problems unfold on national television:
“That’s the hardest part, you get through the sh-t then you gotta relive it again. Me and Erica stopped talking a long time ago. Now I gotta sit here and watch it every Monday night. Even if I don’t watch it, I get these tweets, get these texts, do these interviews. That’s the hardest part. It’s like I’m so past that. She’s past it. She’s moved on. I’ve moved on. I want all of us to move on.”
On Erica’s engagement to Bow Wow:
“I was very confused at first because at first they did the whole ‘106 and Park’ kiss. I was so thrown off. I know Erica is crazy and spontaneous and she did that. I was like, ‘Okay, I didn’t find that funny or entertaining.”
“I texted her like ‘I didn’t like that. That’s not cool.’ Months later, she’s getting married to the guy. That stuff f-cks with your head. Like, what the f-ck just happened? I never imagined her getting engaged so quickly.”
On if she thinks it will last:
“It takes a lot to deal with Erica.”
On Erica assaulting her:
“It was like a mush. I don’t know what would’ve happened if security wasn’t there and that’s sad. That’s the first time we ever got into a heated discussion like that. Never in a million years did I imagine Erica putting her hands on me.”
“I had just gotten my breast reduction, so I couldn’t fight even if I wanted to. Boobs were sore, still had the little padding, stitches were still open. And she knew this. I’m like ‘Damn, you really just did this? You really just got up… Just the thought that you got up and thought about putting your hands on me? That’s so whack. To this day that sh-t hurts me.”
On her brother’s suicide:
“My brother passed away last year towards the end of the season […] My brother committed suicide. He just turned 24 like three days before he did that. It happened on Thanksgiving last year. It was depression and mental health. We knew my brother had some type of issue, but we never saw this coming. This was a shock to everybody.”
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Jennifer Williams And Cisco Rosado Broke Up? And He’s Starring In the New Season Of ‘Love & Hip Hop New York’ With Another Woman?
With the debut season of “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” coming to a close, it’s the perfect time for VH1 to begin promoting the new season of “Love & Hip Hop New York” and its newest additions. One new cast member is producer Cisco Rosado, who was romantically linked to former “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams. Interestingly, it seems that their flame has fizzled. According to a press release for the series, Cisco will be appearing on the show with his girlfriend, Diamond Strawberry.
“[Cisco’s] ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ relationship with his girlfriend Diamond Strawberry takes a turn for the worst when she decides to move to NY to be closer to him and later finds out he has been dishonest,” the press release reads.
Chilling with my baby Girl Lol (inny)
Guess whose expecting a baby girl? Love & Hip Hop stars Yandy Smith and Mandeecees recently revealed they are expecting their second child together.
Mandeecees posted the above photo of a very pregnant Yandy with a super cute caption hinting at the sex of their baby. The reality couple already have one son together, and Mandeecees has another son from a previous relationship. We’re sure with two older brothers that their daughter will be well protected.
We can’t wait to see how their storyline plays out next season. Mandeecees and Yandy are one of the few reality couples we cheer on. Congratulations to the happy couple!
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?