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We know you all remember Jen the Pen’s famous words on the last season of “Love & Hip-Hop New York” when she told Raqi Thunda she was white and it would get done. The “it” was getting a new job after the two radio hosts realized they couldn’t work together — based on the fact that Raqi liked to throw it at whoever came in the studio and Jen had no clue what to ask artists — but now it appears the reality star has made good on her declaration since VH1 decided to give her a job outside of her reality gig.
Yup, the network who put her and her foolishness on in the first place has now named Jen the host of “Very VH1.” Apparently this is an interactive chat show that the channel is rebooting this morning with its “charming new host.” The way the show works is Jen will basically be skyping on the computer with different guests and viewers can also hop on their cameras to ask questions and make comments as well. According to VH1’s blog, for the premiere show airing at 10 am EST this morning, ” Jen dives into some of the biggest pop culture stories and chats with Off Pitch stars Rob Jones and Tim Rortvedt.”
So far there aren’t a lot of details about how often the show will air or who else might appear as a guest. I just wonder what Raqi Thunda is doing right now…
What do you think about VH1 giving Jen a web show?
One of the biggest blowouts that occurred during the most recent season of Love & Hip Hop was between Raqi Thunda and Jen The Pen. The blowout ultimately ended with Raqi calling Jen a racist and Jen referring to Raqi’s promiscuous reputation. Although bitter feuds are very common and perhaps even a staple for many reality television shows, Jen made a statement the caused many viewers to question whether or not they’d heard her correctly. “I’m White honey, I’ll get it done,” Jen told Raqi in the midst of their feud. While Jen has since come forward to apologize for her statement, once words are released, it’s really hard to take them back. During a recent interview with VH1, Raqi revealed that this wasn’t the first time that Jen has said questionable things about race and made offensive allusions to White privilege. Check out some of what she had to say.
On women of color being scrutinized more than White women:
“Listen, the problem I have with her is – even in her rebuttals on Twitter– she said something like, ‘Raqi was trying to use my race to get put on’ which is basically the same thing she said, but just in different words. I would never think a white person could get a job over me in urban radio. I was trying to extend my hand, I was trying to do something different, I was trying to get two different perspectives from two totally different women, two totally different cultures. I used the statement ‘she can white my wrongs.’ What I meant by that was that White woman or just uncolored women have a luxury of saying whatever it is they wanna say, for instance, in one of the episodes she said, “Oh, you could be a hoe. I’m a hoe. We’re all hoes.” Nobody batted an eyelash, but if I said it as a woman of color then I’m hit with the stigma and I’m stoned. There’s Jenny McCarthy who now has a show on VH1 – she could stick her tongue in someone’s ear, and no one would think anything of it. Meek Mill has a song: “white girls, we don’t judge ‘em we don’t judge ‘em.” So, what I was trying to do was present the other side of the coin by bringing her to Hot 97 and I think I went around the question.”
On Jen wanting a “Black rapper” so that she could have a “Black baby:”
“I spoke to the producers about not wanting to deal with her, and not wanting to do the Hot 97 thing with her because she said things like, ‘Oh, Raqi, are you always this brown? Because I go tanning. That’s why I got with a Black rapper so I can have a Black baby.'”
On other “racist” comments allegedly made by Jen:
“Then with the Hot 97 ordeal the first thing she said to Vado when he walked in was, ‘I didn’t know who you were, but you look like a f—-g Black rugby player.’ I almost choked on my tongue. She had used the black card several times prior to dropping the white card. If you research her online she has a video with Young Berg who said he doesn’t deal with darks butts and her response to that was, ‘I can get in his pool ’cause I’m lightskin.’ She goes on to say, ‘Oh, I’m 50 Cent’s favorite White girl.’ So, she’s very entitled. I think Consequence is breeding a rough dog.”
If you jumped on Twitter last night and wondered why “I’m white” was trending, you can thank Love & Hip-Hop. During Monday’s episode, a heated exchange took place between Raqi Thunda and Jen the Pen after the ladies realized it wasn’t going to work for them to do a radio show together. Jen essentially tried to tell Raqi she didn’t want to work with her because “internet p***y” seems to be less of a nickname for her and more of a way of life, as exemplified by her overly flirtatious behavior during their trial Hot 97 interview. As expected, Raqi didn’t take that feedback too well and subsequently tried to belittle Jen’s whole life, claiming that Consequence, Jen’s man and the father of her child, tried to sleep with her, and adding that she was the one who put Jen on and the chances of her getting another shot at radio were slim to none. At this point, Jen decided to do Raqi even one lower and remind her, “I’m White. It will get done.”
Immediately my mind went back to our “I Always Wanted to Ask” series in which we posed the question,”Do White people understand White privilege?” The consensus seems to be that though there may be plenty who would try to deny it’s existence, I can only suffice that that very denial, like Jen’s statement, is proof that White people are quite aware of how the system works, most times they just don’t want us to know — except, of course, for when they want to remind us of our place. Though Jen’s comment rubbed me all types of the wrong way, it’s not because I think she’s racist like so many viewers have accused her of being, it’s because she’s absolutely right — and her boldness is making that statement was further more proof of that privilege. What’s most unfortunate, though, is she’s not talking about Jen Bayer and Antonique Jenkins vying for the same spot in the Senate. She’s talking about another urban radio station jumping at the chance to employ a white woman, who doesn’t appear to be too enthralled in the rap game, to disseminate information to a predominately Black audience, over another Black person.
In all honesty, Jen wasn’t telling Raqi anything she didn’t know. After all, Raqi was the one who pointed out Jen’s marketability to “white her wrong.” She picked Jen to be her co-host for a particular reason — because she’s White — and now that racial reality is probably going to bite her in the butt even harder than Ebro probably got in it when she practically tried to bounce up on Vado when he was on their audition show. For that reason, I’m mad at Jen, but I’m not mad. What she said during her spat with Raqi was about the equivalent of another girl calling her friend the b-word when things get a little too real during a heated argument. It was said out of frustration that Raqi might be right about Consequence trying to get on, anger that their opportunity at Hot 97 was now blown, and ego because Raqi tried to blow up her unemployed spot. It was wrong, but not racist. I just wonder what Jen is going to tell her biracial son when he’s passed over for a job because it went to someone as lily White as his mom is?
Check out the clip to see the drama that went down last night. Who do you think was in the wrong?
It seems like just yesterday we were watching Chrissy throw them bows at Kimbella and cuss out Yandy every chance she got, but Baller Alert is confirming that it’s already time for the next season of Love & Hip-Hop NYC, and that the next cast members have been officially confirmed by VH1. Though we suspected a few of these folks would be a part of the crew, there are a few interesting names added to the mix. Check out the list:
Joe Budden- Fierce free-styling artist Joe Budden is widely considered one of hip hop’s most gifted lyricists. His Grammy award-winning song “Pump It Up” was featured in the hit movie 2 Fast 2 Furious. This ladies’ man is also known for posting about his very public relationships and break-ups online.
Tahiry Jose- Tahiry is a charismatic urban model who is best known for her rapid-fire sarcasm as well as her painful and very public break-up with Joe Budden.
Raqi Thunda- Radio personality and DJ Raqi Thunda has no problem keeping it real. Raqi and Joe Budden insist they are just long-time friends. However, Raqi and Joe’s ex, Tahiry don’t see eye- to- eye and have a tumultuous relationship.
Consequence – NYC rapper Consequence has established a successful career working with the likes of Kanye West and A Tribe Called Quest. His five year relationship with fellow cast member Jen Bayer and their 1-year old son Caiden has left the couple bickering about how to raise the child based on differing cultural and religious beliefs.
Jen “The Pen” Bayer – Known for dishing up gossip with DJ Whoo Kid and The Hot Boyz of Chicago, Jen has spent the past year raising Caiden, her son with cast member Consequence.
Winter Ramos – With a brief appearance in the second season of “Love & Hip Hop,” Winter Ramos, former assistant to rapper Fabolous, is making her name in hip hop history as she writes a tell-all book on her roster of famous ex-boyfriends and her life in the music industry. She is currently the Creative Costume Designer for Flavor Unit Films.
Rashidah Ali – Known as the “Blinged Out Bombshell,” Rashidah is most known for being a shoe consultant to the stars and is currently working on launching her own shoe line, Encore.
On top of this, BA says that Yandy, Erica Mena, Rich Dollaz, and Olivia will be returning for next season which means this cast is officially on steroids. I’m assuming Mona Scott-Young and ‘dem are trying to get the NY cast to live up to the foolery of Atlanta so they figure the more the messier? I don’t ever recall this version of the series having quite this many players.
BA says the series will premiere Monday, January 7 at 8pm and it looks like we’re in for a hot mess of a time, especially since Joe Budden and Tahiry have already kicked off the dramatics on Twitter. Let the scripted games begin.
Will you be checking out the next season of LHHNY?