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3 Real Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Watching Love & Hip Hop

July 6th, 2016 - By Christine Mwaturura
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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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

14 More Memorable VH1 Dating Show Moments

May 25th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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Can I be honest with you all?  I love having the opportunity to rehash some of these crazy moments!  When I did my first list, I tried to limit it to only 14, but I had so many of them!  There were also some that you all added in the comment section.  So, if you’d please, let’s look at a few more.  I hope you all enjoy!

Somebody Call VH1! Stars Who Need Their Own Reality Show

April 23rd, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Solange Wedding 15 Celebs That Need Reality Shows

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Who doesn’t love this beautiful image of the Knowles and their extended family and friends? The only thing better would be an hour-long reality show that followed Queen Bey, her sis, and her fabulous family as they possibly argued over photos, wedding food, and nearly missed a meltdown when Solange’s “Just Married” bicycle caught a flat on the way to the reception.

While we may never get an uncensored look into the lives of some of our favorite celebs, it doesn’t mean we can’t do a fantasy draft of the top 15 celebs who we think need reality shows. Get on it, VH1!

Evelyn Lozada Reality Show: Starring Her Hubby And Daughter

March 26th, 2015 - By Kweli Wright
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Evelyn Lozada Reality Show: Starring Her Fiance And Daughter

Evelyn Lozada is getting back into the reality TV game, but this time it’s a family affair. Tentatively titled Evelyn, she’ll star in the show with her Major League Baseball player fiance Carl Crawford. She’s hooked up with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN and will executive produce the show as well. The mom spend five seasons on “Basketball Wives” before taking a hiatus. In that time she started dating Crawford and they have a one-year-old son, Carl Jr. Evelyn’s daughter Shaniece is 21 and will also appear and the reality show which will follow Lozada’s journey as a mother finding balance between her relationship with adult daughter and her role as mom to a new baby.

Evelyn is slated to premiere in July on OWN.

Are you excited to see Evelyn back on the small screen?

14 Horrible Reality Show Ideas

October 23rd, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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A guilty pleasure as pervasive as reality television is something that should be understood.  Though most people enjoy watching the proverbial car wreck that is real people attempting to catch 15 minutes of fame, some networks might go overboard with their show ideas.

Coming from a girl who just had a “Flavor of Love” marathon this weekend (I know… don’t judge me too harshly), these following shows/concepts just left me a little baffled.  The issue just seems like the payoff wasn’t worth the participation, but why don’t you be the judge?

Flex and Shanice Discuss How They Keep Their Family Together

June 4th, 2014 - By Rich
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Flex and Shanice talk to Mommynoire about the ups and downs of their marriage…and how being broke made them work harder to stay together.

Watch their show “Flex & Shanice” on OWN at 10/9 c.

Kierra Sheard Joins The Cast Of ‘Sunday Best’

March 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Now that she’s gotten her feet wet in the world of reality TV with her family’s reality show, gospel recording artist Kierra Sheard is taking things a step further. According to Always A-List, the 26-year-old beauty has signed on to appear as a judge for musically competitive TV show, “Sunday Best.”

“I’m so excited about being a new judge for ‘Sunday Best,’” she gushed. “I hope to inspire and confirm the dream with my love and feedback for so many aspiring new artists!”

The gospel music heiress with more than 6 years of industry experience under her belt, will be accompanying gospel music greats such as Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin. Apparently filming for the new season has already begun, as it’s reported that the “Indescribable” singer made her debut on the show this past weekend in Houston, Texas.

Her addition makes perfect business sense, as  Kierra and her family are already pretty familiar with BET Networks. Last year their reality show “The Sheards” made its network debut. It is also slated to return for season two this fall.

Do you think Kierra will make a good addition to the “Sunday Best” panel? Are you a fan of the show?

Evelyn Lozada Admits Baby Father Is Carl Crawford But In No Rush For Marriage

December 7th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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So after much speculation and murmuring, Evelyn Lozada has admitted that her child’s father is Los Angeles Dodgers star Carl Crawford.

Lozada seems to be on the media circuit to discuss her pregnancy. She first admitted she was pregnant to PEOPLE, then she spoke a bit more in detail about how she’s feeling to Hollywood Life, and now she’s discussing what’s next with OMG! Insider.

In an interview airing this Monday, Lozada told host Nina Parker that Crawford is her child’s father and says she’s in love with him. But, don’t expect them to be exchanging vows anytime soon.

“I definitely would get married again. I still believe in love … I’m not one of those people that’s like ‘we need to get engaged, we need to get married.’ No, absolutely not. I feel like that’s going to come, just like with the baby, let it come. I’m not forcing anything, so if it happens, it happens.”

Somehow, this isn’t very surprising. First of all, Lozada and Crawford haven’t been together that long and further, Evelyn not too long ago finalized her divorce from Chad Johnson.

Well, now we know she’s pregnant, she’s happy and who the father is…from three different interviews with three different sources. We should expect to hear the sex of the baby from another source within the next couple of months.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, Evelyn Lozada absolutely would do a reality show chronicling her “new life” if the right opportunity presented itself.

Surprise, surprise.

Couples Who Surprisingly Survived The Reality TV Curse — So Far!

June 17th, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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We’ve all watched reality TV shows like “The Bachelor” or any of the “Real Housewives” series and not given it a second thought or batted an eyelash when word came out that one of the couples on the show had broken up. But what about those couples whose relationships have stood the test of time — or at least the test of the cameras and survived the ever so prevalent reality TV curse? Surely they deserve a shout out for their union surviving in a world where audiences tune in to watch their intimate lives day in and day out. Lets look at the celeb reality couples who’ve made their love last under the scrutiny of television cameras and viewers.

Bury The Ratchet: Howard University Medical Students Petition To Have Bravo’s ‘Married To Medicine’ Canceled

February 13th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just yesterday, the cast of Bravo’s forthcoming reality show, Married To Medicine, which is a docu-series that follows the lives of some fairly prominent Black women doctors and doctor’s wives in the Atlanta area was revealed. Less than 24 hours later, an internet petition has surfaced on, urging the network to cancel the show. The petition was organized by a group of Howard University College of Medicine students, who believe that the airing of this reality show will leave the stain of unprofessionalism and cattiness on the image of Black female doctors for years to come. A portion of the petition reads:

“Black female physicians only compose 1% of the American workforce of physicians. Due to our small numbers, the depiction of Black female doctors in media, on any scale, highly affects the public’s view on the character of all future and current African American female doctors. Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” not only exploits the 6 lives of its Black female cast members, but, through its advertisements and commercials, heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, “cat fights”, and unprofessionalism. In a time when doctors are being held to very high standards by the public and each other, it is unfathomable for such a depiction of medicine and black women to be broadcast on tv where it will be inevitably available for years to come, on the internet and through other media outlets.”

The ladies also went on to suggest that shows such as this one make it difficult for young Black women like themselves to move ahead professionally in the medical field:

“Additionally, as residency positions are becoming increasingly more competitive (particularly for Black women) and contingent upon social behavior of graduating medical students, this depiction will only hinder black female physicians from attaining competitive residencies. Hence, for the sake of integrity and character of black female physicians, we must ask that Bravo immediately remove and cancel “Married to Medicine” from its channel, website, and any other media.”

According to the cast bios, which appear on the Bravo website, the cast of Married To Medicine includes:

Dr. Jacqueline Walters: Doctor to stars like Toni Braxton, T.I. and Usher…”

Dr. Simone Whitmore: The independent OBGYN, who has her own practice since 2004, has been married to her more laid-back husband, Cecil Whitmore, for 16 years, and they have sons together…”

Toya Bush-Harris: Bush-Harris met her husband, emergency medicine physician Eugene Harris, during a speed dating event five years ago while pursuing her master’s in education from the University of Phoenix and working two jobs…”

Mariah Huq: Dubbed “Queen Bee” and a mother of two, Huq is married to Dr. Aydin Huq, an emergency physician and native of Bangladesh, and openly embraces her husband’s culture…”

Quad Lunceford-Webb: Known as the “Black Barbie” in her social circle, Lunceford-Webb is newly wed to psychiatrist Dr. Gregory Lunceford, whose reserved demeanor often clashes with her unpredictable feistiness…”

Kari Wells: The British-born model has been married to Colombian-raised orthopedic surgeon Duncan Wells for 10 years.”

The show is scheduled to premiere March 24th.

Check out the show’s trailer on the next page and let us know if you think the Howard students have a valid argument.