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Two years ago, the fiancé of “Love & Hip Hop” star Yandy Smith, Mendeecees Harris, 36, was hit with drug trafficking charges. Investigators accused the father of four of trafficking $2.5 million worth of drugs throughout Rochester, New York between 2005 and August 2012. Harris was released on $600,000 bail—$200,000 of which was provided by Smith—after serving 13 months behind bars.
Tuesday, Harris appeared in court and pled guilty to narcotics conspiracy, admitting that he shipped heroin and cocaine to the Rochester area over the span of 7 years, Democrat & Chronicle reports. Harris admitted to his involvement in the drug trafficking operation along with his brother Tyrus Harris and Ronald Walker, who was previously sentenced to 10 years.
Harris accepted a plea deal, which requires him to turn over all earnings from “Love & Hip Hop”and public appearances. According to his attorney Donald Thompson, his payments have totaled $103,000 so far. Currently free on bail until sentencing in August, Harris faces 8 to 10 years in federal prison and/or a fine that can range from $15,000 to $5 million. Thompson says that he may face four of five years of supervised release as well.
As previously reported, Harris and Smith are scheduled to wed on live television Monday, May 25. Considering that the couple just welcomed their first daughter three months ago and that Mendeecees fathers three other young children, we would hope that he gets off with a fine and no jail time. Perhaps having to fork over millions or even thousands to the federal government is punishment enough.
Harris’ sentencing date has been set for August 31.
It seems that “Love & Hip Hop: New York” fans have been waiting forever and a day for Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris to tie the knot. Luckily for them, the wait won’t be much longer.
Tuesday, VH1 formally announced that the reality TV couple will be getting married Memorial Day Weekend during the network’s first-ever live wedding special.
“VH1 invites fans to be present for the happiest day of Yandy and Mendeecees’ lives as they finally join hands in holy matrimony,” the network explains in a press release. “VH1’s cameras will be on hand to capture every instant on the tumultuous road to the altar – from the occasional ‘bridezilla’ outbursts to heartwarming moments of emotion and anticipation.”
In addition to allowing viewers to witness the live ceremony, one fan will be afforded the opportunity to attend the highly anticipated wedding through a sweepstakes. Fans can enter the contest by tweeting #LHHWeddingRSVP. Yandy also confirmed the wedding spinoff during last night’s reunion show episode. Beginning March 12, viewers will be able to view clips of Yandy and Mendeecees as they prepare for the big day on VH1’s website.
This definitely explains why the pair seemed to be prolonging formally tying the knot this season. In earlier episodes, they went as far as to have a dedication ceremony and Yandy changed her last name and many of us wondered why they didn’t just go head and get married while they were at it.
“Love & Hip Hop LIVE: The Wedding” will be a two-hour special and is set to air Monday, May 25 at 8 pm ET/PT. Will you be tuning in?
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.
While we were busy watching the Grammys last night, “Love & Hip Hop” stars Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris decided to show off their newborn baby girl on Instagram—and we’re sooooo glad they did.
She has the face of an angel, but at the same time, is a spitting image of her daddy and big brother, Omere. In one photo, she appears to be extremely comfortable as she is nestled in the arms of her proud papa, which Yandy has already revealed is “her favorite place.”
In another, she rocks an adorable tee, which reads: “I get my drama from my mama.” There’s also a photo, which happens to be our favorite, captured during an adorable moment shared between the family’s latest addition and two of her big brothers, Mendeecees Jr. and Omere.
As previously reported, the couple welcomed their second child together on January 26 and from what we gather, “Love & Hip Hop” cameras were rolling.
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“This Hand Will Always Be There For You”: Mendeecees Shares First Pic Of He And Yandy’s Newborn Daughter
The princess, aka, #BabyHarris, has arrived!
We told you that Yandy Smith went into labor yesterday with Mendeecees Harris, and TV cameras, by her side through the whole thing. And after a lot of pain and pushing, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, whose name hasn’t been shared with the public as of yet. But a picture of the little lady’s hand is being shared just a day after she entered the world. As Smith rests, Harris took to social media to share a first image of the newborn:
Interesting enough, between bringing his princess into the world and bonding with her, Harris also found time to watch “Love and Hip Hop” so that he could follow his storyline (this week, he was having issues with the mother of his son, little Mendeecees) and talk about it with his Instagram followers:
But anywho, congratulations again to the couple on the new addition! She’s coming into a family filled with a lot of love, and she’ll have three big brothers to look out for her (Little Mendeecees, Aasim and Omere).
UPDATE: The princess is here! After sharing pictures of the process they went through to welcome their daughter into the world, Mendeecees Harris and Yandy Smith’s friend, Kimbella Vanderhee, confirmed that the little lady is here. Congratulations to the couple! We’ll be on the lookout for some first pics…
Yandy Smith Talks Surviving The Storms Of Her Relationship: “There Have Been So Many Breakups To Makeups”
Every relationship has its ups and downs, and celebrities and public figures are not exempt to these trials. While Yandy Smith and her fiancée, Mendeecees Harris, are excitedly planning for a wedding and the birth of their first daughter, the couple is also awaiting Harris’ upcoming court trial, which could place him behind bars for a substantial amount of time if things don’t go well. However, Smith says that like all relationships, they face storms and this one is no different.
“When we met eight years ago, I was all about my career,” she told Essence. “There have been so many breakups to makeups. We would see each other while I was home, but I was on tour a lot and would be gone for months at a time and barely call. We were broken up for over a year when I went on tour with Missy for six months. I came back and he was dating someone. I started dating someone. We bumped into each other and it was like love at first [sight] again. He was like, ‘I’m not letting you get away from me this time.’ We both ended our other involvements and it’s been nonstop since that moment. We took our time, got to know each other and became great friends. He’s been here for the most part, until his situation.”
As for what keeps her committed, despite the hard times and the unfortunate possibilities that may await them, Yandy had this to say:
“I had no idea how long it would be. As long as I still loved him was as long as I was going to be there. If I started to lose love, then I’d have to act accordingly. It wasn’t a matter of, ‘I’m down because that’s just the type of woman.’ No, I loved him. That was my friend. I was able to get a flight pass and go see him every week. I took the kids sometimes. We talked every day. Although it was very different, he was still very much involved with my life and the kids. When we got word that he was finally able to get bail, it was amazing.”
On a much light note, she also shared the cute story of how she realized that she was pregnant.
“Mendeecees and I went on this big health kick. We were working out together and running. I could always beat him on the treadmill. When he started beating me and I started to get tired, I was like something isn’t right. I was working out but gaining weight. After three weeks I finally took a pregnancy test. I was shocked it was positive and took another. When I went to the doctor a week later, I was seven weeks along.”
Check out Yandy’s full interview here.
Over the weekend, “Love & Hip Hop” star Yandy Smith and her fiancé Mendeecees Harris celebrated the upcoming birth of their first daughter with a Princess Ballerina-themed baby shower. The party was beautifully decorated by Sophisticated Life Designs and Back In A Drop Box with pink tulle, ballet shoes and pink and gold flowers. Guests included Mendeecees’ two older sons, the couple’s son Omere, Mona Scott Young, Rich Dollaz, Juelz Santana and a host of relatives and friends. The food was catered by Feisty Flavors Catering. Deserts were provided by Prissy Sweet Cakes Treats and Glam Candy Buffets.
It’s unclear whether or not Yandy and Mendeecees settled on a name for their little Princess yet, but last month the glowing mom-to-be revealed what she hoped to name their baby girl.
“I love the name Smith,” she confessed, “which is my last name, but he is very big on names that have meaning. His whole family has African names that have meaning – ask me if he’s African, and I’ll tell you no. But he wants our daughter to have a name with meaning, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t know if I’m going to win the Smith battle, but all my children will be named Harris, so I just wanted to have my legacy live.”
I suppose we’ll have to wait and see which name they decide on. In the meantime, check out more photos from Yandy’s shower below and on the following pages.
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Yandy Smith has a lot to be happy about. She has her man back, an adorable son, a baby girl on the way, a successful television show, a digital lifestyle brand in Everything Girls Love and she still finds time to manage artists. Talk about a hustler! She’s a blessed and busy woman who seems to have a good head on her shoulders and a positive outlook on life. But from time to time, people try her, and she’s not afraid to respond. Earlier this year, after Mendeecees was released from jail, there were some women hitting up his direct messages on Instagram, hoping he would slip up. But they didn’t expect Yandy to have access to his account, and she wasn’t having it:
“Ooooh so y’all thought @mandeecees[sic] DM was safe? Lol! Nah when you DM him you might be talking to me…silly rabbits! #tricksareforkids #yeaIcheckthattoo #staystrong #dobetter ”
In a chat with The HipHop Socialite, she spoke further about whether or not she gets upset when women try to slide into Mendeecees’ DMs to make something happen, and despite going through his Instagram account in May, she now says she’s not worried about anybody trying to get at her fiance. She trusts him and is, well, unbothered as they say.
“It doesn’t bother me at all because just as many as he gets – like, ‘I love you, I can’t wait to see you tonight, what time you coming home baby?’ – they be on my page like that. There are people on my page like, ‘Yandy, I missed your call last night. Call me back today.’ And I don’t know this man, I’ve never seen him in my life. So because it happens to me, I don’t take issue when it happens to him, at all. It doesn’t affect me or us in the slightest, in the least. Now if he was out there liking booty pictures, now that…he learned his lesson, and I ain’t taking no booty pictures, so we good.”
She also talked about people who have a lot to say about her, her choice to stand by Mendeecees through his legal troubles, and her life in general:
“It doesn’t only happen in my relationship. It happens with my hair, my outfit, my makeup, if I’m getting fat or getting too skinny. It’s just what people do. And Instagram, Twitter, all those things have allowed people to become these super gangsters behind a screen with no face and no name. So it’s just what’s to be expected in this business. And then people often assume because they see you on a TV show, or they might see you post a few pictures, that they know your whole entire life. They don’t know what your story is, they don’t know what happens in your life, and they just assume that they know everything. And I let so many things go, but some things, if I’m in the mood and I have time, I feel like addressing. I don’t address everything, but like I said, they nitpick. If I have a post that I put up that has three hundred and fifty comments on it, you best believe there’s going to be five talking about my weight, my hair, my dad, my mom, you know, who’s this, what’s that – it’s just expected. It’s a shame, it’s sad that we are subjected to it, but I guess that’s just what comes along with the game.”
A few months ago, we learned that “Love & Hip Hop” star Yandy Smith is expecting her second child with fiancé, Mendecees Harris. As it turns, the pair is expecting a baby girl. During a recent chat with Mara the Hip Hop Socialite, the reality star revealed that she’s already in love with one particular name that she hopes to give to her baby girl.
“I love the name Smith,” the beauty confessed, “which is my last name, but he is very big on names that have meaning. His whole family has African names that have meaning – ask me if he’s African, and I’ll tell you no. But he wants our daughter to have a name with meaning, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t know if I’m going to win the Smith battle, but all my children will be named Harris, so I just wanted to have my legacy live.”
She also discussed plans for their wedding and why things keep getting pushed back.
“Everything is going good – it’s a lot. Planning a baby shower, planning a wedding, managing companies, managing artists, shooting a TV show – it’s a lot. Dates are constantly getting changed because I’m like, ‘Oh, this event is coming up. Oh, I have this EGL thing. Oh, I have this.’ So I’m just trying to manage it all, and get this wedding stuff together. But everything, you know, the aesthetics are coming along fine, it’s just locking in the time because we both have crazy schedules. So you leave it to him, we’ll be going to the justice of the peace; we’ll be going to Vegas doing a shotgun wedding. He’s like, ‘Why do we need this Yandy? Why do we need all this stuff?’ And I’m just like, ‘It’s what I dreamed about – it’s what I want.’”
As for their relationship being under constant scrutiny, Yandy had this to say:
“It doesn’t only happen in my relationship. It happens with my hair, my outfit, my makeup, if I’m getting fat or getting too skinny. It’s just what people do. And Instagram, Twitter, all those things have allowed people to become these super gangsters behind a screen with no face and no name. So it’s just what’s to be expected in this business.”
Check out Yandy’s full interview here.