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This week, we were happy to announce Lupita Nyong’o is always winning. The highly regarded cosmetic business, Lancome revealed Nyong’o will be their new spokeswoman. Besides Nyong’o, Yandy Smith of LHHNY had a win of her own. She bailed her fiancé Mendeecees Harris out of jail, allowing him some much needed family time. Speaking of reunions and love, Drake and Rihanna have become very close again. Yesterday, the rapper released a new song that may be about their romance. Unfortunately this week, the news made us roll our eyes many times over. Alexsandra Wright, Beyonce’s half brother’s mother claims she and her son Nixon are now homeless. Marie Claire told the world Kendal Jenner took cornrows to a “new epic level”, causing an uproar with Black Twitter.
When not annoyed, we were sad to hear the progress of a case regarding a teen boy who was shot for sneaking into his girlfriend’s house. To top the week off, we cheered for a New York teenager who was accepted into all the Ivy League universities.
This is, as the church folks would say, Lupita’s season. The fashion and beauty industry’s obsession with this young lady has not letting up. The Oscar winning actress has been named the new face of makeup brand, Lancome. Lupita will be the first black ambassador for Lancome which has featured Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as former spokeswomen.
Drake and Rihanna have been getting quite cute and cozy lately: holding hands, going out on dinner dates while jetsetting around the world for his tour, wearing similar clothes, and spotted having fun together. In his new song, Drake ran off his thoughts about a lot of things; many people are saying the song was something of an ode to the Bajan bad girl, and we agree.
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.
Okay so what do you get when you mix Lil’ Kim, Yandy Smith and a brand spankin’ new health care law together? The #GetCovered tour! The expectant rapper and the Love & Hip Hop reality TV star — plus a slew of other celebrities — are taking the Affordable Care Act on the road tomorrow in New York City to get the public psyched to get covered by Obamacare. Schedule provided here.
For Yandy, the #GetCovered tour is quite personal — she stresses that Obamacare helped provide Amir, her son, cost-effective health insurance for his kidney complications:
“It’s no secret that my son was born with a preexisting kidney condition and as a mom, my first priority was to put his health first” she said in a press statement. “However, when I discovered my health insurance had been cancelled, I immediately went into panic mode to find the best solution. The Affordable Care Act provided my family and, most importantly my son, affordable coverage we could count on.”
Joining the Lil Kim and Yandy Smith, the headliners for the tour are Dipset’s Juelz Santana, Basketball Wives’ Jennifer Williams, GlobalGrind’s president Michael Skolnik, WEEN’s co-founder and CEO Valeisha Butterfield Jones, and more! It’s a star-studded one-day tour to encourage the uninsured to shake off the passivity and #GetCovered by Obamacare.
This united day of celebrities and community leaders comes on the heels of the announcement of another delay on the Obamacare deadline. All uninsured Americans were once required to be signed up by March 31. Now the POTUS has extended that to mid-April because some Americans “are not educated on how to use the Internet,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
On Wednesday, at a press conference defending the Obamacare extension, Reid added: “There are some people who are not like my grandchildren who can handle everything so easily on the Internet, and these people need a little extra time.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner was unsurprisingly peeved about the delay. “What the hell is this, a joke?” he asked. Reid retorted that he didn’t hear a peep out of Boehner when former President Bush asked for a similar extension for Medicare Part D. “It really does appear extremely disingenuous that they oppose anything that’s good about Obamacare, anything good about anything this administration tries to do,” Reid added.
If you’re sans insurance, and you haven’t enrolled yet, this is great news! Had you failed to enroll in time, you’d either pay a $95 penalty or get one percent snatched right out of your income — whichever is higher. In order to qualify for an extension, however, you’ll have to check a blue box on HealthCare.gov to show that you at least tried to purchase Obamacare on the marketplace before the deadline.
“Although no one will be asked why they need an extension, the idea is to help people whose applications have been held up because of the Web site’s technical problems, or who haven’t been able to get the system to calculate subsidies to help them pay for coverage,” The Washington Post wrote.
As of March 17, about five million people have signed up for Obamacare – just one million short of their six million goal. (Update: The White House has just announced that they’ve reached the six million mark with four days to go until the deadline.) That’s why the #GetCovered tour is being organized on Friday, March 28 to get the uninsured insured! The event will kick off in New York City going through Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Bronx.
Following the tour, there will be a #GetCovered enrollment par-tay at 5pm ’til midnight. Everyone will have an opportunity to enroll on site. You won’t want to miss it!
Mandeeces Harris has been battling some pretty tough charges of drug trafficking since early last year, and if you watched this season of Love and Hip Hop New York, it almost seemed like the reality star and his family, Yandy Smith especially, had no idea if and when he was going to get out of jail. But rumors swirled earlier this month that Harris may have found a way to be released, especially after he (or someone) took to his Instagram a couple days ago to post a picture of Harris drinking a large glass of wine with the caption, “Having a drink…ya’ll missed me?”
Since the rumors started, Smith hasn’t said anything about them on social media. This could possibly be because she’s not allowed to talk about it, or maybe because he hasn’t actually been released.
However, she took to Instagram yesterday to post a picture of Mandeecees’ friends and to respond to rumors that her man is a free man.
“Now that I have a free second…if it doesn’t come from me. It’s probably not true. You know they love to speculate and exaggerate. @2thejew you got Instagram in a frenzy over that old pic! @babyjunior_stp, Preme…y’all go hard! He sends his love #rorolife #freethatman #nowbacktoworkIgo #filmlife #2daysinharlem”
Some of her followers are still not buying it though, wondering why he would mislead people on his Instagram page, and thinking that he possibly is “free,” as in, on bail, and that she just can’t talk too much about his case because it’s still pending. Whatever is going on, we just hope for the best for his kids at this point.
What do you think? Could he be free?
After beating some pretty series statutory rape charges, “Love & Hip Hop” star Mendeecees Harris was arrested and indicted on federal drug trafficking charges at the start of 2013. More than a year has passed since then, and it looks like the reality star and father of two may have a decent chance of being released—if he hasn’t been released already, that is.
According to Uptown, In Dec. 2013 Harris’ co-defendent Ronald “Kelz” Walker pled guilty to narcotics conspiracy and money laundering charges. He confessed to arranging for the distribution of at least 40 kilograms of coke and 1 kilogram of heroin through Harris in addition to a few others. He also confessed to laundering millions of dollar through businesses in his name. As a result of his plea agreement, he was sentenced to the minimum of 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release.
Though it appears that Walker’s confession only further implicated Harris in the charges being brought against him, the reality star’s future still remains unclear. As of Nov. 2013, no public docket entries have been made by the County Clerk regarding Harris. In addition to all of that, according to the Bureau of Prsions and Harris’ attorney say that he is not in federal custody. They have not, however, offered any additional information about the “Love & Hip Hop” star’s whereabouts. The most recent activity appearing on Harris’ file was regarding his long-awaited detention hearing; however, there was no activity following that order.
If and when the hearing is held—if it hasn’t been held already—the court will listen to testimonies and determine whether or not there is probable cause that Harris committed the alleged crimes. The judge must then decide whether or not releasing Harris would pose a flight risk and whether or not he’s a danger to the community. Since it has already been confirmed that Harris is no longer in federal custody and no filings have been made recently, Uptown’s Jaia A. Thomas and Patrice Sulton speculate that the case has already been resolved and sealed.
You’d think that Yandy would’ve announced if Mendeecees was released from prison by now. But then again, maybe not. We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
Love and Hip Hop New York is of course a reality show based on the behind-the-scenes lives of men and women in the world of hip-hop, and their day-to-day challenges with love. Every week, with each episode, we expected to see the typical reality TV drama that entertained and kept us intrigued from beginning to end, but along with the drama (and there was a lot), there were also lessons to be learned from each lady who struggled to deal with balancing her career and her relationship issues. I know many of you may be thinking, ‘What is it that we could possibly learn about relationships from the women of this show when it seems as though their love lives are filled with antics and theatrics beyond belief?’ Well, believe it or not, the relationships that have the most turmoil and dramatics are the ones you can learn the most from…if you observe carefully.
When recalling the relationship of Yandy Smith and Mendecees, the first two words that come to mind are patience and endurance. Well, at least for me. We all know the dynamics of this relationship, and we’ve seen how Yandy tries to keep it together through loneliness, single motherhood and juggling her many tasks as a career woman all while waiting patiently to reunite with her man, who faces an uncertain future. Many people would say she’s a fool for waiting for Mendecees to be released from jail, however, this is a prime example of patience and endurance with love at its best. The lesson that can be learned here is that if you think someone is worth it, you will wait patiently for them and endure what you deem necessary for the good of the relationship. Not everyone is up for the task, but she’s not the first woman to do it.
Sticking to your guns is the lesson women should have taken away from Tahiry Jose. Walking away from the man she loved and their more than a decade-long relationship was a bold move. It may have hurt her to her soul to end things, but she knew she deserved better than what Joe was giving. And she stuck with it. When he decided to propose to her in lavish fashion, Tahiry stuck to her guns and told him that she would not marry him until he could prove to her that he was worth her hand in marriage. By doing this, Tahiry set a new tone for the dynamics of their relationship and now he knows there is a higher standard to be met. Whether or not he is up to the challenge is up to Joe.
The name of the show is Love and Hip Hop, not Love and Hop Scotch, right? This is the question that comes to mind when observing Erica Jean and Saigon. Why do I say this? Because if you noticed the pattern at all between them, it seems as though they missed a few steps on their way to couple-hood. Let’s think about it…one minute they’re at each others throats, next they’re trying to function as parents for the sake of their child, then all of a sudden they’re moving in together so they can get to know each other and make an attempt to live happily ever after! Did I miss something, or did they? There are stages people should go through to build a successful love connection, and while each couples’ situation may vary, there’s still a certain protocol that should be followed. Ladies, if you can help it, take the time to actually be your potential mate’s friend first, allow him to court you, then make a mutual decision to move forward from there.
Healing is fundamental. That’s what I got from watching the antics of Tara Wallace and Erica Mena. Both of these young ladies failed to take time out for themselves to reflect back on their failed relationships, refocus and allow time for healing before they started dating someone new. This is a mistake that is made far too often with women and the results are yet another failed love connection. Why? Because they’re not over the previous mate, and those lingering feelings can affect progress with someone new. Ladies, if you do nothing else for yourselves after a relationship has ended, be sure to take a brief hiatus from the dating scene to fill the void in your heart and work towards moving past your previous love interest. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your future partner.
While there are other lessons to be learned from these and other women on the show, the lessons above are some of the most valuable because many women can relate to each circumstance in some way (I can’t relate to Amina and her secret marriage, that’s just crazy). Everyone has their own definition of love and we all experience different struggles, but the one thing we must remember is that the lessons love teaches us should be cherished and applied throughout life because they make us who we are or they break us so we can rebuild and become the people we were meant to be. What lessons did you learn from the ladies this season? Can you relate to any of them?
Liz Lampkin is the Author of Are you a Reflection of the Man You Pray For? Follow her on Twitter @Liz_Lampkin.
Last week, we reported that the mother of one of Mendeecees’ sons, Erika didn’t like the fact that Yandy called Amina a homewrecker, when she felt Yandy had some of her own dirt. Basically, she said that both her son, Aasim, and Yandy’s son Omere were born within less than a year of each other, causing her to believe that Yandy and Mendeecees started their relationship before Mendeecees ended the one with her. Who knows what the truth is, but all of it is a hot mess.
And Bossip and then we, MadameNoire, reported the story and questioned the image Yandy attempts to project on the show. And unsurprisingly, she didn’t take too kindly to it. She wrote an open letter chastising black blogs, specifically Bossip, Baller Alert and Hollywood Street King for reporting Erika’s claims instead of highlighting all of the good things she does. We found the letter on TheJasmineBrand this morning.
There are a few things I want to get off my chest today. I’ve been too busy to address a few rumors that have made their way to the blogs, but I feel it is necessary for me to address now. Certain blogs tend to report inaccurate information and pride themselves on having the “inside scoop” or latest “breaking news” when really they don’t. I’m disgusted because more often than not it’s pure propaganda, false tales, assumptions and pure buffoonery. I totally get it, some of your stories are for “entertainment purposes only and clicks”. However, how do you sleep at night knowing you are ruining lives, reputations and families over and over again?
I dare say, if we reversed the pen and wrote about you, including, all the lies you print how would you feel? Yes, we all have our situations and we all go through things, it’s called being human. However, some of us have enough truth that makes for good stories, so why lie? Why not confirm with the source before you print the defamation that so easily drips from your tongue? Most bloggers hide behind their computer screens with fake aliases and screen names. Is it because you’ve never had your own voice? Is it because your truth is too ugly to stand firm and proud of? Half the things you write about a person, if they were standing in front of you, you wouldn’t dare have the guts to say.
I’m most displeased with young black bloggers that are struggling and trying to build a career for themselves at the detriment of someone else’s livelihood, careers and family, that looks and struggles just like you. Haven’t we been put down enough? Why can’t we embrace one another? Haven’t we struggled so much to get where we are, and now you use your voice for this?!
Bossip, I’ve done many interviews for you and I can’t believe you created a story that was completely false, even down to the small details. What is most disappointing is that you know my number directly and didn’t call to verify. Don’t piece together puzzles that clearly don’t fit. There is no scandal or juicy story. People break up, people start new relationships, people have children, people get back together, so what?!
Baller Alert…I don’t know anything about you ladies and I have never done an interview with or for you, but for some reason you constantly have my family as a target of your slander, degradation and lies. I’m not hard to find if you want to know some truth about me. One question…why don’t you write about the fact that I’m a woman that has done very well in this industry as an Entrepreneur in which I’m providing over 20 jobs for young people? I’m a successful manager, a successful creator and producer, a successful reality personality and I have an inspirational book coming hitting shelves soon for women like me and you. Not juicy enough to write about? Too much truth? Why can’t you write about me being a mom and a step mom that does a damn good job at being the best mom and stepmom I can be. Still, not juicy enough for you? Ladies, what’s your end goal in this industry? Seriously, what Fortune 500 company will endorse such trash you speak of and write? I’m appalled to know this company is ran by young black women.
And finally, Hollywood Street King- your titles or your articles frequent, “your favorite rapper is sleeping with his tranny lover” or “she has lost her children due to drug abuse” or most recently “he wants less time so he’s a rat”. How about the one recently directed at me, “I sign artists to my label and take all their publishing and royalties”…WHERE do you get your information from??!!! What proof do you have of any of the lies you tell that spread like wildfire? Do you know the people you speak about, do you have an inside track on what is done behind our closed doors? NO YOU DO NOT! Show paperwork, show pictures and prove it. You say things constantly that aren’t factual and pull it completely from your A$$. It’s completely ridiculous. Just and FYI, Juelz and Vado are family to that man, he would die before he ever put any of their lives in danger or have them subjected to anything that would take them from their families. So, stop with the lies and fairy tales, which he thought was hilarious by the way…too bad I didn’t.
Now, to the believers and avid followers of these websites and all the others that bank on lies and misfortune of our people, please take it for what it is…”entertainment only“. These bloggers do not know us, they usually don’t have inside scoops or factual breaking news. It’s purely to generate income from the retention time you give them by staying on their sites and increasing their advertising dollars. Read their stories with a grain of salt and a side eye. If you want good reads that enlighten you, educate you, entertain you and are 100% factual, please visit www.Everythinggirlslove.com.
You can read Baller Alert‘s response to Yandy’s open letter on the next page.
Apparently, Love and Hip Hop New York’s Yandy Smith isn’t as squeaky clean as we thought she was. Of all her cast mates, she certainly has the most on the ball. But the mother of Mendeeces’ first two sons brought a few things to light on Monday after Yandy claimed Amina was a home wrecker for destroying Tara and Peter’s family.
The mother of Mendeecees’ first son, little Mendeecees (who I’ll call MJ for the purpose of this article), is named Erika. And she went to Instagram to throw some dirt on Yandy’s “good name.” If we were to judge by LHHNY, it would seem that Mendeecees only has two sons and one is considerably older than the other, meaning that one relationship was over before Yandy’s and Mendeecees’ courtship began.
But according to Erika, there is another child we knew nothing about. Erika posted a picture of her son, Aasim who was born in August of 2011. Omere was born in the summer of 2012. Sure there was some time in between but we’d bet good money Mendeecees was messing with both of them at the same time. And if he was messing with both of them, there is a good chance that Yandy knew about it. Erika is convinced she did. If she did know it, it would make Yandy somewhat of a homewrecker. Who knows the two claim to have been on and off, though we don’t really know what Mendeecees was telling either of them.
Here’s the message Erika posted on Instagram.
You can check the pictures she posted on the following pages.
Besides a lot of drama, the series “Love and Hip-Hop New York” has also spawned a pair of entrepreneurs–Yandy Smith and Rich Dollaz. The two decided to start their own label, Lenox Ave Records, and are embarking on a nationwide tour to scout for new talent, reports Vibe Vixen.
According to Smith, they make perfect business partners. “Rich may be many things, but one thing he is great at is finding talent and cultivating that talent,” she tells Vixen. “He can take someone who can’t sing and make a great record and that alone was enough for me to see OK I want to be in business with him, and I’m really good at connecting the dots, and I have a lot of relationships in this business.”
And she is confident they will be taken seriously. She told Vibe Vixen, “I can walk in to pretty much [any] record label and be respected as a player in the game, so I felt with my behind-the-scenes [knowledge] and Rich’s forefront with the music, that was a great combination.”
Though both partner’s success has been well documented, Rich was upfront about having missed missed out on a few big names and opportunities. “I actually had the opportunity to sit with Rich Homie Quan about three years ago, and it never really panned out, and now I turn on the radio and the kid’s everywhere getting 25 grand a night so yea I think I missed out on that.”
Smith, herself, has memories of an unsigned Justin Beiber. “Let me tell you who came in me and Mona’s office — he was a little boy with his mom and Scooter Braun — Justin Beiber. Before he got the records, before he put out a song, he was a YouTube sensation. He came into our office, Mona to this day swears up and down he was not looking for a manager…but I really believe he came over because he wanted us to manage him and we just dropped the ball on it. Imagine if I managed Justin Beiber right now, you know what my life would be?”
Smith, who also has a clothing line called YS by Simply Intricate, says the upcoming season of “Love and Hip-Hop New York” will show what her real life is like now, balancing life as a single mom and a career woman. It will also show the great things she and Rich have in the works.
“Rich and I are getting ready to go on a national tour, trying to find talent for our label, and we’re looking for the full package,” she said.
Dollaz added, “The new label, I started a modeling agency as well, its gonna be some ups and downs, some plate throwing, some arguments, some glasses throwing, you know the regular Richie Dollaz s**t. I’m a little bit cleaner this year, I’m not as bad as last year.”
Last night we got our first glimpse into the life of Yandy Smith sans Mendeecees on the season four premiere of Love & Hip-Hop New York. At the end of season three, we saw Mendeecees turn himself into authorities on some pretty serious drug charges, but when Yandy came into the office to talk to us about the next season of LHHNY she told us she’s doing surprisingly well.
Always one to put business and money first, Yandy told us because that’s been her approach to her and Mendeecees’ relationship the entire time, she’s been rocking with that same attitude while her fiance is away for an uncertain amount of time. Yandy also shared a very important lesson all women in relationships should know, which is the fact that she’s doing her while Mendeecees is struggling doesn’t mean she loves him any less, she just loves herself first.
Check out the video to see what else Yandy had to say about being a single parent and building her media empire. What do you think?