Whether you enjoyed it, or saw it as buffoonery at its finest, “Flavor of Love” was a phenomenon that swept America. From Flav’s contest on whocould cook the best fried chicken, to the loogey heard round the world, people where watching “Flavor of Love” in droves, giving the network some of the highest ratings that they ever saw. With the success of the show, it lead to spin offs, and making some of its contestants household names. With each contestant that was either kicked off, or won, there was always the common phrase/warning: “This isn’t the last time you’ll hear from me.” Let’s see who kept to their threat, and who fell into the arms of obscurity (I heard it’s comforting there during winter…)
In January, 2006, “Flavor of Love” was dropped on an unsuspecting public. People who might have watched the trailer, or the promotional materials probably never expected it to become the hit that it was. Thanks to the vivid character of William Drayton, also known as Flavor Flav, the Public Enemy Hype Man, went through three seasons, over 65 women, and ended with none of them; surprising all when he proposed to the mother of his youngest child.
Where is he now? Living in Las Vegas with his girlfriend, the mother of his youngest son. After the show, he dove in the acting pool with his role as Calvester Hill in Under One Roof. He also tried his hand at writing, by releasing his memoir, Flavor Flav The Icon, the Memoir. Attempting to be a restaurateur he opened Flav’s House of Chicken. A series of unfortunate events led to the business being closed, but he’s in the process of reopening this year. In May of 2011, he was arrested due to outstanding misdemeanors for driving violations, and almost a year later he might face legal trouble for not paying child support.
I’m an optimist, so I’m hoping that Flav gets his chicken joint together, sells lots of books, and make a lot of revenue and avoid jail for that child support!
What would “Flavor of Love” be without the ladies? In his first season, he dwindled down the competition of twenty women to Nicole Alexander, a woman he dubbed as Hoopz. After Flavor of Love, Hoopz was featured in over a dozen magazines and gossiped to be linked to some of the top names in Hip Hop. To show her acting chops she appeared in Lil’ Boosie’s and Webbie’s movie, Ghetto Stories, but she went back to her reality roots when she competed and won in the VH1 spin-off “I Love Money.” Now, she travels the world with her A-List, retired basketball boyfriend, Shaquille O’Neal. Rumors be darned!
Oh Pumkin, Pumkin, Pumkin. When Brooke Thompson appeared on the first season of “Flavor of Love,” she probably didn’t realize that she would fall into eternal infamy when her tensions between fellow reality contestant, New York, got her so mad that she could spit. Literally. Being eliminated off of the show for having a past in reality television, she continued to do more reality television. Appearing in VH1’s “Flavor of Love Girls Charm School” and “I Love Money.” In 20o6 she did a reality show for Playboy television, entitled “Foursome,” where her, fellow VH1 alum, Heat (from “I Love New York”), Dunbar from “Real World Australia,” and one other person I don’t know, participated in the wholesome acts that make Playboy television a channel that you pay an extra $14.99 a month for.
She was also rumored to be engaged, but talks of it being a publicity stunt squelched all other rumors.
The HBIC. Her antics are what drew viewers in, and honestly, was the reason that I bought seasons 1 and 2 on DVD. (Don’t judge me.) Tiffany Pollard, an aspiring actress, was so polarizing that she not only was asked to rejoin the cast for Flavor of Love 2, but she got four of her own reality shows.
Once the reality cameras stopped rolling she appeared in the film Black Sunday
, and she performed on stage in two separate plays. In a Vlad interview on youtube she reveals that she was set up for a third installment of I Love New York
, but due to extenuating circumstances (I’m assuming the tragedy attached to Ryan Jenkins
) her show was stopped, along with other reality stars. At the moment, she’s in talks with other networks, and she seems a lot more mellow than she was when she was cursing people out on the show.
Krazy, Heather Crawford, or Neveah if you’re in the music industry, seemed like she was looking for friendship and exposure on the show, resulting in the whole house turning against her. However, after Flavor of Love 2 she participated in Flavor of Love Girls Charm School, hoping to regain what she felt she lost from her portrayal on Flavor of Love. As of now, according to her twitter, she just recently performed in Vegas with Kelis. Good job, Krazy/Neveah!
Candace Cabrera, also known as Black appeared in the middle of season 3 of Flavor of Love, shaking up the competition. After the show, leaving as the runner up, she was rumored to be dating footballer Vernon Davis and Lil Wayne. She appeared in a few music videos, and so far, that’s about it.
I hope you enjoyed this stroll down reality television lane. If you feel like I missed anyone, please comment.
*An honorable mention:
Myammee, government name Angela Pitts, not only used her looks to appear in magazines and music videos, but after she won “I Love Money,” she opened up her own hair shop in Miami, Florida. Her shop, which opened in 2009, has been thriving ever since, showing that reality tv doesn’t mean you can only be a beautiful face, but you can achieve a lot more.
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