Toya Wright is opening a new chapter. Literally. She’s finally sharing her life story through a new book In My Own Words. The memoir chronicles her life of equal parts fortune and misfortune while surviving fame, love, and tremendous loss.
In My Own Words is Toya’s third book, but her most personal. “I get very raw and you get to see TOYA, not Toya Wright. It’s the stripped down, naked truth of my life and my REAL reality – not what you see on television.”
Fast forward a few months to this past April, and Mendeecees entered a guilty plea to charges that could land him in prison for close to a decade. Just last month, a US District judge handed down the maximum sentence to the reality star, and Mendeecees’ wife Yandy was chastised for throwing him a lavish going away (to the clink) party (twas a tad gauche). Accepting culpability for his actions, Mendeecees has been very vocal about changing the cycle of children who grew up as he did. While I clearly don’t condone any of Mendeecees’ horrific dealings, I did get the vibe (on the show) that he is a truly genuine person who wants the best for his children…although now he won’t be around to deliver.
Is it really tacky to give your loved one a helluva send-off before they’re placed in locked-down? Well apparently Yandy Smith, one of Love & Hip-Hop: New York’s stars, didn’t think throwing a ‘Going Away Celebration’ for her husband of one year and father of her two children, Mendeecees Harriswas such a terrible thing to do but some folks on Twitter disagree. According to Bossip, when news of Yandy’s club affair that is being held tonight in Dallas, Texas was leaked out and hit the internet, Twitterverse ‘turnt up! ‘
According to Bossip, the commentswere hardly complimentary nor empathetic about a move, many considered to be outright brash and shameless, for a man who broke the law:
It seems that spouses Peter Gunz (pictured center) and Amina Buddafly(pictured left) of Love & Hip Hopare giving good relationship tomfoolery this season. The on again/off again but never really apart pair, got into a heated argument over who else…Peter’s ex gal pal and baby momma, Tara Wallace(pictured right). The women verbally duked it out while Peter stood on the sidelines watching and it all ended up in a pearl-clutching moment, when Amina announced she was pregnant!
Well, Tara moved into Amina and Peter’s Yonkers, New York apartment complex for the good of their children, who are half siblings (Amina has one child, Tara has two) and all fathered by ‘the creeper.’ The triangle got even messier because Peter, who is still very married to Amina, once again, got vertical with Tara. Since a woman’s intuition is never wrong, Amina decided she needed to have it out with her rival. The German-born singer felt she needed to know, if her husband did in fact pay Tara and her bed, a visit. The women met at a promenade where Tara was working out. The females got into an argument because Tara opted to remain mum about her dalliance with Peter. Amina wound up taking flight.
It’s heartbreaking news for the Love & Hip Hop star who is married to Yandy Smith and the father of two young children, but Mendeecees now says that he takes full responsibilities for his actions and explains why he turned to a life of crime in the first place.
The original Love & Hip Hop franchise may be returning in two weeks with a brand new season, but one cast member may not get to watch the episodes as they air. Mendeecees Harris was sentenced today in Rochester, New York on a very serious drug trafficking charge.
The reality star (and groom of co-star Yandy Smith, thanks to VH1 sponsored live wedding ceremony) pleaded guilty to crime back in April in US District Court, and his sentence today could have had him facing years of prison time and a very hefty fine. As I was typing up this post, the Democrat & Chronicle updated its site with the judge’s ruling. Mendeecees was sentenced to serve 97 months in jail, or just over eight years to those (like myself) who aren’t mathletes.