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Breaking news, y'all!  Some of the things we see on VH1's Love & Hip Hop franchise aren't actually true!  Yes, that's right!  Relationships, fights, and drama are faked for the sake of entertainment.  I know, I know.  I couldn't believe it either.  I'll give you a moment to deal with this shocker… ;)

There are some major rumors swirling around the original Love & Hip Hop, as well as Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.  My initial guess was that Joseline was actually a Julliard trained actress who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, but I was a tad off base.  Still, it's good gossip, nonetheless!  We'll start with the tame and move along to some really juicy deets which involve the Ericas from both series.  Read on!

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Love & Hip Hop returned last night with a vengeance.  Apparently the cast had a lot of fights to make up for after being off the air for a week.  Almost every story line incorporated a screaming match, if not a physical altercation.  Keeping it classy as always, VH1!

The episode begins as Erica Mena and Rich Dollaz are celebrating her success in the recording studio.  She is ready to start on the video, and Rich teases her for being demanding.  He wants the pair to sign a contract.  Rich isn't going to ask for any favors just because Erica is his girlfriend.  She wants to be cautious with her career. 

Lore'l is working on her music, and Winter Amos comes to see her at the studio.  Winter wants to help her friend reach her potential.  She wants to know why Lore'l hasn't already become the next big thing.  Lore'l has broken Business 101, and she's being managed by one of her good friends.  Winter thinks this is a huge issue, and she plants the seed in Lore'l's head to look for better management.

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Well, I didn't see this one coming!  The producers of VH1's Love & Hip Hop can breathe (a little) easier now that one of this season's stars has been cleared of child molestation charges.  On the show, Yandy Smith's boyfriend Mendeecees  Harris comes across as a harmless, if not totally clueless, guy who wishes he had more street cred than he does.  It makes sense that fans of the show were floored when horrific allegations were made against him.

Mendeecees' name has been cleared, and he is no longer facing decades in prison.  I am glad that precious baby Amir won't have to grow up without his father.  Now, if only he could beat those drug charges…

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I honestly don't know what to think about Love & Hip Hop.  First I loved it, then I was "eh," and now I keep switching up which cast members I like and which ones annoy the poo out of me.  Can you guess who was getting on my nerves during the recent hip hop shenanigans?

Last night's episode begins with Olivia Longott meeting Erica Mena so Erica can apologize (is that what she's attempting?) for her behavior at Yandy's party the following evening.  She hadn't planned on being so confrontational.  Of course, then Erica starts going off on Liv for not doing a favor for Rich Dollaz and making the record with her.  Erica is sick of watching Rich do everything for Olivia when she gives him nothing in return…nothing but a paycheck!  Does Erica understand what it means to be a manager?  She then starts warning Liv that her friendship with Rich is faltering, but Olivia assures Erica that they've been best friends for years, and that isn't going to change.  Huffy that she can't change Olivia's mind about the song by just trying to talk over her, Erica storms away.  So much for that apology, right?

Jen Bayer heads into the studio to visit with her friend Raqi Thunda.  Raqi is Muslim, and she would like to get a woman's perspective on Consequence's religion.  Jen has considered converting, but she wants their son to be able to experience Christmas and Easter.  Raqi is flabbergasted that the pair didn't discuss their religious differences before having a child together, and Jen is in tears over the thought that she'll never bake Christmas cookies with Caden.

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I'm still not sure how I feel about this new group VH1 has pulled together for the new season of Love & Hip Hop.  Some seem incredibly boring, while others (cough, cough Erica Mena) are too over the top.  Speaking of, Erica was still keeping it classy on last night's episode.  She's meeting with Lore'l to discuss they're beef from last week.  Erica doesn't like how she ganged up with Rich Dollaz.  Lore'l doesn't understand why Erica is so proud of her craziness.  Erica tries to pretend that the record was Lore'l's idea, and then she claims to have asked Lore'l to make her relevant.

Consequence is a practicing Muslim, and he and Jen Bayer are raising Caden to be Muslim, but Jen isn't sure she's ready to jump on board.  Cons wants the family to pray together, and Jen hopes that they can expose Caden to some of the Christian traditions she participated in as a child.  Religion is very important to Cons, and he is counting on Jen to start learning about Islam and his spirituality.

Yandy Smith's little Amir is so precious.  Mendeecees and Yandy discuss their relationship, and he is proud of himself for curing his wandering eye.  He wants to be a family man now.  Mendeecees wants the family to move to a bigger place, but Yandy doesn't want to move because her mom lives upstairs.  She thinks her living situation is stable, and Mendeecees has been anything but until recently.  Yandy wants to make sure that they are on the right track before they take that next step. 

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Okay, I'll be honest.  I didn't think I'd grow to like this new group on Love & Hip Hop.  I certainly didn't fathom that I'd start changing my tune during the second episode…but I did.  I'm still iffy about Raqi Thunda, but I like Rashidah AliJoe Budden and Tahiry Jose are going to bring the drama

When we last left the new crew, Tahiry and Raqi were involved in some behavior unbecoming of a pool party…unless your on a VH1 reality show.  So, they totally fit right in, I'd say.  Tahiry heads to Rashidah's house to vent to her friend about the situation.  Rashidah is floored to hear that Tahiry went to Joe's pool party, and she's even more floored to hear that Raqi was there.  Rashidah considers her to be "IP"…or Industry What the fab 90's rap song OPP was about.  Classy.  Tahiry admits to blacking out during her altercation with Raqi, and Rashidah accuses her friend of "dumbing down" for Joe.  I like this chick.  She calls it like it is!  Tahiry thinks that something is off with Joe, and she's worried about him. 

We are introduced to Jen Bayer, better known as Jen the Pen.  She's a hip hop gossip blogger and has a radio show.   She is dating rapper Consequence, who is the self-proclaimed best ghost writers in the history of rap.  They've been together for five years and have a baby boy.  He has an impressive resume as he's written with tiny rapper Kanye West, Diddy, and Beyonce.  Jen meets her friend Winter Ramos (who made a brief appearance at that fateful pool party) at Consequence's sound check.  She is Fab's assistant, but she worked with (and slept with) a slew of famous name rappers.  Jen shares with Winter that she's ready to go back to work after the baby.  Winter has recently written a tell-all about her experience in the music industry.  She's put a lot of controversial details in her book, but she's not worried about any backlash. 

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Oh gracious!  I wasn't even a minute in to watching last night's premiere of the original Love & Hip Hop when I realized it had gone by way of Atlanta.  It's over stylized and filmed as if it's rap video, not a reality show.  It's going to be a long season.  I'll be honest, it was hard to keep up with all the drama, but I think it's going to be eventful…and I think we saw it all on L&HHA with just a different cast of characters. 

As the episode starts, we're introduced to Tahiry Jose who claims to be a video vixen, model, and actress.  Right now, she's also a waitress.  However, even she knows that she's most famous for being Joe Budden's ex-girlfriend.  She left their five year relationship because Joe wasn't handling his business properly.  Joe loves being in the public eye, and he gained quite a following when he would post videos of Tahiry on You Tube.  He misses Tahiry and hopes that the two can work on developing a strong friendship.  The pair is meeting for lunch, and two things are evident: he likes riling her up, and Tahiry isn't a fan of Joe's shenanigans.  Tahiry wonders why Joe so desperately needs to be friends with her…can't he share all his life stories with his new lady?  Joe just wants to keep Tahiry on a string for when he needs her.  The lunch ends with Tahiry screaming at him and shoving the table so hard that her sangria topples.  I have to hand it to that one extra playing the role of restaurant patron number two had the acting sense to appear shocked at the couple's tirade while all the other extras just ate their free lunches and pretended like nothing was happening. 

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Not even Stevie J and Joseline could scare this franchise out of existence…unfortunately.  VH1's Love & Hip Hop is set to return in January, and hopefully the original show will get back to the original premise and leave Atlanta's scripted ridiculousness behind.  I have my fingers crossed, but I'm not holding my breath! 

It will be the third season for the network hit, and undoubtedly drama-filled.  Rumor has it that first season cast members Olivia Longott and Rich Dollaz will return along with second season additions Erica Mena and new mom Yandy Smith.  It looks like the show has totally cleaned house, although given the success of Chrissy Lampkin and Jim Jones' spin-off, I'm not shocked they are absent from the roster.

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