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After last week’s romantic (?) proposal, Love & Hip Hop resumed with some slight back story behind Jim Jones’ decision to head to Miami. There is a video montage of the pair from season one intermixed with Jim preparing to pop the question.

As he waxes poetic in the background about what it means to have Chrissy as a lady and confidante, why she is perfect for him, and what all they’ve been through, we watch him shower (he totes has a body under those baggy clothes!), profess his love for Chrissy in the steamy mirror and contemplate choosing the perfect ring. Oh VH1, how cheesy lovely.

After Chrissy says yes, it turns out the entire Miami trip was a set-up by Jim. He has all her friends and family at the restaurant, and apparently Emily, Teairra, and Olivia were in on the plan as well. I clearly didn’t give Jim enough credit. That was a pretty sweet proposal. In her interview, Chrissy cries about how wonderful it feels to be a Jones, compliments crizazy Mama Jones (love!) for raising such a wonderful son and ends with a tearful, “Even if we never get married… I will always have love for Jim in my f*&^ing heart.” And here I was thinking that Jim was the more romantic out of the two. Chrissy is like a female Shakespeare!

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On last night’s Love & Hip Hop, it was all about talking. Blah. Blah. Blah. Everyone wants to discuss Kimbella and Erica’s fight. Yandy wants to talk about her issues with Chrissy which are weighing on her professional relationship with Jim and Chrissy just wants to cry about how Jim isn’t ready to commit.

We begin with Yandy Smith meeting up with Erica Mena about her brawl with Kimbella Vanderhee. Yandy can’t understand why Erica instigated such a hurtful confrontation. Yandy is so confused with Erica’s belief that her behavior was alright. Erica thinks that Kimbella talking about the pair being on the same level career-wise was enough to provoke her insults. Yandy sets her straight… Erica isn’t Yandy’s friend, she is nothing more than a potential client that proved she had a dirty mouth and ugly intentions.

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The ladies of Love & Hip Hop are no strangers to drama. In fact, the most recent episode highlighted a cat fight between Kimbella Vanderhee and video vixen Erica Mena.

Following the airing of the fist fight (which appeared largely instigated by Erica), Erica is now crying foul stating she was misrepresented on the show! Uh, uh. In an interview with Necole Bitchie, Erica claims VH1 edited her to be the bad guy and that the show is now ruining her modeling career because surely we all knew who she was before the show aired!

“My whole image in my career is now affected by this. I wanted them to pull this clip because I don’t want to show this side of me,” says Erica.

Erica adds: “[Kimbella] throwing that glass at me — like I said, whether cameras are there or not, how I reacted is just how I would react for any situation, whether I was on the show or not. Obviously my words hurt her so she decided to become a Basketball Wife and throw a glass at me so I had to be a Bronx b*tch and snuff her. It plays out how it plays out. I can’t really get into that point right now but that moment did backfire on me. There is the bad, there is the ugly, it is what it is.”

Meanwhile, TheYBF.com recently spilled the beans regarding a discussion with Yandy Smith who accounts for the brawl between her close friend and potential client. Yandy believes the drama is manufactured for the show by VH1. You don’t say! A portion of her interview is below.

YBF: Some people believe you’re an instigator, and you play like you have no idea what’s going on. And what we can’t understand is why does EVERYBODY want to fight Kimbella? Is she always the victim or do you call her out for her wrong doings as well?

Yandy: I know people have been calling me the Don King of reality tv, but what I want folks to know is that you only see 10 minutes out of a person’s 24 hour day. I am not all about money and I am a good friend. But this is a reality show…it’s for entertainment. These ladies and I are not really friends, but we are put in social interactions for entertainment purposes. And sometimes, things happen. The producers like to get a reaction because a good fight can lead to 3 million viewers.

As for Kimbella, she doesn’t play victim at all. But for whatever reason, a lot of people [on and off the show] hate on her. I have seen it with my own eyes….people want to pick on her. And now she is so used to people coming for her that she is a little sensitive. But once you break down that wall, she is a sweet girl. But she is not presented in the best light on this show for a number of reasons.

YBF: Any chance of you reconciling with Chrissy after the drama with Jimmy and Mama Jones and you dancing to Nancy’s song?

Yandy: I’ve said it before, I don’t have a problem with Chrissy. I never have. But I have always been close to Nancy. We have talked on the phone every day for the past 8 years. And I wasn’t trying to diss Chrissy when we danced to the song. But it’s like, if you are in the club and a song your favorite auntie made comes on…..you are going to dance! I was like, we in the club and they playing Nancy’s song! I didn’t think about how that made Chrissy feel…..but I did apologize.

TMZ is also reporting about Erica Mena’s latest scene, where she fought with Kimbella Vanderhee after stirring the pot to the point Kimbella had no recourse but to throw a drink her face. Kimbella says, according to the site, that Erica “wasn’t edited to look like the bad guy during their massive hair-pulling cat fight in this week’s episode — Erica WAS the bad guy… and VH1 just showed her for who she truly is.”

As you recall, Erica unleashed a verbal assault on Kimbella about her part in cheapening the video ladies’ persona. Erica believes that she was edited to look like the villain provoking the fight with her negative and aggressive conversation. Erica feels that VH1 portrayed her as a bully that hated Kimbella’s impact on the rap video world by working for less than deserved.

Kimbella is coming to the defense of VH1 after Erica cried foul that she was purposely made to look like the bad guy. Kimbella believes that what was shown on the episode was an accurate depiction of what actually happened, and the network did nothing to try to create more drama. She reveals, “VH1 didn’t do editing on anything with [Erica]. That’s who she is.” Kimbella insinuates Erica started the fight to boost her career as well as give herself relevance in the world of reality television.

Erica, playing by the P.R. playbook after the ladies’ knock-down-drag-out, promises the site, “I wish her well and much success in 2012. Have a happy new year!” Yeah. Because that is totally sincere!

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF ERICA AND YANDY’S INTERVIEWS? DO YOU THINK ERICA WAS EDITED TO BE THE BAD GUY? DO YOU BELIEVE YANDY IS INNOCENT OR A DRAMA STIRRER?


If you’ve been keeping up with the second season of Love & Hip Hop, you know we’ve been getting two cast mates for the price of — or should I say at the cost of – one. Emily Bustamante’s BFF, the level-headed/match-making/one-liner slinging (three-one-thrizzle, anyone?) Teairra is a staple in recent episodes. Not to mention, viewers have recently been introduced to Erica, the “model” who has a penchant for hair-pulling and hating on video chicks.

So, where is Somaya Reece? The season one alum, musician and resident pot-stirrer has been increasingly absent as the new season progresses. So much so, in fact, that Twitter recently erupted in pleas to bring back the fan favorite… for more than just the opening credits. In a recent interview with the site MommysDirtyLittleSecret.com, the VH1 star opens up about her recent edit (to put it mildly!), her relationship with her cast mates, upcoming opportunities and whether we’ll get so see her again this season.

Excerpts from her discussion are below.

Monica: Why don’t we see you as much on Love & Hip Hop this season?

Somaya: I was in the first few episodes. I have no idea what happened because I did have a lot of story to add yet I don’t see it on the show. The fans made sure they bought me back! There was so much you didn’t see this season, my life is on fast forward right now with great stuff happening and they showed none of it. Like what happens with Swift, the album, the developing friendship with Chrissy [Lampkin], my rap single Eh Mama, my re-negotiation with Barry, my family issues, the image development, my signing with the top talent agency in Hollywood that I got by myself? What happened to all of that?

Monica: Speaking of music, what’s up with your music career?

Somaya: They are covering everyone else’s music process and career development on Love & Hip Hop….interesting! After I signed with my investor I made a mix tape series called “Rebel with a Cause” drops in Jan 2012. Each tape has future album cuts on it! They didn’t show my team. Grammy award producer Richy Pena and a Denver team KMG. I just signed with Rebel entertainment partners who also rep Mario Lopez, Eva Longoria and the list goes on! I have evolved so much since season 1… But fans didn’t get to see any of it!

Monica: Did you know you were cut out of so much of this season of Love & Hip Hop?

Somaya: Not at first, but I honestly am in such a good place, I am working on so many projects that it wasn’t until my fans got pissed that I realized how much I mattered to the show. I’m humbled by the love from the fans.

Monica: What is your relationship with the other girls from the show like now?

Somaya: Do not mistake what you see on TV to be real relationships! None of those girls reach out to me really. I like the girls regardless but truth is the ones that reach out off the show are: Mama Jones, Kimbella [Vanderhee] and Yandy [Smith] once in a while. Emily now and then!

Monica: How many more episodes will we see you in?

Somaya: Love & Hip Hop is on episode 6 out of 10 but I’m only on one more episode! Later there is drama with Kimbella and someone else… I walked Kimbella off the edge, I was a mentor because she is a nice person, I don’t want her to lose her children or go to jail. I realize what she said was just bad timing at Emily’s party. But she is a likable person in real life. I don’t want that to happen to anyone, I’m just not cold hearted like that. Oh and back to this note to anyone though, I can forgive but if you bring s*** to me it’s on! But I’m not looking for it.

Monica: Are you coming back for another season of Love & Hip Hop?

Somaya: Ratings are good but…… I need to decide what I’m going to do because other TV projects that will respect and see the value in my story are scouting me. I’m excited no matter what I decide. I love TV.

Somaya ends the interview with her own star struck situation of late, revealing, “I recently met Beyonce while we were shopping for shoes and she said, “Congratulations Somaya on your career and what you’ve accomplished I’m proud.’”

She continues, “Remember I told Olivia about Beyonce? Beyonce has everything she wants in life and did not have to even acknowledge my presence. Yet she was so humble and took the time to talk to me and tell me she knew me from the show and congratulated me. Now that shows class, and that is how all artists should be. If you know you a bad b***** then you don’t have to hate on another artist. I nearly fainted at her humility! She has inspired me to go harder.”

Here are the pluses I take away from this interview: First, Beyonce is a Somaya fan — that’s pretty Sasha fierce! Second, she still keeps in touch with Mama Jones… and let’s be honest, if I were ever involved in some way, shape, or form with rap videos, “dating” hip-hop moguls or birthing the next generation of adorable little mini-players, Mama Jones would be my most favorite friend and ally. Because I’m “phsychotic.” Finally, she’s being “scouted” for other television venues? Seems like VH1 needs to jump back on the bandwagon it created. And to think, Somaya used to get on my nerves!

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF SOMAYA’S INTERVIEW? ARE YOU SURPRISED SHE GOT THE BOOT SUCH A SEVERE EDIT THIS SEASON? THOUGHTS ON HER ONLY KEEPING UP WITH A FEW OF THE LADIES? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE MORE OF SOMAYA?


Last night’s episode of Love & Hip Hop was a hodgepodge of car shopping, conversations with Chrissy’s aunt Cookie and cat fights. Chrissy still struggles with the status of her relationship with Jim, while Yandy introduces an interloper with some awesome hair-pulling skills.

Jim Jones is buying me a car at the Audi dealership looking for his first white car (he lost a bet) and mocking Chrissy’s reaction when she finds out about his new purchase. It is a beautiful car, fit for a hustler. Jim’s words, not mine. His friend promises to get the bleeped ready (after much rewinding I am going to definitively type he said he’d get the “puff puff” ready) so they can christen the car on the ride home. That gorgeous car won’t even be off the lot before it reeks of marijuana.

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Last night’s Love & Hip Hop was filled with everything it should have been: a family feud between Jim Jones’ loud lady and rapping mother, Fab’s exes getting slightly friendly and, of course, Kimbella’s hair getting up close and personal with a candle wick. Priceless!

The episode begins with Chrissy Lampkin and Jim Jones discussing her chat with Yandy Smith over the ladies’ recent blow-up. Chrissy tells Jim that she feels like she could be a better manager for Jim than Yandy is. Poor Jim. He can barely get through his interview without looking like a kid off of his ADD meds… the last thing he needs is for his lady and manager to be feuding. He offers to let Chrissy help him design some coats for his collection instead. Chrissy’s on board until they pair gets in a tiff over her cut of the check. Jim laughs, saying that Chrissy is “[messing] up his concentration.” What did I just say about ADD? Those who have it can certainly spot it!

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VH1 Yandy Smith

Following the drama on Love & Hip Hop season 2, Yandy Smith is speaking out!

On last night’s episode, Yandy, who manages rapper Jim Jones, got into it with his long-term girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin who felt Jim was nothing more than a check to Yandy.

In an interview with MTV, Yandy admits managing Jim tends to put her in a number of sticky situations. “When you guys see Jim walk outside, he’s calling me and he’s going crazy on me,” explains Yandy of the scene in the first episode where Jim first sees his mom’s song “Psychotic” — a diss track to Chrissy on WorldStarHipHop. “Not only are you a manager, but you’re an advisor, you’re a friend, you’re a counselor, you’re a therapist, so in that moment it was ‘let me keep Jim out of jail before hurting somebody over at WorldStar.”

Yandy adds that the drama is also difficult for Jim. “I think Jim gets to a point where [he thinks] — it’s my mom and it’s my wife — he loves them both dearly and of course he doesn’t want to see them fight, but it’s a hard place to be,” states Yandy. “They’re both A-type personalities, so just trying to back them both down or have someone apologize, it’s just not gonna happen. So he does things ways man thing to do and that’s just wash his hands of it.”

It, however, appears all is well between Yandy and Jim as she tweeted last night: “Man you know how much I love Jim and he was being mean! Lol.”

As the season moves along, you have to wonder if Chrissy is getting a big ego based on her season 1 popularity as she seems to have a problem with almost everyone this season. And speaking of last night’s episode, I was a little surprised with Emily’s bold toast to Kimbella in which she stated “A toast to you, Kimbella, for making the cover, you are the most qualified. You’ve had the most black men in you, including mine.” Can you say Ouch!

While witty, I can’t help but wonder why Emily is not as upset with her baby daddy Fabolous, a.k.a. the man who cheated on her, as she is with Kimbella. In fact, Emily was photographed attending a Fabolous event just two weeks ago as well as posing for a picture with both Fabolous and actress/singer Adrienne Bailon (long rumored to have been Fabolous’ chick on the side while he was dating Emily). Hmmm. Things that make you wonder…

Those photos are below.

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Love and Hip Hop Season 2 Cast

With just a week until the season 2 premiere, VH1 has released the all new Love and Hip Hop season 2 cast photos!

As we previously reported, the new season also comes with some new changes. Not only is the show getting two new cast members, but the weekly series will now be an hour long!

Below are more pics of the entire cast including returning cast members Chrissy Lampkin, Somaya Reece, Emily Bustamente and singer Olivia. Plus, newbies Kimbella Vanderhee (model/girlfriend/baby mama to rapper Juelz Santana) and Yandy Smith (manager of Jim Jones).

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE LOVE & HIP HOP SEASON 2 TRAILER!

In other news, did Chrissy finally get a proposal from long-term boyfriend/rapper Jim Jones? According to a report that is the case! If you recall, Chrissy proposed to Jim last season yet nothing ultimately came from that.

According to a report by Bossip, Jim finally popped the question to Chrissy last month in Miami. Sources tell the blog: “Jimmy had a super romantic outdoor proposal planned, the rainy weather forced him to take it indoors.” The proposal reportedly took place in the ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Miami with most of Chrissy’s castmates present. No word yet on whether or not VH1′s cameras were on hand to capture this moment.

The new season of Love & Hip Hop premieres Monday, November 14 on VH1.

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