Show producer Mona Scott Young is gearing up for the season four premiere of her creation, Love & Hip Hop and the show will look a little different from previous seasons.
For one, many major characters have been cut, including singer Olivia (finally), Rashida Ali, Lore’l, Raqi Thunda, Jen the Pen, Consequence and Winter Ramos.
If you recall, back in May we were told of a major strike that went down with members of the cast over payrates. Unfortunately for them, their protests seemed to have backfired because there are many new faces included in this season’s line-up
Southern belle, Taranasha Wallace, was born and raised in a small-town of Mississippi and moved to NYC to pursue her dream of acting. She holds a degree in Dramatic Art from Jackson State University and a MFA in acting from NY’s Actors Studio Drama School. During school and after graduating, Tara pounded the NYC pavement and was heavily involved in musical and off-Broadway theater, appearing in various productions. She is the manager and a well-known face at a hot-spot in NYC’s trendy meatpacking district, but has never lost sight of her dream of being an actress. In fact, she still continues to study and hone her craft. Tara is the long-time girlfriend of rapper, Peter Gunz. They have been together over 13 years and live with their 2 children, Jamison (5) and Kaz (2). Tara is truly the epitome of brains and beauty.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, NY, a talented Erica Jean has always been addicted to the theater. At a young age, she began taking dance and acting lessons. Through her school years, she continued to develop her craft, performing in many school plays. Her love and drive for the performing arts lead her to attend Howard University as a Theater Arts major. Erica Jean has done several performances in the tri-state area including: James Baldwins’, Off Broadway production of Blues for Mister Charlie. Her love of acting continues, but as a hobby. Erica Jean’s main focus these days is raising her very energetic son, Stephen, aka “Lil,” B”, that she has with Rapper Saigon. Being a single mom at times can be taxing and tiring but that doesn’t keep Erica Jean from being upbeat and positive. Her love for her son Stephen has motivated her to advance her career. Erica Jean is now pursuing her second passion, working in the medical field. She is currently continuing her education to become a nurse.
Amina (formerly of “Black Buddafly”) was born and raised in Hamburg Germany, to a Senegalese father and a German mother. Aside from her being an artist, Amina is very driven and determined to become a big-time songwriter/composer. Her catalog holds more than 400 songs that she has written over the past few years. She also has learned how to engineer and produce, even teaching herself LOGIC. By spending her life surrounded by accomplished producers/writers and having the opportunity to work with major labels, Amina gained tons of experience. Today, more than ever, she is ready and has what it takes to get to the top.
A lifelong affinity for country music (The Judds are a personal favorite), lead to Michelle earning a scholarship to Florida A&M for yodeling. With Michelle’s second and final season of L&HHA’s beginning this spring, it couldn’t be a more fitting time for the release of her debut album,
After years of professional and personal lows but mostly highs, it’s time for the once diamond in the rough to be recognized for the true gem that she is. The stars are aligning for Tennessee’s daughter, and she couldn’t be more pleased. “I’m really at a point in my life where I wanna work on myself and just be happy,” K.Michelle says. “I don’t want any drama. I just want to create that music that makes you feel so so good.”
Yandy Smith is one of the most sought after and vast entertainment powerhouses to date. With years invested in the entertainment industry and working alongside the likes of LL Cool J, 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes and celebrity manager Mona Scott-Young at the multi-media Conglomerate Violator Management, Yandy Smith spearheaded several projects in the music, TV and film world. Yandy’s accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed as she began managing the career of rapper Jim Jones and soon left Violator to focus on her client’s rising career. Through this journey, she became a consultant at Warner Music Group/Atlantic Records and was responsible for closing a joint venture deal for Jones with Columbia records. Smith is a mommy who currently lives in New York with her toddler son Omere.
Fiesty Latina model, Erica Mena was born and raised in the Bronx and has enough personality to take over the industry. Growing up, Erica was always in performing arts classes and her ambition and drive is unparalleled. After winning a Jennifer Lopez look-alike contest, it didn’t take long for Erica to create her own name in the modeling world. Erica landed many coveted roles in major music videos for artists including: Chris Brown, Akon, Fabolous, Fat Joe and many more. Erica’s body of work doesn’t end with video modeling. She has graced the pages of numerous magazines including XXL, KING, The Source, SHOW, Maxim and Smooth.
“Voluptuous urban model and NYC native, Tahiry Jose gained fame during the course of her very public relationship with rapper Joe Budden. Born to Dominican parents in Harlem, Tahiry is a model, an actress, an entrepreneur and holds a degree from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As the cover model for KING magazine, Tahiry generated one of the highest selling editions and has also graced the pages of many other magazines, including Complex, XXL and VIBE. Tahiry is now working on a fitness DVD and focusing on acting lessons. She has landed roles in various films in 2012 and 2013. She is also a correspondent for XXL Magazine and is now a staple at most red-carpet events. Tahiry is proof that brains and beauty can successfully mix. “
Are you ready for this upcoming season of Love and Hip Hop NY??? Looks like they have a nice female cast on hand, so let’s see what drama is in store for them all…..