4. Yandy Has Been Strong For Too Long
Yandy breaks down after expressing how overwhelmed she is with taking care of her family, tending to her businesses and dealing with the stress of her fiancé being in federal custody all by her lonesome. Rich tries to comfort her, telling her that she's a “strong black woman.” Right after, Yandy says she's tired of being “strong.” Considering all that she’s going through, you can’t blame her for wanting to be human and admit that the stress is getting to her and she’s struggling to do it all solo dolo.
A few weeks ago, there was a Buzzfeed article going around shouting out Scandal and Sleepy Hollow for helping eliminate the “strong black woman” trope that’s been a figment of pop culture imagination for years. Love & Hip-Hop did the same thing last night, though as one of my favorites on Twitter pointed out, “LHHNY just addressed the strong Black woman trope head-on but I guarangoddamntee you no one will properly address it in the postmortem.”
It’s a testament to the classism surrounding much of the criticism leveled at shows like Love & Hip-Hop. No matter, if no one else acknowledges what happened in that scene between Yandy and Rich, I will.