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'Love & Hop Hop 3' Recap: According to Erica Mena

Last night (Jan. 7), New York City welcomed back the cast of Love & Hip-Hop. Although a couple Vh1 vets (Yandy Smith, Olivia Longott and Erica Mena) made a strong return, most viewers were getting familiar with the fresh batch of new faces (Tahiry, Joe Budden, Rashidah Ali, Raqi Thunda and Mendeecees). While we could go on and on about the table-shaking, drink-throwing and tattoo-baring first episode, Vixen tapped cast member Erica Mena to dish on the details from her point of view. Click through to read our aftershow chat with her below.

Joe Budden and Tahiry

VIBE Vixen:What was your very first impression of the other cast mates?
Erica Mena: I was excited once I found out who was on the new cast. Change is good and this game has many stories to tell. Not to mention how interesting it will be

Can you relate to Tahiry and Joe Budden's wild storyline?
Absolutely! These men, especially in the industry "limelight," take advantage and always get away with having their cake and eating it too.

Olivia and Rich

VV: When you first watched the convo between Rich and Olivia, were you offended by his responses to her questions about you?
EM: I wasn't expecting that from him at all but I can't be surprised. I have the upper hand right now seeing for myself what goes on behind my back. That would never for a second happen to my face.

Erica, Rich Dollaz and Olivia

VV: What influenced you to get the "R" tattoo?
EM: The tattoo is really not so much of a "Rich" tattoo. I've had a crazy, rough last two years. I've been working in the game for 10 years, and whether people wanna give me props or not, I'm 25 and I've got a pretty great story to tell. I got the music note in the shape of an "R" in red ink to represent the rest of my life. I'm in a great place right now.

Why were you so frustrated by Rich's attitude at the table with you and Olivia?
I think I had every reason to be. What's wrong with just saying, "Yes. I'm seeing Erica?"

Did you appreciate Olivia calling the "meeting" between the three of you?
It didn't matter to me. Clearly she had nothing else better to do. I don't have anything to hide. No big deal for me.

Rumors are swirling about an, which, at this point, we know is not true. Are you looking forward to something official or long term with Rich?
I'm honestly just enjoying my life right now. I know what's the real deal; I'm what's official [laughs]!

Are you and Olivia on better terms currently?
I pay no mind to her honestly. No one does.

Raqi and Tahiry

Thoughts about Raqi Thunda and her beef with Tahiry?
I think Raqi is desperate. And when it comes to her and Tahiry, I'm happy T has it under control.

Lastly, can we expect that temper of yours to flare up later this season?
I'm fun, crazy, real and if you cross me, I can become a serious force. I'm who I am! Take it or leave it. There will always be a reason for my madness. Welcome to season 3 of Love and Hip Hop!

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote, adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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