Reality television drama is entertaining, but with all of the staged confrontations and glamorous hair and makeup, we forget these situations are rooted in real life. Through all of the thrown drinks and comedic scenes on this season of Love and Hip-Hop New York, we took away some valuable life lessons.
1. The Dangers of Dating a Confused Man
The Budden-Tahiry-Kaylin love triangle is certainly the most interesting storyline of the season. It’s hard to believe that the Jersey rapper was still rebounding from his five-year relationship with model Tahiry three years later, but Kaylin Garcia found out the hard way that history trumps new love. Even though the rap-star was honest with his Insta-famous girlfriend about his love for Tahiry, she got burned in the end.
Lesson Learned: If you aren’t his only love interest, let him go! If you find yourself coming to blows with another woman or competing for your man’s attention, the relationship is doomed.
2. The Consequences of Burning Bridges
It seemed like Raqi Thunda didn’t leave a scene without setting fire to every metaphorical bridge in the room. From her longtime friendship with Joe Budden to her potential partnership with Jen The Pen, Raqi was ruffling the feathers of nearly every castmate. After a frank meeting with outspoken Hot 97 Program director Ebro, Raqi quickly realized she needed to mend fences in order to become successful in her field.
Lesson Learned: Be careful who you spit on and smile at. Wearing your heart on your sleeve has detrimental consequences in any industry, and sometimes it’s too late to pick up the pieces.
Not only were Jen and her boyfriend Consequence an interracial couple, but they were also in an inter-faith relationship. The chips seemed to be stacked against the lovebirds, but the parents of one-year-old Caiden are still going strong despite their religious differences. Things became especially heated when Jen insisted on exposing her baby to the Christmas tradition, something Consequence didn’t want any part of.
Lesson Learned: Only enter into inter-faith relationships with realistic expectations. Don’t expect your partner to transition from their faith to yours. Also, discuss how you’ll raise your child before making a family.
We’ve all heard that business and pleasure don’t mix, and the cast of LHHNY proved that theory time and time again. Prime examples: Rashida Ali’s confrontation with Yandy at her shoe line debut, and Rich Dollaz poorly-timed showdown between his lovers Erica and Tiffany.
Lesson Learned: Whether you’re breaking up with your manager/friend (Lore’l and Angela Yee) or sleeping with him (Erica and Rich), understand that you can’t be friends with the people you work with and expect smooth sailing. You should also be weary of handling personal situations (Rashida and Yandy) at professional events.
As Rashida and Raqi discovered this season, reputation is everything. Both women spread their gossip about the other through the cast, and it’s no surprise that things got ugly (at a charity event no less) when they saw each other.
Lesson Learned: These days, it hardly matters what’s true. People are more likely to believe the negative than the positive. Ignore all the drama and move forward.
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