Don Bleek’s Exclusive: Meet The New Women Of Love & Hip Hop


Tara Wallace

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. 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“.

Season 4 of Love And Hip Hop: New York premieres next Monday October 28 on VH1 and there are three new faces including Tara WallaceErica Jean and Amina Buddafly. K. Michelle of Love And Hip Hop Atlanta left the Atlanta version of the show after last season and she is now featured on this season’s New York version. I promise you that these ladies will bring a lot of drama to the show. Friend to the blog Yandy Smith along with Tahiry and Erica Mena are returning! Read more about these women below:

Erica Jean

Erica Jean

Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, NY, a talented Erica Jean has always been addicted to the theater. 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. 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. Erica Jean is now pursuing her second passion, working in the medical field. She is currently continuing her education to become a nurse“.

Amina Buddafly

Amina Buddafly

Amina (formerly of “Black Buddafly”) was born and raised in Hamburg Germany, to a Senegalese father and a German mother. Together with her older sister Sophie and her twin Jazz, she began singing before she could talk. She started songwriting at the age of 13 and the day she discovered studio recording was the point of no return. She and her sisters formed the group Black Buddafly and signed their first record deal in 1997 with BMG Germany. Black Buddafly was signed to Def Jam and J Records. After Black Buddafly disbanded, her sisters moved back to Germany. Aside from her being an artist, Amina is very driven and determined to become a big-time songwriter/composer“.

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Yandy Smith

Reality Personality | Executive Producer | Blogger | Entrepreneur | Parenting Expert | Beauty Expert “Named as one of Billboard Magazines Top 30 Executives under 30” Reality Personality, 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. In 2008, Smith gained worldwide recognition as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 30 Executives under 30 and rejoined Scott-Young at Monami Entertainment. Currently, as the star of VH1’s number one rated show, ‘Love & Hip Hop’, Smith was part of the creative team that brought the show to the masses. During the first season, she worked behind the scenes as a producer and in 2011 Smith made her way in front of the camera as one of the newest cast members. Yandy’s entrepreneurial spirit continues to flourish, as she owns a successful digital magazine, ‘Everything Girls Love’, jewelry and clothing line. Smith is also the Executive Producer of ‘Life, Love, Soul’, an independent film that premiered in theaters. Today, fans can read her highly regarded blog amongst the wealthy on the topic of business practices on Smith is a mommy who currently lives in New York with her toddler son Omere“.


Erica Mena

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. Erica’s hard work also secured her several print campaigns such as Roca Wear, Tommy Hillfiger and Loreal. Last year, Erica had a chart topping single on iTunes, “Where Do I Go.” She penned an autobiography called “Underneath It All” and she is coming out with a sex book called “Chronicles Of A Confirmed Bachelorette: The Girl Factor” and a 2 year calendar for 2014. Erica is a devoted mother to her son King, a fashion model, an actress and a force to be reckoned with. This year, she recently sparked a relationship with model Cyn Santana“.



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“.


K. Michelle

Anyone whose had the pleasure of knowing singer, business woman, songwriter pianist, reality television star and Memphis native, K. Michelle since her childhood is aware that she was destined to be the woman she is today. Gymnastic, swimming and piano courses kept her inquisitive spirit busy until age nine, when the time arrived for her to begin vocal lessons with renowned children’s vocal coach Bob Westbrook (Justin Timberlake, Brittany Spears etc). 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, Rebellious Soul. For the millions of fans who have watched the no-nonsense cutie fight for what she feels is right on television every week, her album title is most apropos. “I’m a rebel, a firecracker,” she tells. “I do what I want to do. My music is like that as well. I rebel against anything that society tries to use to keep us boxed in—-racism, judgment, anything that makes you feel inferior as a woman.” The result is what she describes as an “old-school” but “aggressive and urgent” music feel. The guest list of vocalists include Elle Varner and Michelle’s mentor R. Kelly, who will also embrace some maestro duties. 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,” she says. ‘I don’t want any drama. I just want to create that music that makes you feel so so good‘”?

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