Love and Hip Hop lovebirds Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris have been the subject of ridicule and hate since news broke that the couple was expecting their second child. Even though Harris is facing potential jail time, Yandy says she looks forward to expanding their family.
While Mendeecees awaits his trial for alleged involvement in a heroin and cocaine drug ring, the couple have been enjoying his freedom and preparing for the birth of their second child. But, if they take a moment to peek at the comment section of their social media accounts they are bombarded with folks hating on their love … luckily Yandy couldn’t care less. “This is definitely the man that I want to be with and if I could have a house full of babies running around I would. The only thing that’s stopping a house full of babies is all the different jobs that I have … we’re fine!”, the reality star told HipHollywood.
On the flip side, Mendeecees doesn’t pay attention to the chatter at all. “I don’t care about people’s opinions. I can’t let their opinions run my life or ruin my life. So I just got keep on doing what I have to do. So as far as negative opinions I really don’t see it, I don’t go there.”
You can see more of Yandy and Mendeecees on Love and Hip Hop every Monday on VH1. Also, keep an eye out for more from our interview with the couple
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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