If you haven’t heard already, Love and Hip Hop: NYC‘s new season is out with the old and in with the new. A few of the ladies including Raqi Thunda, Rashidah Ali, Jen The Pen, Lore’l and songstress Olivia. I’m going to be honest and tell you guys that I didn’t watch the latest season of NYC, but I’m going to give season 4 a chance. Meet the new ladies of the cast and let me know if you will be tuned in.
Southern belle, Tara (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.
She is the manager and a well-known face at a hot-spot in NYC’s trendy meatpacking district, but has never lost sight of her dream of being an actress. In fact, she still continues to study and hone her craft. 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.
Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, NY, a talented Erica Jean has always been addicted to the theater. At a young age, she began taking dance and acting lessons. Through her school years, she continued to develop her craft, performing in many school plays. 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. Her love of acting continues, but as a hobby.
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. Her love for her son Stephen has motivated her to advance her career. Erica Jean is now pursuing her second passion, working in the medical field. She is currently continuing her education to become a nurse.
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. Her mother, a music lover who introduced her to the old Motown, The Jacksons, Earth Wind and Fire & Marvin Gaye, says there was always music playing in the house and she would sing with her daughters whenever she could. Her father is a hobby Jazz musician who played the guitar, sax and salsa music all day long. Aside from her being an artist, Amina is very driven and determined to become a big-time songwriter/composer. Her catalog holds more than 400 songs that she has written over the past few years. She also has learned how to engineer and produce, even teaching herself LOGIC. By spending her life surrounded by accomplished producers/writers and having the opportunity to work with major labels, Amina gained tons of experience.
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.
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.”
Bronx-born Nya Lee is a vixen, a stripper and one of NYC’s hottest socialites. But there is way more to her. She’s always held a passion for writing music and rapping and wants to sign talent to her label. In her own words, “I want to become the next Diddy.”
She is currently working on her mixtape with several big names, including Red Café, French Montana and Jadakiss. Nya gained notoriety for an unfortunate event when someone cut her neck and chest at a club after an altercation. As a result, she named her record label OurCutt.