The Hip-Hop Socialite recaps the hottest celebrity news and gossip of the last week, and drops a few exclusives….
Kanye West has found himself at the center of controversy (again) because of a rumored alternative cover for his upcoming album, Yeezus, that recently hit the net.
The controversial cover features a cartoonized Kanye hanging from a cross in the same way the Bible describes Jesus was nailed to a cross. The image has incited outrage among members of the Christian faith, and has been called a “disgrace” and ”blasphemous” by religious groups, and even the hip-hop star’s fans.
No word yet from Kanye’s camp where the alleged alternative cover came from, but on Friday it was revealed that Yeezus actually won’t have any artwork or an accompanying insert booklet. Very different, but what else do you expect from a man who once performed wearing an all white bird mask with a straight jacket?? Anyway, the album is set for release on June 18.
Abuse, Child Support Deals, And Diamond: Momma Dee TELLS ALL!!!
Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining as it is if it wasn’t for Momma Dee. The self-proclaimed “Queen of the South” never hesitates to speak her mind, and she doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks about it. Her relationship with her son Lil Scrappy has been both criticized and praised by fans of the show, and her battles with Scrappy’s baby mama, Erica Dixon, have been epic!!
Last week, I got the chance to talk to Momma Dee for the first time since season one of the show, and there was never a dull moment during our nearly 45-minute conversation. We talked about everything from her crowning Shay ”Buckeey” Johnson the “honorary Princess of the South”, to Erica’s recent Black Men’s Magazine spread, and the abuse she claims Scrappy suffered at the hands of Erica. Check out highlights below:
ON ERICA’S RECENT BLACK MEN’S MAGAZINE SPREAD:
“No [she hasn't seen it]. I really don’t care to see my granddaughter’s mother in any other light but being my granddaughter’s mother. When you got a person that wasn’t raised by their mama and don’t have no real values, they tend to wander like that, you know what I’m saying.”
ON CROWNING SHAY “PRINCESS OF THE SOUTH”:
“Well it’s like honorary princess because Scrappy hadn’t married anyone. Until my son puts a ring on it and weds, that will be the princess of the real castle. But I think Shay has earned her honorary. She has put up with a lot of women that he has dealt with.”
ON THE STATUS OF SCRAPPY AND SHAY’S RELATIONSHIP:
“Yes, he’s single, and he’s talked to Shay off camera and said this is me. She doesn’t like it, but however, her platform is to stay down and be that friend.”
ON ERICA BEING PHYSICALLY ABUSIVE OF SCRAPPY:
“People don’t know that Erica is very physically abusive. She’s jumped on my son, and hit him and stuff. And what mother will like a woman that does that off camera? Then people want to point fingers ’cause the TV don’t show you that, and then say, ‘Momma Dee, why you don’t like Erica?’ Well, where’s your child and daughter? Wouldn’t you protect your child even if they were grown if your daughter came home and she was jumped on and had black eyes by a man? Wouldn’t you ladies and gentlemen get mad if your 25-year-old son or 29-year-old son had a wife or a girlfriend and he came home and his arm broke and face is all scratched up for nothing ’cause she having fits like ya’ll saw on TV? Would you like her? Would you accept her into the fold? No!”
“Yes she is [physically abusive]. Ya’ll just keep watching the show, you going to see more, ’cause her and her mama shows out with their alley back ways.”
ON AN INCIDENT OF ERICA’S ABUSE:
“One time he told me he woke up when Emoni was like in her months old, she’s 8 now. He woke up like 3 in the morning, and she was standing over him. I’m like, ‘Wow, really?’ I told him, ‘Please baby, please, just leave her.’ I told him to leave her alone then, and then when Diamond came into the picture, he left her alone for 4 years. And then when Diamond pulled that crazy mess with Soulja Boy, she snuck back in. When that mess happened with Diamond, Erica came over to Scrappy’s mansion, and I’m like, ‘So what’s up with this?’ ‘Ah, I’m just trying to have this back because he is the father of my daughter.’ But see the b*tch was really trying to tip in to the kingdom. But see it’s just like God. You can’t go to him without going through the Son. You can’t come into the kingdom unless you come to the mama.”
“Yeah [Scrappy waking up to Erica standing over him] ’cause he had been cheating on her, and I’m not justifying cheating ’cause I’m a woman, and I’ve been hurt. But what I’m saying, that’s evil. That made me think, what you doing? You finta’ stand over him with a knife or something? You crazy!”
ON THE DINNER TABLE CONFRONTATION IN EPISODE 3:
“That situation where she jumped and was very disrespectful and hit my child on national TV, that’s the only reason as you can see that made me get at her. That made me jump from that table and try to whoop her ass. ‘Cause you don’t touch my child – he didn’t put his hands on you. That jumping up sh*t, it wasn’t even warranted, you know what I’m saying? It was like she was doing that for reviews or ratings. And what she did was turn America sour, ’cause then they really saw her. And then in the episode after that, what did she say? ‘I feel like I’m suppose to come before your mama.’ Baby, you’re not even married to him. Even the word of God says that when a man takes a wife, THEN his mother comes after that.”
ON HOW THE DRAMA IS AFFECTING ERICA AND SCRAPPY’S DAUGHTER:
“This season, she’s not watching, and I pray and hope that the people that are around my granddaughter, Princess Emoni, are not telling her anything. ‘Cause when she comes around me, she was around me a couple of days ago, all day at the poolside, and she’s just a loving, caring granddaughter.”
ON HER SAYING THAT ERICA AND SCRAPPY’S DAUGHTER WAS BEING RAISED BY A NANNY:
“Because she turned around and said that my granddaughter said when she leave me, she can’t wait to get from around me. Why would you say something like that when that’s not true? Why would you lie like that and put your child in the mix with a lie? That was cruel. So her and Scrappy may argue back-and-forth, because Erica’s never at home. And it’s not so much as traveling; she’s in Atlanta. She be here in the state, but she’s not at home, she parties. It’s like P. Diddy’s ex-wife to me because she on that same s*it. Just every which a where, and the nanny is always there. So when you gonna come at me and attack me as a grandmother and as a woman, and you say that you put your daughter in harm’s way and put her out there and say and make up a lie and say she trying to get away from her grandmother. And you say something that cut below the belt, you lie, then I have no other recourse but tell the truth, and tell them, ‘Baby, you don’t even be home.’ The world don’t even know it.”
“My thing with Erica and her mother, they’ll say and do stuff to me and Scrappy, and when we verbally get back at them, then they want to call VH1. ‘Momma Dee said this in an interview.’ Scrappy want to call me, ‘Well mama, so-and-so.’ I say, ‘Well Erica called you broke on TV, and you ain’t. You the reason why this heifa making money.’ So they keep cutting below the belt, and when we go back at them, then they feel like injustice is done. But all I need to say, verbatim you can quote me on this, if they don’t want us to fire back, shut up!”
ON IF SCRAPPY IS BROKE:
“Scrappy ain’t broke. How can Scrappy be broke when he just purchased almost a million dollar mansion here in Atlanta? He just closed on it. That’s why we was scrambling around before he went into rehab, we was scrambling around for the closing. How he going to be broke when that red Mercedes she [Erica] pulled out of the garage when she tried to fight and hit Scrappy, he bought? Come on now. Wow, again, Erica’s lies.”
ON ERICA MAKING A DEAL WITH SCRAPPY TO TAKE HIM OFF CHILD SUPPORT IF HE PUT HER ON THE SHOW:
“When I hear her say stuff like that [that Scrappy's broke], it hurts me, because if it wasn’t for him, she wouldn’t be on a show. Because VH1 asked him, he could pick any woman. He chose her to help her. And you can quote me on this one, I’ll put my hand on the Bible – the understanding was that if he put her on the show, that she’d take him off child support. She signed the papers to get put on the show, to take him off child support. He said, ‘I’m only paying you $3500 a month, but you making plenty now gong on gigs and walk-throughs.’ So he did her a real good favor ’cause I got 2 kids by 2 different men, and they ain’t never put me on like that. So you see that she is not even grateful, to do him like that.”
“He stopped [paying child support], but when they broke up, this engagement over, she talking about, ‘I’ll see you back in court.’ No Erica, you signed off for taking him off. You can’t go back baby. You see how the double-dipping? You see how evil she is? Just ’cause he don’t want to be with you no more, you want to make this man miserable. And the only reason why you on the show is because he said, ‘If I put you on, you sign taking me off because I’m paying you $3500, but you can make more.’ She signed the paperwork, and VH1 has a copy. So I’m telling you now, that’s double-dipping. You got to know, she’s money hungry, and she doesn’t care if she destroys my son.”
ON WHO’S CROSSED HER MORE – DIAMOND OR ERICA – AND HOW SCRAPPY WOULD HAVE MARRIED DIAMOND IF SHE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT:
“Erica. ‘Cause see Diamond never cursed me, Diamond has never called me out my name, Diamond has never tried to fight me. She has never hit Scrappy. Let me tell you something, I just hate that girl [Diamond] made that bad decision, because if I had something to do with it, he would have married her. That’s the sweetest little thing. She may have been a little whorish, but as women, we make our wrong decisions. Every man I slept with wasn’t the best. She made a bad decision, and she’s the one that has to live with it, not us. Scrappy was very hurt and bothered by it. He’s gotten over it, he’s moved on. But, Diamond is a sweet young lady, and if I had to be honest, she’s a sweet girl. Her mother is just as sweet as she is.”
ON HER PROJECTS OUTSIDE OF ‘LOVE & HIP-HOP’:
“There’s a movie I will be shooting with Deb Atney my manager, Waka’s mama, in September in New York. There are about 8 or 9 celebrity A-list actors in the movie. I have my book, ‘My Life in that Order,’ that will be out in a couple of months. I have a homemade barbecue sauce that I made that I’m going to put on the line as well. So there are a lot of things that I’m working on.”
ON IF HER AND ERICA CAN EVER GET TO A POINT WHERE THEY’RE AT LEAST CIVIL TO ONE ANOTHER:
“I don’t know. After the last filming when that mess broke out that I can’t tell you about – just stay tuned and you’ll see – I don’t know if we can ever get back. We may need some professional help or an intervention. I don’t know.”
Momma Dee is currently very happy in a relationship with her boyfriend Hugh, who unfortunately suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia. Contrary to previous reports, Hugh is in his 40s, and only 5 years younger than Momma Dee.
The real drama is yet to come on this season of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, so keep tuning in every Monday night at 8pm, and keep checking out this column every week for more interviews with the show’s cast.
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