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Yandy Smith-Harris is a main cast member on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta since season ten.

She appears as a main cast member on seasons two through ten of Love & Hip Hop: New York.


Before Love & Hip Hop[]

Yandy Smith is an entertainment manager, entrepreneur, actress and singer. She was born in Harlem. In 2004, she graduated from Howard University and interned at Violator under the mentorship of Mona Scott-Young. In 2005, Yandy met Jim Jones on a private jet charted by Russell Simmons, and left Violator to manage him full-time. In 2006, Jim approached VH1 executives to make a reality show about him, leading to the filming of an 11-minute presentation tape, Keeping Up with the Joneses, produced by Stefan Springman and Toby Barraud of Eastern TV. VH1 were unsure if audiences would be invested in the concept full-time, and Yandy approached Mona to retool the show, and the concept was tweaked to include Jim's girlfriend Chrissy and her circle of friends, becoming what would be later known as Love & Hip Hop.

Love & Hip Hop franchise (2011–present)[]

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Yandy first appears briefly in an uncredited cameo in the first season episode "Proposal" during Chrissy's proposal party. She is also given "special thanks" in the end credits of every episode of the season.

Yandy joins the main cast of Love & Hip Hop: New York for season two, which chronicles her struggles while working as Jim's manager. During the season, her professional relationship with Jim falls apart, culminating in a violent brawl with Chrissy at a Miami nightclub, and ending with Jim and Chrissy severing their relationship with Yandy for good.

On July 16, 2012, Yandy gave birth to her first child, Omere, while filming the show's third season. The season introduces Mendeecees Harris, her on again, off-again boyfriend since 2007, and chronicles their engagement and subsequent wedding plans, which are interrupted when Mendeecees is forced to turn himself into custody for multiple drug and trafficking charges. Season four shows Yandy trying to adjust to life with Mendeecees locked up awaiting sentencing. The couple are reunited in season five when Mendeecees is released on bail, and Yandy gives birth to their second child, Skylar, on January 26, 2015.

On May 25, 2015, Yandy and Mendeecees were married live on VH1 as part of the special Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding.

While filming the show's sixth season, Mendeecees is sentenced to eight years in jail and turns himself in. Season seven chronicles Yandy's strained relationships with Mendeecees' baby mamas, Samantha and Erika, which explodes into a vicious feud, as the women fight for custody for Mendeecees' oldest children, Lil’ Mendeecees and Aasim. During the season, Yandy admits that her televised wedding was "symbolic" and that her marriage to Mendeecees is not legal.

Later seasons chronicle Yandy's struggles to repair her broken friendship with Kimbella, having had a falling out behind the scenes during season eight. Their feud intensifies in season nine, when Yandy begins the process of adopting a foster child, Infinity, and Kimbella questions her motivations for doing so, claiming it was all for "clout". In season ten, Yandy and Kimbella are once again at each other's throats, after Kimbella buries the hatchet with Yandy's nemesis Chrissy.

Yandy also appears in an episode of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live!, as a guest star in the spin-off show Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies and in the specials 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments, Dirty Little Secrets, The Love Edition, Love & Hip Hop Awards: Most Certified and 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments: The Reboot.

Gallery[]

Opening credits

Green screen looks

Appearances[]

Yandy has 124 appearances.

Love & Hip Hop: New York (122 episodes)
1.06
2.01, 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, 2.05, 2.06, 2.07, 2.08, 2.09, 2.10, 2.11
3.01, 3.03, 3.04, 3.05, 3.06, 3.07, 3.08, 3.09, 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, 3.14
4.01, 4.02, 4.03, 4.04, 4.05, 4.06, 4.07, 4.08, 4.09, 4.10, 4.11, 4.12, 4.13, 4.14
5.01, 5.02, 5.03, 5.04, 5.05, 5.06, 5.07, 5.08, 5.09, 5.10, 5.11, 5.12, 5.13, 5.14, 5.15, 5.16, 5.17
Love & Hip Hop: The Wedding
6.01, 6.02, 6.03, 6.05, 6.06, 6.07, 6.08, 6.09, 6.10, 6.11, 6.12, 6.13, 6.14
7.01, 7.02, 7.03, 7.04, 7.06, 7.07, 7.08, 7.09, 7.10, 7.11, 7.12, 7.13, 7.14
Dirty Little Secrets
8.01, 8.02, 8.04, 8.05, 8.06, 8.09, 8.10, 8.12, 8.13, 8.14, 8.16, 8.17, 8.18
Love & Hip Hop: The Love Edition
9.02, 9.03, 9.04, 9.05, 9.07, 9.08, 9.11, 9.12, 9.13, 9.14, 9.15, 9.16
10.01, 10.02, 10.03, 10.04, 10.06, 10.07, 10.08, 10.09, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14
Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live! (1 episode)
1.05
Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies (1 episode)
1.03

Trivia[]

  • Yandy is the longest-running main cast member of the Love & Hip Hop: New York series, appearing as a main cast member in all nine seasons, with the exception of the first season (in which she makes a cameo appearance in).
  • She is the highest paid person of the whole Love & Hip Hop Franchise with a net worth of $15 million dollars.
Love & Hip Hop: New York main cast members
Chrissy | Emily | Olivia | Somaya | Kimbella | Yandy | Erica Mena | Jen the Pen | Raqi | Winter | Rashidah | Tahiry | Tara | Erica Jean | Amina | K. Michelle | Cyn | Chrissy Monroe | Cardi B | Moe & Lexxy | Mariahlynn | Remy Ma | Bianca | Snoop | Juju | Anaís | Lil' Mo | Papoose | Joe Budden | Juelz Santana | Rich | Safaree
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