‘Love and Hip Hop’ star Yandy Smith got maced Sunday afternoon while protesting jail conditions.
The reality star was among the crowd protesting outside the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal facility in Brooklyn, when the macing happened. Due to an electrical fire, the Metropolitan Detention Center has been without heat and electricity since January 28th.
During the protest, which was broadcasted live on her Instagram account, she would correspond with the inmates by telling them to bang on their windows as she asked questions. When she asked if they had not received their blankets, the banging was heard loud and clear. When she asked if the heat had not been cut on, they banged, which let us know they were still freezing.
Smith, who was visibly emotional, was outraged at reports from the New York City Mayor’s Office that the inmates were sent blankets and hand-warmers while temperatures were below freezing. The inmates confirmed that they had not received anything. The MDC has been without heat and electricity for about a week, putting inmates are risk for serious health issues. The New York Times noted that inmates with sleep apnea cannot use their sleep machines because there is no electricity, putting them at risk for a stroke. Without electricity, the inmates can’t call their loved ones nor can they request refills for their medication. They also can’t use their toilets and there’s no hot water. Visiting hours have also been canceled. This jail houses over 1,600 men.
This matter hits close to home for Smith, whose husband Mendeecees Harris is currently incarcerated on drug related charges. Smith was also hurt during the protest according to a video that was posted by her close friend.
Daytime EMMY AWARD nominated talk show hostWendy Williams, Bobby Brown, Devon Franklin, Rev. Al Sharpton, David & Tamela Mann, EnVogue, Naturi Naughton, Cynthia Erivo, Kenya Moore & Remy Ma – were all upfront, candid and informative!
Photography Credit: Hayden Greene
New York, NY (September 30, 2018) – The AnnualCircle of Sisters EXPO closed with the highest number of attendees, 40,000, to date at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, Saturday, September 29, 2018.
“We are amazed each year and this year was no different – more celebrities, attendees, shopping opportunities and simply a stupendous Saturday for all. Every year, we commit to making Circle of Sisters bigger and better than before. This year was beyond all expectations,” says Charlie Morgan, Senior Vice President/Market Manager WBLS/WLIB. “From the panel discussions to the music performances, star-studded gospel concert and vendor marketplace, Circle of Sisters was a success. It was truly memorable event for the community.”
Circle of Sisters remains the largest EXPO in New York City celebrating and uniting women of color. Highlights of the day included Daytime EMMY AWARD nominated talk show host Wendy Williams returning giving a keynote, a special Ask Wendy segment and receiving special recognition from WBLS/WLIB and a proclamation presented by Ingrid Martin-Lewis, Senior Advisor to the Brooklyn Borough President, Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.
Singer and entrepreneur Bobby Brown kicked off the day and shared his thoughts with an up close and personal interview with WBLS’s very own Déjà Vu and iconic R&B group EnVogue and the amazing Vivian Green rocked the performance stage with an amazing performance.
The day was filled with today’s hottest celebrities from the stage and screen – actors, performers and music artists. From TONY Award-Winning Cynthia Erivo to Power’sNaturi Naughton to R&B singer and Real Housewife of Atlanta’s Kenya Moore as well as renowned preacher, author, producer Devon Franklin and our favorite couple David and Tamela Mann — all gave the community ‘honest and real’ conversation. From relationship advice to delving into the State of Black America, rap artist Remy Ma joined Rev. Al Sharpton, WBLS’ Raqiyah Mays and Ann Tripp to set a framework for the community.
The 2018 EXPO also featured a sold-out Metro PCS Gospel Explosion, with performances today’s leading gospel artists Bebe Winans, Byron Cage, Koryn Hawthorne, Charles Jenkins, Brian Courtney Wilson and Maranda Curtis.
This year topics on sisterhood, relationships and social advocacy were front row, not to mention hundreds of vendors selling everything imaginable — all under one umbrella allowed for a New York City “must-do” experience.
A Few Quotes from Panel Discussions
Don’t take no for an answer. Believe in yourself and have your own personal value—that’s how you will last in this industry for a long time.” – EnVogue
“To have black girl magic, it’s really recognizing that magic that’s in yourself first.” – Naturi Naughton
“Don’t let the brown [skin], don’t let the dark eyes, don’t let the natural hair stop you.” – Bernice Holmes
State of Black America: How to Make Our Voices Heard in this Political Climate
“None of us would have existed had it not been the backbone of our black women. Black women stood up and brought us back every time. We have got to be involved. We have to be sensitive to where we are—where we are with our voting rights, where we are with health care, where we are with gender rights?” – Al Sharpton
“When I first began, my main objective was to just be good at rapping … but as time goes by, you start to realize that people are actually listening to you and you have things you want to say outside of music.” – Remy Ma
“It’s not easy. There’s not a short-term solution to handle things. You have to get into the trenches, you have to raise your voice as loud as you can even if sometimes you don’t understand what you’re fighting.” – Ashley G. Sharpton
Dating, Marriage, Love & The Internet: How to Make it All Work
“There’s too much of a stigma put on how you meet a person. God may use online dating more than he may use the church to bring you the right person because people can hide in church … find the person, however God brings them to you.” – DeVon Franklin
“The worst mistake you can make is to get married before you know yourself.” – Charreah K. Jackson
“The most important thing [about online dating] is honesty. You have to be honest” – Kenya Moore
Living in The Gospel
“Let’s stop talking about what God can do and walk in what you can do. We should come to the table with everything he’s given us and let’s challenge each other in the church, so that we can use our skills, our talents for God to multiply that through obedience.” – Dr. Stacie NC Grant
“We have to forgive debts for our debts to be forgiven. That’s the only way.” – Brian Courtney Wilson
“You have to have time for God” – Maranda Curtis
Circle of Sisters (COS) is the largest expo for women of color in New York City with more than 40,000 attendees. Produced and hosted by WBLS-FM/WLIB – AM and Emmis Communications, COS hosts a variety of panel discussions, seminars, gospel concert in addition to nearly 300 vendors and small businesses selling unique items and services. The EXPO is accented by an avalanche of captivating elements in which participants can attend informative and empowering panel discussions led by authors, field experts, political figures and some of the biggest names in entertainment.
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The footage shows the feeble, bewildered woman, in a nightgown and socks, being hauled off by NYPD Sgt. Timothy Brovakos, who is aided by two other cops, at around 11:30 a.m.
But Brovakos is quickly overcome by smoke, and Davis gets abandoned on the floor outside a hallway exit door as his two comrades help him to a lower floor.
Firefighters are seen arriving on the floor about a minute later, although it doesn’t appear that they notice Davis because of the smoke.
It may have taken as long as five minutes for Davis to be taken to a lower floor to safety, the video shows.
“When you look at the video in a bubble, it looks like they’re being heroes,” Peter S. Thomas, the family’s lawyer, said of the cops.
“But you need to look at the big picture: They’re already violating protocol by attempting this evacuation.
“At each and every step, the officers on the scene did precisely the wrong thing.”
Cops responding to the blaze left open the stairwell door on the 12th floor where Davis lived, Thomas said.
That, he said, allowed smoke from the fire — ignited by a tipped-over halogen lamp in an apartment on the 11th floor — to fill the upper floor’s hall.
Cops also were forcing residents of the fireproofed building to flee. That is against NYPD and FDNY protocol, given the construction of the building.
Davis’ daughter Marcia has said she and her mom begged the officers to let them stay inside the apartment.
“I told them she’d been safer in the house with the door closed and that she wouldn’t survive in the hallway,” Marcia Davis told The Post on Monday.
“When I got to near the stairwell, I saw her on the floor. I said, ‘Mama, what you doing here? Why they leave you here?’ I stayed with her as long as I could. It got so black, I was choking.”
Marcia said she watched the video for the first time this past weekend.
“It was very sad. It was horrible,” she said.
Brovakos’ lawyer has said that when the sergeant recovered, he risked his life again to go back to get Davis.
The Davis family’s notice of claim is a precursor to a lawsuit and targets the NYPD, city and Brovakos and the other two cops, among others.
The NYPD has said it was conducting a “major investigation” into the incident.
We’ve learned Jay’s lending out his 40/40 Club Manhattan location Wednesday for Disaster Relief For Puerto Rico, a fundraiser for Hurricane Maria victims. In addition to the free space, comped bottles of D’Usse for the first hour — Jay’s cognac — will be flowing for anyone who donates items or money to relief efforts. D’Usse is even throwing in free models to serve the stuff.
The invite for the 40/40 event, which is being organized by the Puerto Rican Family Institute and Big & Little Skills Academy, asks people to bring school supplies, flashlights, solar lamps and batteries. A plane will be sending the supplies from the event Thursday. In a separate effort TIDAL also is reportedly planning to fly 200,000 lbs. of supplies to the wrecked island on another plane.
It’s always a plus to see those who are willing and able to step up and do their part to help others in need.
Amina recently released her book, called, ‘The Other Woman’, which is a tell all book. We can only imagine who the book revolves around. Amina announced back in September that she was ready to tell her side of the story in a book that depicts her real life, from her upbringing to career matters.
During the recent interview on The Domenick Nati Show, she mentioned that she would consider joining the new season of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. Amina explained that she isn’t on Love and Hip Hop New York this season mainly because she moved to Los Angeles and wasn’t around to film. She also told Domenick that she didn’t really want to be in Season 7 but may possibly make an appearance.
Outside of that, her mind is still stuck on past hurts from Peter Gunz. Amina told Domenick that she felt Peter Gunz should do an apology tour.
We remember not long ago on the season of Love & Hip-Hop: New York, Peter sat down with his wife and the mother of his 10th child, Amina, and brought up the topic of divorce. “What comes after separation?” Peter asked Amina in the clip. “Divorce.”
This scene happened right after he was fighting for Tara back, so an apology tour may not even be in the making for Amina. Especially since originally Peter Gunz was married to Tara in the first place before Amina surfaced. Let’s add that Peter mentioned he is done apologizing for his cheating.
Amina went on to say that at the Reunion she plans to mention that she is not ready for a divorce, yet however she is currently feeling the desire to meet somebody new. At this point I believe everyone desires for Amina to simply move on from Peter and allow some true happiness to find her. The love triangle between her, Peter Gunz and Tara needs to just end because we don’t see it helping her. She has a beautiful daughter to focus on, and that should be her focus at this point.
The Reality Star also commented on the other hot storylines that had been featured on Love and Hip Hop Hollywood Season 7. She stated that she felt that Yandy Smith’s involvement on Love & Hip Hop NYC was straight boring!
Why is she coming for Yandy?
Well, in the past Yandy Smith has always taken Tara’s side in the battle over Peter Gunz situation between the two. So of course it makes sense that she would have ill feelings about Yandy. It appears to still be a sour feeling in the bottom of Amina’s stomach. The Reality Star however is still ready to go after Peter Gunz and his decision to pursue Tara Wallace. This is about to get ugly and sadly despite her thoughts on Yandy’s revolving issues, it seems her issues are starting to get a bit faded as well.
Just give it up already honey and go allow love to find you.
Check out the full interview below & let us know your thoughts!