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Keeping Up With The Joneses: Destiny Jones Talks Being Nas’ Daughter, Her Parents’ Relationship, And Lipmatic; Plus, Enter For A Chance To Win In “The Scoop” Lipmatic Giveaway!!
Being the daughter of a music icon has its privileges, but Destiny Jones is working hard to build a legacy on her own merits.
As the first born child of hip-hop legend Nasir Jones, better known as Nas, and his ex Carmen Bryan, Destiny knows first-hand the ups-and-downs of the industry. Over the years, the issues between her parents have played out in the public eye, but the 20-year-old fashion student remains unaffected by it all, and is still pursuing a career in entertainment.
“Growing up, I wasn’t really famous, but growing up, it kinda was a known thing. No matter what school I went to or what neighborhood I was in, somehow, word-of-mouth, people would find out. And I definitely would be treated different. I’m happy to say that I haven’t had any type of negativity about my life because of it, but when it comes to other people finding out who my dad is, I just had to deal with like, a lot of fake friends around me. People wanting to be my friend for the wrong reason, but it was definitely a little bit different. One of the times I really noticed okay, there’s a difference, was when I was a kid, maybe like ten-years-old, and I was in Queens with my cousins at the park. As soon as we got to the park, my cousins all huddled up, and said, ‘Okay, everybody look out for Destiny. Don’t let anybody touch her.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, I get it. I’m a little bit different.'”
ON IF BEING NAS’ DAUGHTER MAKES IT HARD TO DATE:
“Well, I always say that to my friends, ‘If I was a guy, I would not want to date Nas’ daughter’. But my experience has kinda been the opposite. If anything, I’ve had to more so look out for the phony people who just want to date me because of who my dad is. I’ve had to deal with that pretty much all my life. Every time I really start to date someone, in the past, I don’t open up and just tell them who my dad is when I first start to like them and kick it with them, but eventually, they do find out, and it seems like every guy has had their little groupie moment. Like even guys who aren’t Nas fans, as soon as they find out, I have to give them at least two weeks to calm down. And I’m like, ‘It’s really not that serious.’ So I’ve never actually had like the type of relationship where, okay, I want you to meet my dad now. It’s just never been that deep before, but I don’t know, I kinda feel bad for that guy that I’m serious enough to introduce to my dad.”
ON HOW THE ISSUES BETWEEN HER MOM AND DAD PLAYING OUT IN THE MEDIA AFFECTED HER:
“I think that when I was younger, a lot of the drama that was out in the public with them, I didn’t really understand it, I didn’t really see it. I really didn’t know what was going on, and it didn’t affect me that much. Now if my parents are on any type of blogs for beefing with each other, it’s kinda not that big a deal to me because usually, whatever’s in the media is always like ten times deeper than what it actually is between us as a family. So it really doesn’t phase me that much. It’s just like whatever, tomorrow there will be something else in the blogs. I don’t really pay attention to it.”
“I’m a little different because with me personally, certain things just don’t affect me the way, like, my friends for example. I have friends that are like, ‘Wow, I wouldn’t be able to handle that. But with me, I’ve never really grown up caring about the opinions of others – what other people think of me and my family. So, for me, it just kinda falls to the wayside, like I really don’t care that much. But I’m sure that for any other individual, it would be kinda traumatizing.”
ON HER MOM AND DAD’S RELATIONSHIP:
“I think that my parents just both have a clear understanding that regardless of what has happened in the past, we’re a family regardless. Nobody can ever say anything bad about my dad to my mom or she’ll go off, and my dad doesn’t want to hear anything bad about my mom. So that love is there and that respect is there, and right now, and hopefully forever, everything is really just cool between them. Regardless of whether they were ever going through their drama or not, I feel like that love and respect has always been there, and they always had that unspoken understanding.”
ON THE POSSIBILTY OF HER DOING REALITY TV, AND THE REALITY SHOW SHE AUDITIONED FOR:
“When I was seventeen, Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta actually did reach out to me, and I definitely did do an interview with them. ‘Cause I never one hundred percent say no, I’m only like, ‘Let me see what this is about before I say no’. So that definitely is not my speed – that type of reality TV, even though it’s entertaining to me, and I do watch it every week. I used to say, ‘Never, I’ll never do reality TV’, but now I’m like, you know, ‘Never say never,’ you know. You never know what the future will hold.”
ON WHY HER AND HER MOM DIDN’T DO LHHA
“I went into the meeting with my mom at a hotel in Atlanta, and we had an interview. They were asking us questions, and they really loved me. They really loved my personality and everything. They were like, ‘Carmen, maybe, but Destiny, yes.’ But like, it was just funny. So after the interview, I started to find out who the other cast members would be, and I started thinking this doesn’t really seem like me and my mom, you know, our speed. What you see on ‘Love & Hip-Hop’, that’s not even my mom’s personality. Like she’s so funny loving and goofy and sweet – it’s not really her speed, it’s not really my speed, and I think the producers could tell when they got the cast together, like, ‘No, you guys wouldn’t fit in with this cast at all’, so it was like a joint agreement.”
ON HER LIP GLOSS LINE, LIPMATIC:
“Well it’s funny, I’m just going to come out and say it – I’m addicted to lip gloss. I have every type of lip gloss there is all around my car, my house, my room. My friends always make fun of me, like, ‘You put it on, that’s all you do is put it on. Is this a nervous habit? Like, what’s wrong with you?’ So, I’m just like, ‘Honestly, I spend all this money on lip gloss. I know what the best ones are and what I look for in one. Why don’t I just create my own?’ So it really was something I just thought about maybe when I was like eighteen. Like oh, that would be cool. and I always said that I wanted to have a product line and a clothing line. I always wanted to have my own business, so I thought, lip gloss – it’s cute, it’s a nice startup company, it’s small, but still a good income. I thought lip gloss would be appropriate – I wasn’t ready for a whole cosmetic line, and so far, it’s doing really well. I’m really proud of it, and I’m so excited for all the things to come from it.”
ON THE NAME LIPMATIC:
My dad knew I wanted to do a lip gloss line, but it was before I came up with the name for it. I was really struggling with the name, and one day, me and two of my girlfriends went out for lunch, and one of them asked me, ‘Who are the first people that would buy your lip gloss?’ And I said, ‘Probably my dad’s fans.’ And then that’s when she’s like, ‘Alright, so what are your dad’s albums?’ So I started writing his albums down, and I thought, ‘Illmatic’, ‘Stillmatic’, and then I just said ‘Lipmatic’. And as soon as I said that, they just dropped their forks. They’re like, ‘Lipmatic, that sounds so good.’ And when I told my dad, he just got excited, so it just went from there.”
Outside of Lipmatic, Destiny hopes to one day open a boutique, and possibly launch a fashion line. One of her other passions is acting, and she’s currently taking acting classes to perfect her craft.
To enter for a chance to win in “The Scoop” Lipmatic giveaway, simply tweet, “I just got ‘the scoop’ from @hiphopsocialite with @TheGoodLifeEA” by Thursday, December 18. I’ll announce a randomly selected winner via Twitter the following day, Friday, December 19. One lucky winner will receive a lip gloss of their choice from the Lipmatic collection!! You can also purchase Lipmatic by visiting Karmaloop.com or Lipmatic.com. Good luck, and keep checking “The Scoop” for additional giveaways!!
To keep up with Destiny, be sure to follow her on Twitter @Destiny_Jones1 and Instagram @IAmDestinyJones.
Yandy Smith Dishes On Baby Names, Wedding Plans, And Thirsty Females And Males On Social Media
Although it’s difficult to remain classy in the midst of the messy drama that’s synonymous with Love & Hip-Hop, Yandy Smith manages to do so flawlessly! The Harlem native was a successful entertainment manager prior to joining LHH‘s cast, and has parlayed the platform of reality television into an empire that encompasses various philanthropic efforts, endorsement deals, and Everything Girls Love, a lifestyle brand she co-founded.
The other side of Yandy’s appeal is rooted in her ride-or-die relationship with Mendeecees Harris (and don’t we all love that ride-or-die kind of love!?!), her fiancé and LHHNY co-star with whom she shares one child, with one on the way. Mendeecees was arrested in early 2013 for his alleged involvement in a drug ring, and was finally released in March when Yandy dropped $200,000 of her own money on bail. The selfless act made every man want a Yandy to call their own!
Now preparing for their wedding and the upcoming birth of their baby girl, Yandy recently took a break from her hectic schedule to get on the phone with me to discuss baby names, her story line on the new season of Love & Hip-Hop: NY, and thirsty females coming for Mendeecees on social media (and the aggressive men that come for her – some of you thirsty dudes need to take several seats with the comments you leave on her page!). Check out highlights below.
ON THIS PREGNANCY VERSUS HER FIRST:
“The only thing that’s different is with this little girl, I got so much bigger so quick, that my bones in my body hurt, and it’s trying to keep up with her. It’s like carrying an extra 50 pounds of weight everywhere you going. And this has been since very early on, I got very big. That’s the only thing, but I wasn’t sick, or, you know, I have great pregnancies. I guess that’s why I was like, ‘Ah, I’m pregnant again’, I didn’t even mind. It’s not a hard thing for me at all.”
ON BABY NAMES FOR HER AND MENDEECEES’ DAUGHTER:
“I love the name Smith, which is my last name, but he is very big on names that have meaning. His whole family has African names that have meaning – ask me if he’s African, and I’ll tell you no. But he wants our daughter to have a name with meaning, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t know if I’m going to win the Smith battle, but all my children will be named Harris, so I just wanted to have my legacy live on.”
ON PLANNING THEIR WEDDING:
“Everything is going good – it’s a lot. Planning a baby shower, planning a wedding, managing companies, managing artists, shooting a TV show – it’s a lot. Dates are constantly getting changed because I’m like, ‘Oh, this event is coming up. Oh, I have this EGL thing. Oh, I have this.’ So I’m just trying to manage it all, and get this wedding stuff together. But everything, you know, the aesthetics are coming along fine, it’s just locking in the time because we both have crazy schedules. So you leave it to him, we’ll be going to the justice of the peace, we’ll be going to Vegas doing a shotgun wedding. He’s like, ‘Why do we need this Yandy? Why do we need all this stuff?’ And I’m just like, ‘It’s what I dreamed about – it’s what I want.'”
ON THE PUBLIC SCRUTINY OF THEIR RELATIONSHIP:
“It doesn’t only happen in my relationship. It happens with my hair, my outfit, my makeup, if I’m getting fat or getting too skinny. It’s just what people do. And Instagram, Twitter, all those things have allowed people to become these super gangsters behind a screen with no face and no name. So it’s just what’s to be expected in this business. And then people often assume because they see you on a TV show, or they might see you post a few pictures, that they know your whole entire life. They don’t know what your story is, they don’t know what happens in your life, and they just assume that they know everything. And I let so many things go, but some things, if I’m in the mood and I have time, I feel like addressing. I don’t address everything, but like I said, they nitpick. If I have a post that I put up that has three hundred and fifty comments on it, you best believe there’s going to be five talking about my weight, my hair, my dad, my mom, you know, who’s this, what’s that – it’s just expected. It’s a shame, it’s sad that we are subjected to it, but I guess that’s just what comes along with the game.”
ON FEMALES COMING FOR MENDEECEES’ ON SOCIAL MEDIA (AND MEN HITTING ON HER AS WELL):
“It doesn’t bother me at all because just as many as he gets – like, “I love you, I can’t wait to see you tonight, what time you coming home baby?’ – they be on my page like that. There are people on my page like, ‘Yandy, I missed your call last night. Call me back today.’ And I don’t know this man, I’ve never seen him in my life. So because it happens to me, I don’t take issue when it happens to him, at all. It doesn’t affect me or us in the slightest, in the least. Now if he was out there liking booty pictures, now that…he learned his lesson, and I ain’t taking no booty pictures, so we good.”
ON HER STORYLINE ON THE NEW SEASON, OF LOVE & HIP-HOP: NEW YORK:
“There’s some twists and some turns, some things that happen, and it’s really basically just me living my life with my family, with my man back home, and dealing with the everyday nonsense I have to deal with work, with other women, with situations, um…I’m trying to think of what I can say without saying too much. You’ll see me act a different way that I’ve acted normally because of a certain situation that got under my skin, but for the most part, I’m me, and I’m doing what Yandy does.”
One of Yandy’s many acts of giving back to the community, the “Harlem Cares Toy Drive”, takes place Sunday, December 14 at The Kennedy Center on West 134th Street from 1 – 5 pm. Last year, the event netted over 1000 toys for local shelters!! Admission is free with one unwrapped toy donation, and there will be a kiddie buffet, pampering stations, face painting, arts and crafts, live entertainment, a photo booth, and cupcake decorating (wait, cupcakes??? I’m so there!!).
The new season of Love & Hip-Hop: NY premieres Monday, December 15 at 8 pm on VH1. To keep up with Yandy’s endeavors, be sure to follow her on Twitter and Instagram @YandySmith.