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‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ is now a monster hit for VH1

Joseline has become a stand-out reality-show "star" on "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta." CREDIT: VH1

Joseline has become a stand-out presence and focal point of controversy on "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta." CREDIT: VH1

Take that, “Real Housewives of Atlanta”!

America now has a new trashy local show critics can complain makes Atlanta look bad:  “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” on VH1.

The reality show – which focuses on local hip-hop musicians and their twisted love lives – is now pulling in more viewers than “Real Housewives of Atlanta” did in its fourth season.

This past Monday’s episode hit a series-high of 3.5 million viewers, with another 2.1 million who caught the repeat at 10 p.m. The show has seen steady growth after opening at 1.9 million in its first airing in June. The 18-49 rating has jumped from 1.1 to a 2.0 over five weeks.

Through six episodes, the show has averaged 2.9 million viewers, comparable to the original “Love and Hip Hop.” In metro Atlanta, the show draws around 150,000 viewers.

The show is also lifting the fortunes of “Single Ladies,” the Atlanta-based scripted relationship drama despite the departure of Stacey Dash. “Single Ladies” hit a series high 2.66 million viewers this past Monday.

I solicited comments on my Facebook page about the show. Tarryl BrotherTee Rosier sampled one episode and dubbed it “pure trash.”

“I dislike VH1 even more now that they are showing that program on their station,” Rosier wrote. “Even though, I don’t like both programs, I will say that RHOA has more class than LHHA.”

Demeeka Mhoon likens the show to “a wreck on 285 u see miles ahead, but u still look once u pass by. Its absolutely horrible as a TV program.”

Juanita Vann willingly admits she enjoys it: “A lot of people who watch it are ashamed to say so because they feel it portrays African-American’s and Atlantans in a negative light. I watch it EVERY week! It’s funny, entertaining and oh so ratchet. People who are calling for boycotts of it need to have a seat. This is ENTERTAINMENT. If you don’t like it, just don’t watch it. The simple fact that it’s pulling in such strong numbers is a testament that somebody likes it. By the way, I feel it is more trashy than RHOA, and the “housewives” have lost a bit of their edge. I was totally bored with the last season. I hope the next season can capture some of the craziness from prior seasons that made it so much fun to watch!”

Nyssa Green, on Twitter, simply called it “a hilarious train wreck.”

I resisted but now that it’s clear this show isn’t going away, I will begin writing recaps Monday.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

126 comments Add your comment

Oscar Bater

July 25th, 2012
4:33 pm

Hip-Hop is indeed TRASH, as are those who cultivate it.

A disgrace to our hometown of Atlanta and a detriment to our your people.

No argument here.

Good Piece, Rodney.

Mark

July 25th, 2012
6:54 pm

People take this show and other reality shows to seriously..Its just entertainment…By the way years ago some people didn’t like ‘The Cosbys” either..saying it didn’t represent true black life in America..

Wayne stuck in AL

July 25th, 2012
8:40 pm

VH1 (along with E! and Bravo) is run by a bunch of queens only interested in those who do nothing but brunch, shop and have drama.

Leslie

July 25th, 2012
10:55 pm

Love the show. I dislike. Stevie. J and that ho ja want be. Rapper

liberalefty

July 26th, 2012
12:29 am

i like this show because the women are fine unlike the old cows on RHOA..

Robert Brookins

July 26th, 2012
12:54 am

Iam not in to drama at all! But i love me some LHHA!

mechi

July 26th, 2012
8:45 am

Mark I completely agree..And if people feel this represents all black Atlantans, then they are the ones who are truly short sighted. I mean if someone in Wyoming doesn’t have enough sense to realize LHHA is for entertainment, then they probably have more serious issues in their lives than this show. Also for the critics that say it sends a bad message to our youth, it’s not a kids show, that seems more like an issue that parents are not raising their kids, but letting television raise them. BTW, I don’t even watch the show, not my thing, but for those that do let them enjoy their guilty pleasure.

cynthia

July 26th, 2012
9:14 am

is Joseline Hernandezts man.

Ummm....

July 26th, 2012
9:21 am

I agree with Mark and Mechi, obviously, people have way too much time on their hands if they believe or try to live out the way the show is portrayed on television. This television show and others are ONLY for entertainment purposes, sure they are trash, but sometimes it’s funny watching trash do trashly activities on television.

Bout Business

July 26th, 2012
10:09 am

I’m learning a lot of valuable lessons from the show and will aplly them to my actual life. I think Stevie J is a real man who is simply battling with the perks that come along w/ being a multi-millionaire many times over. He’s trying to work things out with Mimi, who is a real woman for sticking by his side no matter what. Not everyone is perfect. I too have 4 kids but that doesnt make me a bad person. I pay what I can to their mothers and spend TIME with my kids. In the end, they’ll remember time with me looking at toys in Target much more than they will a mere $200/month in child support.

Great show regardless of what the haters are saying!

Been there done that

July 26th, 2012
10:18 am

People hate to see the truth that’s really how people get down in Atlanta. Men have more than one girlfriend and the women fill as long as the man have the funds to make all them happy they are cool with everything. You have to also realize half the show is not from Atlanta. Also what do you expect have the men in Atlanta are gay. Really there isn’t much of a choice just share and know your place. Alot of the rappers have wives at home and a girlfriend at the studio and then the groupie on the road. If you don’t like what you see turn the television. It’s the truth.

Fetus Breath

July 26th, 2012
10:19 am

Just because we have TVs does not mean we have to watch them all the time, or create garbage programming for them.

Kristie

July 26th, 2012
10:21 am

Bout Business, “remember time with me looking at toys in Target much more…” dude, looking at toys is not something to brag about compared to being realistic and knowing that your kids have REAL needs like food, clothes, shelter, lunch money, help with homework, listening to the issues they encounter dealing with other kids, spiritual needs, etc. P.S. Please use protection to avoid a 5th child by another baby momma, and most likely additional STDs. Yuck! You’re just too wrong for words.

Joseline Hernandez

July 26th, 2012
10:25 am

We bev lov Steebie and I lu my man. Sumtiems hatas hate and we are the vest.

Rabbit

July 26th, 2012
10:32 am

isn’t the show just pure entertainment.

WOW

July 26th, 2012
10:35 am

I weep for the future of my people.

mamaj

July 26th, 2012
10:37 am

My daughter tried to get me involved in that show and I had to draw the line after a few minutes. I’m particular about my trash, and I’ll stick to RHOA. I WOULD like to be looking at it though, when Joseline throws off all that giddup she has on and reveals that she is a man. A harder looking woman I have never seen.

26belly

July 26th, 2012
10:38 am

Well, if this is just entertainment, will they incorporate the end of summer bash complete with fried chicken, malt-liquor, and watermelon? Don’t forget the overall’s and straw hats for the men and sun-dresses with be’be’ kids in arms for the women!

25 to LIFE

July 26th, 2012
10:39 am

LHHA has more booty on duty then Diamonds and Magic City:)That’s why I watch!The Camera man and director are on point with all kinds of angles! I have no idea what the hell they are talking about since we watch while at work on mute…but I will quote Bubba Sparkx “Booty, Booty, Booty, Booty,Booty EVERYWHERE! That must have been a pre-requiste for all the women, No ass, need not apply!

WOW

July 26th, 2012
10:46 am

26belly…”end of summer bash complete with fried chicken, malt-liquor, and watermelon?”

Off topic: I understand ‘watermelon’ from the early racist movies from the early 1900s. But, when did fried chicken become an insult to us? I don’t know 1 person(black or white in the south) that doesn’t love it.

ATLPeach

July 26th, 2012
10:47 am

I watch because it’s entertaining! It doesn’t represent any race of people, just the people that’s on the show. I can represent myself as a black woman, thank you very much! So sick of that argument!

@25, men!!! Joseline’s butt is as fake as those big azz fake breasts she has! But I know men don’t care if it’s real or fake…they just like the scenery! Lol!

KB

July 26th, 2012
10:49 am

Hip-Hop is being portayed by people who has no clue what true hip-hop is. TV is just showing people who has made a some foolish choices in their lives and have to live with those decisions. I wished that we had shows that show the great side of Atlanta than this crap. Many people of color have rich and fulfilling lives. TV just show the ones who don’t.

Just like the movie “Brown Sugar” a couple of years ago hip-hop has grown up, but the people in it hasn’t. Hip-hop is global now. It crosses so many cultures and nationalities. Unfortunately, the popular media groups have tried their best to keep it closed in a box. I pisses me off.

I will say one thing. We as men have to do a better job in being men. Women must not act like nothing less than powerful women. A peach tree produces peaches, not pears nor apples. Men, if want a “10″ in a women, then you must be one. Women likewise…..

LOVING LHHA

July 26th, 2012
10:55 am

I LOVE IT AND FOR THE HATERS THE ONLY WAY NOT TO LIKE IT IS TO WATCH IT SO YALL HELPING WITH THE RATINGS!!LHHA DO YALL THING MUCH LOVE!!THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN ATLANTA I SHOULD KNOW I AM FROM DECATUR,GA AND YES THESE MEN THINK THEY ARE GOD’S GIFT BUT ITS ONLY WHAT WE WOMEN ALLOW I DO NOT LIKE STEVIE J BUT WHO REALLY IS TO BLAME OTHER THAN THE WOMEN!!LOVE K MICHELLE SHE CRAZY AS HELL!!LMAO “OOOHHH THIS BITCH SHAKING THE TABLE”, IN MY K MICHELLE VOICE!! GOTTA LOVE IT!!LMAO

SWAT Native

July 26th, 2012
10:58 am

The people on the show may act trashy, but LHHA show does a nice job of showing different locations around intown Atlanta (Single Ladies does too). It makes the physical city look good, if not the people.

And I agree with several other posters: the ladies are fine.

Dixiecrat

July 26th, 2012
11:00 am

This show is a train wreck and an embarrassment for Atlanta. Every time I go to Montana, or somewhere out West to go fishing, and tell the guide(s) I’m from ATL, they make some comment about the Housewives of ATL or some other comment like that. If one is not from here, and is somewhere else in the country, he or she might think that ATL is comprised of nothing but black people driving fancy cars, renting mansions, having children out of wedlock, and filing chapter 7….

wyndero

July 26th, 2012
11:01 am

One has a right to like whatever they choose, one also has the right to protest. This show is a microcosm of today’s young black society, it specialize’s in ratchet behavior and fans of the show enjoy it for entertainment purposes or its similar to the life they have or one that they would want. If you can’t figure out why people are upset then what does they say about you? This one is so easy, Older black folks from another era just don’t get the younger generation and vice versa, but at the end of the day someone is right and somebody is wrong on this one.

26belly

July 26th, 2012
11:01 am

@WOW…you/we/southerners all know how you/we/southerners can grease down on some fried or grilled chicken to the point you/we/southerners don’t care who’s looking or what anyone thinks! Until the scene goes on blast via television or the internet!

Sluggo

July 26th, 2012
11:10 am

It’s a highly educational show useful for the entire family and it saves me time. Rather than teach my children to be degenerates, I can plop them down in front of the tube and VH1 does the work for me.After one episode,they want body ink, gold chains and have learned new expressive terms like mugga fugga.

Successful Black Man

July 26th, 2012
11:14 am

Stevie J is a role model for how you treat BLK WOMEN. Treat them right then they dog you out, but if you treat them like dirt they stay with you. GO FIGURE?

Danny

July 26th, 2012
11:15 am

Porn,Sex Shops, Strip Clubs, Swinger’s clubs are for entertainment as well

Whatever...

July 26th, 2012
11:16 am

In all honesty the producers are brilliant! They are the ones who will make all the money whereas these wannabees make a modest salary. Staged improvisation is all this show is. When it all blows over you might see one person “make it” like NeNe!

Pitchy

July 26th, 2012
11:20 am

I must admit this is a train wreck I can’t help but tune into. Someone blew smoke on Stevie J’s manhood and he went bonkers…that dude believes he’s smooth. I am still amazed at the things he’s admitted on national television, along with how foolish MiMi is making herself out. She may come across as being “strong” when she’s on camera by herself, but she’s one of many poster children for weak, insecure, gullibe women walking this Earth. Man, the BS she has tolerated and put up with over the years.

Stevie J is a pint-sized troll looking pimp! That’s right I said it….

Pitchy

July 26th, 2012
11:20 am

C Jae of EAV

July 26th, 2012
11:22 am

Let’s face it, LHHA is no worse for than RHOA and in some respects may be more entertaining as the participants in LHHA less pretentious lay more of their lives open in front of camera.

Sure bearing witness to love triangles and relationship conflicts in real time as they are unfolding will make for some embarrassing moments, but on some level I have to respect the participants for their willingness to lay so much of their lives on the line and subject public scrunity.

I believe the shows increasing popularity is steming from the fact that what’s being protrayed are real life situations that most if not all of us have experienced or are experiencing on some level.

Danny

July 26th, 2012
11:22 am

Anybody that says “It’s just entertainment” doesn’t see past their nose length. There a lot of things that are entertainment for many people. Some people abuse other people for their entertainment, some people use drugs for entertainment, some people find it entertaining when innocent people get beat up or hurt. I don’t see anybody say “Lighten up it’s just ENTERTAINMENT”

Also let me put somethings in perspective for those “It’s just entertainment” folks

America is 300 Million people – Black people ONLY make 14% total which equals about 33 Million, spread them out over 50 states with majority of concentration in the bigger cities. So there many many Americans that are NOT black, that may never interacted in depth with black their entire lives and I know quite a few, they only interact maybe at work for some extend.

But these shows like RHOA, Hip Hop, etc. gives them the perspective that this how the majority of black women are and what they go for in their lives, mix it up with the Hip Hop songs and videos and there you have the perception. If it doesn’t bother you don’t get upset when someone treats like that.

Cops are not all bad but yet their overall stigma is so, so go figure!

Bad Newz

July 26th, 2012
11:26 am

Yo Rodney Ho, you call this a monster hit/entertainment? As you and I both know, if it is dumb, stupid, lazy and crazy, we know who will irresponsibly sign up first. Again, shame on VH1’s executives for exploiting the African-American Community with these programs all for a quick buck. Unfortunately, as time as shown, these programs have failed to be productive for the African-American household. I am sure it these programs depicted the Asian community in a negative way, you would be offended too. So, let’s write postive articles and educate the folks to use their time and resources much wiser rather than continue to be exploited by TV Executives at VH1. I believe the time is now!

Darryn R.

July 26th, 2012
11:34 am

Stevie J is a disgrace to the male black race. All men are not like this. I have 3 kids by 3 different mothers and I married the last mother who I have been with for 9 years. One of them I had at the age of 17, 22 and 36. I am 37 now and getting too old for anymore women or kids. They are all expensive. All of my kids live with me and the oldest is due to graduate college 2013. I have a 15yo 10 th grader who loves football and 1yo is my heart and last child. But just because you have many children by different women doesn’t make you a bad man, it makes you a bad father if you cannot take care of them all, nevertheless show them be a leader by example. Stevie J rap it up man and go get a real job!

Pitchy

July 26th, 2012
11:37 am

Stevie J is a disgrace to the male black race. – Naw, he’s a disgrace to himself.

Just like you said, “all men are not like this.” He doesn’t represent anyone but himself! A walking IDIOT.

Hate a man who thinks he’s so smoother and his isht stinks…..

Mike

July 26th, 2012
11:38 am

I’m black … I’m an Atlantan … Native Atlantan. Black folk need to chill out and quit being so embarrassed when a subset of people share our nationality act a certain way. Quit feeling as though their actions represent you. Every nationality has a stigma about them, but that doesn’t represent them. All asians don’t represent the associated stereotype. Low and behold, all white people don’t represent their associated negative stereotype. Neither do hispanics or any other nationality. Take a chill. It’s entertaining television … but Lil Scrappy doesn’t represent me. Neither does Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. I represent me. You should to.

And let the record reflect, Swamp People don’t represent all white people. Chill out.

???

July 26th, 2012
11:42 am

I’m confused by all the negative reactions to the Love & Hip Hop -Atlanta tv show. How is this show any different from the old soap operas that once filled-up daytime tv? Soap operas had characters who cheated on their spouses: The bad guy who cheated on his nice-girl wife. Some of the women were determined to seek revenge on the person who wronged them. They manipulated each other and sometimes the characters tried to hide their past to become someone new…..And all of this was in one episode. What’s the difference between LHHA and soap operas or other reality shows? What’s the big uproar about? Is it because the characters are Black and based in Atlanta? As if we do not go through the same drama and heartache as others. I’m Black and from Atlanta and I personally know people who are experiencing the same issues as seen on LHHA. They live in Decatur, Southwest Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Austell, and Roswell. They all see themselves in the show. They can relate to the people on the show…including the brothas who struggle with being monogamous. Perhaps they will see themselves from a different angle. The stripper/drug dealing moms can realize they can turn their lives around and show love for their kids. The ex-con mom can reunite with her adult daughter after years of abandonment and shame. Perhaps this show can help sistas who are thinking about compromising themselves in the name of a career. This tv show will most likely make women (and men) wonder if it is worth using your body as a bargaining tool. Let’s not forget the folks who are trying to overcome setbacks and tragedies to live a happy life. I see all of this in LHHA. I see people I grew up with. I see my coworkers. I see some of my relatives. I see my neighbors on the show. I believe the show can actually inspire someone living the same life as those on the show.

locals

July 26th, 2012
11:46 am

I’m sure the white people that live in Midtown and Buckhead cringe when they see them and the camera crew coming..lol

???

July 26th, 2012
11:52 am

@locals “I’m sure the white people that live in Midtown and Buckhead cringe when they see them and the camera crew coming..lol”

Why do you care about what White people in Midtown and Buckhead cringe over? What do you think about the show?

Miss J

July 26th, 2012
11:52 am

Ok here’s my Top Five concerning Love & Hip Hop
1. It’s just a show (some of it is probably scripted)
2. The genre of DRAMA is as old as Shakespear and grabs the audiences attention.
3. All Black, White, Latina, Asian and others don’t act the same (even within their own races) you got your good, your bad and you got your ugly.
4. Shows like these will continue to thrive CuZ Folks are watching.
5. For all you haters (get a life) get over it.

Homer the Brave

July 26th, 2012
11:57 am

“Reality” shows are just becoming scripted nonsense. The only reality show I care to watch anymore is Survivor and I’m not even watching all of it anymore. I’m glad there’s a thing called TV on DVD to watch shows that were actually good when I’m not doing something else constructive with my life……….

Miss J

July 26th, 2012
11:58 am

By the way, I watched the show last night and I was very impressed with the performances. (notice I said performances).

Folks need to recognize that the actors in this show are being paid to ACT (when the cameras are rolling)..

Again, it’s just a show……..LOL

Miss J

July 26th, 2012
12:01 pm

@Homer the Brave
You said and I agree – that’s what makes AMERICA great. You can choose to watch or choose to tune it out.

The hell with stereotypes – let people be people and just cause an actor acts like a fool on a TV show and he or she just happens to Black does not mean all Blacks act the same way………GROW -UP ………

Eric

July 26th, 2012
12:04 pm

I’m black and I think the show is scripted trash!

Grasshopper

July 26th, 2012
12:05 pm

If this show is pure trash (which it is) what does say about the hip-hop world in Atlanta?

mugglemikki

July 26th, 2012
12:09 pm

If people can’t see this show is staged and scripted, then Lord have mercy!
It’s really simple to understand, in today’s world, the more ratchet and stupid
you act, the more buzz you create which equals 15 minutes of fame.
They are just in it for the money.
How is this any worse than Mob Wives, the Real Housewives of New Jersey, etc.???

Miss J

July 26th, 2012
12:15 pm

@mugglemikki (great name)

I agree with you 100%. Does anyone out there remember AMOROSA (of the Apprentance).

Drama sells (people getting along and making nice is BORING) give me more fights, and conflicts (this keeps my ratings high and money rolling in)..

AGAIN – IT’S JUST A SHOW AND A DARN GOOD DRAMA AT THAT…………