Yandy Smith has a net worth of $15 million dollars as a music producer and reality television star in the United States. Yandy Smith began her professional career as an Executive Assistant at Violator Management in the entertainment industry. Yandy Smith rose to national prominence as one of the most popular cast members on the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”
Yandy Smith was born in the Harlem neighbourhood of New York City on March 19, 1982. Howard University awarded her a bachelor’s degree in 2004.
Yandy Smith began her professional career as an Executive Assistant at Violator Management in the entertainment industry. Missy Elliot, 50 Cent, and LL Cool J were among her high-profile musicians and entertainers. Yandy met rapper Jim Jones on a private jet chartered by Russell Simmons in 2005, just a year after graduating from college. She left Violator Management to work full-time as Jones’ manager. VH1 approached Jones the following year about doing a reality show about him. VH1 was unconvinced after seeing an 11-minute trailer for the proposed show “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” Yandy then approached Mona Scott-Young, her Violator Management mentor, who changed the concept to become “Love & Hip Hop,” by bringing in Jones’ girlfriend Chrissy and her friends. Yandy first appeared on the reality show when Chrissy and Jim got engaged in the first season. It was a cameo that went unnoticed.
In season two of “Love & Hip Hop: New York” Yandy Smith joined the main cast. Her main plot revolved around the issues and problems she faced while working as Jim Jones’ manager. Her professional relationship with Jones falls apart during that season, and she gets into a fight with Chrissy in a Miami nightclub. After that, Jones and Chrissy ended their relationship with Yandy.
Yandy went on to work for Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records, and Columbia Records as a consultant. Then she formed Monami Entertainment with her former Violator Management boss Mona Scott-Young. Yandy works for the company as a talent agent. She was named one of the “Top 30 Executives Under 30.” by Billboard in 2008.
Yandy is also a part-owner, president, and brand manager for the lifestyle brand Everything Girls Love.
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Yandy also appears in an episode of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta: After Party Live!,” and in the specials “Remy & Papoose: Meet the Mackies,” “40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments,” “Dirty Little Secrets,” “The Love Edition,” and “Love & Hip Hop Awards: Most Certified and 40 Greatest Love & Hip Hop Moments: The Reboot.”
Yandy Smith has a son named Omare Harris (born on July 16, 2012) and a daughter named Skylar Harris with real estate developer Mendeecees Harris (born on January 26, 2015). Yandy and Mendeecees married on May 25, 2015.
Yandy fostered and eventually adopted a young girl named Infinity Gilyard.
Yandy’s husband has two other women’s children. Samantha, his first baby mama, met him when she was 19 years old. They dated for three years and had a child, but Samantha broke up with Mendeecees after discovering he was cheating on her. Erika, his second baby mama, he met in 2003 or 2009, depending on who you ask. Erika is his most complicated relationship because he got her pregnant while still dating Yandy and after hiring her as his children’s nanny. Erika is technically his third baby mama.
Yandy has a tense relationship with Mendeecees’ baby mamas, which has devolved into a vicious feud over custody of Mendeecees’ oldest children, Mendeecees Jr. and Aasim.
Mendeecees Harris was arrested in January 2013 on charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Mendeecees is also suspected of being a member of a three-man drug trafficking ring. Between 2005 and 2012, the three men allegedly trafficked $2.5 million in cocaine and heroin. Yandy has adamantly defended her fiance on numerous occasions, even naming specific bloggers and websites she believes have been unfair or inaccurate in their reporting. Harris was sentenced to eight to ten years in prison in 2016 for drug trafficking. In January 2020, he was released from prison.
Yandy Smith was arrested outside the attorney general’s office in Louisville, Kentucky on July 14, 2020, during a protest over the death of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers. Taylor was shot and killed by police during a drug raid at her home in March. The police were at the wrong address; the correct address was 10 miles away, and the suspect had already been apprehended. Officers who killed EMT Taylor have still not been apprehended or charged as of July 31, 2020.
Smith paid a sweet tribute to her son Omere’s eighth birthday on her Instagram account in mid-July 2020. “Everything perfect about me came out in you,” she wrote. My flaws were completely overlooked by you. You’re kinder than most, compassionate, live and walk in integrity, and you’re hilarious. You are hurt when others are hurt, and you love deeply. You were the man of the house for a long time and did a fantastic job. You had to mature quickly, and look at you now, big boy… YOU ARE NOW EIGHT!!! We absolutely adore you!!!”
Yandy shared a four-minute video on her Instagram account in late July 2020, in which she opens up about some recent nightmares. “It’s six o’clock in the morning, and I’m just waking up from a horrible nightmare.” she explained. She went on to say that she awoke believing that federal agents were breaking into her house and murdering her and her children. The agents said they entered the wrong house in her dream. Yandy also revealed that as a Black mother in the year 2020, she has been experiencing anxiety attacks.