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Mashonda Does KING Magazine [Photo Spread & Interview Snippets]

Love & Hip Hop star Mashonda covers the latest issue of KING magazine. The singer and ex-wife of producer Swizz Beatz wasn’t afraid to show off her curves for the cover and feature spread inside the magazine.  More picture s of Mashonda below.

Mashonda on:

… Her Loyalty Tattoo
I got it a year after everything started going downhill. It’s a reminder to me that I have to be loyal to myself for once.
I was so loyal to everyone, and I totally forgot about me. This is what it represents—it represents loyalty to self. Now I have to do things that I love to do, and I have to make myself happy, because I don’t really agree when people say, “I need a man ’cause I want to be happy,” or “I’m not happy because I don’t have a man.” That’s not where it starts. Happiness starts from within, and that’s in my focus.

Love & Hip-Hop.
I did a few episodes [first], then ended up doing a lot of episodes because the chemistry was perfect with me and Emily. I ended up being a recurring guest, and it worked out perfectly, because I’m on the show and people get to see me and hear my stories. But it’s not like a character that’s 100 percent there.

… Being Emily’s Support System
At the time that we shot, I was in a great place, so that’s what made the difference. I felt like that was my therapy, and that’s all I wanted to do. Anytime I’d log in to Facebook or Twitter, there would be tons of women reaching out to me, thanking me for sharing my story. Those messages gave me a lot of strength, a lot of courage. From that point on, I just wanted to help women, and Emily being a good friend of mine, it was easy for me to go on there and talk to her and be honest.

…Having Male Groupies
[Laughs] Oh, Lord, you know what, I show everybody love. But I don’t like the word “groupie”—it’s so harsh. I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with one person admiring another person.

Source — KING Magazine and RapRadar.com

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Photos from the 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards Show

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The 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards took place at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Nicki Minaj, Jazy-Z, Diddy, Swizz Beatz,Rick Ross, and Eminem were some of the winners of the night. The show included performances by Diddy, Big Boi, B.o. B., Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey. MC Hammer even made a surprise appearance  during Rick Ross’s performance. The original girl group Salt-N-Pepa were honored at the ceremony with the honored with the I Am Hip-Hop award.

The 2010 Hip Hop Awards show airs on BET on October 12, 2010.  View some performance pictures from the event below.

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