Yandy Smith

Where is Yandy Smith from? Yandy Smith is from the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, though the “Love & Hip Hop” star was no “normal black girl” from “the projects,” as she told the D.C. radio station WKYS. Smith went to an all-white private school, so she was late to the hip-hop game, but she eventually fell for Tupac and Biggie and decided to make music her life’s work. After graduating from Howard University, she became an executive assistant at Violator Management, where she worked with Missy Elliot and LL Cool J, among others, and she later managed Jim Jones. Billboard named her one of the “Top 30 Music Executives Under 30,” and she’s also a blogger, columnist, and entrepreneur.

Fans asking, “Where is Yandy Smith from?” likely won’t be surprised to learn she’s from Harlem, as this business powerhouse exudes the kind of tenacity and creativity long associated with that NYC neighborhood. At Howard, Smith studied business administration, and while her work sometimes requires her to use knowledge she picked up in the classroom, she credits persistence with landing her a job in the music industry. After co-creating “Love & Hip Hop,” Yandy joined the cast in season 2, and she’s emerged as one of the more popular cast members, thanks in part to all the drama involving her baby dady, Mendeecees Harris, a real estate developer charged in 2013 with truck trafficking and sexual assault.

Where is Yandy Smith from? A place where people value hard work. As she told Necole Bitchie, she got a scholarship for her first two years at Howard, but her mother made her pay for the final two years, and that taught her how to “handle mine.” She’s used those lessons in her professional career, and she’s leading the charge for a number of women making inroads into the entertainment industry.

“I think its just a model of the world not only in hip-hop but in the world as it stands,” she told WKYS. “Women have taken the backseat for so long. Now you’ll see a shift in the music business , you see a lot of women holding their Senior V.P. position, president positions, just like in the corporate world you see a shift happening as well. I think within time like with anything else.”

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