“Love & Hip Hop” Atlanta star and aspiring music artist Karlie Redd has been branded as an instigator that’s always causing trouble. From telling who’s cheating with whom has helped to raise the drama factor, enough to cause drinks to fly and punches to get thrown. More details below…….
Tell me about the pancreatic cancer charity your company is sponsoring.
Cancer hits very close to home for me. Three of my family members died from cancer. And one of the people that works for my company, Redd Remy Hair, her mother died from pancreatic cancer. How the charity works is that we do events to help promote my Redd Remy Hair line, to get people talking about the hair. Whatever sales we make at the event, we give a percentage to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which encourages additional research, increases awareness, and provides support to families coping with loved ones who have cancer.
Being a cast member of L&HHA definitely helps bring attention to that cause. How did you become a part of the series?
There was a little buzz going on around me. I’d already done Scream Queen and had [an appearance on]Beverly Hills Fabulous. I was in Atlanta recording, and I came in to talk to Mona Scott [L&HH’s executive producer] about being on the show. Because I kept it so real with her — and I love Mona to death — she brought me on.
On L&HHA, you’ve emerged as the cast member whose words make the conflicts happen. Is that intentional or is that just your personality?
What happened was that Mimi Faust [girlfriend of music producer Stevie J.], well, I didn’t know she was going to be at this party. So, I was keeping it real about what I saw, because I’d want my friend to tell me she saw my man kissing someone else or hugging or talking to someone in a manner that Joseline [Hernandez] did with Stevie J. I was just keeping it real with what I saw.
But you also — in last week’s episode — went out of your way to tell Mimi about another woman who claimed to have slept with Stevie J. You seem to want to cause the drama even though the show doesn’t focus on you.
What happened was the girl came up to me. I’m walking into the party and the girl came up to me and told me she f***** Stevie J. And I’m like, “Huh?” Why wouldn’t I tell my girlfriend that?
Positively or negatively, how do you think this show will impact your brand?
Nowadays, in the entertainment industry, you have to have a buzz. You can be signed to a label and don’t have a buzz and no one knows about you. No one hears that song. But people are watching the TV show. They can hear my music, and I move on from there. And I can create a buzz.
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