This past Saturday afternoon, I had the pleasure of attending a book signing and meet & greet with new author Amina Buddafly Pankey, of VH1 Love & Hip Hop New York. If you’re a true LAHHNY fan, and you didn’t know that Amina had written a memoir, The Other Woman, then maybe you’ve been living under a rock. The book signing was held at Barnes & Noble on Peachtree, in Atlanta and was hosted by Ardre Orie, of 13th And Joan Publishing.
Amina was extremely warm and inviting to the press and her fans. She was at ease with each person that she spoke with, taking pictures and personalizing each book. There was no rush or hurried pace, and she took the time to speak with several of her fans, at length, and never dodged a question.
I had the opportunity to speak with Amina, one-on-one, and I asked her:
What advice do you have for a young woman that’s in love with someone, that’s in a relationship with someone else?”
“I was the one that needed that advice! I hate telling people to get out of something, but you will know when you’re just done, and you can’t take it anymore. And it’s important that you know what you deserve, always remember who you are, and love yourself first.”
The latter part of her statement came from a place of confidence. It was obvious that this LAHHNY star was evolving into her own woman. There was no hesitation in her response, she didn’t stumble over her words. This is a much stronger and happier Amina, than we were introduced to in season 3.
Even though we were limited to one question, I snuck another one in there to get the goods for you ladies:
I have one more question, will we see you with a new love interest in the next season of LAHHNY?
“If that were the case, I wouldn’t be allowed to say it, so I guess… just stay tuned.” She blushed as she answered, so maybe we’re in for a surprise next season, or maybe not. We’ll just have to tune-in to see.
Amina’s memoir gives us an in-depth look at Amina’s childhood in Germany, the family dynamics of her parents, and the trials that she and her sisters faced, attempting to secure a singing career here in the United States. But the real substance comes from Amina’s first-hand account of her personal experience with Peter Gunz, Tara Wallace (The Other Woman) and the drama that surrounded their story on the show. In essence, the book answers the questions that many of us had while watching this love triangle unfold on our TV screens:
What really happened?
What was she thinking, knowing that Peter was still in a relationship with Tara?
How did she get so attached to Peter? Did she plan her second pregnancy to get back at Tara?
Are her and Peter back together?… and is this real life or just for the cameras?
Amina gets to tell her side of the story. She shares her feelings, her reasoning, and even reflects on some of the truly heart-breaking moments that she has endured over the last few years. If you thought you knew how this all played out, from what you watched over the past few seasons, not so fast! This book will show you that we truly only get the highlight reel… and that there are more than 2 (or 3) sides to every story. Grab your copy of The Other Woman, sold at bookstores everywhere.