VH1: Let’s move on to Raqi. It seems like you didn’t have a legitimate problem with her.
Rashidah: Well, see, what you guys didn’t see is that Raqi and I met prior to the show. We both auditioned to be a radio personality for an on-air show. That was the first time I met her, and within five minutes of meeting her, she’s like, “Oh, you’re that girl that [who] did this. I heard so much about you.” She just came to me with a lot of negativity within the first five minutes without even giving herself a chance to even see who I was. I had a bad taste in my mouth about her from then, and she also told me that she was a stealth h—, so when people tell you who they are, you’re supposed to believe them. You don’t wait until s— hits the fan, and you’re like, “Oh my God.” I can’t act flabbergasted from it. I already know what kind of woman she is. I think that for somebody that has such a negative reputation, I think that it’s kind of awkward that she has the courage to judge other people based on hearsay. You don’t want people to do it to you, why are you doing it to them?
VH1: She’s kind of under the impression that the beef is really about Tahiry not liking her so you don’t like her because Tahiry’s your girl.
Rashidah: Well, I’m going to ride for my girl because we’re friends. She has the same enemies. However, I don’t like you, b—, so it don’t really make it that hard. It’s not like you have such wonderful traits about you that I’m like, “Damn, well T, try to talk to her.” I did try to give her [the benefit of the doubt], but I mean look at her. She’s the common denominator; she has a problem with everyone. She has a lot of self-hate; she’s not happy with herself. So instead of empowering and being a strong woman, she finds faults and flaws in everyone else instead of looking at herself in the mirror. I’m just holding the mirror up for her, that’s all.
VH1: Are you happy that in the last episode, we finally got to hear your side of the story with some of the accusations that have been brought against you? Can you take some time just to clear that up?
Rashidah: Yeah, I was excited to be able to let all the people know that relayed the message that it was over. Because they don’t know — they knew when it happened, but the media isn’t as quick to let people know that you’re found not guilty as they are when yo’’re charged with something. They want to be the bearer of bad news, but they don’t want to relay the updates on things. I was happy to let them know, but I don’t think it really changed people’s outlook on whether they felt it happened or not because people like to carry negativity. So it’s like, yeah, she’s found not guilty, but that don’t mean she didn’t do it. It’s okay though, I’m okay with that. I’ve had the opportunity to speak on it, and to show everybody what happened. That was good enough for me.
VH1: Before the show, what were you doing that put you in the same circles as some of your cast mates?
Rashidah: Well, that’s another thing I want to make a point about later today. Prior to the show I was already relevant enough that the media would update to say that I was arrested for something. You have to be relevant enough to give the blogs an update on your situation. I haven’t seen anybody doing anything related to giving updates on Raqi until she got on Love and Hip Hop. I mean, the only thing she did was interview Cashmere, her dog. If you look on Youtube that’s all; that’s her claim to fame. Her and Cashmere. She wasn’t spinning nowhere. She just got her certificate to learn to work optimals. She doesn’t know what she’s doing. She’s just trying to figure it out. So don’t be mad at me because I got my situation together. I just think it’s silly.
VH1: Were you doing your shoe line?
Rashidah: I was never an intern. I want to make that clear. I saw that on the internet somewhere. I’ve never been an intern — not that I have a problem with interns. I think that’s a great opportunity. I think interning is a great situation when you’re in college, when you’re getting credits for school, when you’re learning your craft. I didn’t do that. I started working at Bad Boy to fill in for Milly, who went out on maternity leave and then at that time Harp Pierre had a position to be executive assistant, and I applied for that position and got that. Then I worked for Cecille Robertson at Gucci, and then I opened my shoe store.
VH1: How’s your shoe line doing.
Rashidah: It’s going really good. I’m excited about it. The next big event I have is Fashion Week in September. It’s going to be me and my fall collection, and the shoes are doing really, really well.
VH1: And you had the shoe line before the show, right?
Rashidah: No, I launched it during the show. It’s a private label. I launched it 12-12-12. I had a shoe boutique before.
VH1: Will we see your shoes today on the reunion?
Rashidah: Of course. Absolutely.
VH1: How is it working in this industry with the rumors, the blogs, your past?
Rashidah: It’s not about my past. If it was about my past I would be okay with that. It’s about stuff that’s never happened, you know what I mean? I have never in my life ran credit card scams. Where did that come from? I don’t even know. And now it’s just gotten to the point where it’s like, “F— it.” If that’s what y’all think, then whatever. I don’t even care about it anymore. Just watch me work. If that was my past, I would tell y’all about some of my Rykers Island experiences, or you know, what happened when I was at the bank, and what move I made wrong because you can’t spill my s— because I’m going to spill it. But it didn’t happen, so there’s nothing to tell. It’s not hard because I work by myself, and I consider myself to be an entrepreneur and a boss and a business-minded person, so I’m going to always figure out ways to brands and get money outside of this very small-minded little industry that we’re in. And they’re going to follow suit. If you ‘re ringing the bell loud enough they’re going to fall in line.