Love & Hip Hop New York fans are still recovering from the news that cast member Mendeecees Harris has been ordered to serve a lengthy prison sentence on drug trafficking charges. However, there’s no shortage of good news for the Harris family as LHHNY Season 7 gets ready to air.
As we reported when Mendeecees surrendered to authorities and formally began his sentence, his eight-year sentence came with a couple of asterisks. For one thing, U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci, Jr. noted at the time of Harris’ sentencing that Mendeecees had been working hard at turning his life around. In part because Mendeecees had become a prominent anti-drug speaker to disadvantaged youth all along the East Coast, Geraci gave him the shortest possible sentence–eight years–that federal guidelines allowed. In addition, Mendeecees had already served fifteen months in prison before being sentenced; that figure is now twenty-five months, or a little more than two years. Finally, it’s possible that, with good behavior, the eight years could be reduced to six, or even five.
And Mendeecees himself has impressed fans with his upbeat, positive attitude in his sporadic social media updates. His most recent update not involving his recent birthday (on which more in a minute) is certainly an example of both:
I know times might get hard with out me right there with you both, whenever you think it's too hard remember there are people praying on your downfall. But just know I'm praying harder for you to always stay up. I've learned how strong you both are, not because you show strength in front of us all but because you're constantly winning battles we know nothing about. Love y'all with all of my heart💯🙏🏽❤️please give my babies kisses from dad❤️ Mendeecees Harris 10/9/16 10pm (Late on this message from him but @yandysmith @harrisjudy this one is for y'all)
As for Mendeecees’ birthday? His wife Yandy couldn’t contain herself, and went social media crazy with happy birthday wishes for her husband. It’s clear that the Harris family, despite its tribulations, is full of love:
I stayed up all night just to tell my baby Happy Birthday at midnight! We've created something so magical together and what I love most is its uniquely ours. I can't wait to marry you a million more times and have 3 more babies 😂😂😂 ( he's going to run for the hills when y'all report the baby part) when I wake up it is Mendeecees Day so get ready for a flooded timeline people. Happy Birthday my baby😘😘😘🙌🏾 @mendeecees
A year ago today😍😍😍(no I'm not a singer and I did my own make up and was about 15pounds heavier but who's watching. #Repost @yandeecees with @repostapp ・・・ It's that day of the year again guys. Someone's dad and husbands birthday. Someone's brother and sons birthday. Someone's friend and someone 'who people look up to's birthday. A person who wipes off the tears and cracks jokes to make you smile. A person who is all about his family, even when he may not be able to be there 24/7. A person who is really chill and sweet, but will make you wish you wouldn't have said anything at all if his wife or kids is being attacked. Before you like and just keep scrolling, let's take a moment to realize whose birthday it is. Everybody comment and say, "Happy Birthday Mendeecees!" Because it is Mendeecees birthday guys❤️🎉♏️. @mendeecees @yandysmith #HappyBirthdayMendeecees
Most important men in my life…daddy and zaaaaaaddddddy! Dad you couldn't have put my hands in a better mans hands. The way he loves me, protects me, provides for our family and holds it down from near or far is incredible. @mendeecees you defy the odds…not even those walls are strong enough to stop the flood of love and support you give me. On this day…your day you are appreciated❤️️❤️️❤️️ Happy Birthday booski
Omg we laugh at the stupidest stuff. He tried to act mad I was out and left him with all the kids. Sending me all kind of mean text. Soon as he saw me this is the foolishness I had to deal with. He couldn't even stay mad!! Happy Birthday to my big baby❤️❤️❤️(some of y'all will never understand this type of love)
Love & Hip Hop New York Season 7 is expected to premiere this November.
(Photo credits: Did Mendeecees Harris get released via Instagram)