“Love & Hip Hop” star, Steven Aaron Jordan, better known by his stage name Stevie J, is headed to prison. In February 2017, he pled guilty to “failure to pay child support” and was ordered to pay in excess of $1.3 million in arrears. After failing to comply with the orders, the music producer that women love to hate will turn himself in on April 1, 2018.
In 2012, Jordan began appearing as a primary cast member of the VH1 reality TV series, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”, which featured him involved in a love triangle involving his then-girlfriend, Mimi Faust, and new girlfriend, Puerto Rican rapper Joseline Hernandez. In addition to multiple relationships on and off screen, Jordan has six children. The musician welcomed his last baby girl, Bonnie Bella, in December 2016. All of his children have been seen on “Love & Hip Hop” but little Eva has received more screen time than her siblings.
Stevie J had already garnered fame prior to landing a spot on the reality show. In the early 90s, the singer was discovered by Sean “P Diddy” Combs, Bad Boy Entertainment’s president and founder. Diddy signed him to a contract on the spot after being blown away by Jordan’s vocals and musical talent. The songwriter is a three-time Grammy Award-winning artist. He has worked with the likes of Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Diddy, Mariah Carey and the late Notorious B.I.G. He has contributed to over 60 hit songs across his tenure in the entertainment industry.
Even with all of his success, it seems he might be addicted to the drama. It is no secret that drama sells for reality television. People love the adrenaline rush of watching someone else’s controversy and ratchet behavior. “Love & Hip Hop” is no exception. It has been the recipient of much criticism for the stereotypical and negative representation of African American women who seem to thrive on violence, hyper-sexuality, materialism and dysfunctional relationships. When refuting these claims, the show’s creator Mona Scott-Young said:
It was not created to represent all African-Americans. It’s set in a specific world and I don’t think that there’s anybody who’s navigated that world who would deny that these things happen.
Despite the criticism, the franchise continues to dominate ratings with some of the loved characters of all time, including Stevie J and his ex Joseline Hernandez. Their tumultuous relationship has controlled much of the last few seasons. The on-again-off-again relationship status kept viewers tuned in to see what the next “blow” would be. After much scandal, including a fake marriage, and the birth of the couple’s daughter, Stevie J is headed to prison.
Stevie J is not alone. Deadbeat dads who skip out on child support can be found across all spectrums from the one sitting in the next cubical to professional athletes, actors, and musicians. Not every man or woman that fails to uphold their child support order is a deadbeat. Some have literally been bamboozled into the system and cannot afford the hefty amounts included in the order. This, however, does not apply to Jordan, who says he does support all of his children.
The hit producer said not long ago that he would love to have more children, perhaps this additional responsibility of supporting the ones that are already here will change his mind. As it stands, Stevie J can no longer look the other way; he is now forced to suffer the consequences of avoidance as he heads to prison.
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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