‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ casts 1st transgender star

Photo Credit: D. Smith/YouTube
Photo credit: D. Smith/YouTube

Last year, “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” broke ground for the LGBT community when they cast the first openly gay male Black couple for the “Love & Hip Hop” franchise with former couple Milan Christopher and Miles Brock. Now, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” is making history too with the news that they’ve hired transgender producer D. Smith, making her the first transgender star of the franchise.

Yesterday, VH1 released a mini-trailer for the upcoming fifth season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” which premieres Monday, April 4. The network also released a full list of the cast for this season, which includes vets Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez, Mimi Faust, Ariane Davis, Lil Scrappy, Karlie Redd, Rasheeda, Kirk Frost, Momma Dee, and the return of former “LHHA” stars Tammy Rivera and K. Michelle.

But what’s also making headlines is the list of newcomers, especially D. Smith, who made headlines last year after revealing to the world that she’s transgender.

According to VH1, “D. Smith is a groundbreaking music producer who makes her debut as the first ever transgender female in the ‘Love & Hip Hop’ franchise. This Miami-born, Brooklyn-bred Grammy Award-winning writer turned artist has worked with some of the hottest in the game, including Lil Wayne.”

“Smith’s defining moment came after being tapped by Lil Wayne to be a part of his most successful project to date, The Carter III, which sold one million copies in its debut week, one of only three rap albums in history to ever achieve this feat. With her spitfire sidekick and aspiring singer Betty Idol by her side, this dynamic duo will take the Atlanta scene by storm,” read the description of Smith.

As expected, fans are already chatting about Smith’s role on the show and wondering how she’s going to get along with her other cast mates. Unfortunately, we already know that she most likely won’t see eye to eye with Lil Scrappy because he recently went online and bashed Smith after discovering she’s transgender. Read more about the shade after the cut.

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