The first thing I tell Erica Dixon of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” is that I have never watched the show. It’s a lie. I tried to watch it once and had to stop after about 10 minutes. It was just too real for me. So outside of knowing what Erica looks like I don’t know much about her.
“I’m the voice of reason,” she says, explaining her role on the show. I always try to give my cast mates the best advice.”
It’s a role that must keep her busy because one doesn’t have to watch the show to know the drama is legendary. People love to hate them, which makes me wonder how she deals with some of the more negative feedback.
“I’m a tough cookie. The only thing that really bothers me is when people target my child or have something to say about the decisions I make when it comes to her.” Erica’s daughter Emani is 10-years-old.
“Plus,” she adds, “there’s a lot of editing on the show so you have to take the good with the bad and use it as a platform, and keep going.”
In Erica’s case, this platform set the stage for the launch of a series of children’s books called “Southern Bell Book Series” based on her life. She says, “It was important for me to tell my own story because you only get bits and pieces of it on the show.”
Bell, the books lead, lives far from a fairytale life. It’s the type of book that Erica wishes she would have had while growing up with a mom addicted to drugs.
“You have kids in elementary school committing suicide because they think they are the only ones going through something. But if they can read a book about someone who went through something similar and came out of it, they can see that it’s going to be ok.”
Erica has turned out more than okay, but it hasn’t been an easy road.
She was just six-years-old when she and her brother, just one year older, were sent from Atlanta to New York. It was her grandmother’s sister and her husband that stepped in when her mom was sent to prison, and her father was lost to alcohol.
For more information on Erica’s children’s book series, and her clothing and hair line, visit MsEricaDixon.com
This article first appeared on Madamenoire 1/18/16