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Homosexuality on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood

Posted on: October 26, 2015

Image: Miles and Milan of VH1's Love and Hip Hop Hollywood

Image: Miles and Milan of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Hollywood

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest installment of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, then you should be fully aware of this season’s breakout stars, Miles Brock and Milan Christopher.

Love & Hip Hop is an American television series that chronicles the lives of men and women that are involved with the hip hop industry in New York. The show debuted in 2011, and has since produced six successful spin-offs featuring cast members from other parts of the country like Atlanta and now Hollywood.

The show follows a group of rising stars and starlets battling for their opportunity to make it in the entertainment world. From R&B artists, rappers, video vixens, aspiring models, actors, , dancers, personal assistants and lovers, the series showcases the glitz and glamor of the Hollywood hip hop scene. If you keep up with the hip hop scene, you’ll definitely recognize this season’s cast: actor/singer Ray J, singers Omarion and Teairra Mari, rappers Soulja Boy and Lil Fizz, rapper Hazel E, and socialite Nikki Mudarris.

However, the love story of new cast members Miles and Milan (both rappers) has dominated much of the hype so far this season, creating a whirlwind of press and publicity. It’s no doubt that same-sex couples and LGBT culture in general are becoming more and more common on the big screen, but following a relationship between two men in the world of hip hop may be a first.

Milan and Miles hope their story will create change in a community that’s been largely against homosexuality. They also hope to make it big in the music industry, regardless of their sexuality.

“I don’t want this to just be a reality-show thing and that’s it,” Milan said. “I want people to hear our music and respect it. People might not want to hear it, but at least people are looking.”

Franchise executive producer and CEO of Monami Entertainment Mona Scott-Young thinks this is “long overdue” in the industry:

“We’ve had same-sex relationships happening around us since the beginning of time. But somehow we tiptoe around the subject and we never want to give it the same prominence and visibility as we do heterosexual relationships. Here was an opportunity to do something that was reflective of our time.”

What do you think of their love story? Leave a comment below!

Catch new episodes of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood on Mondays at 8/7c on VH1. You can also watch episodes online at VH1.com.

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