Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta stars come and go. Sometimes, they get arrested.
But now the series is promising two brand new additions who are bringing a lot to the table in the new season.
These two men will be the show’s first male gay couple.
Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta is adding some fresh faces to the cast.
More importantly, the hit reality series is adding some overdue represenation in the form of a male gay couple.
Prince Carter and Zachary Jones have confirmed through their reps that they are joining the cast of the show.
Carter is a serious socialite in Atlanta and already involved with the show.
Jones is a fashion model with quite the Instagram following (for reasons that his photos make obvious).
Together, they’re going to take this show by storm.
Speaking to The Blast, the couple talks about how important it is for them to be part of the show.
“As an African American gay male couple it’s tough as hell in today’s society,” they point out.
Both black men and gay men face challenges — being both doesn’t make things easier.
“And,” the couple continues. “There are sooooooooooo many stigmas we’re up against.”
“We are two big personalities,” they say. “Who just happens to love each other dearly.”
The couple’s statement about their aspirations continues.
“With this platform,” they tell The Blast. “We want to show that love has no face or color.”
“But love is all about treating others with respect,” they affirm.
That is definitely true.
They note that love is also about “allowing people to just live their best lives.”
Carter and Jones are excited about bringing male gay representation to the show.
They’re looking forward to presenting a “Gay relationship in more of a positive light.”
Reality television has an unfortunate habit of showing some already marginalzied groups in a negative light.
Seeing two young, handsome black men who are in love and living their best lives could do wonders for viewers and for cultural perceptions.
Representation matters for a number of reasons, and can have a real impact on how comfortable viewers are with coming forward to live their authentic lives.
Plus, it’s great to see LGBTQ+ black men shown succeeding on television.
As we mentioned, Prince Carter is a socialite and has already interviewed a number of the show’s stars.
Those stars include Mimi Faust, Karlie Redd, Momma Dee, Bambi, and Erica Dixon.
So he is already part of the community and will now get to be part of it on camera, too.
Jones’ modeling has earned him a massive social media following.
As we mentioned, one only has to look at his Instagram thirst traps to understand why.
Wait, what was I saying? I lost my train of thought somehow.
We should note that while Carter and Jones are this show’s first male couple, they’re not the first gay representation in the franchise — or even the first male rep.
Miles Brock and Milan Christopher were featured on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood back in 2015.
It’s glad to see that the franchise’s Atlanta counterpart is catching up!