In a few short weeks, Love And Hip Hop Atlanta bit player Shirleen Harvell has gone from relative unknown to classic reality star complete with a catchphrase (“Oh hell naw!”), celebrity fan base (“Whaaaat? Nicki Minaj know who Ms. Shirleen is?” she says), and an ability to steal scenes by running over dirt bikes and palm trees. The woman also known as Rasheeda’s mom spoke with us yesterday about how her phone has been blowing up since running over her son-in-law’s bike (which she has zero regrets about) and why the moms on this show are the true bosses.
You’ve become the breakout star of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta! What’s it like being famous?
My goodness gracious. It’s funny to me. I didn’t think anything would happen like that. You always hear people talk about fifteen minutes of fame, but I’m like, good Lord! My goodness — my phone’s been ringing all day and all night. And to tell the truth about it, it’s just natural, that was me for real, you know?
I saw pictures of you on Instagram on a motorcycle. Since you ride, didn’t you feel a little bad wrecking Kirk’s bike?
No. His was just a dirt bike. It was a $7,000 dirt bike but still. I don’t know if I would have been able to do it to any of his other ones. I might have. No, I probably would have. It would have made me feel bad, but I woulda done it! Whatever got in my way, that’s for sure.
What’s your current situation with Kirk, are you guys speaking?
Noooo. Not really. For real, that’s just so disrespectful and I don’t like that. I can’t take the disrespect.
The moms on this show all kick some ass.
Well, you know, hey, that’s old school stuff. Old school. And I’m even more past them, they don’t have a clue, I’m telling you. But I do. I know about life, believe that.
I feel like you need your own spin-off.
That’s right! And I can spin it off, too. YES.
And now you’re selling t-shirts?
I do have some t-shirts. I have a girl, I call her my PR, she’s one of the girls whose mom works in the salon with me, me and her put this little thing together, we were just cracking up about it and having fun. They say “Oh hell, naw!”
You just started up a Twitter account because of the show, right?
You know it’s real, real new. You know I was telling you about my girl whose mom works at the salon, she said “You need an Instagram and a Twitter!” So she did all that. I don’t even know about Twitter. I don’t know ’bout none of this stuff but I got both of them.
You’re not alone, most people agree with you. Nicki Minaj agrees with you.
I love it. That was crazy to me. I was like “Whaaaat? Nicki Minaj know who Ms. Shirleen is?” That was too good.
Well, I’m sure you’re gaining followers like crazy now.
Yes. Even at work, I was sitting at work today and a woman came up to my office and said “Put your name on this paper!” and I wrote my name and I said “For what?” and she said “You’re famous! Me and my husband was watching you last night! And now I got your autograph!” People at my salon that I’ve been doing for ten, twelve years ask me for my autograph. I’m like, you gotta be kiddin’ me! People are so serious, too. They just walk up to me — one woman said “My mom was like that, she spit in my husband’s face!” I was like “Oh my God!” I could go on with stories. But now everyone says “Don’t I know you from somewhere?” and I just tell them I have one of those familiar-looking faces. It is crazy, isn’t it?