*Singer Mashonda, the ex-wife of producer Swizz Beats, who is to star on upcoming VH1 series “Love & Hip-Hop” which will premiere on March 14 at 10:30 p.m. – composed an open letter to allhiphop.com about her life, her womanhood, and her challenges.

She noted that she is totally invested in the well being of her four-year-old son, Kasseem, and she is loving life despite the obstacles. Her journey has been rough, but she is a strong woman with high hopes and goals and dreams before her. But most importantly, she has a son she cares more about than anything else:

As I reflect on my life, I realize how truly blessed I am.  Not only am I the proud mother of my 4-year son Kasseem, I also now have a beautiful blended family to share in his love, development and overall health as a young man.

As we grow and mature as women, even through break-ups and sometimes divorce, we realize that none of these things compare to the love we have for our children.  As a mother, Kasseem’s happiness is the single most important thing in my life.  It took some time, but I now realize that even my former husband and his new wife, are my partners in this wonderful journey.

When the television show debuts in less than two weeks, you will witness a time in our lives when emotions were extremely high.  It is based on where we were emotionally at that time.

Since then, we have grown and matured for the sake of our children, but more importantly, because it is the right thing to do.

In life, you never know how you will react to certain challenges.  A person’s true character however, we’ve all learned, is not based on what happens to us in life, but how we respond.

Swizz is an amazing father.  When I look into Kasseem’s eyes, I see the joy in his heart by having such a wonderful, blended family that loves him so much.  As this blended family of ours continues to grow, I look forward to the months and years ahead raising our children together as one.

The future is bright and all of our experiences as a family have gotten us to this wonderful point in our lives.

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”  — Maya Angelou