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Mona Scott-Young Covers Everything Girls Love’s ‘Boss Issue’ Digital Edition


Entertainment mogul, executive and music manager Mona Scott-Young covers the latest digital edition of Everything Girls Love. Inside, she talks about balancing her career and family, Love & Hip Hop backlash, keys to success and much more. Below are some pics and excerpts:



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‘Love & Hip-Hop’s’ Rasheeda On Faking Storyline For TV, Kirk Cheating, Her Poiz Cosmetics Line & More


Love & Hip-Hop’s Rasheeda recently did an interview with Vibe Vixen. The independent rapper-turned-reality star used Mona Scott Young’s executive produced show as a platform to showcase her entrepreneurship skills by launching her own line of cosmetics called Poiz. In season one, everything seemed to be good between Rasheeda and her husband Kirk. She was recording music, and living the family life with her husband and their children. Things changed in season two when Rasheeda told Kirk that she was with child. He immediately requested her to abort their baby and she refused too. One thing led to another and Kirk decided to cheat on his wife while she’s pregnant with his child. In her interview with Vibe Vixen, Rasheeda talked about if their storyline was fake for TV, Kirk cheating on her, forgiving him, working things out, her cosmetics line and much more. Below are some excerpts:


It was rumored that you and Kirk’s storyline would be replaced for lack of drama. Following those rumors, your marital issues were heavily showcased during the second season, which caused viewers to believe the drama was just for TV. How do you feel about that?
Everybody has that mindset like these shows are off the chart…that they are all fake. Coming into the show initially it was something that Kirk didn’t even want to do. So he was in a place like, “I’m just here because of you.” We had a lot of issues in our marriage, but we didn’t put them on the table at the beginning because we were new to all this. We were green to the whole reality TV situation. And then we were both thinking about my artistry and the things I’m trying to do. We just tried to keep everything on the up-and-up for the most part.

So what changed in season two?
The crazy thing about it is relationships have problems all the time. And we were going through some things then that we didn’t even put all of the situation out there on television. But coming into the second season we were both like, “You know what? Let’s just let our realities be what they are…and make it do what it do.” What people have to understand is nobody’s relationship is perfect. But I’ve talked to people that have problems way worse than me and Kirk have been through [laughs]. I’m going to keep it real. Half these hoes have been through the same things we were going through, but they want to act like they are perfect. But with us it just played out on TV.

What was your reaction when you found out that Kirk was cheating on you? 
I was angry and disappointed because I felt as though my teammate let me down, you know? Although he confessed that nothing really happened, it’s just the fact that you felt you needed to go that far to get my attention. Especially at the time I was pregnant and going through a lot of things as your wife and as your friend. One thing I have realized about being on reality TV is people are going to talk about your ass no matter what. I could be out here being the best woman feeding the hungry and putting the homeless in houses…it wouldn’t make no difference. But the moment you have some ratchetness going on people are really going to talk about you. But I expected that.

The two of you were out in Vegas recently. Is it safe to say you are working on your marriage? Are you and Kirk in a better space now?
When you’ve been married for 13 years and have businesses and kids together you find a way to work it out. I haven’t had a problem with a husband that has been involved in constant infidelity. This is the first time we have gone through something on this level. It would be different if you saw this dude out here running around here on a regular [laughs]. People would be looking at me like, “This bitch is stupid.” But even when you go through things like that being friends as long as we have been we should be able to talk through certain situations. I don’t give a damn about anyone else’s opinion. It’s about what’s in my heart and what the Lord has instilled in me. We have a baby on the way…I have stepchildren. I’m not rushing into a divorce. Love don’t turn off like a light switch.

This year you released your own line of cosmetics called Poiz. How has that whole experience been for you? 
It’s been great. I just took my time with it. I didn’t want to be the face of someone else’s brand. I didn’t want to just get with a manufacturer that already had products and just throw my name on it and not have anything to do with developing colors. So I got with a company where I could develop my own colors and I have 40 different glosses and lipsticks. I have eye shadows and blushes and things that I have created. And it’s my own company. I have the neutral and working mom type of things that women like, but I also have the fun and funky stuff for the girls that like the bright colors and to be extremely popping and over-the-top with their makeup. It’s doing so well online that I have to thank God.

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Memphitz Sues K. Michelle, Mona Scott-Young & VH1 After Being EXPOSED As A WOMAN BEATER

No need to get into much detail, if you watched the first season of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, you are most likely to be aware of the situation about singer K. Michelle. She mentioned that she was repeatedly abused by her ex-boyfriend who was her label CEO and an A&R at Jive (RCA). Throughout the show, K. Michelle stuck by her story and to be honest with you, I believe her. But like some females, K. Michelle did not file charges because she wanted to protect her image and was so in love with the man who was abusing her. K. Michelle NEVER identified the man or gave any clues to who he was on the show. When the blogs reported that it was Memphitz who his currently married to Lil Wayne’s ex-wife and daughter’s mother Toya, things went from bad to worse. I guess, Memphitz felt guilty and couldn’t take the pressure anymore. Not only did Memphitz allegedly abuse K. Michelle, he also spent up all of her money, left her broke and almost ruined her music career. With a lot of threatening texts and emails from Memphitz, K. Michelle was able to get out of her contract without owning Jive anything. K. Michelle did say Memphitz name in interviews and answered questions about him when she was asked. They also got into a heated argument via social networking Twitter.

Now that the season is over and the reunion has wrapped, Memphitz struggling image has been tainted. He has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Viacom International, NFGTC Inc, K. Michelle and Mona Scott Young’s Monami Entertainment. He is claiming that K. Michelle’s accusations of domestic violence are fabricated and the show gave her a “worldwide platform” for her to “assassinate his character”. This guy must have fallen and bumped his head! He is asking for $1 per viewer (3-4 million viewers) per episode that his character has been defamed, which totals 12 episodes and the two reunions shows.

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Reality Check: La La, Kandi & Mona-Scott-Young Are Worth Millions

Reality television is one of the fastest ways for the regulars to become celebrities overnight. At the same time, it is a very tough and stressful business. Some reality stars are actually very successful and making millions while others are barely known and only make $5,000 a month. La La Anthony, Kandi Burruss and Mona Scott-Young are a few of the successful ones who manage to build their brands, or expand their existing empires, based on their participation in reality television. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the financial gain of some of reality TV’s most notable personas.

Lala Anthony got her start as a radio disc jockey and eventually achieved mainstream recognition as the co-host of MTV’s Total Request Live. After acting as the host for the laundry list of VH1’s reunion shows, La La delved into the reality TV world as the star of La La’s Full Court Wedding(2010), which later transcended to La La’s Full Court Life (2011), a series that chronicles her career and marriage to NBA star Carmelo Anthony. La La’s net worth is an estimated $9 million but she’s working on other ventures, such as her makeup line, Motives by La La and acting career, that should give her income an even bigger boost.

Long before achieving success on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Burruss established herself as a veritable singer/songwriter and businesswoman, starting asone-fourth of ’90s R&B group Xscape. Now holding a net worth of $35 million, the entrepreneur juggles several businesses that transcend the music industry. She’s launched a line of sex toys called Bedroom Kandi, opened TAGS, a clothing boutique in Atlanta, continues to write music for popular artists and recently forayed into the TV world as executive producer for her own show, The Kandi Factory that’s set to air on Bravo’s new lineup.

Scott-Young is best known for running Violator Management, a company responsible for the success of iconic artists like Missy Elliott50 CentBusta RhymesLL Cool J and more. However, after leaving Violator she created Monami Entertainment, an artist management company that doubles as the production company responsible for VH1’s hit show,Love & Hip-Hopwhich is currently taping its third season. Her net worth is said to be $30 million.

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Love & Hip-Hop: Mona Scott Young Speaks On Her Relationship With Chrissy, Somaya Calling Her A Bitch, Who Is Really Pregnant & More

Season 2 of VH1‘s reality show Love & Hip-Hop is over, but the drama doesn’t stop there. New York’s Power 105.1 FM on air personality Cherry Martinez recently interviewed the show’s executive producer Mona Scott Young. The ladies conversed about the end of season 2 and the not very reunion-like “reunion” show. Young also dishes on her relationship with Chrissy, Somaya calling her a  b***h, who is really pregnant and the future of the show. Love & Hip-Hop is expanding to Atlanta. Be sure to listen to Cherry Martinez Sunday-Thursday 10pm-2am, on Power 105.1. Watch the video below:

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Monami Entertainment: Do You Really Know Mona Scott-Young?

Entertainment mogul and Love & Hip-Hop‘s executive producer Mona Scott Young started her career almost 20 years ago. She linked up with Chris Lighty over at Violator Management when she was doing artist development.  Lighty asked Young to help him transition from Rush Management to Violator/Def Jam Records. She saw an opportunity with the artists that were formally signed to Rush needing management and formed Violator Management. The rest is music history. Young left Violator four years ago to focus more on entertainment and launch Monami Entertainment. Below are some excerpts from Young’s interview with The Source:

What made you initially want to enter the music industry?

It’s not really something I pursued but once the opportunity presented itself I jumped in head first with no parachute. I love this business. I don’t think any other profession offers the same freedom and limitless potential for entrepreneurship. It’s been a great ride and I can’t even imagine myself doing anything else. It was all about answering the call when Destiny came knocking.

Did you feel you would have to work twice as hard being a black female in a male dominated business?  Were any male counterparts threatened by your business savvy and smarts?

I think there is definitely a double standard for women in every industry. It’s just the way it is but I can’t truly say that I’ve ever subscribed to that thinking or allowed it to hinder my potential for success or what I’ve set out to accomplish. The men in this business have a tendency to stick together and look out for each other. Unfortunately you don’t find many situations where they provide those same avenues and opportunities for their female counterparts. Whether it’s because they are threatened or intimidated, I’m not sure, but hopefully I’ve managed to illicit the respect that my dedication and hard work deserves. I don’t look for handouts, I’m happy to work for mine but I expect that work to be acknowledged and properly compensated.

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Love & Hip-Hop: Executive Producer Mona Scott-Young Talks Jim Jones’ Proposal To Chrissy, Yandy Quitting As Jim’s Manager & Erica

Entertainment mogul and Love & Hip-Hop‘s executive producer Mona Scott Young is back again, answering more questions about the VH1 reality show that she produced. This time around, Mona answered questions about Jim’s proposal to Chrissy, Yandy quitting as Jim’s manager, Erica’s feature on the show, and more. “For the avoidance of doubt, the show is NOT scripted so sometimes (ok A LOT of the times. LOL!) it gets difficult to play the sidelines and just let the drama run its course – but that’s the process of REALITY TV,” said Mona Scott Young. Read some excerpts below:

Did you see Chrissy getting proposed to by Jim coming? What was the cast/ prod. staff’s reaction?

Of course, we all (viewers included) wanted Jim to come correct and do right by Chrissy so we were all happy to hear that he was finally ready to make the move. Jim had a very specific idea of how he wanted to do the proposal and did it in true Jim fashion. LOL! It was very moving to watch in person and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house- including mine- but I’m a water head : )

Did Yandy’s quitting as Jim’s manager change anything with the show/ her being featured on the show?

Yandy came on as Jim’s manager but that’s not all she was or is. She is smart, charismatic, funny, genuine and truly likeable- all great TV personality traits. What we didn’t anticipate was everything that transpired between her and Chrissy and although that took us in a different direction, it didn’t impact the fact that we felt she was a great character and addition to the cast.

Will Erica become a more featured cast member?

The goal is always to follow story and boy did Erica give us a story to follow. She came on like gangbusters and although it initially took everyone by surprise, we gave her the opportunity to express her point of view. Erica is very spontaneous in her expression which makes for explosive reaction which equals great reality TV.

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Entertainment Mogul: Love & Hip Hop’s Executive Producer Mona Scott-Young Talks Spinoff Shows, Juelz Santana & More

Entertainment mogul Mona Scott-Young held a Q&A’s discussion with Vibe magazine. Mona started her career over at Violator almost 20 years ago. She left the company four years ago to focus more on entertainment and launch Monami Entertainment. Below is her latest blog entry.

To My Lovers & Hip Hoppers:

Thanks for continuing to support the show! Hopefully it’s getting better for you guys by the week. You’re actually coming up on what I feel are our best episodes so can’t wait to hear your reactions. We’re almost wrapped with shooting and I can’t tell you how happy that make me! Note to self- shooting while the show Is airing? – Not a good thing. Lol! Anyway, we got through it and I love that you guys are loving it. Thanks again for the support and keep watching!!


With Love and Hip Hop such a success, are we going to be getting spinoffs of the show?

I definitely want to create a franchise as Hip Hop is global and I think there are great women and stories to be told in other markets, not just in the US but Internationally as well. Hip Hop is huge in Germany and France and they have their own stars over there. Can you imagine? But in answer, I have definitely had my eye on a couple of other cities and have put some feelers out there with some ladies, so hopefully there’s something to announce in the very near future.

Will we be seeing more of Yandy’s work with Monami?

Interesting that you ask as that is an area the network and I always disagree on. They feel that the work stuff isn’t as interesting and that the viewers will get bored. I believe our viewers want a balance and want to see different kinds of women represented. But in fairness sometimes the work and career stuff is hard to capture in a compelling way. The personal stuff tends to be more exciting. Anyway, we do see Yandy in work mode and we will make it a point moving forward to continue to showcase that side of her life.

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