*Tis the season of Holiday Party overload. Recently, Mona Scott-Young and her Monami Entertainment company threw a festive holiday bash. Held at the Newark Museum, a number of reality stars from the executive producer’s VH1 shows (Love & Hip Hop, and Love Hip Hop Atlanta, The Gossip Game) were present along with music industry and media personalities and Mona’s family.
*According to Mona Scott-Young, yes, it is going down.
The “Love & Hip Hop” creator/producer confirmed that she is indeed on the prowl for candidates to star in her expansion to three additional cities.
After shooting down rumors that Slim Thug and LeToya Luckett were signing on for her Houston, Mona revealed that she is trying to expand her popular franchise into new cities.
“I am casting in a few other cities, so there’s been a lot of chit chat on the Interweb about that,” Mona told NecoleBitchie.com. “I’m looking at L.A., I’m looking at Houston, I’m looking at New Orleans. We’re going to find another city to spread our wings into.”
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Nicki Minaj threw a festive yacht party for her boyfriend/business partner, Safaree.
The bash, which also served as a July 4th party, was sponsored by Myx Fusions Moscato and hosted by Mona Scott Young.
Celebs like Busta Rhymes, Yandy Smith, Tahiry Jose, Rich Dollaz, Keke Wyatt and Jennifer Williams were in attendance.
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*Mona Scott-Young is now resolved about leaving the 20-year empire she built with Violator Management, which she co-founded.
She told the Associated Press that at one point her nights were interrupted by cold sweats and anxiety, wondering if she made the right decision.
“I was leaving something that I had built for nearly 20 years of my life,” recalled Scott-Young, who was co-founder of the company with the late Chris Lighty. Their company represented some of music’s top artists from LL Cool J to 50 Cent and Missy Elliot.
Mona was feeling a bit unfulfilled so she left Violator and started a film production company, Monami Entertainment.
She was fearful, but still went ahead with the venture.
“But it was exhilarating to start over because I had a new lease on life, venturing into territories unknown for me and just starting from scratch.”
The “Love & Hip Hop” franchise was birthed from an idea with Jim Ackerman. The series has been quite dramatic, but successful for the businesswoman.
The second season of “L&HH: Atlanta” premiered Monday night on VH1, starring Stevie J, K. Michelle, Lil Scrappy and Rasheeda. It returns after pulling in strong ratings last season with an average of 2.8 million viewers and 4.4 million in the second part of the show’s reunion last year, according to Nielsen.
“Mona allowed these women to tell their story, and guys like me to be known,” said Stevie J, a Grammy-winning producer who is a self-proclaimed womanizer caught in a love triangle between longtime girlfriend Mimi Faust and Joseline Hernandez. “Before, people heard of my name but didn’t know what I looked like. I relish the character that I am on television. People are amused by our stories.”
But the road hasn’t been easy. The series has definitely brought Scott-Young some unwanted backlash, such as the poor portrayal of black women and the glorification of violence.
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Though she’s agreed that at times the content isn’t always good, she said the show should continue to air.
In an interview with Hot 97, she responded to the backlash.
“What’s kind of annoying is the fact that there were tons of these shows before ‘Love & Hip Hop’ came along,” she said. “The problem is, I guess quote unquote, is that this was an actual good show that was popular and that people tuned in to see, so all of a sudden it’s garnering more attention…whatever people want to say, everybody got an opinion.”
“It is a big platform, there are a lot of young women tuning in to the show,” she continued. “But like everything in life, those young women have choices. The women on the shows have choices.”
“I don’t always agree with the choices that they make. Do I try to provide them with a platform to promote, leverage, take them to where they’re trying to go? Absolutely. Do I always agree or subscribe to how they choose to get there, no. But again, I’m not here to pass judgment.”
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* It was a surprise birthday celebration for “Love & Hip Hop” creator/executive producer Mona Scott-Young. Family, friends and colleagues threw a surprise birthday party at NYC’s Pink Elephant.
With a killer Christian Louboutin-inspired cake, we spotted folk like Hot 97 program director Ebro Darden, BET’s Rhonda Cowan, Yandy Smith (“Love & Hip Hop”), K.Michelle(“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”), K. Foxx (Hot 97 personality), Ariane Davis (“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”), Jamie Foster Brown (Sister 2 Sister), Kim Osorio (The Source), Misa Hylton (fashion designer/ baby mama to Diddy), Jacquie Lee, Sidra Smith, Jas Fly and many more. Mona’s hubby, Shawn Young was also by her side (peep them getting kissy-face above). Peep the pix.
Jacquie Lee, Ariane Davis and Sidra Smith