Courtesy of Black Enterprise
Since her resurgence in 2010 with VH1â€™sÂ hitÂ â€œLove & Hip Hop,â€ Mona Scott-Young has reigned as an entrepreneur and hip hop mogul. The show, which featured emotionally unpredictable and unstable cast members wandering through New Yorkâ€™s hip hop scene, sought to shed light on an industry that was unfamiliar to the masses. The weekly series has since expanded Monaâ€™s empire to additional properties such as â€œLove & Hip Hop: Atlantaâ€ and her newest addition, VH1â€™s â€œThe Gossip Game.â€
Like any other entrepreneur, she has faced trials (the loss of her former Violator business partner Chris Lighty) and triumphs (Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta soaring as one of the top rated reality television shows in history). The hip hop mogul also recently expanded into the consumer products industry with her flavored â€œMYX Moscato,â€ as well as preparing for her upcoming reality show on BRAVO.
In this exclusiveÂ BlackEnterprise.comÂ interview, Scott-YoungÂ gets â€œrealâ€ about the negative criticism that sheâ€™s received on her portrayal of African Americans on television, challenges that sheâ€™s faced as a businesswoman in the music industry, how she manages work-life balance, and her new VH1 series â€œThe Gossip Game.â€
BlackEnterprise.com: Tell us about your journey. What made you decide to transition from the music industry to television?
It was a desire for personal growth. Iâ€™ve always wanted to move into television. I did a show several years ago on UPN with Missy Elliott called â€˜Road to Stardom.â€™ I loved the process. I love having an idea, rolling up my sleeves and bringing all the elements together and then seeing it on screen. When I transitioned to Monami Entertainment (her company), I always aspired to really get my wheels and dig my heels into television. Love and Hip Hop happened to be a big one. It resonated and connected with the audience and it took off and Iâ€™ve continued to develop shows. That for me was a personal passion but also part of the business model that I wanted for Monami.