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Mona Scott-Young’s life has all the makings of must see reality TV.
As Executive Producer of runaway reality hits Love and Hip-Hop, and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta, the Monami Entertainment CEO has unadulterated inside scoop on all the drama surrounding her cast members. This should only increase now that her new show This is Hot 97—about New York-based hip-hop radio station 97.1FM—has hit the airwaves.
As if she isn’t busy enough, Scott-Young has partnered with rapper Nicki Minaj to push Myx Fusions moscato. The duo are rare females in the lucrative, male-dominated world of spirits. And she serves on the boards of The RSQ Foundation, The GrassROOTS Foundation, and The Haitian Roundtable.
But perhaps the most compelling aspect of Scott-Young’s storyline is her refreshingly progressive partnership with her husband. While Scott-Young earns her living outside the home, her husband Shawn Young holds down the fort as a stay-at-home-dad to their two children.
The onetime co-founder with Chris Lighty of hip-hop management group Violator recognizes their situation smashes hip-hop’s misogynistic characterizations of women as sex objects whose worth is determined by their proximity to powerful men — depictions that are in part perpetuated by some of the scenarios on Scott-Young’s shows.
“He isn’t just taking care of the kids,” Scott-Young said of her husband, squeezing time out of her non-stop schedule for a phone interview. “He’s taking care of me.”
“He’s taking care of our home, and our household, and, you know, taking care of all the things that allow me to go out there and do what I do for… the personal fulfillment that I derive from realizing my full potential.” She added, “[He’s] also, allowing me the freedom to build something for our children, and to build a legacy for our family.”
Scott-Young praises her partner for being man enough to buck narrow gender roles.
“My husband came from Brevoort, Brooklyn, and he came up in the era of hip-hop’s heyday and I actually met him while he was working for Busta Rhymes, who was one of my clients at the time. So he, in essence, should have been a product of the hip-hop, you know, male-dominating mentality, but he’s also an individual with a different experience that he brings to who he is as a man. And that’s what defined him and that’s what allowed us to have the dynamic that we have within our family, which allows us to have had a successful marriage and relationship for the past 17 years.”
This is a side of love and hip-hop sorely lacking on the small and big screens — and in the wider discussion of rapidly shifting gender roles.
With white women like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former Hillary Clinton aide Anne-Marie Slaughter leading the heated discussion around what it means to be a mother in the modern-day workplace (even as Yoncé explores a “***Flawless,” very sexual brand of feminism), Scott-Young is in a position to expand the conversation both on screen and off.
But she demurs.
“I think I’m boring,” she says. “I enjoy being behind the scenes. I enjoy producing. And [starring in a reality show] would be a distraction from all of those things. As a matter of fact, it became increasingly difficult to both produce and host the reunion show.”
After a couple of false alarms, it’s safe to say that Mendeecees Harris is home and out of police custody. The “Love & Hip Hop” star was released last night after spending more than a year behind bars.
A judge agreed to release the father of two on $600,000 bond. His fiancée, Yandy Smith, was able to come up with $200,000 of that. Harris told TMZ that the first thing he did after being released was grab some Chinese food and candy.
Smith’s team also announced her fiancé’s homecoming on her website, Everything Girls Love, in a post titled “Welcome Home Mendeecees.” The post reads:
“Over the last year, EGL’s own Yandy Smith has been open in sharing her journey with fiance’ Mendeecees Harris. Harris was released tonight on a 600K bail of which 300k was secured (200k from his fiance’ Miss Smith and 100k of his own funds.)
Details surrounding the terms of his release have not surfaced. In an exclusive, Yandy stated ” We have been anticipating him getting bail for a while. As you know from the show, every time I got excited, circumstances came up and threw a wrench in the plan. So this time, I did not get excited until I heard the judge say all the terms were excepted and bail was granted.”
Although Mendeecees has not seen his boys as of yet, Yandy confidently stated, ” I’m SURE it’s going to be like Christmas at our house.”
Mendeecees mentioned he’s excited to be home and is ready to make up for lost time with his sons and fiance’. Although, Yandy or Mendeecees can not comment about the case, we’re excited for him to be home with his family!”
As you may recall, Mendeecees was arrested Jan. 2013 of some pretty serious drug trafficking charges.
‘I Read About It On The Blogs Just Like Everyone Else:’ Mona Scott-Young Responds To ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Lawsuit
Earlier this week news leaked that Mona Scott-Young, VH1, Viacom and a host of others were named in a $50 million copyright infringement lawsuit over the “Love & Hip Hop” franchise. According to the filed lawsuit, production company 8th Wonder Entertainment insist that the wildly popular franchise was initially their idea and that they submitted a script for an eerily similar show starring Chrissy Lampkin, Tashera Simmons and Mashonda Tifere.
“Love & Hip Hop” visionary Mona Scott-Young has since responded to the lawsuit and interestingly, she’s saying that she hasn’t actually been served with any legal documents regarding the complaint as of yet.
“Well, the one thing that I will say is that I read about it on the blogs just like everyone else did,” Mona told Sway Calloway during a recent chat with “RapFixLive.” “So it seems like the only people they’ve served are TMZ and Bossip. I haven’t been served anything!”
She did however, express that she does believe that the lawsuit is legit, as the paperwork that has been floating around the Internet looks pretty official.
“I have to assume there’s some basis to this because these are all very legal-looking documents,” she continued.
As for the actual complaints made in the lawsuit, Mona thinks the plaintiffs claims are a bit questionable.
“Listen, the show’s been on for six years. And I just have to wonder did you just wake up one morning and say, ‘Hey, I just remembered, I did that show and she stole it from me!’ The beauty about the United States of America, the country we live in, is that anyone can sue for anything.”
The music industry vet doesn’t seem to be too worried about the lawsuit though, as she jokes that the suit must be a sign that she’s reached a certain level of success.
“From what I hear, you’re nobody until somebody sues you. I don’t know, I guess I’ve made it. The truth will prevail. That’s all I have to say.”
While she doesn’t doubt that 8th Wonder Entertainment may have very well been working on a similar show, she argues that this doesn’t actually mean that she swiped it from them.
“So many times there are paralleled shows being developed within a network—and then, may the best cast prevail. But the thing is, it’s a reality show. I didn’t create these people because I didn’t give birth to them. All I did was shine a camera on a segment of the population that I knew well, that I come from. I have 20+ years in hip hop. You know what I’m saying? You can’t create a reality show. It’s reality!”
Due to legal reasons, Mona says she can’t really discuss the lawsuit the way she would like to, but she promised to explain it all once everything gets squared away.
Well, I suppose we’ll have to stay tuned until then.
Watch Mona’s interview on the next page. Were you surprised by the lawsuit?
‘I Would Die For Him:’ Amina Buddafly Dishes On Her Pregnancy And Why She’s Sticking With Peter Gunz
Things got very interesting during the “Love & Hip Hop” reunion show. Though his wife of at least a year, Amina Buddafly, revealed that she was pregnant with his child, Peter Gunz confessed in front of the live audience and cast members that he never would’ve married Amina had he known his ex, Tara, still loved him. The special ended with most viewers assuming that things were over between the reality TV newlyweds, but alas, the two are back together and preparing for the birth of their child.
“That broke me,” Amina confessed during an interview with The Breakfast Club.”After the reunion we were on and off for a while [...] I didn’t want nothing to do with nothing, but you know how this love this is. I love him to death. I would die for him.”
As for whether or not Peter feels the same way, the reality star says she definitely believes that he does, even though he tries to censor his love to appease Tara.
“I know for a fact that he definitely loves me with his heart,” explained Amina. “Everyone notices that he’s not really open like, ‘Oh, I really love Amina.’ He never does that—ever. To me, he does it. He does [feel bad]. He’s very open with [his love for me], but anywhere Tara will see it he won’t. It’s deep what he’s done to her.”
Peter didn’t really seem all that excited to learn that he was going to be a father at the reunion show, but now that she’s three months into her pregnancy, the “Don’t Wanna Be Right” singer says that Peter is very happy about the upcoming birth of his eighth child.
“I’m three months,” said Amina. “The thing is I told him [about the pregnancy] in front of everyone and that’s what made him so mad. He [felt] like he [couldn't] trust me in that moment.”
“Now he is excited, but he can’t openly say it like that because he feels guilty about Tara.”
Amina admits that she realizes this relationship with Peter is extremely abnormal and that there’s a huge chance that she may very well be placed in Tara’s position someday, but she adds that she wishes people would just let her live and experience whatever heartbreak is coming her way.
“[He's] probably not [going to be monogamous],” confessed Amina. “I just want everyone to let me be stupid and find out on my own. Then y’all can tell me, ‘Told you so.’ “
Watch Amina’s interview on the next page. Thoughts?
There certainly wasn’t enough time for Mo’Nique to even begin to sort through the issues shared between tumultuous duo Saigon and Erica Jean during the “Love & Hip Hop” reunion show taping. Thankfully, OWN star Iyanla Vanzant has decided to take the pair under her wing while helping them to resolve their issues so that they can become better co-parents to their son, Brian. Luckily for us, we get to see it all unfold on television. Saigon recently announced via Instagram that he and Erica will be appearing on the new season of “Iyanla: Fix My Life.”
“Ya’ll know I couldn’t let the story end like that,” he wrote. “Check out both sides of the story on ‘Iyanla: Fix My Life.’ This show isn’t about yelling and screaming. It’s about the facts.”
Well, if any one can get to the bottom of their drama, it’s definitely Iyanla. And Saigon seems very excited about connecting with the 60-year-old life coach. He also shared a photo of her where he thanked God for being able to encounter such a person.
“Thank God for this beautiful black “woman”… Not female, “woman.” You know, those who RESPECT themselves…She is DEF what we needed. HBO, VH1 and now Oprah Network. Follow my moves… I couldn’t write my life story if I tried.. Maybe I should.. Hmmmmm.”
We’ll certainly be tuning in to see how this story unfolds. Will you?
‘I Already Have A Girl, I Don’t Need Another:’ Erica Mena Says She’s So Over Rich And Announces Plans To Marry Cyn
For two seasons we’ve witnessed “Love & Hip Hop” stars Rich Dollaz and Erica Mena repeatedly break up make up. But the video vixen and aspiring singer says that things are really over with Rich—for good this time. According to Erica, they no longer speak to one another anymore.
“No contact whatsoever and I’m going to leave it like that,” Erica said of the current status of her relationship with Rich during an interview with Sister 2 Sister. “I already have a girl. I don’t need another.”
As for Rich’s recent efforts to commit to and do right by her, Erica says his attempts were mostly fueled by his ego because he sees that she has moved on.
“When they see you’ve moved on and they see you happy, all of a sudden they want to give you what they were supposed to,” Erica explained. “I knew that was really why. He wanted to have that ‘I won’ kinda feel.”
“It was just me standing up for myself and knowing I deserve better. For two years, I was saying ‘yes, yes, yes,’ trying to make us work. I was dealing with a lot of b****es at the same time.”
Erica also responded to Rich’s claims that her girlfriend, Cyn, is merely a “prop” that she’s using to get his attention. According to Erica, he couldn’t be more wrong about her relationship with Cyn.
“I think he’s just bitter. He needs to say something to make him feel good about what the situation is. If that’s the case, he was a prop, too.”
“Yes, [marriage is] definitely [in the future],” she said. “No hesitation on that…real near, real, real near.”
Well an Erica Mena-Cyn Santana wedding would certainly make for an interesting fifth season.
Do you think Erica is really done with Rich for good?
Speaking of “Love & Hip Hop,” remember a few weeks ago when we told you about those rumors that newlyweds Peter Gunz and Amina Buddafly were expecting their first child together? Well, it’s looking more and more like those rumors may be true. HipHollywood recently caught up with the singer-turned-reality-star and though she didn’t confirm or deny the rumors, she encouraged fans to tune in to the season finale and reunion show to find out whether or not she’s expecting.
“Ooh, there’s a big, big rumor out there about that. I can’t really talk about that yet because that’s something that’s going to be revealed on the show still,” she said. “People have to stay tuned and watch to see really what’s going on.”
I know, I know, sort of a shameless plug to keep viewers intrigued. But if the rumors weren’t true wouldn’t she just say that? Most non-pregnant celebs get pretty bent out of shape over pregnancy rumors. What she did speak on, however, was the status of her relationship with Peter. During last week’s episode the two got into it when Peter revealed that he wasn’t really looking to have more children anytime soon. Despite their feud, Amina says they’re still together.
“What I can tell you is that we’re still together. We’re still married.”
As we can see, they definitely have their share of problems, but she assured her interviewer that she and Peter are committed to working through those issues.
“It’s rocky but we’re working it out. I love him.”
Oh, and in case you were concerned that the reunion show would be an absolute snooze fest, Amina insists that it’s going to be insane.
“The reunion show is going to be crazy. We taped it a few weeks back and it’s just madness, oh my God. I encourage everyone to watch it because it’s entertaining. It’s going to be entertaining for everyone. A lot of surprises and craziness.”
It’s going to be pretty interesting if in fact Amina is expecting, considering how Peter feels about having more children right now. Are you looking forward to seeing the rest of the season?
‘Love & Hip Hop LA’ Producers Reportedly Still Scrambling To Find Stars Weeks Before Filming Is Set To Begin
Last fall we told you that music-industry-vet-turned-reality-TV-producer Mona Scott-Young was looking to expand her “Love & Hip Hop” franchise to Los Angeles, California. However, there’s just one problem. According to TMZ, filming begins later this month and producers are still scrambling to secure a notable celebrity to headline the show.
If you recall, initially it was reported that Ray J was supposed to headline the spin-off with rumored romantic interest Teairra Mari. However, TMZ is reporting that “Love & Hip Hop LA” producers were unable to secure the deal because Ray had already committed to hosting Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club All-Stars” and would be unavailable for filming. As a result, the show reportedly remains without a celebrity headliner. You know what they say though, the show must go on. Sources close to production are saying that when filming begins this month, they will begin by following the storylines of the smaller stars who have already signed on to buy time, until they can secure a bigger name celebrity. The stars who have already been added to the cast reportedly include Brooke Valentine, video vixen Bria Myles, rapper Hazel-E and radio DJ Yesi Ortiz.
Things seem very shaky right now. Hopefully Mona can find a way to work her magic so that “Love & Hip Hop LA” doesn’t suffer the same fate as “The Gossip Game.”
Are there any celebrities that you’d like to see sign on for “Love & Hip Hop LA?”
Did He Do It For The Cameras? Tara Wallace Says Her Relationship With Peter Was Semi-Normal Before ‘Love & Hip Hop’
I remember watching the first episode of the current season of “Love & Hip Hop” and thinking to myself, “There’s no way that someone living as foul as Peter Gunz would sign up for a reality show.” Who in their right minds would know that they’re doing that much dirt and still volunteer to have their dirty laundry put on blast on national television? But just maybe it was all done to keep viewers engaged. During a recent interview with Mara the Hip Hop Socialite, Tara revealed that prior to the cameras rolling, her relationship with Peter was pretty normal.
“Before the show, we were functioning as a family,” explained the reality star. “We definitely had our issues; it was definitely things that I was fussing about, but nowhere near us not being together. Whatever the issues were, I kinda thought he was going through something, and that I needed to back off sometimes, or maybe I was being too hard on him, so we weren’t in the best of places, but I had no idea the severity of where we were.”
She went on to say that when filming for “Love & Hip Hop” first began, Amina was in a relationship with someone else.
“As far as I knew [Amina was in a relationship with someone else when they began filming], and they were still kind of going back-and-forth,” Tara continued. “So that’s kinda the place I was in my head, which is even why when we talk on Instagram, and people go ‘well why didn’t you see those pictures?’ Because as far as I knew, she was still going back-and-forth in her relationship, and her and Peter had just become friends. Now when I saw the pictures, of course I began to question, and I’m like that doesn’t make sense. I ‘m like, wait a minute – what’s going on here?”
Whether it was done for TV purposes or not, unfortunately, there are children stuck in the middle of the messy love triangle that Peter created. But so far, it looks like they’ve been shielded from the drama, as they aren’t even aware that their parents are no longer together.
“Our children don’t know exactly what’s going on,” said Tara. “Our children don’t understand that we’re going through a breakup, so I do bite a bit of the humble pie for the sake of our kids so that we don’t disturb the functionality of the household. But I’m moving to another apartment in the next couple of weeks, and we will not obviously be moving together, so they will know at some point. Very soon I will have to tackle and address this issue with my boys.”
One thing is for sure, Peter’s messy antics definitely secured them all a spot for next season.
When fans first tuned in to “Love & Hip Hop” at the start of the season, most came to a few conclusions:
1. Peter Gunz must be New York’s version of Stevie J.
2. This would, of course, make Tara LHHNY’s MiMi.
3. And Amina would be assuming the role of Joseline.
The insane love triangle involving Joseline, Stevie and MiMi was reality TV gold and somehow, Mona Scott-Young was able to recreate that on-screen magic with her New York cast. With all of that being said, it’s only natural that the Atlanta cast would be able to identify with this storyline. The Jasmine Brand recently caught up with MiMi, who expressed empathy for Tara.
“Like really Peter, you’re gonna do that?” questioned MiMi. “I know it’s a little bit like my situation but that goes on everyday in every state. It’s not just me and him [Stevie], Peter doing what he’s doing. It is very entertaining, my heart goes out to Tara, I feel your pain.”
“It’s insane. It’s very entertaining, I cannot lie. Every Monday, I’m like, ‘What the f**k are they about to do next?!”
Speaking of cheaters, MiMi says she’s in the process of penning a book about dating industry guys.
“It will be about dating a man in the industry. It will also have short stories from different women. It won’t be about just me, I will incorporate other people I know. All stories of other women that have had similar experiences in their life too.”
Maybe she can get Tara on board. Would you read a book written by MiMi?