For the first time ever Love & Hip Hop franchise creator Mona Scott-Young sat down to chat all things reality-TV on The Wendy Williams Show. Mona gets candid, speaking on her early career in the music industry, the birth of the Love & Hip Hop franchise, and how African Americans are viewed as society as a result of her shows.
She begins by speaking on her start at Violator, a multimedia conglomerate ran with her late partner Chris Lighty, where she’s worked with a laundry list of A-list celebrities, including: Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot , LL Cool J, 50 Cent, and Mariah Carey.
Not one to be complacent, Mona decided to branch out on her own. Here’s a brief list of things you may not have known about Mona prior to her being the mother of reality television.
She had a show with Missy Elliot called The Road To Stardom.Youtube
The Road to Stardom, according to Mona, aired in 2005 on defunct network the UPN. It was on The Road To Stardom that Mona realized executive producing was her calling.
Yandy started off as Mona’s intern.Getty Images
Yandy began working for Mona straight out of college and their relationship has obviously continued to grow since. After a few years of riding solo, Yandy began managing Jim Jones.
Yandy presented Jim Jones to Mona Scott-Young as a client.Getty Images
According to Mona, after Yandy branched out her own she flew back to the nest with Jim to propose a business opportunity. Jim wasn’t into reality TV but fast forward to what was supposed to be “The Jim Jones Show” which eventually turned into what we all know and love today. (Jimmy, btw, wasn’t too pleased to be name-dropped on today’s airing of The Wendy Williams Show.)
Mona Scott-Young entertains cast members at her home.Getty Images
Not everyone from Love & Hip Hop loves how their lives plays out on TV but Mona has developed many friendships with cast members and even has them over for dinner. And no, no one has ever tried to press her.
Does Mona feel guilty that people blame her show for black women’s depiction in culture?
Guilty? No. Take it to heart? Yes. Mona does not feel guilty because all she does is simply point the camera so people can expose the part of their lives they feel comfortable with. “I don’t feel guilty because I know that I, [Wendy] was in music, as was I. We were around this stuff. We know this really went down. As amazingly incredible as it may seem this is the stuff that happens.”
Yandy had a beautiful wedding ceremony (whatever that means).
When Miss Wendy pressed Mona about the rumors Yandy’s wedding, Mona played coy. Is Yandy actually married? Tune into Love & Hip Hop Mondays at 8/7c, only on VH1!
Watch the full interview above! Oh, and Wendy, we all love Cardi B. Like, duh.