Mona Scott-Young Talks Fear of Starting Reality TV & ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Backlash

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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.

Check out the full story at Yahoo News.

 

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