Mona Scott-Young is the face behind two of the most popular reality shows on VH1. She produced “Love & Hip Hop” and its wildly popular Atlanta spinoff and is now lending her talents to “The Gossip Game” which debuts on Monday, April 1st. Though she’s been hugely successful in garnering ratings for the network, Mona is widely criticized for the portrayal of black women on her shows. Fights, love triangles, arguments, name-calling and back-stabbing are commonplace on the “Love and Hip Hop” series, which features rappers and the women who love them behaving badly.

Mona addressed her critics at a press roundtable event this Monday, saying:

“Often times people tell me how horrible it is, or how these women should go crawl under a rock. I’m not here to judge them! I think that these women are a part of our population as African Americans. They live real lives and their stories deserve to be told as much as the other stories. I encourage them to use this as a platform. I will never forget the first time I gave Joseline a check and she cried. Prior to that she has never seen her name printed on a check because she was only ever paid in dollar bills, so don’t tell me I’m not changing lives.”

She plans to continue changing lives for the better with the new show, “The Gossip Game.” She gave the press some insight into how the cast was chosen:

“We met with them and tried to find different lives and mediums to represent. I walked into the situation thinking that there was a pecking order. You have TV and radio journalists, then you’ve got the freelancers, then the bloggers, almost like they were at the bottom of the totem pole. But what I realized is that all of the folks in the different areas get their news from the bloggers. They’re probably a little more important than people want to give them credit for and we wanted to explore that.”

The Monami Entertainment founder has a new show on Bravo called “Taking Atlanta” in the works which will feature women chasing success in Georgia’s capital including a boutique owner and an aspiring trophy wife. She also is coming out with her own brand of dessert wine, Myx Fusion Moscato.


  • Marketing Gimmicks

    Mona Scott Young is an entrepreneur like many television producers of reality TV. If she were a man or a white woman no one would be questioning her integrity they’d be giving her awards for making bank and making an impact in new media. Like it or not she has tapped into a very lucrative television market.

    I’ve stated this before. We as a people are really not sure what kind content we want to see moving forward. As for Mona’s success there are an overwhelming amount of black people who SUPPORT the nigga nonsense of reality TV and whenever there’s an attempt to try something positive or empowering on television it’s a rating FAIL or or it gets labeled as So what exactly kind of black programming do we want?

    All in all I’m happy to see a black face and a woman’s behind the television screen but I’m not happy about seeing the likes of a Stevie J having a platform for his abuse and narcissism.

    *Shrugs Shoulders* I can’t attack Mona for representing a microcosm of the overall shoddy shallow pool direction of cable television.

  • seritatheresa

    If I were Mona Scott Young I would just quietly cash my checks. The shows are too popular and are not going anywhere. When she makes statements like this she comes off as delusional and/or insincere and that is more unbecoming than the content of the shows.

  • Mademoiselle

    Dear Mona,
    As much as I want to be proud of a fellow Haitian-American woman finding success and making a household name for herself, I cannot because I don’t respect the way you pursue such success. Anyone who steps on others just to look a little taller disgusts me, and your shows do just that — whether the cast is willingly participating or not. You know you’re exploiting these women, and you’re excusing yourself because you pay them for your jollies. It’s deplorable and I await the day your franchise fades to memory. On a brighter note, I do hope someday after that happens that you shift gears and use your talents for more empowering endeavors. As I said, I’d love to be proud of your drive. I just can’t be at this point.


  • Shirl

    “I will never forget the first time I gave Joseline a check and she cried”. This made me sniggle a lil bit. Exploitation is Exploitation be it in the form of dollar bills or a check…but whatever helps you sleep at night Ms Scott.

  • Furious Styles.

    Mona addressed her critics at a press roundtable event this Monday, saying: (Insert cynical self-serving bs here)

    Somebody call the Drop Squad.

  • J. Nicole of UrbanExpressive

    “…so don’t tell me I’m not changing lives.”

    Sure, but not in a positive way. Just because the face behind this exploitation is Black, doesn’t make it any better. Praising yourself for turning a stripper into you’re own prostitute to make money off of doesn’t garner any respect from me. But hey, there’s an audiance for this garbage. I will continue to not support it as usual.

  • Rue

    “They live real lives and their stories deserve to be told as much as the other stories. ”
    They don’t.

  • heavenleiblu

    “I will never forget the first time I gave Joseline a check and she cried. Prior to that she has never seen her name printed on a check because she was only ever paid in dollar bills…”

    Despite all Joseline has let hang loose for all to see on the show, I somehow don’t think this moment is one she’d want to share. I cringed, reading this.

  • Pseudonym

    That’s the problem: their real lives and stories aren’t told as much as the rest of our stories. Their stories are the ONLY stories told. They (the reality television industry) even managed to turn a show about black physicians (who take the Hippocratic oath and save lives) and their wives into more stories of ratchet black females.

  • Ms. Information

    Karma is real. Just wait.

  • The Comment

    I don’t know….. Joseline was paid in dollars. Did they take out any taxes? Cause seeing ur name on a check AND the amt of $$$ they take out for local/state/federal taxes made me cry. I’ll take the ones.

  • ScriptTease

    She is making money off black backs, and I’m guilty of supporting this crap. I recently started watching reality tv about 6 months ago…. although entertaining, it is somewhat embarrassing. I think I will stick with Shark Tank and Face OFF, talking about helping people without degrading them.

  • Shirl

    HaHaha…thinking about changing my first name to FIT and last name to FICA

  • Keshia

    Girl the only life you’re changing is yours making money off those reckless people who sign up for your crappy reality shows.

  • justanotheropinion

    When I was young, my dad use to tell me “Honey, some money ain’t to be made and NO money is free”. I never understood what he meant until I was older. Translation: just cuz they are paying you don’t mean you need to accept it because of what you have to give up. And ANY paycheck you get cost you something. Question is – is it worth it.”

    Seems like too many folks now days forget this lesson. Mona didn’t get the lesson.

  • J. Gail (@Author_JGail)

    Changing who’s lives though, and at what cost to society (particularly the urban community)? And how permanent is this change for Joseline, etc? In 10 – 20 years where will they be?

  • Orange Starr Happy Hunting

    Love that quote from your Dad and Mona don’t care see that is the thing!

  • EbonyLolita

    Thank you for THIS! I hope she reads it & takes it to heart. Ayite stand UP!

  • Marisa

    Hold up did Mona say this with a straight face tell me she bust out laughing while saying this. She’s not changing any lives only thing she’s changing is the bottom line of her bank account off of ratchet behavior. So far the only one who has managed somewhat of a career out of this swamp is the singer K.Michelle but, look at the lengths she’s had to go to stand out because Mona certainly isn’t just going to showcase somebody just about their music. Look at how she did Somaya who they kicked off because from jump she said I’m not here for the foolish catty stuff I’m about getting my career on. Mona and crew declared her dull and ditched her. Mona Scott-Young is no better than Shady O’Neal of the Basketball Wives mess and Andy Cohen, when its settled their all just trash peddlers.

  • MsTwix

    + Infinity lol

  • ScriptTease

    You got the power…. become a movie producer. Help get more black “Positive” movies on the big screen other than TP movies, and I’m not throwing shade Tyler fans. I’m trying to make it as a screenwriter, Help me Mona!

  • Blue

    Of course she has to defend her programming, she’s getting a check. Perhaps there is some truth to her statement about her changing lives. Depends on how you look at it. My life has change because I watch these shows & it teaches me how NOT to behave & what NOT to do in a relationship. But not everyone thinks like me. People see this & idolize what they see on tv & they try to emulate it.

  • oshanae

    Joseline is getting legit money, I aint mad at her, however at look what she had to do to get it. She went from being a stripper to being Stevie J personal whore in front of america. Mona may be changing lives, but it may not be for the better.

  • Anon

    What is what “black” people want?

    “We as a people are really not sure what kind content we want to see moving forward.” – First off, “we” are no longer a “people” and haven’t been for about a generation now. There IS no black community, however, there are a large number of poor black people who are desperate to see folks with their mannerisms and behaviors on television in nice homes, outfits, and neighborhoods. THAT is the audience for this. Middle-class and up surroundings without having to change ratchet behaviors.

    I want this mess of the air because I never see black people like me and mines, middle class, upper class, and “comfortable” (I personally don’t really know wealthy black people) black people in the same types of roles that white people get. These women are bad influences because they used STAY in the hood, and STAY in certain types of clothing and STAY away from
    restaurants and STAY away from certain vacation spots. Now that the image of black women who aren’t obese, have certain styles of clothing, etc… but hood rat mannerisms are known to frequent different areas means that places were I could go and be comfortable, I’m now looked at or the environment has gotten more hesitant. Nobody was thinking that black women would fight in restaurants, throw bottles, etc… before and now they do.

    Ya’ll need to STOP supporting these degrading images. If you identify with these women, maybe it is time to re-evaluate your life.

  • Shs

    Monna, I am a well educated African American professional. I’m married and I have a family. My husband andi dated in undergrad. Honestly, we have little time for any television besides the news. We pushourselves to watch your shows simply because you look like us! We respect your grind. However, it is often embarrassing to watch an Erica mena. She’s ignorant, her behavior and content are questionable and her commentary is often off putting. Characters such as Erica turn the professional crowd away. Please consider presenting more polished women of color so our up and coming professionals can have role models. I wouldn’t want my daughters to ever see erica.

  • Naps93!

    Did not know she was Haitian. Smh. Woosh Papa Bondye, Ti fi a san wont! Lol!

  • J.E.S.


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