It may be tempting for many to speculate on the life and success of media mogul Mona Scott Young, an executive and television producer best known for producing VH1’s reality television franchise ‘Love & Hip Hop’.  For starters, she is the CEO of the multi-media entertainment company Monami Entertainment, with a said worth of $30 million.  Her recent 50th birthday celebration began with a pre-birthday brunch in Los Angeles and ended in a swanky VIP celebration at Clyde Frazier’s Wine & Dine on February 15th hosted by Yandy Smith-Harris of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop and produced by Nikkia McClain of Tene Nicole PR and Latoya Shambo of Black Girl Digital, Inc.

While Young brunched and munched from coast to coast to celebrate her golden jubilee, Smith-Harris had words of reverence of Young’s role as a mentor over the years.  Familiar VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: New York reality personalities included Yandy Smith-Harris, Remy Ma and Papoose, Juju, as well as Jonathan Fernandez (K. Michelle: My Life) and Dylan Dilinjah (MTV’s Making the Band) who celebrated the occasion with accolades for one another, plenty of laughter, and noted they were in a reality free zone momentarily.

During an interview with media, Young commented her success has been utterly unforeseen. There would apparently have been no convincing her of the career milestones that ultimately arose such as being named a “21st Century Renaissance Sister” by Essence Magazine, “Marketer of the Year” by Ad Age, or that Monami Entertainment would have been home to Grammy award-winning artist Missy Elliott.  Young’s contribution to shaping innovative artists and productions are something she views beyond market value.  At the event she commented, “all shows have their own personality…New York is gritty, Atlanta is outrageous, Los Angeles is sexy and young.”

When asked about Elliott’s new video ‘I’m Better Young’, she felt the video was led by Elliott’s talent, “and the visuals, a testament to Missy’s growth.”  Elliott’s process of initially conceptualizing the video called for all creative hands on deck, including her work with the best choreographers, stylists, and multi-media creatives. 

Does the good life ever want to make her jump?  Absolutely!  Young commented about the door that opened when she went sky diving.  “When that door opens it puts life in perspective.  The moment I hit the ground, I knew there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do.”  With feet firmly planted on the ground, the mogul and mentor has a soft spot for the power of Wonder Woman cuffs which inspired the creation of M Power Rings, a good luck charm jewelry project that began as she confronted the nerves that have been synonymous with big business.  The M Power Rings are designed to embolden and to metaphorically create an armor of safety.

Young reflected that what she’s learned so far includes learning about participating and the process of success.  What’s been galvanized, aside from the stylish rings, is to “look on the bright side of effecting change, reaching out to one another could be good if we use it to connect.”

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