Mona Scott-Young is the epitome of a savvy business woman. As the CEO of Monami Entertainment, she has many TV shows that span the spectrum of cable television from VH1 to The History Channel. Mona has gained praise and coverage from BET, Black Enterprise, and Hollywood Reporter. Her company even manages and assists the careers of Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, and 50 Cent. So, it is safe to say that Mona Scott-Young is synonymous with entertainment success.

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Yet, that business savvy is coming back to bite her in the ass. Sorority Sisters, the show she was developing around the life and times of women in Black Greek sororities caught plenty of backlash [1]. Due to the misrepresentation of those said sororities, there has been a petition brought up to ban the show. In other news, she has been subpoenaed by a child support agency that claims she is a liar behind Stevie J’s back child support issues [2]. Even with success comes a string of bad luck and Mona Scott-Young is no different.

Mona Scott-Young The Culture Vulture?

All of this is happening to someone that, for all the good that she has done, is probably one of the biggest Black TV culture pimps that we have out right now. Or, you can call her a culture vulture. It would be one thing if her most popular reality shows represented positive popular African American imagery. However, the most sought after shows in her stable represent the worst of what Black people have to offer. When the buzz is out that you are known as a buzzard of your own way of life, people are going to want you to buzz off.

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To dig even deeper, think about the subsequent messages that her reality shows are sending to the general public. If one looks at Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, the general theme is the dramatic life of hip hop has beens that spend more time arguing, fussing, and fighting while they make questionable music, business investments, and life decisions. The ones that are actual musical artists are either past their prime or are two steps from working at Fedex. Many of the women/lovers/wives best serve the purposes of looking luxurious in their finest clothes and sew in weaves as they argue and toss drinks at each other. Adding on the lecherous and irresponsible male figures surrounding the show gives Mona Scott-Young her culture vulture title.

Mona Scott-Young Backlash Unsurprising

The negative response cannot come as a surprise to the Black community. When she tried to stake claim into giving a “reality show view” of the African American sorority life, she took the negative route. If she would have done her homework, she would have made the show more palatable and “real” to the everyday experience of these women. Yet, Mona Scott-Young could not do that. She had to “vulturize” the situation by adding as much negativity and drama as possible.

What really ticked off the African American community with Sorority Sisters are the stereotypes she tried to play out in the show. Pitting AKA’s against Deltas against Zetas against SGRhos was quite a juvenile task best relegated to chants and stepshows. A vast number of women in African American sororities are women of professionalism, prestige, and power. Creating a venomously drama charged world around wanna be celebrities is one thing; creating the same for African American sorority women is asking for the certainty of ceremonious crap. It is safe to say that Mona Scott-Young bit off more than her beak could chew.

Mona Scott-Young and the Lesson of It All

As the saying goes, givers have to set limits because takers rarely do. Many African Americans had to draw the line as to how far Mona Scott-Young should go. It is one thing to bastardize the lives of “entertainers” for the sake of a TV check. It was another thing to try those same antics with professional organizations and its members. Maybe next time, Mona Scott-Young can realize that everybody cannot be bought or sold.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!