The media exec details why she branched out and why women need to network like men
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- President Obama Holding Town Hall Meeting Later This Month
A day after President Barack Obama declared his plans to run for re-election
, the White House and Facebook announced the first-in-command will stop by the Facebook headquarters to host a live event with CEO Mark Zuckerberg
and COO Sheryl Sandberg
on April 20. The president’s agenda will include discussing the economy, national funding and topics stemming from questions posted on the Facebook
wall for the event or submitted to Whitehouse.gov
Facebook Live will broadcast the event that day starting at 4:45 p.m. EST.
- Haiti Elects Former Singer ‘Sweet Micky’
Last month’s election results are in. The Haitian election council announced Monday that the underdog, former kompa singer Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly
has defeated former first lady Mirlande Mangiat
, winning by a landslide with 67.6%. Martelly has no previous government experience.
Thousands of the newly elected president’s supporters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince yelling chants and holding signs declaring their support for Martelly.
: “Thank you for your confidence. I bloom for all my people. We’re going to work for all Haitians. Together we can,” according to The Associated Press
- Lebron James Gets Animated in New Social Conscious Cartoon
small-forward Lebron James
is serving up lessons both on and off the court. The 2009-10 MVP is set to launch The Lebrons
, a 10-part animated web series aimed at providing today’s youth with positive messaging—from family and friendship to staying in school and out of trouble— through his production company Spring Hill Productions
and New York-based digital entertainment company Believe Entertainment Group
. The webisodes will be available on the show’s YouTube
channel and James’ web site
, with some syndication on major sports sites.
The show documents the four LeBrons: Athlete
. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America
, an organization James has long supported.
James was very hands on in the project—overseeing the production, voicing one of the characters (Business) and filming live-action introductions. “His schedule is obviously very busy so it always wasn’t very easy but it was important to [James] and it was important to us,” said Dan Goodman, co-founder of Believe Entertainment Group.
HP and Intel are co-sponsors of the show.
Shawn Carter, better known to the world as Jay-Z, flexes his business acumen; stepping into yet another arena—web content. His company SC Enterprises launched a new site Life + Times, which covers art and design, style, music, leisure, technology and sports. The site even doubles as an album-promo site. As editorial director, Jay works with an intimate staff to produce content based on what he likes.
- Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Website
Scott-Young is a modern-day Renaissance woman
How did you come up with Love & Hip Hop?
Love & Hip Hop actually started out as a show about one of our clients, Jim Jones. The original idea was to do a show following Jim, the rapper, and when we got around to shooting the pilot, Jim actually made what we call ‘the anti-reality show.’ He was in a space where he didn’t know if he wanted to be followed around by cameras and as much as VH1 loved that concept their audience had changed tremendously in the time that it took to get the pilot shot. It had become more female-focused. We also found that Jim’s girlfriend and his mother were very, very strong characters, so Jim Ackerman, the executive over at VH1, was great about really being committed to the show and to the concept and wanting to do something with Jim and his family. We decided we were going to find some other dynamic women to surround them with in the cast and would build out an ensemble series. That’s how that came about.
What is your take on VH1 focusing a large portion of its shows on African American females with programming such as Basketball Wives and Football Wives?
You’ve got the fact that here is the opportunity to give some presence and a platform to the African American female experience, but I also think that how that experience is portrayed is something we have to be mindful of. The women I chose were all very good about opening up their lives and letting us see them at their rawest, most honest without putting on heirs or facades for the cameras. That’s not an easy thing to do. Sometimes you don’t have an opportunity to capture that when you’re going after the kinds of things that make these reality shows work.
When talking about the first ladies of Love & Hip Hop, some viewers highlight how several of these women seem solely dependent on men. As a businesswoman, how does the show fit into your larger brand?
There’s a very specific alignment to the show, the cast, and the women on the show and my own trajectory in this space. I came into this thing through hip-hop, and I navigated the world to kind of pursue the things that I was interested in and passionate about. It did provide opportunities for me. I don’t know if I would be in entertainment at all were it not for hip-hop and my entry through that world. As I got to know these women, I saw there was so much more to them then the men they dated. They were their support systems. They were their backbone. They were in the trenches with them when they had nothing and they made a lot of sacrifices, as well that enabled their men to succeed and to get to where they were.
What can people expect from Monami in the future?
I have a couple of other shows in various stages of development. In film production and development, I have two projects I’m currently developing now.
Tune into Love & Hip Hop on VH1 Mondays at 8/7c.