Durham, NC – Mona Scott-Young, media mogul and producer of VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” television series, will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in B.N. Duke Auditorium to kick off the North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) 2017-18 Rock the Mic Lecture Series.
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Scott-Young is CEO of Monami Entertainment, which produces the “Love & Hip Hop” reality television franchise. She began her career as a music talent manager, where she launched or helped to revitalize careers for several hip-hop and R&B artists, including Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, 50 Cent and Mariah Carey, as well as Missy Elliott.
In 2006, Scott-Young joined VH1 to develop a reality television series about rapper Jim Jones, which grew into the first “Love & Hip Hop” show. Its popularity grew quickly and led to the launching of spin-offs that included “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”, “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood”, “K. Michelle: My Life” and “Leave it to Stevie”, among others.
“We are pleased to welcome Ms. Young, as she will bring a unique perspective about the television industry and how to achieve success as a minority in media,” said Orok Orok, lecture series coordinator and executive director of NCCU’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership.
Now in its third year, the Rock the Mic Lecture Series brings in some of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to engage students on relevant topics in education, entertainment, politics and social justice. This year’s series is held in collaboration with the university’s Lyceum Series.
Other speakers for the 2017-18 Rock the Mic Lecture Series will include:
- Nov. 8: Phylicia Rashad, actress, singer and stage director
- Feb. 21: Symone Sanders, democratic strategist and political commentator
- March 1: Zane, New York Times best-selling author and publisher
A speaker for the anticipated Jan. 16, 2018, Rock the Mic appearance has yet to be named. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership at (919) 530-5436.
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