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Mona Scott-Young loves New Orleans: Treme’ Sidewalk Steppers 2020 SHE-KING

I’m pretty sure you have heard by now that Queen and CEO of the multi-media entertainment industry and executive producer of the VH1 reality show, “Love & Hip Hop,” Mona Scott-Young is returning to her beloved New Orleans. Mona is coming to celebrate us, the people of New Orleans, and contribute to the continuation of our cultures and traditions in the Treme neighborhood!

This time around, she will wear the crown of the She-King of the Treme Sidewalk Steppers Social Club, sharing the royal throne with King-Elect Hiram H. Smith of Hiram Style!.  The Treme Sidewalk Steppers celebrated their 25th Anniversary last year and it looks as though the celebration isn’t over!

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It was just last year when Mona and her Monami Productions Krewe rode the queen’s float in a second-line parade organized by Hiram Style, which took place downtown New Orleans. The parade featured the Treme Sidewalk Steppers, The Versatile Ladies of Style, The Zulu Tramps, The Big 6 Band, and The Greatest Show on Earth.

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The #mpowered second-line parade rolled down Decatur Street with Mona Scott-Young’s Monami Production team.
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At the Sheraton Hotel, the mayor’s office gave Scott-Young a proclamation, which was presented by Councilman Jay Banks.

This year She-King Elect Mona, King-Elect Hiram, and the Treme Sidewalk Steppers have pulled out all the stops possibly give Zulu a run for their money or shall I say coconuts. I say this as a loyal Zulu Social Club fan and yearly Zulu Ball attendee. But… This year there not only will there be what I hear being called a Treme Mardi Gras, but the entire weekend is jammed packed full of “NOLA Style” Mardi Gras Festivities. There’s a Royal Gala on Friday, February 7th leaving Saturday open for us to rest up and reenergize for The Greatest Show on Earth; the SideWalk Steppers SecondLine Parade on Sunday, February 9th ending with The Official King & Queen SecondLine After Party at the Treme Hideaway.

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Last year a press release stated that:

“New Orleans has always been a special place for Scott-Young as she and husband Shawn Young were married at the chapel at Dillard University and returned to celebrate their 10-year vow renewal at Pavillion Of Two Sisters Botanical Gardens. While in NOLA for the Realscreen Summit, Scott-Young wanted to celebrate the city she loves in true Mardi Gras fashion.”

And she accomplished just that! but this year she’s coming through New Orleans, particularly the Treme neighborhood with some Mary J Blidge “Real Love!” 

I’m getting all emotional thinking about how significant this is for a celebrity to take part in Second-line Sunday in Treme. Not so long ago, our ancestors, slaves gathered on Sundays to dance at “town square” of Tremé, Congo Square—formerly known as “Place des Nègres.” Sadly, this one day off away from the eyes of the slave master to come together to possibly speak in their native tongue, praise, dance, and sing of life before being enslaved would come to an end years before the Civil War. The slave owner’s concerns that these gatherings would result in slave uprisings and made it illegal for them congregate. But this did not stop our ancestors from finding ways to continue the tradition and to this day we continue to host SecondLine Sunday throughout various Wards in the city.

Dance in Congo Square in the late 18th century, artist’s conception by E. W. Kemble from a century later

This weekend Mona Scott-Young who is not a New Orleanian will celebrate with us just as our ancestors did in a traditional New Orleans SecondLine! We have looked up at countless celebrities as they rode up high on Mardi Gras floats down the wealthiest streets in the city; celebrities have waved to us from their guarded Bourbon Street balconies. But it’s been years since a celebrity, except for those who are NOLA born and raised to take to the streets with us in our community. Now don’t think she will be doing footwork with the locals under the bridge, but from all the buzz I’m hearing, we will get to see what she working with lol.

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Y’all know how it goes down under the Claiborne Bridge on SecondLine Sunday now let’s add New Orleans own Wyndel Pierce and Mia X hyping up this weekends event! As they say, “It’s Gonna Be Litt” in a major way! “Get ready, get ready,” in my DJ Jubliee’s voice!w let’s add all this Fabulosity and the likes of Missy Elliot, Khandi Buress, New Orleans own Wyndel Pierce hyping up this weekends event! As they say, “It’s Gonna Be Litt” in a major way! “Get ready, get ready,” in my DJ Jubliee’s voice!

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Second Line The Series Feat. Treme Sidewalk Steppers with Scubble The Sidewalk KING 

Directed by Stacey M.

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The events are hosted by the Treme Sidewalk Steppers, who take to the historic streets of Treme annually for the Faubourg Treme. The group preserves cultural heritage, uplifts the community, and raises funds by dancing to music created on these streets and delivered to their ancestors in Congo Square.

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Source: https://www.nola.com/entertainment, www.monamient.com,  https://www.instagram.com/sidewalksteppers, http://www.hiramstyle.com/

 

 

 

 

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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