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Named as 2020’s most influential personality by the NAACP, Yandy Smith-Harris is a modern day renaissance woman and one of the entertainment industry’s most sought after executives. Smith began her career as a music business executive for multimedia conglomerate Violator Management. It was there where she worked alongside the likes of LL Cool J, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, and Mona Scott-Young. During this time, Smith also received global recognition as one of Billboard Magazine’s “Top 30 Executives Under 30”. From the music industry, Smith migrated to television where she created what we know today as the Love & Hip-Hop franchise. While serving as a producer on season one of LHH and after nudging from mentor Mona Scott-Young, she made the decision to become a cast member. The decision to move from behind the camera to on-screen talent has made her a household name and inspiration for women and girls around the world.

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