Monique P Younger
Atlanta, GA, USA
Daughter of a working-class Hollis, Queens family, Monique Younger never fathomed a life where she could construct worlds and influence belief systems but today she makes her living dallying full-time in a real-life world of make-believe. The Howard U. grad began her professional career as a page at CBS in NYC and then moved on to Classic Sports Network/ESPN, where she studied games, interviewed NBA players, supervised post and also researched, wrote, and produced every segment of the network’s daily program, 'This Day In Classic Sports'. Monique, always experimenting with self-expression, borrowed network equipment, and promptly became known as “the little girl with the big camera”, filming basketball games at Harlem’s famed Rucker Park. (And in her mind, sparking the idea for And1). Discovering a passion for shooting, she captured notables such as Alicia Keys, Johnny Cochran, Method Man, and so many others in the gaze of her lens, catapulting her into life as an ever-present voyeur. Building on her H.U. roots as a Homecoming coordinator, Monique excelled at live event planning, working as a Coordinator with AIDS Walk NY and AIDS Walk LA; touring the U.S. with the UniverSoul Circus, Italy with legendary jazz drummer Max Roach and planning concerts and conferences in the Caribbean. Finally settling in Atlanta, she immersed herself in the music world, filming behind the scenes for numerous music artists and editing projects for record labels and media outlets including BET, MTV, TLC, Capitol Records, and Universal Records. Combining her creative and producing sides, Monique switched gears and dove into Atlanta's burgeoning Hollywood film industry, working her way up from PA to Costume Supervisor, leading the costume department through high-profile projects such as Drop Dead Diva, The Game, Cobra Kai, and Ice Cube’s, Barbershop 3. Never abandoning her personal filmmaking dreams, she was winning prestigious awards for her own music documentary, 'Finally Sayin’ What I Really Mean...' Today, Monique is balancing a full plate -- still costume supervising, co-hosting 'Geek Girl Riot', idobi Network’s weekly internet radio show dedicated to “geeking out” with Hollywood insiders, and producing content from her own company, Nadiri Creative Media. Currently, Nadiri produces a couple of series; 'Pops of Color,' a short docu-series on minority fathers and family, and 'Only Way Out,' a narrative web series that addresses the harrowing effects of domestic violence. Monique’s always game for the next adventure; it’s what’s gotten her here, after all. She is the underdog, the creator, the influencer, and the role model - a living, breathing reason to believe there’s no reason a little girl in Queens can’t grow up to rule the world.