About Monique

Monique N. (MN) Matthews is a Los Angeles based writer, director, and digital content creator.  Prior to this, Monique, a Harlem, USA-native, was an entertainment journalist and managing editor of a national hip-hop magazine.  Monique’s work has appeared in Ebony.com, Vibe, The Source, Slam, TV Guide, and Rap Pages, among others. She has also been a guest panelist on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” and more.  Monique transitioned into filmmaking after graduating from the UCLA School of Film and Television.  She has written for several studios including MGM, Walt Disney Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Monique has received several accolades including Daily Variety’s “10 Writers to Watch” and was selected to participate in Film Independent’s prestigious Directors and Writers Labs. She has written two books including Sex Free: A (not so) Modern Approach to Dating and Relationships and Black Rose, a yet-to-be released self-help tome with Tyrese Gibson (Baby Boy, Transformers and Fast & Furious franchise).

In addition to writing, Monique serves as a professor at Santa Monica College in Film and Media Studies.  She has also taught at California State University Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College. 

In her spare time, Monique — an avid hip-hop aficionado — enjoys cooking, exercising, surfing, and spin classes.

About Monique

Monique N. Matthews is a Los Angeles based writer, director, and digital content creator.  Prior to this, Monique, a Harlem, USA-native, was an entertainment journalist and managing editor of a national hip-hop magazine.  Monique’s work has appeared in Ebony.com, Vibe, The Source, Slam, TV Guide, and Rap Pages, among others. She has also been a guest panelist on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” and more.  Monique transitioned into filmmaking after graduating from the UCLA School of Film and Television.  She has written for several studios including MGM, Walt Disney Pictures and Paramount Pictures.

Monique has received several accolades including Daily Variety’s “10 Writers to Watch” and was selected to participate in Film Independent’s prestigious Directors and Writers Labs. She has written two books including Sex Free: A (not so) Modern Approach to Dating and Relationships and Black Rose, a yet-to-be released self-help tome with Tyrese Gibson (Baby Boy, Transformers and Fast & Furious franchise).

In addition to writing, Monique serves as a professor at Santa Monica College in Film and Media Studies.  She has also taught at California State University Los Angeles and Los Angeles City College. 

In her spare time, Monique — an avid hip-hop aficionado — enjoys cooking, exercising, surfing, and spin classes.

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