Don’t let Melissa Scott’s mild-mannered temperament fool you into thinking she’s not out there hustling and making moves. The lesbian business owner has her hands full in a variety of areas across Atlanta and across TV screens nationally.
Scott owns a party bus business, she DJs under the name DJ M, and she’s an event promoter under brand including TraxxGirls. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms named Scott to her LGBTQ Advisory Board last year, and though her Soul Bar at Pal’s Lounge closed last fall, Scott has plans to open it back up in a new location.
She’s become instantly recognizable in some circles after her notoriety got a major boost in the cast of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlantain 2017.
On the show as in real life, Scott is often a calm voice of reason at the center of all the drama. During a recent a flurry of activity, she found time to pose for a Q cover shoot by staff photographer Russ Yougblood (check the glorious outtake shots below not seen in the print edition), and to chat with us about the show, about racism within LGBTQ Atlanta, and about the new moves she has on tap for 2019.
Soul Bar became part of a tour of black LGBTQ Atlanta venues following a racism controversy at an Atlanta gay bar. Has racism in LGBTQ Atlanta changed then?
I believe the issue of racism in the LGBTQ community has improved. I believe the gay community in Atlanta presents a more unified front in general at this time. I also believe the forming of the mayor’s LGBTQ advisory board will assist with regard to this topic as well.
How did Love & Hip Hop Atlanta changed your life?
I no longer have to wait in line at security at the airport [laughing].
I have to be a little more cautious with regard to how I respond to things publicly. In addition to the many career accomplishments I’ve had, doing the show has made me more of an influencer. I want to ensure I always have a positive influence on people and at a minimum, I am a part the solution and happiness.
How much do you feel a responsibility to represent LGBTQ folks on the show?
I’ve never really considered it much. I am a “gay character,” however, I am Melissa Scott and my main goal and responsibility has always been that of portraying a well-mannered and educated black woman that happens to be gay.
What’s something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I feel as if I am very transparent, however, I hear people are surprised that I am very nice and approachable and that I do have a heavy southern accent after speaking to me for a while.
You’ve always got your hand in different ventures. What’s coming up from you that we should keep an eye out for in 2019?
I have escalated my promotional field, in that I am now executing arena events in addition to the festivals and marketing events I’ve curated in the past.
Follow Melissa Scott on Instagram at @dagreatdjm