Mo’Nique in 90 seconds or less

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We all have to live by the decisions we make.   Decisions based on principle and what we think is fair.

Like it or not there are mechanisms in place.  Rules to follow.

There are some of us who question the system.   There is a price to be paid for those of us who challenge the system .  Choosing to chart our own path

Nearly 10 years ago, Mo’Nique Angela Imes (Hicks) was offered Fifty Thousand Dollars to play Mary Lee Johnson in  “Lee Daniels” “Precious” some might say a role of a lifetime. None of the studios was interested in the film.  Lee Daniels the director of the film believed “Precious” would go straight  to video.   With the help of Oprah Winfrey,Tyler Perry and others, a  distributor “Lionsgate” was found.

After the movie was released, Mo’Nique refused the promote “Precious”.  She said, she was not contractually required.  Artists typically are involved in the promotion of the movie.  Expenses for promoting the film is paid for by the studio.  It is believed, Mo”Nique and her manager  husband Sidney Hicks, wanted to be paid for all their appearances, including any red carpet appearances

Co Star, Gabourey Sidibe who was nominated for Best Actress, helped promote Precious.  Since Precious ,Sidibe has appeared in eight films and dozen television shows. She is currently featured  in Lee Daniels “Empire”.  Mo’Nique has appeared in three films and two television shows.

Since Precious, Mo’Nique  said she was blackballed and bullied.   A victim of racial and gender bias.  “ for eight years my family has suffered and my career has suffered because I would not allow those entities to bully me.   What is missing from her narrative is her contribution to her plight.

Its difficult to sympathize with her when say says her family has suffered or is suffering when turns down a half million dollars payday.

In Entertainment, one year is a lifetime.  Mo’Nique has been absent for nearly 10 years. Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winner Whoopi Goldberg ( a women who has appeared in nearly 100 films)  recently told Mo’Nique on “The View”  ” when you make a movie, regardless of who you sign the deal with, your job is to go and promote said movie.”

It’s difficult to find sympathy when ego clashes with reality. Legends with a huge body of work,  Franklin, Knight, Goldberg, Warwick, Ross, Bassett, and LaBelle, are unlikely to command the pay of a Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart , Amy Schumer or new comer Tiffany Haddish.

Mo’Nique is a talent. I think she missed an opportunity to become relevant again,.  An opportunity to introduce herself to a new audience.  Most of the Millennials where small children when Precious was released .

She is currently on her second phase of her Netflix victimization tour.  Fighting with those who disagree with her.   In her tour, she reminds the listener of the villains in her life, Netflix, Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry, successful entities and individuals collecting checks.    I’m not sure what her strategy or exit plan is?    I’ve learned to look up, to the individuals who have gone before me.   Its seems Mo’Nique is determined to chart her own path.

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Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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