Mo’Nique Is Blackballed In Hollywood
Director Lee Daniels recently informed actress/comedienne Mo’Nique that she has been blackballed in Hollywood for “not playing the game.” “I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago,” Mo’Nique said. “And he said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed.’ And I said, ‘I’ve been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn’t play the game.’”
Daniels said she had been “blackballed” for not campaigning for her Oscar, as is expected of stars during award season. Daniels also confirmed that Mo’Nique is, more or less, a pain. “Mo’nique is a creative force to be reckoned with,” he said. “Her demands through ‘Precious’ were not always in line with the campaign [Mo’Nique allegedly asked for money to show up to many of the red carpet events]. This soured
her relationship with the Hollywood community. She wanted to get paid to play the game.”
“What I understood was that when I won that Oscar, things would change. It should come with more respect, more choices and more money,” Mo’Nique stated. “It should, and it normally does.”
But five years after winning an Oscar for her role as an abusive mother in the movie, ‘Precious’, Mo’Nique said she constantly lost out on big roles stating that she was marginalized after she won her Academy Award because the industry views her as too demanding. She also said she was offered major roles in Daniels’s projects “The Butler,” “Empire,” and in an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic that were “taken off the table” as a result of the blackball. Despite all the “blackball” drama the Oscar winner along with Isaiah Washington are starring in Patrick Ian-Polk’s film ‘Blackbird’, about a young singer struggling with his sexuality and, how he’s treated by others in his small southern Baptist community. Mo’Nique is also appearing in Queen Latifah’s HBO biopic ‘Bessie’ as Ma Rainey, which airs May 16th on HBO.
Columbus Short Lands First Role Since Scandal
After numerous arrests, drug addiction, allegedly threatening to kill Jamie Foxx and being Killed off the hit show ‘Scandal’ Columbus Short has landed another role on the small screen in the short film ‘Fear Files’, an original horror film from TV One, as Councilman Harvey Jordan, whose plan to build a football stadium in a low income neighborhood causes friction within the community and after a deadly fire removes the last resident standing in the way of his project, people begin to question if the death was an accident or a murder planned by the Councilman. While the truth begins to haunt Jordan, he must charm Kelisia Waters (Erica Hubbard, BET’s Let’s Stay Together), a determined reporter in order to sway the media attention away from him.
“Fear Files” will premiere on Friday, March 13.
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