Actress and comedian Mo’Nique was the subject of a candid conversation between her colleagues Sherri Shephard and Kim Whitley who praised her for her performance in the New thriller ‘The Reading’.
Here’s the thing though while the ladies expressed how much they loved the movie Sherri also said she was sorry Mo’Nique was blackballed by Hollywood calling her problematic. (Using D.L. Hugley as a frame of reference.)
People underestimate comics she is a great actress, but personality-wise she is always getting in trouble, always if it’s not with another comic, D.L Hughley… Its someone in the industry.”
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Welp, yall know Mo’Nique caught wind of the video and in her caption she wrote a note addressed to both ladies, checking them on their backhanded compliment.
Hello @sherrieshepherd and @kymwhitley
first thank you for your compliments regarding my talents and performance in “The Reading”. I couldn’t help but notice though, that you two said, because of my personality I’m always “getting in trouble”.
You then attempted to show a connection between my personality and me being blackballed, along with the fallout I had with Brother DL Hughley. In addition, you two within the same breath mentioned how we as comics are “underestimated”.
First thing, kids with their parents, criminals with the law, and slaves with their masters, get into trouble, and last time I checked, I don’t fit into any of these categories to get in trouble with anyone mentioned, do you two?
When you two say “we as comics are underrated”, and you Sherrie, Kim and I are ironically all black female comics, why do you think we’re “underrated”? My personality is of such where I have to speak up and out against injustices, so we can stop being as you both said, “underrated. And if you notice I haven’t ever started a conversation about you two that involved any negativity in any way in all of the years I’ve known you two.
Check my resume’ I don’t go knocking on anyones door saying things I can’t substantiate, but some people have a problem with me because when they knock on my door with BS. I answer.
Anytime the team of you two sisters would like to speak with the team of my husband and I, we welcome it. Thank you two again for the compliments, though backhanded, and please know regardless, I still love you both to life, “sisters”!
I LOVE US 4REAL!
She even posted a video of Kim Whitley claiming that she missed Mo’Nique as a friend.
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According VIBE Mo’Nique Hicks and Lee Daniels mark their first collaboration in over a decade with The Reading, a thriller film set for BET+. With Hicks as the star and Daniels as the executive producer, the movie is written and directed by Courtney Glaudé.
The two talents shared mutual grievances after their Academy Award-winning film, Precious, in 2009. In April 2022, the feud between Hicks and Daniels ended with a public reunion during the comedienne’s Mo’Nique and Friends: April Fools Day with The Queen of Comedy event at St. George Theatre in New York City’s Staten Island.
According to an official description, The Reading follows a “recently widowed Emma Leeden (Mo’Nique), who details the loss of her family in her new book ‘Invasion.’ To generate press, Emma agrees to a staged reading by 19-year-old Sky Brown (Chastity Sereal) in Emma’s now fortified home.
There’s only one problem, Sky’s spiritual connection is real, and evil emerges in a house they can’t get out of.”
Alongside the comedian and aforementioned actress, the film additionally stars Denisha Hardeman, Ian Haywood, Charlene Brown, Lisa Alavi, and Sara Alavi.
“The Reading is a rollercoaster of a project that I am thrilled to see come to life,” expressed Glaudé in a statement. “I am a fan of the surgical performance by Mo’Nique and the love and commitment from the entire cast during the pandemic. I appreciate the dedication to bringing this, as I was told, ‘sick’ vision of mine to the screen; and of course, Lee Daniels for being crazy enough to Executive Produce the project and believing in me. I can’t wait for the audience to think they know, but have no idea what’s going to happen. I promise you…it’s crazy.”
The Reading premiered on Feb. 2, 2023, only on BET+. Watch the trailer below: