Mo’Nique is certainly “playing the game” when it comes to her new film “Blackbird,” opening this weekend.
On Thursday, she visited Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and Larry Wilmore’s “The Nightly Show” on Comedy Central in support of the movie. On Friday, she continued plugging away on NY radio show The Breakfast Club.
But the appearances also gave some of the outlets a fresh opportunity to discuss the dustup with her “Precious” director and dear friend Lee Daniels. Last month, Mo’Nique said that the “Empire” writer and executive producer offered her the role of Cookie Lyon first, but the network said no. Mo’Nique said that Daniels told her she had been blackballed by Hollywood because she “did not play the game.”
Earlier this week, Mo’ visited the radio show Sway in the Morning looking to settle the controversy once and for all. She produced printed-out emails that appeared to confirm the attempts of Lee Daniels to cast her as Cookie before the network overruled and went with Taraji P. Henson.
On The Breakfast Club, Mo’Nique talked more about “Empire,” her relationship with Daniels and being labeled difficult in Hollywood.
On “Watch What Happens Live,” a caller again asked her to explain being blackballed from “Empire.”
On “The Nightly Show,” which has guests participating in hot topic discussions (not plugging their latest project), Mo’Nique was part of a panel discussing teacher-student sex.
Taylor Swift is a big fan of rap music. She’s mentioned it publicly in the past and whenshe recently won the Best Fansite Shorty Award, Taylor rapped a few lyrics from Young Buck’s“Shorty Wanna Ride.” Check it out up top.
Gabe Parker Drops “Bout Dat”, Readies New Project “It Never Mattered”
As he prepares to release his new project “It Never Mattered”, Corpus Christi native Gabe Parker gives us another taste of his versatile sound on his new single, “Bout Dat”. Coming off of the success of his previously released track, “Medusa“, Gabe tells the story of a ride or die chick who shares similar interests and is down for the same things he is. The self-produced cut carries a slow-kick with a somber vibe that transfers into harmonized breakdowns that ask the simple question, “how you feel Bout Dat“.
Hosted by DJ New Era, Gabe has been preparing his opus of sorts for a while now and onMay 15th he plans on giving it to the world. “It Never Mattered” will be an eclectic mix of emotion-driven music and is sure to feature some of his most relatable songs to date. Be on the look out for one more release from the Texas emcee before the project drops, “I Like”featuring Lil’ Gee, which will showcase his diversity heavily compared to his most recent singles. One thing is for sure, Gabe Parker is on his way to becoming a household name very quickly and is sure to be in the game for years to come!
Fans were even more skeptical of her story after both Daniels and fellow executive producer Danny Strong began publicly denying Mo’Nique’s claims.
But during an interview with “Sway In The Morning,” Mo came armed with printed-out emails between her camp and a show rep, proving she was indeed considered for the role first. The rep even said, “Lee fought for her… but studio and network executives insisted on offering the role to Taraji.”
Below are some of the emails read by Sway:
Feb. 18, 2014
Lee Daniels had a conversation with Mo’Nique about his new television pilot for Imagine TV/Fox called “Empire.” We would like to screen test her for the role of ‘Cookie.’ Please contact us with her television quotes, so that we can start a test, option, deal. We are tentatively looking at Monday, Feb 24 for the screen test.
Feb. 18, 2014
Hello I am following up on my previous e-mail regarding Lee Daniels’ pilot and Mo’Nique’s television quotes. This is a time sensitive matter. Lee really does not want Mo’Nique to miss this opportunity.
March 3, 2014
Unfortunately it’s not going any further for Mo’Nique. Lee fought for her because he thought she would be great for the pilot but studio and network executives insisted on offering the role to Taraji. Thank you so much for providing us with her information. Sorry it didn’t work out. We’re all big fans of hers.
Producing proof that she was considered for the role first is not about animosity, but about principle, Mo’Nique told Sway.
“You know when I heard Danny Strong had come on the show and was adamant about Mo’Nique was never offered that role and he’d gone on other places and said it. And I tweeted that brother and said, ‘Will you speak as loudly when you understand that you’re telling something that’s not correct?’” Mo’Nique told Sway.
Last night at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, two time GRAMMY Award winner, Lalah Hathaway, wowed a celebrity-filled audience at the live recording for her upcoming album, lalah hathaway LIVE!
Celebrities including Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, Erica Campbell, Kenny Lattimore, Daley, Laurieann Gibson, Deitrick Haddon, Yvette Nicole Brown, Angie Fisher and Luenell watched Lalah deliver the stunning R&B vocals she’s known for on the same stage that her father, the late great Donny Hathaway, recorded his seminal LIVE album on in 1972.
Some highlights of the evening included Lalah performing some of her father’s classics such as “A Song For You” and “Little Ghetto Boy” and Anita Baker watching as Lalah sang her rendition of Baker’s timeless hit “Angel.”
At the end of the show, which finished just after 1 a.m., Hathaway spoke with the LA Times’ Tre’vell Anderson about the experience:
Fresh off the stage, how do you feel about what just took place?
I feel so empowered and loved and overwhelmed. It’s a surreal feeling.
When you were walking to the stage, in the very place your father performed, what was going through your mind?
It’s hard to describe. I’ve played a lot of places where he played or might’ve played, but this place is special because this is where he recorded his live record and that’s what I came to do. It was a surreal experience, even coming for the sound check. To know he was in these rooms and in these halls, it’s something else.
What is something you hope people take away from your music and this experience?
I really hope they need it in 35 years the same way they need “Donny Hathaway Live.” That’s a record I don’t leave my house without. It’s in my iPod or my phone or something. Those are the types of records I want to make.
A California appeals court has allowed Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s lawsuit over leaked footage of their marriage proposal to move forward.
The pair sued YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley in 2013 after he posted video of West’s ostentatious proposal on his new website, MixBit. Hurley’s lawyers appealed a March 2014 ruling by a Los Angeles judge allowing the case to proceed.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles upheld the ruling Wednesday, saying West and Kardashian have shown a likelihood they could win a case on claims of breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment.
Hurley argued that a confidentiality agreement he signed was not binding on MixBit, but the court said that argument lacked merit.
Hurley posted the footage before it aired on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”