Mo’Nique Urges LGBT Love and Support in Open Letter to Black America

Mo’NiqueMo’Nique‘s love for the LGBT community is a personal thing that runs deep.

And while her headline grabbing claims of allegedly being “blackballed” by Hollywood may have overshadowed that love, Mo’Nique brings it all back via an open letter she penned to Black America on Ebony.com regarding love and support for the LGBT community.

The letter comes as the Oscar winning entertainer gears up for the April 24 release of her new film “Blackbird.” The Patrik Ian- Polk-helmed feature, which Mo’Nique co-stars with Isaiah Washington and serves as an executive producer, centers on a young singer who struggles with his sexuality and how others treat him in his small Southern Baptist community.

The following is Mo’Nique’s letter:

I can remember the first time I was introduced to the gay community. I was 16 years old. It was a group of beautiful young Black men. They were friendly, kind and funny. They introduced me to the gay nighliife scene–The Clubhouse in Washington DC and The Garage in New York City– and can I say, I’ve never partied so hard in my life! What a moment in time. It was at The Garage that I saw Grace Jones rocking out on top of a speaker, completely naked.

For as great as these experiences were, I was heartbroken to hear over and over again as most of my gay friends had the same unnerving story about being ostracized for being who they were made to be. Some of them had families rejecting them, others were simply not accepting of themselves. That made those clubs their safe haven. I found out that I had a lot in common with them, despite my own gender and sexual orientation, I was a plus-sized Black woman who knew what it was to be ostracized and rejected by both my own family and society because of my size.
When my husband, Sidney and I received the script for Blackbird from Isaiah Washington through our attorney Ricky Anderson, we knew we wanted to be a part of this necessary and amazing film. Blackbird is our love letter not only to the gay community, but to the church community as well. We all want to be loved.

Our hope is with this movie people can start living the life that they were given and not the one someone thinks they should live.

As a little girl, I had an uncle named Donald. My family treated him different and I didn’t understand why until I got older and understood that he was gay. Uncle Donald never really seemed to be too happy, and the only time I really saw him laughing was when he was drunk. “What a way to live,” I would always think to myself. Not being accepted for simply being how you were made to be. With this campaign #ThisIsLuv, maybe we can truly understand the meaning of the word ‘love.’ We believe the moment we practice the meaning of love, people can stop ‘coming out’ and simply just be who they are. Imagine having to make an announcement that you’re heterosexual. Imagine one day that to be considered normal, you must stop being heterosexual based on someone’s belief and go against everything you feel inside of you–just to survive, to be accepted!. Sounds silly, right? It is.bird

Blackbird is a movie that allows you to come inside and see the journey that one family has to take on the road to acceptance. Julian Walker, who plays Randy, is fearless and brave to tell this story through his eyes and own personal journey. For the parents who may be struggling to accept their baby for who they were made to be, this film is for you. For the parents who are full of acceptance, this film is for you. For every LGBT person who has ever faced resistance for living their truth, this film is for you. With this film and this campaign, we are truly trying to make a difference. We hope not just the Black community, but all communities will come to a place of acceptance so people can really live their truth.”

To see the trailer for “Blackbird,” check out the video below:

 

Rick Ross Still Wants Ownership of the Miami Dolphins (Watch)

rick rossRick Ross the Boss… or at least that is what he would like to be of the Miami Dolphins. He told TMZ Sports he can’t wait for team officials to invite him to take minority ownership.

Ross met with team officials last year and talked about taking a bit of ownership just like celebrities Serena Williams, Gloria Estefan and others.

Nevertheless, there has been a hold up getting Ross minority ownership. The system in place determines which rich people take ownership and when they take ownership.

Ross is still acting patient about it after TMZ asked him if the waiting made him lose interest. But he seems serious about owning a piece of the team.

Watch the clip below:

 

L.A. Reid Receives Death Threats for Not Supporting Imprisoned Bobby Shmurda

la reid, bobby shmurda,A video is circulating around on the Internet of an unknown rapper threatening to kill L.A. Reid, CEO of Epic Records, because he hasn’t helped get Bobby Shmurda out of prison, according to Sandra Rose.

The CEO has been criticized for his lack thereof support for the young rapper after a police raid busted him and other GS9 gang members for weapon possession and conspiracy to traffic narcotics back in December 2014. He couldn’t make bail.

“These are bad people,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said during a press conference held in December. “They shouldn’t be celebrated.”

Andrew Jerell Jones tweeted, “thank you @LA_Reid for being a slime & leading your @Epic_Records in screwing over a kid not even 21 @BobbyShumurdGS9. Real proud moment 4 u.”

Shmurda is currently being held on $2 million bail and in solitary confinement after getting into an altercation with another gang member.

“Yeah, they got me in P.C., man, Protective Custody,” he told Hot 97. Although he said he’s being treated well in prison, he wants to make bail.

 

Netflix Picks Up ‘A Different World’ Despite Bill Cosby Scandal

Different-World-Cast-Multiple sexual assault and drugging allegations against Bill Cosby is not preventing Netflix from adding “A Different World” to its list of programs.

The on-demand internet media company announced Tuesday (Feb. 24) that the classic spin-off of “The Cosby Show” is among its list of new releases for March 2015, theGrio.com reports. Created by Cosby, “A Different World” premiered in 1987 on NBC and aired for six seasons.

Netflix’s acquisition of the sitcom comes after it postponed plans to launch “Bill Cosby 77,” a stand-up comedy special featuring the funnyman, in November 2014. The special was originally scheduled to premiere the day after Thanksgiving. The cancellation came amid more than a dozen rape allegations against Cosby.

The complete series of “A Different World” will be available on Netflix starting March 17.

 

Terrence J and Keshia Knight Pulliam Speak at White House’s ‘Champions of Change’

terrence j, keshia knight pulliam,Terrence J and Keshia Knight Pulliam spoke at the White House’s “Champions of Change” event promoting college completion and success at historically black colleges and universities, according to YBF.

The event on Tuesday night honored faculty, staff members and alumni from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

One hundred fifty people attended the event at Eisenhower Executive Office Building’s South Court Auditorium to recognize the “Champions of Change” who are paving the way for graduation at their respective institutions.

All #HBCUChamp were nominated by their university’s president to attend the program. Each champ has inspired and empowered members of their communities.

Read more about the champs at YBF.

 

OWN Orders More Episodes of All Four Tyler Perry Shows

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN has ordered additional episodes of four of his series: 23 hourlong episodes of “The Haves And The Have Nots” and 22 for its companion drama “If Loving You Is Wrong,” 22 half-hours of comedy “Love Thy Neighbor” and 20 of sitcom “For Better Or Worse,” reports Deadline.com.

Perry’s shows are consistently strong draws on OWN. The Season 2 bow of “Haves And Have Nots” drew 3.2 million viewers last month, the best premiere in OWN’s four-year history.

“If Loving You Is Wrong” debuted in September with 1.93 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the core women 25-54 demo. Its second season launches March 24.

“Love Thy Neighbor” premiered in May 2013 with a 1.7 million viewers and a 1.4 in the demo. The sixth season of “For Better or Worse” kicks off March 25.

“Oprah Winfrey’s partnership with Tyler Perry has been a tremendous success, garnering millions of viewers for OWN and setting ratings records,” network president Erik Logan said in a statement. “Tyler’s original series have quickly become appointment viewing for a passionate audience and OWN is pleased to deliver 87 new episodes.”

 

‘How To Get Away With Murder’ Confirmed (Again) for Season 2

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“How To Get Away With Murder” wrapped its first season with a huge twist Thursday night…and yet another indication that it will be back for a second season, though ABC has not officially announced the renewal.

Earlier this year, star Viola Davis teased a second season on social media, tweeting: “Onto SEASON 2 BABY!!!!!” However,  ABC never followed up with an official confirmation.

The promo following Thursday’s finale revealed a new season to debut this fall:

“Thank God we’ll be back with a whole new season of insanity,” the end-of-episode promo teased.

Creator Pete Norwalk also tweeted that Season 2 is awaiting, complete with a hashtag, after the first season finale aired on the west coast.

“HTGAWM,” under Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, is one of the highest rated new series of the season, only behind Fox’s “Empire,” and ranks as the top-rated 10 p.m. drama in the 18-49 demo.

 

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