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Mo’Nique Claps Back At Lee Daniels / Says She Wasn’t “Blackballed” & Explains “Diva Demands”

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Mo’Nique has been a fixture in the headlines of late following her controversial interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

As widely covered, the ‘Precious’ star revealed that she was told by the movie’s producer, her friend Lee Daniels, that she had been “blackballed” by Hollywood.

The story has ignited ample debate, with several entities that have worked with the Oscar winner coming forward to share their difficult encounters with her and her team and citing them as reasons for her snub for the “powers that be”.

Yesterday saw the discussion crank up a notch when Daniels (who is enjoying success with new show ‘Empire’) stopped by CNN studios to elaborate on what he meant. Denying that he used the word “blackballed” when speaking with the star, he would verbatim state that Mo’Nique ultimately blackballed herself due to difficult demands from her management.

Today brought with it a fresh twist when the actress/comedian spoke with Don Lemon about the matter.

Interestingly, she clarified that she doesn’t feel she was blackballed. Instead, she asserts there weren’t demands and that the deals that came in following ‘Precious’ weren’t financially befitting.

Her interesting words below…

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Watch: Lee Daniels Says Mo’Nique Got Herself Blacklisted By Practicing “Reverse Racism”

'Empire' Director Denies Ever Telling The Actress She Was "Blackballed"

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Mo’nique has been the name on everyone’s lips since she took to The Hollywood Reporter to reveal that she was blackballed from Hollywood.

The actress, whose nearly three decade long career was highlighted by an Academy Award win for “Best Supporting Actress” at the 2010 Academy Awards for her role in ‘Precious,’ found it increasingly difficult to find work after the industry recognition.

‘Empire’ director Lee Daniels believes he knows why and blames the ‘Parkers’ diva’s “reverse racism” as the cause.  Click below to hear him sound off on the unfortunate incident:

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Sheryl Lee Ralph On Mo’Nique’s Hollywood “Black-Listing”: ‘Sometimes You Need To Shut Up’

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“The game is different for women.”

The stinging quotes above were lifted from a recent interview with legendary Tony Award-nominated star Sheryl Lee Ralph.  The actress, best known for her roles on Broadway’s ‘Dreamgirls’ and later TV’s ‘Moesha,’ recently took to Access Hollywood Live to dish on the ever-controversial report that Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique had been “blackballed” by Hollywood since nabbing the 2010 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (for ‘Precious’).

Ralph, 58, briefly shared TV time with Mo’Nique aboard the Urban family comedy ‘Moesha’ and is now sharing some harsh advice for her friend regarding the matter.  Hear her stance below:

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Mo’Nique: “I’ve Been Blacklisted By Hollywood”

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‘The Parkers’ star Mo’Nique may have risen to become one of the world’s more recognisable actresses but it seems that hasn’t stopped her from being “blackballed” by Hollywood.

Why she’s been given good reason to believe the entertainment industry has turned its back on her?

Her story below…

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Movie Trailer: ‘Blackbird’ (Starring Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington)

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Based on the novel by the same name by Larry Duplechan, the film ‘Blackbird’ is directed by Patrik-Ian Polk (Noah’s Arc, The Skinny), which he also co-wrote with Rikki Beadle Blair (Stonewall). The film stars Academy Award winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique (Precious), Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy, Blue Caprice, The 100), Terrell Tilford (Single Ladies, Guiding Light), D. Woods (MTV’s Danity Kane), Gary L. Gray (The Cosby Show, Bring It On: All Or Nothing), Torrey Laamar, Kevin AlleseeNikki Jane, and introduces breakthrough talent Julian Walker

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The Skinny On Success: Weighing In On the “Overweight Debate”

Over the past year, we at That Grape Juice have turned to the readers for their thoughts on the roles age, race, and even sexuality play in one’s success in the music industry.  Now, let’s weigh in on a heavier topic – weight.

Our culture is collectively becoming more stylized, making substance a thing of the past.  As image drives the culture, often filling media with airbrushed or digitally altered representations of “beautiful”, the standard of beauty has never been more sought.  An anomaly indeed given that statistics have proven most of the people subscribing to those very standards oft do not meet them.

So, what’s the big deal?

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Monica Performs On ‘Mo’Nique’

Monica made yet another promotional appearance last evening. The singer visited ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ to plug her new album as well as perform a collection of her material including the 1st single from her ‘Still Standing’ LP, ‘Everything To Me’. Check out the performances and her interview with Mo’Nique below:

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