Mo'Nique Tries To Explain Her Netflix Stance On 'The Breakfast Club'

The famed comedian also wanted Charlamagne Tha God to explain why she was deemed "Donkey of the Day."

In mid-January, Mo'Nique called the attention of the masses to boycott streaming giant Netflix. The reason stemmed from a comedy special deal gone wrong when the acclaimed actress questioned the company's offer and cited racial and gender bias. The amount was nothing compared to that of Amy Schumer's past deal and it didn't reflect the zeroes Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock cashed in for their segments.

Following a series of explanations via her social media channels and other radio and digital interviews, Mo'Nique was deemed "Donkey of the Day" by The Breakfast Club's co-host Charlamagne Tha God. To understand the reason behind the author's decision, Mo'Nique and her husband/manager Sidney Hicks joined the daily radio morning show to get an answer.

Before Charlamagne presented his stance, Mo'Nique noted that while she did her media rounds with diverse outlets, she felt she received the most backlash from the black community, noting how harmful her being labeled "Donkey of the Day" can be to the listeners.

"Then I come to my folks and I have to be 'Donkey of the Day,' which you still haven't explained Lenard and you're going to have to because when you make those types of statements about your sister to our community," Mo'Nique said to Charlamagne, "what you're saying to the community is as black women you're devalued and if you stand up and you make a stand and you say 'We need equality' and we have to say what's right and what's fair, and then a brother that looks like me from South Carolina that you're the 'Donkey of the Day,' you have to explain that to the community."

To that inquiry, Charlamagne responded with, "I said that I think you're using racial and gender bias which are actual real issues, the struggle that the black woman is going through in many industries is a real issue, but you're using it to focus on something that you're dealing with individually."

Mo'Nique then brought up actress Viola Davis' recent statement where she also called for equal pay. "When you have us saying the same thing, we're saying pay us equally, you're saying, 'Oh Mo'Nique, this is an isolated situation,' well then what that says is you don't know the history of this business that you're in and you sit behind this microphone and you try to be the guru of black culture," she said again to Charlamagne. "I'm going to need you to know the history of us before you begin to label us and once you know the history you know I'm not saying anything unique brother."

The 50-year-old Oscar winner also addressed rumors around her behavior on movie sets and why black women comedians have yet to receive the same dividends as their counterparts/peers.

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Michelle Obama kicked off her podcast this week with a very special guest. The former first lady welcomed her husband, Barack Obama, for a lengthy discussion about their childhood, as it relates to race and class, experiences that shaped their “notion of community,” and more.

Barack tweeted a photo from the podcast on Thursday (July 29) with the caption,. “Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks — and this one’s up there with the best.”

Michelle and I have spent a lot of time together these past few months. We’ve had a lot of good talks—and this one’s up there with the best. Take a listen to the very first episode of Michelle’s podcast: https://t.co/JEaVgT6GPC. pic.twitter.com/oRn1figrRK

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 29, 2020

The podcast aims to give listeners deeper insight into Mrs. Obama's life. “I spent a lot of time thinking, talking with friends and family,” she explained of her life after the White House. “Really just being, if you know what I mean. I reflected back on my time in the White House of course, but I went even deeper. I looked back at the whole arc of my life.

“In this first season, you’ll be hearing me talk with some of the people I’m closest with — my mom…my brothers…friends..colleagues. And I wanted to start at the most basic level. In these episodes, we’ll be discussing the relationships that make us who we are. Sometimes that might be as personal as our relationship with ourselves or how we navigate our health and our bodies at various points in our lives,” said Mrs. Obama. “In other episodes we’ll be talking about what the challenges and the joys of being a parent or a spouse…the growth we gain from leaning on colleagues and mentors…the friends that help us sort through the toughest times.”

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YG Recalls Police Pulling Guns On His Children During Home Raid

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The incident occurred in January, a day after the  30-year-old rapper was briefly arrested for suspicion of robbery.  “They came through like four in the morning,” he recalled. “We asleep, the helicopter came around and all that..they bang the door in trying to get in the door, so I go downstairs, I open the door…boom! They drew [guns] on me. That’s normal, but my kids at the time [were] 4 years old and 6 [months old]. They were upstairs in the room with their mama.”

Cops went upstairs where his children were in the room with their mother. “They go up in the room and they got the big AK’s all up in my little kids’ faces [yelling] ‘Don’t move! I’m like ‘bro, what the f*ck is ya’ll doing? Ya’ll got me f*cked up! They doing this to my little kids…and these are little girls, you know what I’m saying?

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YG added that he’s never been beaten by police, but at least two of his friends have been killed by cops. “It’s a lot of stuff that be going on with the police that don’t make the news, he said. “That activity [being targeted by police] became normal to us. [We’ve] dealt with that for a long time. It’s sad to say but when you’re Black, you feel like that’s what comes with being Black.”

The incident was the second time that police raided his home in the last year. In July 2019, authorities raided the residence in connection with a shooting investigation. YG was not involved in the investigation and was not home at the time.

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Rivera drowned within minutes of being submerged in the lake, her death certificate states. Josey was found safely on the boat and was able to tell authorities what happened to his mother.

Days later, Rivera’s family broke their silence to thank those who recovered her body.

“We extend endless gratitude and ovation to the heroine who found her. Thank you to her fiends, colleagues, and fans for your continued support,” the family said. “Heaven gained our sassy angel. We kindly request that our privacy be respected during this very difficult time.”

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