Aunty Mo’Nique is still out here dropping receipts and spilling tea left and right. Comedy Hype has been dropping clips of an interview with the Oscar-winning comedian and her husband (Sidney Hicks), and the conversations are juicy!
In recent news, Mo’Nique has been fighting the battle of racial/gender equality, while having the burden of being blackballed by the industry resting on her shoulders. It’s no secret that Mo has made a few “frenemies” along the way and she’s been candid and direct the entire time. Moguls such as Steve Harvey, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry were a few involved in the dialogue of the interview, and Mo’Nique gave us even more tea to sip on as she satisfyingly served us her truth!
The first clip consists of Mo’Nique being questioned about Harvey recently losing his television show, especially after the two comedians had bumped heads on his set. In great fashion, Mo’Nique shared her insight while not trying to drag Steve for all he deserved. According to Mo and her hubby, Steve allegedly stated that he edited the interview so that he could “protect” Mo’Nique. However, the couple believes that the altered clips were used to keep Harvey from getting in a predicament because of his comments about white people. Hmm.
“I’ve never met so many cowards in our black men in show business. I’ve never met so many black men that have no goddamn backbone, and that bothers me.” – Mo’Nique
As the interview continued, Mo’Nique made it clear that she had plenty of moments –off-camera- where Harvey, and others, expressed their true opinions and support for her. This private act is essentially what Mo’Nique doesn’t appreciate. Private support. The fact that the same route that Harvey claimed was the “right way” to go for her, was the same route that left him with no television show.
What’s really inspirational is the message that Mo’Nique wants the community to receive. She doesn’t want to rejoice in his failure, nor does she want to have an “I told you so moment”; however, she does want us to realize what’s actually happening and to start asking questions.
“Yall they took a black man’s show that’s #4 in all of Day Time. Are we not paying attention? How does that happen? We gotta say to NBC, ‘We ain’t tolerating that’.”
Get into the clip below…
What do you think of Mo’Nique’s response?
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Noname Drops “Song 33” in Response to J. Cole Diss
Chicago musician Noname has responded to J. Cole in her latest release “Song 33.” If you recall, two days ago we broke down the Noname/J.Cole beef and why many were calling Cole’s controversial song “Snow on Tha Bluff” misogynist and patriarchal. Noname appears to address the diss track and more on her latest release “Song 33.”
As soon as you press play the track hits you right in the feels. A sample saying “Oh, I have ambitions, dreams / But dreams don’t come cheap” opens the song, then immediately we listen to Noname discuss the patriarchal society in which Black women are forced to exist – a society that undervalues and ignores Black women. She said Oluwatoyin Salu’s name.
I saw a demon on my shoulder / it’s looking like patriarchy
Like scrubbing blood off the ceiling and bleaching another carpet
She takes aim at J. Cole for staying silent while Black women routinely “go missing,” yet immediately having something to say when she called him out on it.
One girl missing another one go missing / One girl missing another
But niggas in the back quiet as a church mouse / Basement studio when duty calls to get the verse out
Noname lists all the brutalities happening to Black people and Black women while at the same time, calling him to action. She reminds us Black women are going missing.
I guess the ego hurt now / It’s time to go to work / Wow
Look at him go / He really ‘bout to write about me when the world is in smokes?
When it’s people in trees?
She then criticizes the internet at large for being too easily distracted by the “beef” and losing sight of “the new world order.”
It’s trans women being murdered and this is all he can offer?
And this is all y’all receive? / Distracting you from the convo wit organizers
They talkin abolishing the police
This the new world order
Noname has always been an outspoken champion for Black women’s rights, often bringing attention to crimes committed against Black women that regularly go unheard. In her response to J. Cole, the musician again uses her platform to not only highlight the inherent patriarchy that causes so many Black female victims of violent crime to go unnoticed and forgotten, but to also galvanize Cole, to publicly and boldly challenge him and everyone listening to be the vanguards of a more just and equitable society.
Noname’s call to action is one that has been repeated by women of color for years. Tarana Burke (below), a woman of color and the founder of the “Me Too” Movement, initially began saying the phrase to remind women of color that they are not alone when they struggle with coping with sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Kimberlé Crenshaw (below), another woman of color and an outspoken feminist and civil rights activist, coined the term “intersectionality” to explain the myriad obstacles Black women face in society and how those obstacles compound on one another to create a unique brand of discrimination against them.
As we take each and every day, but especially this Juneteenth, to reflect on the painful history of the United States and remember the priceless cost of freedom, we must heed Noname’s call and begin to acknowledge the ways we Black Americans are not free, the ways Black women are not free.
And we must do it in a QUEEN TONE!!!