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Steve Harvey and Mo’Nique Had a Heated Debate Over Industry Blackball

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During a recent episode of Steve, Mo’Nique was invited to discuss her experience of being blackballed in the entertainment industy. Instead of hearing the comedienne out, the two butted heads as she attempted to share her stance and detail her continued fight for pay equity.

Opening the conversation by saying she had “been a problem,” Steve inquired about why Mo’Nique believed she had been labeled as difficult and wondered if she saw that changing. Now four years into her very public fight for pay equity after her 2010 Oscar win, the actress is not shy about calling out the facilitators of her industry blackball. Naming Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry as responsible for perpetuating the rumor that she is difficult to work with, Mo says she and her husband were cast out because she refused the wrong people.

“I said “No” to some powerful people”

Stating that she had denied those in powerful positions, Mo’Nique called out the lack of support for her crusade after many acknowledged publicly that she was not in the wrong. Cutting Mo’Nique off, Steve chimed in that he believed she should have gone about things differently if she wanted to win in the long run.

While Steve’s decision to side with respectability politics comes as no surprise, it is still disappointing. The conversation surrounding Mo’Nique’s employability cannot be had without considering race, gender, and fat-phobia in Hollywood. Adding insult to injury, Steve tells Mo that she didn’t provide clear instruction on how to support her following her call for a boycott of Netflix. He then said she should have made herself more palatable for the entertainment industry by playing the game for money instead maintaining her integrity.

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Anonymous Caller Claimed Kevin Hunter Poisoned Wendy Williams

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According to PEOPLE magazine, a caller concerned about Wendy Williams’ wellbeing during her lengthy hiatus reported Kevin Hunter to authorities. The anonymous samaritan accused Hunter of allegedly poisoning his now estranged wife.

January 18th, authorities were anonymously contacted and instructed to perform a wellness check on the talk show diva. Implying Kevin Hunter was poisoning Williams, authorities rushed over to their New Jersey home to confirm her safety. When they arrived, Kevin Hunter answered the door and was reported as “hesitant” to allow authorities to enter the home.

Having recently fractured her shoulder, Wendy was found in her bed. However, authorities noted she was suspiciously covered from neck to toe. When questioned about the validity of the caller’s claims, Wendy “became tearful”, yet she denied anything was amiss. Kevin Hunter, who remained present, reportedly said “there had never been any calls to his house regarding domestic violence.” Officers then asked Wendy to confirm she was fine and once she did, they left the property.

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Cardi B Rejects Plea Deal At Recent Court Appearance

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Dressed in a way that could only be described as deliberately modest, Cardi B arrived to court in a white ensemble to reject a plea deal in relation to an August assault.

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Regarding a strip club brawl that took place in 2018, the ‘Clout’ rapper received an offer to plead guilty where she would have only received a conditional discharge. However, Cardi seemed dissatisfied and rejected the plea. She has been charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment.

In August 2018, Cardi was allegedly involved in a strip club altercation between two bartenders who were believed to be engaged in an affair with Offset. During the attack, Cardi was said to have thrown chairs and bottles at the victims. Video of the attack shows someone believed to be Cardi picking up an ice bucket and launching it at the girls in rage.

In December, Cardi narrowly avoided jail time by arriving to court just minutes before her hearing. She was threatened with legal action after missing her a court date due to a prior engagement, which was the ‘Twerk’ video shoot. Her decision to reject the offer means the charges levied against her remain and she could face up to one year in jail if convicted.

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Writer and Director John Singleton Hospitalized After Stroke

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Prayers and well wishes are pouring in for John Singleton following news of his hospitalization. The Oscar-nominated director suffered a stroke Wednesday. His family reported the news Saturday, April 20th.

John Singleton’s family released a statement that read:

“On Wednesday, April 17th our beloved son/father, John Singleton, suffered a stroke while at the hospital. John is currently in the ICU and under great medical care. We ask that privacy be given to him and our family at this time and appreciate all of the prayers that have been pouring in from his fans, friends, and colleagues.”

The 51-year-old known for such films as Boyz in the Hood , Poetic Justice, and Baby Boy, has been in an intensive care unit since April 17th. While little has been made public about John’s condition, those who have had the pleasure of working with him have sent their regards. FX, where John’s executive produced series Snowfall has recently been renewed for a third season, issued a statement hoping for his “speedy recovery.”

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