*Mo’Nique’s 82-pound weight loss owes more to the Oscar winner’s husband and children rather than her own energy to hit the gym.
The entertainer, who worked over the past year to shed more than 80 pounds, revealed her motivation to taking the weight off while chatting at the 22nd Annual Pan-African Film and Arts Festival.
“It truly let’s you know what you’re made of,” said Mo’Nique, who labeled her journey to get rid of her weight as “amazing.” Continue reading
Reality star Kenya Moore attends the Michael Costello fashion show at Helen Mills Event Space on February 8, 2014 in New York City
*If the streets are correct, the next season of “Celebrity Apprentice” will feature among its cast Kenya Moore of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” rapper Ludacris, singer and “Love & Hip Hop” star K. Michelle, Oscar winner Mo’Nique and actor Ving Rhames.
Those names have not been confirmed, but Kenya all but assured her Twitter followers that she will indeed take part in the new season. She retweeted the below post from “Legitament News” that listed the leaked cast.
Isaiah Washington, Julian Walker and Mo’Nique
*Los Angeles – The arrival of PAFF Closing Night Gala is a signal that our plane is making its final approach to the airport, our ship is heading to its final port and/or the train is heading down the stretch to the station. These are metaphors for our 12 day global journey through the Diaspora by way of cinema.
The 22nd Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival Closing Night Gala official featured film were Blackbird, based on a novel by Larry Duplechan, directed by Patrik-Ian Polk.
Isaiah Washington has produced a film that stars Academy Award winning Mo’Nique and new comer Julian Walker.
Everyone has anticipated Mo’Nique’s return to the silver screen, but paired with Isaiah Washington as her husband and a storyline that screams drama, it is sure to be a huge success worthy of award buzz.
*Isaiah Washington and Mo’Nique have signed on to star in the independent film “We Are Family” for writer-director Choice Skinner, who is also producing alongside the two actors.
The plot follows five siblings and flashes back between their childhood and present day over a 25-year span, reports Deadline.com. Now estranged adults, they reunite during the funeral of their alcoholic father and arrest of a brother who is charged with his murder.
Washington will play the father. Orlando Jones and Daniele Watts co-star, and production kicks off this spring in Michigan.
Washington’s Coalhouse Productions in producing with Skinner for Darkan Entertainment, Noam Dromi for Driveby Entertainment and Sidney and Mo’Nique Hicks’ for Hicks Media Productions.
*Mo’Nique may have been M.I.A. since winning her best supporting actress Oscar for “Precious,” but she’s coming back in a major way, courtesy of Patrik-Ian Polk.
IndieWire.com reports the filmmaker and Mo’Nique will collaborate on his upcoming feature film, “Blackbird.” The movie, which also stars Isaiah Washington, centers on Randy Rousseau (Julian Walker), a 17-year-old high school choir boy who struggles with religion, sexuality, a troubled home life, among other things while growing up in a small religiously conservative Mississippi town.