By: STEVEN UNDERWOOD
This past week, the community was called into action by Queen of Comedy, Academy-Award Winning, Oscar nominee, Mo’Nique when a pay dispute was unearthed for a potential comedy special with Netflix. Where comedienne, Amy Schumer was offered around $12 Million for her special, the veteran comedian, Mo’Nique, was offered only $500,000, revealing a grave pay disparity. Amid the crisis of #MeToo and other pay disputes, including BLACK-ISH’s own Tracy Ellis Ross, there has been arguments of color and gender biases not only with the streaming service, but other production companies – particularly in the light of GIRLS TRIP’s staggering success juxtaposed to the extremely low salary for the actresses involved (Tiffany Haddish) and relative snubbing at the Golden Globes.
In the spirit of fairness, Mo’Nique has invited her audience, fans and Community to participate in a boycott against Netflix for the disparity until fairness is applied.
Associates and Friends of Mo’Nique have taken to sharing Mo’Nique’s legacy of fairness and equality and the tremendous talent showcased by Mo’Nique over 50+ years of work in the entertainment business.
It is known that Mo’Nique poses great risk to her career for challenging Netflix and inviting a sense of equality from the streaming service. Mo’Nique is no stranger to risk, following an alleged blackballing from Hollywood after refusing to promote PRECIOUS just shy of her Academy Award nomination.
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By: Steven Underwood
This morning, Snapchat Sage, DJ Khaled, Real-world Mystique, Rhianna and Bryson Tiller debuted their video to their instant hit, WILD THOUGHTS and set a commotion across Twitter that is sure to top Summer playlists everywhere as a hit. While many are speaking about the genius sampling of MARIA MARIA’s guitar solo, a ballad during the 90’s brilliant dalliances into Latin Pop, even more are noting the subtly vibrant styles of Rhianna.
The Multihyphenated-singer-songerwriter-styler-setter, Rhianna shoulder shimmies and groves across the screen in a passionate pink tone complete in a Latin inspired ensemble: tantalizing with an off-the-shoulder pink sheer crop, beautiful floral-inspired bottoms, rose patterned headscarf, pink shades and dangling golden earrings, invoking the clandestine seduction of Carmen herself. Seductive, yet highlighted with a bombastic street aesthetic the entire way, furthering the sentiment that the seduction of the flower begins and ends in the heart of the ghetto culture Black girls were scrutinized for almost a decade back.
The Empress of Style changes her look maybe once the entire production. And to what you may ask? A simple strapless dress in a sorrowful blue that showed legs longer than Tiller’s feature. She was complete only by her bracelets of beads and silver, inch-long ruby nails, and an effortlessly primal stage presence. A dominate ambiance that’d send a puritan spiraling in their grave: praise be Rhianna.
If anything , WILD THOUGHTS further proves that there is no look Rhianna cannot dominate on her way to the top of American Fashion Iconography.