Actress Mo’Nique (Precious, The Parkers) made headlines earlier this year for saying she’s been blackballed by Hollywood. Precious director Lee Daniels suggested she could have prevented it. (Rumors are she’s difficult to work with on a set.) Mo’Nique is making headlines again after telling a True Exclusives reporter that she gives her husband/manager Sidney Hicks a pass to cheat. Why that’s making waves now is hard to say: when Barbara Walters asked Mo’Nique about her open marriage in 2013, Mo’Nique said she hadn’t had sex without someone outside of her marriage to Sidney, but that she could. She and her husband both could.
Since the 2009 film Precious and what she calls her blackballed years, Mo’Nique has appeared in a number of indie films including Blackbird. But there seems to be a lifting in her career. Mo’Nique appeared in the 2015 biopic Bessie (as Ma Rainey) starring Queen Latifah. And she’s linked to the 2016 comedy film A Meyers Christmas starring Gabrielle Union.