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R&B singer Monica surprised her fans by announcing a release date for possible new music. The single mother-of-3 announced the new release date "4-15" on her Instagram.com page late Sunday.

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In her post, the 38-year-old singer wore orange overalls in a simulated jailhouse photo lineup. Monica, who is an ally of Atlanta's lesbian community, channelled Queen Latifah's butch lesbian character "Cleo" in the jail lineup scene from the movie Set It Off (1996).

The post sent Monica's fans into a frenzy as they scrambled to find her new music online. No one knows whether "Aunty Mo" is dropping an album, another single or a music video to accompany her current single "Commitment".

Some speculated that the "4-15" release date might be in reference to tonight's season 2 premiere of T.I. & Tiny Friends and Family Hustle reality TV show, starring Monica, Toya Wright, LeToya Luckett and more.

But not everyone was pleased with Mo's jailhouse themed promo shoot. Many fans questioned her judgment for taking jailhouse photos as a promotional stunt when so many Black males languish in prison due to sentencing disparities.

According to the Washington Post, Back males who commit the same crimes as white males are given more prison time.

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  • Neicey

    Maybe she feels like she just getting out jail divorcing her husband .or maybe she felt like an inmate in marriage. ?????

  • Bella Marie

    Monica wants to be a hood chick so bad smh

  • Nina Ross

    She’s too pretty for this

  • iWasteTime

    Looks like a play on gaining her "freedom"

  • Bass

    You obviously know nothing about Monica. Monica was raised in the hood.

  • Anyway

    Not sure why black American culture is so obsessed with street life/hood life/prison.

  • Coy little wink

    Queen Latifah is mad sexy...or is it just me?

  • Tiff J

    Didn't she already go to jail in the "So Gone" video? LOL

  • Tiff J

    Ah ha... you might be on to something.

  • oshh16

    I don't know about that but she has very impressive filmography and the played the hell out of cleo. She reminds me of my cousin Susie Gail.

  • Around the world

    Yes,..exactly.

  • Bella Marie

    So was I. I'm not out here trying to portray myself as a stereotypical hood chick. Monica is. Even though she hasn't lived in the hood in a very long time.

  • the guest

    What is the obsession with hood life, gangs, jail, prisons?

    Black people are so much more.

  • tia

    Monica seems like she can be a handful...quite a pistol. Good luck sister!

  • Coy little wink

    Lol...?

  • Yoni7

    Congrats Mo. I wish you much success. Love your voice. I'm sure there are some bangers on here.

  • millz

    Mo said leave her alone... It’s just one of those days lol ?

  • Yoni7

    Pun? LOL

  • Bass

    And that's you. The point is, Monica is hood.

  • tia

    Oh, no...every since she's been on the scene I've always thought she was just "sassy". I like Monica, she just seem's like she doesn't take any shit and her radar is sensitive to "B.S."

    No pun tho...lol!

  • Blue

    lol

  • Yoni7

    I understood what you meant. I just thought it was cute how you said "quite a pistol" that sorta personifies her orange jumpsuit pic that accompanies it.

  • tintin

    i was raised in the hood too. i never acted like this. i was ashamed so i did act very prissy. you wouldnt know i was living a ghetto lifestyle the way i carried myself.

  • bemetoo

    She said I’m free bihh

  • Yoni7

    But not everyone was pleased with Mo's jailhouse themed promo shoot. Many fans questioned her judgment for taking jailhouse photos
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    Oh they MAD MAD! Specially that last one.

  • Bass

    Same here. But she carries herself with class as well.

  • Kayke

    The Hood is an environment created by oppression and bestowed unto us. It’s a thought process that stems from that created environment. The hood isn’t ours. It is not a black characteristic, its taught and learned behavior.... it’s the result of a protocol. Being hood isn’t a compliment or something to remain when you know better (which refutes your claim of intelligence) Monica looks stupid in these photos.

  • Phillybruh

    She is free from label constraints and a not so good marriage. I get the pictures. But if ol' Beyoncé took these pics er'body in they momma would be loving them and sharing them. Folks need to get over themselves.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Ask Chrissy Teigen..

  • Rayscoty

    I guess her new career is taking promo pictures...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yes she is a Scorpio so she's high maintenance.

  • Jammin on the 1

    She letting it be known she down for the chicks now... DUH

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    That life isn't pretty AT ALL.

  • bemetoo

    Word in the street is that vh1 is mad because Monica is not talking about her divorce... off topic they say Britney Spears check herself in a mental facility again

  • Anyway

    I said the thing below. I just don't get the fascination. Even if it's about gaining freedom in her personal life, she could have been much more artistic. It's so stereotypical.

  • chan chan

    I’m not interested in this. I can’t relate to the whole jail suit thing. Congrats though on being a single mother of three. Now moving right along.

  • Marlika

    That girls father is dying. I wish people would leave her the hell alone.????? Brittney is close with her father. I rather she checked into a mental facility than kill herself.

  • OvertheMississippi

    Britney has been in a good two weeks now. Said Dad's illness is getting to her.

  • Marlika

    Monica is becoming exhausting ????? I’m tired of her already. I wanted to go to a concert on Mother’s Day at the Barclays but once I seen she was on the line up I was like naw ???????????

  • Kanyade

    This person is UPPERCASE mad, huh?

  • City girl

    Mo is most likely portraying her freedom from her marriage. I'm looking forward. I love Monica?

  • Kanyade

    I think Queen L.A.T.I.F.A.H. in command is very queenly. I hate her mother passed but I love they had such a close relationship and I loved when Chip and Ms. Owens would appear on Living Single.

  • bemetoo

    Yea it’s a cover up

  • WinterIsComing

    I don’t get it.

  • bemetoo

    Yea they also say it’s a cover up

  • GAPeach

    That's a whole lot of bitches being thrown around in that last comment up there. I don't particularly love the photos, and hate the idea even more, but it definitely doesn't generate rage from me.

  • Yoni7

    I was watching her last night in the movie The Trap. She seems cool.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Why Mo?!?! Jess fvcken Y?!?!

  • Yoni7

    RIGHT! That sounded like somebody was mad that somebody close to them was locked up.

  • Topic Influencer

    Much luck to her. Maybe she paying homage to C Murder and his prison stint? Who knows? Who cares. I wont be listening to this album. I skipped the past two. And so did a lot of folks bc they went quadruple copper.

  • Yoni7

    MAD MAD! Like a baby daddy or money bag was locked up.

  • Yoni7

    I skipped the past two.
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    Granted I like her. LOVE her voice, even seen her in concert AND loved that too......but I can't name not even ONE. Does that make me fan adjacent? LOL

  • Kanyade

    "is a Scorpio [they are] high maintenance"

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  • Renee26

    Dang that person who cursed her out like that is sooo angry.

    Mo looks good in orange

  • smartchickfl

    If you have to call someone that many 'bitc*es" then why are you following them?? These fools sit behind these keyboards and do the absolute most.

  • Renee26

    Or they haven't been rehabilitated enough themselves

  • Topic Influencer

    Yes adjacent. Me too. I have seen her in concert twice now. I was a huge Monica fan as you know but I cant with her for awhile now. Every since the album that she actually married Shannon. After that one she was just like meh to me. Code Red was the last one I THINK. Not even sure.

  • Truth Or Die

    40 plus years of continuous criminal indoctrination via mainstream entertainment

  • Yoni7

    LOL I'll take your word for it. LOL

  • Yoni7

    Either way....they STILL mad.

  • Carrington

    Monica never makes SOLID albums, to me. Her music has been... "blah" since the second one. She hasn't made an album that I can listen to all the way through in years. She tries too hard to be a hood chick and it's hurt her music.
    Ironically - the only member of Destiny's Child to make consistent "solid" albums is Letoya Luckett..

  • 88

    ?

  • Vegas1989

    Happy Monday Roses! Today is the last day to get your taxes done if you have not done them. I'm not mad on what I got back. I was scared at first hearing peeps got cut down a whole lot and some owe. I'm glad that I don't owe and you don 't want to never owe. PAY YOUR TAXES PEOPLE>>>>>

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You haven't met my mom.

  • Renee26

    If this new one is anything like Still Standing I'm here for it! Mo is edgy and always will be.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Most of Mo's followers are children and teenagers. I laugh when they call her "Auntie Mo." ? She is alienating her true fan base to model clothing for adolescents on Instagram. ?

  • Trace da Ace

    meh...have not been a Monica fan since summer '98...so I'll pass....

  • Kanyade

    LOL okay okay, but not all are "high maintenance" *couch* speaking from a member of the Scorpio clan ;)

  • 100milesperhour

    Glorifying jail when you have kids. Miss righteous, always has sound advice to give up here posing in a jail jumpsuit w/hair & makeup.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    If you say so

  • Merkaba morris

    So we jus gone ignore the symbolism of the handsign she is doing in the photo ? this bitch is a Eastern Star , they all took the oath ...All celebraties are sell out . I don't listen to none of they music . they all are gatekeepers and a part of a fraternal order. They have sold they soul experience here on this planet , they are all puppets ...

  • LeGard JoJo

    Um I'm a Eastern Star and a Christian. Being a Eastern Star has nothing to do with selling out. African American Eastern Stars and Masons are not like the White brotheran....do your research

  • Wildcat34

    Monica has always reminded me of Lela Rochon's character in Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Always trying to be hard, but never believable.

  • Panther Charleston

    Ummm...now, if Remy Ma had done this, fine, I get it. Monica would have been better off had she looked like a determined yet worried mother fighting for her rights as a plaintiff in family court. Of course, she'd be well dressed while talking w her attorney.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Monica has such lovely vocals that get lost in trying to make “hit songs,” over-production, attempts to reach a young demo, thug-love hip hop genre, and the results, a huge fail!

    A Maxwell or Eric Benet collaboration would be a great addition!

    An Anita Baker remake would showcase her vocals, really, Monica can sing anything!

    Best wishes in her music endeavors!

  • LYRICS

    I didn't even know about the prior two! Honestly, nothing ever sat well with me about Monica. Her and Brandy....funny?

  • Curtis

    To me her second album was her best work. I still listen to that album. Miss Thang was good too. After that, I really don't care much about her new music.

  • free

    didn't i say doo-rag monica was coming back?

  • Logan Roberts

    I thought Goonica was a nurse now or something in the medical field ?. Welp C-Murder would be proud.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    why we gotta be bitches though?? GEESHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Monica is a classic artist. She is that artist that you will find something of her's on most everyone's playlist. She has a solid fan base, especially here in the South. We're gonna listen to anything Monica puts out, whether it takes hold or not. She's that artist.

  • smartchickfl

    Sad because they aren't the ones buying albums Sandra. They think anybody over 30 is old?...

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Not a good look

  • Phillybruh

    Commitment is my shat, I love Mo. Looking forward to the new album, one of the few artist who get my support regardless. Interested to hear what she does when the label is not telling you what to do.

  • SouthsideServesHerWell

    Monica, Not a good look for our generation presentation wise! Leave this mess to the millennials! ??

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Are we taking bout the same movie?Lela rochon in that movie played a church woman who married Frankie Lyman. She was believed

  • Tee Tee

    Monica after a break up I hate to say it but she makes her best albums after heartbreak. This album gonna be ? (at least I hope).
    She's angry and trying to convey that in this shoot. Monica has ALWAYS tried to act like she hard lol ?
    Girl, your mama and daddy are both pastors you lived a middle class lifestyle, probably NEVER had a physical fight EVER but I rock with the music regardless!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    me too! And i agree with the symbolism of the photo. People know good and damn well Monica is not a gangster and has never pretended to be one. The photo represents something deeper...it's a forthcoming renewal or a freedom (as you've stated) from something

  • Tee Tee

    The Makings Of Me was good too.
    I still listen to her very first album MISS THANG that's a classic

  • Thanos of Titan

    I grew up listening to Monica, and I enjoy her music, but this promo is not it.

    What exactly was she thinking?

  • Tee Tee

    I think her ALWAYS working with Missy Elliott has had her fans confused for years.
    I'm down with 1 song produced by Missy but NOT the entire album.

  • imright

    im so uninterested in Monica. no shade im just not????? music,tv, family,divorce...? ill pass

  • Tee Tee

    Last album was horrible. Saw her in concert when it dropped, after she sang her best hits I left my friends at the concert and went home to my man.
    She was bashing men the whole concert about cheating etc. I knew then her marriage was in trouble ?????

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    I said she could of been a model and can blow too, this however won't make me buy another disc

  • Carrington

    I agree. The second album was the best...

  • Wreckognize Game

    Maybe she is on a follow up or throwback to so gone video when she was riding and kicking in doors. ?????Now that her and Shannon are done she might have videos where she hurt somebody. I just wish she could figure out how to shake the hood chick persona to finally win with her talent

  • Phillybruh

    I know clive had a doozy of a time trying to keep Whitney and Monica's hood side in line.

  • Sweetness

    Yyyyyeaaah...not a good look Mo. Not judging. But.....naaaaah.

    #withyourprettyself #hairmakeup #alwaysonpoint

  • Lovely1

    Nah. Not this look Mo. Even if it is for an album cover. Corny.

  • Karen Brady

    Okay will since you said it first...... I have never been interested in anything Monica although I have downloaded 2 of her songs in my lifetime.

  • Tea Taylor

    We don't need another brown sister putting out this image there. What about looking educated, intelligent, and all of the things we are. Why would she promote this look for us.

  • Karen Brady

    So ladylike.

  • Let them eat cake

    lol

  • Karen Brady

    LOL. RIP Whit.

  • Let them eat cake

    why do we as black folks always gotta go the jail route joke or not? smh I love monica but she is way too obsessed with jail culture tbh.

  • Let them eat cake

    idk she strikes me as someone that will still cut you.

  • UsuallyItsBusiness25

    I don’t see the issue that everyone is having with this photo shoot . This offended by everything storyline is getting old . Next , dressing up as a sexy maid is going to be praising the house n-word . Sure , I would t have done it but that’s what makes us all different .
    We are a part of the black community ,not monolithic . Loving the skin she’s in is enough for me .

  • Topic Influencer

    I went to see her during Code Red and I did the exact same. On that one, she was bashing the women who slept with taken/married men.

  • Karen Brady

    Chile!

  • Nathan Hastings

    Maybe C- Murder is getting released today...

  • Miss K

    Goonica ???

  • Karen Brady

    When I was younger and dumber and thought I was SLICK, I owed too. IRS caught up to that azz!

  • Karen Brady

    !!!!!!!!!!!!"They think anybody over 30 is old"

  • Karen Brady

    quadruple copper. *FAINTS* :-)))

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I've always said antics like this is what kept Monica a regional artist at best. When she let Jermaine Dupri produce a song (i'm too hood for you) and release another one with Dem Franchise Boyz, I knew her career had hit its ceiling.

    This is so ridiculous. She played herself with this.

  • Karen Brady

    Funny you say this... they were almost interchangeable to me back when they came on the scene. I blame it on that "Boy is Mine" video lol..

  • Karen Brady

    lol

  • Karen Brady

    "Be careful w/the message you send & energy you put out". I live by this. I try hard to at least.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    yep, we big up you when you get outta prison, but a no call/no show when you graduate college. Look at us. Go awf, black people.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    shoot you.

  • Yup, I said it

    She trying to be classy and a Trap Queen at the same time. Those two things are an oxymoron. She needs to pick a lane and an audience. If she wanna be a singing Khia then stick with it, but don't turn around and try to be a Dianna Ross tommorrow.

  • Applebum

    This is dumb. Why they keep making remake of these classics? These black directors needs to start being more creative. They limit themselves to slave movies, gangster movies and ghetto hood movies. That’s it.

    Oh and that last fan comment sounds like a poster on here, caps and all. No shade ?

  • Wildcat34

    Yes, exactly....same movie. Monica has always reminded me of a goody girl who hangs with the rough crowd in hopes it rub off on her.

  • Applebum

    Facts. They’re all down. Even the low level celebs...D-listers. Celebs you would never guessed, the ones you have never seen throw up any signs are down. Even the reality stars are down. Monice Slaughter is down. I found that out 2 years ago. I was like wowwwww. You can’t be on tv if you’re not down.

  • Yup, I said it

    And baby showers for the people,whose lives are in shambles. I bet Sharina (Wendy Williams) had the biggest baby shower ever. Probably flew all her country ass relatives in on a private jet and rented out the Ritz Carlton as the venue.

  • Yup, I said it

    Then she got the nerve to sign up to perform at women's empowerment every year.

  • Tlowe89

    Her hair is not flattering to her face shape

  • Chocolate Bliss

    It's because no matter what she does, or what look she changes herself for. She's just boring! The only songs I love by her are Don't Take It Personal, and Why I Love You So Much. People don't realize that she really is hood. Her trying to be sanctified is an act.

  • Vegas1989

    Well as long as you paid them and DO stuff the right way, you should be good.

  • Let them eat cake

    it's just sad. just like you're a loser if you make good grades...we're the only culture that does that. So sad!!!

  • Let them eat cake

    lol both...but cutting takes more guts imo.

  • Chicagowise

    What responsible parent hasn't posed for a mugshot? ?

  • Thanos of Titan

    This literally happened to me.

    I graduated from college and got a few hallmark cards from the family.

    My brother got released from prison and got money, clothes, and a coming home celebration.

  • OvertheMississippi

    For what? We all know Brit’s story.

  • Frank Blunt

    A practicing mortician

  • MistaO

    Jail culture, wh ore culture, thug culture, thot culture, all of it su cks monkey balls. I'm sick of ALL of it and flat out ignore and stay away from idiots who subscribe and support it.. A lot of these people north of 30 and still idiots. Embarrassing.

  • Frank Blunt

    Maybe Lela Rochon in Harlem Nights as Sunshine. Just enough good girl sexy.

  • LYRICS

    Right!

  • imright

    u could tell the marriage was over long ago....she doesnt post (about)him,last season she said he was “away working”? &Ms thang stays wit a shady caption on IG?

  • Ms. Cree

    I hate it. She’s usually on point.

  • SG

    **yawn** you’re coming back to music after a hiatus and this is the best that you’ve got?

  • parisjok

    the songs she did with Cole and Brandy are awesome and classic for your information. both are badass

  • Tee Tee

    Same tour I went to and I was like "Is she going through something?"
    I had to leave that energy right there, I wasn't taking that home with me no ma'am

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I was talking to a friend about this. Rappers with millions of Instagram "followers" can't sell 10,000 albums because social media users are mostly children and teenagers.

  • smartchickfl

    ?...they'll never learn though?.

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