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Netflix has assembled an all-star legal team to fight Mo'Nique's discrimination lawsuit, insisting their low ball offer to the Oscar-winning star for her comedy special was "fair" market compensation for her talent level.

In legal papers obtained by TMZ, the Precious star accused Netflix bosses of offering white comedienne Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special, while offering Mo'Nique, who is Black, only $500,000 for a similar stand up comedy special.

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The 51-year-old comedienne and mother of three turned down the offer and called on fans to boycott Netflix.

She followed through on her promise to take legal action against the streaming giant by filing a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Responding to the lawsuit on Friday, a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement:

"We care deeply about inclusion, [equality], and diversity and take any accusations of discrimination very seriously. We believe our opening offer to Mo'Nique was fair - which is why we will be fighting this lawsuit."

The Precious star announced the lawsuit in a post on on Thursday.

"Hey My Loves — I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don't have any further comment this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."

Mo'Nique also had beef with industry gurus Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels for allegedly blackballing her after she declined to go on a promotional tour for a film project.

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Comedienne Mo'Nique has followed through on her promise to sue Netflix bosses, accusing them of discrimination and violating her rights to equal pay for equal services.

The Oscar-winning actress filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, Nov. 14. In court papers obtained by TMZ, Mo'Nique, 51, is suing Netflix for reportedly offering comedienne Amy Schumer $11 million for an hour-long stand-up special, while only offering Mo'Nique $500,000 for a similar stand-up comedy special.

Mo'Nique declined the lowball offer and called on her social media followers to boycott the online streaming giant.

The Precious star announced the lawsuit in a post on on Thursday.

"Hey My Loves — I can confirm that today I filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against Netflix. I had a choice to make: I could accept what I felt was pay discrimination or I could stand up for those who came before me and those who will come after me. I chose to stand up. I don't have any further comment this time, but I appreciate all of your support and love."

Mo'Nique also had beef with industry gurus Oprah, Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels for allegedly blackballing her after she declined to go on a promotional tour for a film project.

Whoopi Goldberg and MoNique

Mo'Nique's career isn't dead in the water. The comedian and actress visited ABC's The View on Thursday to explain why she called for a Netflix boycott. The 50-year-old actress accused Netflix of racial and gender bias after she was offered millions less than her comedic counterparts.

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Monique and Sidney Hicks

Bitter comedian and actress Mo'Nique is still on the warpath after asking her social media followers to boycott Netflix for offering her $500,000 to perform her standup comedy routine in a TV special.

Mo'Nique accused the online streaming giant of gender and race discrimination. She argued that other comics such as Chris Tucker and Amy Schumer were offered millions for their Netflix specials.

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Amy Schumer

Mo'Nique continues her public dispute with Netflix over pay disparities and gender and race inequality. Over the weekend, the 50-year-old comedienne called for a boycott of the online streaming giant after she claims she was offered $500,000 for a standup comedy special -- a fraction of what Netflix pays comedians such as actress Amy Schumer (who is not funny at all) and Chris Rock.

Comedienne Wanda Sykes also criticized Netflix for paying her pennies compared to what men and Caucasian comics receive.

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Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union attended the Westwood premiere of Universal Picture's 'Almost Christmas' in Westwood, California. The 44-year-old actress wore a beige off-shoulder, double breasted tuxedo dress from Dion Lee's spring/summer 2017 collection. She accessorized her nifty outfit with every diamond ring her husband Dwyane Wade every gave her.

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Keri Hilson, Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique

Atlanta's glitterati turned out for the private screening of Will Packers' holiday movie Almost Christmas held at Atlantic Station on Wednesday.

Pictured above are singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, left, with Gabrielle Union and Mo'Nique.

The movie is about a dysfunctional family that gathers together for their first Thanksgiving since their mother died. Almost Christmas stars Gabrielle Union, Mo'Nique, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Nicole Ari Parker, Kimberly Elise, Jessie T. Usher, and comedian D. C. Young Fly.

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Monique Lee Daniels

Openly gay director Lee Daniels is quickly becoming the most hated gay in Hollywood.

In a profance video posted to his Instagram page yesterday, Daniels lashed out at the Television Academy for snubbing his hit Fox musical soap opera 'Empire'.

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Kanye West gets help from NYC paps to find his car

Music magnate Kanye West, right, historically has a love/hate relationship with the paparazzi. But on this particular night, the paparazzi are Kanye's friends for helping him to find his car after dining with wife Kim Kardashian and her friends at The Polo Bar in NYC.
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According to Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal's Radio & TV Talk Blog, the Mo'Nique Show has been canceled. That's too bad. We never got the chance to watch it...

Earlier today, I heard that “The Mo’Nique Show” had been axed. I had sent an email out to various BET publicists to ask what was up. No word back.

At about 1:30 p.m., I called Rodney Perry, who was Mo’Nique’s sidekick on the show. He said he was running into a meeting and didn’t answer my question. While I was at lunch over at the mall court, at 1:40 p.m. EST, he texted me: “I was told indefinite hiatus.”

That’s a euphemism for canceled.

In an interview I did at 2:40 p.m., the stand-up comic said he enjoyed the experience working with Mo’Nique. “I’m selling out shows now,” he said. “That’s a win.” He heard the news from Mo’Nique’s husband but hasn’t spoken to the Oscar-winning actress yet. (He wouldn’t say when he knew about this, implying he has known for awhile.)

Actress Gabourey Sidibe, right, sat with her new boyfriend courtside during the New Jersey Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks game on Saturday (Jan. 8) in Newark, N.J.

Awww, she looks so smitten with him (or is that a her?)

The 27-year-old actress is still in high demand months after her critically acclaimed starring role in the award winning film, Precious. Gabby, who was bullied relentlessly by her on-screen mother, Mo'Nique, will play a bully herself in her next film, Yelling to the Sky, starring Zoe Kravitz.

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Kim Kardashian looks fierce while walking on the streets of NYC yesterday.

Comedienne and TV host Mo'Nique lands in Washington DC for the human rights campaign wearing a shirt which reads Mo' Love.

Troubled singer chris brown hung out with rapper Nelly in front of their hotel in New York City Saturday afternoon (Oct. 9).

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Comedienne and Academy Award-winning actress Mo'Nique posed with a pair of 3-D glasses as she prepared to visit "Captain EO" on the film's grand re-opening day at Epcot Center in Lake Buena Vista, Fla today. The musical 3-D film, which stars Michael Jackson, was presented at Epcot from 1986-1994. After a long hiatus, the space adventure film re-opened July 2 at the Walt Disney World Resort theme park. Mo'Nique, who received an Academy Award for her role in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," also was among the 135 artists, performers and executives invited on June 25, 2010 to join the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (Gene Duncan, photographer)  Photos: Splash News Online

Thanks to K A C, Images and U, LLC for this behind the scene outtake of Trina and Gucci Mane's URBAN INK magazine cover shoot. The issue Aug/Sept issue is slated to drop next month. The theme is "DIAMOND AND GUCCI."  Kodak Boi/

Speaking of Gucci Mane, many of my readers emailed me the link to a video of rapper Gucci Mane punching a female rapper in a nightclub. Judging from the video (which you can view after the break), you can see that the female rapper walked away without a scratch on her face.

We can't say the same about Rihanna whose bloody and battered face in a police evidence photo made her the poster girl for domestic abuse.

The video is after the break. The actions starts around the 1:55 sec. mark.

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A loyal reader writes:

Are you sure they are getting married. Why is Hoopz being spotted all over the place with him. Monique show & here what's really good?

So everyone is talking about T.I.'s apparent renewed interest in the reality TV skank star Hoopz since he got out of prison. It seems that T.I. and Hoopz have been seen together (even when he's with Tiny). Such as her appearance in the front row at the Mo'Nique show where T.I. was a guest. And last week, Hoopz was at Hush nightclub where T.I. performed.

You already know how T.I. and Tiny get down. So this should come as no surprise to any of you. I've said this repeatedly on my blog: that a powerful man is always going to have his jump off on the side. But Tiny will always be T.I.'s main lady and his side pieces know that. T.I. has already said that he's not leaving Tiny. The two are expected to tie the knot at a private ceremony later this month. But that doesn't mean that there won't be other women -- and Tiny knows that.

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Oscar winning actress and comedienne Mo'Nique is not very happy with talk show maven Oprah Winfrey right now. As you know, Mo'Nique's brother Gerald Imes appeared on Oprah's show on Monday where he recalled molesting his younger sister when he was a teenager.

Siblings molesting each other is nothing new to the black community. For most black families it's a shameless secret that no one wishes to discuss publicly. Rarely does the police or social services get involved since the acts of incest often go unreported until the young victims confide in outsiders.

When I worked as a nurse at a juvenile facility, roughly 50% of the detainees there were incarcerated for molesting their younger sisters and brothers.

But according to, Mo'Nique denies the molestation ever ocurred -- at least not the way her brother recalls it.

Winfrey - who also suffered sexual abuse - wanted to make sure that the Precious star fully understood what her estranged brother would say after he originally approached her to appear on the show. On the show - which aired on Monday - Imes confirmed that the molestation continued for a year or two, starting when he was 13 and Mo'Nique was 7 or 8.
But Mo'Nique believes her brother lied on the show and didn't convey the full extent of what he did to her. As a result, her relationship with her brother and her parents, who also appeared on the show, is worse than ever.

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The other day when sometime model Amber Rose was in Atlanta, a BET rep reached out to her people with an offer to pay her hotel and expenses for an additional day if she would commit to going on Oscar winner Mo'Nique's talk show.

From what I was told, the response from Amber's rep was a terse, "no, thank you. She doesn't do interviews." The BET rep reminded her people that in order for Amber to be considered a celebrity (pseudo or otherwise), she should appear on Mo'Nique's talk show so the people could at least hear what she sounds like. Particularly in light of the fact that Amber's looks alone isn't pulling patrons into the clubs where she's paid $5,000 a pop for 30 minutes to an hour.

A local club promoter who I spoke with said he barely recouped the cash he laid out for plane tickets and hotel rooms for Amber and her small entourage of lesbuns and her brother.

But again, Amber's people politely declined the invitation for her to appear on Mo's show.

I'm told Amber also turned down an interview request from TV talk show Diva Wendy Williams, who had actor Lance Gross on her show yesterday. Which proves that the pool of available (real) celebrities to interview is a very shallow one if you're not paying them to sit on your sofa.

But I would like to believe that the reason Amber turned down Mo'Nique and Wendy's requests for an interview, is not because she's greedy for money or anything like that. But because Amber knows the limitations of her (no talent) fame. She knows that if she goes on those shows and opens her mouth she will remove all doubt that she's nothing more than an airhead and an opportunistic, professional beard to troubled rapper Kanye West.

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Comedian turned TV talk show host Mo'Nique became only the fourth black woman in history to win a coveted Oscar award last night during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held in Hollywood. The other 3 actresses to win Academy awards are Hattie McDaniel (the first black male or female to win an Oscar), Whoopi Goldberg, Halle Berry and Jennifer Hudson.

Mo'Nique, who won for her searing dramatic portrayal of an abusive welfare mother in 'Precious', also became the first stand up comedienne to win an Oscar. After a rumored falling out with down low director Lee Daniels, Mo'Nique, 42, refused to help promote the film last year leading to speculation that she wanted to be paid to promote the film along with co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Mariah Carey.

Some say it may have been Daniels diva attitude and egomania that cost him the Oscar. Backstage at the Indie Awards on Friday, Daniels said, "We've won already," when asked about his Oscar chances.

Mo'Nique's deliberate omission of Daniels' name in her acceptance speech drew this side eye glance from veteran actor Samuel Jackson which lit up last night and became a trending topic.

Sadly, Sidibe, 26, failed in her bid to become the youngest Oscar winner in the Best Actress category for her leading role in 'Precious'. It just wasn't her time as she lost to Sandra Bullock who took home the trophy for her heartfelt performance in the tearjerker 'The Blind Side.'

Bullock also won a Razzie for the same performance, and made history by becoming the first actress to win both the Razzie and an Oscar on the same weekend.

Surprisingly, a movie that nobody saw, 'The Hurt Locker' upset 'Avatar' for the Best Picture Oscar. In what will certainly be viewed as a snub to the legendary director, James cameron -- his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, won the Oscar for best director. Cameron, who sat behind Bigelow, said, "Yes, yes" and gave her a standing ovation as she accepted her first ever Oscar.

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'Precious' star Mo'Nique didn't let the weather rain on her parade at the 67th Golden Globes 2010 last night in Hollywood. Mo'Nique took home the first Golden Globe statuette presented for her portrayal as a sadistic, abusive mother.

As most of you know, Mo'Nique caught flack for refusing to help promote the film and being a no-show at awards ceremonies last year.

But on Friday, things didn't go so well for Mo'Nique. While backstage after accepting her Critics Choice Award for Best supporting actress, one reporter grilled Mo'Nique and pressed her to explain why she snubbed the movie's promotional events.

Rather than rip the newshound apart with her razor sharp tongue, Mo'Nique stood back and allowed her husband to handle him.

Mo'Nique called her husband Sidney Hicks to the press room stage to answer the question on her behalf.

He calmly told the media, "She's the first woman of African-American descent to ever have a late-night TV show, she's also a comedienne... In conjunction with that, she's a mother, she's also a wife.
"She hasn't been at all of them, but she has been at some... She'd rather portray a bad mother in the movies than actually be one in real life."

That's a beautiful thing! The mainstream media got a rare opportunity to see a black man standing by his wife's side and defending her the way a husband should.


According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Maureen Allaben, the spunky set stylist for comedian Mo'Nique's talk show was killed by her husband who stuffed her body in the trunk of his vehicle and drove around with it for 2 days.

After killing his wife, Dennis Allaben drove from the couple’s home in Tucker to Virginia and told his relatives there on Monday about the murder. Allaben dropped off the couple's two children at the relatives home before returning to the Atlanta area. It isn't clear if the children were aware their mother's body was in the trunk.

The AJC reports that Allaben walked into the Clayton County Police Headquarters on Tuesday and turned himself in.

“He just showed up at [Clayton County] police headquarters and said he’d killed his wife,” Police Chief William O’Brien said.

Police recovered 43-year-old Maureen Allaben’s body, which had been wrapped up, from her husband’s blue Ford pickup. Dennis Allaben, 46, who tested underground storage tanks, is now in custody at the DeKalb jail and charged with murder.