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Comedienne and Academy Award winner, Mo’Nique may very well be having the “Best Day Ever.” Yesterday, she won a major victory when a federal court judge ruled that she “plausibly” alleged Netflix illegally retaliated when she rejected a “lowball” offer to do a comedy special.

As you recall Mo’Nique filed a lawsuit against Netflix alleging race and gender discrimination back in 2018.

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Mo’Nique is suing Netflix for what she is calling race and sex discrimination in its offer for a proposed comedy special.

The decision in the Central District court in California means Monique Hicks’ (her real name) lawsuit can go forward and Netflix’s attempt to get it dismissed was denied.

The decision, by U.S District Judge Andre Birotte Jr., notes that Mo’Nique raised a “novel theory,” arguing that Netflix’s alleged failure to negotiate an “opening offer” in good faith, as is customary in the industry, constitutes an “adverse employment action” for purposes of a retaliation claim.

“…Regardless of whether plaintiff will ultimately prevail on (her) claims, dismissing this case under Rule 12(b)(6) is not appropriate,” the judge said in his decision. “Plaintiff’s complaint may raise a novel issue, but that does not justify dismissing it at this stage.”

The comedian and actress, who won an Oscar for her supporting role in drama “Precious,” filed her lawsuit last year claiming Netflix offered her significantly less money for a comedy special in comparison to her fellow male and white comedians. 

In 2018, Netflix offered Mo’Nique $500,000 for a comedy special and refused to negotiate further, the lawsuit said, adding that the streaming service offered Amy Schumer “26 times more per show than Mo’Nique.”

“Despite Mo’Nique’s extensive résumé and documented history of comedic success, when Netflix presented her with an offer of employment for an exclusive stand-up comedy special, Netflix made a lowball offer that was only a fraction of what Netflix paid other (non-Black female) comedians,” the lawsuit argued.

We are happy for Mo’Nique and hope justice is served. Even if she is “overreacting,” there is still room for diversity and improvement at Netflix. We will keep you posted as this story unfolds.

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Just STOP! Terry Crews Makes Acronym for “C.O.O.N!”

Terry Crews has been embroiled in controversy thanks to his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement; likening it at times to promoting Black Supremacy.

In response, Black Twitter has released a number of parodies and memes on Terry Crews, some calling him an “Uncle Tom” and coon.

Terry Crews, in response to the controversy, has created his own–still offensive–acronym for coon in return, causing a new backlash from Black Twitter and proponents of Black Lives Matter.

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Terry Crews has been embroiled in controversy thanks to his comments about the Black Lives Matter movement; likening it at times to promoting Black Supremacy.

In response, Black Twitter has released a number of parodies and memes on Terry Crews, some calling him an “Uncle Tom” and coon.

Terry Crews, in response to the controversy, has created his own–still offensive–acronym for coon in return, causing a new backlash from Black Twitter and proponents of Black Lives Matter.

The tweet shown, below, has coon listed as “C.O.O.N.” or “Conquer Our Own Negativity.”

Black Twitter’s greatest comedians came for him almost immediately:

We have to say we are really disappointed with Terry. “Coon” is highly offensive word used as a racial slur against Black people. One of his fans, that he retweeted, said it best:

Terry Crews please do better or just be quiet. We would suggest he hire an excellent BLACK publicist. We can recommend a few (glances at nails).

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Draya Michele Allegedly Loses “Fenty x Savage” Endorsement Over Megan Thee Stallion Comments

They say put your money where your mouth is, but in Draya Michele’s cast her mouth might have just cost her millions in an endorsement with Rihanna’s lingerie line, “Fenty x Savage!” As you recall, Draya recently joked and made light of Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting by Tory Lanez, and this allegedly got her axed from the deal!

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They say put your money where your mouth is, but in Draya Michele’s cast her mouth might have just cost her millions in an endorsement with Rihanna’s lingerie line, “Fenty x Savage!” As you recall, Draya recently joked and made light of Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting by Tory Lanez, and this allegedly got her axed from the deal!

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Today, the internet speculated that Michele lost her Savage x Fenty endorsement in result of an internet blow up last week when the model made comments about Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez. ” I want you to like me so much you shoot me in the foot,” Michele jokingly said during an interview. This comment did not sit well with the internet as many jumped to Megan’s defense as well as the rapper tweeting her own personal response to Michele. “…Who tf jokes about getting shot…”

After Michele began to catch heat, she quickly apologized through social media, however this week, the consequences aren’t over. Earlier today, rumors began to fly on Twitter that the model has been dropped by Rihanna’s lingerie label Fenty x Savage. The sultry line has a stacked ambassador list including Megan Thee Stallion, which would ultimately serve as a conflict of interest.

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Naturally, Black Twitter pointed to her comments’ being the reason she was let go and followed suit via social media with their sleuthing.

Also, and naturally again, the internet has its own comedic responses to these allegations.

We feel Fenty made the right decision to part ways with Draya–if this happened–and her comments on Megan were the reason. Rihanna is the owner of this company and brand, and a domestic violence survivor herself. Nothing Draya Michele said was funny, especially when women are dying every day in domestic violence disputes–three daily on average!

We are sure Draya will get picked up by another brand soon, but this should teach her that some things do not deserve commentary and can be costly to her.

 

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Phaedra Parks Reports “Booming” Mortician Business Due to Coronavirus

Just because Phaedra Parks is no longer on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” does not mean she is without a check. In fact, the self-proclaimed “Southern Belle” from Athens, Georgia is reporting that her mortician business is “booming” thanks to amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Just because Phaedra Parks is no longer on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” does not mean she is without a check. In fact, the self-proclaimed “Southern Belle” from Athens, Georgia is reporting that her mortician business is “booming” thanks to amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Parks — the former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star who’s now on “Marriage Bootcamp” — is also a licensed funeral director and mortician, plus a top Atlanta lawyer, author and activist. She exclusively revealed on Wednesday to Page Six podcast “We Hear” of her mortuary biz: “Oh my gosh, it’s going great, didn’t you hear about that pandemic, girl? We are booming. Unfortunately. We have been jam-packed since the pandemic started.”

She said that she’s seen the devastation of the virus first-hand: “I’m not physician, however, I do have a mortuary and I’ll tell you this: Normally in the summer months, we’re waiting for a boating accident or a motorcycle crash, because otherwise, we’re pretty empty,” she said. “We are jam-packed. We are working like it’s our heaviest season, so… I tell people when they say, ‘It’s a joke, it’s not that big of a deal,’ well, let me put it to you in real terms, I’m getting 17 calls a day for pickups and that’s at one location. Last week, all of the people were under 59.”

This is quite the twist! We are glad to see Phaedra is thriving, but we hate to say it is thanks to victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still someone has to do something with these bodies and her Black owned business deserves to make all the money it can. After all Black Lives Matter even when they are dead?

What do you guys think? Would you ever use Phaedra Parks’ mortuary services for your own loved ones? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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