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Jada Pinkett Smith Supports Mo’Nique’s Netflix Boycott: ‘You Don’t Have to Like Her Approach’

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Jada Pinkett Smith attends The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Presents Broadening the Lens: Perspective on Diverse Storytelling panel at Buona Vita on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

Jada Pinkett Smith attends The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Presents Broadening the Lens: Perspective on Diverse Storytelling panel at Buona Vita on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah.

*Jada Pinkett Smith has come out in support of Mo’Nique in her attempt to launch a boycott against Netflix over alleged racial and gender pay inequality.

Mo’Nique has been calling on fans to curve Netflix after she said the streaming service offered her $500,000 for a new stand-up special while giving white comedian Amy Schumer $13 million.

Reaction to the Oscar winner’s crusade has been mixed, with some feeling she doesn’t have a realistic view of her comedic value.

Pinkett Smith has now entered the debate with a tweet of support for her fellow actress, saying you may not like the messenger, but her message of gender and racial pay disparity is real and must be discussed.

“You don’t have to like Mo’Nique’s approach. You don’t have to agree with her boycott but don’t allow all of that to make you blind to the fact that non-white women and impoverished white women are underpaid, underrepresented and undervalued EVERYWHERE by EVERYONE.”

She continued, “As a community, we should be supporting the light she is shining on this truth.”

In the video above, Mo’Nique hit up “Sway in the Morning” on Friday to provide more details about her contract negotiations with Netflix. She also called out Sheryl Underwood, Julie Chen, Adrienne Bailon and Kym Whitley for suggesting she apologize, alleging that their discouragement of her speaking out was akin to being complicit in rape.

“These are four women of color saying, ‘Mo’Nique needs to just let it go. Mo’Nique needs to be humble. Maybe if she apologizes, they’ll let her back in,’” she said. “I would ask those four women of color, ‘Did you ask any of those white women to apologize when they said they were violated by Harvey Weinstein? Did you ask any of them to be humble?’ Did you tell any of them, ‘If you speak too loud, it doesn’t mean you’re right?’”

Mo’Nique also reheated several old beefs, calling out folks she’d previously blasted for allegedly blackballing her.

“It’s affecting my livelihood. My family is hurting because these low offers keep coming in … When those four entities, Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry and Lionsgate, allowed that lie to go on and simply because I would not work for free,” she continued. “So when Lee Daniels said, ‘You gotta play the game,’ that has a lot of meanings to it. It means, ‘If I bend you over and rape you, you know not to talk because I can ruin your career … If I want you to be a slave and work for free, you know not to talk because I can ruin your career.’ ”

Watch her interview with Sway above.

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  1. Knutz

    January 24, 2018 at 6:26 am

    if she comparing her pay to amy schumer how is it gender bias ?

  2. poline walker (@PolineWalker)

    January 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    it’s official monique has gone mentally ill. someone call dr. phil,lol.

  3. Joi O.

    January 24, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Calling this woman “mentally ill” because she is asking for what she thinks she’s worth (just like Amy Schumer did) is ridiculous. I don’t wanna hear any complaints about Mo’Nique’s equal pay fight if yall didn’t criticize Michelle Williams (white actress) who spoke out about not getting paid the same amount of money for doing those reshoots as Mark Wahlberg. Were yall trying to talk money up outta Michelle’s pocket when she complained? No. So GTFOH. Every time there’s an issue with black women asking for what they’re worth, why the he|l are there always other black folk telling them how they need to be cowardly and take what they’re given instead of simply offering support? If you won’t offer support, say “Good luck with that, Ma” and keep it moving. If you take what’s given to you, then stay a coward and be comfortable in that role. But yall can miss me with this insatiable need to publicly undercut black women all the time. I really don’t give af what yall would have taken, or what you think she deserves. That’s not how negotiations work. Many people get paid way more than what they bring to the table. It’s a matter of having advocates (agents, lawyers, advisers, etc) behind you to make the deal. It’s like me coming on your job and undercutting you with your boss concerning your pay. Stop it. I don’t think Monique was ever asking for $20M. AND she has publicly said that Amy Schumer deserved her pay. She just wants what she’s worth TOO. The billion dollar company, Netflix, didn’t even offer her $1M. Add together the money Netflix offered both MoNique and Wanda Sykes: it doesn’t even equal $1M. That offer was foul and I have no problem with MoNique saying it. If you won’t boycott Netflix, email, call, or hit them up on social media about this.

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Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)

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*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.

Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.

He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)

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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’

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After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.

Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

This year has been a year like no other.  “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead.  Radio Programmers click here for adds.

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“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA.  Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita.  The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture.  “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms.  Click here to listen on Spotify.

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