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By Michael Sragow | michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 13, 2009
Describing how her character brutalizes her daughter in "Precious" and at one point endangers the life of her infant grandson, Mo'Nique says, "That was rough for me. But the moment the director says 'cut,' you leave it right on the floor." In this break-out year for the popular Baltimore County-born comedian and instant BET talk-show star, Mo'Nique's fearlessness in the movie, as well as her professional equilibrium, should make her a sought-after dramatic actress - and maybe an Academy Award nominee, along with her surprising co-stars, pop diva Mariah Carey (as a social worker)
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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2010
Ngo Okafor has posed with supermodels like Gisele B√ľndchen. His face has been plastered all over New York City in an Under Armour ad campaign. But it wasn't until this fall when actor and talk-show host Mo'Nique gushed on-air about his calendar that the 35-year-old got a real taste of stardom. "After that appearance, I got a lot of double takes," he said this week from his parent's Salisbury home. "People in my building would stop me. When I went to auditions, the security guards who ignored me before said, 'Oh, I now know who you are.'" For the past decade, Okafor has gradually become a force in the modeling world.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 8, 2010
In her most memorable line from "Precious," Mo'Nique's character plaintively asks, "Who is going to love me?" But that's a question the Baltimore County-born actress may never have to ask again, not after receiving a standing ovation for winning the best supporting actress Oscar at Sunday night's 82nd annual Academy Awards. "God bless us all," said the composed, but clearly emotional, actress, whose star turn in "Precious" has garnered widespread, critically acclaim and numerous awards.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 8, 2010
In her most memorable line from "Precious," Mo'Nique's character plaintively asks, "Who is going to love me?" But that's a question the Baltimore County-born actress may never have to ask again, not after receiving a standing ovation for winning the best supporting actress Oscar at Sunday night's 82nd annual Academy Awards. "God bless us all," said the composed, but clearly emotional, actress, whose star turn in "Precious" has garnered widespread, critically acclaim and numerous awards.
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By Betsy Sharkey and Tribune Newspapers | February 5, 2010
"Everything is up on the screen." That's Mo'Nique, explaining why she hasn't decamped to Hollywood to woo those who hold her Oscar dreams, whatever they might be, in their hands. How audacious of her. How refreshing. Though the award gods have been thundering in anger for weeks now, she has won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award; and on Tuesday, she picked up an Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her performance in "Precious" despite her unwillingness to wade into the fray.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 17, 2010
With her best-supporting actress win at last night's Golden Globe Awards, Mo'Nique has emerged as the solid favorite to win the Oscar. And her tearful and heartfelt acceptance speech dispelled any notion that the Baltimore County-born actress didn't much care for Hollywood awards. Mo'Nique earned the Golden Globe for playing Mary Jones, a monstrous, abusive welfare mother with a disarming moment of clarity in the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire." A moved Mo'Nique, who until the movie was released in November was known more for her stand-up comedy and BET talk show than for her acting chops, received a prolonged ovation from an audience composed largely of her acting peers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | March 8, 2010
- In her most memorable line from "Precious," Mo'Nique's character plaintively asks, "Who is going to love me?" But that's a question the Baltimore County-born actress may never have to ask again, not after receiving a standing ovation for winning the best supporting actress Oscar at Sunday night's 82nd annual Academy Awards. "God bless us all," said the composed, but clearly emotional, actress, whose star turn in "Precious" has garnered widespread, critical acclaim and numerous awards.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 16, 2009
The only thing standing between Mo'Nique and awards-season glory could be Mo'Nique herself. Portraying a monstrously abusive mom with a shockingly disarming moment of clarity, Mo'Nique has certainly given an award-worthy performance in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." Any doubt of that was erased Tuesday morning, when the Baltimore County native and BET talk-show host landed a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. She's already been named the year's top supporting actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | July 13, 2006
On the surface, being a correctional officer at a Maryland prison seemed like the perfect job for Tiffany Jones. She was tall for a woman, 5 feet 8 inches, and weighed a formidable 245 pounds. Most of all, this Bronx-born Baltimorean ... Took. No. Mess. On TV Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance will air Saturday at 8 p.m. on Oxygen. Encores are at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun reporter | February 8, 2008
Mo'Nique doesn't pull any punches. Whether it's with her stand-up routine, in her previous on-screen roles or in a fight sequence between her character and Martin Lawrence's in the new film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, it's evident that the Woodlawn native sometimes hits too close for comfort. On the set of her new film, Lawrence had to warn her about her rampant punches. "I told him I was sorry!" she says. "But I told them ... I ain't no stunt person!" It was Mo'Nique's ability to play such abrasive and assertive roles in the past that made director Malcolm D. Lee write the role of Betty Jenkins - the sassy and promiscuous sister of the title character - specifically for her. But off the set and sitting in the WJZ-TV studios during a recent interview, Mo'Nique, 40, paints a very different picture of herself.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | March 8, 2010
- In her most memorable line from "Precious," Mo'Nique's character plaintively asks, "Who is going to love me?" But that's a question the Baltimore County-born actress may never have to ask again, not after receiving a standing ovation for winning the best supporting actress Oscar at Sunday night's 82nd annual Academy Awards. "God bless us all," said the composed, but clearly emotional, actress, whose star turn in "Precious" has garnered widespread, critical acclaim and numerous awards.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 5, 2010
Monique Imes was never one to shun the spotlight. That was true back in the day, when she was just a little girl growing up in Baltimore County. And it's even more true today, now that she's become famous as Mo'Nique, BET talk-show host and Oscar-nominated actress. "Oh yeah, I was maybe four, and I just liked to shake myself in front of everybody," Mo'Nique, 42, recalls with a laugh, just minutes before heading into an Atlanta television studio to tape an episode of her nightly talk show.
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By Betsy Sharkey and Tribune Newspapers | February 5, 2010
"Everything is up on the screen." That's Mo'Nique, explaining why she hasn't decamped to Hollywood to woo those who hold her Oscar dreams, whatever they might be, in their hands. How audacious of her. How refreshing. Though the award gods have been thundering in anger for weeks now, she has won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award; and on Tuesday, she picked up an Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her performance in "Precious" despite her unwillingness to wade into the fray.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | January 18, 2010
With her best-supporting actress win at last night's Golden Globe Awards, Mo'Nique has emerged as the solid favorite to win the Oscar. And her tearful and heartfelt acceptance speech dispelled any notion that the Baltimore County-born actress didn't much care for Hollywood awards. Mo'Nique earned the Golden Globe for playing Mary Jones, a monstrous, abusive welfare mother with a disarming moment of clarity in the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire." Clearly moved, Mo'Nique, who until the movie was released in November was known more for her stand-up comedy and BET talk show than for her acting chops, received a prolonged ovation from an audience composed largely of her acting peers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | January 18, 2010
With her best-supporting actress win at last night's Golden Globe Awards, Mo'Nique has emerged as the solid favorite to win the Oscar. And her tearful and heartfelt acceptance speech dispelled any notion that the Baltimore County-born actress didn't much care for Hollywood awards. Mo'Nique earned the Golden Globe for playing Mary Jones, a monstrous, abusive welfare mother with a disarming moment of clarity in the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire." Clearly moved, Mo'Nique, who until the movie was released in November was known more for her stand-up comedy and BET talk show than for her acting chops, received a prolonged ovation from an audience composed largely of her acting peers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 17, 2010
With her best-supporting actress win at last night's Golden Globe Awards, Mo'Nique has emerged as the solid favorite to win the Oscar. And her tearful and heartfelt acceptance speech dispelled any notion that the Baltimore County-born actress didn't much care for Hollywood awards. Mo'Nique earned the Golden Globe for playing Mary Jones, a monstrous, abusive welfare mother with a disarming moment of clarity in the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire." A moved Mo'Nique, who until the movie was released in November was known more for her stand-up comedy and BET talk show than for her acting chops, received a prolonged ovation from an audience composed largely of her acting peers.
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By Sandra Crockett and Sandra Crockett,Sun Staff Writer | November 19, 1994
She's already reached "no last name needed" status among many Baltimore-area black professionals. And she's getting hotter by the week.There are the sold-out performances at her downtown Baltimore comedy club with folks returning again and again. Then there's the morning radio show. Listeners frequently call in just to tell the co-host: "Girl, you crazy!"Last Saturday, she appeared on "Showtime at the Apollo," conquering the tough audience. In January, she's flying to Los Angeles to audition for a comedy pilot.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | January 18, 2010
With her best-supporting actress win at last night's Golden Globe Awards, Mo'Nique has emerged as the solid favorite to win the Oscar. And her tearful and heartfelt acceptance speech dispelled any notion that the Baltimore County-born actress didn't much care for Hollywood awards. Mo'Nique earned the Golden Globe for playing Mary Jones, a monstrous, abusive welfare mother with a disarming moment of clarity in the movie "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire." Clearly moved, Mo'Nique, who until the movie was released in November was known more for her stand-up comedy and BET talk show than for her acting chops, received a prolonged ovation from an audience composed largely of her acting peers.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | December 16, 2009
The only thing standing between Mo'Nique and awards-season glory could be Mo'Nique herself. Portraying a monstrously abusive mom with a shockingly disarming moment of clarity, Mo'Nique has certainly given an award-worthy performance in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." Any doubt of that was erased Tuesday morning, when the Baltimore County native and BET talk-show host landed a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. She's already been named the year's top supporting actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.
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