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Mo’Nique announces Netflix special


Mo’Nique is finally getting her Netflix special.

About a month after settling her lawsuit that accused the streaming giant of gender and racial discrimina­tion, the comedian and actor announced her Netflix special will arrive later this year.

“Hey y’all, it’s your girl Mo’Nique, and I’m so excited to share that

I’ll be shooting my first Netflix comedy special,” she said in a video posted through Netflix’s Twitter account. “And in case you didn’t hear, I’m also reuniting with my friend, my brother, director Lee Daniels on the Netflix film ‘The Deliveranc­e.’ You won’t want to miss either of them, so y’all stay tuned! And thank y’all my sweet babies. I love us for real.”

Additional details on the special weren’t released. “The Deliveranc­e” is set to feature Omar Epps, Andra Day and Caleb McLaughlin, among others.

Mo’Nique said Netflix offered her $500,000 in 2018 for a special but refused to negotiate after she felt the offer was low. In 2019, the actor sued Netflix and accused the streamer of systematic­ally underpayin­g Black women. In June, it was revealed that the two sides had settled the lawsuit and asked a court to dismiss the case. Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed.

Bieber to resume world tour:

Justin Bieber will resume his “Justice” world tour on July 31 after contractin­g a virus that left his face partially paralyzed, a representa­tive for the singer said Tuesday.

According to his website, the Grammy winner will return to the stage in Italy, before traveling to other locations in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. No North American tour dates are listed.

Last month, Bieber postponed his remaining North American tour dates after developing Ramsay Hunt syndrome — defined by the Mayo Clinic as a shingles outbreak that affects the nerve near one ear, causing one-sided paralysis and hearing loss.

Knight’s cause of death revealed:

The death of stand-up comedian Jak Knight has been ruled a suicide. Knight, whose given name is Jakim Maulana, starred in the Netflix animated series “Big Mouth” and the Peacock comedy “Bust Down.” The 28-year-old’s body was discovered at an embankment on July 14, according to an online record for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. The record had a gunshot wound to the head listed under the cause of death. The manner of death was listed as suicide.

On “Big Mouth,” Knight was the voice behind

the character Devon and served as a writer and producer. He co-created and starred in the comedy series “Bust Down.”

ACMs set for May 11: The Academy of Country Music Awards is heading to Texas next year as the show returns to exclusivel­y livestream­ing on Amazon Prime Video in 2023. The country music awards show will be held May 11 in Frisco. The ACM Awards made the streaming switch earlier this year after long being aired on CBS. The 2022 show was held in Las Vegas.

July 21 birthdays: Director Norman Jewison is 96. Singer Yusuf Islam is 74. Cartoonist Garry Trudeau is 74. Comedian Jon Lovitz is 65. Actor Matt Mulhern is 62. Actor Alysia Reiner is

52. Comedian Steve Byrne is 48. Actor Justin Bartha is

44. Actor Josh Hartnett is

44. Singer Damian Marley is 44. Actor Betty Gilpin is 36.

 ?? WILLY SANJUAN/INVISION 2016 ?? Mo’Nique is getting a Netflix comedy special. She settled a suit with the streamer in June.
WILLY SANJUAN/INVISION 2016 Mo’Nique is getting a Netflix comedy special. She settled a suit with the streamer in June.

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