Grapevine: Mo’Nique charges Netflix with discrimination

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News


Comedian and actor Mo’Nique is angry over a low-ball Netflix offer.

Mo’Nique calls out Netflix

Citing discrimination, “Precious” star Mo’Nique encourages fans to boycott the streaming service Netflix. The Oscar winner, 50, said in an Instagram video that she was offered $500,000 for a comedy special, while Amy Schumer and Dave Chappelle got $13 million and $20 million respectively. Netflix execs reportedly told Mo’Nique “Well, we believe that’s what Mo’Nique would bring,” according to Page Six. Netflix has a Mo’Nique special currently airing called “I Coulda Been Your Cellmate.”

Singer Tom Petty died of overdose, his family says

Legendary singer-songwriter Tom Petty died on Oct. 2, 2017, from “an accidental drug overdose” due to taking several medications to combat pain, his family has said on Facebook. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed a copy of the Los Angeles coroner’s report and confirmed that Petty’s death was the result of the accidental mixing of several drugs. The family writes in the post that Petty had been suffering from pain from emphysema, knee problems and a badly fractured hip, which he had been recuperating from while still on tour. On the day he died, his hip had become a “full on break,” the family says. “It is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication,” they write.

When Petty died in October, it was reported that he had suffered a cardiac arrest shortly before death. According to the Los Angeles coroner, “Multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity” was the cause of death. “As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives,” the family wrote in their statement.

Kimye’s new baby has a name

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s bouncing new baby girl will be named Chicago, the proud mother announced on her website Friday. No explanation given, but notes Daddy Kanye grew up in Chicago.


Saturday’s birthdays

Ciara Hanna, 27

Gary Barlow, 47

Tom Baker, 84