Mo’Nique on Why Black Hollywood Actors Shunned Gay-Themed ‘Blackbird’: ‘Everyone Was Afraid of It’ (The Wrap)

Blackbird star Julian Walker  RLJ Entertainment

Blackbird star Julian Walker
RLJ Entertainment

Mo’Nique is back starring and producing in an indie film Blackbird about a young gay, black man falling in love with another man. From The Wrap,

Five years after winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in “Precious,” Mo’Nique is returning to theaters in “Blackbird.”

The independent drama centers on a deeply religious high school student in a small Mississippi town, who struggles with the fact that he may be gay.

Mo’Nique plays the teen’s mother and also executive produced the film with her husband Sidney Hicks. She told TheWrap that director Patrik-Ian Polk cast Mississippi college student Julian Walker in the lead role because no top African-American talent in Los Angeles would sign on for the project.

“He’s just refreshing and he takes your breath away because he’s so brave and he didn’t know to be afraid… I used the same words for Gabourey Sidibe and I have the same feeling about ‘Precious’ and Gabourey Sidibe that I have about ‘Blackbird’ and Julian Walker.”

“The 100” actor Isaiah Washington co-stars along with Terrell Tilford and Kevin Allesee. Washington, Polk, Keith Brown and Carol Ann Shine produced the film.

Mo’Nique says the team behind the movie hopes it will change attitudes and encourage anyone struggling with their sexuality to be themselves.

“We just felt like it’s time to let people know it’s okay to live in your truth with no apologies.”

Read the full article on The Wrap.

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