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Monique & D Woods Star In “Blackbird”

It’s been four years since Monique won an Academy Award for her leading role in “Precious.” With plenty rest, a sleeker bod and same talent Monique gears up for “Blackbird”–a an adaptation of the 2006 Larry Duplechan novel about a young religious man who discovers his sexuality doesn’t fit traditional mold. Monique, who stars in “Blackbird”, and her husband Sidney Hicks are executive producers of the film.

“’Blackbird’ is a film about the choices people are forced to make as they struggle to figure out how to be themselves,” Hicks said. “And why should just being who you are be a struggle? Since Mo’Nique won the Oscar, we have received a flood of scripts, but nothing captured our attention until Isaiah — who we have a high level of respect for — sent us ‘Blackbird.’”

Terrell Tilford, Gary L. Gray, Kevin Allesee, Torrey Laamar, Nikki Jane and D. Woods (formerly of the group Danity Kane) also star in the film.

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