[caption id="attachment_878402" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Sheryl Lee Ralph - Photo Credit Jonell Whitt via Steed Media[/caption] My conversation with actress Sheryl Lee Ralph couldn't have taken place at a better time. Sheryl was one of the presenters at the 2016 McDonald's 365 Black Awards. It was on the gold carpet where we got a chance to catch up. My dialogue opened with asking Sheryl Lee Ralph to share her highlights from the recently aired TV One "Unsung" episode. Ralph explained the following:
When you do things like this it reminds you of things you don't want to remember and when you have to relive it again, it's very interesting. It actually inspired me. It inspired me so much that I reached out to Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holiday and told them we must get together and celebrate. So on July 10, we will be celebrating at the Ford Theater in Los Angeles celebrating Dream Girls 35. It's been 35 years ago that we were doing Dream Girls; I'm very excited about us reuniting for the occasion.I loved how she kept everything positive and she merely described what she had to remember as "interesting." It was no secret that during the Dream Girls run, she was dealing with a lot. Ralph and Jennifer Holiday were not getting along. Ralph had developed an eating disorder, which she came to grips with one day after she passed out during rehearsal. Immediately, her parents picked up Ralph from the theater, taking her to attend a health camp in upstate New York to get much needed rehabilitation. Ralph would return to Dream Girls to have to endure the death of the director Michael Bennett, who died from complications of HIV. The way everyone treated Bennett because of not being properly informed about HIV sparked Ralph to launch her Divas Simply Singing non profit organization. [caption id="attachment_878401" align="aligncenter" width="380"] Sheryl Lee Ralph - Photo Credit Jonell Whitt via Steed Media[/caption] This year marks the 25th year of the Divas Simply Singing fundraiser. It's the longest running HIV awareness fundraiser to date. Check out the video after the break and see why Sheryl Lee Ralph started off her interview by giving thanks to rolling out.
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Mo’Nique caused a media blitz last week when she claimed that hit filmmaker Lee Daniels recently told her that she’d been blackballed by Hollywood. Now, fellow actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is weighing in on the matter and showing her support for Mo’Nique. As previously reported, Mo’Nique opened up about being blackballed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying that part of the problem was that she didn’t campaign for her Oscar win for the Lee Daniels-directed Precious. “I got a phone call from Lee Daniels maybe six or seven months ago. And he said to me, ‘Mo'Nique, you've been blackballed.’ And I said, ‘I've been blackballed? Why have I been blackballed?’ And he said, ‘Because you didn't play the game.’ And I said, ‘Well, what game is that?’ And he gave me no response,” said Mo’Nique. Ralph addressed the news of Mo’Nique’s blackballing in a recent interview with “Access Hollywood Live” and explained that politics are just a part of Hollywood. However, she explained that the politics are different when it comes to women. “What’s interesting about that is, she didn’t campaign. I wonder, do you think that they would blackball Tom Hanks for not campaigning for a movie?” Ralph said. “The game is different for women." "We don’t know what was going on with that person," Ralph added. "She might have been in a state of her mind where she said, ‘I cannot go out there and do this with all these people without causing harm to myself.’ We don’t know what was going on in her mind.” Ralph continued to defend Mo’Nique against rumors that the actress is too difficult to work with. “A whole lot of actors are difficult. And there’s a whole lot of actors who are mean and terrible, but they work all the time,” Ralph said. “It goes back to who likes you, who wants to be in your kind of crazy company. Who wants to give you money in hopes they’ll get something back on the return on your madness. And sometimes you just need to shut up, sit there and look pretty. … But I think this is a setup for a comeback.” But that’s not all that Ralph had to say about the matter. Read her suggestion to Mo’Nique about how to stage a major comeback after the cut.
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