Read Monique's latest 'black-ish' recap at EW.com

If you missed this week’s black-ish episode, “The Gift of Hunger,” I’ve recapped it for Entertainment Weekly!

In this episode, Andre and Rainbow decide it’s time to teach their kids the value of a dollar. But are their kids actually “spoiled” like Andre believes, or are they just “comfortable”?

After his kids (and Rainbow) bail on him at the Beef Plantation, Andre comes to the not-so-reasonable conclusion that his kids are spoiled. Or, maybe it’s not so unreasonable—it is Andre and Rainbow’s combined income and their desire to give their kids more than what they had growing up. That leads to maybe not spoiled kids, but comfortable kids. Most of us are “comfortable” nowadays. Just like many of your parents out there, my dad also made sure my siblings and I had more than he had growing up, even leading him to give us comically sized portions for dinner. I just wrote I don’t like buffets. I’m clearly a “comfortable” person who can relate to these kids.

Read the rest at EW.com!

"Black Twitter" Drags Lifetime's Aaliyah Movie

I did not see Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie, produced by Wendy Williams, who took up the helm after Zendaya left the project and it seemed like Lifetime was going to shelve the project. It would seem that she should have let the project die its natural death, since the end result was hundreds and thousands of fans rallying up as one to denounce the film and Lifetime’s casting choices of Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Timbaland, R. Kelly and others.

"Sleepy Hollow": The fandom strikes back (+ what we've learned)

What a time the Sleepy Hollow fandom has had. I’ve got to say, speaking honestly, I’m pooped.

If you’ve not followed everything concerning social media and Sleepy Hollow, I’m afraid I’m not going to fill you in myself. Instead, I’ll let TV Juriste, Salon and Entertainment Weekly fill it in for you. Basically, people have just about had it with Sleepy Hollow‘s first quarter of the second season.

Miss "Almost Human"? Read my EW.com interview with Michael Ealy

The campaign to get FOX’s beloved futuristic buddy-cop series Almost Human is still underway and the fans behind it are just as fired up as they’ve been when the sad news of the show’s cancellation came in the spring. If you’re a fan and you’ve felt awful about not seeing Dorian and Kennex yuck it up in the car and solve next-level crimes, read my interview with Michael Ealy at Entertainment Weekly!

Here’s a snippet from the interview,, originally published Jul. 24:

Interview: “Addicted” Co-Screenwriter Christina Welsh

This interview was originally posted in September on whatwouldmoniquedo.com, which is now closed. It was subsequently posted on COLOR’s Tumblr page. 

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Christina Welsh is no stranger to the world of celebrities and film. But instead of covering Hollywood as a journalist, she’s getting ready for the premiere of Addicted, derived from Zane’s popular book of the same name. Welsh has turned in her microphone to focus on screenwriting full time, and now the screenplay, which features both Welsh and Ernie Barbarash with writing credits, will bring Zane’s book to life on the big screen.

Ashley’s Recipes: Pork Tacos

My sister Ashley is renowned in her circle of friends as being one of the best cooks ever. Since she now has quite the collection of self-created and tested recipes under her belt, she’s ready to share them with other cooking enthusiasts.

Over the course of this week, Ashley will feature three recipes that you can pair together to have a complete Mexican-inspired dinner! I’ve eaten the results of these recipes, and I can tell you that they are delicious.

The first Mexican-inspired recipe this week is for pork tacos. The recipe for Cilantro Lime Coconut Rice (pictured with the tacos) is coming later this week.

"Sleepy Hollow" recap: "Heartless"

The name of this Sleepy Hollow episode, “Heartless,” kept reminding me of the Kanye West song of the same name. But guess what? The song is quite apt to this episode. If we apply the song to the episode and not to the woman Kanye West was engaged to at the time, the woman who’s described as “so heartless” in the song could represent either the succubus cheekily named Lilith or, surprise surprise, Katrina Crane.

"Sleepy Hollow": Three Women who Define Katrina's Characterization

I’ve long supported my theory that Katrina is evil. Well, not just evil, but a more complicated version of evil. I wrote this long theory a while ago when I still had my old website, Moniqueblog.net. I’d reposted it on my new Tumblr page, but after the ending of “Heartless,” it would appear my theory is turning out to be truer and truer by the episode. That theory is that Katrina falls somewhere in between the characterizations of Ishtar, the Whore of Babylon, and the Woman of the Apocalypse.

Here’s what I originally wrote: