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Mo’nique has proven she does not shy away from tackling controversial roles including the abusive mother she played in the 2009 film “Precious” that helped her score an Oscar, but now she is looking to spark dialogue as the God fearing mother of a gay Christian son in the film “Blackbird.”

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The film, executive produced by actress Mo’nique Hicks and her husband Sidney Hicks, may present a dichotomy for some Christian viewers with an opening scene that centers around main character Randy Rousseau dreaming about an intimate encounter with another young man in while they sing “Lord I want to be like Jesus in my heart.” Some of the scenes in the movie are brazen, exploring the intimate thoughts of a young man battling with his sexuality in between using Biblical scriptures to find resolve through prayer.

Randy’s mother Claire Rousseau, is not accepting of her son’s sexual orientation and also deals with a broken marriage along with the emotional distress that comes along with being unable to accept that her daughter has gone missing at a young age. Aside from executive producing the film, Mo’nique proves she is far removed from the label of comedian as she explores the varied emotions of Claire.

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