Mo’Nique and Second Acts

“There are no second acts in American lives.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sunday Monique Imes-Jackson, aka Mo’Nique, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the film, Precious.  Her acceptance speech was the only part of the Academy Awards I watched, and only because my mom was clapping loudly from downstairs when she won.

I knew Mo’Nique had been nominated, that Precious by-and-large had been lauded, and that she was the front-runner; still, seeing Mo’Nique receiving her Oscar was inspiring.  More than a decade ago, when I first saw her on Moesha, and then the spin-off, The Parkers, Oscar winner was the last thing that would’ve come to mind.  Yet there she was Sunday.

The lesson for us all (her win being one example) is this: Through drive, talent, or luck (usually a combination of the three), second acts, third, fourth, and so on, ARE possible.  As long as you breathe and possess the will a new act CAN be written, and the world can be amazed.

Congratulations Mo’Nique!


p.s. Mo’Nique, I loved you in Beerfest!


2 Comments on “Mo’Nique and Second Acts”

  1. linda says:

    i love the notion that you can always turn things around. thanks for the reminder. sometimes i forget

  2. Alex says:

    Love the post – and love the use of the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote!

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