Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who won ice hockey gold for Team USA in dramatic shootout fashion at PyeongChang 2018, have retired from the sport.
The twins, who are 31 years old, were part of three Olympic teams for the U.S., winning silver at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 before their golden heroics in PyeongChang.
Lamoureux-Morando scored in the third period of the PyeongChang final to tie the game against Canada; Lamoureux-Davidson was equally important in the triumph against Canada – she scored the winning goal in the shootout.
The former is currently pregnant and expecting a baby next month, which has factored in to the twins' retirement decision.
"Since we fell in love with this game together — since we experienced so much of what hockey had to give us, side by side," Lamoureux-Davidson wrote for The Players' Tribune, "it's right that we go out together."
USA women's hockey team win gold in sudden death overtime shootout
With less than a year to go to the Beijing 2022 Olympics, the schedule for Olympic hopefuls is ramping up.
"This year will be full of evaluations and camps," Lamoureux-Morando writes in the same Players' Tribune piece. "We know that our time experiencing all of that is over, and we are completely at peace with the decision.
"Now there is so much more for us to look forward to. Our lives have expanded outside the rink into motherhood and other areas where our passions have grown. Now is the right time to say goodbye."
Ice hockey tips: Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson's ice hockey workout
Fighting for more rights
Both women have been integral to the USA Hockey women's team over the last decade, not just as players but also as leaders.
The twins were key figures during the players' equal pay dispute with the governing organisation ahead of the 2017 World Championships, which led to the players calling a boycott before an agreement was reached.
"We felt as a group that if we didn’t take that step, things would never change," Lamoureux-Davidson explained.
"What the women who make up the USA Hockey program accomplished in the spring of 2017 is something that we should all be proud of forever. We dared to try to make history — and succeeded."
The contracts signed between the team and USA Hockey that year expire this April, and the twins want to make one last mark on women's ice hockey in the States.
"We're going to be involved in the (new contract) negotiations," Lamoureux-Morando told ESPN.
"Hopefully securing the next contact for the next group of players coming up will be our final stamp as players in the program."
Mo'Nique's 3 teenage sons are the spitting image of their mom in family photo
Actress Monique Hicks, best known as Mo’Nique, took to Instagram to share a photo of herself next to her three youngest children proving how similar they are.
In the black and white photo, the actress was wearing a shirt and a headband while posing next to her three “babies” in the woods. All of them looked very happy to be together as their faces showed nothing but love.
One of the most striking aspects of the picture was how similar they all looked like as they have the same eyes, nose, and smile. In the caption, the actress wrote: “My babies are becoming such amazing young men.”
As soon as she uploaded that photo, her fans and followers took to the comment section to share their thoughts.
One of them was Instagram user @lisha_shewon, who pointed out that the boys were handsome and that they loved how Mo’Nique keep them out of the spotlight so they could live a “normal” life.
MO’NIQUE'S ACTIVITY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Even though the actress has kept her fans and followers busy on Instagram and YouTube posting several videos addressing her weight-loss journey, her children are rarely portrayed there, which is why people got so surprised when Mo’Nique uploaded that photo.
HER ROMANTIC LIFE
The 50-years-old actress and comedian has been married twice. She welcomed son Shalon Jackson with her first husband, Mark Jackson, in 1990 and they also adopted son Mark Jackson Kr.
Later, she gave birth to twins Jonathan and David in 2003 with her husband of 12 years, Sidney Hicks. The photo shared by the actress portrayed Mark Jr. and the twins, as her relationship to Shalon is not as good as she would like.
ESTRANGED RELATIONSHIP WITH ONE OF HER SONS
As Celebritist previously reported, Mo’Nique revealed that she and her eldest child have a “very strained relationship” because, when he was younger, the actress was “chasing.”
HER WEIGHT LOSS
In the past months, Mo'Nique has been making headlines for how much pounds she has lost. She revealed in June that, for the first time in her adult life, she was weighing under 200 lbs.
Working out is one of the major things she has been doing to get as slim as she is at the moment, and she has been getting her children’s help for that.
One of the videos she has shared on Instagram portrayed her and Jonathan, one of her sons, dancing in front of the camera while urging people to go to her YouTube channel to check the entire routine.
The recording proved that Jonathan has very good dancing skills, just as his mother.
'Parkers' Actress Mo'Nique Poses with Her Twin Sons in Rare Photo, Showing Their Uncanny Resemblance
Amid her busy schedule, "Parkers" actress Mo'Nique made sure to spend some time watching her kids play sports at the park, sharing a snap of their bonding moment on social media.
When it comes to parenting, Mo'Nique has tried her best to put her children above all things following her strained relationship with her eldest son, Shalon Jackson. Now that she's given the chance to watch her twin boys, Jonathan and David, she isn't about to let that slip away.
Quality Time at the Park
For their most recent bonding moment, she joined her two boys in the park, leaving a reminder to all those with children to cherish the moments they have together before they grow up and live their own lives.
"ME & THE TWINS!! Time FLIES!! Sisters enjoy your moments with your babies before they ain't babies NO MORE! Even though they will always be our BABIES! WE LOVE YALL 2 LIFE!"
Family Comes First
Indeed, Mo'Nique's been choosing to live in the moment and make countless memories with her sons and husband, as she recently skipped the Cannes Film Festival to go on a seaside vacation with her family.
"FAMILYMOON!!!!! Sisters WHEN ITS ALL SAID AND DONE FAMILY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT!!!! The Hicks Family LOVE YALL!!!"
It hasn't always been this way for Mo'Nique, who admitted that at one point in her life, she placed her career above all things else and this ended up taking a toll on her.
“This is my third marriage. [With] the first two marriages, I was chasing [fame] and really didn’t understand what it is to be a wife," she revealed.
A Shift in Priorities
Now, though, she's sure that her priorities have changed and if she had to choose between career and family, her #1 would be spending quality time with her husbands and sons. However, this doesn't mean she's letting her career go, as she's found the perfect balance between work and home.
This year, the comedian just completed her residency in Vegas which had sold-out shows and starred opposite Donald Glover in hilarious and iconic Adidas advertisements.
With so many accomplishments under her wing, it's only right she gets to spend some well-deserved family time with her husband and sons. Mo'Nique has four sons, Shalon Jackson, Mark Jackson, Jr., David Hicks, and Jonathan Hicks whom he shares with ex-husband Mark Jackson, Sr., and husband Sidney Hicks respectively.
This article is about the actress, comedienne, singer. For the name, see Monique. For not to be confused with, see Nique.
Mo'Nique at the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010
Monique Angela Imes
(1967-12-11) December 11, 1967 (age 53)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
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Monique Angela Hicks (née Imes; born December 11, 1967), known professionally as Mo'Nique, is an American comedian and actress. She first gained recognition for her work in stand-up comedy, debuting as a member of The Queens of Comedy. In 2002, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album.
Mo'Nique began her transition into mainstream film and television having a starring role as Nicole "Nikki" Parker in the UPN series The Parkers from 1999 to 2004, as well as having roles in films such as Phat Girlz in 2006 and Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins in 2008. In 2009, she garnered critical acclaim for her performance in the film Precious, for which she won numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the fourth African American woman to win the award.
Mo'Nique has since hosted The Mo'Nique Show from 2009 to 2011, and starred as Ma Rainey in the HBO biopic Bessie in 2015, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Mo'Nique was born on December 11, 1967, in Fort Worth, Texas, the daughter of engineer Alice Imes and drug counselor Steven Imes, Jr. She is the youngest of four children. Mo'Nique graduated from Milford Mill High School in Baltimore County in 1985 and attended Morgan State University. She is a 1987 graduate of the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland.
Before she was an actress, Monique worked as a customer service representative at the phone company MCI in Hunt Valley, Maryland. She got her start in comedy at the downtown Baltimore Comedy Factory Outlet when her brother Steve dared her to perform at an open mic night.
During a 2008 Essence magazine interview, Mo'Nique revealed that she was sexually abused by her brother Gerald from ages 7–11; he went on to sexually abuse another girl and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. After her twin boys were born in 2005, Mo'Nique cut off all contact with Gerald. On April 19, 2010, he admitted on Oprah to sexually abusing her over several years. He also was abused by family members and struggled with substance abuse.
Mo'Nique portrayed Nicole "Nikki" Parker on the UPN television series The Parkers from 1999 to 2004. She was featured on many leading stand-up venues such as Showtime at the Apollo, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam, and Thank God You're Here. Monique tackles race issues in her stand up routines, for instance at the Montreal Just For Laugh Festival in 2000: white and black people, we're just mad at each other, we don't know why we're mad at each other. We're not each other's enemy. We're not the enemy. It's the Chinese people we need to watch out for". In 2005, Mo'Nique played a significant role in Tony Scott's thriller Domino, co-starring Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. In 2006, Mo'Nique was cast as the lead in Phat Girlz, a comedy about an aspiring fashion designer struggling to find love and acceptance. The film was met with lukewarm response from critics and fans. It did earn back its $3 million production cost in its first weekend of release.
Mo'Nique's first play was Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning production of The Vagina Monologues in March 2002. Mo'Nique, Ella Joyce (Roc); Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Steve Harvey Show and The Game) and Vanessa Bell Calloway (What's Love Got to Do with It), were the first all black celebrity cast to perform The Vagina Monologues. Produced by YYP & Associates, the show was directed by playwright and director Yetta Young as well as co-produced by Kellie R. Griffin, Lisa D. Washington and Anita Cal. Mo'Nique is the author of the best-selling book Skinny Women Are Evil: Notes of a Bigg Girl in a Small-Minded World. She also released a 2006 cookbook called Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted. Mo'nique was part of the Washington, D.C., WHUR radio show with George Wilborn. In 2006, she occasionally filled in for afternoon personality Michael Baisden when his contract with ABC Radio was in the process of getting renewed.
She was also named hostess of Showtime at the Apollo. She was the hostess and executive producer of Mo'Nique's Fat Chance, a beauty pageant for plus-sized women, on the Oxygen cable network. She hosted the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School on VH1 where she crowned Saaphyri as the winner. Mo'Nique's 2007 documentary I Coulda Been Your Cellmate! focuses on incarcerated women. In interviews with individual women, she touches on the common factors that bring many women into the penal system. The documentary was related to her filming a comedy special at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, also known as The Farm. In 2007, she had a guest-starring role on the hit television series Ugly Betty as L'Amanda, Mode's weekend security guard. She starred in The Mo'Nique Show, her own late-night talk show. Taped in Atlanta, the show premiered October 5, 2009, on BET.
She was featured in soul singer Anthony Hamilton's video "Sista Big Bones", the second single from his album Ain't Nobody Worryin'. She hosted the 2003 and 2004 BET Awards and appeared as the host again for the 2007 BET Awards. She received positive responses in July 2004 with her opening performance of Beyoncé's single "Crazy in Love" In 2007, she performed Beyoncé's "Déjà Vu". Mo'Nique has had a number of supporting roles in film. She appeared in the 2008 comedy film, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins with Martin Lawrence. She has had roles in Beerfest, 3 Strikes, Two Can Play That Game, Half Past Dead, and Soul Plane. She voiced a character in Garfield: The Movie, but her role was cut from the movie.
In 2008, Mo'Nique stated on Oprah Winfrey Show that Martin Lawrence gave her invaluable advice about show business: "He pulled me to the side and he said, 'Listen, don't ever let them tell you what you can't have.' Since that day, I've made some of the best deals I've ever made in my career because it keeps ringing in my head...It will stay with me forever." In 2008, Radio One signed her to her own radio show: Mo'Nique in the Afternoon (or The Mo'Nique Show), which premiered on several Radio One-owned Urban Adult Contemporary-formatted R&B/soul radio stations in July 2008. It mainly aired on these stations that had a local lineup because some Radio One stations did not carry it due to their contracts with Michael Baisden. The show lasted until March 18, 2009, when Mo'Nique decided to leave to "further her career in television, film, and comedy."
In 2009, Mo'Nique appeared in the film Precious, directed by Lee Daniels, portraying an inner-city teenager's abusive mother. She won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for her performance in the film. The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awarded Mo'Nique with the Best Supporting Actress Award in December 2009. It also announced that Mo'Nique received the AAFCA's first ever unanimous vote in an acting category. Moreover, she received Best Supporting Actress awards from the Stockholm International Film Festival, the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Southeastern Film Critics Association, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association, the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, the Utah Film Critics Association, the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Indiana Film Critics Association, the Online Film Critics Society, the National Society of Film Critics Awards, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and the Critics Choice Awards. Time magazine ranked Mo'Nique's outstanding performance as the Best Female Performance of 2009. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the Independent Spirit Award, and the BAFTA Award.
In November 2009, Mo'Nique said, "I own the rights to Hattie McDaniel's life story, and I can't wait to tell that story because that woman was absolutely amazing. She had to stand up to the adversity of black and white [society] at a time when we really weren't accepted. Mr. Lee Daniels is going to direct it, of course, and I'm going to be Miss Hattie McDaniel. I really hope I can do that woman justice." In 2014, Mo'Nique starred in Patrik-Ian Polk's drama film Blackbird as Claire Rousseau. She next starred as Ma Rainey in the biographical filmBessie in 2015, for which she received critical acclaim, earning her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. Her last role (in film or television) was in 2016. In May 2017, she said Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey, and Tyler Perry had been blackballing her ever since she did not promote Precious in 2009.
Mo'Nique was briefly engaged to accountant Kenny Mung. From 1997 to 2001, she was married to Mark Jackson. They have two sons: Mark Eric Jackson Jr. & Shalon Calvin Jackson. Mo'Nique gave birth to twin sons Jonathan and David Hicks in October 2005, two months early. In 2006, she married their father Sidney Hicks. In a New York Times profile, she mentions that she and Hicks have an open marriage:
We have an agreement that we'll always be honest, and if sex happens with another person, that's not a deal breaker for us, that's not something where we'll have to say, 'Oh God, we've got to go to divorce court because you cheated on me.' Because we don't cheat.
She repeated this view later on The Oprah Winfrey Show when she said that, in her prior marriages, she was constantly searching for "that extra oomph". Mo'Nique explained,
When I said I had an open marriage, people automatically jumped to sex. They automatically went there. But I've been best friends with my husband since we were 14 years old. When we say open, we're very honest. There are no secrets. Oftentimes you have people that are married, but they're strangers, and we refuse to be those people.
She concluded, "I've had to sneak and I've had to lie, and I don't want to do that anymore. But my husband is so awesome and so fine and so—oh, girl...No other man can compare".
Awards and nominations
Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Mo'Nique
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Mo’Nique and her husband, Sidney Hicks, are on a staycation at home with the kids. The Oscar winner recently shared pictures and video clips from the family event a few days ago.
“So we decided to take a family staycation this early Sunday morning,” Mo’Nique shared this past weekend. “I hope y’all taking one too,” the actress exclaimed. “We love y’all to happiness,” Mo’Nique told her fans.
Mo’Nique is the proud mother of four sons – Shalon, Jonathan, David, and Mark Jr. The ‘Precious’ actress recently delved into how her life as a movie star overshadowed her life as a mother to her oldest son, Shalon.
“There was a time that when he was a little boy, I wasn’t interested in being a mother,” Mo’Nique admitted during her interview with The David Banner Podcast.
Mo’Nique further explained, “I was interested in being a star and I was interested in being famous. And I wasn’t interested in being a wife. I was interested in taking pictures and red carpets, and signing autographs, and traveling the world, so I really didn’t put the focus in.”
Placing more attention on her career instead of her life as a mom has come with consequences. “Now that I’m 52 and he’ll be 30, well, I pay for that,” Mo’Nique admitted.
“There’s a price you have to pay for that. And I had to apologize to my son because I said to him, ‘I don’t want you to think that your story is not valid because I didn’t tuck you in, I didn’t read you those stories, I didn’t show up at sporting events.'”
Mo’Nique and Sidney Hick celebrate their twin sons Jonathan and David Hicks’ birthdays a few days ago. Stay tuned for more celebrity family news!
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