Written By: Blair Moon / @_BlairM
Photos from @therealmoworldwide, @im.angelabassett, @rihannaofficial
Getting into the entertainment industry can seem difficult however very rewarding. But staying afloat and finding consistent work in the entertainment industry can be just as challenging as it was to find breakout success.
However, that isn’t the case for Mo’Nique, Angela Bassett & Rihanna, as they have all reached major milestones this week, years into their careers.
With over 20 years in the game, Actress, and Comedienne Mo’Nique has signed a new deal with Endemol Shine North America Production Company. The ‘Precious’ star will create different series through her and her husband Sidney Hicks ‘Hicks Media’ company.
Mo’Nique will not only host and produce but she will also star in shows as well, Deadline reports.
“I’ll never forget my first time working with her on “Charm School”, where she made it very clear that there was a lack of diverse faces behind the camera and that things needed to change,” Chris Abrego, Chairman, CEO and President of the company said. “That was 15 years ago, and Mo’Nique has been a champion of equality and representation in our industry ever since.”
With over three decades under her belt, Actress Angela Bassett has made groundbreaking history by becoming the highest-paid actress of color ever on a broadcast drama series, Deadline reports.
Bassett’s role in Fox’s hit tv series “9-1-1” has excelled her to the top earners' group on network television, male or female, the outlet states, by earning a salary of $450,000 per episode.
This raise comes from Bassett not only acting on the show but being an executive producer on “9-1-1” and its spinoff “9-1-1: Lone Star”.
After launching a music career 16 years ago with her debut album “Music of the Sun” back in 2005, Rihanna has made history by becoming the highest-paid female musician in the world.
With the success of her makeup line “Fenty Beauty” Rihanna has been the latest entertainer to join the billionaire club having a net worth of $1.7 billion, Forbes reports. Not only is she the highest-paid female musician, but this feat also makes her the second richest female entertainer behind Oprah Winfrey.
The outlet breaks down how the star got to $1.7 billion with $1.4 billion being attributed to her “Fenty Beauty” cosmetics, $270 million from her “Savage x Fenty” lingerie line, and the remainder of her earnings being a result of her very successful music career.
One thing that Mo’nique, Bassett, and Rihanna all have in common is that they all gained control of their careers, took the director seat, and began doing what they wanted to do, how they wanted to do it, and it not only worked for all three but has also put them into positions to become top earners in their respective fields.