ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, ANGELIQUE MONET – AMERICANMULTI MEDIA TALENT &FORMER MS BLACK SOUTH CAROLINA

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Angelique Monét is an American multi-media talent and former Ms. Black South Carolina USA.[1] Monét attended St. Augustines College, graduating with a degree in mass communications. Monét is the owner and CEO of Greta Joanne Entertainment.[2] Angelique Monét is also the world’s only stage actress and ventriloquist.[3] In 2001, Angelique Monét performed on Theater Row her one-woman Off-Broadway show Multiple Me written by Edgar Chisholm, where she portrayed several personalities and her ventriloquist figure had multiple personalities in addition to those Monét portrayed. She is listed under ‘A History of Modern Day Ventriloquism,’ cited for her one-woman play and changing modern day ventriloquism, Notable Ventriloquist, and listed under wikipedia as being a beauty pageant winner. Angelique Monét is also a singer, pianist and composer who has an album on iTunes titled Not Wasting Time. Monét is also a film producer, writer, director, and visionary.

Monét’s directorial film debut came with the short film BitterSweet, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (SFC) in 2005 the first year the SFC launched. Her feature film Deceptive premiered at the Marche du Film during Festival de Cannes (2010). She had a theatrical release through her own releasing company at Big Cinema in New York, New York.

Monét has a five octave vocal range, multiple ventriloquist figures and voices, has opened for Sinbad, and Brian McKnight, her side kick ” Gracie the Pig,” was also spokesperson for Diabetes and worked with the Bronx Lebanon Hospital, just to name a few. She has been written about in historical books tracing the history of ventriloquism. As a singer she specializes in Jazz, R&B, Classical, Pop, Electronica, New Age, and World Music. She has performed with Indian classical musician and dancer, a recipient of the Chavalier Award, Dr. Raghunath Manét at Namaste France at Palais Petit Museum. In November 2017, Monét will be opening an Off Broadway Vaudeville thematic production in New York, NY on Theatre Row by popular demand. Monét has also performed for the United Nations Women Guild at the United Nations Headquarters as a singer and ventriloquist for the Women’s Bizarre under the Patronage of Catrina Marques de Almeida Vaz Pinto.  Other performances include the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, events during Festival de Cannes, Luxembourg Parliament and not limited to.

Monét is also a public speaker who has spoken at the African Union Headquarters in New York City with Former United Nations Ambassador His Excellency Tete Antonio, the United Nations for Gandhi Day, Children’s Day, and International Day of Peace. She has also spoken at Schools, Universities, and churches. She has appeared on panels with diplomats, celebrities, politicians, and humanitarians.  Her dialogue specializes in world peace relations, indigenous preservation, self esteem, women’s empowerment, and her days of autism and being placed temporary in special education courses. In her speeches she describes not speaking and how the art of piano and discipline of the art opened her mind and gave her highest thinking and concentration skills in which she went from being behind four grade levels in elementary school to being ready for High School while in Elementary School.  She then goes on to describe how the ancient art of ventriloquism gave her a voice to combat her bullies and scare them; since the art form creates an illusion that an inanimate object is speaking. Later she realized the art form can be utilized to empower, educate and build self esteem.

TELEVISION, FILM AND HUMANITARIAN CAREER

Monét began as a journalist and nighttime Associate Producer for NBC in Greenville Spartanburg (having been an intern through the Greenville Urban League), ABC (segment hostess) for Black History Month specials, and Writer/Producer for the children’s show ‘Gracie and Angel’ which aired on Dove Communications, where she was the first minority ventriloquist with her own children’s television program. Upon graduating and moving to New York, she began producing, writing and acting in her own productions through her company Greta Joanne Entertainment. Many films have been distributed worldwide, and theatrically released through her company. Greta Joanne Entertainment now has licensing to over 500 hours of programming, is a sales agent, event production company, and is in pre-production stages to over 30 projects in various genres. Seeing the need to assist minorities in global distribution, and exposure, she formulated the Hamptons Black International Film Festival which later became Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative, a global movement to utilize all components of the arts to help in World Peace Relations. The organization is now umbrellaed with ‘New Generation In Action’ a United Nations approved NGO with Consultative Status. The group aides in humanitarian efforts in the promotion of film, fine art, fashion, music, in addition to youth and women empowerment campaigns. The group hosts  innovative events while also producing media content ranging from films to publications that can impact society. Monét is also founder of Nothing On Television TV a Video On Demand digital platform which provides magazine, red carpet and independent film content. The channel originally rolled out on DISH Network.

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