||Tracee Ellis Ross
|Sterling K. Brown
|Jeffrey Wright||Tracee Ellis Ross||John Ortiz|
|Erika Alexander||Leslie Uggams||Adam Brody|
|Keith David||Issa Rae||Sterling K. Brown|
|Skyler Wright||Patrick Fischler||Stephen Burrell|
|Jeffrey Wright||Tracee Ellis Ross|
|John Ortiz||Erika Alexander|
|Leslie Uggams||Adam Brody|
|Keith David||Issa Rae|
|Sterling K. Brown||Skyler Wright|
|Patrick Fischler||Stephen Burrell|
Thelonious “Monk” Ellison (Wright) is a respected author and professor of English literature. But his impatience with his students’ cultural sensitivities is threatening his academic standing, while his latest novel is failing to attract publishers; they claim Monk’s writing “isn’t Black enough.” He travels to his hometown of Boston to participate in a literary festival where all eyes are on the first-time author of a bestseller titled We’s Lives In Da Ghetto, a book Monk dismisses as pandering to readers seeking stereotypical stories of Black misery. Meanwhile, Monk’s family experiences tragedy, and his ailing mother requires a level of care neither he nor his trainwreck of a brother (Sterling K. Brown) can afford.
One night, in a fit of spite, Monk concocts a pseudonymous novel embodying every Black cliché he can imagine. His agent submits it to a major publisher who immediately offers the biggest advance Monk’s ever seen. As the novel is rushed to the printers and Hollywood comes courting, Monk must reckon with a monster of his own making.