'Diarra' Spotlight: Claudia Logan aka Crazy Moni

Who is the woman behind Diarra's childhood frenemy?

Crazy Moni, a childhood friend or enemy of Diarra Brickland, isn't so crazy these days. She still has that fire in her, but she's also a wife, a mother and drives the local bus route. Let's examine what connects Moni and her portrayer, Claudia Logan, and some fun facts about Claudia herself. 

Representing Detroit

Her portrayer, Claudia Logan, is also a Detroit native and sees the value in how her character represents the D. "I think because of my struggle with being my authentic self coming into this industry, I was able to fully be my complete self in the audition room, on set, as we're promoting the show. I think that I'm not only representing myself and God but I'm also representing my city. People are seeing themselves. When we did a premier in Detroit, for 313 Day, our city's holiday, everyone was so happy to be able to be like 'I see her, I know her, that's my aunt, that's my god mom, that's my cousin,' and not just in my character but for everyone else. It's really divine that we are all working cohesively to bring Detroit into a broader, brighter light."

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Other work

You may have seen Logan before. She counts guest roles in Blue Bloods, Harlem, The Equalizer, New Amsterdam and The Deuce as part of a growing resumé.

Rage song

When we first meet Moni, Diarra is tapping into her white male rage by rapping along to Emienm in her car and not censoring herself, which draws the attention of Moni, who doesn't want her kids to hear the cursing. Logan says her own favorite "rage songs" are Rico Nasty's "Smack a Bitch." or "The Baddest" by another Detroit native, Big Sean.

Claudia also enjoys some Fred Hammond and Tye Tribbett every now and then!

Dating preferences

Claudia says she prefers a man with good credit and who loves God. 

On Moni

"I believe Moni is a Detroit staple. anybody that sees the show is gonna identify with Moni especially women entrepreneurs.  She is unapologetic. She definitely says what she wants, she's real spicy but she's real sweet to her man and her kids. She makes her money as well as being loyal to the people she loves, and I think that's something that is very specific to a Detroit woman to identify with. I think that her potential has to be unlocked in the show, which is just a huge arc for her character that I think is so interesting to explore and discover."

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