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Mary J. Blige has a role in the new Christmas movie “Black Nativity,” which comes out today …and we really want to be excited about it. But Lord, it’s hard. We love Mary J. Blige. And we really want to love her acting. But she’s been struggling with scripts for so long that we’re losing the faith.
Miss Mary J. Blige is giving me so much life right now with this Shape magazine cover! And she literally might be in her best “shape” ever.
The legendary singer, who is 42-years-young and is promoting her new Christmas album, opened up to the magazine about her workouts, tailoring them as she ages, and why she had to cut out alcohol from her diet after the death of Whitney Houston. If the 10-day Beyoncé diet that could help you lose 10 pounds is just way too intense for you, here’s the lowdown on how Mary got her killer body.
Cardio Is Key
Mary says that what has really helped her is running, and not just on treadmills, but actually hitting the pavement and clocking in almost 10 miles a week:
“My main exercise is cardio. The treadmill is fine but running outdoors gives me the best results. I try to log 6 to 8 miles a week. I could be in the worst mood, but when I do my cardio I feel much, much better.”
Black Folks DO Swim
The singer says that as she has aged, she’s trying to include new things in her workout to see what works for her body in the quest to stay healthy. That includes having a strict diet, which is gluten and dairy free, as well as low-carb. That also includes swimming, something she was never really into before:
Why She Had To Stop Drinking After Whitney’s Death
Blige has been very vocal in the past about her battles with alcohol addiction. But she told the magazine that something about Whitney Houston’s death was what she finally needed to not just cut back on intoxicating libations, but cut them completely out of her life:
“Others may be able to drink and have a great time, but it doesn’t work for me at this point. I haven’t had a drink in a year and three months. I had quit for a long time but started again about five years ago. I’m off it completely once more, and now I feel stronger than ever.”
Loving it! Her husband and manager Kendu Isaacs also had to give her some public props, as he posted the cover image on his Instagram with this caption:
#Hardwork #Dedication @Themarkjenkins @daniellethechef @2daybefit is all you need. I struggle with the dedication. Lol. Congrats Mary keep pushing!!!!!
Keyshia Cole Speaks On Her Marriage, Making Nice With Michelle Williams And Working With K. Michelle
While taking part in the WBLS Circle of Sisters R&B Concert, Keyshia Cole spoke with True Exclusives about all the rumors about her marriage, if she’s finally getting along with Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child), and if she would ever work with K. Michelle in the future, aka, her twin. She definitely had some interesting responses, especially when speaking on her marriage–which she didn’t seem too enthusiastic about.
On Michelle Williams:
“You know, she said something to me while I was on stage. It’s fine. Me and Michelle spoke about it and she erased the tweet. She apologized for saying it because she said somebody else had tweeted about it but she wasn’t watching or something like that. So, I mean, you know, it’s cool. It’s over with. We’ve moved on.”
As For Her Marriage To Daniel “Boobie” Gibson:
“You know, we’re good, man. We’re chillin’. We have a kid. We’re married, so you know…it’s all love.”
If She’ll Do Reality TV Again:
“It depends. I want it too but we have to make sure that it’s done correctly, and not only correctly, but we have to make sure that we get paid. So it’s just very minor details.”
Things That Annoy Her The Most:
“Fake people, and I guess liars would be the same thing, but whatever.”
The Two Albums She Would Take If She Was Stranded On An Island:
“Faithfully by Faith Evans” and also probably Share My World by Mary J. Blige.”
If A Collaboration With K. Michelle Is Happening In The Future:
“It may! Yeah, I would love to, yeah, of course.”
For that question on reality TV, if you’ll recall, Cole openly dissed BET for not providing her with her check for doing the reality show, Keyshia & Daniel: Family First. So I’m not mad at her for not wanting to mess with anymore reality TV mess. But check out her body language and responses to these questions below from her interview and tell us what you think!
If you’re familiar with Mary J. Blige’s story, you know that she credits her husband, Kendu Isaacs, in helping her to turn her life around by loving her despite her struggles and shortcomings. During a recent appearance on The Queen Latifah Show, Mary gushed about her love. Though it may sound funny, she admits that it took her awhile to even get used to the idea that someone actually wanted to marry her.
“Even after I was married, I still couldn’t believe it–that it was real–and he really did love broken down, little old me. I just never saw myself like the woman that a man like him would want. My past was just horrific. I felt ashamed about everything. Me dropping out of high school, me not, you know, just not being beautiful enough. I just didn’t feel like I was smart enough or beautiful enough, you know, for years,” the Queen of Hip Hop Soul confessed.
As for how she knew that Kendu was “the one,” Mary credits her intuition.
“I didn’t sense anything fake or energy that [he] was afraid of me–not like he would hurt me in anyway. He wasn’t afraid to do what everybody else was afraid to do, which was tell me truth and help me and give me the information that I needed when I was dying from alcohol. He came at the right time when I was ready to change,” the “Mr. Wrong” singer said.
Speaking of intuition, Mary says the ability to trust her gut is something she never wants to lose.
“I don’t ever want to doubt myself and my intuition and just knowing when things are right and when they are wrong. I don’t ever want to lost that because thats what has gotten me this far.”
Check out footage from Mary’s interview below and on page two.
Has anyone else noticed that when it comes to today’s R&B singer, people only speak on Beyoncé and Rihanna? And when they do, a majority of the time, it’s to have a debate about which diva is better. Somebody has to be ‘on top.’ In the year 2013, women in the R&B game (if not all of music) can’t seem to co-exist to fans; they have to be at the top, or they need to find a new job. Only one can be the head you-know-what in charge, and it’s not based on actual talent anymore, but who sells the most songs, albums and tickets for their tour, and who has a wealth of outside projects bringing them money. Being a successful brand has trumped being an-all around gifted singer/musician. It absolutely sucks.
I miss the days when singers and female rappers hopped on each other’s tracks. I miss when they made cameos in each other’s videos. I miss when they could show the world their talent and sell records with their clothes on, and in the case of someone like Aaliyah, with baggy clothes on at that. And most of all, I miss the days of R&B singers actually dropping R&B tracks and not going completely pop and electronic dance to sell some singles. The day of the talented R&B singer and her soulful music has shifted drastically, and instead of showing solidarity, half of the time, folks are beefing with each other on Twitter over frivolous drama. It’s sad when you consider the bevvy of singers that were around making moves in the ’80s and ’90s by themselves and in groups.
This realization came, not after watching yet another twerk-filled video, but after having a conversation with a co-worker who came to the conclusion that the R&B game is getting smaller and weaker. We were talking about a particular artist who despite some light buzz, still hadn’t had an album released by her label, and was somewhat “famous” for just being seen. My colleague wound up saying, “I just don’t care about R&B singers anymore,” and that kind of made me sad.
In my mind, I thought about how geeked up folks would get about a new Mary J album back in the day. I thought about people’s excitement over Jill Scott and her sound, singing in unison “I’m getting tiiiiiired of yo s**t” to Erykah Badu, blasting Lauryn Hill (though she was also Hip-Hop), jamming to Zhané, dancing to a Janet track, trying to do the Toni voice, and cooling out to Sade. Now, as previously stated, it’s either Bey or Rih. Anybody else gets limited love because for one, everybody’s trying to do MORE than just sing (they want to be on TV and act and take forever to put out new albums). It’s also because we, the media, give a majority of shine to the women only on top, and also because these big names won’t take a break from the spotlight because of fears of fading out of importance and getting a tad bit irrelevant. How long was Bey really on maternity leave? And I think we’ve all come to expect an album a year from Rihanna (she’s got three months left to drop something).
But another big part of it is that the singers looking for shine are lacking star power. They might be able to sing their behinds off, but their label won’t drop their album and would rather let them resort to mixtape after mixtape because they don’t have the “It” factor that singers from back in the day had. Most R&B singers and female lyricists had their own unique style and sound years ago (though in the ’80s everybody and their mom had to do big curly hair). Today, everyone looks the same (you either have a cascading weave or a short cut shaved on the sides with a lot of hair at the crown), everyone’s dressing the same and then blaming each other for stealing old styles, and the tracks don’t necessarily stand out (everybody’s writing angry love songs or boring ones). So the women, in turn, don’t stand out.
Aside from gifted singers who don’t receive as much shine as they should (Janelle Monae, Elle Varner, Melanie Fiona, etc.), R&B is on struggle mode. And if it wasn’t hard enough, some folks doing well who should be considered R&B are trying to act like they’re more rock or dance so they won’t be stuck in a box. The sound has changed with the times, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not all that impressed. I want that old thing back…
Getting married and having the big ceremony is easy–especially when you can afford to do it. But keeping that marriage afloat, that’s a whole other story.
I used to be a big fan of Keyshia Cole’s music. Her first two albums, The Way It Is, and Just Like You, were two of my favorites in the post-breakup, I-just-want-to-cry-and-sing playlist of my college years. She shared her pain from tumultuous relationships with her fans, and showed that she could truly relate to the average woman’s experiences with love (and say the things many of us want to but don’t). She was almost like a Mary J. Blige for a new generation of young women–just a little more ratch. Cole became even more easy to relate to when her reality show Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is debuted, and we had to bear witness to the struggle she was going through to rebuild her relationship with her mother Frankie, and keep her family together. Sista girl had definitely been through the fire in life.
So when she found love, had a baby, and wed Daniel “Boobie” Gibson, I was genuinely happy for her. She was someone who had been similarly unlucky in love and finally had her own picture-perfect family after not being able to have that as a child and young woman. Gibson seemed to have her back for most things, including when people tried to disrespect his lady (he was arrested for getting into a scuffle with a disrespectful oaf), and even when she wasn’t behaving the best on social media (you know what I’m referring to). The couple even had their own reality show together for BET. They seemed like a good match.
Fast forward to this summer. Gibson has become a free agent after struggling at Cleveland (as a Cavalier) with injury after injury and putting up the worst numbers of his career. He, along with his wife, have sent out continuous back and forth shots towards one another on social media, and just last month, Gibson confessed to MediaTakeOut of all people that they were going through a rough patch.
“…I WOULD NEVER CHEAT on my wife. We not getting along right now, true, but dont spread that type of negativity.”
Since then, things have been pretty quiet between the two on social media. No lovey dovey messages, no Instagram pics of the two like they’re used to. But on Saturday, Cole definitely made a major statement about where they stand when she stepped out with friends in Atlanta to help Jeezy (also known as Young Jeezy) celebrate his birthday. That statement was, “I’m pissed off, and I’m about to start doing me.” If you’ll recall, Jeezy and Cole were an item around the beginning of her career, and there was even talk of marriage–who proposed to who is still up in the air though. The two fell out after she revealed that he had proposed to her and he later turned around and said SHE was the one who bought him a ring and proposed. Yet and still, they seem to be back on good terms (for some reason), and she showed up looking cute for his birthday party at Compound–without her wedding ring on.
While the two weren’t seen getting too close, cuddled up, or creating controversy, there’s something about this scenario that’s a no-no. People do stuff like this in dating relationships sometimes. Feeling hurt or neglected by your partner? Call up an “old friend” to talk. Call up an “old friend” to meet up for drinks. Call up an “old friend” and maybe fool around. I’m just saying, it always starts out innocent and then goes left. I doubt that anyone’s husband would be excited about their wife trying to get friendly again with someone they considered walking down the aisle with at one time.
It would be in the best interest of Cole and her husband to hunker down, stay out of sight (and off-line), and work whatever is going on out. They have a son, and for the most part, they seem to have a lot of love for each other. The last thing folks need to be doing when they’re trying to work things out is start stepping out to run into someone from their past. Call me crazy, but when you’re married, an ex is best kept an ex and best left in your past.
So what do you think? Is it right or wrong to have contact (of any kind) with an ex when you’re married?
Our girl Mary J. Blige is making headlines again and not for her music. Just yesterday we told you that the Queen of Hip Hop Soul shaved $200,000 off of her bank debt by cutting a deal with TD Bank in relation to a defaulted loan taken out by her charity organization. We’ve also recently learned that the 42-year-old New Yorker has plans to sue to the pants off of Vision Entertainment Worldwide.
According to TMZ, VEW initially filed a $145,000 lawsuit against the singer after she pulled a no-show for one of their scheduled appearances last December. The $145,000 was supposedly Mary’s cash advance for booking the show. Interestingly, Mary recently filed a counterclaim, insisting that the entertainment company are the ones who breached their contract. In Mary’s claim, she says that part of her contract with Vision Entertainment Worldwide required the company to provide first-class plane tickets for she and her entourage. And as you’ve probably guessed at this point, they didn’t.
The “Mr. Wrong” singer does not plan on returning the $145K advance and is even requesting $105,000, which is the remaining balance of the deal. According to Mary, it’s Vision Entertainment’s fault that the deal fell through in the first place.
It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out.
Celebrities seem to be on a roll when getting rid of their debts these days. Michael Vick has nearly finished paying off a whopping $20 million debt. Kelis has paid off more than half of her $700,000 tax debt. And Young Buck, through bankruptcy, has wiped his debt slate clean.
Now, Mary J. Blige has chopped off $200,00 off a huge bank debt, according to legal documents. TD Bank reached a settlement with Mary J.’s charitable group in which it agreed to let the foundation pay a just $125,000 from a debt of $322,000, reports TMZ.
The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now had been sued last year when it defaulted on a $250,000 loan. “The charity even blamed the bank … claiming it should’ve know the group’s finances were in shambles,” reports TMZ. But now all is almost well as the settlement deal was reach for which the group will pay back $15,000 right away, and then make 12 payments of $9,166.
Now if Blige can get a deal to cut down her $3.4 million tax lein, she’ll be set.
Some of you were a little nervous about Mary J. Blige covering Christmas classics, but she is pushing on and has released an absolute classic as the first song from the album.
Taking her shot at what might be the number one soulful Christmas song in the history of Christmas music, Mary delivers her version of Donny Hathaway’s classic, “This Christmas.” She keeps it pretty simple while putting a little Mary “stank” on it and of course, the soul is always there. One thing we always know about Mary is that even if we don’t like a song from her, she always finds a way to put feeling into it.
The album itself, A Mary Christmas, is a collaboration between Mary and legendary producer, David Foster, who have worked together many times in the past. The album contains covers of Christmas classics such as, “The First Noel,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “The Christmas Song” and a host of others. It also features duets with Barbra Streisand, Jessie J. and The Clark Sisters and more.
It sounds like it could be a fun album! A Mary Christmas will be released on October 15th but in the meantime, check out Mary’s version of “This Christmas” and tell us what you think!
It’s not quite time to load up your Christmas shopping list, but singer Mary J. Blige is already planning a gift for fans.
The Queen of Hip Hop Soul has announced that she will release her first ever holiday album, A Mary Christmas, in October, USA Today reports.
It’s also the singer’s first new project since 2011’s My Life II: The Journey Continues Act 1.
You can read the rest over at Essence.com.
Do you think she’ll record some new Christmas tunes to go along with some covers of ones we already know and love? Mariah Carey has longtime been the “Christmas album queen,” but I’d definitely be interested in hearing what Mary does for a holiday album.
What about you?