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At 44 years old, Mary J. Blige can say that she kicked drug and alcohol addictions, escaped abusive relationships, and beat the odds by rising to R&B stardom after dropping out of high school at 17 years old. She has quite the story—one that the New York City native would like to see come to life on a Broadway stage.
“I definitely want to see the Mary J. Blige story — or just one of the album cycles — on Broadway,” Blige, who is set to star in NBC’s The Wiz! Live, told Playbill.com. “To just have one of those albums, turns or times on Broadway would be crazy.”
In a 2008 interview with The Guardian, Blige described hitting rock bottom and realizing that she had to turn her life around if she wanted to survive.
“I saw my life going down a drain. One of my real close girlfriends died; I thought I was next. And then Aaliyah died, and then New York just blew up completely – like POW! – I thought I was next. And I realized I didn’t want to die like this, not tragic like this.”
She’d certainly have a lot of material to work with. That’s for sure.
Would you be here for a Mary J. Blige musical?
Just last month Apple Music premiered a dope commercial with Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington, as the gal pals gave us all the feels of nostalgia with their throwback dance moves.
On Thursday (Nov. 5), clear the queen of R&B and soul excitedly announced that she now is a part of the brands popular Beats1 Radio. With he very own showed titled “Real Talk,” Mary kept the deets about her new show fairly low-key.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) November 5, 2015
However, knowing Mary’s extensive musical background that includes several critically acclaimed albums and chart-topping hits, we’re sure she’s going to bring nothing but sonically pleasing vibes to Beats1.
MJB’s “Real Talk” premieres Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. ET. Will you be tuned in for Mary’s takeover?
In case you missed it, the theme for last night was #BlackGirlMagic. From the Emmy red carpet slayage, to the awards, the speeches and even the show of sisterhood it was good to watch us win last night.
And in addition to the actual award show itself, even a commercial was telling of our brilliance.
Apple Music tapped the immensely talented Ava DuVernay to direct a commercial advertising their playlist function with Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington.
The women have what looks like a real girlfriend moment as they vibe out to some of their favorite songs from back in the day. There’s dancing, laughter and all around fabulousness.
Check it out below.
Apparently, there is more where this comes from. Ava told her Twitter followers that this ad is just one of three.
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) September 21, 2015
Squee We wait with baited breath.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) September 17, 2015
If you love real R&B music, then you’ll be in for a treat with this newest tour announcement.
Mary J. Blige a.k.a the Queen of Hip Hop Soul has called on soulful chanteuse Tamar Braxton to join her on her “MJB Live!” North American tour this fall.
The recently announced 12-date tour will start in Augusta, Ga. on Oct. 30 and stop through North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and more.
Mary’s classic catalog and funky dances moves paired with Braxton’s new hits, is bound to be a major success for both women and sounds like a show you won’t want to miss.
MJB Live! tickets are now on sale.
We’ve been telling you for months about NBC’s production of the Broadway classic, “The Wiz.” Now, as the December air date nears, we’ve got some casting information to share with you.
According to Variety, one of the upcoming show’s executive producers Craig Zadan, made the announcement today. Latifah will play the role of the mysterious and powerful wizard in the Emerald City.
And Mary J. Blige will play Eveillene better known as the Wicked Witch of the West, who rules over the Winkies and Winged Monkeys.
As for Dorothy, NBC is still holding a nationwide search to find a new, fresh-faced talent.
Latifah and Blige join Stephanie Mills, the former Dorothy, who will play Auntie Em in this version.
The show will premiere on December 3 and later, a Cirque du Soleil stage version of the production will air on Broadway.
We love us some Mary J Blige — always and forever! This R&B diva has been sharing her pain way before there was a Social Media network to blather too and we love her for it. Her upcoming documentary, The London Sessions follows the making of her 13th album and we’re already lining up behind our computers ready to cop it! Take a second and check out her flyest glam moments on and off the carpet.
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Mary J. Blige Talks Money Woes & Professional Missteps: “A Lot Of It Came From Not Paying Attention”
A couple of years ago, it seemed that every other day Mary J. Blige was making headlines for not having her business affairs in order. In 2013, she was hit with tax liens by both the IRS and the state of New Jersey. The very same year, the singer also made the news after being served with eviction papers—not to mention that she was sued by both Bank of America and Signature Bank for defaulting on loans. And then of course, it was that “crispy chicken” song scandal with Burger King.
In a recent interview with NBC BLK, the 44-year-old explained that going overseas to record her most recent album The London Sessions, helped her to overcome all of the turmoil she was experiencing here in the States.
“Well, I don’t really know why a lot of it was happening,” she shared, “it was just time for it to happen and it was time for it to happen to me, so it could push me to another level and another place.”
As for what went wrong, Mary insists that she trusted the wrong people to take care of her business. She also blamed herself for not paying close enough attention to what was happening.
“It was a disastrous,” she confessed. “And a lot of it came from not paying attention; a lot of it came from just trusting the wrong people. And it was a wakeup call, it was a huge humongous wakeup call for me to say ‘Look, you don’t need any of these people around and I’m going to make sure that you see how fast they run when this happens.’ And it was just the biggest wakeup call ever.”
Of course, this wasn’t the first time the singer has endured hardship, but she admits that living in the age of social media and blogs made the trial a lot more difficult. At the same time, Mary says that she can look back and appreciate the experience.
“I’m grateful for it though and it hurt like hell because it was public and it all over and I was like ‘good Lord.’ It was very, very painful because back in the day, I’ve been through hell but with today’s social media and the news and it was something so big and disastrous it had to be for something good.”
“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m Hercules. When you have so much negativity at one time over something that didn’t even have to do with anything, it’s a lot to take in because it’s all energy.”
“And when you see the amount of it, you get to see exactly who you are. And it’s how you respond to it or react. And what I learned is that I really respond well because I don’t pay it any mind but the fact is that a lot of it hurt. But at the end of the day, you won’t know it hurts. So, I just learned my strength in that. I learned my weaknesses and it’s a whole other level from back in the days. I’m somewhere else in my life. It’s a whole other strength that I learned that I had.”
It’s always great when you can emerge from a storm better and more enlightened than you were when you went in. Definitely wishing Miss Mary the best!
K-Ci Opens Up About Tumultuous Relationship With Mary J. Blige: “I’m Not Gon’ Lie, I Did Some Things”
When it comes to tumultuous celebrity relationships, Mary J. Blige and Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey definitely make the list. During a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, the Jodeci singer dished on their 12-year relationship and why he believes it crashed and burned.
“We had fun man. We was young. It just exploded,” he explained. “I’m not gon’ lie, I did some things. She couldn’t take that heat.”
He also recalled an incident where Mary hopped on stage and confronted a fan for getting out of hand.
”I remember one night in London she came up on stage and snatched the mic from my hand. She told this girl in the front row, ‘B-tch, don’t you ever touch my man again.’ I couldn’t take that no more. She use to break up our [hotel] parties.”
When asked whether or not he believes Mary is his soulmate, K-Ci had this to say:
“I was in love with Mary. She never did anything wrong to me. She always gave me my props.”
Speaking of throwback relationships, K-Ci’s group member Dalvin also dished on his relationship TLC’s T-Boz.
“That was a cool relationship it was fun,” said Dalvin.
And then, K-Ci started to reminisce about double dates with Mary and T-Boz, but Dalvin wasn’t with it.
“Man I’m not talking about T-Boz and Mary stories up here man [laughs].”
Their interview was filled with plenty of other gems. You can check it out below.
For BET Honors 2015 it seemed like everyone got buttoned up and put on their most smashing attire and the fellas truly gave the ladies a run for their money fashion wise. Literally. we don’t think there was one ‘bad look’ on the carpet and many of these celebrity stars brought their kids along.
Take a gander and get inspired for your next upscale event!
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BET Honors 2015: 15 Flawless Looks
The Grammy Awards 2015 red carpet was a mix bag of goods — some of the looks were fantastic while others left us scratching our heads. Here are some of the most memorable looks of the night. Please drop us a comment and tell us which ones were your favorite.
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