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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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WCW: 15 Hauttest Mary J. Blige Moments
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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Grammys 2015: 15 Fierce Red Carpet Looks
Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” was a beautiful and soulful track as it was, but when R&B songstress Mary J. Blige was added to the mix, the heartfelt ballad was taken to an entirely new level. We were thrilled to learn that the duo would be sharing a stage this evening at the Grammys. And thankfully, they did not disappoint.
Check out their performance below.
The revealing stories and details of these celebrity rape survivors and how it affected them, their families and their self-esteem is heartbreaking. However many have gone on to get therapy and move forward with their lives in a positive fashion.
I’m A Survivor: 16 Celebrity Rape Survivors
Between Solange’s Wedding, the Aaliyah Lifetime movie and Timbaland’s angry meme’s about the horror of the movie (and we all know it was horrible) the Internet was very much broken which gave us time to think about all the folks who deserve so much better than this but who’s probably fielding calls from Lifetime Movies as we speak. Don’t do it. Angela Bassett fortunately saved the network with her ‘Whitney” directorial debut!
15 LifeTime Movies We Hope They Never Make
Some of you’ll recall how many of these celebrities played in the back and started their careers behind the scenes like Kanye producing tracks for Bey, Jay and Rih and J-Lo dancing her butt off for various boy bands, while others you’ll have to think for a second and go…”Oh, yea that’s right.”
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