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Mary J. Blige Talks Money Woes & Professional Missteps: “A Lot Of It Came From Not Paying Attention”

April 21st, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Mary J. Blige Talks Money Woes & Professional Missteps: "A Lot Of It Came From Not Paying Attention"

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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.”

She continued:

“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!

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K-Ci Opens Up About Tumultuous Relationship With Mary J. Blige: “I’m Not Gon’ Lie, I Did Some Things”

April 2nd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

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Mary J. Blige Joins Sam Smith For “Stay With Me” [Watch]

February 8th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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.

Look At God: Jodeci Releases Anti-Domestic Violence Song Called “Nobody Wins”

December 23rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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After an 18 year departure from the music industry, Jodeci is coming back with a statement. It’s a song called “Nobody Wins.” The song brings awareness to the issue of Domestic Violence among all people but particularly within the African American community.

The song deals with abuse from both men and women, with Jodeci singing about how women hit men too.

The song starts with a rap verse from B.O.B. And then Jodeci comes in with the chorus.

“Nobody wins when we fight, fuss and argue. 

We say we’re leaving but we never do.”

Later, K-Ci comes in and sings from a man being abused by a woman.

“Stop throwing those pots and pans

We don’t have to use our hands.”

And there is pretty compelling footage of real life and paid actresses being battered by their romantic partners. There’s also the horrifying footage of Janay Rice walking into that infamous elevator with Ray Rice.

Throughout the lyric video there are numbers for the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1800-799-SAFE), the website for the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC.org) and the public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence NoMore.org. 

This song from this group is particularly interesting considering the volatile relationship that K-Ci shared with Mary J Blige back in the ’90’s and DeVante Swing’s violent nature when he was dealing with artists like Missy Elliot, Timbaland, Sista and Ginuwine in Da Bassment. Missy detailed his abusive nature in her episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music.”

But people can change if they really want to and maybe that’s what this song represents for them. Plus the prevalence and frequency with which domestic violence stories have taken the forefront in the media this past year, it’s kind of hard to ignore.

Take a listen to “Nobody Wins” in the lyric video below and let us know what you think about it?

“That Thing Was Taken Totally Out Of Context” Mary J Blige Clarifies The No Female Friends Comment

December 2nd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Mary J Blige Clarifies The No Female Friends Comment

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Today marks the release of Mary J Blige’s thirteenth album. It’s called London Sessions. So she appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” today to discuss the process of making it. The title comes from the fact that she traveled to London by herself to record this album with producers and engineers she had never worked with before, in an unfamiliar environment. Mary told Wendy that she felt like she needed to do something different as an artist in order to shake herself up a bit.

In addition to recording and enjoying London’s parks, Mary made a point to reach out to Amy Winehouse’s father while she was there. Mary has said before that she was greatly inspired by Winehouse’s music and identified with her struggle with drugs and alcohol. Mary told Wendy that she’d felt like just as she was coming out of that hell, Winehouse was walking into it.

Mary said that she always admired the fact that Amy was open and honest about her struggle, particularly with her song “Rehab.” Which led Wendy to ask Mary how she managed to get clean without the aid of rehab.

Here’s what she had to say.

I’m real with myself. I’m hard. I do the hard stuff first. I pray and I really look at what I need to do to take responsibly. And that’s the hard part when you look at what you’re doing wrong. And that’s why I think people need or want to go see a doctor to get to the part where they say, ‘It’s me. I’m responsible for this.’ I’m not afraid to say that. Because you’ll end up stuck and in denial if you don’t do that. 

Mary J also revealed that she had to stop socially drinking because it didn’t work. She realized that she was overdoing it.

And then they quickly transitioned to her marriage and since she couldn’t remember, Wendy asked her how she got married.

In my house. The goal– I didn’t want a bunch of fake…I  wanted love there. I wore a white gown, a Vera Wang. It was sleek. 

Then Wendy asked about her upcoming anniversary and if she makes a big deal of it.

I’m just happy that my man is still with me and he’s had the courage to stay with me. I’m grateful for that. 

Wendy also asked her to clarify the no friends of the opposite sex comment.

There was more said than that. That thing was taken totally out of context. He’s had friends before he’s known me. And I know all of his female friends. They’re like his sisters so we’re all family. But any of these new chicks and all of this new stuff…(makes a swatting /”get out of here” motion.) And if they are new, we’ll all make friends. We’ll all be friends. 

Now, that she’s clarified her comments, do you agree with her?

She also addressed her father being stabbed by his ex girlfriend and then she and Wendy played a game, giving out advice to the audience members. You can watch Mary’s full segment in the video below.

Celebrity Women Who Have Held On Too Tight To Their Men

November 30th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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MadameNoire recently told readers Naya Rivera agrees with Mary J. Blige about their husbands not being able to have female friends. Doesn’t that sound controlling much? But they’re not alone. MN compiled a list of 10 women who are holding on too tight to their men. Some of these celebrity wives and girlfriends are jealous or insecure and the others just keep their men on leashes.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of Mary J. Blige’s “My Life”

November 29th, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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One of Mary J. Blige’s most popular albums, My Life was not only popular for it showcasing Blige’s growth as an artist and being one of her most personal albums, but for its critical acclaim. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album, MadameNoire compiled a list of secrets you didn’t know about the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’s sophomore album.

Like firstly, My Life is an inside look at Blige’s abusive and depressive life at the time — including her tumultuous relationship with K-Ci from Jodeci and substance abuse.

“Sorry Ladies, But You Got To Get Back”: Naya Rivera Stands With Mary J Blige, Doesn’t Want Husband To Have Female Friends

November 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you yesterday that Mary J. Blige said, in her marriage, she and Kendu Isaacs don’t do the whole friends of the opposite sex thing. As she told Stella Magazine, in a marriage, it’s not a good look:

“All females for me, all guys for him. There’s none of that, ‘Oh, that’s my female friend. Oh, that’s my guy friend.’ No, not in a marriage, I’ve never seen that work.”

While sitting in as guest co-host on “The View” this week, Naya Rivera was asked her thoughts on Blige’s statements now that she is married to husband Ryan Dorsey, and she actually agreed, saying that by having friends of the opposite sex, you might take your issues to them, instead of hashing them all out with your partner:

“I think that’s amazing. I’m with Mary. I just got married and I’m pretty sure I told my husband that like two days ago.”

When the audience clapped, she was surprised.

“I really didn’t think I would get support on that, thank you so much. It’s really not so much a rule as I understand it, because I feel like you’re playing with fire and opening up the floodgates here, and you’re having issues in your marriage, but someone is going to talk to the opposite sex to get advice or whatever and you should be talking to your partner. So I don’t believe in it.

I feel like there’s a difference between having an issue with that when you’re married and when you’re just dating someone. I feel like when you’re married, if you’re now someone’s wife, I’m sorry, ladies, but you got to get back a little bit more. It’s different.”

Rivera also briefly spoke on that lashing she took from people, including Jonathan Cheban, for criticizing Kim Kardashian’s Paper magazine cover. After Whoopi Goldberg showed all the parodies of Kardashian’s magazine cover, Rivera pointed out that she obviously wasn’t the only person who had something to say about the controversial cover:

“People kind of really cared a lot…I do want to point out that was Miley Cyrus making fun of that. I didn’t know if I was the only person who had anything to say about this.”

But back to the matter at hand, what are thinking of Rivera’s statements about having friends of the opposite sex outside of marriage? As I said before, I’m all for keeping the friends you made before and during your years dating, but I don’t see the point in trying to create new friendships with men and women of the opposite sex once you’re married. But no friends of the opposite sex at all, even from the past? I don’t know about all that…

Mary J. Blige Says She Doesn’t Have Male Friends And Kendu Isn’t Allowed To Have Female Friends: “I’ve Never Seen That Work”

November 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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A couple of weeks ago, we introduced our new segment, Is This Petty?, which raises questions about different issues that arise in dating and relationships. Our first entry questioned whether or not it’s petty for people to ask that their partners not make friends of the opposite sex. Interestingly, songstress Mary J. Blige recently weighed in on that very topic during an interview with Stella magazine and the Queen of Hip Hop Soul says that she’s not here for any of it.

“All females for me, all guys for him,” she expressed. “There’s none of that, ‘Oh, that’s my female friend. Oh, that’s my guy friend.’ No, not in a marriage, I’ve never seen that work.”

Mary also opened up  about never birthing children, but seeing her husband, Kendu Isaacs’ three kids as her own.

“I was never sitting around [thinking], ‘Oh God, I want a baby.’ No. And then these very special kids came along and it was like they were tailor made for me to be their stepmom.

“I’ve known the younger two since they were babies, so they really are my family,” Mary continued.

She also expressed how much married life has changed her.

“Being a single person and an artist, there’s a lot of selfishness that you don’t even know you have. Being a wife, it’s not all about me.”

Check out Mary’s full interview here.

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Woman Sentenced In Stabbing Of Mary J. Blige’s Father

November 4th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Back in Janaury, we told you about Cheryl White, the woman who was accused of stabbing her former lover, Thomas Blige, who is the father of R&B songstress Mary J. Blige. As previously reported, a lovers’ quarrel ensued between the two after Blige discovered White slashing his tires. The dispute turned bloody when White allegedly stabbed Blige three times in his neck, chest and arm. Thankfully, the wounds were not fatal.

According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, White pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit great bodily harm last month. She was recently sentenced at the Calhoun County Court to 365 days in prison with credit for 270 days already served. Per the plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to sentence the 50-year-old to more than one year behind bars.

White has also been sentenced to five years probation and has been ordered not to contact Blige during her probation period. She will be required to complete counseling and mental health treatment in addition to paying $17, 290 to Mary Jane Productions for Blige’s medical bills, which were paid by his daughter.

Blige was not present in the courtroom during sentencing. He moved out of state after the incident. White declined to speak at her sentencing and cried quietly while standing beside her attorneys.