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Mary J. Blige Sings To Hilary Clinton About Police Brutality, Asking Her “Where Do We Go From Here?”

September 27th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Premiering on September 30, Mary J. Blige will debut her show, The 411 for Apple Music. And like most shows and films, The 411 had a very interesting trailer showcasing Mary with Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton. In the one-minute clip, Mary is seen singing Bruce Springsteen’s 41 Shots— a song dedicated to Amadou Diallo who was shot 41 times by plains clothes officers in New York City for “fitting the description” of a suspect.

While Mary sang her heart out, Clinton respectfully looked somber. The clip then shifts to Mary asking Clinton, “Where do we go from here?” in regards to police brutality. When Clinton is on the verge of answering, Apple cuts the promo again to advertise the release of the full video.

Amadou Diallo died 17 years ago and the officers who killed him were acquitted of second-degree murder charges. Some were even promoted within the New York City police department. Since then, there have been an incomprehensible amount of deaths caused by police officers nationwide.

Do you think Clinton will have a solution? And does this commercial come anywhere near getting us to that answer?

Tune in on September 30 to find out.

Kendu Isaacs Is Seeking Spousal Support From Mary J. Blige

September 14th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Two months ago, we reported that Mary J. Blige filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years, Kendu Isaacs. Since Mary was the one file the paperwork, Kendu had a chance to respond to her divorce petition. And according to TMZ, in his petition, he asked for spousal support. And Mary is not really here for it. She said she wants the court to block him from receiving it.

Kendu lists the date of their separation as July 25. But Mary lists it as ‘to be determined.” All of their assets can be shared up until the separation date. So we’re wondering why Mary hasn’t nailed that down yet. TMZ reports that it’s unclear whether the couple has a prenup or not.

Lastly, Kendu requested that Mary pay his lawyer fees.

Do you think he deserves spousal support?

It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out. Hopefully, things won’t get too ugly.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of The Wiz Live!

September 12th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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The Wiz Live!, NBC’s third and by far most popular live musical event (especially with Twitter) since 2013 took audiences by storm last year. Not that the cast, featuring newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelley, Ne-Yo, Queen Latifah, Common, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba and Stephanie Mills, to name a few, had any real pressure – what with the beloved Broadway musical and 1978 film starring Diana Ross, Michael Jackson and Lena Horne to boot. But they did an amazing job bringing the beloved musical to audiences – new and old alike. Want to know how they pulled it off? Here are some secrets behind the making of The Wiz Live!

These Two Women Are Coming To “How To Get Away With Murder” & “Empire”

August 31st, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Can’t hold a good woman down. While Mary J. Blige’s personal life may be a little shaken right now, she’s not going to let it keep her from moving on and making this money. The veteran songstress is going to be joining one of the hottest shows on television for its third season.

Blige is set to guest star on “How To Get Away With Murder”

According to Deadline, there a very few details about Blige’s upcoming role. But in an earlier interview with Deadline, Viola Davis said that there was going to be a new mystery presented on the very first episode of season 3. And it’s going to be presented quickly, probably with staple fast-talking that leaves us scratching our heads that have become a Shondaland staple.

This is not the only acting project that Blige has in the pipeline. She’s also going to star in the Dee-Rees directed film Mudbound. And you know we watched her as Evilene in “The Wiz Live!” The role earned her a Critics’ Choice TV Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made For Television. She also appeared in “black-ish.”

Blige is represented by Queen Latifah’s longtime partner, Shakim Compere.

And in other acting news, Phylicia Rashad will be joining the lengthy lists of celebrities who have appeared on Fox’s “Empire.”

According to Variety, Rashad will play Diana Dubois, a powerful woman from New York’s oldest and wealthiest African American families. Rashad’s son, played by Taye Diggs has ambitions to advance in politics and his mother will do anything to make that dream a reality.

Variety writes that “Her interactions with Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) and Lucious (Terrence Howard) and the rest of the Lyon clan will lay bare the stark class divides that can exist, even within the Black community.”

Basically, old money vs. new money.

Rashad will join Mariah Carey, French Montana and Birdman who are all reportedly set to join the show.

Season 3 of “How To Get Away With Murder” will air on September 22 on ABC and “Empire” will return on September 21 on Fox.

Mary’s Reps Promise New Music In Divorce Confirmation Statement

July 29th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Yesterday, we reported that after twelve years of marriage, Mary J Blige filed for divorce from her husband Kendu Isaacs. And recently, not only did Mary’s team confirm the news, they used the opportunity to promote Blige’s career as well.

“Ms. Blige is saddened to say [that] it is true that she has filed for divorce, saying sometimes things don’t work how we hoped they would… but, there is a divine plan and a reason for everything. Mary will continue writing and working on her album, which is due out later this year along with her world tour. She thanks and appreciates her fans for their support and love through this very difficult emotional time.”

Oh, ok.

New music alert. We’re sure she probably has a lot to say with this album.

Mary J Blige Files For Divorce From Kendu Isaacs After 12 Years

July 28th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Sad news ladies and gentlemen. TMZ reported that Mary J. Blige has filed for divorce from her husband and manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, ending their 12-year marriage.

In the documents filed, Blige lists the date of separation as “to be determined.” But it is unclear why.

The reason for divorce is listed as irreconcilable differences.

The couple has no children together but Isaacs has three children, in their early twenties or late teens, from a previous relationship.

Perhaps the most interesting and telling part of the story is that Mary J is trying to protect her assets. According to documents she is asking that the judge block Isaacs from being able to collect spousal support. The document does not say whether or not there is a prenup involved.

Obviously no one but the two of them know what went wrong in their marriage; but Mary has shared some interesting thoughts about being marred to her manager and not wanting him to have female friends.

We’re sad to hear this. But hopefully, everything plays out peacefully and Mary doesn’t have to go through any additional pain and heartache.

Exclusive: Mary J. Blige Gets “Real” About Greatest Love Lesson, What She’d Tell Her Younger Self

February 21st, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Ever since starting her career in the late ’80s, Mary J. Blige has always expressed herself beautifully through song. “No More Drama.” “My Life.” “Be Happy.” Her hurt, her pain, her pursuit of happiness. She’s shared every bit of herself, and fans have connected. But when the opportunity came for Blige to help her fans in a different, possibly deeper way, she jumped at the chance. And that’s what Real Talk, her radio show on Apple’s Beats 1 Radio, is about.

“I felt it was a great idea to have this as an extension so people can know they’re not alone out there,” Blige said during our conversation over the phone. “Real Talk is about expressing yourself.”

Each episode of Real Talk is focused on a topic pulled from the title of Blige’s songs from her vast catalog. Blige and her famous guests share their experiences, as well as the music that pulled them through such trials in the hopes of connecting with fans.

Since it debuted in November, Blige has spoken with the likes of Demi LovatoMissy Elliott, and Taraji P. Henson to name a few, about their journey. This Sunday, Blige is speaking with Jada Pinkett Smith about life before the fame, which Blige said is sure to be a “powerful” conversation.

But we wanted to have some “real talk” with Blige. So we spoke to her about the music — from others — that pushed her through her pain, what she’s learned about love and being in love, and if she could, what she would go back and tell her younger self now that she’s overcome so much and is “Just Fine.” Here are few gems dropped by MJB.

Songs That Got Her Through Difficult Times

“Angel” by Anita Baker really, really touched my heart. I remember being a kid and listening to WBLS and having to go to bed at night, but I had a clock radio. I would wait at night for the song to come on because it just touched my heart. A healing to me, the way it sounded.

There was another song by Karen Wheeler of Soul II Soul called “Keep on Movin’.” It was the song that inspired me. It made me feel like I was going to get out of the projects and life was going to be better. Every word in that song–she kept saying, “It’s our time, time today, keep on moving.” That song was very important to me.

And, of course, “Everybody Loves the Sunshine” by Roy Ayers. That song was very powerful to me. It was something in the instruments and the way they were singing that record that made me feel like everything was going to be all right. So those would be the songs that were strong in helping me to see a path out. I can even feel what they meant and did to me then as I’m speaking about them now.

Advice 45-Year-Old Mary Would Give 20-Year-Old Mary

The first thing I would say to her is don’t be afraid of what you’re about to become. She was very afraid of her own power. She was scared to death to meet this person you’re speaking to now. I would also tell her, don’t dumb yourself down to please others. Don’t push yourself down or push yourself back so people can get ahead of you because she always wanted everyone to be happy and comfortable. She would dumb herself down and push herself back. And I would tell her to believe in the God that you’re feeling. Believe in that thing that you feel and know is bigger than you, and believe that it’s real. That’s what I would tell her.

Greatest Lesson Learned About Love

It’s just love. It has no shape, color, restraints or loopholes. You either walk in love or you walk in hate. It’s a learning process but I’m learning that love is love and God is love. If God is the love that we believe He is, we have to love openly, freely and just walk in love. Love is the most powerful thing and it heals everything. It will fix everything. When you walk in hate and revenge, it’s terrible. It feels really bad. I know it. But when you walk in love, it hurts, but it heals. You might think revenge feels good and it hurts others, but it doesn’t heal. If you walk in love, you will have to forgive some people you don’t want to forgive but it will be healthy for you. But if you walk in hate and revenge, you will never be healed, and those people will just go on with their lives.

Greatest Lesson Learned About Romantic Love And Loving Yourself

The right kind of love is only going to come when you find yourself. That’s it. I know that from experience. From waiting for someone to fix me and change me. It doesn’t work that way. When you are happy with who you are, that person will be happy with you. And life will be romantic. Life will be fun. It will be everything you want it to be. But true love comes when you find true love within yourself. When you can look at yourself and really accept whatever it is that you are and accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can change, a person is going to love you for you and y’all are going to have the best time.

Real Talk airs every other Sunday on Beats 1 Radio at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST, with a new episode airing today and a show encore airing on Monday at 6 a.m. PST/9 a.m. EST.

Pass The Popcorn: Our Vote For Lifetime’s Next Biopics

January 27th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart Lifetime biopic drew 3.6 million viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched film in a year.  Did you enjoy it? Because we sure did. Narrated and executive produced by Toni Braxton (who sang her own music in the movie), Unbreak My Heart followed the success of Lifetime’s much talked about Aaliyah and Whitney Houston biopics.  Whose life story would you love to see on screen next? From Missy Elliott’s comeback to Brandy’s interesting career and love live and Jennifer Hudson’s incredible story, here are some candidates we think Lifetime should consider.

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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams made headlines as the first Black winner of Miss America, a title that she would later relinquish after a Penthouse scandal threatened her burgeoning career.  But Williams bounced back and conquered virtually every sector of entertainment: the musical charts, Broadway, film, and television.  If that doesn’t scream biopic, I don’t know what does.

Watch Mary J. Blige And Lil’ Kim Reunite For “I Can Love You” At ‘Hot For The Holidays’

December 6th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Last night (Dec. 5), Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center was turned all the way up for Hot 97’s “Hot for the Holidays” concert presented by none of other than master of ceremony, Busta Rhymes.

The lyricist brought a number of artists out to celebrate like Puff Daddy, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Fetty Wap, French Montana, Rick Ross, and more. However, the highlight of the night was truly Mary J. Blige’s set when she surprised all and reunited with Lil’ Kim for their 1997 hit “I Can Love You.”

Of course, probably have not seeing the two perform this classic jam together for some decades now, the crowd went absolutely wild when the beat dropped on the smooth, mid-tempo joint. In all of her braggadocios bravado, a pint-sized Kim strutted out on stage in a mink shrug, leather thigh high boots, and a pair of black hip-hugging shorts, as she spit her verse.

The surprise set ended with the two divas embracing each other and leaving the crowd up on their feet applauding.

Check out the performance above.

“It’s A Part Of Who I Am, It’s A Part Of Why I Am”: “The Wiz Live” Cast Share What The Story Means To Them

December 1st, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Just when I thought I couldn’t be any more invested in “The Wiz Live,” we had an opportunity to speak with the cast members about their experience rehearsing for this live, televised event on Thursday, December 3. We interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and they had a lot to say about this project. But more than anything, the cast members kept reiterating how important The Wiz, both the play and the feature film, were to not only themselves but to the African American community as a whole.

Check out some of the thoughts, memories and passion shared by both the on-stage talent as well as the folks behind the curtain.

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Stephanie Mills, Auntie Em

I knew of Shanice (who plays Dorothy) before they actually cast her because Kenny and I were having a talk and he said, ‘There’s this girl and I know she’s Dorothy, I know she’s Dorothy.’

I’ve given her love. I told her you can’t–I don’t want you to try to do what I did. She’s her Dorothy, the 2015 Dorothy. It’s her. I did my part 40 years ago.

It’s emotional because I see myself in her. I see the innocence, how young I was doing it and how afraid I was at that time. It brings back all those memories.

Executive producer, Craig Zadan: I don’t think we had any pressure. We took it on because we love it and we thought it would make a great show for us to do. What we were surprised at was the amount of people who called us. I would say this was the first time in our lives that very prominent African American artists, actors, directors, producers called us to say ‘Do you know how important this is to the community? Don’t blow it.’ And we realized at that moment that there’s a reverence for this material. We didn’t take it on for the reverence. We took it on because we loved it. But then you realize that there is that added responsibility of making sure that it’s done correctly. And we’ve done it correctly. We hope. We hope when you all see that you feel it’s done correctly too.

MN: Was there a moment when you felt like ‘ok, this is right’?

Executive producer, Neil Meron: Yeah. At the table read when it was all the talent in one room and we heard how much they collectively felt the same way about the material and what we were about to do. It felt good.

(Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

(Photo by: Paul Gilmore/NBC)

Amber Riley, Addaperle (Good Witch of the North)

I don’t know how old I was but I remember watching [The Wiz] and rewinding it over and over again. And I remember trying to do “Ease on Down The Road.” I remember the music, I specifically remember the music.

Before even hearing what names were going to be a part of [this production], I wanted to be a part of it anyway. I didn’t really care who was going to be in it. You know, this is iconic. The fact that my mom has seen it and that was her first Broadway show and then I saw it in the movie and now my niece is four is going to be able to watch it. Anything that can withstand generations has to be amazing. There’s something special about it and I really wanted to be a part of that.