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Kendu Isaacs Wants More Than $129k A Month In Spousal Support

October 18th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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We’ve been watching  the news of Mary J. Blige’s divorce proceedings very carefully. While we had hopes that the two would be able to part amicably, we knew that was highly unlikely once we learned that Kendu was requesting spousal support.

Yesterday, TMZ revealed the exact amount he was requesting and it has us giving him the ultimate side eye.

Apparently, Kendu (real name Martin Isaacs) filed for temporary spousal support, requesting $129,319 per month. 

He argues that since Mary was the breadwinner during their marriage, he’s become accustomed to a certain type of lifestyle that he wishes to maintain.

While Isaacs mentioned that Mary earned $1.5 to $5.1 million over the last two years, and is currently on tour, he has had zero income since Mary fired him as her manager and then filed for divorce.

According to TMZ, the couple does have a prenup in place. But Isaacs says it is not valid since he signed it without a lawyer present. He says that since Mary has already given him two checks for $85k, she also knows the document wouldn’t hold up in court.

I’ve never been too fond of the idea of spousal support, unless one person stayed home and raised the children, a job worthy of compensation. And even then, only temporarily. Because any mentally and physically able person should be able to support themselves. I’m sure that Kendu knew his marriage with Mary was on the rocks and that if they did split, there would be no way he would be able to stay on as her manager. And instead of stacking his coins and making plans to find other sources of income, he kicked his feet up and waited for the fallout, believing he would simply collect the money Mary earned. It’s not okay.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

Mary J. Blige Takes Heartbreak Head On With New Single “Thick Of It”

October 7th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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After filing for divorce from her husband Kendu  Isaacs  after 12 years of marriage, Mary J. Blige has been quite the topic of conversation, but she’s not telling the publicity hold her back.

With the documents filed but the date of separation listed as “to be determined,” the R&B chanteuse has been hard at work on her upcoming album Strength of a Woman. And as many of us know, when it comes to Mary, she unloads all of her baggage on wax, making for some great classics that continue to inspire and motivate today whether it’s finding a new love or escaping hateration.

On Thursday, Blige released the first single from the LP entitled “Thick Of It.” Penned by fellow songbird Jazmine Sullivan, the track is an infectious powerhouse ballad about finding your center even when you’re knee deep in a less than perfect situation.

What a hell of a year/If I make it through the hell and I come out alive I got nothing to fear,” she sings.

Yes Mary, we feel you girl! Press play and get into this new joint from the Queen of hip hop soul, and let us know if you’re feeling it, too.

Hillary Clinton Gives Mary J. Blige The 411 On Presidential Campaign, Police Brutality And More

October 1st, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Photo Credit: Apple Music

Photo Credit: Apple Music

Mary J. Blige had numerous headlines this week when the award-winning chanteuse sang Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin (41 Shots) to Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. However, while social media seemed to be in an uproar over the interesting session of serenading, Clinton actually sat down with Blige for Apple Music show, “The 411.”

“I wanted this to be my first interview for the show because I’ve represented for so long in my music career a movement of women who are trying to stay strong, and be strong, and be beautiful, healthy, and represent leadership,” Blige explained.

Touching on various topics, the singer first asked Clinton what was the first thing she’d do if elected president to begin the healing process in the black community:

“I have been so heartbroken over what’s been going because it’s fundamentally at odds with and wrong that African American parents have to sit their children down and deliver the message you just sang,” Clinton said. “‘Be careful,’ and yet we still have so many terrible deaths, some at the hands of the police, many at the hands of others like Trayvon Martin, whose mother I’ve gotten to know so well. I think we’ve got to be honest that there needs to be a greater opening of our hearts to one another. We have to put ourselves in each other’s shoes. Feel the pain that a mother and a father feel when their son and daughter can go out the door and they don’t know what’s going to happen to them. I particularly want white people to understand what that’s like and to feel that they must be part of the solution.”

The terror of police brutality also was addressed. Clinton shared that she wants police officers to “learn better ways to de-escalate tension and violence rather than to escalate and perhaps cause a death.”

After their sit down, Blige gushed over Clinton, saying, “I was completely blown away by how organic and real she was, and that wasn’t the first time I met her,” she said. “I met her at the DNC. My meeting with her at the DNC inspired the interview because when I met her she was genuinely concerned about how I was doing, she hugged me like a grandma (laughs), and I needed that hug at the moment I was about to sing that day.”

Press play and watch their sit down.

Did Y’all See? Are There Right & Wrong Ways To Raise Awareness For The Black Lives Matter?

September 30th, 2016 - By Quindara Lazenbury
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There is so much going on and plenty to talk about! In this week’s episode of “Did Y’all See?” the editors of MadameNoire discuss Mary J Blige’s cringeworthy interview with Hillary Clinton, the least problematic way to protest and much more tea. Also discussed are black moms slaying the entire universe with Janet Jackson’s baby bump breaking the internet and burn survivor Andrea Grant’s miraculous birth. Watch and weigh in on these topics in this episode of Did Y’all See?

9 Of The Most Awkward Commericals Ever Made

September 30th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Sometimes ad executives get a little too creative with commercials and leave us viewers feeling perplexed or laughing hysterically at the ideas they tried to execute. Whether it be awkward condom commercials that reference children’s movies, sex symbols trying to convince us to eat salads or iconic singers serenading presidential candidates, some ideas just aren’t good ones.



For instance, this week, Apple Music released a commercial for Mary J. Blige’s new talk show, The 411, where she will be interviewing prolific people in pop culture. The first person Blige will be speaking with is presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. As seen in a one-minute preview commercial, Blige finds herself singing to Clinton before asking her what she would be able to do fix the ongoing issue of police brutality. Despite the interview as a whole being about such a serious topic, viewers had a lot to say about Blige’s singing and Clinton’s uncomfortable reaction.

Here are nine other examples of commercials that left us cringing and saying, “WTF?”

When Black Folk Don’t Like Something, It Doesn’t Always Mean We’re Crabs In A Barrel

September 28th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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There was no way Mary J. Blige could have missed all the opinions, most of them negative, about the trailer for her upcoming, sit down interview with Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In case you missed the discussion, it wasn’t good. And people immediately likened it to the Burger King, Crispy Chicken calamity of 2012.

The backlash was swift and strong. And apparently, after hearing about it for the past two days, Mary was tired.

There are several screenshots circling the internet of a quickly posted and deleted tweet.

When Black Folk Don't Like Something, It Doesn't Always Mean We're Crabs In A Barrel

There was also this one.

When Black Folk Don't Like Something, It Doesn't Always Mean We're Crabs In A Barrel

As you can see the time and date stamps are different on each one. At first, I thought perhaps I could blame this on a time zone difference. But then the minutes would have been the same and they’re not even close. Plus, the hashtag is different. That’s not to say I believe the tweet or tweets are fake. Celebrities frequently tweet and delete, knowing they have every intention of letting as many people as possible see their thoughts and opinions. Still, it is questionable. And Mary, having been in the game as long as she has, might have the foresight not to fall into such a trap.

But for the sake of argument—which is why we’re all here right—let’s assume that it is real. And not just for the sake of discussing Mary’s alleged tweet. But also for all Black entertainers who expect and assume Black people will ride for them, in all of their foolishness, simply because we identify with the same culture.

I understand that the crabs in a barrel mentality is a thing. Black people can often be overly critical of one another, all because there is this notion that there’s only room for a few of us and the success of one, means that the rest of us will struggle. But there are also times when Black people expressing their disinterest and displeasure in something another Black person does, is a just a matter of preference. And in this case, deep concern about the ways in which issues that effect us all are being misrepresented and misconstrued on a grand stage.

I’m sorry but there are very few instances when singing directly into someone’s face is going to read well on camera. Very few. Perhaps Beyoncé singing to cancer patients who requested to attend one of her concerts, or Lance Gross wooing America Ferrera with Babyface’s “Soon As I Get Home” in Our Family Wedding. Other than that, the instances in which singing a ballad inches away from someone, while grabbing their hand always comes across as awkward and uncomfortable. And that was the look we saw Hillary try to mask in the trailer for the upcoming Apple Music interview. I could almost hear her mental chatter, “Anything for the Black vote. Anything for the Black vote.”

Because, while I respect and admire Mary’s career and her spirit, it seems like the only reason she was chosen was so that she could pander to a certain sect of Black women who might not be with Hillary yet. The trailer was a single minute but the desperation reeked. So I can’t imagine what the full interview might entail.

The idea to have Mary sing, poorly, about something as serious and pressing as police brutality made a farce out of a situation that is literally taking the lives of innocent Black men and women. People were on social media likening the whole thing to an SNL skit. And with another innocent, person with Black skin dying every other day, we can’t afford for there to be any comedy or confusion about this issue.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days.” You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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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Mary J. Blige Sings To Hilary Clinton


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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Source: NBC

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.