Mary J. Blige

Jan
9
Mary J. Blige Stars as Betty Shabazz in ‘Betty & Coretta’

Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige starred in last year’s musical Rock of Ages, and now she’s stepping into an entirely new role. The Grammy-winning singer plays Dr. Betty Shabazz, civil rights advocate and the wife of Malcolm X, in the Lifetime Original Movie “Betty & Coretta,” which she also executive produced.

The film centers on the real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Angela Bassett) and Shabazz as they form an unbreakable life-long bond after their husbands’ tragic assassinations.

Mary drew inspiration from Shabazz’ strength. “If Betty had not moved forward, Malcolm X would have died and that would have been it,” she told Los Angeles Confidential. “I didn’t even realize that she and Coretta had been friends. Women never get a chance to have their stories told when there are important men involved. That’s what drew me to the part.”

“Betty & Coretta” premieres Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

Nov
13
Solange, Mary J. Blige, and Pharrell Honor Glamour’s Women of the Year

Solange and Mary J. Blige

It was ladies’ night as Glamour magazine honored the 2012 Women of the Year at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Monday. Mary J. Blige was on hand to present an award to the U.S. gold medal Olympians including Gabby Douglas.

“Had the pleasure of honoring our women Olympic gold medalists at Glamour’s Women of the Year awards tonight,” tweeted Mary.

Solange was radiant in a yellow-and-blue Derek Lam dress and Pharrell sported a mustache and bow tie as he made the red carpet rounds.

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Nov
3
Mary J. Blige Performs for Hurricane Sandy Telethon

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige lent her voice to a good cause. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed her empowering song “The Living Proof” during NBC’s “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” telethon last night.

Before beginning, Mary shared a hopeful message in the aftermath of the storm. “My prayers go out to everyone who was affected by the hurricane,” she said. “Things are gonna get better, so please just hang in there, be strong, and have faith. And please everybody watching tonight, give something, anything. Every penny counts.”

Her powerful lyrics couldn’t have been more poignant in this time of need. “So stay strong, hold on ’cause you made it through … You’re the living proof,” sang Mary as images of Sandy’s destruction flashed on screen behind her.

Her star power, along with Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, and Bruce Springsteen, helped raise millions for relief efforts. You too can help by donating to the Red Cross.

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Sep
27
New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘Everyday People’

Jermaine Dupri, Mary J. Blige, and Bryan-Michael Cox

After wrapping her “Liberation” tour with D’Angelo this month, Mary J. Blige keeps the music coming with a new record. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul puts a new spin on Arrested Development’s 1992 hit “People Everyday,” produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox.

MJB is in Montreal this week shooting Betty & Coretta. She plays Malcolm X’s wife Betty Shabazz alongside Angela Bassett (Coretta Scott King) in the Lifetime biopic.

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Sep
23
Prince Joins Mary J. Blige at iHeartRadio Music Festival [Video]

Prince and Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige welcomed a royal guest during her performance on Day 2 of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Four songs into her set, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul stopped short of playing Chaka Khan’s “Sweet Thing” to introduce Prince.

“I got a real good friend in the building,” said Mary to roaring applause. “He’s one of the most amazing artists to ever walk the earth.”

The pop icon didn’t say a word, sporting gold glasses, yellow bellbottoms, and an afro as he took the stage. He picked up his guitar and helped Mary and her band finish their Chaka Khan cover.

They also dueted on his song, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” as an astonished Mary looked on.

“I know you have to be very particular about who you be messing with,” she said before bowing to her legendary friend.

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Aug
27
Win Tickets to Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo’s ‘Liberation’ Tour!

The Liberation Tour

Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo are bringing their soulful sounds to a city near you. The R&B icons have joined forces for their co-headlining “Liberation” tour, with special guest Melanie Fiona. Rap-Up.com is giving eight lucky readers the chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime event. Enter to win tickets below!

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Jul
18
Nas Gets Props from Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige on ’106 & Park’

Nas

Nas stopped by “106 & Park” to celebrate the release of his 10th album Life Is Good on Tuesday. Dressed in all white, the hip-hop icon spoke about his critically-acclaimed new project, dream collaborations (Prince, Sade), favorite female rappers, and Lauryn Hill’s recent tax troubles. He also hit the stage to perform new music including “Summer on Smash” with special guests Miguel and Swizz Beatz.

Nicki Minaj called into the show to congratulate Nas, who she kissed in her video for “Right By My Side.” “To be such a superstar and such an icon, he was so humble,” recalled the “Starships” rapper. “I didn’t really expect that from him. He was the most humble person on the set and it just took my respect for him to another level.”

He also received a surprise call from Mary J. Blige, who appears on “Reach Out” on Life Is Good. “Thank you so much for being so consistent and loving us so much that you would take care of us the way you have, through your lyrics, through your videos. You are the truth,” said Mary, whose favorite Nas song is “One Love.”

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