Mary J. Blige has signed on to play legendary jazz singer Nina Simone in Cynthia Mort's Nina.
The story centers around Simone's relationship with her assistant Clifton Henderson, who will be played by David Oyelowo.
Filming is scheduled for this fall.
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Mary J. Blige was rumored to be divorcing her husband, music industry exec Martin Kendu Issacs, but she has denied the allegations!
Her rep said that the split isn't true and that the couple is "very happy." They even showed up together at the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute's Gala last night.
The rumors started flying after Blige reportedly smacked Issacs while they were out and about in NYC in December. Yikes!
But we're glad they've worked things out!
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She's designed t-shirts and watches so it only makes sense that Mary J Blige has moved on to coming out with her own fragrance.
The songstress' named her new fragrance My Life after her 1994 album, which Blige says was a major turning point in her life. She explains:
"I was crying out for help, because I was going through so much. And four million women said, ‘Mary, we’re going through it, too, but you’re helping us by calling on us.’ From that day on, I began speaking truths about my life, and about their lives, and everything around us. So it’s a special tribute to us as women. My fans and I are smart now. We know we’re smart now, but we didn’t know it then. We know we’re beautiful now, we didn’t know it then. We’re educated now, we didn’t know it then. We’re soft, we’re edgy — we’re all those things. And I wanted this perfume to represent every female’s everyday life."
The gardenia petals, Bartlett pear and white freesia scent that Mary created in partnership with beauty brand Carol's Daughter will begin selling My Life on July 31st exclusively on HSN for $46. As a bonus all purchases come with a gold clutch.
Also, for every bottle of My Life purchased, $1 will benefit the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now or FFAWN, which Blige founded.
What a great idea!
We hope the fragrance does well!
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Something very worth watching on American Idol this week!
Sir Elton John and Justin Bieber are among the many huge stars that will be gracing the American Idol stage next week for the charity event, Idol Gives Back.
Though it was canceled lat year due to the recession, the producers of the show forged ahead with the event this year, but admitted it would be significantly scaled down.
Some of the other acts set to perform at Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, the Black Eyed Peas, Annie Lennox and Mary J. Blige.
Who are U looking forward to seeing perform live?
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And not in a good way!
Mary J. Blige pissed off organizers at Miami's Jazz in the Gardens event on Saturday as she took the stage an hour and a half late, which made the show go over its allotted time slot.
"Her handlers kept saying that she would 'go onstage when she was ready'. But it was almost midnight when she got on, which took the entire festival into overtime," claims a source.
Mary had already pissed everyone off by demanding the backstage area to be cleared before she entered.
The insider continued:
"While she sat in her limousine, her personal guards came into the press tent to clear out the area like they were the Secret Service. They first demanded that all print and online journalists be kicked out because Mary didn't want to take questions. They were acting like she was Michelle Obama or Queen Elizabeth.
When Mary finally emerged from her car, she walked into the tent for literally two minutes wearing dark shades - even though it was night time. She struck one pose and then walked off without bothering to say a single word. Her antics were extreme and unwarranted."
Whatever happened to no more drama?!
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And that's pretty hard to pull off without hardly any camel toe!
Mary J. Blige showed off her figure (and a slight case of CT) at the 5th Annual Jazz in the Gardens festival in Miami.
And Coco remains queen of the camel toe!
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You know, it's just so out there that we think it might work!!
Mary J. Blige has reportedly done TWO covers of Led Zeppelin tracks for the international reissue of her album Stronger With Each Tear, due out on Monday!!
Blige recruited Travis Barker, Randy Jackson, and guitarist Steve Vai to collaborate with her on Stairway To Heaven, and apparently had so much fun that she decided to cover Whole Lotta Love, just for the hell of it!
"I did Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love — it's crazy! I am a Led Zeppelin fan. I'm not going to say I've been to their concerts, but I've listened to their music since I was a child, and it's always moved me, especially Stairway to Heaven, and Whole Lotta Love is just fun. I want y'all to hear it."
WE want to hear it, too!! Why is it only be released internationally??
Well, we suppose that's what the internetz is for!!
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