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Mary J. Blige Covers Essence Magazine

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Mary J. Blige covers ESSENCE magazine’s  November issue. In her sitdown with the mag, the nine-time Grammy winner discusses her role in Netflix film, Mudbound which is set in the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow South, as well as her feelings on love and more.

On Believing in Love Still:
“Love is the only way. You can hate yourself while someone else is saying, ‘You can’t. You won’t. You never will.’ Or you can choose life…”

On Transforming After Her 14-Year Marriage Ended:
“I had just come back from performing on the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour with all the nails and the wigs, and I wasn’t trying to depart from that. So when it came time to get into character, I was like, ‘Can I wear a lace-front wig? Can I get some lashes?’”

On Her Role As Florence Jackson in Mudbound, which will hit Netflix on Nov 17:
“Shedding Mary J. Blige for Florence gave Mary J. Blige some confidence… like a lot of it. [On set] I could hear people whispering, ‘She’s so beautiful.’ And I was like, ‘Who the hell are they talking about?’”

The November issue of Essence hits newsstands this Friday. For more on this month’s issue, visit Essence.com.

My thoughts, decades in the industry, and she is still a cover girl! That in itself says a lot.

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Will Smith Is a Winner on Night 1 of 2022 NAACP Image Awards’ Pre-Telecast Awards; But Jemele Hill Takes Home 2!

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Will Smith, who received two Oscar nominations for his work in King Richard, won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding literary work – biography/autobiography for Will on Monday (Feb. 21).

The NAACP Image Awards are following the lead of the Primetime Emmys’ Creative Arts Awards in stripping their “pre-telecast” awards across an entire week. The focus on opening night was on literary categories and four inaugural podcast categories.

“Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” was the night’s only double winner. It won for outstanding society and culture podcast and outstanding arts and entertainment podcast.

Non-televised awards will be announced nightly through Friday Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on naacpimageawards.net and the NAACP Image Awards YouTube channel.

Monday, Feb. 21

Literary Categories

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction: 

Long Division – Kiese Laymon (Simon & Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction: 

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story – Nikole Hannah-Jones (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author: 

Just as I Am – Cicely Tyson (Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography: 

Will – Will Smith (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional: 

Feeding the Soul (Because It’s My Business) – Tabitha Brown (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry: 

Perfect Black – Crystal Wilkinson (University Press of Kentucky)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children: 

Stacey’s Extraordinary Words – Stacey Abrams, Kitt Thomas (HarperCollins)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens: 

Ace of Spades – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Feiwel & Friends / Macmillan)

Podcast Categories

Outstanding News and Information Podcast: 

“Blindspot: Tulsa Burning”

Outstanding Lifestyle/Self-Help Podcast: 

“Two Funny Mamas,” Sherri Shepherd & Kym Whitley

Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast: 

“Jemele Hill Is Unbothered”

Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast:

“Jemele Hill Is Unbothered”

Special Awards

Youth Activist of the Year: 

Channing Hill, NAACP chapter president, Howard University.

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Oscars 2021

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Whew, it’s so good to be back to live shows.

Check out photos from the red carpet:

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On the preshow, H.E.R. performed her Oscar nominated song, “Fight For You“, from the Oscar nominated film, Judas And The Black Messiah.

Congrats to Daniel Kaluuya for winning his very first Academy Award

Huge congrats to H.E.R. tonight as her and Tiara Thomas won for Best Song! H.E.R. becomes the second black woman to win this award.

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West v. Kardashians On Celebrity Family Fued

The Wests and the Kardashians went head to head on the season premiere for Celebrity Family Fued, and I must say, this episode was quite funny. Kanye’s family is full of characters, and he has some cheeky jokes himself.

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The Wests and the Kardashians went head to head on the season premiere for Celebrity Family Fued, and I must say, this episode was quite funny. Kanye’s family is full of characters, and he has some cheeky jokes himself.

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