Mary J Blige

18 Jun 19
Variety

Following on its statements last week that it will be filing a lawsuit on behalf of several Universal Music recording artists impacted by a 2008 fire that destroyed a huge number of master recordings, a Los Angeles law firm has requested a “complete inventory” from the company. Addressed to UMG CEO and chairman Lucian Grainge, […]

18 Jun 19
If I Was A Stylist

The BET Awards red carpet can be all over the place. Given the level of fashON that we have seen on the red carpets this year I am hoping that we see a more consistent sense of glamour on this red carpet. Like some of the other off season awards shows like the MTV Movie […]

18 Jun 19
IndieWire
There is certainly no pigeonholing Dee Rees, as the writer/director continues to surprise with her project choices, since her 2011 acclaimed indie debut feature, “Pariah.” In addition to the WWII drama “Mudbound,” Rees’ recent credits also include directing an episode of the Amazon sci-fi series “Electric Dreams,” based on the work of author Philip K. Dick, and an upcoming adaptation of Joan Didion’s political thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted.” Now she’s set to leave her mark in another genre, directing a musical fantasy titled “The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies” from her own script. To be produced by Cassian Elwes, who was also a producer on Rees’ “Mudbound,” the project is described as “a swirling, futuristic roller coaster journey of a young musician who catapults herself from the anonymity of her hometown of Same Ol’, Same Ol’ to the bright lights and plastic sights of the fabled It City, in search of stardom.” Aiming to shake up the musical form with the project, Rees, who said she, ironically, has generally disliked musicals, wants to “make a musical for people who hate musicals.” Drawing inspiration from AfroPunk and SteamFunk, she added that she plans to infuse the Follies genre “with a queer, edgy energy.” To that end, Rees, continuing to show support for black women artists, has enlisted the musical talents of the equally dynamic Santigold, who will compose the film’s soundtrack. Her last two films — “Mudbound” and the upcoming “The Last Thing He Wanted” — were both scored by Tamar-kali. Dee Rees directs Mary J. Blige on the set of “Mudbound” Santigold’s credits include four albums. She isn’t new to film composition because she also contributed to the soundtracks for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Heat,” and “Paper Towns.” For visual effects in “The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies,” the production will look to Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic to work their magic. The ambitious project has yet to be cast nor does it have expected start or release dates. In the meantime, Rees is currently in post-production on the political thriller “The Last Thing He Wanted” for Netflix, which will be out later this year. The film stars Anne Hathaway as a journalist who stops her coverage of the 1984 U.S. Presidential election to care for her dying father. And in an unusual turn of events, she inherits his position as an arms dealer for the U.S. Government in Central America. Willem Dafoe, Toby Jones, Ben Affleck, Rosie Perez, and Edi Gathegi round out the starring cast. Elwes will serve as producer on the project as well, marking the third time he and Rees have paired up.
18 Jun 19
Consequence of Sound
Nas, apparently, is for the kids. The New York rapper has announced a new children’s book series that’s set to launch with I Know I Can. Taking its name from the track “I Can” off Nas’ 2002 album God’s Son, I Know I Can was penned by Nasir Jones himself and illustrated by Michael Lukowski. It’s said to be the introductory entry in a series “empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.” The book comes from MAJR (Mass Appeal Junior), the newly launched children’s line from Nas’ Mass Appeal. The subdivision will produce toys, clothes, and “innovative learning tools” aimed at inspiring the next generation. (Read: The 10 Hottest European Music Festivals to Check Out This Summer) “I’ve always understood the limitless power of young people, and being a father has brought it even closer to home,” said Nas in a statement. “We’re introducing MAJR to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s world. Our goal is to help children of all backgrounds fully realize their potential by tapping into their creativity in new and innovative ways.” There’s no release date for MAJR’s first children’s book yet, but you can check out the cover artwork below. You can also catch Nas on tour this summer with Mary J. Blige; get tickets here. View this post on Instagram @MassAppeal launches @MAJR our kids brand. My first kids book is on the way. A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on Jun 13, 2019 at 11:44am PDT View this post on Instagram @massappeal Welcome to #MAJR #KIDS —- a new kids line presented by Mass Appeal. Education starts at the crib. Tap in ➡️ @majr A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on Jun 14, 2019 at 9:37am PDT
18 Jun 19
Praise Cleveland

viaRollingStone: Mary J. Blige will be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the BET Networks announced on Wednesday. The award will be presented during the 19th annual BET Awardsceremony, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 23rd. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will add the accolade to a long list of career […]

18 Jun 19
Praise 100.9

viaRollingStone: Mary J. Blige will be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the BET Networks announced on Wednesday. The award will be presented during the 19th annual BET Awardsceremony, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 23rd. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will add the accolade to a long list of career […]

18 Jun 19
WERE-AM 1490

viaRollingStone: Mary J. Blige will be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the BET Networks announced on Wednesday. The award will be presented during the 19th annual BET Awardsceremony, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 23rd. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will add the accolade to a long list of career […]

18 Jun 19
93.1 WZAK

viaRollingStone: Mary J. Blige will be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the BET Networks announced on Wednesday. The award will be presented during the 19th annual BET Awardsceremony, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 23rd. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will add the accolade to a long list of career […]

18 Jun 19
Praise Houston

viaRollingStone: Mary J. Blige will be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the BET Networks announced on Wednesday. The award will be presented during the 19th annual BET Awardsceremony, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 23rd. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will add the accolade to a long list of career […]

18 Jun 19
Joy 107.1

viaRollingStone: Mary J. Blige will be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the BET Networks announced on Wednesday. The award will be presented during the 19th annual BET Awardsceremony, which will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on June 23rd. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will add the accolade to a long list of career […]

18 Jun 19
AFROINSIDER

Aside’s being one of rap’s most lyrical MCs, Nas is advancing into the children’s book business. Last week, the Queens rapper announced plans to release his first book for children titled I Know I Can, a homage to the 2002 God’s Son cut “I Know.” “@MassAppeal launches @MAJRour kids brand. My first kid’s book is on the way,” he wrote on […]

17 Jun 19
#TheBookIsAlwaysBetter

This ain’t that Love & Hip Hop. This is that Mary J. Blige, Real Love.

17 Jun 19
The Chestnut Post

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research, has announced the 44th Annual New York Honors Gala to be held on October 15th at Cipriani in New York. The announcement was made by Co-chairs Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman of Atlantic Records, Charlie Feldman of BMI, and Chairman of the […]

17 Jun 19
Eyes'N'Ears Media

J-Sol Tackles Mental Health With ‘Bullet In My Heart’Singersroom, 16 Jun 10:44 AM X Factor alum J-Sol aims for the heartstrings with his latest sing J-Sol Tackles Mental Health With ‘Bullet In My Heart’ Singersroom, 16 Jun 10:44 AM X Factor alum J-Sol aims for the heartstrings with his latest single, “Bullet In My Heart.” […]

17 Jun 19
UPROXX

All of the can’t-miss live shows coming up in Los Angeles this week.