Mary J. Blige Performs ‘Thick of It’ on ‘Good Morning America’

Photo courtesy of ABC News
Photo courtesy of ABC News

Mary J. Blige took a mini break from her King and Queen of Hearts Tour to visit the folks at Good Morning America on Wednesday.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed her number one hit “Thick of It.” Dressed in an all black suit, Blige delivered an emotional performance of the Jazmine Sullivan-penned track.

“Thick of It” is the first single off Blige’s 13th album, Strength of a Woman, which is slated to release in December — although a release date hasn’t been set.

Watch Mary J. Blige’s performance below.

Blige also sat down with host Robin Roberts for a candid interview about her ongoing divorce battle.

“My heart is OK, I’m hanging in there,” Blige said. “I mean, no one wants to go through this and this is hard. I’m hanging in there.”

Despite all the drama, Blige says touring has been therapeutic for her.

“It’s been so healthy for me because this is where I bring all my pain,” she said. “I bring it to the stage … and my fans are there. They come to the show with all of their issues or trials and tribulations and this is where we’re healing. I have to stay strong and I have to be the strength for myself. I had to save myself and I’m saving myself now.”

Watch Mary J. Blige’s interview below.

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Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti LaBelle and More Nominated For Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Some of the biggest names in music have been nominated for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Motown Records, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nat King Cole, Berry Gordy, Keith Sweat and Stephanie Mills are among the impressive list of nominees.

Ten artists with the most votes will be selected to join the Class of 2018. Winners will be announced in February, Black History Month. The first-ever televised ceremony will take place in June, Black Music Month.

In 2016, inductees included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Manhattans, Freda Payne, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Carl Carlton and The Impressions.

See the full list of Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame nominees below.

Apollo Theater, and New Editions
Barry White
Berry Gordy
Billy Paul
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Gamble & Huff
George Clinton
Janet Jackson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Sweat
Mary J. Blige
Motown Records
Nat King Cole
Patti LaBelle
Peabo Bryson
Stephanie Mills
The Dells
The Drifters

(Source: Click On Detroit)

Xscape Performs ‘Who Can I Run To’ On ‘Steve’

R&B quartet Xscape make their rounds on day time television with a performance of “Who Can I Run To” on STEVE.

Donning beautiful outfits, the R&B veterans — specifically the Scott sisters — commanded the audience with their signature vocals and unmatched stage presence.

After their roaring performance, the ladies sat down with the comical host to discuss their reunion, upcoming biopic and The Great Xscape Tour, which kicks off on November 22. Xscape also received some surprising news that the city of Atlanta –their hometown– officially proclaimed Nov. 6 as Xscape day.

Xscape: Still Kickin’ It drew in 1.74 viewers on its Bravo TV debut last Sunday (Nov. 6). The reality show airs every Sunday at 9 p.m.

Mary J. Blige Gets Animated in ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Film

As Mary J. Blige racks in rave reviews and accolades for her role in Netflix’s Mudbound, she takes her acting chops to Paramount Pictures as Irne Adler in Sherlock Gnomes.

Blige stars alongside James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ozzy Osbourne, Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant and Michael Caine in the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet
The Hollywood Reporter reports, Sherlock Gnomes follows Gnomeo (James  McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) to their new home in the garden where they discover new adventures, new humans and new garden gnomes. Everything goes well until Gnomeo and Juliet notice the disappearance of gnomes in the garden. They enlist Sherlock Gnomes (Johnny Depp) to help investigate the unexplainable disappearance alongside his trusty sidekick Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

The R&B diva will capture audiences next Friday, November 17  in Mudbound.

Recently, Blige won a Breakout Performance Award at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Sherlock Gnomes arrives in theaters March 23, 2018.

Check out the Sherlock Gnomes trailer below.