Enough Cryin: 19 Songs to Help Mary J. Blige Through The ‘Thick of It’

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In early July Mary J. Blige deleted every post from her Instagram account, leaving fans with mixed emotions and questions — although it didn’t take long for them to get an answer.

Two weeks later, it was reported that the nine-time Grammy award-winning singer was filing from divorce from her manager/husband of 12 years, Martin “Kendu” Issacs.

It didn’t take long for social media timelines to be flooded with the news. Some fans took it personally, sending Blige prayers and encouraging words. On the other hand, others secretly applauded Kendu for breaking her heart in hopes they would get a banging breakup album soon.

Needless to say, what should be taken into consideration by fans and critics is behind the glitz and glamour, is a woman whose marriage is over.

“I’m in the middle of a divorce,” Blige told Steve Harvey on his morning show. “It doesn’t feel good. It feels terrible but I have the strength to get through.”

And she definitely has the strength.

Rated R&B took the liberty of making a playlist of Blige’s heart healing anthems including her newly crowned number-one single “Thick Of It,” to show how strong she is now and will be after her divorce is finalized. We even added songs by other contemporary female R&B artists to help make her laugh, cry and mend her heart during those difficult times.

Stream our playlist on Spotify below.

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Mary J. Blige to Perform at 2018 Oscars

R&B legend Mary J. Blige is not only a two-time Oscar nominee this year, she is a performer, too. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will perform her Oscar-nominated song “Mighty River” at the 90th Academy Awards.

While discussing her Oscar attire and how she celebrated her double nods news with Diddy and friends, Blige tells Entertainment Tonight that she intends performing the powerful ballad from the Mudbound film. “This is all beautiful. This is the thing we dream about,” she says.

Blige made history as the first person ever to score nods for a performance and original song in the same year, for the same film. “My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 90th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 4 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Janet Jackson and Mary J. Blige Will Headline Essence Festival 2018

Essence Festival keeps getting better. The lineup for the 2018 festival has been revealed. Music legends Janet Jackson and Mary J. Blige will headline the event, which will take place July 5-8 in New Orleans.

Other artists announced in the first round of performers include Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Fantasia, Miguel, Kelly Price, Ro James, Marsha Ambrosius, Dave Hollister, Xscape and 112. Emerging singers H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Kelela, Kevin Ross, MAJOR. and DVSN have also been added to the bill. More performers will be revealed at a later date.

Tickets for the Essence Festival are available now.

 

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Mary J. Blige Makes Oscar History As First-Ever Performance and Song Nominee

We do not call Mary J. Blige a queen for nothing.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul made Oscar history today (Jan. 23), becoming the first person ever to score nods for a performance and original song in the same year, for the same film.

Blige’s first-ever set of Oscar nominations include Best Supporting Actress as Florence Jackson and Best Original Song for “Mighty River” – both for Dee Rees’ film adaptation of the novel Mudbound.

“I just can’t stop crying,” said Blige early Tuesday morning. “My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming. And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”

Back in December, Blige discussed about her role in Mudbound to Tracee Ellis Ross. “It’s a really powerful film and there is a happy ending. It’s a very relative story to today as well because a lot of people don’t seem to get the memo that we are free. We’re all free. All nationalities. We’re free.”

Congratulations again, auntie Mary!

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