Mary J. Blige Dishes on Role in New Film ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige always keeps it real.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul took a break from her nationwide Strength of A Woman Live Tour to speak with Variety about how she used marriage woes for her role as Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ film adaption of the novel Mudbound.

“I used a lot of my own heaviness from my own misery that I was living in that horrible marriage,” Blige told Variety. “I was just dying in it. I knew something was wrong. I just couldn’t prove it. I just had all the heaviness of not feeling right, not feeling good. I gave it to Florence.”

Although Blige’s marriage was unfolding during taping, she still found it difficult to perform intimate scenes with on-screen husband, Hap, played by actor Rob Morgan. “I was married. I never touched another man other than my husband. I was petrified: ‘Oh God. I don’t want to do it.'”

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After being pulled aside by Rees, she realized, “This is the job. This is acting. You’ve got to commit.”

Blige reflected on her previous roles like 2001’s Prison Song. “I hope people don’t go digging it up,” she said. “When I see it, I get a tear from embarrassment.”

Aside from her upcoming role, Blige is still promoting her April release Strength Of A Woman, which debuted No. 3 on the Billboard 200. She recently selected “Glow Up” featuring DJ Khaled, Quavo (from rap trio Migos) and Missy Elliott.

Mudbound will be released on Netflix and select theaters on November 17.

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Mary J. Blige Talks Golden Globe Nominations: ‘I’m Just So Grateful’

Mary J. Blige has a lot to be proud of. Blige has been nominated for two Golden Globes, including best supporting actress and best original song in the Netflix film Mudbound. 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul spoke with The Los Angeles Times about how she felt about her nomination, which she found out about while still in bed. “This is different because [acting] is something I’ve always set out to do and I wanted to get it right and do it right,” she said. “The reward that comes with this is this nomination so I’m grateful. It feels good because I’m being nominated for something other than singing. [laughs] I don’t even know what else to say. I’m just so grateful.”

Blige also dished on what she hopes people take away from her character Florence Jackson in the film.”To be humble. To be powerful. To know who we are. Florence is like every woman. She’s the center and holds things together without getting too emotional about it,” Blige said. “She loves her family. So, I hope people know that … you can figure a way out of things. Florence was a quiet, silent power.”

Mudbound follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life on the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover what they hold in common is more true than what tears them apart.

SoMo Announces ‘The Reservations Tour’ Dates

SoMo stays on the road. After wrapping up his The Answers Tour this year, the Texas native announces dates for The Reservations Tour. The tour will begin on February 21, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and will hit cities across the U.S. including Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on April 14 in Dallas.

“Can’t wait to see new and old faces on this tour,” SoMo tweeted.

In September, he released his My Life III mixtape. “This project means so much to me! These songs poured out of my soul and I hope you enjoy them,” SoMo said.

See SoMo’s tour dates below and get tickets at officialsomo.com.

Justine Skye Announces Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

With three EPs and a handful of one-off singles under her belt, Justine is finally ready to deliver her debut album. The project is titled Ultraviolet and is set to release on January 19, 2018 via Roc Nation. It will include her previously released songs “U Don’t Know” featuring Wiz Kid, “Back For More” featuring Jeremih and “Don’t Think About It.”

Skye took over Apple Music’s official Instagram account to announce the exciting news and to share a few details about the project. She revealed she collaborated with PARTYNEXTDOOR on a song called “Good Love,” which will be out on Friday.

“It was just dope working with PARTY because not only is he an amazing artist, he is a fire, fire songwriter and very passionate about the projects he works on,” she said.

The Brooklyn native also mentioned track seven, “Heaven,” is the most personal to her. “‘Heaven’ I feel like is the most vulnerable song on the album,” Skye said. “I did this song with Prince Charlez and Fred Ball who did ‘Love on the Brain’ with Rihanna.”

Ultraviolet will be on pre-order starting Friday (Dec. 8). Fans who pre-order the album will get an instant download of Skye’s new track “Goodlove.”

Ultraviolet Track List
1. Wasteland
2. Goodlove
3. U Don’t Know feat. Wiz Kid
4. Back For More feat. Jeremih
5. Don’t Think About It
6. You Got Me
7. Heaven
8. Push Ya
9. Lil Boy
10. Ultraviolet

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