In the October issue of Essence mag, Mary not only graces the cover but she answers questions sent in by fans around the world. From staying relevant in today’s music industry, to overcoming domestic violence, drug use and an evolving fashion sense.
Do you feel any pressure to keep pumping out hits because of the younger artists?—Angie Kyles, Los Angeles
MARY J. BLIGE: I feel no pressure. I pump out hits for my fans. They just want to hear from me. I don’t compete with the young generation, I learn from them. I listen to what they’re saying, so I can get a little bit of that, so we can cross, so we can have an understanding and hear each other.
Will you ever sing “I Don’t Want to Do Anything Else” [her duet with Jodeci's K-Ci] live again? Angela Ervin—Greensboro, North Carolina
No. I mean, if I sing it with someone else, yes.
I always wondered why, and I’m not hating on Faith Evans (I love her too), but were you to be the First Lady of Bad Boy?—Erica Neal,Columbus, Ohio
If I wasn’t signed to MCA, it could have been me, which I believe Puff would have wanted. But I understand Puff is a businessman, so he had to go get his First Lady, which I understand. It took me a couple of years to understand, but you know, after a while I was like, “Oh, okay. He had to do that,” because he didn’t have a female artist over there.
People tend to forget just how long Mary has been in the game so I can understand people wanting to gain knowledge from her experiences. Glad to see she’s still doing her thing.
BTW, Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” comes out this Friday in a theatre near you. Mary has a supporting role so go check it out.
Tisha Campbell-Martin and Duane Martin shared the first photo of Ezekiel Czar Martin, who weighed in at 9 pounds and 9 ounces and is 23 inches long, exclusively with ESSENCE.com.
Wow, 9lbs and 9 oz. Now that’s a big baby. Congrats to the couple, what a beautiful boy. This makes baby number two for the couple, who has an older son (8), named Xen.
Janet Jackson seems poised and well put together on the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, but what she didn’t know was that her world would come tumbling down in a few short months. Her 5 year relationship with producer and music exec Jermaine Dupri ended, a stalling music career and the death of her brother Michael seemed a little too much to bare.
Janet sits down with Harper’s Bazaar to discuss new beginnings, life lessons learned and her fondest memories of Mike.
Here are a few excerpts of her interview.
The last time Janet saw Michael was on May 14, two days before her 43rd birthday. She and her big brother hung out, ate Thai food, and tormented each other. “We had so much fun that day. We kept calling each other after and saying how great it was.”
Now Janet sits atop an empire and a family mythology much of her own making and under her control, an iconic performer mourning her brother and planning what’s next. “You know, I never look back on what I’ve done unless I’m asked,” she says, “but I remember Mike saying, ‘You need to stop and enjoy it. Think about everything you’ve done, all that you’ve accomplished.’
“But there’s so much more I want to do,” she adds. And the smile breaks out again.
For more of Janet’s photo spread and interview, CLICK
When I saw this picture of Amber Rose, I immediately thought Grace Jones. I don’t know why I haven’t seen the connection until this very moment, but Amber Rose is Grace Jones remixed. It must be the glasses that gave it away. Also, check out Queen Latifah’s yellow kicks. They would go nice with The Dreams house shoes…
If you’re going to do it right, it makes sense to use a Jackson. Every year, I say I’m not watching another award show, and something happens to make me watch. Well something is happening, Janet Jackson is opening the MTV Video Awards with a tribute to her brother, Michael Jackson. This is a must see. I hope to see you all on Twitter watching the MTV Video Awards this Sunday, September 13th at 9 ET/ 8 CT.
Jennifer Hudson will help Oprah kick-off her 24th season, with her first performance after giving birth to a baby boy with fiance, David Daniel Otunga, Jr. The show will be held on Michigan Ave in Chicago, and will be a star-studded event. Here is a sneak peak of the show. I can’t wait, I am so excited. The show will air on September 10th, so check your local listing for times. Other performers include: Criss Angel, The Black Eye Pease, Rascal Flats, and James Taylor.