WATCH: Mary J. Blige Speaks On Divorce + Performs New Single ‘Thick Of It’ On ‘GMA'[VIDEO]


Marrrrrrrrrrrrrry! 

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige sat down with Robin Roberts on this morning’s episode of ‘Good Morning America’ to discuss her pending divorce from husband/manager Kendu Issacs

“My heart is OK. I’m hanging in there,” said Mary. “No one wants to go through this. This is hard. I’m hanging in there.”

We got some insight into what exactly caused the breakdown of the marriage. 

“The breaking point was when I kept asking over and over and over again for respect and to be respected and it just seems like I was beating a dead horse and it seems like I was talking to a wall,” said Mary. “I just wasn’t getting it back. If I can’t get respect in the relationship, then I have to move on to save myself. That was the point where I’m like, I’m done. I just can’t do it any more.”

Respect is key in any relationship and it’s clear that Mary wasn’t getting that in her marriage and she decided it was time to end it. It’s amazing to see her strength during this rough time. The title of the new album is, ‘Strength of a Woman’. The album is should be released before year’s end. Mary is currently on tour with Maxwell for the ‘King & Queen’ Tour which I will be attending! Are you?

Watch the interview below:

What the performance here:

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[REVIEW]The Wiz Live

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The Wiz live premiered on NBC last night to rave reviews, and I am here to give you my two cents. When I first heard about this project I was skeptical at first. The Wiz is a classic, and I normally not HERE for remakes of classics(movies, music, or TV shows etc.). But not one to rush to judgement, I decided to wait and see what they were cooking up. Continue reading

[Watch] Jill Scott Gives Breathtaking Perfomance of “Strange Fruit”

  
Kinfolk Jill Scott took my breath away with her heart wrenching rendition of Strange Fruit. The song was made popular by Billie Holiday, and sung in protest of the rampant lynchings of Black men in the south in the early 20the century. Scott performed the song at A&E’s Shining The Light concert special, which was created to address racial inequality and violence in America. 

This song is still relevant today as we could just replace lynchings with the police killings of unarmed black men on our streets. Take a listen to Jill’s soul stirring performance below:

Listen to Billie Holiday’s version below

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[VIDEO] Jazmine Sullivan Honors Kim Burrell At Essence Festival


Jazmine Sullivan has to be one of my favorite singers, she is right up there with Lalah Hathaway, Fantasia, and Kim Burrell. I could go on with the list, but I won’t. So what would a Kim Burrell tribute be without “The Runner” AKA Jazmine Sullivan?

I loved the tribute to Kim Burrell from Chrisette Michele, LeAndria Johnson, Lalah Hathway, and India.Arie, but Jazmine is my favorite. She sang Kim Burrell’s song Prodigal Son and seenelessly transitioned into her song Mona Lisa from her Reality Show album.

If any singer tells you that they haven’t been influenced by Kim Burrell they are a GOTDAMN lie check out Jazmine’s tribute below:

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[VIDEOS] Jazmine Sullivan Reality Show Tour (Atlanta Show)

Yes I know….I am months late with this post, but hey better late than never! Jazmine Sullivan came back to Atlanta on April 7 for a second show of her Reality Show Tour. I attended both shows, and I must save both shows were amazing! Jordan Bratton opened the show, he is contemporary R&B singer. His opening was decent, but kind of went over my head because I was unfamiliar with his music, but he did his best to warm up the crowd for Jazmine.

Then Jazmine hit the stage in a figure hugging leather dress with fringe on the sleeves, she changed up her stage outfit from the previous concert, but she still looked phenomenal. Jazmine ran through new and old songs, She was in perfect voice and she had the audiences full attention. Jazmine’s voice just does something to my body! She gave me everything that I needed with this show. The only issue that I had with the concert is the fact that she didn’t perform Stanley from the new album, which happens to be one of my favorites!

The concert was spectacular! Reality Show was already an awesome album, but seeing it live made me love it even more. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Jazmine Sullivan live, you don’t know what you’re  missing! Check out some footage from the concert in no paticular order.

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I[WATCH]Faith Evans Sings In Four Part Harmony By Herself! 

   
Faithfuls Rejoice!

Now y’all know I love me some Faith Evans, been rocking with her since her first album dropped! I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this gem on her Instagram page(@therealfaithevans). 

Faith decided to covered the Clark Sister’s For The Love of the People, and get sang all four parts flawlessly. Faith had this this stay in the caption:

“Here’s clip of me paying homage to my first vocal teachers, @karenclarksheard @dorindaclarkcoke @jackyfide @twinkieclark”

Check the clips below:

Did she sing you into a frenzy? Check out the full video HERE

Also check out one of my favorite songs from her most current album below:

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Destiny’s Child Reunite At 30th Annual Stellar Awards

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When Jesus Say Yes Nobody Can Say No!

Bey, Kelly, & Michelle reunited in the name of The Father, The Son, & The Holy Spirit at the 30th annual Stellar Awards. The show was filmed last weekend in Las Vegas, and was televised on TVOne Easter Sunday. DC3 gave us three part harmony and Queen Bey gave us a signature hair toss while praise dancing. I even think Michelle may have caught the holy ghost, it was nothing like that time Fantasia caught the holy ghost at BET’s Celebration of gospel, but you get the idea.

It is always awesome to see the ladies reunite in song, It may be time to reunite and give us a reunion album and DC3 tour. Each lady has enough material to hold down a solo set and then come together for a group set. Maybe Papa Knowles can take a break  from fathering children and selling DC3 souvenirs and pull that together for us. Until then check out DC3 st their best below:

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Puffy, The Lox, & Lil Kim Reunite At Madison Square Garden For “The Tip Off” Concert

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I feel like it’s the 90’s all over again and Bad Boy is on top! Why you ask? Puff Daddy, The Lox, and Lil Kim reunited at Madison Square Garden for the “The Tip Off” concert!

The Bad Boy 90’s roster ran through a whole slew of hits! This video had me on my feet, but but it didn’t seem like the audience had the same sentiments. The audience was dead on arrival. I still got my entire life. This was the golden era of music for my generation.

Check out the video below:

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Faith Evans Performs ‘Fragile’ On The Queen Latifah Show

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Ok…so wait I thought Queen Latifah’s show was canceled? Did it get picked back up and no one told me? Anyway, welcome back for Season 3 Queen Latifah. The First Lady of R&B Faith Evan stopped by to sing her song, Fragile, from her latest album Incomparable. She brought down the house and also chatted about the album and a possible duets album with her late husband The Notorious B.I.G. This should be interesting, the duets album is said to be called the King & I

Faith happens to be one of my favorite female vocalist, her first album still gets rotation like it was just released yesterday. It is awesome to see her out here promoting this new album. I need a tour Faith! Small intimate venues where you can connect with her Faithfuls.  Check out the performance and interview below:

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[WATCH] Usher Performs “She Came To Give It To You”

 

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Usher performed She Came To Give It To You on Fashion Rocks. Urrrrrrsher opened the show, but Nicki Minaj didn’t join him for this performance. He rocked the stage with an all female band and was joined by models. The show was taped live at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Usher gave a little more energy than he gave when he performed at the BET Awards, but I still don’t get that ummmph that he used to give, but check out his performance below:

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