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Apr 14, 2020.

Black Actresses Discuss Importance of Representation and Diversity in New Interview

Black Actresses Discuss Importance of Representation and Diversity in New Interview

Award-winning actresses Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson, Lynn Whitfield, Kimberly Elise and Mary J. Blige sat down with The New York Times’ T Magazine to discuss the importance of representation in media, as well as some of the issues they’ve come across during their time in the spotlight.

The actresses came together in February for a photo shoot and accompanying...

Feb 21, 2020. 4 comments

BIST, or the 'Black EGOT': Celebrating the Elite Who've Won a BET Award, NAACP Image Award and Soul Train Award

BIST, or the 'Black EGOT': Celebrating the Elite Who've Won a BET Award, NAACP Image Award and Soul Train Award

Two—that’s the number of black people who have an EGOT, that is, at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. Whoopi Goldberg and John Legend are a part of that elite 15-member club. Cynthia Erivo, Billy Porter and Viola Davis are almost there.

Unfortunately, we can’t count on irregular trends that may arise when Hollywood feels like patting themselves on the back by simply acknowledging a...

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Dec 13, 2019. 1 comments

SisterLove: Mary J. Blige & Simone I. Smith Talk Black Girl Magic And Empowerment

SisterLove: Mary J. Blige & Simone I. Smith Talk Black Girl Magic And Empowerment
“Self-love is a process and the only way we can help each other is by being an example.” — MJB

Mary J. Blige and Simone I. Smith have embarked on a journey of sisterhood. Through their jewelry line,

SisterLove , the dynamic duo is instilling strength, edge, style, and sassiness. Their goal is to make women feel elevated.

Even 25 years after the release of her My Life album, Mary is still...

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Dec 12, 2019. 1 comments

Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

On Jan. 24, 2017, our lives were forever changed with the auspicious debut of BET’s The New Edition Story. Looking to perhaps recapture that magic—or at least those ratings—BET announced that it will be blessing us all with Uptown, which will revisit the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of the early ’90s phenomenon known as Uptown Records.

From their press release:

The three-part television...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 09, 2019.

Royalty in Our DNA: A New Crop of Magazine Covers Make Us Majestic

Royalty in Our DNA: A New Crop of Magazine Covers Make Us Majestic

A pair of ruffed pages; three queens; a member of modeling royalty...as the October and November magazine covers made their debut, we were delighted to see blackness front, center and regal, as we should be. Vogue placed Jaden and Willow Smith and supermodel Jourdan Dunn atop its Italian and British covers, respectively, while Essence paid homage to the history-making moment of all three of...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 07, 2019. 1 comments

The Glow Up Goes to NOLA, Day 4: Maybe My Mascara Should Run for President

The Glow Up Goes to NOLA, Day 4: Maybe My Mascara Should Run for President

No, Michelle Obama is not running for president, y’all.

But we all know that if she did have the inclination, she’d have the coveted black female vote on lock. In fact, of all the headliners in Essence Festival weekend, it was our forever first lady who packed the Louisiana Superdome to the rafters when she sat down with Gayle King on Saturday night—in ombréed natural curls, no less! As...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 27, 2019.

What’s the 411? Mary J. Blige Is Getting Into the TV Production Business With Lionsgate

What’s the 411? Mary J. Blige Is Getting Into the TV Production Business With Lionsgate

Fresh off receiving a

Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BET Awards , Mary J. Blige is heading into new territory in her life, having struck a TV production deal with Lionsgate.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will create and produce TV shows for the studio through her Blue Butterfly company, Variety reports. As part of the “first-look” deal, which gives Lionsgate first dibs on whatever Blige...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jun 27, 2019. 12 comments

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 26: Roy Ayers Ubiquity 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine'

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 26: Roy Ayers Ubiquity 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine'

I don’t know where you are, but where I’m at it’s hot as hell outside. It’s been in the 90s and a weather notification on my phone this morning mentioned the words “heat wave.” Well, you know what song somehow manages to work perfectly in hot ass weather, even if it’s one of the coolest songs of all time? Roy Ayers’ “Everybody Loves the Sunshine.” It’s perfect...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 27, 2019. 2 comments

What’s Your Favorite Scary Reboot? Mary J. Blige, Keke Palmer, and Tyga to Star in Queen Latifah-Produced Scream Series on VH1

What’s Your Favorite Scary Reboot? Mary J. Blige, Keke Palmer, and Tyga to Star in Queen Latifah-Produced Scream Series on VH1

The year was 1996, and one question looped in our heads over and over before the term “meme” was even realized: What’s your favorite scary movie?

From the moment it hit theater screens everywhere, the Wes Craven slasher flick Scream became a pop cultural phenomenon. Now, 23 years later, we have a trailer for the televised reboot coming to VH1, entitled Scream: Resurrection.

The Scream...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jun 24, 2019.

More Than an Awards Show: BET Just Gave Us Another Unforgettable, Female-Fueled 'Experience'

More Than an Awards Show: BET Just Gave Us Another Unforgettable, Female-Fueled 'Experience'

Fun fact: When Rihanna gives you a standing ovation in the middle of your flute solo, your DNA test is probably right: you’re 100 percent “that bitch.” Frankly, we didn’t expect Lizzo to top

the stellar Sister Act 2 tribute she gave only a week ago at the MTV TV and Movie Awards, but clearly, she had more tricks up her sleeve, channeling another iconic MTV performance.

That’s right: Lizzo...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 24, 2019. 12 comments

2019 BET Awards: The Horses Were in the Back and Black Women Were in the Front

2019 BET Awards: The Horses Were in the Back and Black Women Were in the Front

The 19th annual BET Awards have come and gone and it was the blackest way to start the summer. I watched the shenanigans go down live from one of the blackest media rooms in the game.

After top-nominated Cardi B opened the show with her single “Press,” Queen Host Regina Hall brought D.C. to L.A. with a huge musical number dedicated to “Da Butt” by E.U. (Experience Unlimited).

The red carpet...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jun 22, 2019. 3 comments

Top 8 Iconic BET Awards Moments

Top 8 Iconic BET Awards Moments

We’ve been blessed to see another June and with this month comes the blackest night in television. Yup, that’s right, it’s time we gather around as a family and tune into the BET Awards!

Since 2001 (yes it has been 18 whole entire years), BET has been celebrating the best in our industry, because we all know that no one can celebrate us like we can. The network has made us laugh, cry and...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jun 21, 2019.

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 21: Nicole Bus, 'You'

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 21: Nicole Bus, 'You'

Almost nine years ago now, I was listening to the radio, back when that was a thing, and I heard a song that sounded so much like a Lauryn Hill song, or one that should have been a Lauryn Hill song, that I absolutely yelled out the window, “LAURYN BACK LAURYN BACK GOT ALL THESE NWORDS SCREAMING THAT LAURYN BACK!”

Well, I was wrong as hell. Not only was Lauryn not back, the song wasn’t even by...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jun 13, 2019. 1 comments

All Hail the Queen: Mary J. Blige to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BET Awards

All Hail the Queen: Mary J. Blige to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BET Awards

For the past three decades, Mary J. Blige has provided us with everlasting life through song like no artist before her. And to celebrate her various contributions to the entertainment industry, she’ll be honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award later this month at the 19th annual BET Awards.

According to BET, the 2019 BET Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 23, at 8 pm ET and...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jan 21, 2019.

Mary J. Blige Singing To Hillary Clinton About Police Brutality Is As Awesome(ly Horrible) As It Sounds.

Mary J. Blige Singing To Hillary Clinton About Police Brutality Is As Awesome(ly Horrible) As It Sounds.

I'm going to say something that's slightly controversial: Mary J. Blige ain't the best at singing. I've said this before. In fact the last time I said this publicly, I received this message in my FB inbox:

Aye retarded down syndrome looking faggot did you really just try to convince people that Mary Jane Blige the legend and one of the greatest female vocalist of all time can't sing 2 decades...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jan 15, 2019. 7 comments

Just Mary: For Her 48th Birthday, Mary J. Blige Let Us Know She's Even Better in a Bikini

Just Mary: For Her 48th Birthday, Mary J. Blige Let Us Know She's Even Better in a Bikini

This time last year, Mary J. Blige was paving the way for Lady Gaga’s current awards season as a two-time Oscar nominee in both the Supporting Actress and Best Song categories for her work in Mudbound—and receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her 47th birthday. She was also celebrating her hard-won success with an array of dazzling looks, serving face and award-worthy style in...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 31, 2018. 5 comments

The Year That Was: A Love Letter to Black Women

The Year That Was: A Love Letter to Black Women

Dear beautiful black Queens,

By any measure, 2018 was undeniably your year.

Despite everything you face in this country—from the perilous minefield of race and gender that you tiptoe across on a daily basis, to your beauty, your value, and your health under constant siege from those entrusted to protect you, to the crippling realization that “doing everything right may never be enough”—you...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 10, 2018. 1 comments

6 Women, Endless Inspiration: Black Girls Rock! 2018 Reminds Us of Our Infinite Potential

6 Women, Endless Inspiration: Black Girls Rock! 2018 Reminds Us of Our Infinite Potential

“Tonight’s honorees represent our radiance and our royalty … Thank you all for showing the world how bright we shine and how hard we rock,” said Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond, speaking to the audience at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center during the Black Girls Rock! Awards, which aired on BET on Sunday night.

Janet, Lena, Latifah and More: Black Girls Rock! Returns to the Red...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 27, 2018. 4 comments

Janet, Lena, Latifah and More: Black Girls Rock! Returns to the Red Carpet

Janet, Lena, Latifah and More: Black Girls Rock! Returns to the Red Carpet

The ceremony won’t be televised until Sept. 9, but on Sunday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., black girl magic was on full display as an array of our established and future icons hit the red carpet for Black Girls Rock! 2018.

Your Lifetime Woman Crush, Janet Jackson, to Receive Honor at Black Girls Rock

Here’s another opportunity to brush off that Rhythm Nation...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 24, 2018. 2 comments

Your Lifetime Woman Crush, Janet Jackson, to Receive Honor at Black Girls Rock

Your Lifetime Woman Crush, Janet Jackson, to Receive Honor at Black Girls Rock


Here’s another opportunity to brush off that Rhythm Nation choreo you practiced in your bedroom. Janet Jackson, the original queen of leveling up, will be gracing our TV screens soon to receive the Phenomenal Woman in Music award at Black Girls Rock.

The annual show will be hosted by Queen Latifah this Sunday, and BET will broadcast the event on Sept. 9. As U.S. News and World Report writes,...

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