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Originally posted 10/23/2008 10:00AM
While uncharacteristically mum about its choice for president, Hollywood's been highly vocal about another political issue – giving a loud "No" to Proposition 8.
And if those sentiments weren't clear enough, the concert by Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige Tuesday night to fight Prop 8 raised $3.9 million.
The $1,000-a-head event was intended to help close the gap between the No on Prop 8 supporters, who have raised about $25 million, and the Yes on Prop 8 boosters, who have $27 million in their coffers, reports Variety.
Originally posted 04/06/2008 12:00PM
Mum was the wedding word from Jay-Z as he hit the stage in North Carolina on Saturday – a day after a friend says he married Beyoncé Knowles – revealing nothing about a ceremony and wearing no ring.
But co-headliner Mary J. Blige on the "Heart of the City" tour couldn't maintain the same level of silence, shouting to the sold-out Greensboro audience: "Congratulations to my man, Jay-Z, and my girl B," before starting her set with "You're All I Need."
Otherwise, it was musical business as usual for Jay-Z, who stuck to the concert script, performing on his own and doing duets with Blige. Beyoncé was nowhere to be seen, and his only reference to her came when he played a few notes of "Crazy in Love," then cut it off, saying, "Sorry, B." But this is something he does at every show.
Originally posted 01/14/2008 10:55AM
Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Wyclef Jean, Timbaland and Tyler Perry are among the names that have surfaced on a long list of people in a current New York investigation of those who may have obtained steroids or human growth hormones, the Albany Times Union reports.
No one on the list is being accused of violating the law, says the paper, which explains that the probe is about halting the flow of the drugs by doctors who illegally write prescriptions without seeing patients. Witnesses on Long Island who are cooperating with investigators reportedly supplied the names of the celebrities, but the probe is mostly concerned with doctors' actions.
A rep for Blige, Karynne Tencer, is quoted in The New York Times as saying: "Mary J. Blige has never taken any performance-enhancing illegal steroids."
Spokespeople for the others were not available for comment. – Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 02/01/2007 10:20AM
After years of addiction and abuse that she says left her "totally done, spinning out of control, suicidal," this year's top Grammy honoree, Mary J. Blige, credits her husband with saving her life.
Originally posted 12/05/2006 08:15AM
Even Mary J. Blige was impressed: She won a whopping nine times at Monday's 2006 Billboard Music Awards, including R&B/hip-hop artist of the year, female R&B artist of the year and R&B/hip-hop album of the year (The Breakthrough) and song of the year ("Be Without You"), as well as Hot 100 airplay song of the year.
Originally posted 12/20/2005 06:00AM
Listen to Blige's Complete Album In Windows MediaIn Real Player She once sang about not wanting any more drama in her life, and it seems like Mary J. Blige has gotten her wish. "I'm content with Mary for the very first time," the 34-year-old R&B diva tells PEOPLE about what listeners will learn from her seventh studio album, The Breakthrough. "I love her, I like her, and I accept everything I cannot change and I accept the things that I can change about her. So they're actually getting a hopeful album from Mary J. Blige."
Originally posted 10/20/2004 06:00AM
Clay Aiken wrapped up his solo tour this week, playing two concerts Monday to a screaming crowd at the North Carolina State Fair in his hometown of Raleigh. It's quite a new look at the fair for the "Invisible" singer, who admits that as a young boy he was too scared to get on the rides. "I was a very nervous child," he tells local paper The News & Observer. As he got to be a teen, his friends tried to persuade him to sing in the fair's karaoke booth, but he refused. "I was always so nervous. I didn't want to sing," he said. "I was always worried that someone was going to boo me." How times have changed. When tickets for his State Fair shows went on sale last month, they sold out in minutes (9 for the first show, 12 for the second, according to local CBS affiliate WRAL) – which is a good thing, since the American Idol runner-up was reportedly paid $100,000 for each show.
Originally posted 10/04/2004 06:00AM
Mary J. Blige is loving life – and that wasn't always the case. The "No More Drama" singer is happily married to her husband of 10 months, producer Kendu Isaacs, and is a doting stepmother to his son Nasir, 5, and daughter Jordan, 7. Blige, 33, whom Sting calls the "heir to Aretha," has other reasons to smile: After struggling with drugs and alcohol for years, she's decidedly clean and sober. And she's releasing her first DVD, Mary J. Blige: Live from Los Angeles. Blige spoke to PEOPLE about learning to love herself, attaining peace through prayer and the importance of family.
Originally posted 01/31/2002 12:00PM
The hip-hop queen, who'll sing at this Sunday's Super Bowl, became engaged over the holidays to Martin (Kendu) Isaacs, a former musical director for Queen Latifah.
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