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TV Trailer: NBC’s ‘The Wiz’ Live (Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, & More)

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Excitement is brimming for the holiday event of the season – NBC’s star-studded live rework of the legendary ‘The Wiz.’

Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, rapper Common, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba, and more, the 3 hour special is blasting onto televisions

But, before you can see if the reimagined, 2015 adaptation does justice to its Diana Ross/Michael Jackson-led 70’s counterparts, check out the trailer and hot photos from the forthcoming flick below:


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Keyshia Cole Meets Mary J. Blige / Quashes Rivalry Rumors


Since the onset of Keyshia Cole‘s career, comparisons to Mary J. Blige have been a constant. Indeed, so rife has the chatter been that it birthed rumors of a rift between the R&B staples.

The climate wasn’t altogether helped when Cole said the following about “her idol” in a 2012 interview:

“I’m very happy to have been compared to such a wonderful woman, a strong woman. The only thing that I would’ve changed, that I am now here to do for those that come after me, is to lend a helping hand. I feel that even if it’s not me saying I’m gonna record with you, I’m gonna work with you or let’s go hang out or anything like that; we don’t have to be friends, but at the end of the day, being able to give advice or help somebody that is coming under you is an amazing gift to be able to have. I wish I would have had that from Mary, but I’m not Mary, I’m a different person and if K. Michelle ever call me or anybody for that matter, for advice, I would absolutely give it to them.”

Nonetheless, proving that there’s no bad blood, Keyshia and the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul caught up backstage at a concert last night.

Clearly touched by the encounter (said to be their first), Cole captioned the snap:

I have so much ❤️ and respect for her!!! #SheWasInChillMode#AfterTheshowPic #LoveHer#YouGuysHaveNoIdeaWhatThisMeantToMe


#NowPlaying: Queen Latifah – ‘U.N.I.T.Y’

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 2001 #FBF

Mary J. Blige Ascends To Top Spot With First & Only #1 Hit On Hot 100

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This time we press play on Mary J. Blige‘s party-starter ‘Family Affair,’ which shot to the top of the charts this week in 2001.  Coming as the R&B royal’s first reign atop the chart nearly 10 years after she burst on the scene with her debut album ‘What’s the 411?,’ the Dr.Dre produced cut ousted Jennifer Lopez‘s ‘I’m Real’ right off the Hot 100 throne.

Enjoying a six week run at #1, the tune came as MJB’s first and last chart-topper on the tally.  But, with a catalogue as impressive as hers, we’re sure she’s not too mad about it.  Get into the “crunk” number and the other 24 tracks that occupied the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 2001:


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Hilarious: Mary J. Blige, Taraji P. Henson, & Kerry Washington Star In Apple Music Commercial


Apple have tapped more top-tier talent to plug their new streaming service.

Following last night’s Primetime Emmy Awards, the omnipresent media force unveiled a hilarious new commercial starring Mary J. Blige, alongside actresses Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington.

In an era where rival services are flexing their roster of superstars as their main selling point, it’s cool to see Apple going in a different – and ultimately more inviting – direction.

Peep the TV spot after the jump…


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Tamar Braxton To Support Mary J. Blige On New Tour


Tamar Braxton is on a roll!

Though her second studio album is unlikely to pull in opening week numbers as high as her debut album she has been handpicked by Mary J. Blige to serve as her opening act on her next U.S. tour!

Yes…Mary J. Blige.

Epic moves below…


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Hot Shots: Lady Gaga & Mary J. Blige Party At ‘New York Fashion Week’


‘Mr. Wrong’ chanteuse Mary J. Blige and ‘Blueberry Muffin’ baker Lady Gaga stepped out in style in New York City last night.

Why? For ‘New York Fashion Week’ where they rubbed shoulders and enjoyed each other’s company alongside the creative Steven Klein.

The Lady’s appearance at the fashion festivities comes before she celebrates the unveiling of her new TV series ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ which also stars the Black British supermodel Naomi Campbell.

More on all of the above after the jump…


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Watch: Mary J. Blige & Taylor Swift Perform ‘Family Affair’ At ‘1989 Tour’


Taylor Swift may be in a league of her own atop of pretty much every credible chart these days, however she isn’t averse to sharing the spotlight.

Presently delighting fans across the US with her ‘1989 World Tour,’ the Billboard belle has made it routine to bring notable names on-stage to join her. Thus far, stars to honor her invitation include Little Mix, Fifth Harmony, and Ciara.

Last night, though, it was the turn of Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul Mary J. Blige.

MJB joined Ms. Swift for a spirited showing of her 2001 hit ‘Family Affair.’

Watch the duo get “crunk in this dance-er-ree” after the jump…


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