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Walk of Fame Star for Mary J. Blige

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor singer and actress Mary J. Blige with the 2,626th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Recording at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Eastown.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be guest speaker Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

The iconic Grammy® Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. With a track record in the music realm of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy® Awards (with a staggering 32 nominations) and worldwide sales of more than 50-million albums. Blige ventured into acting where she has already received nominations for a 2018 Golden Globe, a 2018 SAG Award and a 2018 Critic’s Choice Award all for Best Supporting Actress recognizing her work in the Netflix film “Mudbound” opposite Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund. The film premiered to rave reviews last year at Sundance and is now available to stream on Netflix.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Blige began moving people with her soulful voice when at 18 she signed with Uptown Records in 1989, becoming the MCA-distributed label’s youngest and first female artist. Influenced at an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban-rooted style—fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, frank lyrics—to the forefront on her 1992 debut album What’s the 411? The multi-platinum set, executive produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly spun off several hits, including two R&B No. 1s: You Remind Me and Real Love.

Blige helped redefine R&B and began forging a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. Blige is an artist who uses her gift of song to lift spirits and touch lives while bringing her heart, soul and truth to those who are willing to listen. She is loved for her passionate, chart-topping hits like “Be Without You”, “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” all of which have made her a force in music.

And so began the Blige movement: connecting legions of fans who identify with and have accompanied her throughout her personal travails and growth—all fearlessly related through her music. Each subsequent album reads like a chapter from an autobiography: Share My World (1997), Mary (1999), No More Drama (2001), Love & Life (2003), the multiple Grammy-winning and hit-spewing The Breakthrough (2005), Growing Pains (2007) and Stronger with Each Tear (2009). Along the way, she’s lined up a string of hit singles, including Not Gon’ Cry, Love Is All We Need, Seven Days, All That I Can Say, Family Affair and Just Fine.

In October 2013, Blige for Matriarch Records/Verve Records/Interscope Records released her first-ever holiday album titled, A Mary Christmas in collaboration with legendary producer, David Foster. The holiday album features Blige’s soulful interpretation of such classic holiday tunes as Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and The Christmas Song. Blige is joined by several A-list guests such as Barbra Streisand, and performs duets with Jessie J, The Clark Sisters and includes a Spanish language collaboration with Mark Anthony.

Blige, who co-penned I Can See in Color for 2009’s “Precious” soundtrack, has branched out into acting. She appeared in Tyler Perry’s dramatic comedy, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” in 2009 and starred in “Rock Of Ages,” alongside Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand in 2012. Taking on a more dramatic role, in 2013, she starred as Betty Shabazz in the TV movie “Betty & Coretta,” a biographical story about the widows of Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jr. In November 2013, Blige starred as the mysterious guardian angel Platinum Fro in the holiday musical film drama “Black Nativity.” Ramping up her acting career, Blige has guest-starred on the ABC’s Black-Ish and How to Get Away with Murder, the FOX musical drama Empire and was seen playing Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, on the NBC musical, The Wiz Live!

In 2014, Blige released her 13th studio album, The London Sessions, which reached the No.1 position on the Top R&B Albums chart and included a behind-the-scene documentary of her recording sessions that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2015.

Earlier in 2017 Blige completed The King and Queen of Hearts World Tour with Maxwell, and released her 14th album titled Strength of a Woman. Her first single off the album, “Thick of It,” held the No. 1 spot on the Urban AC Chart for 16 consecutive weeks after its release.

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Celebs Support ‘NO on Prop 8’…

Friday, October 17th, 2008

California gay marriage fundraiser reaches for stars

 

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Thu Oct 16, 2008
By Alex Dobuzinskis
Reuters

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Battling to save the right to same-sex marriage in what is expected to be a close state vote next month, California gay rights backers are turning to Hollywood celebrities for help at a major fundraiser.

 

Actress and singer Barbra Streisand is expected at the event on Tuesday and singers Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige will perform, organizers said on Thursday.

 

Supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle will host the event at his Beverly Hills home (Green Acres), with a private $25,000-a-plate dinner. Among other entertainment figures planning to attend are actor/director Rob Reiner.

 

In recent weeks, director Steven Spielberg and actor Brad Pitt each donated $100,000 in support of the campaign to preserve the right to gay marriage.

 

The fundraiser comes as backers of same-sex marriage fight to stem a tide of support for Proposition 8, a November 4 ballot measure that seeks to define marriage under the California Constitution as only between a man and a woman.

 

A poll released last week by Survey USA showed 47 percent of Californians supported the measure, while 42 percent opposed it.

 

“We’re feeling very good about the surge in the campaign,” said Sonja Eddings Brown, a spokeswoman for Protect Marriage, the group advocating for a “Yes” vote on Proposition 8.

 

The “Yes” campaign has raised $25.4 million, compared with $15.8 million for those who wish to maintain the right to gay marriage.

 

In recent weeks, advocates of same-sex marriage have chided the Hollywood community for failing to contribute cash to the campaign to defeat Proposition 8.

 

But Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, said the fundraiser would show Hollywood’s support for same-sex marriage rights.

 

“Having support from Hollywood leaders who are visible, who reach a wide audience, is critical to our success,” Kors said.

 

“It’s always really scary when you’re being outspent 2 to 1 in an election, and when your rights are at stake and someone’s trying to take your rights away,” he added.

 

In recent days, opponents of same-sex marriage have stepped up their television advertising and warned voters that if Proposition 8 is defeated, children will be taught about gay marriage in elementary schools.

 

Gay-marriage supporters call that argument misleading.

 

In California, an estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married since the state’s highest court in May overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.

 

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi wed in August in one the most high-profile same-sex unions. Etheridge has said she plans to marry girlfriend Tammy Lynn Michaels before November 4.

 

DeGeneres released an online video message this week urging California voters to strike down Proposition 8.

 

Gay and lesbian marriage was legalized last week in Connecticut, bringing to three the number of U.S. states that allow it. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Jill Serjeant and Peter Cooney)

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