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…

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Threw a Secret Black Oscars After-Party and I’m Sure They Meant to Invite Me

Jay-Z and Beyoncé hosted a huge bash for Mary J. Blige after the 2018 Oscars, and apparently, my invitation was lost in the mail ... or maybe it was the huge snowstorm that hit the East Coast this weekend that caused the delay. It was a balmy 69 degrees where I live, but there must be a reason I didn’t get an invite.…

Unmaking Mary J.: Hairstylist Lawrence Davis Talks Dressing Down the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul for Mudbound

On Sunday night, Mary J. Blige will attend the 90th Academy Awards not as a guest, presenter or simply a performer, but as a dual nominee for best supporting actress and best original song for Dee Rees’ gripping post-World War II drama, Mudbound. It’s a remarkable first-time feat for a first-time nominee; no other…

Mary J. Blige Is Probably Not Going to Win That Oscar, but She Has Already Won Enough (Still Hate You, Though, Kendu)

Call it cynicism spurred by decades of watching artists, actors and other public figures squirm to make the perfect “I just lost an award, but believe me, I’m very happy for the person who beat me!” face in a matter of seconds, but I don’t always believe people when they say it’s an honor to be nominated.

Love Without a (Price) Limit: Love Mary J.’s Look at the SAG Awards? Get It With Black Opal!

It’s no secret that we’re all about Mary J. Blige’s glow up this awards season; in fact, we’re not sure we’ve stanned this hard for her since What’s the 411? The singer and actress has been nominated for Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards, and now a history-making two Oscar nods for both her…