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.

Mary J. Blige Says She Made No Money From Oscar-Nominated Performance in Mudbound

In court documents filed ahead of Mary J. Blige’s upcoming divorce trial, the singer revealed that her Oscar-nominated turn in Mudbound netted her no income. Despite being met with acclaim for both her acting in the film and her performance of the film’s theme, “Mighty River,” Blige said that her expenses outweighed…

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…

Just Fine: Mary J. Blige Looks Like She’s Living Her Best Life, and We Love It

She may consider herself “just Mary,” but liberation is looking really good on Mary J. Blige. Riding high on a wave of supporting actress nominations for Mudbound—including two Golden Globe nods and one from the Screen Actors Guild (with the Oscar nominations still pending)—the songstress and actress also celebrated…

Mudbound and Other Films That Get Black Folks Pissed Off at White People

Over the holiday break, I finally got around to watching Netflix’s Mudbound, last year’s period drama by director Dee Rees (who also wrote and directed 2011’s magnificent Pariah). The film was adapted from the 2008 Hillary Jordan novel about two families—one black and one white—attempting to stay afloat by…

Mudbound Is Another Exhausting Tale of Inequality and Racism in America, but at Least It Was Executed Properly

When there’s historical blackness in film, it’s usually displayed through slavery or Jim Crow. There’s never really any in between. But there is a very palpable significance in remembering, reliving and recognizing black history and respecting how far we’ve come (even though 2017 mirrors the past more times than…

Watch: Mudbound’s 1st Trailer Reveals a Soul-Stirring Story of Survival, Friendship and America’s Inequality

The trailer for Netflix’s Mudbound is here, and it’s more riveting and soul-stirring than all the critics claim. The Dee Rees-directed film follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from Memphis, Tenn., and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming (aka real-life work). Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry…