Category Archives: Mary J. Blige

Lee Daniels’ Precious @ Toronto International Film Festival

The New York film critic Betsy Sharkey wrote an excellent piece on filmmaker Lee Daniels and his film – Precious – based on author Sapphire’s Push novel. Betsy Sharkey interviews Lee Daniels before he jets out to the Toronto International Film Festival [TIFF] press conference and premiere of Precious on Sunday, September 13. The introspective piece is featured in Los Angeles Times Presents The Envelope and you can read the complete interview @ theenvelope.latimes.com.


Smokewood Entertainment Group

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire screens at Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 13 @ 9:30pm in Roy Thomson Hall and on Monday, September 14 @ 12:30pm in Winter Garden Theater. To see TIFF’s description and press coverage on Precious, visit tiff.net and tiff.net/press.

Producers Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness’ Smokewood Entertainment Group’s Precious hits theaters on Friday, November 6.

Clay Aiken / Adam Levine @ 30 Rock – 1st Look

Clay Aiken, Alan Alda, Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, Adam Levine [vocalist of Maroon 5] and Elvis Costello star in Tina Fey’s upcoming 30 Rock season finale’s episode. This new super-ender airs this Thursday, May 14.

Elizabeth Stama[Tina] Fey is repped by Michelle Bohan, Philip Raskind and Richard Weitz @ Endeavor and managed by David Miner @ 3 Arts Entertainment.

Entertainers @ Democratic National Convention

Entertainers who had a chance to witness Barack Obama’s presidential acceptance speech live in Denver on Thursday, August 28 discuss their feelings on camera below –

Rihanna @ Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ & InStyle

Rihanna, Jay-Z and Usher perform at the third annual Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ Festival in Abuja, Nigeria. Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Ozwald Boateng, Naomi Campbell, Oluchi, Tyson Beckford and Alek Wek appeared in the next leg of Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ Festival in Lagos, Nigeria. And the festival will move to Washington, DC on August 1, and then conclude in London, UK on October 13.

Rihanna graces the cover and pages of Instyle August issue, and she delves into her personal style. The issue hits newsstands on Friday, July 18.

On her style: I love to play to both sides of my personality – the girlie and the tough. That’s what makes my style different. … (Growing up in Barbados), I wore my brother’s clothes, dresses with sneakers, or no shoes at all. I would always get into trouble with my mom. She would say things to scare me like, ‘You’re going to get cut!’ But I couldn’t help it. I would climb trees, steal mangoes, catch birds—silly things that were fun to us at the time.

On her short hair: The first time I heard people were asking for the Rihanna, it was really flattering and maybe a little strange. It caught be by surprise, but now I feel it’s a very cool thing. I don’t feel the pressure to change it up again at all. I like it, as they like it.

On where she’ll be in 10 years: …In 10 years I want to have already started my family and have some business of my own. A fashion line, a makeup line, and I still want to be doing what I’m doing at a much bigger capacity—by the grace of God!

To read the full article, visit InStyle.

Thisday ‘Africa Rising’ Festival is set to project positive images of Africa by showcasing the renaissance of Africa’s music, fashion and the arts.