WATCH: Fans Are Finally Getting A Mary J. Blige Documentary + The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul Inducted Into Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame

Mary J. Blige fans get excited! A new documentary about the Queen of Hip Hop Soul is coming down the pipeline. The trailer was released right after she announced the documentary would be premiering soon during her induction into the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame. Everything inside…

A documentary about the Queen of Hip Hop Soul is coming and we’re already here for it.

While being inducted in the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame, Mary J. Blige announced her new documentary , “Mary J. Blige: My Life," is coming to Amazon Prime Video on June 25th. "My Life" will follow the songstress during the recording of her sophomore album, My Life, which was released in 1994.

In the trailer for the doc, the legendary singer opened up about a low point in her life where she no longer wanted to live.

“‘My Life’ is probably my darkest album at one of the darkest times I’ve had," the 50-year-old singer said. “Most of the time I was just depressed and didn’t want to live. I had it all inside and I was able to sing it and write it, and I didn’t know that so many people felt the same way.”

Growing up in the Bronx, she knew she wanted to get out and her pen helped her to do just that.

“The only thing, I think, that kept us guided was the music. It just saved you. In the neighborhood we lived in, it’s like prison. There was a lot wrong, and it was a lot. I needed to get out. That’s why I had that pen," the nine-time Grammy Award winner said.

Several of Mary’s celeb friends, including Taraji P. Henson, Diddy, and Alicia Keys will appear in the documentary. Mary co-executive produced the doc alongside Diddy, and Quincy Jones served as the executive music producer.

Watch the trailer below:

"Mary J. Blige: My Life" premieres June 25th on Amazon Prime.

As for her induction into the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame…

 

 
 

 

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The iconic songstress was inducted into the historic Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame recently. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul – who celebrated her 50th birthday back in January – looked GOOD AF in a green sequin zebra print jumpsuit. She’s the youngest living person to be honored by the theater, joining the like of Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and Little Richard.

 

 

 
 

 

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More from her induction below:

 

1. Queen MARY J. BLIGE said her My Life documentary dropping June 25th.
2. Mary so damn fine
3. Congrats on the Apollo Walk of Fame! pic.twitter.com/5bsAmZt5pd

— VINCENT (@Vince_Aries) May 28, 2021

 

Also…

If you haven’t heard, former Death Row Records affiliate Danny Boy recently made claims that MJB had sex with him when he was a minor back in the 90s. He claims he was 15/16 years-old when he had sex with the R&B songstress.

However, a YouTuber read his book and broke down how his story has changed multiple times since he came out with the alleged claims. He may have been of age, actually. And she came with receipts. Watch it above.

Photo: Mary’s IG

#JUSTICEFORTHEQUEEN: Aretha Franklin’s Family Protests, Asks Fans To Boycott Cynthia Erivo-Led GENIUS Biopic

The family of legendary singer Aretha Franklin is NOT here for the upcoming Nat Geo GENIUS biopic series (that features Cynthia Erivo – not to be confused with the Jennifer Hudson-led one). They are asking fans to boycott the project after producers were allegedly “disrespectful” to them and refused to work with them on the series.

Peep videos and pics of her the singer’s young family members protecting her legacy inside…

#JUSTICEFORTHEQUEEN!

Aretha Franklin’s family is protecting the legendary singer’s legacy and publicly blasting producers for having AUDACITY.

Several of the Queen of Soul’s family members – including her granddaughters Victorie & Grace Franklin – are protesting the series and are asking fans to BOYCOTT the upcoming anthology series “GENIUS: Aretha,” starring Cynthia Erivo. It’s set to premiere March 21st.

NOTE: There’s another Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson in the works.

When it was first announced Cynthia would be starring as Aretha in the series, the show was billed as the “first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the musical icon.”

OH? Well, that’s not what the family claims.

In a video shared on social media, the Queen of Soul’s granddaughter Grace hit the streets of Detroit (Aretha’s hometown) to protest the series and she also put the network on blast. The family has been “disrespected” by producers and they allegedly refused to work with them on the biopic. They were protesting at Monroe Street Drive-In where a screening was held days earlier.

While there has been controversy about British actress Cynthia Erivo playing the iconic singer, Grace said they have no issues with any of the actors.

Check it:

 

 
 

 

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Another one of Aretha’s granddaughters – Victorie – also took to social media to spread the word:

 

 
 

 

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Last month, Aretha’s son, Kecalf Franklin, hopped on social media to air out his frustrations with the series, saying the family DOES NOT support it.

 

 
 

 

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Suzan-Lori Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who is head writer and an executive producer of the Franklin series, responded to Kecalf’s IG post, telling the Detroit Free Press:

"As the showrunner of ‘Genius: Aretha,’ I can tell you that every single day (and twice on Sunday!) — through COVID, social unrest, and every other challenge we faced — our intention was to respect Ms. Franklin in every aspect of our show and in every decision we made," Parks wrote.

"As ‘The Queen,’ she is deserving of every single celebration of her life that the world can muster. We worked with many people who knew Ms. Franklin — from Clive Davis to representatives of her family’s estate — to make sure we told her story in an honest and authentic way. And, on a personal note, as a Black American woman, I was taught at a very young age that soul is universal. Our series is all about soul, and we are honoring the life and soul of Aretha Franklin.”

Interesting.

“It’s hard to get any accurate depiction of anyone’s life without speaking to the ones closest to them,” Grace said in her video.

And she’s right. How are they going to make a biopic about someone’s life without the blessing of the family? Just rude and disrespectful.

Besides, Auntie Aretha said she only wanted Halle Berry or Jennifer Hudson to play her in a biopic before she passed away in 2018. And that’s that on that.

The limited series was originally scheduled to be released right before Memorial Day Weekend 2020, but COVID pushed it back. The plan was to have each episode air over four consecutive nights in late May 2020, days before the EMMY Awards’ eligibility period ended (May 31st).

"GENUIS: Aretha" premieres March 21st at 9pm EST on Nat Geo.

RESPECT, starring Jennifer Hudson, is set to drop in August 2021.

Photo: Victorie’s IG

‘Genius: Aretha’ Got Pushed Back Due To The Pandemic, Here’s The New Premiere Date & New Poster

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the premiere date of “Genius: Aretha” back. Now, it’s a go! See Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in the new poster and more about how the delay messed up the EMMY run inside….

The Coronavirus pandemic put a screeching halt to the release of National Geographic’s limited series “Genius: Aretha.”

Cynthia Erivo has been tapped to portray "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin in season three of Nat Geo’s EMMY winning anthology series “Genius.” It was originally scheduled to be released right before Memorial Day Weekend 2020, but COVID. The plan was to have each episode air over four consecutive nights in late May 2020, days before the EMMY Awards’ eligibility period ended (May 31st).

No worries. “Genius: Aretha” will now be eligible to be nominated this year since it’ll premiere two months before the eligibility date. Get ready to be engulfed in some soulful vibes when the limited series premieres in March 2021.

Two-time Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo celebrated her 34th birthday by unveiling the new key art:

 

 
 

 

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“Genius: Aretha” is billed as the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of the musical icon. It will chronicle Aretha’s incredible music career, her musical genius and the impact she made on music and culture around the world.

The Broadway starlet will perform songs from Aretha’s legendary catalogue. Several of the singer’s biggest hits will also be featured in the series, including "I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)," "Chain of Fools," "Don’t Play That Song" and "Baby I Love You," along with her performances of "Freeway of Love," "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me" and "Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves."

Not only that, her activism for civil rights will also be featured.

There’s a star-studded cast to back the new project, including Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance (“The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin; Malcolm Barrett (“Timeless,” “Preacher”) as Ted White, Franklin’s first husband and business manager; David Cross (“Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development”) as legendary music producer Jerry Wexler; Grammy winning musician and actor Tip “T.I.” Harris (“Ant Man,” “Get Hard”) as Ken Cunningham; Patrice Covington (“The Color Purple”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’”) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (“Oklahoma!,” “The Big Sick”) portray Erma and Carolyn Franklin, respectively, as Aretha’s sisters and frequent background singers who supported and collaborated with their famous sibling; Steven Norfleet (“Watchmen,” “Dynasty”) as older brother Cecil Franklin, who stepped in as Aretha’s manager following her divorce from Ted White; veteran actress Pauletta Washington (“Beloved,” “She’s Gotta Have It”) as Aretha’s nurturing and loving paternal grandmother, Rachel; Omar J. Dorsey (“Queen Sugar”) as James Cleveland; Marque Richardson (“Dear White People”) as King Curtis, and Kimberly Hébert Gregory (“Vice Principals”) as Ruth Bowen.

 

 
 

 

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And introducing Shaian Jordan as young Aretha Franklin, Little Re.

Peep the trailer below:

“Genius: Aretha” will premiere on National Geographic this March. Will you be tuning in?

Oh…

Yes, Jennifer Hudson is still playing Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic about the singer’s life. The upcoming biopic film titled RESPECT is set to drop in August 2021.

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JHud Serves Up Gospel Vibes For ‘Young, Gifted & Black’ Performance, Nails It As Aretha Franklin In ‘RESPECT’ Trailer

Leave it to Jennifer Hudson to deliver the gospel feels at the 2020 BET Awards along with a fire new trailer for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin in the biopic, RESPECT. Get to all inside…

Jennifer Hudson tapped into her inner Aretha Franklin for a showstopping performance at the 2020 BET Awards.

JHud – who has two BET Awards under her belt – performed a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Young, Gifted and Black,” paying homage to the legendary singer before the release of her biopic, RESPECT. And her performance brought the gospel feels.

 

 

 
 

 

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We are Royalty! Oh what a lovely precious thing it is to be young gifted and black ! @betawards

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Get into it below:

JHud will play Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic about the legendary singer’s life titled, RESPECT. As you know, the Queen of Soul handpicked the Dreamgirls actress to play her before her death in 2018. Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah will also star in the film.

RESPECT is set for a Christmas release, but that could change due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the trailer below:

 

Me encanta este poster.

Hudson is coming for that Oscar #RESPECT pic.twitter.com/AZrU0y11L2

— Kenny Díaz (@Kenny_DiazPR) June 29, 2020

 

We can’t WAIT to see this!

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Kevin Gates – Let It Sing Lyrics

[Intro]
Nigga won’t tell me, talkin’ ’bout some
You twenty percent more in it (who’s that?)
Nigga you control the wheel there

[Chorus]
Flexed up, Billy Jean, yes-uh, everything
She don’t trust a nigga, nigga I don’t trust a wedding ring
Flexed up, Billy Jean, yes-uh, everything
She don’t trust a nigga, nigga I don’t trust a wedding ring
Yappa goin’ bada-boom, Yappa goin’ bada-bing
Ray Charles, I can’t see, Aretha Franklin, let it sing
Yappa goin’ bada-boom, Yappa goin’ bada-bing
Ray Charles, I can’t see, Aretha Franklin, let it sing

[Verse 1]
Sip out the canister, rollin’ up cannabis
I’m not permitted to cross into Canada
Fired my manager, Robert Horry in the game
Switch place, story stay the same
Bail came in the mail, bust it down, you would think I’m Tory Lanez
Broke prayin’ for a whole thang, shot the tecs and a load came
Flex on ’em like I’m Billy, bought a new hip, then told her “hit me”
Tryna get next to me like I’m Tristan, you think I’m really ’bout to let you get me?
You think I’m really ’bout to let you bill it?
You think you really ‘posed to get a Bentley?
All you do is stalk other ho’s pages, you cannot afford a payment on a Civic
Keep it professional when you DM me
You know your sister be all in my business, copyin’ everythin’ that I delivered
See ’em, see ’em, fightin’ with Dreka
We cannot do this in front of the children
Dive in her shit, she gon’ go get a pistol, know this so crazy, probably wanna kill me
How could you leave me?

[Chorus]
Flexed up, Billy Jean, yes-uh, everything
She don’t trust a nigga, nigga I don’t trust a wedding ring
Flexed up, Billy Jean, yes-uh, everything
She don’t trust a nigga, nigga I don’t trust a wedding ring
Yappa goin’ bada-boom, Yappa goin’ bada-bing
Ray Charles, I can’t see, Aretha Franklin, let it sing
Yappa goin’ bada-boom, Yappa goin’ bada-bing
Ray Charles, I can’t see, Aretha Franklin, let it sing

[Verse 2]
Cookin’ up, let me do what I want, gold Rollie, touch, Cutter gon’ launch
In Cali, just call me an ally, you tell me the addi and daddy gon’ punch
Crunch time, gotta count in the clutch, bust down, not the ho with the blunt
Breakin’ open a pipe, pourin’ dope in the cup, partner bought it, ’bout to open it up
Big Body, doors openin’ up, big Jaimaican unloadin’ the truck
Big weight ’bout to go in the trunk, bad bitch, give me brain in the trunk
Just jugg, four M in a month, two-fifty book a show, I’ma come
Cappin’ like they got more than us, matter of fact, I just ordered up
Shopliftin’, they recorded us, ‘member back on the motorbus
I could remember you treatin’ me shitty back then ’cause I wasn’t important enough
Straight from the back, how I’m grippin’ the bitch, throwin’ dick in her kidney, she ballin’ up
In the mirror I glisten’, the button ignition, the engine go R-A-H, when I start it up

[Chorus]
Flexed up, Billy Jean, yes-uh, everything
She don’t trust a nigga, nigga I don’t trust a wedding ring
Flexed up, Billy Jean, yes-uh, everything
She don’t trust a nigga, nigga I don’t trust a wedding ring
Yappa goin’ bada-boom, Yappa goin’ bada-bing
Ray Charles, I can’t see, Aretha Franklin, let it sing
Yappa goin’ bada-boom, Yappa goin’ bada-bing
Ray Charles, I can’t see, Aretha Franklin, let it sing

[Outro]
Ay, forgive me if I’m not energetic and hunky dory around this bitch, when I got a motherfuckin’ GPS monitor strapped to my leg. When I got a motherfuckin’ P.O. tellin’ me I can go travel to spend money, but I can’t travel to make money. You know, forgive me for not being enthusiastic, you heard me? When I got these fuckin’ dick suckers on my motherfuckin’ back 24 hours a day, playin’ wit’ me, you heard me? And now you fuckin’ playin’ wit’ me