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Mary J. Blige Speaks On Divorce And Using Her Music As Therapy On 'Angie Martinez'

Despite battling a public divorce, Mary J. Blige manages to deflect the stress of the legal proceeding by placing her focus on the music.

Despite battling a public divorce, Mary J. Blige manages to deflect the stress of the legal proceeding by placing her focus on the music. During an appearance on Angie Martinez's Power 105.1 radio show (March 30), the "No More Drama" singer said her forthcoming melodies served as a free therapy session while she severs martial ties from her longtime partner/manager Kendu Isaacs.

"Unfortunately he was my everything and you can't make a person your everything because you're giving them too much power," Blige said. "You're giving them God's power and this is why things like this happen. I just gave him way too much, but I gave him all of that so he can feel comfortable in the company of my peers and when he comes around he's not just 'Mary J. Blige's husband.'"

With Blige's 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman (Apr. 28), the award-winning singer hopes that listeners will be able to breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the soundscape's healing power. "This album just embodies what I'm dealing with," Blige told Martinez. The "Be Without You" singer also chuckled when the established radio host said fans gravitate toward Blige's music when she's going through a dark period. "That's so unfortunate [laughs]. It sucks, but it what it is."

Read a few more quotes from Blige's candid interview where she discusses spousal support, a pending book on her life and the positive reception of her album's announcement.

On Kendu Isaacs' Demand For Spousal Support:
"I don't owe you anything. It's not fair. This is very mean to just keep sitting on this and demanding this type of money and taking me through all of this."

On What Prompted The Breaking Point:
"The overwhelming disrespect. You're way too familiar and you're disrespecting me and I can sense that I'm not what you want anymore because now you're starting to throw questions around like, 'Ok, why don't you cook?' 'I haven't been cooking,' or 'Why don't you wear your hair like this?' I never wore my hair like this, so what's up with you? You start to realize that this man doesn't want you and he's just gone all the time. You're by yourself in the relationship. When you realize you're by yourself in the relationship and you're just suffering through it, now it's time to do some investigating."

On The Reports Concerning The Split:
"I'm still in it. It's getting worse. It's really not getting better. More BS, more nonsense, more denial, more stupidity. I can't even believe it's this bad. It should be over by now, but the games that are being played...it's because of what's happening in court. That's why everything is bad."

On What's Causing The Lengthy Process:
"He has the power to make it all go away. If he just would stop demanding what he’s demanding. And that’s not fair to me, because he doesn’t deserve what he’s demanding. Why do I have to pay you? Why do you think you deserve this amount of money? Why do you think you deserve any money? You didn’t make me. You’re not God. So I have to pay you for being my husband and for being my manger? You say you ‘helped me.’ Yeah, you helped, but you didn’t build this career. I was Mary J. Blige before I even met you, so that’s not fair of you. And this is the sickness."

On Remaining Optimistic:
"I definitely feel empowered because I have to handle my own business now. I have to handle everything myself and I just feel like I escaped something really bad, something that could've been worse than what it is."

On Marriage In The Future:
"Right now no, I would never get married again...It's not for everybody, you lose yourself in it. You don't even realize how much you've lost yourself. You lose your identity. You start living to please this man and want to be everything that he wants you to be...I was always desperate to be loved by a man that I felt like 'Oh wow, this is him.' My desperation got me tricked."

On Touring During The Divorce Proceedings:
"I needed to be somewhere other than home thinking about all of this foolishness, these lawyers and this and that. All of the stupidity. I needed to be somewhere that I could vent and express myself and use my music for my own therapy and get some energy back from the fans.

On The Positive Reception Of Her Album Announcement:
“I’m glad. I’m glad. Unfortunately, in this situation, my fans will be happy. They’re going to be happy anyway, but it’s healing time. A lot of us need to get through some stuff that we don’t want to tell nobody about, but I'm going to tell. This is what I’m here for."

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Kanye West To Debut ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

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Slick Woods Reveals Skin Cancer Diagnosis

Slick Woods is battling skin cancer. The 23-year-old model revealed that she will undergo chemotherapy treatment in an Instagram post on Tuesday (Nov. 19).

Woods later confirmed to The Shade Room  that she has stage 3 melanoma, and its reportedly spreading. Woods is “fighting for her life,” according to the website.

Stage three melanoma is an advanced form of the skin cancer that can spread from the skin cells to the lymph nodes. As reported by Self.com, a 2016 medical study found that black people are less likely to contract skin cancer, but more likely to be diagnosed in later stages.

Despite the cancer diagnosis, Woods appears to be keeping her spirits up. She shared another message on Instagram this week captioned, “Stop treating me like a victim.”

The Los Angeles native, whose birth name is Simone Thompson, has worked with Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Yeezy and more. She is best known for appearing in numerous fashion campaigns for Rihanna’s ever-expanding Fenty empire, even while pregnant. Woods went into labor shortly after walking in Rihanna's Savage x Fenty fashion show last year.

She welcomed her son, Saphir, in September 2018.

 

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Chris Brown And His Ex-Girlfriend Reportedly Welcome Baby Boy

Chris Brown has become a father for the second time. According to numerous reports, Brown's ex-girlfriend, Ammika Harris gave birth to their son on Wednesday (Nov. 20). Neither Brown nor Harris have publicly confirmed the birth but fans suspected the reported baby news after the 30-year-old singer shared two cryptic posts on Instagram late Wednesday.

In one image, which fans believe was snapped at a hospital, Brown is seen looking down and smiling. He captioned the photo with the date, "11.20.19."  A second post features Brown wearing a sweatshirt with the words, “Born” on the hood.

 

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Harris also pointed posted to her Instagram Story, “I was in love with you the moment I first saw you,” TMZ reports.

The newborn is the first child for Harris and the second for Brown, who has a 5-year-old daughter, Royalty. Although Breezy has never directly addressed rumors about Harris being pregnant he may have dropped at least one clue. In May, Brown commented “BM BAD” on Harris’ Instagram account leading fans to believe that he was referring to her as his baby’s mother.

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