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TIDBITS: MJB Covers Essence Bishop Weeks Getting REMARRIED+Princess & The Frog Official Trailer

For the umpteenth time. Mary J. Blige is Essence's cover girl. But at least she's looking fabulous:

Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige graces the cover of ESSENCE's October issue (for the tenth time!) in a piece where she talks about her latest album, "Stronger;" her role in Tyler Perry's new movie, "I Can Do Bad All By Myself;" her foundation to help young women, the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN); and the 15th anniversary of her album "My Life." In honor of the album's milestone, ESSENCE asked its readers what they would like to ask Mary J. by posting more than 100 questions on Twitter and ESSENCE.com. Find out what burning questions Mary J.'s fans asked—and how she answered each of them from the heart.

Do you feel any pressure to keep pumping out hits because of the younger artists?—Angie Kyles, Los Angeles MARY J. BLIGE: I feel no pressure. I pump out hits for my fans. They just want to hear from me. I don't compete with the young generation, I learn from them. I listen to what they're saying, so I can get a little bit of that, so we can cross, so we can have an understanding and hear each other. When I listen to your music I can't help but feel the emotion, whether it is joy, pain, anger or bitterness. How do you control and channel your emotions to give us these great performances?—Adina Oubre, New Orleans Every lyric in my songs is real to me, so I channel the words and the feelings. Whatever those different songs are, they really are relatable to me. And then the fans give me the energy back, because they're basically saying, "It's us too Mary," so I just take it to the next level. I always wondered why, and I'm not hating on Faith Evans (I love her too), but were you to be the First Lady of Bad Boy?—Erica Neal,Columbus, Ohio If I wasn't signed to MCA, it could have been me, which I believe Puff would have wanted. But I understand Puff is a businessman, so he had to go get his First Lady, which I understand. It took me a couple of years to understand, but you know, after a while I was like, "Oh, okay. He had to do that," because he didn't have a female artist over there. The rest of the article is here.

And look who's getting remarried:

Bishop Thomas Weeks has more than moved on from his tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Juanita Bynum. He's getting married to a chick young enough to be his daughter. Why are we not surprised?  His bride to be is Christina Glenn and they're getting hitched this October.


And here's the OFFICIAL trailer for Disney's The Princess And The Frog movie. Too excited about this. News on 50 Cent when you read the rest...


Curtis Jackson--we use his government when speaking about cash--appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch yesterday to discuss the art of getting rich, and to plug his book, "The 50th Law." Check it.

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Get that legal money 50! As

Get that legal money 50! As for the Disney movie, some blacks aren't satisfied, but what they don't know is, she is not only the first black disney princess, but the first AMERICAN princess, that's the bigger picture. Why must we make a big deal over something that is for the kids!
Joe's picture

Ge that legal money 50! As

Ge that legal money 50! As for the Disney movie, some blacks aren't satisfied, but what they don't know is, she is not only the first black disney princess, but the first AMERICAN princess, that's the bigger picture. Why must we make a big deal over something that is for the kids!
Joe's picture

i think: it’s interesting

i think: it’s interesting that when the 1st Black princess gets a movie she turns into a frog?!?…I don’t remember any of the other Disney princesses turning into animals let alone a frog Even Ariel started out as a mermaid and turned human…um wow Disney hella *side eye* for this OMG you read my mind! You are probably only going 2 C the African American princess (sidebar: I'ma need for us to go back to being referred to as A. Americans. Since when did BLACK become okay again? I'm clearly brown!) for like the first and last 10 minutes. I knew it was a catch. This ain't nothing but a slightly upgraded Lion King. Animals with black voices..Disney you ain't even right. Let's boycott this BIOTCH!
Crisjiz's picture

Lydia: If people are going

Lydia: If people are going to over analyze the new Disney Blk princess movie then that’s fine. But if you are going to critique the Princess and the Frog, then also look at the message that Snow White, Cinderella and the other movies send. It’s important to remember that all the disney princess’s are representative of women being too needy to help themselves so they seek the help of a man (i.e the prince), and all of the princess’s do not have a mother. This sends the message that these women do not have the role model of women so they seek love, and security and stability from men. But like I said over analyzing is pointless. The important aspect of this movie is that there is finally a Black Princess. A princess that little black girls can identify with, that is all the reason I need to support this movie. Why was a black princess saved for THIS role? This is not in anyway helping back people. If you have studied about film, the subconscious, and/or any media or psychology subject, you'll find that this film is not positive to black people at all. She becomes a frog- for the most part of the movie I am guessing. Why? So that she is not typically viewed as beautiful. Black women are not beautiful to the elite. So not, we are not viewing a beautiful black woman- we are veiwing a frog- and are subconsciously having to relate that frog to a black woman. This is not the case for the male frog because- we did not see the frog as a male... although he turns into ahandsome prince- due to the fact we did not see him that way before- shows that he is starting afresh- but we saw the black female as a princess-who turned in to a frog- and then back into a back female- interpreting that this princess was ALWAYS a frog. You have to see it it the way it was intended. Oh, and the "handsome prince" is a caucasian man. Because black men apparently can't be handsome- or make viable husbands. Read further into- stop taking things at face value and grow up! Not only that- but even the narrator has mentioned that the story has been changed- it is not the one you read in a book. Why? The book version is fine and well loved. ecause they needed to cater for this atrocity. Further more, the bugs and other characters are all represented as black. As someone said, through the sterotype of "sass and jive talk". MOREOVER- if you could see it- we saw a white princess- hse was, what color? WHITE! So she is represented in your subconscious as the REAL princess! They didn't show her to be a frog too. Are you getting it? Do your research! Don't support this movie, watch it bootleg if you must- but don't give disney your hard earned money to further belittle you and your race. YBF knows whats going on, but they've probably been paid to say how great it is. Peace.
the t's picture

If people are going to over

If people are going to over analyze the new Disney Blk princess movie then that's fine. But if you are going to critique the Princess and the Frog, then also look at the message that Snow White, Cinderella and the other movies send. It's important to remember that all the disney princess's are representative of women being too needy to help themselves so they seek the help of a man (i.e the prince), and all of the princess's do not have a mother. This sends the message that these women do not have the role model of women so they seek love, and security and stability from men. But like I said over analyzing is pointless. The important aspect of this movie is that there is finally a Black Princess. A princess that little black girls can identify with, that is all the reason I need to support this movie.
Lydia's picture

i love mary j but if i see

i love mary j but if i see that damn cell phone commercial one more time im gonna snap her neck
michelle's picture

Mary is just a bad chick. She

Mary is just a bad chick. She looks great on the cover but they went a little overboard with the airbushing. But she looks fab regardless. Whatever at Weeks. I might check out the Princess and the frog movie, it doesn't seem that bad but the firefly character needs to stop. Not mad at 50 do your thing and get your money, it is nice to see him in a business suit taking about something productive like how to make money instead of rapping about crazy stuff
binky's picture

I'd rather see Mary on the

I'd rather see Mary on the cover than 'THE OVEREXPOSED ONE' I think everybody knows who that is.
Sherm's picture

not watching that disney

not watching that disney movie. hot mess. i'm embarrassed.
Leah's picture

I think the Disney movie is a

I think the Disney movie is a great start. That's also how Anika talks...i.e. Dreamgirls. Also this is based on an actual story so it's not completely made up. I also think it will have great music and will be good for the little girls to finally have a black princess to play with. She also doesn't REMAIN a frog for crying out loud. Some people are wayyyyy too critical, "we need a black princess!....oh wait, not that kind!"
Tone-Loke's picture

wtf did they do to MJB's face

wtf did they do to MJB's face on the cover? It's two-dimension. She doesn't even look like a human being
ann's picture

Slim Pickins: The pickins

Slim Pickins: The pickins are EXTREMELY SLIM in Atlanta. There are not many truly straight men, so the women are now accepting booty bumpers as husbands, just for the sake of being married. DEAD____________________
Honesty's picture

Jala K Holla: i will NOT be

Jala K Holla: i will NOT be watchin’ that Disney coonery! they jus can’t do right by us blk folk! I didn't see anything wrong with this movie. I noticed most the part that it doesn't matter what the surface looks like its whats inside. What is wrong with this movie?!?! JustJen: Really, Disney? Not only do they turn her into a frog but the “black sass” and “jive talk” is ridiculous! Most of Tyler Perry's movies have characters with alot more sassyness and jive talk.
AND THE SURVEY SAYS....'s picture

The pickins are EXTREMELY

The pickins are EXTREMELY SLIM in Atlanta. There are not many truly straight men, so the women are now accepting booty bumpers as husbands, just for the sake of being married.
Slim Pickins's picture

Whoa!: You betta tell it!

Whoa!: You betta tell it! You mean to tell me there is NO other non-celebrity successful sisters? And they airbrushed Mary to DEATH! I’ll read this one like I’ve done the latest copies, in the grocery isle.I remember back in the day how they used to have average every day sista’s on the cover of Essence. Now they just keep rotating Queen Latifah, Gabby Union, Beyonce, Mary, etc,. The saaaaame people. Hell I have copies I’ve saved from YEARS ago when they were worth my money. I’ll save my $4 for a frappuccino. SHe has a movie coming out its called PROMOTION.
danette's picture

"Bastard" Thomas "Weak" is a

"Bastard" Thomas "Weak" is a goofy nut case. Ole girl will be sorry she hooked up with his fruity ass soon. Well.... if she lives through his whoppings... she'll have enough material for a shocking book.
Aquanetta's picture

GIRL HE IS GAY. HE CAN GET

GIRL HE IS GAY. HE CAN GET MARRIED 5 TIMES IN ONE YEAR AND IT WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING. SHE'S A PRETTY LADY.....WHY IS SHE ALLOWING HERSELF TO BE USED AS A BEARD????? THIS MAN IS WELL KNOWN IN THE GAY CIRCLES, IN AND AROUND ATLANTA. O WELL, BETTER HER THAN ME. Honesty: I thought Bishop was gay! Isn’t that the reason why Juanita left him?! Can’t remember
O LAWD. HERE WE GO, YET AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'s picture

MJB looks FAB, no words for

MJB looks FAB, no words for Bishop Weeks. Just SMDH!!!! And Kudos to Mr. Jackson. A lot of these celebrities don't invest their money well. He's thinking long term, because let's be real, how long can a rap career last? So I applaud his hard work and his savvy business mentality.
Miss Jackie's picture

Third time at marriage for

Third time at marriage for Bishop AND his fiancee. OK???? Both have been married twice. Who's got the most issues....lol. I hope the third time is the charm.....
Just Because You Ain't Famous.......'s picture

Can't make everybody happy I

Can't make everybody happy I guess. I like the trailer and will be watching... and the music sounds good... Bishop Weeks - all I have to say is women, women, women, we have to do better...
Lanubian's picture

i think: it’s interesting

i think: it’s interesting that when the 1st Black princess gets a movie she turns into a frog?!?…I don’t remember any of the other Disney princesses turning into animals let alone a frog Even Ariel started out as a mermaid and turned human…um wow Disney hella *side eye* for this I thought the prince was the frog? I'm confused!
Shamrock's picture

Really, Disney? Not only do

Really, Disney? Not only do they turn her into a frog but the "black sass" and "jive talk" is ridiculous!
JustJen's picture

how many 'official' trailer

how many 'official' trailer of that Disney movie will there be, damn?!
nichi's picture

it's interesting that when

it's interesting that when the 1st Black princess gets a movie she turns into a frog?!?...I don't remember any of the other Disney princesses turning into animals let alone a frog :( Even Ariel started out as a mermaid and turned human...um wow Disney hella *side eye* for this :(
i think's picture

I thought Bishop was gay!

I thought Bishop was gay! Isn't that the reason why Juanita left him?! Can't remember
Honesty's picture

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.): 50 looks like the grape ape WTH?!?! ROFLLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Honesty's picture

smashinpumpkinz: people can

smashinpumpkinz: people can say what they want about 50, but he made major moves considering what he came from from, another thing I like to add dude is very well-versed and poised knows how to interview well-good look PREACH.. I'm not interested in what he looks like, I'm interested in how to get just like him.
Tweety_Bird TX's picture

Whoa!: You betta tell it!

Whoa!: You betta tell it! You mean to tell me there is NO other non-celebrity successful sisters? And they airbrushed Mary to DEATH! I’ll read this one like I’ve done the latest copies, in the grocery isle.I remember back in the day how they used to have average every day sista’s on the cover of Essence. Now they just keep rotating Queen Latifah, Gabby Union, Beyonce, Mary, etc,. The saaaaame people. Hell I have copies I’ve saved from YEARS ago when they were worth my money. I’ll save my $4 for a frappuccino. Agree!! Tired of the same people on there with the same typical interview....BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Disney and is a 23 year old kid at heart but I will NOT be supporting this movie. Sorry
Honesty's picture

Whoa!: You betta tell it!

Whoa!: You betta tell it! You mean to tell me there is NO other non-celebrity successful sisters? And they airbrushed Mary to DEATH! I’ll read this one like I’ve done the latest copies, in the grocery isle.I remember back in the day how they used to have average every day sista’s on the cover of Essence. Now they just keep rotating Queen Latifah, Gabby Union, Beyonce, Mary, etc,. The saaaaame people. Hell I have copies I’ve saved from YEARS ago when they were worth my money. I’ll save my $4 for a frappuccino. Oh you forgot Will & Jade during the month of Feb. I just catch Essence online most of the time, they are so contradictory they tell you about saving money, but their fashion spread doesn't have things under $100 most times. It's a waste!
Shamrock's picture

people can say what they want

people can say what they want about 50, but he made major moves considering what he came from from, another thing I like to add dude is very well-versed and poised knows how to interview well-good look
smashinpumpkinz's picture

The comments on here are just

The comments on here are just hilarious!
PinkcookieshoesDOTcom's picture

EMU Senior: I’m sorry, but

EMU Senior: I’m sorry, but I’m tired of seeing what seems like the same people on the cover of Esscence! Can’t they switch it up sometime? It’s getting really predictable. You betta tell it! You mean to tell me there is NO other non-celebrity successful sisters? And they airbrushed Mary to DEATH! I'll read this one like I've done the latest copies, in the grocery isle. I remember back in the day how they used to have average every day sista's on the cover of Essence. Now they just keep rotating Queen Latifah, Gabby Union, Beyonce, Mary, etc,. The saaaaame people. Hell I have copies I've saved from YEARS ago when they were worth my money. I'll save my $4 for a frappuccino. :roll:
Whoa!'s picture

Mary doing big things keep

Mary doing big things keep makeing us proud mary
Darrell H-Town's picture

Jala K Holla: i will NOT be

Jala K Holla: i will NOT be watchin’ that Disney coonery!they jus can’t do right by us blk folk! AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!
Angeleyes's picture

Loving the purple dress on

Loving the purple dress on MJB!
Keli's picture

Why does Diddy's Dirty Money

Why does Diddy's Dirty Money post keep moving up in the "Recent Posts" section? He must be paying Tasha something lovely...
beautifuldaidreamer's picture

i will NOT be watchin' that

i will NOT be watchin' that Disney coonery! they jus can't do right by us blk folk!
Jala K Holla's picture

Bmore Girl ~11 days til my

Bmore Girl ~11 days til my 25th Birfday!!!!: Thank God Im in the other half!!! There’s not enough liquor in the world to make me EVER sleep with animals (50=gorilla, Lil Wayne=Gremlin, etc…) 50 looks like the grape ape
Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/  I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.)'s picture

~Boo to Weeks...and to his

~Boo to Weeks...and to his new wife. Didn't she watch the news?? ~I'm NOT excited about the Frog Princess movie and will NOT be witnessing the tom foolery.
Angeleyes's picture

i will NOT be watchin' that

i will NOT be watchin' that Disney coonery!
Jala K Holla's picture

Mary is and will allways be

Mary is and will allways be the Queen!! Mary is my rolemodel, can't wait for the new cd Loves her
Amsterdammed's picture

Oh and why is the video you

Oh and why is the video you JUST POSTED already removed by the user?
EMU Senior's picture

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.): LMAO. Thats half of the female population. lol Thank God Im in the other half!!! There's not enough liquor in the world to make me EVER sleep with animals :lol: (50=gorilla, Lil Wayne=Gremlin, etc...)
Bmore Girl ~11 days til my 25th Birfday!!!!'s picture

Mary looks gorgeous. She is

Mary looks gorgeous. She is definitely a queen. Ugh @ Bishop Weeks. He's so disrespectful, it's not even funny...
beautifuldaidreamer's picture

Great questions to Mary...

Great questions to Mary... I'll be getting that issue of Essence... As for Thomas Weeks (a bishop he is not)... not surprising... He'll use that dummy too... Curtis Jackson... I can't be mad at you... I don't care who likes or dislikes his music... the man knows how to make money... whether it's music.. producing.. writing... movies... real estate.. etc... he is a money maker...
Reality Please's picture

I'm sorry, but I'm tired of

I'm sorry, but I'm tired of seeing what seems like the same people on the cover of Esscence! Can't they switch it up sometime? It's getting really predictable.
EMU Senior's picture

Divine: I’m not even mad at

Divine: I’m not even mad at 5o, He knows how to invest his money. Good look bro. exactly. can't knock a brother for trying and succeeding.
Poked In the Morning's picture

Bmore Girl ~11 days til my

Bmore Girl ~11 days til my 25th Birfday!!!!: only a face a mama could ♥ …or anyone desparate and drunk and hard up for some cash LMAO. Thats half of the female population. lol
Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/  I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.)'s picture

Love Mary's dress and her

Love Mary's dress and her look. gorgeous im defintiely picking up a cover this afternoon if its available. I got to know who made that dress I have nothing to say about Bishop Weeks and ok Mr. Jackson
Poked In the Morning's picture

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I

Gorgeous1/ Bey Stan #14/ I ♥ MJ THE ICON (R.I.P.): Damn 50 is ugly. only a face a mama could ♥ ...or anyone desparate and drunk and hard up for some cash :lol:
Bmore Girl ~11 days til my 25th Birfday!!!!'s picture

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