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Mary J Blige’s Most Memorable roles: From Guest Appearances to an Oscar Nomination

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Mary J Blige has been a music icon for many years now. With 13 studio albums and many awards, she has made her name known across the globe. Today, however, her portfolio includes not only music-related accolades. The R&B queen is making significant strides in the television and film industry. One of the biggest of them was her 2018 Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role in Netflix’s Mudbound. And this is just the beginning!

Here are Blige’s most memorable television and movie roles thus far.

I Can Do All Bad By Myself (2009)

Mary J Blige Acting Timeline

Tyler Perry gave Blige her first feature film role. She played an inspiring singing bartender at the nightclub. Before this, the singer/songwriter only had cameos on television. I Can Do All Bad By Myself also starred Taraji P. Henson.

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Black History Caught on Film: Pam Grier – Truly One of the Baddest to the Bone

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Pam Grier

She’s beautiful, foxy, dazzling, and a proactive queen—we’re talking about none other than Pam Grier. The multi-talented actress portrayed an iconic stand-firm woman that knew exactly what she wanted.


Grier was the image of sex appeal, jaw-dropping in everything she did. Her persona and roles were phenomenal; Grier’s archetype in the film consisted in being a powerful femme fatale star; she’s most recognizable in Blaxploitation definitely–a Foxy Bad Mamajamma.

Coffy, 1973


Grier is one of four children, born May 26, 1949, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. As an actress and singer, Grier is considered one of the first African American women to headline an action film. She is described as cinema’s first female action star.


Grier was believed to have been discovered by the director Jack Hill, who eventually cast Grier in his 1971 film, “The Big Doll House.” Her breakout and the most memorable role was in the box office hit films, “Coffy,” (1973) and “Foxy Brown” (1974). Her stunning actress skills resulted in receiving The 20/20 Awards, Csapnivalo Awards, and SDFCS Award.


Grier had a long run as an actress, performing in at least 45 roles. Although her name was in the lights, Grier lives quite the life, her sister died from cancer in 1990, and her nephew committed suicide because of his mother’s illness.

Foxy Brown, 1974


Unfortunately, to add to this struggle, Grier was diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and was given eighteen months to live, which had an effect on how she lived. Grier has no known children or marital relationships; she was romantically tied to Richard Pryor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


Grier is forever a talented and memorable icon. Grier is beautiful, inspiring, and powerful. She has over five decades of cinematic credits, which include working alongside filmmakers such as Roger Corman, John Carpenter, and Quentin Tarantino.

Grier is definitely a major highlight for Black history month, with her most famous quotes, “Me, sexy ? I’m just plain ol’ beans and rice.” and an all-time favorite quote of Grier’s, “It’s always fun to put on bell bottoms and have your butt hanging out and hip huggers.”

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Most Iconic Celebrity Reunions of 2022

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As this year is coming to an end, we are looking back at the most memorable events in entertainment. Among those were various exciting celebrity reunions. Former co-stars were spotted and photographed together many years after they shared the screen. From Kerry Washington and Sean Patrick Thomas to the Pulp Fiction cast, here are the most iconic reunions of 2022.

Kyla Pratt and Robert Ri’chard One on One

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The former One on One co-stars Kyla Pratt and Robert Ri’chard were photographed together at the Harlem premiere in Los Angeles earlier this year.

Ri’chard, who stars in the Prime series as an exotic dancer, played an aspiring rock musician Arnaz Ballard in the 00’s UPN sitcom. Arnaz had a massive crush on the main character on the show, played by Pratt.


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Rihanna Is Pregnant! Singer and Fashion Mogul is Expecting First Baby with A$AP Rocky

Congratulations are in order! Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have finally announced – they are expecting their first child.

People magazine first broke the news on Monday morning. The fashion and beauty icon debuted her baby bump during a photoshoot out in New York City over the weekend. See the pictures below. 

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