Mary J. Blige Covers Paper Magazine

Singer Mary J. Blige is covering the October edition of Paper magazine. The 40-year old ‘Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’ gives a very in depth interview in which she talks about transitioning from to singer to actress; as well as what she plans to do in order to stay relevant to a new generation of fans.

Excerpts below…

On playing the role of Justice Charlier in the upcoming movie ‘Rock of Ages’: “All I can say is I had a blast. Tom Cruise was always just so helpful and constantly giving. Just watching him and Catherine Zeta-Jones transform into their characters, it was like OMG these people are incredible.”

On what inspired her to record the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ last year: When I was five years old there was soft rock on the radio and there was rock ‘n’ roll on the radio. You would hear Bennie and the Jets and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.’s ‘You Don’t Have to Be a Star.’ Everything wasn’t so segregated and I got a chance to hear everything.”

On the challenges of playing iconic singer/activist Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic ‘Nina’: “Nina was different from me in a lot of ways. She was courageous and confident. I’m just growing into that. But she was like that ever since she was a little girl — she was never afraid during a period when there was so much racism. She was always bold. I have a lot to draw from — all the trials and tribulations and battles. But my God, I hope I can do the work and pull it off.”

On trying to stay relevant in an ever changing musical landscape: “Everybody be saying to me ‘You gotta be like this person, you have to be like that person, you got to be younger.’ I know that doesn’t work for me though. I just want my fans to be happy about the direction I’m going in. I’m never going to stop being me.”


  1. ha! thanks for saving me the dubious honor of being the 1st to comment on this article and saying something negative.

    I think the blond wigs look terrible, and that her acting roles should be given to real actresses. Sorry.

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