Mary J. Blige Cover ESSENCE’s November 2017 Issue; Talks New Film and Love

Hip-Hop/Soul Queen Mary J. Blige fronts the cover of ESSENCE magazine’s  November issue. In her sitdown with the mag, the nine-time Grammy winner discusses her role in Netflix film, Mudbound which is set in the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow South, as well as her feelings on love and more.

On Believing in Love Still: “Love is the only way. You can hate yourself while someone else is saying, ‘You can’t. You won’t. You never will.’ Or you can choose life…”

On Transforming After Her 14-Year Marriage Ended: “I had just come back from performing on the Bad Boy Family Reunion tour with all the nails and the wigs, and I wasn’t trying to depart from that. So when it came time to get into character, I was like, ‘Can I wear a lace-front wig? Can I get some lashes?'”

On Her Role As Florence Jackson in Mudbound, which will hit Netflix on Nov 17: “Shedding Mary J. Blige for Florence gave Mary J. Blige some confidence… like a lot of it. [On set] I could hear people whispering, ‘She’s so beautiful.’ And I was like, ‘Who the hell are they talking about?'”

The November issue of Essence hits newsstands this Friday. For more on this month’s issue, visit



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