After Apple Music released the promo for  Hillary Clinton’s interview with Mary J. Blige, a sea of critics on social media felt the promo of a serenading Mary  was “cringe-worthy” and “Awkward”.

In case you’re wondering how this interview came about, you will see in the beginning of the video where Blige says when she met Clinton and performed at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, she was inspired to interview the secretary and presidential candidate for the debut episode of her new show, ‘The 411 with Mary J. Blige’.

Mary gets the 411 from Clinton on issues regarding race, police brutality, and other issues African-Americans face.

Get into the interview below and maybe it will make sense to you why Mary sang lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s song “American Skin (41 Shots)”.

A rep for Mary J. Blige  issued a statement to her fans and supporters about the recent news of her divorce from husband and manager, Kendu Isaacs.

“Ms. Blige is saddened to say [that] it is true that she has filed for divorce, saying sometimes things don’t work how we hoped they would… but, there is a divine plan and a reason for everything. Mary will continue writing and working on her album, which is due out later this year along with her world tour. She thanks and appreciates her fans for their support and love through this very difficult emotional time.”

Chile’, I feel the birth of a combination of ‘What’s the 411’ and ‘My Life’ that will snatch our souls!

After 12 years of marriage, R&B star, Mary J Blige divorces her husband/manager, Martin “Kendu” Isaacs. TMZ reports that Blige has claimed “irreconcilable differences” and plans to move forward with the legal separation. Blige has also reportedly asked a judge to block Isaacs from requesting  spousal support after the divorce, reports.

Mary and Kendu married in a private ceremony and 2003. The couple never had any children.

The news of their split is a surprise to a lot of Mary’s fans and supporters. Then there’s the rest of us who need to go stand in a corner, expecting this split to be inspiration for new album material. Y’all need to stop! Talkin’ ’bout Mary’s next album is going to be fiyahhhh!

 

Mary has yet to publicly comment. We’re hoping this doesn’t get nasty.

We have to give it to Mary and Kendu for sticking it out this long. 12 years is impressive, considering the business they’re in. Sometimes, I think “Hollywood” marriages are a JOKE! This is the 2nd divorce announcement this week. Mary and Keshia Knight-Pulliam could bond over drinks.

All jokes aside…I pray for them both.

NBC gets a gold star for bringing in 11.5 million viewers with The Wiz Live. According to Variety, it didn’t beat The Sound of Music, but its impressive number of views set a Twitter record as the most social live special program in the more than four years of tracking such numbers — generating more reactions than NBC’s two prior musicals combined.

Despite facing a highly rated NFL game on CBS, last night’s live musical, whose all-star cast included Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige and David Alan Grier, averaged a 3.4 rating/11 share in adults 18-49 and about 11.5 million viewers overall from 8 to 10:45 p.m., according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. The only NBC entertainment series to fare better this fall is “The Voice,” whose season premiere averaged a 3.5/11 in 18-49 and 12.37 million.

The 3.4 demo rating is 42% above that earned by last year’s live musical presentation of “Peter Pan” (2.4/7 in 18-49, 9.21 million viewers overall). It wasn’t quite up to the level of “Sound of Music,” which averaged a 4.6/13 in the demo and 18.32 million viewers.

For the night, NBC nearly tripled its season 18-49 average on Thursday with regular programming (3.4 vs. 1.2). And it finished ahead of football for the night in key female demos as well as kids 2-11 (3.1/13).

As expected, “The Wiz Live!” fared especially well in markets with large African-American populations. While the overall household average in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets was 7.9, the top scores came in Richmond (16.1), Norfolk (15.0), Baltimore (14.8), Washington, D.C. (13.2) and Atlanta (13.2). Joining D.C. and Atlanta as top-10 markets soaring above the national average were Philadelphia (10.3), New York (10.2) and Chicago (10.0). ~Variety

The live musical starred many of our favorites such as David Alan Grier, Mary J Blige & Ne-yo, but it’s newcomer Shanice Williams who has won the hearts of millions as “Dorothy”. It was a pleasure to see Stephanie Willams as “Auntie Em”. Mills is the original Dorothy in the 70s stage production. Everyone did an amazing job, including the costume designer. His name is Paul Tazewell, and I have a feeling he’ll be getting referrals for award ceremonies and proms in his near future! Get to know more about Paul here. Everything from the costumes to the stage setting was colorful, bold, and unique!

Did you miss the special? You can watch right now, courtesy of NBC!

On December 3rd, 2015, NBC will air a live production of The Wiz.

Below are the stars set to reprise the legendary characters.

 

 

No word yet on who’ll play the  “Tin Man” and “Scarecrow” but of course, you’ll be the first to know right here at Lakia Nichole!

 

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Meet Shanice Williams who is set to play “Dorothy”.

The 18-year-old New Jersey native beat out hundreds

of applicants from around the country for the iconic role.

UPDATE:

According to Centric, The Wiz LIVE the network announced Common, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley were the latest stars to join the cast.

 

Common is set to play the Gatekeeper to Emerald City. Ne-Yo is set to play the Tin Man, and Elijah is set to play The Scarecrow.

I think NBC will break records with this one!