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Holiday music releases have new takes on classics

...Carats and Just For Now, are high points. Still, it's a well-intentioned, but overblown effort. ? 2½ stars MARY J. BLIGE: A Mary Christmas (Verve/Interscope/Matriarch Records) ? Blige has softened her tough, street-wise image...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/applause/2013-12-03/holiday-music-release
St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Michael Wacha is suddenly in the spotlight

...wins the first game has won a good percentage," he said. "Tonight's important."___PREGAME ACTIVITIES: Mary J. Blige belted out the Star-Spangled Banner before Game 1 of the World Series as baseball honored medal of honor recipients...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/2013-10-23/st-louis-cardinals-pitcher-michae
Black Nativity

Now Playing Synopsis: Director Kasi Lemmons updates Langston Hughes' acclaimed play for the screen in this inspirational musical drama with a positive spiritual message. Langston (Jacob Latimore) is a street-smart Baltimore teen who lives with his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). It's Christmas, and this year Jordan is traveling to New York City for a stay with his distant relatives Reverend Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). When Reverent Cornell's strict rules prove too oppressive for the rebellious teen to handle, however, Jordan decides he'd rather spend the holidays with his mother, and embarks on an eye-opening journey that teaches him the true importance of faith and family. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Nasir Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Luke James, Grace Gibson Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

E! Entertainment retooling to gain audience

...chance to open a concert for acts such as Rod Stewart, Brad Paisley and Nicki Minaj. The series, which features Mary J. Blige, follows the acts as they prepare and execute the potential career-changing gigs.In August, E! premieres Married...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/things-do/television/2012-04-30/e-entertainment-ret
BET Awards become Bleep Awards

...with music by listening to R&B. It's the core of who I am," she said, giving special thanks to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and "Whitney Houston, my angel."Later, she lost the night's top award, video of the year, to Jay-Z and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2012-07-01/bet-awards-become-bleep-awards
Speaking out on president-elect

...would be dumb, stupid and ignorant of me to think otherwise. To paraphrase a sound recorded by pop recording artist Mary J. Blige: Mr. Obama is going to be just fine. Trust me! Background: James Harris, 48, is a registered Democrat who voted...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2008-11-30/speaking-out-president-elect
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Born to be a dancer

...29-year-old, whose stage name is "Stev-o," has danced onstage or in music videos with artists Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, LeToya Luckett, Lloyd, Ashlee Simpson, Sean Garrett and Dierks Bentley.He has also danced or choreographed shows...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2011-07-09/born-be-dancer-augusta-ballet
Hot rap stars tracking into Hurricane Central

...make larger markets more attractive to concert promoters. When it comes to really big R&B acts like R. Kelly or Mary J. Blige, the performers' fees are too much for promoters to risk on an iffy market like Augusta. Artists are typically paid...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/07/30/liv_266722.shtml
Life & style
The Four Seasons: NY 'power lunch' mecca turns 50

NEW YORK --- The Dalai Lama. Madonna. Bill Clinton. Mary J. Blige. And a 13-year-old celebrating his bar mitzvah, complete with scantily clad dancers his father hired to usher the teen into...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/05/13/foo_523741.shtml
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Plant, Krauss win 4 Grammys; Brown in custody

...Publishers: Pen in the Ground Publishing, Universal Music-Z Tunes) Contemporary R&B Album: "Growing Pains," Mary J. Blige (Geffen) Female R&B Vocal Solo: "Superwoman," Alicia Keys, track from "As I Am" (J) Male R&B Vocal Solo...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/02/09/mus_510795.shtml
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