Tome Talk: Mary J. Blige Eager To Inspire In First Book

By Jawn Murray

Nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige has constantly shared her life through her music during her 20-year career.

From her first CD in 1992, ‘What’s the 411?,’ to last year’s ‘Stronger with Each Tear;’ the New York-bred singer has sung about her highs and lows on the nine albums she’s released.

Now the 39-year-old vocalist is contemplating writing a book, one that will put her life story on paper and serve as a cautionary guide for women – particularly those who want to get into the entertainment business.

“I think its time,” Blige told BV Buzz about the idea during an interview during Disney’s Dreamer’s Academy at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Blige acknowledged that helping women with her testimony is what she’s truly been called to do.

“I am absolutely living my dream! My dream all my life has been to help woman because I’m a woman and I’m helping myself and thousands and millions of women with my story,” she expressed.

The ‘No More Drama’ singer feels especially responsible for encouraging younger artists like Monica, Lil’ Mo and Jazmine Sullivan. Her desire is to help them avoid the pitfalls she faced in the industry.

“It’s imperative for me to help all of the younger singers who come up behind me because I don’t want anyone to suffer through what I suffered through,” she explained. “I almost ended up with nothing; meaning dead, broke and whatever you want to call it. I was given this position not just for myself but to be an example to them because they are me!”

Blige said it was her husband Kendu Isaacs who was the angel God sent to help turn her life around. Additionally, the R&B superstar said spending time reading the Bible was the thing that really helped her overcome her dark past.

“The work is the Word. Knowing what God says about me is true and what you say about me that is negative, is irrelevant. That’s why I’m in this position in the first place. What God says is real, but what the negative people and the naysayers say is nothing,” she declared.  For more…