Daily Archives: January 23, 2018

Mary J. Blige Receives Oscar Nominations For Mudbound

Mary J. Blige Dee Rees

Mary J. Blige has two Oscar nomination for Dee Ree’s Mudbound. She is being recognized for the Best Supporting Actress role and “Mighty River” is nominated for Best Original Song. Blige co-wrote “Mighty River” with Raphael Saadiq and she has become the first person to be nominated for a performance and song in the same year and film. Rachel Morrison is the first woman to be nominated for cinematography for her work on Mudbound. Dee Rees also has a first as a woman in the category for Adapted Screenplay with co-writer Virgil Williams.

Mudbound takes place in Mississippi during World War II and follows the lives of two veterans one Black and one white after they return home. Blige played Florence Jackson who is the matriarch of her family. Racism and PTSD are looked at and felt through the eyes of each man.

The movie gives Netflix an inaugural nomination for a film that is not a documentary.

The Academy Awards will air Sunday, March 4th at 8PM ET on ABC. See the full list of nominations here.

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Jean Grae & Quelle Chris Announce Album Everything’s Fine

Jean Grae and Quelle Chris are releasing their joint album Everything’s Fine in March. The title is a sarcastic riff on the state of America and it is repeated throughout the album. According to Chris,

“We have a dickhead for a president, and before our eyes, racial, religious, and sexual identity rights are moving backwards. Money is still a thing (I’m waiting for Star Trek life to start). There’s war, your kids may be sick, but if someone randomly asks ‘how’s it going?’ most people will say ‘fine.’”

“OhSh” featuring Hannibal Buress is the first single and it can be purchased now before the release of Everything’s Fine on March 30th.

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R.I.P. Hugh Masekela

South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela passed today at age 78 after a 10-year fight with prostate cancer. He died in his native Johannesburg where his career began in the 1950s. Masekela became popular in the United States 1968 because of the instrumental hit “Grazing In The Grass.” He was vocal throughout his career about apartheid in South Africa and dedicated “Bring Him Back Home” to Nelson Mandela.  In the ’60s he moved to New York and studied the jazz scene and received advice from Dizzy Gillespie to incorporate his African roots into his music. The same political passion he had for his home country was felt in the United States and he fully supported the Black Power movement. It was during this time period he had a two-year marriage to Miriam Makeba. Masekela toured with Paul Simon in the ’80s and by the ’90s he returned to South Africa. He was eventually named the “father of South African jazz” for the work he did in the area as a young musician and the style he carried worldwide. The autobiography, Still Grazing: The Musical Journey Of Hugh Masekela was released in 2004. No Borders from 2016 was his last recording.

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