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City Girls Talk Holding Down While JT Is Locked Up, QC Being a Family + Shows Love To The City Boys

Yung Miami of City Girls pulled up to The Angie Martinez show today to talk about holding it down for her other have JT while she is locked up, how she started getting into rapping + more!

The City girls are currently on their 3rd week of touring the country with Lil Baby. Speaking on being a full time artist now Miami said that at first she was enjoying the shows and all that but now it’s starting to feel more like work. Not having her other half around also makes it a litte hard on her, “its hard because I gotta do everything but it doesn’t bother me because I know I’m holding it down for the group”. However the two of them speak all the time and while JT is bummed about missing all of the hype around the group she cannot wait to be out and get back to work.

They are also celebrating going on two years as a group, speaking on their early days she said, “I used to play around like I wanted to be a rapper, JT always wanted it though like she wanted to be rapper and used to rap with her dad”. While it started out as just a hobby for her it is finally starting to feel normal, however mentioning it was easier while JT was around, now she is learning to handle everything on her own.

Yung Miami of City Girls came to HOT 97 to talk to Nessa about everything. She talks about being excited for Summer Jam, what she’s going to do when JT comes out and letting her listen to music and talking to her everyday, Rihanna playing Act Up, Mary J Blige being a fan, Drake, who she’s inspired by, the newscaster and church that played Act Up, wanting to work with Beyonce, being a mom, being in love and dealing with people that come at her.

It’s Going Down! Essence Festival 2019 Lineup: Missy Elliott, Pharrell, H.E.R., Mary J. Blige, City Girls and More

The 2019 line up includes: Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, H.E.R., Big Freedia, City Girls, Davido, Ginuwine, Jacquees, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, Nas, Normani, Pharrell Williams, Queen Naija, Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike, Teyana Taylor, Timbaland, 702 and many more.

“When the ESSENCE Festival was founded 25 years ago, it marked a pivotal moment of vision and reverence – a critical acknowledgement of and investment in the power of our culture,” said Michelle Ebanks, Chief Executive Officer of ESSENCE Communications. “In the years since, it has set a standard that many other festivals have aspired to, and today, the ESSENCE Festival has grown to represent an annual homecoming for Black artists from across the globe. In honor of our 25th anniversary, nearly 30 artists per night over 3 epic nights will come together to mount the world’s largest and most extraordinary cultural celebration. To one and all, we say, ‘Welcome to ESSENCE. Welcome home.’”

Highlights will include special performances celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mary J. Blige’s My Life and Nas’ Illmatic, as well as a live album recording by Grammy Award-winning musician PJ Morton featuring performances from Jojo, Luke James, The Hamiltones and more.

ESSENCE will also cultivate a noteworthy mainstage moment honoring Frankie Beverlyfor his lifetime contribution to music.

Weekend ticket packages for the 2019 ESSENCE Festival are currently on sale, with prices starting at $185. To see a complete listing of the full lineup, click HERE.

Tell’ Em. Mary J. Blige Refuses to ‘Take Care of Any More Men’ in Relationships

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Last year, The singer’s divorce from her estranged husband, Kendu Isaacs, was finalized on Wednesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Click Here if you missed that.

Mary makes it very damn clear. She will be more selective in the men she chooses to date.

The singer/actress said in a recent interview with DJ Ace on BBC Radio 1Xtra that she’s done dating men who can’t take care of themselves financially.

When asked what it would take for a man to to be taken seriously in her life, Mary responded, “Well, he has to have more money than me, that’s for sure, because I’m not taking care of any more men.”

She’s NOT repeating the same mistake.

Mary J. Blige On Women In Music And Her New Show, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s Feud On ‘The View’


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Mary J. Blige said the ongoing feud between artists Cardi B and Nicki Minaj is “negative” for women in a male-dominated industry.

Blige spoke out for the first time about the industry trying to pit women like Cardi and Minaj against each other. She believes it reflects negatively on all parties involved and said women have “suffered enough” in a male-dominated society and business.

Blige, the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul,” has been a powerful influence in the music industry since 1992. She opened up about seeing women treated horribly growing up, including her own mother.

“As a kid I was like … I don’t ever want to see another woman hurt again,” she said.

Blige, who was abused by her former husband-manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs, admitted to becoming the “battered woman” she vowed not to be. But she’s come a long way since then.

“In order to teach or inspire someone you have to become the thing, so they can see you come out of it,” she said.

“When you see us trying to do something,” Blige said about women in the music industry, “at least try to bring us together. At least try to lift us up together and continue to lift each other up. Why can’t Cardi win the Grammy? Why can’t she have her moment?”

More than anything, Blige is making sure women get what they deserve. She wants to see “women get what’s equal to them. What they’re supposed to get, and I’m a part of that.”

Major Side Eye. JAY-Z, Lady Gaga, Dave Chappelle, More Turned Down R. Kelly Documentary, Producer Says

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Yesterday it was reported, R. Kelly threatened to seek legal action against network if ‘Surviving R Kelly’ documentary airs. Click Here if you missed that.

Speaking with the Detroit Free Press, Dream Hampton revealed that Erykah BaduJAY-Z, Dave Chappelle, and Lady Gaga—all of whom have collaborated with R. Kelly—declined interviews. Questlove, Mary J. Blige, and Lil’ Kim also turned down the opportunity to speak, hampton said in an interview with Shadow and Act.

“I mean, most people just don’t want to touch it,” dream hampton said. “I remember [Questlove] was like, ‘I would do anything for you but I can’t do this.’ It’s not because they support him, it’s because it’s so messy and muddy. It’s that turning away that has allowed this to go on.”

Questlove later responded to the news in a since-deleted tweet. “I always thought Kels was trash,” he wrote. “My reason for declining the RKelly docu that I support 10000000 percent is I didn’t wanna be in the ‘good times’ portion of the doc, like stanning for his ‘genius.’ I was asked to talk about his genius. I do not nor have I EVER stanned for him.”

The only musicians who participated in “Surviving R. Kelly” were John Legend and R&B singer Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards, who testified against Kelly at his 2008 trial. Dream Hampton said of John Legend’s participation, “That makes John Legend even more of a hero for me.”

LeBron James Calls Out ‘Slave Mentality’ of ‘Old, White Men’ NFL Owners

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LeBron James thinks that NFL owners need to drop what he called their “slave mentality” regarding athletes on their teams and how they express themselves politically, on or off the field.

“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men on teams, and they’ve got that slave mentality,” James said on the latest episode of his HBO show “The Shop,” which aired Friday. “This is my team, and you do what the f— I tell you all to do, or we get rid of y’all.”

James then contrasted that stance with the NBA, applauding commissioner Adam Silver for giving athletes more autonomy and feels the NFL should do the same in regards to the debate over kneeling players during the national anthem.

“Every Sunday, without Todd Gurley, without Odell Beckham Jr., and without those players, there’s no football,” James said. “You’re not disrespecting the Rams or the Lakers or whatever the case may be. I’m very educated in what I believe in, and I’m not doing it in a violent way. I’m not knocking on your door saying, listen, I’m kneeling today, and if you don’t kneel with me I’m knocking you the f— out, but you know people go crazy when things are done outside the box.

Watch the full episode here.