Mary J. Blige gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Producer Sean 'Diddy' Combs and recording artist Mary J. Blige attend the ceremony honoring Mary J. Blige with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 11, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 12 January 2018
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Mary J. Blige gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES: Grammy-winning soul singer Mary J. Blige — who has earned critical acclaim and award nominations for her acting debut in last year’s “Mudbound” — celebrated her 47th birthday Thursday by getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I am so grateful, and I say that with confidence and not arrogance,” she told the crowd gathered for the star unveiling ceremony.
“I know my work and I understand what this means.”
Blige — the self-proclaimed “queen of hip-hop soul” who is best known for hits such as “No More Drama” and “Reminisce” — is a nine-time Grammy winner with tens of millions of records sold worldwide.
She earned a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild award nod — and is generating Oscars buzz — for her magnetic turn as Florence Jackson, a stoic housewife in Dee Rees’s civil rights drama “Mudbound.”
“Dee Rees called me and gave me a job and put my life back in motion with ‘Mudbound,’” Blige said.
“Dee, I want to thank you for calling me. I don’t think you understand what you did... You really really helped save my life,” the New York native added.
“‘Mudbound’ opened up doors and gave me strength that I didn’t even know I had.”
Rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, who helped launch Blige’s career and produced most of her first album, was on hand to congratulate her.
“We would just dream — we were saying... ‘We want to be somebody, we want to be big,’” Combs said. “And we did that. Singing.”
Blige gushed about Combs, saying he helped keep her going in the hard times.
“I love this man so much,” she told the crowd.


Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

Updated 16 min 36 sec ago
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Two Arab hopefuls make it to the Miss Universe competition

  • The competition will be held in Thailand on Dec. 16
  • Miss ­Lebanon and Miss Egypt are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe

DUBAI: Miss Lebanon and Miss Egypt are set to represt the Middle East at Dec. 16’s Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

Miss ­Lebanon, Maya Reaidy, and Miss Egypt, Nariman Khaled, are the only Arab contestants at the 67th edition of Miss Universe, which will see 93 contestants smile, wave, sashay and generally delight the crowd next week.

The show is set to be hosted by US comedian Steve Harvey, who in 2016 made international headlines in a hilarious, cringe-worthy slip-up where he announced the wrong winner.

Harvey will be joined — perhaps saved — on stage by US model Ashley Graham.

Reaidy is a pharmacy student at the Lebanese American University, while Khaled is studying business information systems in Egypt.