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Mary J. Blige Lands Role As Betty Shabazz In Parallel Lives


Mary J. Blige’s acting career is picking up steam. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul (and part-time chicken crooner) has landed a role, playing Betty Shabazz in the new film Parallel Lives.

The made-for-TV drama chronicles the similarities between the lives of the late Shabazz— widow of Malcolm X—and Corretta Scott King—widow of Martin Luther King Jr. While further details behind the small screen adaptation remain scarce, filming is set to begin in September, and the 41-year-old has already started studying for the role. “I’m prepping for that now,” Blige said.  “I’ve been studying her online and watching her interviews.”

As of late, Blige has taken a break from music to beef up her acting resume, and co-stars in Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise, opening this weekend.

Here’s hoping she’ll do Mrs. Shabazz justice, and make up for belting out a love-letter to Burger King crispy chicken wraps.

Never forget.


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  • Tanneka James

    Latifah Muhammad and everyone at HipHop Wired .. The Chicken Wrap thing is so over and it’s so sad and pathetic for you and this crappy website to stay stuck on one thing . Obviously it’s not stopping Queen Mary J Blige. And one more thing I embrace Fried Chicken.. I embrace watermelon and I take the power away from racist.. you guys haven’t and you allow the racism to win in your own life by constantly bringing this BS up . BTW The Chicken Wrap is so NON African American .. the breaded processed chicken prepared like a burito is not part of my black culture!! Educate yourselves and bow down to the Queen of Hip Hop Soul ..