Sunday, December 2, 2007

WHEN MARY MET TAVIS...



Here are some great Mary moments from her recent interview with Tavis Smiley:

On "Work That," her hot new single & ipod commercial:
"...That song is basically saying, sometimes as women, we get tired of what we have. We get tired of our short hair, we get tired of - and we don't want to be happy with what we have. But what I'm saying is this is what we got. We got to make it. If our hair's short, if you want to go buy some hair, go buy some hair. Whatever you wanna do. But work what you have. If you're a big girl, make that big girl work and be hot as a big girl. If you're a small girl, be happy as the small chick. So basically what I'm just saying is just whatever your skin color is, if you're dark, light, whatever the case may be, work that."

On sharing personal info with the public (I'll be sure to heed these words once my "memoir comes out.):
"...Ever since I was a kid, like, a lot of embarrassing things have happened to me. So by the time I was a teenager, I was, like, just whatever, letting it all hang out. And so at some point I was like, you know what? Let me just not be ashamed of any of this. Because it is what it is, and if I don't share with people how we can get better from all of this or how we can feel better - it's the embarrassment that keeps us kind of pushed down. So I'm really, like, I'm not embarrassed any more about anything that people, that human beings are going through. We go through things. So I don't mind sharing with my people, because I am my people, and that's how I look at it."

On her "Oscar" experience with the Big "O":
"We were at an Oscar party during that whole Grammies, it was a big Mary J. Blige time, and I got a call from Oprah Winfrey. It was the weirdest thing, because she's amazing, and I know she cares about me, but I didn't know she would care enough to want to hang out with me like this, after Africa and all that. So she goes to the Oscars, she takes my husband and I to the Oscars - or my husband take her and I to the Oscars, we're on both of his arms. And we're at the party, and I'm sitting there, and out of nowhere comes Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and they're all screaming and talking about how much they love me, and hugging me and kissing me and taking pictures with me. So in the middle of the night I sat there and I looked around and I said, "Am I good enough for all of this?" Like, "Me? Do they really like me?"

And something was, like, yes, they like you. Something in you, they like. And it was like I had to believe that. At that moment, I had to believe that I deserved that moment right there. They might like my talent or whatever the case may be, but it's something that came out of me that they liked. So I had to believe that, and that was my "Growing Pains" moment. That's when I went home and started writing."

On karma:
"I try not to talk about people, because I had this episode, this karma episode, and I was talking about this girl. And her leg was really, really ashy. And I go "Ah-ha-ha, she's ashy." The next day I had a photo shoot. Now, I know I put lotion on my entire body. I got to that photo shoot and I went to try on my clothes, my entire body was ashy. And I was, like, how did this happen? (Laughter)

So I looked at it like it was karma, so that was a lesson to never - like, just try not to, like, put negative things out there about people or even laugh at people, because you are people too, and things can happen to you."

Hmmm...maybe Mariah should rethink that "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion" line.

"Just Fine"
Mary J. Blige - Just Fine - Single

"Work That"
Mary J. Blige - Work That - Single


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