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5 Films And Shows To Watch In Honor Of Mary J. Blige’s Birthday

Do you know what film earned her two Oscar nominations?

Happy Birthday, Mary J. Blige! The seasoned actor is celebrating her 52nd birthday today, Wednesday, Jan. 11, and it's only right that we celebrate by reminding her fans why the multitalented entertainer needs to be honored on her special day! BET.com has put together a list of five of our top films and shows that you should watch today to celebrate all of Blige’s talents.

  • Power Book II: Ghost

    In this Starz spin-off, Blige plays Monet Stewart Tejada and is the current head honcho of the Tejada drug organization while also being the mother of Cane (played by Woody McClain) and Dru (Lovell Adams-Gray) and Diana Tejada (LaToya Tonodeo).  Season 3 on Power Book II: Ghost premieres on March 17, 2023. 

  • Mudbound

    Playing Florence Jackson in this Netflix film, Blige's portrayal scored her two Oscar nominations for Best Performance By an Actress In a Supporting Role and Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song). 

  • Betty and Coretta (Betty Shabazz)

    In this Lifetime movie, Blige plays Betty Shabazz, wife of the late Malcolm X, and Angela Bassett plays Coretta Scott King, wife of the late Martin Luther King Jr.

    The movie follows 30 years of friendship that began between the two after their husbands were assassinated in the 1960s.

  • The Umbrella Academy

    In this popular Netflix series, Blige plays one of the antagonists in the series, Cha-Cha. Her character is one of the psychotic and vicious villains appointed by a time-traveling organization called the Temps Aeternalis. 

  • Respect (Dinah Washington)

    Blige makes a stunning appearance as vocalist Dinah Washington in this Jennifer Hudson-led biopic following the life and legacy of the late Aretha Franklin. Washington's 1950s jazz hits made her one of the most popular artists of the era and with Blige's voice and portrayal as "Miss D," it is a match-made in heaven.

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