Mary J Blige launched “Real Talk” this month on Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio. The singer says she wants to motivate fans with her show – much like her songs have.
So many people out there are hurting and there are so many people out there that need to be reached, and there are so many people I wish I could … give a word of encouragement to. If I can reach somebody and say, ‘…You’re beautiful and I go through the same things, too, and right now I’m thinking the same thing’ – it means so much to them.
Each episode of the Real Talk radio show will be named after songs by Blige, whose hits include “Not Gon’ Cry,” ”Real Love,” ”Family Affair” and “No More Drama.” Her first episode, “My Life,” looked back at her groundbreaking 1994 sophomore album of the same name.
It was special to me because I got a chance to express to people that didn’t know exactly what was happening during the making of the ‘My Life’ album and what I was dealing with. Although I’ve come a long way and I’ve recovered and I’m strong and no one’s going to hurt me again – or I would hope that no one hurts me again – just the feeling, just the nostalgia, just the memories are all very vivid and the same.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) November 8, 2015
Her next episode, debuting Saturday and called “Doubt,” will include Demi Lovato, the 23-year-old singer-actress who entered rehab in 2010 to deal with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues.
“It’s really deep, it’s really heavy, but it’s really uplifting and inspiring. She speaks to a whole other generation that needs help, that’s committing suicide every single day,” Blige said. “Hopefully it helps someone.” More guests on her show will be announced at a later date. She said she’s hoping to score an interview with first lady Michelle Obama.
“I definitely want to do it with Michelle Obama – if she will have me,” Blige said. “That would be a dream come true.”