Mary J. Blige turns 40 today.

*Just like the headline says, this page/board is where you can discuss the stuff that we didn’t cover in today’s issue. (It’s sort of like feedback with a twist) Remember, NO name calling, racial taunting, graphic sex talk and vulgarity in general, PLEASE. 



What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson


Jan. 11: Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 69. Actress Kim Coles (“Living Single”) is 49. Singer Maxee Maxwell of Brownstone is 42. Singer Mary J. Blige is 40.

WEBSITE OF THE WEEK    focuses on African American performers and composers and on vocal music forms they influenced, especially opera, art forms and Negro spirituals composed for concert performance.

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Jan. 11, 1865: Robert E. Lee, with his armies at low tide, recommended the employment of blacks in the Confederate forces because it was “not only expedient but necessary.” (Source: