Black Westchester presented Mary J. Blige, proclamations from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins & County Executive George Latimer at Sony Hall, following her concert Wednesday, August 28th, proclaiming the day as Mary J Blige Appreciation Day.
I got the call early Tuesday morning from Michelle ‘Panama Chele’ Harris and Karen from Grindin Entertainment that they wanted to surprise Mary with a proclamation from where she’s from at the official After Party for the New York date of her Royalty Tour at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Afterparty would be held at Sony Hall, 235 West 46th Street, NYC.
So I called the offices of Sen Stewart Cousins – whose district includes Yonkers where Mary was born and raised – and County Executive George Latimer, who were both more than happy to accommodate the request despite the short noticed. I arranged to pick them up and bring them down to Sony Hall where they would be presented by Black Westchester – myself, Robert ‘Dr. Bob’ Baskerville and Cynthia Turnquest-Jones – and Dr. Bob Lee from WBLS.
“Last night was super inspiring. There are levels to getting a “proclamation” on stage,” Cynthia Turnquest-Jones shares. “Shout out to #grindinentertainment for allowing Black Westchester to present on stage while Funk Master Flex rocked the wheels of steel… Mary J Blige said, “WoW.””
Mary who has received a total of 90 awards from 210 nominations for her music and acting career including winning nine Grammy Awards, six BET Awards – including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 BET Awards, June 12th, nine Billboard Music Awards, six Soul Train Music Awards, eight NAACP Image Award, two Oscars nominated and an MTV Video Music Award and it was a pleasure to be involved with letting her know her home Westchester County loves and appreciates her as well.
When we got the call to get involved we automatically decided to dedicate the September 15th issue of the newspaper the many artists who are from or affiliated with Westchester County’s rich history of Black Music. We plan to cover any of the artists from Westchester including Mary J. Blige, Atlantic Starr, Heavy D, DMX, Da Lox, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Brand Nubian, Jeff Redd, Stephanie Mills, Al B Sure, Ella Fitzgerald producers like Tony Dofat and Ron ‘Amen-Ra’ Lawrence and many more. Look our for Black Westchester’s first Westchester Music Edition with Mary J. Blige on the cover dropping on or before September 15th.