Awards Chatter

Mary J. Blige - 'Mudbound'

Episode Summary

"The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," whose first album was released 25 years ago, and who has since won nine Grammys encompassing R&B, rap, pop and gospel songs, reflects on the pain that preceded the music, the struggles with substances that nearly cost her everything and the attraction to acting that led her to the part of a 1940s wife and mother on a Mississippi plantation, for which she has received widespread acclaim. But first: Thomas Doherty, Brandeis University professor of American Studies and noted film scholar, joins Scott to discuss historical precedents for the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing Hollywood, the rise of political correctness on college campuses and his next book, 'Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC and the Birth of the Blacklist,' due out April 10.

Episode Notes

"The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," whose first album was released 25 years ago, and who has since won nine Grammys encompassing R&B, rap, pop and gospel songs, reflects on the pain that preceded the music, the struggles with substances that nearly cost her everything and the attraction to acting that led her to the part of a 1940s wife and mother on a Mississippi plantation, for which she has received widespread acclaim.

But first: Thomas Doherty, Brandeis University professor of American Studies and noted film scholar, joins Scott to discuss historical precedents for the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing Hollywood, the rise of political correctness on college campuses and his next book, 'Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC and the Birth of the Blacklist,' due out April 10.

Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded by Dennis Schweitzer and produced by Matthew Whitehurst.