Mary J. Blige is a R&B icon, and is planting seeds to become a respected actress as well. After landing an Oscar nomination for her powerful performance in Dee Rees’ Mudbound, the Yonkers-bred songstress is set to co-star in new Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy.
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Deadline reports the live-action series will find the singer playing a hit-woman who travels through time to kill her targets. Based on popular graphic novels, the Netflix show will chronicle a group of estranged dysfunctional family members who happen to be superheroes, collectively known as The Umbrella Academy.
Blige will play Cha-Cha, an assassin described as “sadistic” and “sociopathic” by representatives of the popular streaming service.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.