Mary J. Blige is taking her talents into the literary world, announcing the release of her very first children’s book, Mary Can!
Taking to Instagram earlier this week to share the “BIG NEWS,” the Queen of Hip Hop Soul previewed the book’s cover and revealed that the Ashleigh Corrin-illustrated story is set to hit shelves on March 28, 2023.
“I’m so excited to share some BIG NEWS with you!!! I wrote a book for kids and it is available for preorder TODAY!” Mary J. Blige wrote.
Giving fans an insight into what they can expect from the book, she added: “Mary Can! is an inspirational and motivating story about a young girl who proves that anyone can make their dreams come true if they just believe in themselves.
“It’s such a personal story for me, based off my own experiences as a child and even as an adult. I was so used to people telling me ‘no’ and that I ‘couldn’t’ which only motivated me more. My hope with this book is that it instills in kids from an early age that they can do anything they aspire to do. There are no limits to what they can accomplish!”
She concluded: “Mary Can!, illustrated by award winning @ashleigh_corrin, is officially out on March 28th. Follow the link in my bio to preorder your copy today!”
News of Mary J. Blige’s children’s book comes after a very big year for the singer. In February, she performed during the Super Bowl halftime show alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and 50 Cent. Following the performance, streams of her 2001 song “No More Drama” saw a massive 520 percent increase.
Mary released her 14th studio album, Good Morning Beautiful, the same weekend as her Super Bowl performance, and this week it received six Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year and Best R&B Album.
She continued her role as Monet in Power Book II: Ghost, and she was also commemorated with her own day in Atlanta.
In March it was also announced that Lifetime is releasing a new film titled Real Love based on Mary’s 1992 breakthrough single “Real Love.” The nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer will serve as an executive producer.
The coming-of-age drama follows an intellectual student named Kendra, who begins her college career in upstate New York, where she meets her film class partner Ben, who ends up changing her whole world around. Despite all the issues they go through in the film, the two fall for each other and learn what love is.