Of her many accolades, Mary J. Blige can quickly add “youngsters’s guide writer” to her already spectacular record of achievements. The “Simply Nice” singer shared the information about her debut effort on Instagram on Wednesday (Nov. 16) and revealed that story — which will likely be revealed by HarperCollins subsequent 12 months — is title Mary Can! and displays her private struggles whereas rising up.
“Mary Can! is an inspirational and motivating story a few younger woman who proves that anybody could make their desires come true if they only imagine in themselves,” Blige captioned the guide’s official cowl artwork, which options an illustration of a younger Black woman sitting in entrance of a brownstone constructing and drawing in inexperienced sidewalk chalk.
“It’s such a private story for me, primarily based off my very own experiences as a toddler and at the same time as an grownup. I used to be so used to folks telling me ‘no’ and that I ‘couldn’t’ which solely motivated me extra,” the 51-year-old singer continued. “My hope with this guide is that it instills in youngsters from an early age that they will do something they aspire to do. There are not any limits to what they will accomplish!”
Blige elaborated on the story behind Mary Can! in an interview with People, explaining that she needs “youngsters to know that there are not any limits to what they will accomplish. My want is for my nieces and nephews to really feel they will obtain something they think about. Rising up, I used to be continuously informed that my desires had been too large, too daring, and too far out of attain. I believe we have to reinforce that nothing is unattainable.”
The announcement of Blige’s youngsters’s guide comes on the heels of her a number of 2023 Grammy Award nominations. She earned a complete of six nods, together with finest R&B efficiency for “Right here With Me” that includes Anderson .Paak; finest conventional R&B efficiency for “Good Morning Beautiful”; finest R&B music for “Good Morning Beautiful”; and finest R&B album for Good Morning Beautiful — the album and its title observe, in the meantime, earned bids within the album of the 12 months and file of the 12 months classes.
Mary Can! will likely be launched through HarperCollins on March 28, 2023.
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