Mary J. Blige is coming to Lifetime once again with two films inspired by her music, and the two films will star BMF‘s Da’Vinchi and Ajiona Alexus.
Lifetime announced that Mary J. Blige’s Real Love and Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman will premiere on back-to-back Saturdays, beginning June 10 at 8/7c. Ajiona Alexus and Da’Vinchi star in both films with Princess Davis, Austin Anozie, Millan Tesfazgi, Shiraine Haas, Garfield Wilson and Hamza Fouad.
The first film, Mary J. Blige’s Real Love, follows Alexus and Da’Vinchi’s characters as they find love in college.
As the synopsis states:
Mary J. Blige’s Real Love follows 18-year-old Kendra (Alexus) as she sets off on her own for the first time at an HBCU in North Carolina. Attending on a scholarship, Kendra is determined to focus on school while balancing work study and keeping things professional with Ben (Da’Vinchi), her photo class partner. Despite disapproving parents, financial hardship, and even an unexpected pregnancy, Kendra and Ben find themselves falling hard for each other and ultimately learning the meaning of “Real Love.” Even when Kendra realizes that in order to pursue her dreams, she must leave Ben behind, it’s certain that their story isn’t over…
That leads into Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman, which fast-forwards to 15 years later.
The story of Kendra and Ben continues in Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman, jumping ahead more than 15 years. Now a successful photographer, Kendra finds herself in a failing marriage and must reckon with the decisions she made for the life she thought she wanted. When Ben unexpectedly comes back into her life, she is forced to a crisis point and must dig deep to find the strength to take control of her life and accept the love Ben may be offering again.
The films will also give Lifetime an additional platform to promote the network’s Take Back The Night Foundation, an international event and non-profit that works to end all forms of sexual violence, including sexual abuse and assault, trafficking, gender harassment, stalking and relationship violence. The initiative also lends support to survivors.
The films are executive produced by Davis Entertainment’s John Davis and Jordan Davis, along with Blige via her production company, Blue Butterfly. Ashaunna K. Ayars and Q. Nicole Jackson are co-producers.
Blige’s history with Lifetime starts with her first movie role in Betty & Coretta, opposite Angela Bassett. She has also executive produced The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel with Missy Elliot and Queen Latifah.