Watch Mary J. Blige & Hillary Clinton Talk Motherhood, Police Brutality In New Interview
A few days ago a preview of an interview between Mary J. Blige and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton dropped on the Internet, and immediately gained attention for a number of reasons (the most obvious one being Blige interviewing Clinton).
Now, the full interview has dropped. Taped for her Beats 1 show “The 411,” Blige’s conversation begins with her talking about the first time she met the former United States Secretary of State, which then leads into a discussion on how Clinton is perceived and how her faith remains a vital part of her career.
The chat then goes into the two talking about their mother’s impact on their lives.
“She was the most important role model, the strongest influence in my life,” Clinton said. “She had a really difficult childhood, she was abandoned by her parents and sent to live with grandparents that didn’t want her, and at the age of 13, 14, she was out working as a housemaid and babysitter…my mother’s strong will was everything to me.”
Towards the end is when Blige (as you already saw in the preview) sings Bruce Springsteen‘s “American Skin (41 Shots)” to Clinton, which leads into a discussion about the police brutality occurring throughout the country.
“I have been so heartbroken over what’s been going on because it’s so fundamentally at odds with and wrong that African American parents have to sit their children down and deliver the message,” Clinton said. “And just say, ‘Be careful’ and yet we still have so many terrible deaths — some at the hands of the police, many at the hands of others like Trayvon Martin, whose mother I’ve gotten to know so well.”
She then added: “I particularly want white people to understand what that’s like and to feel that they must be part of the solution.”
Check out the interview below, which also includes the last Netflix show Clinton binge-watched, and what she currently has in her playlist.