It was two years before the Stonewall Rebellion. The American Medical Association still classified homosexuality as a mental disorder. Coming out as gay could mean loss of a job, social ostracism, or worse.
Mary J. Blige received the lifetime achievement honor at tonight’s BET Awards ceremony, broadcasting from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Rihanna was on hand to bestow the honor. “Mary J. Blige,
can usually be counted on to get a party revved up, but, in coming to Canada this week, the Supremes superstar has put a major damper on the 40th-anniversary celebrations of the Dora Mavor Moore Awards.