Mary J. Blige’s much-talked-about interview with Hillary Clinton has arrived.
Apple Music released the full version of Mary J. Blige’s 30-minute sit-down with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Friday. They discussed everything from Hillary’s public perception and her feelings on police brutality.
“I’ve always been the same person,” Hillary said. “When you’re in the public eye, whether it’s in entertainment or politics, you do have the challenge of presenting yourself and have people perceive you as you think you are.”
She added, “I think some of the misperception is manufactured, and some of it I take responsibility for, that I’m not communicating clearly enough what I care about and what I do.”
When asked by Mary if it’s hard to be seen as both tough and likable as a woman, Hillary laughed and said, “Yes, I think it’s really hard, to be honest.”
“I think it’s rooted in tens of thousands of years of how people’s lives have been defined, what it’s meant to be a woman or a man,” she said. “For women to be assuming leading roles … it still is not fully understood because there’s no blueprint for doing it.”
After singing a bit of Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin,” Mary then asked Hillary to explain “where we go from here” in terms of police brutality.
“I have been so heartbroken about what’s going on,” Hillary responded.
“There needs to be a greater opening of our hearts to one another, we’ve got to put ourselves in each other’s shoes, feel the pain that a mother and a father feels when their son and daughter can go out the door, and they don’t know what’s going to happen to them,” Hillary said. “I particularly want white people to understand what that’s like, and feel like they must be part of the solution.”
Watch the full interview here.