Essence Music Festival

25 Reasons We Love Mary J. Blige

Without a doubt, Mary J. Blige is an icon. We’ve loved the Yonkers native ever since she stomped her way (with thigh-high combat boots) into our hearts with her hip-hop soul classic, “Real Love,” some 21 years ago. Her music has been the soundtrack that helped us grow from girls to women. As MJB readies for her 12th performance at the ESSENCE Festival, we could think of no better time to reveal the 25 reasons she rocks our world.

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