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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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  1. @essencefest: Couples night out: Miguel and his girlfriend Nazanin Mandi at Hyde Bellagio at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. http://t.co/HiLC5hDzBv
  2. @essencefest: Striking! Angela Simmons at the 2014 LudaDay Bowling for charity at Bowlmor lanes in Atlanta. http://t.co/tPeejo0S4p
  3. @essencefest: Congratulations to Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade on their weekend wedding. See photos from #thewadeunion here http://t.co/YWwWmPDHDW...
  4. @essencefest: What makes Idris Elba so irresistible? See our top 20 reasons #EyeCandy http://t.co/VEsMhwFfEn http://t.co/teX1FzOPfY
  5. @essencefest: Morning Glory: Tamron Hall all smiles on the "Today Show" set. http://t.co/ba5ywerk7L
  6. @essencefest: Team Work, Dream Work: We loved seeing the Williams sisters play their women's doubles match at the US Open. http://t.co/TNbIBLx9D2
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