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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  1. @essencefest: #EyeCandy: Dolvett Quince at the HBO Luxury Lounge at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. http://t.co/HkxUajnXt9
  2. @essencefest: Red Carpet Recap: Keke Palmer arrived in style at the Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. http://t.co/56OFalcam7
  3. @essencefest: Loving Angela Bassett in all white with a hint of gold mettalic at the Primtetime Emmy Awards last night. http://t.co/yfFCXmyPeZ
  4. @essencefest: Leading man: Chiwetel Ejiofor in black tie at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. http://t.co/VRrqaiqEbx
  5. @essencefest: Red Hot! Uzo Aduba gave us classic Hollywood on the Emmy Awards carpet in Los Angeles. http://t.co/8o3AdvMuuT
  6. @essencefest: Red Carpet Swag: Idris Elba looking dapper on his way to the Emmys. http://t.co/lRYGGLe7RR
  7. @essencefest: Red Carpet Recap: Kerry Washington at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater. http://t.co/DCCiQOAS6n
  8. @essencefest: Bet on Black! Model Chanel Iman at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California. http://t.co/wdPNz24E5N

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