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: Saturday Hair Style: We loved the way the sisters rocked their looks at The Healthy Hair & Beauty Affair II. See more here...
  2. @essencefest: It's the holiday! Get away from the rush with Central Line "Walking Into Sunshine" http://t.co/5BlFVMP9Jx
  3. @essencefest: #happybirthday to the King of Pop MICHAEL JACKSON! We remember the way he made us feel. http://t.co/BvLA5kKidY
  4. @essencefest: InstaFam: Tracee Ellis Ross takes a photo with her brother Evan as they celebrate his birthday. http://t.co/PQFybNMAH6
  5. @essencefest: Mommy Time: Amber Rose shares a popsicle with her son Bash. What are you doing with the kids this weekend? http://t.co/5RxK46gjFm
  6. @essencefest: All Love: Gladys Knight caught a match at the 2014 US Open in New York City. http://t.co/NK8BZDd3FC
  7. @essencefest: Casual Cool: Idris Elba arrives to tape an episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in Hollywood. http://t.co/EvbxrQzOAX
  8. @essencefest: Print that! Mel B. at the 'America's Got Talent' Post-Show Red Carpet at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. http://t.co/EH2u3PLll7

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