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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: We tackled gentrification and homelessness at the Mayor's panel on the #EssenceFest Empowerment stage. Watch here
  2. @essencefest: We can't get enough of these kids #DoItForTheFest
  3. @essencefest: Breaking down the barriers within the technology industry. Find out what we discussed last week at #ESSENCEfest
  4. @essencefest: Steve Harvey & Lisa Nichols Taught #ESSENCEFest Goers How To 'Act Like A Success'
  5. @essencefest: Have you been following Sevyn's web series ' My First ESSENCE Festival?' Check out episode 2 here
  6. @essencefest: #EssenceFest is all about having a good time with your bestie. Make sure you send us your 2014 pics w/ your bestie
  7. @essencefest: We were hoping Lebron would have returned to #essencefest to celebrate w/ us before this big decision
  8. @essencefest: It's Friday! Let's "Tiptoe" into the weekend with @tamarbraxtonher's #essencefest performance

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