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: Morning Music: "When the sun rises, we'll shine together" - Rihanna "Umbrella" http://t.co/GTXG9TtdPc
  2. @essencefest: Hot Stepper: Alfonso Ribeiro prepares to strut his stuff on "Dancing with the Stars - Season 19". http://t.co/UTFh0XA1wv
  3. @essencefest: Casting Call: Laurence Fishburne, Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson at the 'PaleyFest Fall TV Preview" for ABC in Beverly Hills....
  4. @essencefest: Midday Music: Shalamar's "Second Time Around" http://t.co/RV8uEFQsrm
  5. @essencefest: The Wades on Holiday: The newlyweds share some of their fun on an island in the Maldives. http://t.co/dd3tKgtgHQ
  6. @essencefest: Monday Swoon! Here's Denzel Wells from the new show "If Loving You Is Wrong" to get your week started #EyeCandy. http://t.co/EBalDHWrOE...
  7. @essencefest: Who do you want by your side tonigh? Sam Smith's "Stay with Me" featuring Mary J. Blige. http://t.co/dpayrPIIry
  8. @essencefest: Kandi and Todd got together for a little dinner with his mom recently. Who got in some family time this weekend? http://t.co/MquF8HwI7F

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