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: Green Light: Beyonce feeds her need for speed, as she tosses up the peace sign before leaving everyone in the dust. http://t.co/LZqNKrZUPC
  2. @essencefest: InstaMom: Tia Mowry shared a few cute snaps from behind the scenes at her latest photo shoot. http://t.co/7pYhj4B9V4
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  5. @essencefest: InstaLove: Someone got this shot of #EssenceFest alum Kevin Hart pulling out the ring for Eniko Parrish. #JustEngaged http://t.co/4YcLvWInHN
  6. @essencefest: Pucker up! Ciara gives the cameras a kissy face pic while in NYC. http://t.co/lUz3OJqbxX
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  8. @essencefest: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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