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: Midday Music: Who's rolling with their girls this afternoon - from the front to back?! http://t.co/beW1wsJKhG
  2. @essencefest: Saturday Morning Jazz: remembering Joe Sample with "I Felt the Love" http://t.co/AwazJpIryr
  3. @essencefest: Rush Hour Jam! Ready for the weekend. Who's walking it out like Jennifer Hudson? http://t.co/qYU88sAyn8
  4. @essencefest: Live on Stage: Jennifer Hudson at Radio City Music Hall during the finale of "America's Got Talent" season 9 in NYC. http://t.co/oMsni4rvq9
  5. @essencefest: Them, there EYES! Jesse Williams gave us the look at an event in West Hollywood, California. http://t.co/V1kFTOB8ZV
  6. @essencefest: Game Face: Jordin Sparks at the NFL Inaugural Hall of Fashion Launch Event at Pillars 37 in New York City. http://t.co/gT7wrW01nD
  7. @essencefest: More Whitney! A new CD of live performances will be on-sale in November. What's your fav? http://t.co/tiTAlaVTaM http://t.co/PTiUd49dV6
  8. @essencefest: Today's Montra: ?Let nothing dim the light that shines from within? - Maya Angelou #Empowerment http://t.co/otzLKhFM2Z

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