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: Red Carpet Hot! Rosario Dawson at the premiere of "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. http://t.co/fc9msw2hcs
  2. @essencefest: Bringing it in blue: Alicia Quarles makes the sidewalk her catwalk in New York City.
  3. @essencefest: Raven didn't expect that a weekend with the girls would lead to finding her true love Tracy. #BridalBliss http://t.co/CBoQ7RGtRO...
  4. @essencefest: Live on Stage: #EssenceFest alum John Legend took the stage at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. http://t.co/NzAdIj3dcb
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  7. @essencefest: Scene stealer: Anthony Mackie, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen on the set of 'Christmas Eve Project' in NYC. http://t.co/AAbUp0PIdP
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