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Black Music Month

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Mary J. Blige is an award-winning singer, writer, producer, and actress. She has managed to stay in the game throughout several decades and still has the ability to relate to various generations. The Bronx native began her career as a background singer for Uptown Records in 1989. In 1992, she released her debut album, What’s The 411? The album went multi-platinum and delivered hits like “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.” Mary J. Blige quickly became a household name and took the R&B genre by storm. After great success with her first album, Blige got more personal and released her second LP, My Life, in 1994. With hits like “Be Without You”, “No More Drama” and “Family Affair” she created timeless music that touched many. As her career advanced she continued to be open with fans on albums like Share My World, Mary, and The Break Through. 

After a great deal of success in the music industry, Mary decided to take her talents to the screen acting in major productions like I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Rock of Ages, Betty & Coretta, and Black Nativity. Blige showcased her diversity not only in music but in acting. She also continued to advance her music career through these years. Her skills earned her Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globes nominations.

Today, Mary J. Blige can be seen dominating both on and off screen, including appearances in hit shows like How To Get Away With Murder, Empire, as well as big screen films like Mudbound. Despite many personal challenges Mary has been able to stay in the industry and turn her pain into art. She continues to be a relatable figure to many while creating timeless work.

Top 5 Mary J. Blige Songs:

  1. Family Affair

2. No More Drama

3. I’m Goin’ Down

4. Take Me As I Am

5. Just Fine

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