We all have our favorite singers and swear by their voices or videos or how deep their lyrics touch our souls, but the one Mary J. Blige is forever our Queen of hearts when it comes to detailing our pain, happiness, and extreme connection to every aspect of Black Love.
So today, on Blige’s 50th birthday, the good women of the Professional Black Girl organization are honoring the first lady of Uptown Records with a full day of odes on social media and a website titled “To Mary With Love,” dealing with her music, her style, her dances, interviews and more.
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The crew of dynamic women in, scholar/activist Yaba Blay, media historian/archivist Syreeta Gates, former VIBE editor/accomplished writer Karen Good-Marable and founder of the #MeToo Movement Tarana J. Burke, have scheduled the perfect day of events to honor Mary J.’s living legacy. “Our intention is to give this phenomenal woman her flowers; this woman who has given over so much of herself through song for the past three decades,” states Gates. “This virtual birthday party is powered by Professional Black Girl, a multi-platform digital community that celebrates the everyday, round-the-way culture of Black women and girls, in conjunction with The Gates Preserve Archive, a rigorous, exhaustive hip-hop treasury.”
So much has been shared from Blige’s personal life over the years, that seeing her reach this special age, and doing it on her own terms is the beauty of a black woman’s journey that has inspired so many. “Mary is the inspiration! As SUPER Mary fans (dare we say stans), we knew we wanted to somehow say “Happy Birthday” bigger than just a social media post or tribute post,” Blay exclaims and continues. “I have been thinking about