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Mary J. Blige: A Strong Woman

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Mary J. Blige: A Strong Woman

Mary J. Blige, known as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul, is going through some things right now, but she wants the world to know that she is strong and she’s going to get through it! The 46-year-old singer dubbed her latest tour “Strength of A Woman” just to show and prove there may come times in your life when you are tested and taken to low points, but you can survive and even soar once again.

For the past year, Blige has been dealing with the divorce from her husband of 13 years, Kendu Isaacs. The recent news that Blige is being honored with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been eclipsed somewhat by her love woes.

Despite these latest troubles, Blige is continuing to shine bright like the star she is. Fame has given Blige a greater platform to share her struggles with the world and fellow women in particular, and the Grammy-winning artist is doing just that with her “Strength of A Woman” Tour. During her concert performances not only is Blige on a mission to share her testimony with regards to her recent heartbreak and struggles, but it’s clear that she is using her music as a vehicle to heal her own pain and help other women heal theirs as well.

The singer’s recent performance at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden was a counseling session, or music therapy, for anyone in the audience with a broken heart. Blige kept it raw and real as she thanked her fans for all of their love and support, then schooled them on the love lessons she’s learned. As a woman who has loved and lost, Blige shared some poignant and powerful thoughts on how a man should treat a woman, and what a woman should strive for in a loveship:

  1. You gotta love yourself before you love somebody else.
  2. You can only have one queen.
  3. Protect and cherish your queen.
  4. Once we show you we are independent, stay secure.
  5. Don’t lay hands on a woman.
  6. Don’t compare your woman to another, because there’s only one her.
  7. Let us know we can put our trust in you one hundred million percent.

Blige gave the crowd much food to feed on with regards to the business of love, making it easy for the crowd to reminiscence on past loves, celebrate loves present, and fan the flames of hope for a future love. Blige shared that for her, love has not been easy and she feels that she is unlucky in love. But she turned her pain into a party as she danced and dazzled the audience. Be ready, because you’re not just going to get a damned good and entertaining rundown of all Blige’s hit songs if you attend her “Strength of A Woman” Tour. No, Blige is gonna do you one better by taking you down a rocky road fraught with trials and tribulations that you can run into sometimes when you’re in love. You’re going to witness a woman baring her bumps and bruises, who has been hurt and is trying to heal, and who knows that whatever life throws at her, she can withstand and win because she is indeed a strong woman.

For more on Mary J. Blige and her “Strength of a Woman” Tour visit www.maryjblige.com

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Samantha Hunter aka Sapodillic is a multimedia journalist whose experience covering music, lifestyle and entertainment spans over 15 years. Samantha's work has appeared in Inner City Magazine, Essence.com, Hype Hair/Today's Black Woman, Ms. Magazine, RnBmagazine.com, RollingOutTV.com and VH1.com, featuring interviews with the late Gerald LeVert, Chaka Khan, Jeffrey Osborne, Jill Scott, Ledisi, Faith Evans, Donell Jones, Nile Rodgers, Brian McKnight, Tyrese, Chrisette Michele, Tamar Braxton, Mack Wilds, MC Lyte, Brian McKnight, Eve, Erica Campbell, Kelly Rowland and many more.

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