Essence magazine is paying tribute to Mary J. Blige in their June issue by dedicating an unprecedented 10 pages to the singer and releasing two different covers for this collector’s edition of the magazine. Using the movie Mahogany as their inspiration, Essence put together a stunning photo shoot with Mary and her husband Kendu Issacs, who has graced the cover with Mary twice before. Not to be out done, VH-1 has also jumped on the I Love Mary J. bandwagon and will be paying tribute to the singer and soul music in general, during Black Music Month. You will be able to hear from the Queen of Hip-hop Soul herself as she shares the intimate inspirations for her music. The six-part documentary chronicles the evolution and ascent of soul music, taking fans through gospel, Motown, funk and closing with “From Ghetto to Fabulous,” which features Mary’s contributions to the genre.
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