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Mary J. Blige might not be drama free at the moment — and she's OK with that

Mary J. Blige might not be drama free at the moment — and she's OK with that

Mary J. Blige might not be drama free at the moment — and she's OK with that

By Gerrick D. Kennedy

May 8, 2017

For Mary J. Blige, there’s always been purpose in pain.

A hard upbringing marred by violence. Heartbreak. Addiction. Toxic relationships. Self-hatred.

Regardless of the source, Blige has made it her ministry to navigate the depths of despair and confront emotional trauma through her music — and she always keeps it real, no matter how ugly things get.

It’s that search for catharsis that has made her one of the most influential...

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