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Legendary Singer Mary J. Blige Picked for American Black Film Festival Ambassador

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By Ben Robinson III

When it comes to being the voice of a generation there aren't many performers who embody that compliment more than prolific singer Mary J. Blige. Since her debut in 1992 with the classic release What's the 411? Blige has sung in the key of pain and triumph for many of her adoring fans. And as someone who has such an interesting career trajectory and personal life it comes as no surprise why many fans, old and new alike, continue to fall in love with her ear pleasing catalog.

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One of Blige's most celebrated albums, 1994's My Life, spurned many hits that solidified her title as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul. But one particular tune struck a chord with fans. The final track, a song called 'Be Happy', was a reflection of where Blige wanted to be in life at that time. Unfortunately during those days she was struggling with abusive relationship issues as well as problems with substance abuse. And Blige has always been very candid about her past struggles.

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In a 2013 interview with USA Today Blige spoke of how her faith carried her through those dark days;

I remember one night I was soooooo high. And as I was trying to go to sleep there was this dream... mmmmm.... Gosh, man, I don't know if I should be telling you all of this. But let me put it this way. I believe in God so much that I would not let the enemy win my soul. You know what I'm sayin'? God loves me no matter what.

He loves me high. Sober. Gay. Straight. I can't let the world tell me anything different. That's how I survived, knowing He loved me no matter what. Because if I don't believe that God loves me when I do wrong, I'm dead."

Years late Blige is definitely considered one of the most influential, iconic singers of our time. And as such her name carries a huge legacy and large crowd drawl. For these reasons and much more she has been selected as the Ambassador for the upcoming American Black Film Festival.

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Deadline reports;

Grammy-winning recording artist and Oscar-nominated actress Mary J. Blige has been named the ambassador for this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which will go down in Miami Beach from June 17 – 21. Under the title, Blige will help bring media awareness to the ABFF’s mission and its 24-year legacy, as well as headline a one-on-one conversation during the Center Stage Talk series on June 18. The discussion will spotlight Blige’s music career, her transition into film and television and her life’s journey as one of the most successful artists of all time.

Congrats Mary on this wonderful accomplishment! Certainly fans of her career will flock to see her when the festival kicks off this summer. For more information check out ABFF's website.

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