Mary J. Blige turned 50 on Monday and was fêted with an all-day virtual “shock birthday bash,” that includes gospel nice Karen Clark Sheard, Missy Elliott, Gabrielle Union, Widespread, Angela Bassett, and others.
Sheard kicked off the party by singing “Blissful Birthday,” whereas Blige’s household and buddies left messages for the queen of hip-hop soul.
“Blissful birthday, dearest darling Mary. I’m so glad I get to stay in a time and house the place you exist… I’m past thrilled that I’ve had moments to share the tender facet of you and the exuberant facet of you as properly,” Bassett stated.
Widespread even reminisced concerning the time he crushed on her: “You’re trying extra stunning, extra vibrant, extra in your greatness. You’re an inspiration,” he stated. “You’ve at all times been one in all my favourite artists, and other people I’ve gotten to attach with, on this entire enterprise. And I at all times crushed on you after I was youthful — after we had been youthful … You’re the queen.”
“MeToo” founder Tarana Burke, Skilled Black Woman social media influencer Dr. Yaba Blay, hip-hop archivist Syreeta Gates and journalist Karen Good Marable created a web site to “have fun the life and legacy” of the singer.