Dr. Boyce: Mary J. Blige’s Abuse Story is Far Too Common

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I recently read an article about the amazing singer, Mary J. Blige, and how molestation at an early age played a role in some of her poor choices later in life.  After confronting the demons of drug and alcohol addiction, Mary J. stands as arguably the most inspirational songbird in America, with a following more loyal than any artist within a 3,000 mile radius.

I saw Mary J at the Essence Music Festival in 2004, and was impressed with the way she “brought it” to the stage.  I haven’t been back to the Essence Festival since, in large part because I am hoping that they can find better empowerment speakers than Nene Leakes (just kidding….no, not really).