Mary J. Blige on her upcoming “Strength of a Woman” music festival

  • Mary J. Blige is hosting her first Strength Of A Woman Festival Summit May 6-8 in Atlanta.
  • Women created the festival and the lineup is full of female performers.
  • Blige spoke about it with Insider exclusively during the opening of Brooklyn Chop House Times Square.

Mary J. Blige’s music has been the soundtrack that has eased much suffering for years. Today, the R&B superstar and founder of Sun Goddess Wines promotes empowerment through its Strength of a Woman festival and summit.

At the opening of Brooklyn Chop House Times Squareshe exclusively explained to Insider why she chose to create the event produced by Live Nation.

“We really need to love each other, lift each other up, enlighten each other, and build each other up,” Blige told Insider. “And that’s what this festival is all about. It’s about uplifting, building and empowering women.”

The music lineup includes both seasoned artists and newcomers. Chaka Khan, Xscape, Ella Mai, City Girls, Inayah, Baby Tate, Kiana Ledé, Kierra Sheard, Sevyn Streeter, Queen Naija, Rubi Rose, Le’andria Johnson, MK xyz and Omerettà The Great are among the performers. Ms. Pat will lead a comedy night and Blige’s good friend Taraji P. Henson will host workshops and panels.

“Without us, what would there be? You know, there would be no children, there would be no balance. We are needed,” said Blige, who developed the idea for the festival with MJB Inc. Vice President Nicole Jackson and marketing professional Ashaunna Ayar. “Women need each other right now more than ever.”

Mary J. BligeAngie Martinez

Mary J. Blige and Angie Martinez have been friends for decades.

Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images

Blige, who launched Sun Goddess Wines in 2020, said it was a no-brainer to team up with Brooklyn Chop House for their huge new 25,000 square foot location in Times Square in Manhattan.

“I team up with them because they are my family,” she said. As she spoke on the black carpet, Blige showed her appreciation for the family by reaching out to find and hug her lifelong friend, radio personality Angie Martinez. Even as people circled around to catch a glimpse of Blige, she repeatedly asked “where’s Angie?”

“Look how crazy my sisters are,” she said, pointing to Martinez and smiling at several women working at the event.

Learn more about the festival and the Power of a Woman Summit here.


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