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Mary J. Blige Speaks On How Witnessing Abuse During Her Childhood Influenced Her Music

Mary J. Blige Talks About The Struggle In Her Childhood Projects

By: Eboni Walker

Mary J. Blige has had a major impact on the music industry for many years now.

While many people may be aware of her public struggles Blige overcame throughout her career, some people may be unaware of what started it all.

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Blige sat down with Lebron James, Maverick Carter, Lena Waithe, Nas, and Chris Bosh on HBO’s new hit series The Shop, for a very transparent conversation.

During the conversation, Blige admitted that she grew up with the women around her being abused by men. She said this affected her at a very young age and it inspired her to make music that gave women encouragement.

“I’ve been on [women empowerment] since I was a kid because my mom and all the women in my neighborhood where I grew up at, they were always being abused,” she confessed. “I’d never seen a woman ever treated right other than my grandmother.”