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Timeline : Mary J. Blige

January 11, 1971

Mary J. Blige is born in New York City. The "J." stands for Jane.

July 28, 1992

Mary J. Blige releases her debut album, What's The 411?, produced by Sean "Puffy" Combs. It takes the top spot on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart as well as #6 on the Billboard 200. Her unique blend of hip-hop and soul earns her the nickname "Queen of Hip Hop Soul."More

August 25, 1992

Mary J. Blige releases "Real Love," her first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100.

November 29, 1994

Mary J. Blige releases her breakthrough second album, My Life.

August 28, 2001

Mary J. Blige releases her fifth studio album, No More Drama.

November 3, 2001

Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair" hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first of six weeks. It's the singer's first single to top the chart.

December 7, 2003

Mary J. Blige marries her manager, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs. She files for divorce in 2016.

April 15, 2006

"Be Without You" by Mary J. Blige remains at #1 on the R&B chart for its 15th week, breaking the record of 14 weeks set the previous year by Mariah Carey with "We Belong Together."

December 3, 2015

A live adaptation of The Wiz airs on NBC. Based on the book (but not the film) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz began as a stage production in 1975, and was made into a movie (with Michael Jackson and Diana Ross) in 1978.More

September 30, 2016

Mary J. Blige debuts her Apple Music talk show, The 411, and welcomes Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton as her first guest. Halfway through the intimate conversation, Blige bursts into a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's protest anthem "American Skin (41 Shots)" in a bid to address the rash of police brutality against African Americans. The attempt falls flat with viewers, who heckle the singer on social media.More

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