Mary J. Blige partners with Live Nation Urban and a host of conglomerates to bring Strength of a Woman Festival & Summit 2023 to Atlanta, Georgia spanning three days over Mother’s Day weekend (Friday May 12th, Saturday May 13th and Sunday May 14th).

What the Summit is all about

This extravagant event is meant to EMPOWER, EDUCATE, bring EQUITY, and ELEVATE women from all walks of life. The panel discussion included some of the most powerful women in film, wellness, beauty, health and financial literacy. Notable speakers like Iyanla Vanzant (Fix My Life), Marsai Martin (Blackish) Egypt Sherod (HGTV), Mara Brock Akil (Filmmaker), and many more graced the stage at the Strength of a Woman Summit.

Music performances

The Summit also featured musical performances by Coco Jones, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Lucky Daye, Jodeci, Robert Glasper, Lauryn Hill and Ciara. With such a star studded roster it was undoubtedly a weekend to remember.

Thoughts on Prenuptial Agreements

While on a panel with “Earn Your Leisure’s” Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings asked Mary J. what are her thoughts on prenups.  Mary J. Blige expressed her dislike for being for forced to pay alimony to her ex-husband. The divorce settlement came in 2018, the actress and singer was ordered to pay her ex- husband, Kendu Isaacs. Mary J. Blige stated, “Get a prenup, because I didn’t have one and that why I ended up having to just give everything away, because its so… Let me just speak. It’s so wack right now that men, you know can come… at you and get alimony. So when I was getting a divorce, I was like… You mean to tell me I gotta pay him and he cheated, and he lied, and he stole, ya know? Not to get all petty… But I gotta pay him for cheating and lying to me and ruining my life? So yeah, and the law is you have to, so I say get a prenup and cover yourself up.”

The Facts Of Life

A lot of good came out of the divorce from her ex-husband. She went on a journey of self-love and growth that inspired the hit song “Good Morning Gorgeous.” Mary J. went completely broke after being ordered to pay alimony, but because of her strength and belief in herself, Mary J. pulled through and is now debt free and is stronger than ever. Can we all learn from Mary J. Blige’s experience? Of course we can. No matter the obstacle, stand fast, and believe in your ability, stay focused, and positive, most importantly, learn from your mistakes.


Overall, Blige has a positive and important message for everyone which is that, in her view, no matter what gender you are a prenupital agreement could be in your favor. It’s not a matter of love or lack thereof but rather it’s a matter of protecting oneself through legal practical means. While you always hear about rich men demanding prenups, the idea is useful to everyone regardless of your financial situation.

By Staff

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