Nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Mary J Blige is to receive the HBA Global Expo’s “Positively Beautiful” Award next Tuesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

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Blige, who is the co-creator of the Mary J Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women, is being honored for her commitment to women through the foundation, whose mission it is to help women gain the necessary confidence and skills to reach their full individual potential.

The award will be presented by Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price as part of the show’s kick-off presentation.

Blige is also a partner in Carol’s Daughter, which is producing the singer’s first fragrance. Called My Life, the scent is scheduled to launch next year.

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