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[BLANK_AUDIO] We've got Chance the Rapper, Solange, Diana Ross, John Legend. Plus, I hear that Mary J. Blige is doing something special called Ladies Night. What can we expect. My goodness, yes. So that is the night that is on the tip of everyone's tongue. Mary has curated a special Ladies Night for us That she has picked her favorite female artists to perform. So you've got Mary herself, of course. Hits upon hits upon hits. With the over the knee? Over the knee, and the, come on, you know you're gonna have to Mary dance. And then you've got Jill Scott, who's got, come on, amazing hits. And you got Shaka Khan, the queen mother. And then you also have Ari Lennox, who's this amazing new artist on J. Cole's label who's absolutely amazing. Monica, and Jazmine Sullivan. That's just the main stage. Then you've got the super lounges which is gonna feature Jhene Aiko, you got Remy Ma, we all wanna see what Remy Ma's gonna say down there at Essence Festival, then you have Tiana Taylor, and that's just to name a few at the super lounges. It's gonna be amazing night. Wow. [BLANK_AUDIO]

When Queens Link Up: Mary J. Blige Announces Strength Of A Woman World Tour With Lalah Hathaway

The first lady of Hip Hop soul is kicking off her highly-anticipated tour at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival and you won't want to miss it!

Mary J. Blige has been making rounds to promote her new album, Strength of A Woman, and simultaneously open up about splitting from her husband after 13 years of marriage and now she’s taking her show on the road.

ESSENCE Festival 2017 single-night tickets and ticket packages are on sale now! For more info and the latest news, visit our Festival page here.

Her album carries themes of love, heartbreak and hidden strength and the 2017 ESSENCE Festival performer is bringing all of that plus more to stages around the world with a little help from fellow Festival artist Lalah Hathaway. Mary took to social media with a trailer in support of the tour announcement on Monday morning as you might imagine, fans are elated.

The tour will kick off with Mary’s star-studded ladies night at ESSENCE Fest on Saturday, July 1 and close out in San Francisco early September. Additional locations on the official list of tour dates include Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Vegas and two dates in New York City — including a show at the infamous Madison Square Garden.

Be sure to grab your tickets to see Mary J. Blige and Lalah Hathaway light up the stage, alongside more of the biggest names in music, at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans this July.