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Mary J. Blige is leading a new breast cancer campaign aimed at Black women after confessing she ignored breast cancer screenings and mammograms until she was 40.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the 50-year-old "Family Affair" singer hopes to bring attention to breast cancer screenings and preventative care in an effort to save lives.

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Taking part in a panel discussion organized by bosses at Hologic, the company behind the 3D Mammogram exam, Mary urged women of color to set aside medical mistrust and negative experiences with doctors and make sure they stay on top of cancer check-ups.

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"My aunt died from breast cancer and my grandmother died from cervical cancer and one of my aunts just died from lung cancer," Blige said, according to The Source. "What happens is they end up in the hospital and there's no one in our families speaking about it when we're younger.

"I didn't know about breast cancer or mammograms until I was 40 and I was in the music business and I was trying to take care of myself. My body started talking so I started listening. I found out about it at the GYN (gynecologist). They don't discuss this when we're children. They don't say, 'Go get a mammogram'. You learn about this as you get older."

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Mary said it's "extremely important" to let women know, "that no matter how scary it is or who's telling you it's scary, take care of you. Take care of your health... I want to help women heal from breast cancer. I want to help us feel beautiful all the way around."

Screening tests include clinical and self breast exams, mammograms, genetic testing, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Screenings help to detect breast cancer early in asymptomatic women to improve outcomes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity.

According to Breastcancer.org, about one in eight women in the U.S. (about 12.4 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her life.

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Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz attended the MTV VMA Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12. Afterwards, she celebrated Swizz's 43rd birthday with friends at Little Sister in NYC.

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Stars attending the intimate bash included Vanessa Bryant, left, La La Anthony, right, Mary J. Blige, rapper Fabulous and Emily B, rappers French Montana, Busta Rhymes, and more.

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On Monday night, Alicia was surprised by fans singing her hit song "Empire State of Mind" as she emerged from the Hotel Carlyle on her way to the 2021 Met Gala.

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After attending the Met Gala with Swizz, Alicia threw the best Met Gala after-party of the night.

Stars attending the super private event at Casa Cipriano include actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Zoe Kravitz and her boyfriend Channing Tatum, NBA legend Michael Jordan, Elon Musk, Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa Bryant and their daughter Natalia Bryant, and more.

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According to WENN.com, Alicia treated her celebrity guests to a performance before joining them on the dance floor.

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Other Met Gala after parties includes one thrown by Rihanna, which was attended by Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Leon, who created a buzz by showing off her armpit hair on the Met Gala red carpet.

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Singer/actress Mary J. Blige is seen brandishing a handgun on the set of "Power Book II: Ghost" in NYC on Wednesday, July 28.

Blige plays the ruthless designer clothes-wearing drug queenpin, Monet Stewart Tejada in "Power Book II: Ghost."

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Blige is dressed in Fendi from head-to-toe as she crouches behind a dumpster for cover with a youngster during an intense shootout scene on a hardtop basketball court.

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The 50-year-old New York native has won 9 Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards and has sold 100 million records worldwide.

She is best known for her No. 1 R&B hits "You Remind Me", "Real Love", "Not Gon' Cry", and "Be Without You."

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Rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs raised a toast to his late friend and mentor Andre Harrell on Saturday, Sept. 26, to mark what would have been his 60th birthday.

The legendary Uptown Records founder responsible for discovering the likes of Sean Combs and Mary J. Blige died after suffering a heart attack in May. He is pictured below with then-girlfriend Da Brat.

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Both of Andre's former proteges made sure to take a moment to salute his legacy this weekend.

Diddy shared a series of old photos and videos of the Uptown Records founder on social media and wrote, "Andre The Great!!!!! Today we will honor and celebrate your 60th birthday like the legend you are!!!!! Love you and miss you forever King!"
 

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Blige posted the same photo of Harrell on Instagram and captioned it, "Happy Birthday Andre!! I miss you so much!!"

And rapper Nas admitted the loss of his old pal still hadn't completely sunk in as he uploaded a picture of the pair laughing during happier times.

"Still hard to believe. Wish i could talk to ya (sic)," he wrote. "Keep guiding us Andre Harrell."
 

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Jaguar Wright has set her sights on Mary J. Blige. Jaguar claims the R&B singer and actress is a closeted lesbian who tried to sabotage her career.

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For years it was rumored that Mary, 49, and MC Lyte, also 49, were a romantic item. But the rumors were unconfirmed.

Jaguar has been on quite a tear lately, exposing dirt on rapper Common and musician Questlove, as well as singer R. Kelly, who is locked up in a Chicago facility.

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But the 43-year-old Neo soul singer's latest revelation came as a shock to Mary's fans who didn't know Mary was trapped in the closet. Mary has a history of failed relationships, including a bitter divorce from music exec Kendu Isaacs (pictured below).

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In a comment and rambling video message posted on Instagram, Jaguar claims Mary is a closeted lesbian and attributes all her problems with men to her refusal to come out.

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Jaguar called Mary a "fraud" and demanded an apology while accusing her of trying to sabotage her career when she first came out.

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Jaguar also promised to expose everyone in the music industry, sparking a panic and causing celebrities to reach out to their attorneys.

"Leverage is leverage and revenge is a dish best served cold!" she wrote on Instagram.
 

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Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige films an episode of 'POWER' outside the MCM store in SoHo, New York. The songbird-turned-actress was seen wearing MCM from head to toe.


 

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Nelly, Skai Jackson, Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart were seen arriving for Dancing with the Stars practice at the dance studio on Wednesday.