The Queen of Hip Hop R’n’B covers the October 2011 issue of Ebony  and talks demons, drugs and death amongst other things. Leaving her past demons fast behind her, today and certainly on the cover of Ebony in a leopard-print dress photographed by the legendary Mark Baptiste, Mary J looks absolutely FAB.

On Amy Winehouse

“When I got the text about Amy, I was lying down on the bed. I got up and read the message about her death and just lay back down again. I kept getting up and laying back down for some reason. I’d always wanted to work with Amy, so I just couldn’t believe it really.  And then it hit me—that could have been me. That really could have been me!”

Blige’s Ebony cover story comes just weeks ahead of her anticipated album, My Life II : The Journey Continues (Act I). Due in October, the album is led by the singles “Someone To Love Me(Naked)” and “25/8”.

Here is the behind-the-scenes video from Ebony‘s cover shoot with the FABulous MJB.

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