Mary J. Blige, Simone Smith, sister love, jewelry collection

Mary J. Blige And Simone I. Smith Release Jewelry Collection For Hip-Hop’s Birthday

Mary J. Blige and business partner Simone I. Smith are unveiling accessories ahead of National Hip Hop Day on August 11.

In a capsule collection from their joint jewelry brand, Sister Love, the owners will release an assortment of bling inspired by what’s been seen in classic hip-hop shoots and videos for the genre’s 50th anniversary.

Sister Love is geared toward women by uplifting and supporting their ideas and goals. According to Vibe, the statement pieces will include triangle hoops and name-plated additions for the earrings.

“We decided on these earring styles for Hip-Hop 50 because these are the earrings that were the most popular, specifically the triangle hoops (what we call Tri-Bams), and the ones that every girl from the projects and female rappers wore! Hip-Hop culture always influences the designs for Sister Love,” Blige said. “These are the earrings we wore growing up and are still wearing today.”


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Smith, whose is married to legendary rapper and actor LL Cool J, also revealed a collection for men that pays homage to her husband. The  “bodega vibe” of necklaces and pendants in the collection cater precisely to those who want a rapper’s bling-like flair at an affordable price-point.

Blige wanted to curate a collection that paid tribute to the genre that inspired her upbringing and identity, reflecting the style of the community that built it.

“Hip-hop is so important to me because it gave me my identity growing up in the inner city and the projects,” the songstress shared. “It was and still is a powerful way for us to express ourselves and understand other artists and rappers who MC through their experience. Years ago, people thought this genre would be extinct, but 50 years later it is still here and just as big as rock and roll.”

The ’90s-inspired jewelry is available now at Sister Love.

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