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December 2, 2013 at 6:50 PM

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Mary J. Blige sings at Central District Starbucks


ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Mary J. Blige hugs Margie Haywood, director of GirlsFirst, after a duet at the 23rd Avenue South and Jackson Street South Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Blige's performance was a thank you to local nonprofits, regular customers and the YWCA GirlsFirst program. The store, located in the Central District, was one of the company's first community stores, a profit-sharing model in which a portion of each transaction goes back to support a local nonprofit. More than 60 people were invited for the performance, which featured songs from Blige's new Christmas album.

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Alicia Quarles, 17, of Renton High School, third from left, reacts after taking photos with Mary J. Blige at the Central District Starbucks on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Quarles also sang during Blige's performance. "It's inspiring me to be more confident and takes more risks," Quarles said about her interaction with the rhythm and blues star.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the 23rd Avenue South and Jackson Street South Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The performance was a thank you to local nonprofits, regular customers and the YWCA GirlsFirst program. Participants of the GirlsFirst program are in the front rows.

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A woman reacts to watching Mary J. Blige perform from outside the 23rd Avenue South and Jackson Street South Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Sasha Sobers-Outlaw, program coordinator for GirlsFirst, center reacts to watching Mary J. Blige perform at Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Alicia Quarles, 17, of Renton High School, sings in front of Mary J. Blige and a crowd of about 60 community members at Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Quarles viewed the performance with a group of students from the YWCA GirlsFirst program.

ERIKA SCHULTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Starbucks employee Andrea Brown, left, sings in front of Mary J. Blige, center, and a small crowd at Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Blige flew in for the day to perform at the store and meet with participants from the YWCA GirlsFirst program.

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Mary J. Blige performs at the Central District Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The performance was a thank you to local nonprofits, regular customers and the YWCA GirlsFirst program.

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Mary J. Blige take a photo with Nafisa Ali, 17, a West Seattle High School student, during Blige's performance at the Central District Starbucks in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.

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Mary J. Blige signs autographs for Starbucks employees in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Her holiday album, "A Mary Christmas," is on sale at Starbucks stores and they will offer a free download of "Silent Night" for a limited time.

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