Mary J. Blige Responds to FFAWN Allegations

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige is facing more drama this week after her non-profit organization FFAWN (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now) was sued over an unpaid loan. The R&B songstress addressed the allegations during a phone call with Angie Martinez.

On Sunday, TMZ reported that TD Bank had filed suit against Blige and co-founder Steve Stoute over a $250,000 loan that the charity took out in June 2011. According to the suit, FFAWN agreed to pay the money back, but as of December 2011, they had only paid back $368.33. Additionally, the non-profit didn’t file a federal tax return for 2010 and is being sued by musicians who claim they were not paid to perform at a 2011 fundraising gala.

Speaking from Beijing, China, where she was performing at an event for Armani, Blige admitted FFAWN’s faults and explained how she was working to remedy the situation.

“FFAWN has been mismanaged and when I found out about all these issues, I immediately got on the phone with my lawyers and my advisers and tried to fix this so that none of those women would suffer,” said the singer. “My goal is to do exactly what I set out to do. My motives were true and upfront. I set out to empower and encourage women, but it turns out the business part of it was not managed properly.”

While she didn’t mention any specific names, she placed blame on those running the organization. “I just found out that when you don’t hire the right people and have them in the right places, doing the right things, and they don’t have the same motives that you do, your business suffers,” she continued. “And there’s a business to giving as well. So you have to have the right people to make sure everybody’s straight.”

A new team is in place and FFAWN will continue operations. “So right now as we speak, I’ve hired a team of people that are making sure my business is taken care of as far as FFAWN is concerned,” she said. “FFAWN is not closing down. We are just restructuring. We put a great team of people in place. I’m just proud to say that the grants, the scholarships that we set out to take care of, will be taken care of. The Mary J. Blige Center for Women in Yonkers, everyone’s in good standing, and all the scholarship programs.”

But her intentions were pure. “I’m an artist and my goal was to do something great. I dreamed about helping save the lives of women. This is something I always wanted to do, but I only wanted to do it if I had the right team of people who can do the part that I can’t do. I don’t know about the business side of this thing. All I know is giving—giving my time, giving my lyrics, giving my life.”

She is willing to accept the consequences. “Just know this, Mary J. Blige always bears the brunt of everybody’s horrible mistakes. Mary J. Blige always bears the brunt of people’s incompetence. If it’s my responsibility, that’s fine. I’m a soldier, I’m strong and I can take anything.”

Blige is making sure that the women who received scholarships are being taken care of. “Right now they’re all OK. Everybody’s in good standing. We caught it right in time. What happened when I caught it, a lot of girls were on their way out and I had to pay out my pocket. I was not going to let those girls just suffer like that.”



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32 Comments

  1. Fa

    Queen Mary!
    Let her talk!
    Bring her to auntie Oprah!

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  2. No Love

    I support Mary !! I believe her.. Stupid will crucify her . Snakes and Rats are at Ffawn doing bad business. Mary is the celebrity to bring awareness .. Last time I checked Mary don’t have an accounting degree! Someone else mismanaged the money ! She is innocent!

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  3. MinajRules2012

    See, I knew Mary was still stuck in her hood ways. She is not a good business woman. She is a Crook. You can take the chick out the hood, but not the hood out of her. Damn thief!

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    MinajRules suck Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Before you want to check Mary. You need to check Nicki Minaj and her people who are accused of murder.

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    Righteous Reply:

    @MinajRules suck, Oh please you fool..you are misrepresenting the facts and dragging nicki into it,just to take a trollish pop….and by doing that disrespecting the girl who was murdered….get a f**king brain you muppet!

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    MinajRules suck Reply:

    @Righteous, Yes I’m dragging Nicki into this to MinajRules2012. Yes .. So what !! However Righteous .. You can go f*ck yourself.. dumbass!!

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    Loiu2 dau refillz Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, somebody gonna need to F your life up and Knock the F out of you dumbass B**ch

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  4. HeavyHeavy

    Why she always throwing blame on everyone else…umm its your business, your charity so its your problem if your not managing it properly and things go wrong…Not a business woman at all, she needs to learn this difference between co-owning a business/charity and being an investor cause they aint the same

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    Diego Reply:

    @HeavyHeavy, When does Mary have time to devote 100 percent to this I mean she is touring recording albums shooting videos and movies and making perfume and running her record label and working on new album do its not her damn job to be at ffawn 24/7 I swear people are just stupid as hell that’s why u hire managers to manage a business when u are not there so shut up hater

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Diego, No bitch YOU shut up. Dont defend this former prostitute from the Yonk. She is not legit. Mary has many skeletons in her closet. She is still using Crack if you ask me.

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    Righteous Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Gosh you are a sickening troll..so what if she is a former prostitute..but where is your proof of that…you just run around the web spewing shit……UGLY BITCH!

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    Righteous Reply:

    @Righteous, And I’m not even a fan!

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    ME Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Bitch Mary is not a former prostitute! Get your facts straight! Go back to kissing Minaj’s fkae corny ass!

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    Loiu2 dau refillz Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, No u bitch bitch shut up! and go make my mONEY HO

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  7. yoo

    see kids stay in school. I love MJB, but her lack of education leaves her vulnerable for crocked people to screw her over.

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    yoo Reply:

    @yoo, she’s also taking a financial hit from not only sending those great women to college, but also hiring a NEW team of people.

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    ME Reply:

    @yoo, it has nothing to do with lack of education dumb ass! People can rob you blind and you not know it, but I’m sure you prob have no money in the bank anyway! NEXT!!!

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    yoo Reply:

    @ME, theres something called “Human Resources”..u probably have no idea what that is DUE TO YOUR LACK OF EDUCATION. If her or her management did proper background checks and researched the candidates credentials, then MAYBE none of this would happen. Instead she hires these crooked peepz with no morals or values. And if this is HER organization than she should be smart enough to monitor the activity of FFAWN even if other people r running the operations. Its HER organization so she should have some type of control or idea about the internal structure of the organization..#SCHOOLED.

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    Loiu2 dau refillz Reply:

    @yoo, do you know it are u in her life everyday I don’t think so, so shut the F up dumbass

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  8. the truth

    anyways mary is a millionaire, money isnt an issue for her!!! she’ll solve this!!! ofcause she cant be at that orginasation 24/7, thats why she must hire a manager, anyone who thinks shes stupid for hiring a manager, then your stupid one!!!

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  9. TheDreamer

    It isn’t her fault that her managers aren’t doing their job right. Good for Mary to clean that up.

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  10. Harvey S. Mars

    Mary:

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  11. Harvey S. Mars

    Mary: Pleae pay the musicians who worked so hard to make your 2011 gala a success. I know you’ll do the right thing.

    Harvey Mars Esq.

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  14. Loiu2 dau refillz

    Great for her

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  16. A music fan

    What people have to understand is when your name is on an organization as the founder the likelihood of you being sued is very great, that said as the people are hired to run the organization it is with the intent that they will do the right thing by the mission of the organization.

    Now how the hiring process works would involve the founder and the party responsible for running the organization hut as with anything in business thing do go wrong when it involves money. To say that MJB is a crook is really not fair because she does not deal with the day to day dealings with the organization. However when a lawsuit is filed everyone on the board of directors if in loved in the suit right down to the person that answers the phones.

    MJB is getting another valuable lesson in her life she must know that even though she personally didn’t have a first hand knowledge of what was going on she is still ultimately responsible to which she is rectifying the issue out of her personal pocket which is the right thing to do.

    Removing and replacing the people currently in place is the absolute right thing because if you cannot pinpoint who the culprit was then the whole team must go and restructuring must begin. It really sucks because it puts the operation of the business behind and back to square one.

    So while there is all this negative going back and forth keep in mind the ones who are feeling the impact of his situation the women and children that depend on an organization like this to help them better themselves!!

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  17. Jennell

    @minajrules…. your screen name says it all!! if you think Minaj rules…. you’re just an ASS in more ways than just the stupid ass comment you made. Mary’s a real woman who took ownership and fixed the issues she faced. you wouldn’t recognize that if it slapped you in the face. moron.

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  18. Gretchen Smith-Venerable

    Total haters!! God is leading you…don’t let “those demons” just like the words in “No More Drama” song said. You have come a looooonnnnggg way and I take so much inspiration from your music. Saw you sing while recording “come to me” at abbey road and “no more drama” at the grammy’s and have been a fan since. I’ve gone through hell and back myself (born in Cabrini Green, raised on Chicago’s southside) and whenever I’m down it’s your songs I draw strength from. God bless you!! Much love………

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