Mary J. Blige Explains The Cause Of Charity Lawsuit

Mary J. Blige explains that the business team behind her charity dropped the ball, but that the issue has been solved.

News broke yesterday that TD Bank was suing Mary J. Blige and partner Steve Stoute's charity organization The Mary J Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now for a $250,000 loan that it had failed to pay back in full. Now, in a recent interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez, Blige explains FFAWN's money issues.

According to her, the businessmen behind FFAWN had slipped up and failed to pay off the debt, which would have resulted in a number of the college scholarships the group offers to women to be pulled. Blige said that the issue has since been remedied and that the organization has replaced its entire business team and ensured that none of the scholarship funding had been pulled.

"It happens that FFAWN [The Mary J Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now] has been mismanaged [financially]," she explained. "When I found out about all these issues and things concerning FFAWN, I immediately got on the phone with my lawyers and my advisors and tried to rectify this and fix this so none of those women [aided by the charity] would suffer that are going to college…my goal is to do exactly what I set out to do and my motives were true and upfront: I set out to empower, encourage and help women and because I got a second chance myself, I wanted to give them a second chance. But it turns out that the business part of it was not managed properly…the funding that needed to come in for everything, the business side [of the organization] dropped the ball and everyone was about to suffer."

She added, "Right now as we speak, I've hired a team of people that are making sure that my business is taken as far as FFAWN is concerned. FFAWN is not shutting down, we are restructuring and 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."

Check out the full interview over at Xclusives Zone.

RELATED: Mary J. Blige Charity Sued For Unpaid $250,000 Loan

5 Comments

  • FEISTY

    LOOK I DONT FEEL SORRY FOR HER AT ALL SHE TOOK THE MONEY FROM HER CHARITY TAKEN CARE OF HER MAN AND OTHER FRIVILUS MATERIAL ISH!. THIS IS THE REASON I DONT DEAL WITH BLACK FOLK AND THIER CHARITIES. BECAUSE ITS ONLY A FRONT FOR SOMETHIN ELSE ( MAINLY TO LINE THIER POCKETS IS ALL) BUT HER NO SINGING ASZ COMPUTER HELP VOICE GENERATER WILL BE ALRIGHT. I LIKE SOME OF HER MUSIC WITH THE COMPUTER HELP. BUT AHE STILL CANT SANG. UMM!! NEXT

  • YESSIR

    DONT WORRY BOUT IT MARY, EVEN WAYNE AND DRAKE OWE 400K FOR CONCERTS...SHYT HAPPENS

  • oh my fucking god

    I wish I could lick Mary J. Blige. Not anywhere in particular. Just wanna taste her. I'm sure I'm not the only nigga here that feels this way haha.

  • realestofniggas

    hope Mary is featured on my nigga Khaled's "Kiss the Ring". She needs his name on a record to be successful again imo.

  • Anonymous

    Good to hear she's clearing things up and,i also would like to hear what Steve Stoute has to say about this.

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