Mary J. Blige explains the issues with her charity FFAWN, given the recent news of the lawsuits against FFAWN.
The other day we reported about the financial problems surrounding Mary J. Blige & Steve Stoute's charity FFAWN.
Mary J. Blige addressed the issues with Angie Martinez on Hot 97, and explained that the businessmen behind the Foundation for the Advancement of WomenÂ (FFAWN) mismanaged the money, however, she has hired a new team to restructure everything. She also says the scholarships that have been given out are safe.
Read her explanation below (via HipHopDX).
"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 collegeâ¦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 properlyâ¦the funding that needed to come in for everything, the business side [of the organization] dropped the ball and everyone was about to suffer.
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."