Mary J. Blige addresses FFAWN problems

    Mary J. Blige said trusting the wrong people has caused her FFAWN charity some unnecessary drama.

    “The problem is that I didn’t have the right people in the right places doing the right things,” the "No Drama" singer told TMZ, adding, “This should have never been allowed to happen, but it did and now we are fixing it."

    Mary, in partnership with music executive Steve Stoute, has allegedly been running a bogus charity, according to The New York Post.

    The Foundation for the Advancement of Women (FFAWN) has been accused of defaulting on a $250,000 loan from TD Bank, neglecting to pay band members from one of FFAWN’s charity events to the tune of approximately $167,000, (both of which they are currently being sued for) failing to file tax returns for 2010 and misplacing $60,000 in proceeds from a Home Shopping Network segment that donated $1 from every bottle of Mary’s perfume to the charity.

    FFAWN’s 2010 report shows no finances for that year, despite the aforementioned loan and countless donations from the likes of Jay-Z, Queen Latifah and Mary herself, which begs the question: Where did the money go?

    The queen of hip hop soul spoke to TMZ yesterday, revealing that the real problem was not with FFAWN, but rather with the people who were being trusted to run the charity. The only place they ran it was into the ground.

    However, Mary is taking responsibility for the mix-up by working to make things right and “get the Foundation back on track, rectify outstanding issues, and make good on all of FFAWN’s obligations.”

    Although none of the questions about where the donations went have been directly addressed, Mary is adamant that she is prepared to do whatever it takes to get FFAWN back in good standings with everyone that has been wronged by the foundation.

    —Jacob Rohn


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