Mary J. Blige announced in July that she had received her GED, some 20 years after she dropped out of high school in Yonkers, New York. She's aimed at getting her bachelors degree now, and the struggles she's had to go through in pursuit of education motivated her to start the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN).
In 2010 FFAWN sent 25 women to college with full four year scholarships. Sunday's event, "Mary J Blige Honors Concert" will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, hosted by Queen Latifah and will feature performances by Mary, Anita Baker, Christina Aguilera and Jill Scott. They hope to raise enough money to provide scholarships for 25 more women as well as continue to run vocational training and job placement, self-esteem counseling and many more services to women in the greater New York area.
To purchase a ticket or donate visit FFAWN's website, www.ffawn.org.