Monday, May 5, 2008
Mary J and Rap Exec Steve Stoute Launch Women's Support Network
By Chris Richburg
Hip-Hop soul queen Mary J. Blige is joining forces with music executive Steve Stoute to motivate women to reach their goals. The pair will officially launch their new organization, FFAWN: the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now, Inc. this Friday (May 9) during a press conference at Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York. Founded by Blige, FFAWN is dedicated towards inspiring women to reach their individual potential through scholarships, grants, and programs that foster strong self-esteem, career development and personal growth, while gaining the confidence and skills needed to achieve success. In addition to Blige, the organization’s board of directors will include Stoute, Kendu Isaacs, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charles Wright, Lisa Price and Samantha Fink. More Stuff...
People who know me know how much of a Mary stan, I mean fan I am. Anyone that talks greasy about Mary will get the screwface with the quickness, LOL!
The first time I heard her was on the hook of Father MC's "I Will Do 4 U." Her voice was just different and she was just riffing away. I was loving it. Then came "You Remind Me." Still my joint. Then came "Real Love" and that sealed the deal --- I will remain a Mary fan for life.
Mary's been through so painful, personal struggles so it's good to see her happy, successful, and fully coming into her womanhood. I know some people miss the old, drama-filled Mary but I really appreciate the new, happy Mary that doesn't have to rock shades and isn't afraid to smile.
This foundation is such a wonderful gift for today's women and girls who doesn't have someone to properly groom them. Many women and girls are still trying to find their way and see where they fit in this world's crazy puzzle.
Much props to Mary and Steve Stoute!