Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Hip-Hop Star Mary J. Blige Vows To Get Her Charity Back On Track

Amid reports of turmoil at her charity to empower women, hip-hop star Mary J. Blige said she would get the organization back on the right track.

The New York Post reported today that Blige told the entertainment show E! News that she and her advisers are well on their way to fixing some of the problems at her charity, Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN).

"As founder and CEO of FFAWN, I am ultimately responsible for anything that goes wrong. The problem is that I didn't have the right people in the right places doing the right things. This should have never been allowed to happen, but it did and now we are fixing it."

Blige went on to tell E! News that she had the "wrong" people in place at FFAWN, and that she has no plans to close the embattled nonprofit.

The Post initially ran a report on May 27 detailing a litany of abuses at FFAWN. The charity not only has no office or phone number, but hundreds of thousands of dollars are unaccounted for. In addition, it has yet to file its federal tax returns for 2010, as well as its annual state-charity registration.

FFAWN is also facing two civil lawsuits, one that claims the organization failed to pay musicians at a fundraising event in 2011 and another the charges the charity defaulted on a $25,000 loan.

You can read the full story in The New York Post.

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