Mary J Blige Opens Women’s Empowerment Center

Congrats to MJB and Steve Stoute for partnering with the Westchester Jewish Community Services to open the Mary J. Blige Center For Women in Yonkers, NY. Their Foundation for the Advancement of Women [FFAWN] seeks to help “all women gain confidence and skills they need to reach their full individual potential“. They have future plans to expand the centers nationally! I say let’s support the efforts of any woman trying to give back and do something positive specifically for other women – especially when an African-American woman is doing so for other black women and women of color. Now it’s up to those women who seek to thrive not just survive to take the opportunities presented.

“Most of my life was centered around living for the moment. I had very few resources and very little real life education to make good decisions,” says Mary J. Blige. “What I did have was a voice and that ultimately became my vehicle of growth.  I, with Steve Stoute, created FFAWN: The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc.   because I believe every young woman, if given encouragement and a helping hand (a hand filled with resources), can reach her greatest potential.  It is my great hope that FFAWN will be a vehicle to help other woman reach greater heights despite their environment, despite low self esteem, despite their immediate circumstances.”  Westchester Community News

They also have a blog that will be a continued resource of helpful information as well. I just visited to site and it’s great! For example there’s a link to a fully funded MBA program the school needs participation in:

Wake Forest University has an opportunity for minority students to attend its MBA program for FREE, and so far, the response has been very poor. Please, please pass along this opportunity to your friends, families, and networks to see if there is an interest. This is a great school and a tremendous opportunity to attend a top graduate school. See details below. The contact person for anyone who is interested is: (My note: if AAs won’t take the opportunity other blacks and people of color WILL)

Derrick S. Boone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing
Room 3139
Worrell Professional Center
Babcock Graduate School of Management
Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Drive
Winston-Salem , NC 27109-8758
Phone: (336) 758-4475; Toll-free: (866) 925-3622
Fax: (336) 758-4514


There’s also a link for writing resumes that led me to Women Work! The National Network For Women’s Employment, a DC-based organization where they:

  • Advocate for policies that increase education and training opportunities, ensure economic security and provide employment support for women;
  • Educate policymakers and the public about the status of women in the workforce
  • Develop resources, services and trainings to help women enter, re-enter and advance in the workforce;
  • Organize state networks and projects to advance women’s economic self-sufficiency;
  • Partner with other national organizations, advocacy groups and corporations that support women’s economic security.

They have local resources so take advantage of them. If we’re going to hold each other accountable we must also find a way to support each other – especially in times of need. The rest is up to us as individuals, but a boost of confidence and words of encouragement are equally as important as telling it like it is.

2 Replies to “Mary J Blige Opens Women’s Empowerment Center”

  1. I'm proud of her! More celebrities need to use their star power for good. I will pass along the info about the MBA program at Wake Forest. Man, I wish they had a program like that for say, a MS in Chemistry or a Chemistry-related discipline (wink, wink-yes,I'm a Chemist). : )

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