It’s hard not to love Mary J. Blige. The Grammy winning artist has given us classics that have taken us from breakups to comebacks and has remained true to herself since she came on the scene back in the early 90s. A singer filled with passion and the embodiment of soul, Mary is truly a legend in her time.

This weekend, Mary stepped on stage to accept yet another award but this time for the impact she has made through her philanthropic efforts with her organization, FAWN. FAWN (For The Advancement of Women) is a charity organization that works to assist underprivileged women in the United States.

Accepting the award at the McDonald’s sponsored Black 365 Awards during Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Mary thanked FAWN Brand Manager and Carol’s Daughter CEOP Steve Stoute for his support. In her speech, she thanked him for drawing out her inspiration:

“We’re doing amazing things. We are here for FAWN today. We’re being honored by McDonalds because of our work with philanthropy. FAWN was just a baby, it was born just two years ago. And Steve came to me and said ‘what are you most passionate about?’ and the very first thing that jumped out of my mouth was saving the lives of women. “

Mary also thanked the evening’s other honorees including NACCP CEO Ben Jealous, Radio One’s Cathy Hughes and actress Ruby Dee, saying:

“I am so humbled and so honored, I don’t have words to express how appreciative I am to be in a room full of entrepreneurs.”


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  • minna k.

    Awww Mary!! Congratulations.

  • Mary i feel we have so much in common i was also raped when i was 5 by a family member i didnt tell my mom until i was 25 because i was scared i felt like a dirty little girl growing up. I have 3 children i had 2 of them by the age of 20. I struggled with them so much because i had no one. I worked very hard and gave them everything i could. Then i met this man i been with for 14 years and 4 years ago my oldest daughter tells me my boyfriend has been molesting her for some time. That devestated me i got into a car a accident which injured my neck back and right arm. I tried working after that but couldnt because of the pain that i am in. I started drinking and smoking weed everyday since the day she told me 4 years of everyday drinking. I got so depressed i couldnt leave the house for months. So that caused me to lose my job my section 8 and a huge law suit against the state due to car accident. I feel my daughter hates me because im still with this man. The only reason im still here is because i have nothing now because of what he has done to my daughter i am so depresssed and have no one to turn to my mother doesnt know because i dont want to hurt her she lives in dominican republic and cant really do much for me. This man has destroyed my life in so many ways but he is all i have and i hate it. I have a 8 year daughter with him and thats the only reason he gives me room and board. There is no love in this home and my little one see all of this mental abuse he puts me thru. I know you said anyone can get out but how if i have no income i am applying for ssi again but dont know if and when i will get it. I cry almost everyday and barely get any sleep because of all the stress he gives me he calls me a leach and cheats on me but i dont care about the cheating because there is no love at all. I have no friends because of him and i dont leave this house from all the shame. How can i get out if i have nothing or no one to turn to. I trusted him with my life which my kids are my life and he destroyed them. He treated my son very bad always hitting him and then does this to my daughter how can a man be so cruel he is horrible to me doesnt talk to me for weeks all i do is clean cook and sgay home everyday im 40 and i feel mt life is over what can i do i need help real bad but dont know how i will get it. My email is [email protected] and my cell is 8482036270 please help me please.