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May 31, 2012

Mary J. Blige Pledges Action on Foundation's Fiscal Problems

Soul and hip hop star Mary J. Blige says she is taking steps to get her financially troubled foundation for female empowerment back on track, say CNN and the New York Post.

The Post previously reported that the singer's charity, the Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, has been sued for allegedly defaulting on a $250,000 bank loan and failing to pay tens of thousands of dollars owed to musicians who worked at a May 2011 benefit concert.

In a statement, Ms. Blige said that upon learning of the problems, "I immediately called my advisers and lawyers to get to the bottom of what was happening. ... 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."

She said two of the foundation's key projects, a scholarship program and the Mary J. Blige Center for Women in Yonkers, N.Y., "are in good shape."