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R & B star Mary J. Blige, along with her partner Steve Stoute have announced plans to launch the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc. (FFAWN), a new charity initiative to inspire women from all walks of life to reach their individual potential.

FFAWN, which is based in Blige’s hometown of Yonkers, NY, is intended to help women gain the confidence and skills needed to achieve success.

“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,” Blige said. At a recent visit to Roosevelt High School in Yonkers she implored students to “Please get your education. Education is key. Education is power.”

FFAWN will initially focus its efforts in the Yonkers area, and will eventually expand its scope to include the Greater New York area and eventually the entire country.

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