On August 30, Mary J Blige paid a visit to BET’s 106 & Park during their back to school week to promote her FFAWN (Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, Inc) program, which she and Foundation Media founder, Steve Stoute created in 2007. Blige is pictured below (right) with recording artist Jazmine Sullivan (left) during the show’s taping. PHOTOS BY BRAD BARKET/PICTUREGROUP

On the creation of FFAWN, Blige says: “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 women reach greater heights despite their environment, despite low self esteem, despite their immediate circumstances.” Blige is pictured here with (from left) Jive Recording Artist Miguel, J Records Recording Artist, Jazmine Sullivan; Blige; and co-hosts of BET’s 106& Park, Rocsi and Terrence J.