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Mary J. Blige's 1st Annual FFAWN Event

YBF had the privilege of being invited to Mary J. Blige's 1st Annual Foundation For The Advancement of Women Now Fundraising Intimate Dinner and Auction. Her celeb friends Ciara, Steve Stoute, Gayle King, Kevin Liles, Andre Leon Talley, and others came out to NYC's Barbetta Restaurant to support and looked fabulous doing so:

Ciara--who looked stunning by the way-- told us that she's not sure she's going to keep this short hairstyle much longer because she just can't get used to it.  It's starting to grow on us, but we have a feeling she may be removing the wig and going back to the long locks pretty soon.  She walked away with a Gucci luggage set from the fundraising event. Mary explained what her Foundation was all about: "FFAWN was established to inspire women from all walks of life to gain the confidence and skills they need to reach their individual potential. Establishing FFAWN is a way of sharing our success and experience."

Mr. Steve Stoute commented, "The support here tonight is a perfect example of what can happen when friends join together for a cause. FFAWN was created because we feel every woman can reach her greatest potential despite any negative circumstances."

Mary's sis was there as well.  Other prizes celebs and guests bid on last night: A pair of signed Lenny Kravitz glasses, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant match up tickets including a private jet to the first game (won by Steve Stoute himself), a Diane Von Furstenburg clutch, and Jay-Z's seats to a Yankee's game. A fab affair for a good cause. More pics when you read the rest...

Gayle King looked fab in her pink Michelle O-ish pencil dress.

Loved CiCi's look.

Spike's wife Tonya Lee was there.

And so were NBA ballers Rudy Gay of the Grizzlies and Jarrett Jack of the Raptors.
Photogs: Walik Goshorn/SPLASH NEWS
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Mary J. looks cute, but Ciara

Mary J. looks cute, but Ciara should be a model, she always looks beautiful.
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talk to the hand: Mary can

talk to the hand: Mary can do whatever she wants with her skin, last time I check it was attached to her bones. Get a life. Your response is so DUMB!!! How the heck do you go from trying to voice your opinion about slave mentality (in that lengthy "why you wear a weave" rant) to saying her skin is attached to her body she can do what she wants. Of course she do what she wants but that was not the point. The point has clearly gone over your head!! I was very interested in reading different perspectives on this because I love Mary but this is clearly a dead end - you win (in your own world).
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Stacey: Oh god - get over

Stacey: Oh god - get over yourself. I wear a weave as well and this explanation is a little too much. I think what some people including this person is getting at is Mary’s whole look - the blonde hair, the contacts, the over done tan - its screaming i don’t want to look anything like myself which I agree - the same thing goes for Wendy Williams (who she mentioned before). If it was just about a “weave”, its short so there would really be no argument. Mary can do whatever she wants with her skin, last time I check it was attached to her bones. Get a life.
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talk to the hand: Do you

talk to the hand: Do you know why women in the industry wear weaves? because they apply heat to our hair on a daily basis. Constant heat and styling will basically have our falling on the floor. I wear wigs and pieces while on air, when the camera goes off I take it off. I Don’t wear weave when off the set, because I don’t need it. I don’t have a salve mentality at all, I actually love my hair. When your in the industry you mus be able to change up your look at any time, and weave allows us to do that. It’s just an industry standard, and I agree with it because m hair is being protected from the heat and harsh chemicals. We are not slaves to anything. Oh god - get over yourself. I wear a weave as well and this explanation is a little too much. I think what some people including this person is getting at is Mary's whole look - the blonde hair, the contacts, the over done tan - its screaming i don't want to look anything like myself which I agree - the same thing goes for Wendy Williams (who she mentioned before). If it was just about a "weave", its short so there would really be no argument.
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Mary, I love you but you have

Mary, I love you but you have to let go of the blonde wig and contacts. It just does not work at all and it gives you a very hard and older look. There is nothing wrong with brown / black hair and dark brown eyes. Embrace it!!!
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NubianGoddez: Mary teaching

NubianGoddez: Mary teaching any black women about self confidence is a joke, a black woman who wears a bustedass, blond wig, weave is the an example of classic self hate, low self esteem and emulating a pale race. btw that new shorter do is horrific, her Tyra, Beyawnce, Wendell Williams cannot teach black person about self esteem, adding Janet miss nose job to the mix, these black women and their dead yt girls hair are a damn joke, they all suffer arrested developement and need to go somewhere with this confidence mess. first revel in your own identity and blackness before you come with you willy lynch mentality. Mary looks old, tired and that damn dead beaver, road kill on her head makes her look like a heavy drinker.Gail King who are you?? Oprah’s jumpoff girl bye!!Cici still searching for an identity. oh my......but okay.....
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i didn't realize that ciara

i didn't realize that ciara has a sponge bob shape. those veins in her feet look horrid. i guess all the neg. comments about the wig is making her take it off. i hope she finds her own look and style someday.
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I love MJB and she looks very

I love MJB and she looks very pretty, however homegirl's age is starting to show a little.
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Yall CRAZY.. aint nobody

Yall CRAZY.. aint nobody breathing down mary's neck about her giving her husband no babbies and mary is getting real old.. thats real double stanard ya'll! If it was beyonce, I'm sure all the comments would be about that!
Harmoney's picture

Drake, God has a calling on

Drake, God has a calling on your life, that is why He is allowing the devil to attack your body. Receive your calling and do the work for the Lord. Only what you do for God will last!
tonya's picture

Oops. I meant - Looks like

Oops. I meant - Looks like FUN. Ciara looked great.
honeychild's picture

Looks like fine. Ciara looked

Looks like fine. Ciara looked great.
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BROOKLYN: Ummmmm is Ciara’s

BROOKLYN: Ummmmm is Ciara’s jacket leather?? …in August…Really? Exactly......
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Morning all..... That hair

Morning all..... That hair color and style ages Mary- I'm not against woman acting and looking their age but she looks beyond her years with that one. Love Mary- not lovin the hair. Ciarra needs to go sit down somewhere- it's apparent your "career" choice isn't working for you. Umm, the two ballers in the last picture- hmmmm....... (looking down at engagement ring, looking down at engagement ring, remember what it means)
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Mary's looking kinda old

Mary's looking kinda old
tinkerbell's picture

I LOVE MARY BUT THE TAN TOO

I LOVE MARY BUT THE TAN TOO MUCH OK WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT CIARA GOOD DECISION ABOUT LOSING THE WIG SERIOUSLY IT DOES NOT LOOK GOOD EVERYONE CANT PULL OFF SHORT HAIR AND THE OUTFIT LOOKS GREAT BUT NOT ON HER IT MAKES HER LOOK WIDER THAN SHE IS
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I LOVE MARY BUT MY GOD THE

I LOVE MARY BUT MY GOD THE TAN TOO DARK OK CIARA WHAT CAN I SAY THAT PICTURE WITH HER ALONE MAKES HER LOOK REALLY WIDE AND I THINK THE DECISION TO GO BACK TO LONG HAIR IS A GOOD ONE SAID SHE CANT GET USE TO IT PLEASE YOU THINK SHE AINT KNOW IT LOOK BAD
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heyyy Rudy, i see u daddy!!!

heyyy Rudy, i see u daddy!!! :)
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despite the misspellings, i

despite the misspellings, i agree wholeheartedly. MJB I love you, but this is a WTF look....not flattering at all!!!! NubianGoddez: Mary teaching any black women about self confidence is a joke, a black woman who wears a bustedass, blond wig, weave is the an example of classic self hate, low self esteem and emulatinga pale race. btw that new shorter do is horrific, her Tyra, Beyawnce, Wendell Williams cannot teach black person about self esteem, adding Janet miss nose job to the mix, these black women and their dead yt girls hair are a damn joke, they all suffer arrested developement and need to go somewhere with this confidence mess. first revel in your own identity and blackness before you come with you willy lynch mentality. Mary looks old, tired and that damn dead beaver, road kill on her head makes her look like a heavy drinker. Gail King who are you?? Oprah’s jumpoff girl bye!! Cici still searching for an identity.
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NubianGoddez: Mary teaching

NubianGoddez: Mary teaching any black women about self confidence is a joke, a black woman who wears a bustedass, blond wig, weave is the an example of classic self hate, low self esteem and emulating a pale race. btw that new shorter do is horrific, her Tyra, Beyawnce, Wendell Williams cannot teach black person about self esteem, adding Janet miss nose job to the mix, these black women and their dead yt girls hair are a damn joke, they all suffer arrested developement and need to go somewhere with this confidence mess. first revel in your own identity and blackness before you come with you willy lynch mentality. Mary looks old, tired and that damn dead beaver, road kill on her head makes her look like a heavy drinker.Gail King who are you?? Oprah’s jumpoff girl bye!!Cici still searching for an identity. Do you know why women in the industry wear weaves? because they apply heat to our hair on a daily basis. Constant heat and styling will basically have our falling on the floor. I wear wigs and pieces while on air, when the camera goes off I take it off. I Don't wear weave when off the set, because I don't need it. I don't have a salve mentality at all, I actually love my hair. When your in the industry you mus be able to change up your look at any time, and weave allows us to do that. It's just an industry standard, and I agree with it because m hair is being protected from the heat and harsh chemicals. We are not slaves to anything.I've met mary J many many times, and she is very secure in her blackness. Attacking women because they wear weave is beyond silly, it's childish.
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NubianGoddez: Mary teaching

NubianGoddez: Mary teaching any black women about self confidence is a joke, a black woman who wears a bustedass, blond wig, weave is the an example of classic self hate, low self esteem and emulating a pale race. btw that new shorter do is horrific, her Tyra, Beyawnce, Wendell Williams cannot teach black person about self esteem, adding Janet miss nose job to the mix, these black women and their dead yt girls hair are a damn joke, they all suffer arrested developement and need to go somewhere with this confidence mess. first revel in your own identity and blackness before you come with you willy lynch mentality. Mary looks old, tired and that damn dead beaver, road kill on her head makes her look like a heavy drinker.Gail King who are you?? Oprah’s jumpoff girl bye!!Cici still searching for an identity. Do you know why women in the industry wear weaves? because they apply heat to our hair on a daily basis. Constant heat and styling will basically have our falling on the floor. I wear wigs and pieces while on air, when the camera goes off I take it off. I Don't wear weave when off the set, because I don't need it. I don't have a salve mentality at all, I actually love my hair. When your in the industry you mus be able to change up your look at any time, and weave allows us to do that. It's just an industry standard, and I agree with it because m hair is being protected from the heat and harsh chemicals. We are not slaves to anything.I've met mary J many many times, and she is very secure in her blackness. Attacking women because they wear weave is beyond silly, it's childish.
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NubianGoddez: Mary teaching

NubianGoddez: Mary teaching any black women about self confidence is a joke, a black woman who wears a bustedass, blond wig, weave is the an example of classic self hate, low self esteem and emulating a pale race. btw that new shorter do is horrific, her Tyra, Beyawnce, Wendell Williams cannot teach black person about self esteem, adding Janet miss nose job to the mix, these black women and their dead yt girls hair are a damn joke, they all suffer arrested developement and need to go somewhere with this confidence mess. first revel in your own identity and blackness before you come with you willy lynch mentality. Mary looks old, tired and that damn dead beaver, road kill on her head makes her look like a heavy drinker.Gail King who are you?? Oprah’s jumpoff girl bye!!Cici still searching for an identity. Do you know why women in the industry wear weaves? because they apply heat to our hair on a daily basis. Constant heat and styling will basically have our falling on the floor. I wear wigs and pieces while on air, when the camera goes off I take it off. I Don't wear weave when off the set, because I don't need it. I don't have a salve mentality at all, I actually love my hair. When your in the industry you mus be able to change up your look at any time, and weave allows us to do that. It's just an industry standard, and I agree with it because m hair is being protected from the heat and harsh chemicals. We are not slaves to anything.
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The hair is all wrong mary!

The hair is all wrong mary! all wrong! It does nothing for her ageing face.
talk to the hand's picture

Is it just me or is Mary dark

Is it just me or is Mary dark skinned now?? i'm trying to figure out when blond hair looked so BRIGHT on her before.
DreyDay09's picture

I heart Mary!

I heart Mary!
Tiffany's picture

MeeYow: Is it just me, or

MeeYow: Is it just me, or is Mary J’s face morphing into that of her husband’s?!? I was thinking d same thing when I saw d 1st pic. Starting to worry I was the only 1 concerned w/ ms mary's look!!! I don't like Ciara's hairstyle, no no none whatso ever
Natasha's picture

i see all of yall-looking

i see all of yall-looking great!
Sharon Wallace-Gray's picture

Mary teaching any black women

Mary teaching any black women about self confidence is a joke, a black woman who wears a bustedass, blond wig, weave is the an example of classic self hate, low self esteem and emulating a pale race. btw that new shorter do is horrific, her Tyra, Beyawnce, Wendell Williams cannot teach black person about self esteem, adding Janet miss nose job to the mix, these black women and their dead yt girls hair are a damn joke, they all suffer arrested developement and need to go somewhere with this confidence mess. first revel in your own identity and blackness before you come with you willy lynch mentality. Mary looks old, tired and that damn dead beaver, road kill on her head makes her look like a heavy drinker. Gail King who are you?? Oprah's jumpoff girl bye!! Cici still searching for an identity.
NubianGoddez's picture

Mary may want to lose that

Mary may want to lose that awful wig and contacts. She looks like the female version of her husband. Is Ciara's job taking pictures on every street corner and the opening of every envelop? She is seen on evry scene. SMDH! Can't wait for Mary's new cd.
Major Movie Star's picture

2 words 4 Mary J in that 1st

2 words 4 Mary J in that 1st picture with Ciara----NO MAM!!! LOL Someone said she is glowing but I thibk she look like a greasy version of her husband. I love Mary but I'm sorry she looks a hot mess right there!
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Layla: I see Mary is not

Layla: I see Mary is not about to spend her loot on having a stylist for her sister. What a stupid question! Why would she get a stylist for her sister? Is her sister a celebrity? How many damn times do you even see pics of her sis that she would even need a stylist. Black people...any excuse to waste money...
MyLove's picture

Am i the only crazy one on

Am i the only crazy one on this site. Why is CiCi wearing a leather Jacket - it's summer. It was like 85 degree yesterday. these celebs r crazy. NO MORE BOOTS, STOCKINGS, WINTER JACKET AND COATS IN THE SUMMER - not cute at all. i'm getting hot looking at her DAM!
What's picture

I see Mary is not about to

I see Mary is not about to spend her loot on having a stylist for her sister.
Layla's picture

I guess it's true what they

I guess it's true what they say, when ur married, you start to look alike. Mary and her husband kinda resemble each IMO. Still ma girl tho....whens the next album auntie Mary? lol minus the bow, Gayle looks fab! Ciara's smuggling golf balls in her calves! even the veins in her feet show! lol...gotta step my workout game up forreal!!!! Chick looks great!
Heffa Say What? Kiss My Grits....'s picture

mary needs a new hair color

mary needs a new hair color and do she looks older than oprah and gayle .. blonde hair is no longer her friend he body is tight to def and sexy as F.U.C.K
kooper's picture

i was fortunate enough to be

i was fortunate enough to be at the event as well...a wonderfully inspiring night indeed!! I LOVE MJB...sis is is really doing her thing!!!!!
NYCButterfly's picture

Best Wishes MJB!!!

Best Wishes MJB!!!
All PUFFed Up's picture

Good for Mary. Everytime I

Good for Mary. Everytime I see her she looks happy, healthy and beautiful. Go ahead Mary, for loving and being content with her life. I have a love/hate with Ciara's hair. Sometimes, like here, it looks good but other times it looks a hot mess
binky's picture

Too much glitter on CiCi.

Too much glitter on CiCi. Love Ms. Lee's shoes.
jennielove's picture

Mary is aging gracefully. I

Mary is aging gracefully. I love MJB!!! Cici's new hair is growing on me. I guess...
TonTeezy's picture

Mary J. is a very beutiful

Mary J. is a very beutiful black woman. and its about time Ciara start looking presentable. Lmao
bennybrittany's picture

i like ciaras outfit but i

i like ciaras outfit but i would love her to go back to long hair like how she had in the "so what" video.... it suits her much better... and I'm more of a vanilla taster but Hey Rudy Gay
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You Go Mary J. I can tell you

You Go Mary J. I can tell you and Kendu are very close, starting to look a like.
Greendot's picture

I absolutely LOVEs me some

I absolutely LOVEs me some MJB!!!! Been loving her since what's the 411... she's truly grown into a sophisticated lady! Do your thang Mary Jane!!!!
Nothing Wrong...'s picture

Ciara looks FAB!!!! I really

Ciara looks FAB!!!! I really like her look!! Very Gorgeous girl!! Mary J. looks Nice!!
Honesty's picture

ewwww mary

ewwww mary
Monique's picture

CICI looks just like Wanda

CICI looks just like Wanda Sykes
Miss Thang's picture

I don't like Ciara's Hair, it

I don't like Ciara's Hair, it makes her look a little too plain.
MissMa's picture

So proud of Mary..shows you

So proud of Mary..shows you how stong a black woman is after all that she has been through. She is finding her strength and self esteem..this is the first i have ever seen her w/out weave..natural beauty and she is even more gorgeous. you go sister/God bless you!
NeshaTucka's picture

finally ciara looks descent!!

finally ciara looks descent!! go do u instead of tryin to follow other people.... thats how u get lost.
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