July 9th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Mary J. Blige has Howard U. as top college choice

Superstar soulstress Mary J. Blige has announced that she's pushing full steam ahead not only on her business ventures, but with her education as well.

“As you know I never got a chance to finish high school but they gave me my honorary diploma the other day,” Blige said while performing on "Good Morning America." On top of that congratulatory news, the 39-year-old singer added, "And I got accepted to Howard University, Class of 2014!"

But Howard University officials claim that Blige’s announcement may have been an overshoot. The University has not confirmed Blige’s matriculation at the institution, but did release a statement lauding Blige for her musical talent and career.

"We encourage Ms. Blige to continue her studies and welcome her consideration of Howard University in the future,” the institution said in a statement. “We are happy to work with Ms. Blige on completing the formal process for admission."

Blige, a nine-time Grammy winner, dropped out of New York-based performing arts school Lincoln High when she was in the 11th grade after signing with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Uptown Records in 1992.

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  1. editor

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    September 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Loretta Bridge

    HU should beg to get her and anyone else with money. All UNCF schools need rich students and alums.

    July 16, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Terry

    This shows it is never too late to continue an education. Good for her,good luck & blessings. Her music brings joy to many !!!

    July 10, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Living Witness

    I applaud Mary taking this academic initiative. Her income certainly doesn't require ANY degree acquisition, but it's setting a fine example for others to follow. She has my respect for going back for her diploma, and for now furthering her education. I hope she majors in a field that further enhances her intelligence and the many characteristics of her persona.

    July 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. brownie1

    You better do it Mary with your Honary Diploma!!!!! WOW!!!

    July 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. danigrl

    Ok, i love MJB and i think when you've been able to turn your life around and make something out of nothing it is definitely worthy of applause but i have one question. How was it that MJB dropped out of HS in 1992 as a Junior and she is in fact 39 years old? Something doesn't add up, either she was held way back or those facts are wrong! I graduated HS in 92 and i'm 36 years old. What gives CNN?

    July 9, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    To H.U., don't make it sound like you are still considering her! Do you know what a positive message Mary J's entrance into college "at 39" sends to our youth?!? She is accomplished, highly respected, and wealthy. She has no reason to attend any college (much less Howard) except...she sees the value in personal growth and education. MJB is not linked to scandal, did not just get out of jail, is not some baby's mama. I have the utmost respect for Mary J, and wish her the very best. If H.U. is lucky enough to have her as a student and "real role model", that would be outstanding. Regardless, her decision sends a clear message to others in our communities that no matter what, you can dream of having more!

    July 9, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ayesha

      Sam I totally agree with you. I mean Mary is accomplished, she is a humanitarian, has made plenty of accomplishments. For Howard U. to act like they wouldn't welcome her with open arms because of the statement she made is ridiculous. I believe that they should back track on what they say and consider allowing her to attend with all the troubles. It's a wonderful thing to see a woman of age 39 that has accomplished so much to choose to go back to school. Much luck to Mary!

      July 20, 2010 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |

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