Mary J. Blige a student of Howard? Not yet, but maybe someday.
Picture this: A chart-topping R&B diva, on the cusp of 40, switches gears to become a D.C. college undergrad.
If this scenario, starring one Mary J. Blige, seemed somewhat improbable early Tuesday, by the end of the day it appeared -- well, who knows, maybe possible, someday. But not this year.
The buzz got started Friday when Blige performed a Central Park concert for ABC's "Good Morning America." After the TV cameras stopped rolling -- but the Web videographers in the crowd kept going-- she told the crowd her big news: "I never got the chance to graduate from high school, but they gave me my honorary diploma the other day ... And I got accepted into Howard University for the class of 2014." She made a similar comment in an interview published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune the following day.
True? The news seemed to catch Howard, the nation's premier historically black university, by surprise. Early Tuesday, a rep for the school declined to address Blige's prospects at the school, noting that information about applicants and admissions is confidential. By late in the day, the university put out a statement suggesting Blige's comments may have been somewhat premature. They were kind about it, though, praising her "resilience and dedication" to her craft: "We encourage Ms. Blige to continue her studies and welcome her consideration of Howard University in the future. We are happy to work with Ms. Blige on completing the formal process for admission."
A manager for Blige disputed that the singer meant to say she had been accepted. Blige (who, as it happens, is promoting a new fragrance line these days) has taken a strong interest in education lately. Last week, she spoke at the graduation for an all-girls public school in the Bronx; she also held a fundraiser to sponsor scholarships for its top students. Earlier in June, she was the guest at an NYC schools ceremony honoring grads who beat the odds to claim their diplomas.
The Reliable Source
July 7, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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