Mary J. Blige: “I Finally Got My G.E.D & Now I’m Going To University”

Published: Sunday 4th Jul 2010 by Sam

R&B royalty Mary J. Blige will add yet more pages to her already-inspirational story, after announcing (during an un-televised segment of her Good Morning America set this week) that she recently received her G.E.D (High School Diploma).

What’s more, the ‘Real Love’ singer revealed that she will also be going on to study at the renown Howard University as part of the class of 2014.

Peep the announcement, which was aptly followed by a performance of ‘No More Drama’, below…

More power to Mary! As the age old adage goes ‘knowledge is power’, and unlike the faux-power that arguably characterises ‘celebrity’, education is a form power that can’t be taken away. Kudos to Mary for being a great role model to those who feel it may be too late. It’s never too late.

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  1. TheYoungLion July 4, 2010

    Congrats Mary, you are a class act that many singers could learn from!!!

  2. Justin July 4, 2010

    Very cool.. I think if getting a college education seemed like more of a choice to me than an obligation, I’d probably be more eager about going as well.

  3. bjksolo July 4, 2010

    THATS WASSUP MARYJ
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    CIARA- BASIC INSTINCTS IN STORES AUGUST 17TH!!!!!!!!!

  4. tiff July 4, 2010

    good job girl! Gotta set a good example…aint nothing wrong with that.

    sam you’re wrong for that title! Lol

  5. DANBOFFICIAL (AALIYAH/XTINA/RIHANNA) (STAN) July 4, 2010

    she’s going to need her education now her career is over my sweeties.

    *WHO OWNS THE THRONE?*

    *YOU DO MOMMY!*

  6. The Art Installation July 4, 2010

    WOW !!! how many “singers” would do something like this??
    Mary is an inspiration!!

  7. Keith July 4, 2010

    That’s a great testimony. I also like the fact that she chose an HBCU to attend instead of NYU or Pepperdine…Perhaps some will follow her lead. I always hate it when pop stars talk about education and none of them have one (a formal one, that is).

  8. DANBOFFICIAL (AALIYAH/XTINA/RIHANNA) (STAN) July 4, 2010

    @THE ART INSTALLATION

    lots of people go back to education in later life, just because she’s “famous” it doesnt make it any different sweetie, and shakira did the exact same thing so get over it b****.

    *WHO OWNS THE THRONE?*

    *YOU DO MOMMY!*

  9. AlexanderTG July 4, 2010

    @DANBOFFICIAL
    True Shakira took time off from music to graduate, but she was still a teenager at the time not a 39 year old and of course lots of people do go back to study later in life but because they’re not widely known they can only inspire people around them – surely its good when somebody whose better-known does this as they can inspire more people.

  10. ADE July 4, 2010

    But I just watched Shakira on Alan Carr and she said she just went to college recently in L.A

  11. ADE July 4, 2010

    that was @ALEXANDERTG. Good for Mary but so many other people, celeberities have done it too so it’s not really a big deal

  12. tiff July 4, 2010

    I wonder when rihanna is going to get her GED?

  13. AlexanderTG July 4, 2010

    @ADE
    Your right re college – what I meant was she graduated high school back in 1994 when she took time out from music.
    Hope this doesn’t come out as loads of replies as I keep trying to post an answer and its not working 🙁

  14. ADE July 4, 2010

    @ALEXANDERTG
    Oh right, my bad. The American school system is so confusing, I was under the impression that College and University are the same thing over there? And what exactly is a GED?

  15. FreshUrbanEnt July 5, 2010

    GOOD FOR HER IM PROUD. IT’S JUST GOE TO SHOW THAT IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN AND SEEK OUT EDUCTION.

    CHECK OUT MY NEW ENTERTAINMENT SITE >>> http://WWW.FRESHURBANENT.CO.UK

  16. Ebony July 5, 2010

    @ ade a ged is a “good enough diploma”. Basically its just a certificate stating that u completed high school

  17. Ebony July 5, 2010

    Also how can you get into a university with a ged? Most if not all universities require u 2 have a diploma.

  18. number1k9 July 5, 2010

    G.E.D. is not a high school diploma, BTW, it stands for General Equivalency Diploma/General Education Diploma.

  19. Yellow Gorilah July 5, 2010

    Awww good for her!”

  20. EXPOSED July 5, 2010

    BIG EFFING DEAL!!!! TONS OF MATURE OLDER STUDENTS GO BACK TO UNI FOR THEIR BA, MA, OR GUESS WHAT, PHD’S… MJB – SHE’S LATE, WHO CARESSS! IF SHE WASNT FAMOUS NO ONE WOULD GIVE 2 RATS ASS. GOOD POINT, A G.E.D. IS NO DIPLOMA. AT LEAST WE’LL BE RID OF HER HOOD RAT ASS FOR 4 YRS. BA IS EASY TO GET, EVERY MORON HAS ONE… SO IS A MASTERS. I WILL CONGRATULATE HER WHEN SHE GETS A PHD. NO CHANCE IN HELL, SO I’M SAFE! LOL.

  21. Diane July 5, 2010

    Kudos to Mary J. You go girl. No more drama.

  22. Last Boy on Earth July 5, 2010

    She is still a ghetto mess, neither school nor college gives you the most important education, the social one and you know she lacks that

  23. bjksolo July 5, 2010

    Y EVERYBODY KEEP CALLIN MARY J GHETTO OR HOODRAT? SHE THE MOST CLASSY WOMAN IN THE GAME RITE NOW!!!!!
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    CIARA- BASIC INSTINCTS IN STORES AUGUST 17TH!!!!!!!!!

  24. Quiana July 5, 2010

    She got an honorary GED lord have mercy why you could go to school like everybody else did.

  25. Tiff July 5, 2010

    people love to throw around the word “ghetto” but dont know what being ghetto entails.
    Ignorance.

  26. UGh July 5, 2010

    Sorry but if i was rich and famous i wouldn’t go to university/college. To study what exactly?? it’s a waste of damn time if you ask me but good for her.
    there are lots of singers who haven’t graduated high school, LOTS!!!!!!!. glad she got her GED.

  27. right round July 5, 2010

    Great for Mary! My mom wants to go back and finish college too and I told her that it’s never too late. Education IS power.
    @quiana
    Mary is 39. She can’t go back to high school and get a regular dipolma after she dropped YEARS ago. GED was her only option.

    I think for many singers, finding the time to finish college is the challenge. Some are too greedy to leave the money even for just one year and others are just too lazy. Ryan Leslie, Lil wayne, and Carrie Underwood are among the few musicians I can think off the top of my head who’ve completed college( with a degree). Good for them!

  28. right round July 5, 2010

    dropped out*

  29. Que July 5, 2010

    @ ADE

    A College is just a single school while a University is a group of Colleges.

    University would have a College of Business, College of Arts, College of Sciences each having their own Dean and other stuff etc.

    Why did she drop out the first damn place ?

  30. tiff July 5, 2010

    I don’t think you can get into a university with just a GED…you would have to go to a community college first, get your associates degree then go to a university.

  31. DANBOFFICIAL (AALIYAH/XTINA/RIHANNA) (STAN) July 5, 2010

    @BLOWJOBKSOLO

    wearing booty shorts anf flashing your va-jay-jay is classy ? o.O

    I think not sweetie.

    *WHO OWNS THE THRONE?*

    *YOU DO MOMMY!*

  32. bjksolo July 5, 2010

    AHHH YEA COMPARED 2 WAT SUM WOMEN WHERE 2DAY THAT IS VERY CLASSY
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    CIARA- BASIC INSTINCTS IN STORES AUGUST 17TH!!!!!!!!!

  33. bjksolo July 5, 2010

    WAT PART OF THE VID DID MARY J FLASH HER COOH, CUZ I WUD SURE LIKE 2 KNO!!!! 🙂
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    CIARA- BASIC INSTINCTS IN STORES AUGUST 17TH!!!!!!!!!

  34. bjksolo July 5, 2010

    WEAR** MY B “TYPOS”
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    geronimo deuces

  35. bjksolo July 5, 2010

    DAMMIT MY B AGAIN IM MEANT 2 PASTE CIARA- BASIC INSTINCTS IN STORES AUGUST 17TH!!!!!!!!! NOT geronimo deuces…..UGH!!!!!!!!

  36. DANBOFFICIAL (AALIYAH/XTINA/RIHANNA) (STAN) July 5, 2010

    @BLOWJOBKSOLO

    fail.

    *WHO OWNS THE THRONE?*

    *YOU DO MOMMY!*

  37. DANBOFFICIAL (AALIYAH/XTINA/RIHANNA) (STAN) July 5, 2010

    @LASTBOYONEARTH

    sooooo true, this ghetto hoodrat w**** will never be classy.

    *WHO OWNS THE THRONE?*

    *YOU DO MOMMY!*

  38. EXPOSED July 5, 2010

    @QUIANA

    HONORARY GED? ARE U SERIOUS? AAAHAHAHAHAHA. SHE’S MORE STOOPID THAN I THOT. I RECALL HER TRYING TO READ A NOTE ON BET AWARDS 2000 WHEN WHITNEY WAS HONORED FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT. DAMN, SWEAR SHE WAS READING AND WRITING AT KINDERGARTEN LEVEL!! TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT!!! SMFH. IF SHE’S REALLY GOING FOR A BA LIKE ALL THE OTHER STUDENTS AT HOWARD U, SHE WONT MAKE IT. THINK SHE WILL DROP OUT AFTER 6 MOS, LOL. SRUSLY, FULL TIME 4 YR PROGRAM?? I DONT BELIEVE IT AT ALL. THAT MEANS SHE WILL GIVE UP HER SINGING CAREER FOR 4 FREAKIN YEARS?? WONT HAPPEN! BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT.

  39. RosaRubbel July 5, 2010

    I don’t think Mary is ghetto. Why should Mary be ghetto.!?’ o.o

  40. DMAC143 July 5, 2010

    Congrats Mary! Great move…keep doin your thing as you continue to be a beacon of hope and an inspiration to all. Your story is….absolutely powerful and incredible…it made you the strong person that you are and has helped bring out strength in others when they felt weak. Above all….thanks for being you!

  41. ico July 5, 2010

    I love Mary! She is amazing
    This is one of my favourite songs and she looks stunning!

  42. Darrell H-Town July 5, 2010

    Mary U r the best repping that Houston we love u and support u down in the south………………………….

  43. Veebz July 5, 2010

    CONGRATS MARY!!!! EDUCATION IS SETAMENTAL THING AS WELL

  44. GETREAL July 6, 2010

    Only the rich can go from barely grabbing a G.E.D. to walking into a renowned university and get a seat with no setbacks.

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