Earlier this week it was reported that singer Mary J Blige announced that she had passed her G.E.D ( High School Equivalency Diploma) and had been accepted in to Howard University.
I refused to post this news at the time because I thought it sounded a bit fishy, and it turns out that I wasn’t the only one who thought the story sounded a bit suspect.
Various media outlets contacted the university and a rep later clarified that Mary “hadn’t yet been accepted as a student” adding,
“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.”
Mary then posted this response via Twitter,
Mary’s rep has now told US Magazine that “Howard University came to her and expressed interest in having her as a student but she will not be attending,”.
The confusion started after the singer told the Times-Picayune, “I just received my high school diploma yesterday (Monday). The city of New York gave me my high school diploma … and now Howard University has accepted me.”
This is what I think happened….
Some star struck fool from within Howard’s administrative department (probably the top dog) visited Mary, told her that she had been accepted, and then planned on fast tracking her application, so she could bypass the formal process of admission.
But the plan to accept /later admit a superstar in to the University (good publicity for the institution) backfired after Mary told the world she had been accepted.
Due to the media attention, university officials have now changed their minds, which leaves Mary looking like a liar.
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