*Mary J. Blige has recruited Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Corinne Bailey Rae, Queen Latifah, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson to perform at her charity concert to help send disadvantaged young women to college.

Proceeds will benefit the Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (Ffawn), an organization she formed with record executive Steve Stoute in 2008.

The gig will also feature performances from Blige herself and will take place at Manhattan’s Hammerstein Ballroom on May 1.

A statement posted on the charity’s website reads, “Both Mary and Steve called on close friends and powerful entertainers from various genres… each agreeing to lend their voice to Ffawn in the name of education for girls everywhere. Mary and her friends will share the stage to showcase their talents and inspire others to give back.”

Last year, the foundation paid for 25 girls to go to college with full four-year scholarships.