Woman Who Stabbed Mary J. Blige’s Father Is Being Held On Half A Million In Bail

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By Daphne R

Police have identified the woman being held for stabbing and critically wounding the father of R & B superstar Mary J. Blige. Cheryl Ann White, 50, of Battle Creek, Michigan, is being held on $500,000 cash bail for stabbing Thomas Blige, 63, in the neck on Friday. Authorities have charged her with assault with intent to murder for the incident.

White awaits a preliminary hearing scheduled for February 7 in the 10th District Court in Calhoun County.

The victim, Thomas Blige, is reportedly still in critical condition at a hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he underwent surgery to repair the damages. According to police, White stabbed Blige during a domestic dispute which escalated from his discovering that she had slashed the tires on his SUV.

The nine-time Grammy winning singer, Mary J Blige, has made no public comment or mention of the incident at all on any of her social media pages or official website, although hundreds of fans have posted their sentiments and prayers to her and her family. It has been widely reported that she is estranged from her father, who she said in an interview some time ago left her family but had been abusive toward her mother.

Friends and neighbors of Thomas Blige say that the Blige and White argued frequently. Police say they have responded to at least seven reports of domestic violence between the two since August 2013.

During this recent incident, police say Blige confronted White about slashing the tires on his vehicle. “During the course of the confrontation, the female stabbed the victim in the neck,” according to an incident report by police.

Blige’s roommate, Michael Thomas, provided some insight of the incident to WOOD TV saying that Blige “heard some hissing sounds that he heard from outside, where the air was being let out of his tires.”

“He came back in and yelled for me,” said Thomas, who said he found Blige on the kitchen floor, “bleeding profusely” from stab wounds to his throat, side and arm.

“I had to grab towels and cover the wounds the best I could until the rescue came,” Thomas said.

Video of Cheryl White in court for arraignment:


 Daphne R is an experienced marketing and communications professional that provides social commentary, self-help, tips, and reports news of events that matter to African Americans.


  1. Snowbound

    January 30, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Good lord. 50yrs old?? This old bag looks like she is 70.

  2. B Wilson

    January 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    No one needs someone who treats them violent, get rid of her man, of course who knows what led up to her doing the things she did, but there ie no excuse for that type of behaviour.

  3. t

    February 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    If he was abusive to Mary’s mom; why would he not be abusive to her!?!

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