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Beyonce Formation Super Bowl

Beyonce will give four scholarships to college students studying music, the creative arts, literature or African American studies in the coming school year.

In celebration of Lemonade’s one-year anniversary this week, Beyoncé announced that she is working with Howard University, Spelman College, Berklee College of Music and Parsons School of Design to provide four individual scholarships to young women.

Beyonce Formation scholarship info

The Formation scholarships are available through the schools for students pursuing degrees in music, the creative arts, literature or African American studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. The artist’s goal is to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside of the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

Related: If Water is Life, Then What About Flint?

This isn’t the first time Bey has shown her charitable heart. In June 2016, she donated $82,243 of her Formation tour earnings to Flint, Michigan, where there is an ongoing lead-poisoning crisis. The money went toward purchasing truckloads of water and filtration systems, and Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé’s management company, announced that 14 Flint high school students would have their college education covered.

Lemonade, a celebration of black womanhood and culture, has proven to be much more than just an album. For Beyoncé it is quite clearly an ongoing effort to also help foster the innovative and creative potential of those who lack the financial support to fully pursue their dreams.

 

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Lara Witt is an award-winning feminist writer who primarily writes about feminism, racism, pop-culture, mental health, and politics. Witt received her BA in Journalism from Temple University and interned for Philadelphia CityPaper’s arts and entertainment section and the Philadelphia Daily News covering local news, court stories, and crime. Following her graduation, she became increasingly committed to writing about gender, race, and queer identity by using Black and brown feminist theory to analyze current news and politics. Witt freelanced for national and local publications, which led to her working with Wear Your Voice Magazine eventually becoming their EIC and rebranding the site to focus primarily on using the analytical framework of Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality. Witt’s goal is to provide platforms for marginalized voices with a focus on having other Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) writers tell their own stories and explore their own narratives. Witt has spoken at local Philadelphia events, such as the March to End Rape Culture (2017) and curated a yearly series of events called The Electric Lady Series. These events highlight women of color in Philadelphia by exploring gender, rape culture, entrepreneurship, art, self-care, sex, and culture.

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