We’ve come to expect Grammy and Billboard music awards for Beyonce, but writing (not related to songs)? Apparently Miss Knowles turned out a heck of an essay for Essence magazine’s July 2011 issue last year because the New York Association of Black Journalists will present her with a writing award for it on May 15.
In the cover piece, “Eat, Pray, Love,” Bey chronicled her journey during her nine-month hiatus from the industry, talking about “savoring” the “tiny moments,” traveling with Jay-Z, discovering a love for artichokes, and going undercover as a Harajuku girl in Tokyo nightclubs. She called the personal retreat her “creative awakening.”
“I had talked about taking a vacation before, but always ended up in the studio after two weeks, so no one believed me. This time, though, I was serious. I was going to give myself a year to do the things I never get to do. Simple things like play with my nephew, pick him up from school, visit museums, go to concerts, see some Broadway shows, learn to cook a meal and spend time with my husband… Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile…” she wrote.
Essence entertainment director Cori Murray told The NY Daily News that the words were all Bey’s too.
“She’s a real writer. We had to edit her, but everyone gets edited except Toni Morrison.”
The association hasn’t said what exact award Beyonce will receive but she will be honored along with some pretty notable figures including diversity advocate Robert Naylor and the late Gil Noble.
“NYABJ is thrilled to present well-deserved awards to all of our winners and also recognize two luminaries in our field-Robert Naylor and the late Gil Noble,” said NYABJ President Michael J. Feeney. “From News 12 Westchester’s coverage of the Danroy Henry killing to CNN’s coverage of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument dedication to recording artist Beyonce Knowles’ Essence magazine article about how a nine-month break changed her life, we congratulate everyone.”
Did you check out Beyonce’s July 2011 cover story? What do you think about this award?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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