Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an African American singer, songwriter, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Beyoncé performed in various beauty pageants and talent competitions as a child. In the late 1990s, she made a name for herself in one of the biggest girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child. The Houston. TX native was born on September 4, 1981. The 39-year-old wife of Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter since 2008, stands at 5′ 7″ tall.
Race and Ethnicity
Beyoncé is a descendant of Acadian leaders Joseph Broussard and Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie de Saint-Castin through her Louisiana Creole mother, Tina Knowles- Lawson. As Beyoncé researched her family tree in 2018, she discovered she is descended from a slave owner who married his slave. Beyonce is the loving mother of 9-year-old Blue Ivy and 3-year-old twins Rumi and Sir Carter. The superstar has always proven herself to be a family-oriented person performing songs about her parents that include self-written songs about father Mathew Knowles and displaying her love and loyalty to baby sister Solange Piaget Knowles the mother of Daniel Juelz Smith.
Her rise and claim to fame
During her early years, Beyoncé Knowles participated in local talent shows and won many of them by impressing audiences with her natural singing and dancing abilities. As a member of an all-female singing group, Beyoncé teamed up with Kelly Rowland and two classmates. After the release of their first album, Destiny’s Child instantly became one of R&B’s top acts. In 2003, Beyoncé became a solo artist with Dangerously in Love, her first album. Millions of copies were sold, and it won five Grammys. Aside from her music career, Beyoncé has starred in several films, including Dreamgirls.
One of The things we love about our Queen Bey (pronounced bee, not bay) is that she has the generous heart of a benevolent queen. The Formation Scholars award was established by Beyoncé to support young women studying creative arts, music, literature, or black studies at Berklee College of Music, Spelman College, Howard University, and Parsons School of Design. Her Homecoming Scholar Awards Program supports young women and men enrolled in HBCUs. In conjunction with her BeyGOOD initiative, the funds will be used to establish the Homecoming Scholars Award Program at Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee, and Bethune-Cookman, all historically black universities.
Bey: Pronounced Bee not Bay!
The superstar step-sister of Bianca lawson earned her fortune as a Singer. The queen of the Beyhive has always given back to under-represented communities with an emphasis on girls, women, education, and global poverty. The pop star co-founded Chime for Change with actress Salma Hayek. Beyoncé also established a philanthropic initiative called #BeyGOOD to help the homeless, sick children, and unemployed. Chime for Change describes itself as a global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls and women around the world.
Crazy in Love with Philanthropy
The Crazy in Love singer donated $500,000 to Chime for Change, which will be used to fund health and education programs for women and girls in developing countries. Programs that support mentoring, counseling, and job training for girls in New York, as well as support for victims of sex trafficking in Los Angeles. The Get me Bodied singer funded Embrace Innovations, co-founded by Jane Chen. A provider of low-cost infant warmers, Embrace Innovations help preterm babies survive and thrive in developing countries. With Beyoncé’s support, Embrace Innovations can extend its pilot program to additional countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. Embrace will also expand into seven new countries with the funds.
#BeyGOOD is another philanthropic initiative of Beyoncé aimed at helping the homeless, sick children, and the unemployed. A total of six European charities have benefited from the effort. Furthermore, it assisted Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti in raising money for pediatric oncology appointments.
A survivor who produces Survivors
Survivor Foundation was founded by Beyoncé, her mother Tina, Solange Knowles, and Kelly Rowland to help hurricane Katrina victims. Additionally, Beyoncé has donated funds to Houston Food Bank as part of her philanthropy. The launching of Knowles-Temenos Place in Houston was done on behalf of the singer in large part, by her mother. It’s is to “provide affordable housing opportunities, supportive services, and employment resources to low-income persons on their journey to self-sufficiency.”
She pledged $ 6 million in May 2020 to help communities of color deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in Houston, New York, New Orleans, and Detroit, and in December she donated $ 500,000 to help people facing evictions. Beyoncé turns 40 this year and we are here for the beauty who has who gives as much as she gets.