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Beyonce, the next Edward R. Murrow?

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Beyonce, the next Edward R. Murrow?

Is there any honor Beyonce hasn’t received? The multi-talented performer can now add award-winning journalist to her list of accolades.

The New York Association of Black Journalists is paying tribute to Mrs. Jay-Z  for an article she wrote called “Eat, Play Love.” The July 2011 Essence magazine article detailed how a nine-month break changed her life.

“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,” Beyonce said in the piece.

“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 added.

Blue Ivy’s mom can add the journalism accomplishment to her Grammys, Golden Globe nominations and MTV Movie Award.

Beyonce joins more than 40 other honorees receiving recognition for writing from the NYABJ. Chapter president Michael Feeney assures it is talent – not celebrity – that earned Beyonce the honor.

“This is one award and I feel strongly that the award was judged on the content and not on her name,” Feeney said. “It wasn’t -- I feel -- given because it was Beyonce. It was given because it was a well written article.”

Feeney said the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of National Association of Black Journalists judged the entries. The winners were determined prior to Feeney’s tenure, which began in January.

“The awards are for writing,” he said. “If someone does an extraordinary piece of writing and they submit it, it has a chance to win.”

Feeney added that the prize could serve as an inspiration for aspiring, young journalists.

“Beyonce’s a role model. I hope with this honor this will inspire other young girls out there to pick up a pad and paper and maybe pursue a career in journalism,” he said. “If nothing else comes out of this, maybe it will inspire another young girl to write and pursue her dreams.”

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