Beyoncé Is Still Running The World!
2012 is looking to be a big year for Beyoncé. Along with the birth of her first child, the singer, actress and songwriter has been honoured in more ways than one this year… and its only January. Beyonce’s hometown of Houston, Texas, have decided to pay a tribute to the star by building a monument in her honour. There will be a statue and a "mini museum" of memorabilia from her career to date...
The CEO of the development company, Marcus Mitchell, said: "A lot of people get honoured when they die, so why not honour people why they’re still here? We felt as though it’s her time to be honoured. We wanted to construct, like, a massive hall so as the doors open, if you donated to the monument, you’ll have a separate nameplate. There will be clips of Beyoncé with Destiny’s Child and wardrobe like a mini museum. We’ve gotten support from the city of Houston, from the mayor."
Bosses hope to complete the project in time to reveal it on Beyonce’s birthday, September 4. Proceeds from the site will be donated to charity. As well as a hometown tribute, you can now enrol on a course called, 'Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé'. Seriously.
Lecturer Kevin Allred said: "This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend. Instead, the class will use Beyoncé’s music, videos, and career to explore issues of race, gender, and sexual politics.”
Students will also explore "the extent of Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical, and her more racy performances as her alter ego, 'Sasha Fierce'." The course is currently only available in the USA, but would you enrol? Is this diabolical or deserved?
Regardless, Beyoncé has bigger things to worry about at the moment. It seems that she is still scouting for a godmother as rumours that Oprah Winfrey took the spot have now been squashed by her best friend, Gayle King. I’m placing my bets on Kelly Rowland taking the spot.
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)