Beyonce will be receiving a writing award from the New York Association of Black Journalists on May 15 for her July 2011 Essence magazine cover story “Eat, Play, Love,” which chronicled her nine-month hiatus from the biz in 2010.
Some are speculating that she may have had a ghostwriter, Essence entertainment director Cori Murray says that Beyonce wrote every word.
“She’s a real writer. We had to edit her, but everyone gets edited except Toni Morrison,” Murray says.
Journalists are pissed that Beyonce [a non-journalist] is receiving such an award. So many black journalists who have earned degrees, have honed their craft for years, and have yet to be recognized.
Michael Feeney, the president of the New York chapter of the black journalists association, said Beyoncé had “won fair and square.” Her article – “Eat, Play, Love” – was submitted by Essence magazine last year and a jury from the Dallas chapter judged it to be the best submission in the arts and entertainment category, he said. “I believe it was selected on content and the writing and not on her celebrity,” he said. [source]
As reported on Clutch, some of the reactions were:
“Wow…Beyonce is winning journalism awards now? I quit.”
“I think I’ve been going about this journalism thing all wrong. I should get some blonde extensions, learn how to make it clap while saying “uh-oh” and talk about the simple things in life like jumping off of yachts.
That’s the ticket.
*Shreds all rough drafts of articles that empower the Black community and puts on leotard.”
Is this just another case of celebrity winning over actual talent or skill?