Beyoncé is set to receive writing award from NYABJ for ESSENCE cover story.
Beyoncé is an international pop diva, entrepreneur, mother and People's 2012 Most Beautiful Woman. But she can now add award-winning journalist to her long list of accomplishments. On May 15, the New York Association of Black Journalists will present Beyoncé with a writing award for her intimate first-person ESSENCE article, "Eat, Play, Love."
Known for keeping her personal life private, Beyoncé opened up to ESSENCE readers in the July 2011 cover story about her nine-month break from performing.
"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," Beyoncé wrote.
The 16-time Grammy winner closes her story by describing how inspired and rejuvenated she felt during her time off. "I was grateful for the time I gave myself to breathe," she writes. "My personal retreat gave me strength and a creative reawakening. I returned refreshed, renewed and empowered to reevaluate my life and do things that will make a difference."
Although Beyoncé seemed most excited to begin recording her latest album, 4, she kept one small detail to herself — her plans for a family. Just seven months after the release of the July issue, Beyoncé's first child Blue Ivy was born.
Read the complete award-winning story now.