Beyoncé launches scholarship program

Beyoncé is making it a little easier for young women to pursue higher education.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of surprise album LemonadeELLE reports that the singer is launching the “Formation Scholars” awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, which aims to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

The award is open to current or incoming female students of undergraduate or graduate status that are “pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies,” says ELLE. Four scholarships will be awarded — one to each participating university, which are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College.

If students are interested in applying, details are available from each college.

 

Marvel’s Chavez invokes Beyonce

The latest cover of Marvel’s America #2 will have you wanting to get in formation.

According to Mic, title character America Chavez is a “queer Latina superhero” that is depicted as a “‘Formation’-inspired brown woman dressed in patriotic red, white and blue but with a grimace on her face.”

The comic, written by Gabby Rivera and drawn by Joe Quinones, gives the superhero “superhuman strength, speed, the ability to tear holes in space-time, and a take-no-shit attitude,” reports The Verge.

Marvel Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso told Mic in an email that America only adds to the “rich and diverse characters within the Marvel Universe.”

Be sure to look for the bossed up superhero when the comic hits stores on March 1.

Beyoncé to headline Coachella in April

With a total of nine Grammy nominations, Beyoncé has a chance of winning big at the music industry’s biggest night. But it looks like the pop superstar has already won the stage of one of the biggest music festivals in the world.

According to the Huffington Post, Beyoncé is set to headline Coachella, along with Radiohead and Kendrick Lamar. While snagging a headliner spot is enough to celebrate, the Huffington Post  points out that it will be a history-making moment: “She’s also the first solo female artist to headline Coachella in the last decade and the first black woman ever to headline the California-based festival.”

Only two other women have headlined Coachella since its start in 1999, says HuffPost: Bjork in 2007 and female-fronted English rock band Portishead in 2008.

Beyoncé’s headlining performance comes after a year when Coachella performances were comprised of only a small number of female acts. HuffPost reports, “last year, Coachella’s lineup included 168 male artists and just 60 female artists ― a figure that includes both all-female and mixed-gender acts.”

While this year’s lineup still doesn’t achieve gender parity — HuffPost says the 2017 performances include “108 all-male acts and 40 all-female and mixed-gender acts” — Beyoncé’s headliner stint may help usher in a new era for Coachella and spur other music festivals to follow suit.

Williams Gets Viewers in ‘Formation’

After the release and Super Bowl 50 performance of Beyoncé’s latest single, “Formation,” the media has exploded in racially-charged backlash, claiming that the singer used her Super Bowl performance to promote police resistance. But The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams had a rebuttal of her own for Beyoncé’s critics.

According to The Huffington Postafter comments such as those from former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani — who told Fox News that her Super Bowl performance was “outrageous” because she “used it as a platform to attack police officers” — Williams argued that these naysayers missed the point of her performance (and the song’s music video) altogether.

While discussing why race was brought onto the Super Bowl’s national stage, Williams said, “Race was brought because Beyoncé was brought in. And brace yourself, you might want to sit down for this, but Beyoncé is black.”

 

To watch Williams take down Beyoncé’s haters, click here