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May 05, 2012  | by: Latonya Darrisaw

Beyonce on cover of Essence magazine

She’s won countless awards, performed all across the globe, created fragrances and a clothing line, and gave birth to a beautiful baby girl earlier this year. Is there anything Beyonce can’t do? After the recent announcement from the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ), the singer and actress can now add award-winning journalist to her impressive list of accomplishments. Apparently, girls do run the world – or at least Beyonce does.

Beyonce is set to receive a journalism award on May 15 for her cover story in the July 2011 issue of Essence magazine entitled “Eat, Play, Love.” It has not been confirmed if Beyonce will attend. In the article, the songstress wrote about her nine-month break from recording and performing to travel the world with her loved ones. She credited the hiatus as serving for inspiration for her latest and most intimate album to date, 4.

Beyonce wrote, “After grinding for so long, I wanted a vacation – a real one. But getting it was going to take a little patience and hard work on my part.”  She continued, “I’m grateful I had new experiences to write about and new musical influences to draw upon. My batteries recharged, I slowly started putting ideas on paper.”

Although the award has come with criticism from journalists about the star actually writing the article herself and that she won an award suited for professional journalists, Essence entertainment director, Cori Murray, cleared up the misconception with the New York Daily News. Even Katie Couric tweeted her congratulations to the star. Despite the backlash, we’re betting Beyonce can start to clear off the shelf for even more awards to come, but for now, this one can have a home next to her 16 Grammys and ASCAP Songwriting award.

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