It's been just over a year since Beyoncé released her album Lemonade, considered a hallmark achievement of fempowering, socially conscious pop music.
To mark the occasion, Queen Bey has just announced her latest charity initiative – a scholarship program to support young women in academia and the arts.
Taking its name and inspiration from the 12th track on Lemonade, the Formation Scholars program was launched to further the educations of women studying the creative arts, music, literature, and/or African-American studies.
There are four separate scholarship awards, one for each of the disciplines mentioned above. Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College will be the schools working in partnership with the Formation Scholars fund.
The lyrical and visual themes of Lemonade gesture towards (particularly African-American and other minority) women breaking barriers and scaling the many artificial walls that society has imposed on them for too long.
On "Formation," when Beyoncé says "Okay ladies, now let's get in formation," it can be interpreted that she's urging women to organize politically as well as acquire information, otherwise known as "getting an education." Beyoncé's Formation World Tour was partnered with three charities, and the singer has long supported various charitable causes with private donations.
— deray mckesson (@deray) April 25, 2017
While she has gotten her fair share of criticism for what some consider to be misguided or insincere feminism, no one can honestly say Beyoncé doesn’t make it a point to give back to her fans and communities across the world.
The “Formation Scholars” program is just another example of Queen Bey doing awesome things with her celebrity platform off the stage.