Soon to be mama of three, Beyoncé has long been a high standard setter. She is the embodiment of female empowerment and strength. She shines on every level; an incredible voice, creative style, charisma, strength.- the list has no end. But none of us will forget the way Beyoncé shone at the Grammy Awards. She came out looking like a regal goddess, resplendent in her pregnancy; wearing a crown and OWNING the stage. The beauty of this WOMAN carries over into the good she pours out into the world by giving back with her involvement in numerous charities. She is philanthropic on many levels and extends herself by using her fame and influence to create a better planet. She was voted the most charitable celebrity by DoSomething.org for 2016.
For her “Formation World Tour”, Beyoncé partnered with three different charities; Chime for a Change, Global Citizen and United Way to encourage fans to give back in their own communities. While on her “On the Run” tour she donated $1 dollar for every ticket sold to the Shawn Carter Foundation which provides education funding for low income families. She donated over 7 million dollars to a homeless shelter and service called Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. Beyonce also helped to create the Survivor Foundation along with the other members of Destiny’s Child which is a community outreach in Houston, Texas.
Most recently the pop superstar brought awareness to a number of causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and she raised $82,000 by asking fans to donate when purchasing tickets to her Formation Tour. Beyoncé uses her spotlight to shine the light on issues that need our attention and collective outpour of support.
In her visual album, Lemonade, Beyoncé featured several women holding up pictures of their late sons who were victims of shootings that were covered by the media. Beyoncé uses her art to be the voice of women standing up for themselves when relationships go south or tragedy strikes. She uses her voice to cathartically give sound to a collective pain and therefore, evolves from grief into glory. It is inspiring to see an artist translate this artistic talent into a tangible example of giving back.