In some parts of the pop pantheon, former Destiny’s Child lead singer Beyonce Knowles can do no wrong.
But according to the NY Times, the Black Journalists Association has come under fire from their journalist colleagues for awarding Knowles with an “Excellence in Journalism” award.
The Times said that the controversy arose because the Association gave the award to the pop diva for her Essence cover story, where she talked about taking nine months off from work to raise her child, Blue Ivy Carter (whose father is Knowles’ husband, rapper/mogul Jay-Z).
Critics suggest that the reason that Beyonce got the award was because of her celebrity status, and not because of her journalistic integrity. Some have even suggested that Beyonce herself may not have written the article.
But Cori Murray, Essence’s entertainment director, told The Daily News that Beyoncé was “a real writer.” “We had to edit her, but everyone gets edited except Toni Morrison,” he said.