Beyoncé is not only celebrating talented women. She's paying them.

This week marks the first anniversary of Beyoncé's "Lemonade."

Do you remember where you were April 24, 2016? Of course you do. It was a cultural touchstone. It was the moon landing minus the conspiracy theories and white men.

GIF via "Lemonade."


To celebrate, Beyoncé established college scholarships for women!

More information after this celebratory Bey GIF!

Dance break! GIF via "7/11" video.

Formation scholars will be named for the 2017-18 school year to "encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident." The awards are available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in African-American studies, literature, music, art, or creative arts.

Beyoncé scholars walking on the quad. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS.

Four institutions were selected for the program, and one Formation scholar will be selected from each school. The colleges include Howard University in Washington, D.C., Spelman College in Atlanta, Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York City.

Details, including the award amount and application deadlines, are available through each school's financial aid or scholarship office.

Me walking into the financial aid office. GIF via "Lemonade."

Queen Bey is benevolent, generous, and serious about lifting up black women.

"Lemonade" was a love letter to black women and girls, a melanin-rich piece of art that couldn't have come at a better time. Her tour raised money to support the families of Flint, Michigan. She spoke out against police violence after the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Then, she campaigned for Hillary Clinton in hopes she would work on solutions for criminal justice reform and policies to fight poverty and racism.

Me to Beyoncé if we ever met and I had the wherewithal to speak. GIF via Recording Academy/Grammys.

With the creation of these scholarships — two at historically black colleges — Beyoncé continues to use her power and influence for good, all while making some of the most important music of the decade.

They don't call her queen for nothing.

Bow down.

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To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

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Speaking from experience—my kids range from age 12 to 20—a lot depends on the stage of motherhood. What I wanted when my kids were little is different than what I want now, and I'm sure when my kids are grown and gone I'll want something different again.

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From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

To give back to this community that is always giving so selflessly to others, CeraVe® put out a call to nurses to share their stories for a chance to be featured in Heroes Behind the Masks, a digital content series shining a light on nurses who go above and beyond to provide safe and quality care to patients and their communities.

First up: Tenesia Richards, a labor and delivery nurse working in New York City who, in addition to her regular job, started a community outreach program in a homeless shelter that houses expectant mothers for up to one year postpartum.

Tenesia | Heroes Behind the Masks presented by CeraVe www.youtube.com

Upon learning at a conference that black mothers in the U.S. die at three to four times the rate of white mothers, one of the widest of all racial disparities in women's health, Richards decided to take further action to help her community. She, along with a handful of fellow nurses, volunteered to provide antepartum, childbirth and postpartum education to the women living at the shelter. Additionally, they looked for other ways to boost the spirits of the residents, like throwing baby showers and bringing in guest speakers. When COVID-19 hit and in-person gatherings were no longer possible, Richards and her team found creative workarounds and created holiday care packages for the mothers instead.

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