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Is Beyonce Getting Her GED?

May 4, 2012 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) It appears that anything and everything revolving around Beyonce is hot. Everyone wants a part of whatever Beyonce is doing. Rather it’s positive or negative people want to know everything there is to know about the woman Beyoncé. 

There was the hushed hushed marriage of her and hubby Jay Z that went under the radar until after the nuptials.  Of course there was the surprise announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) of her pregnancy. Then there was the drama surrounding her supposed fake pregnancy and the uproar of Blue Ivy’s name and its connection to the Illuminati. 

Beyonce always seems to have her hand in a number of things.  She has acted in various movies on screen.  Some of her film credits include Cadillac Records, Dream Girls, Obsessed and Austin Power’s Gold Member. Oh and let  us not forget Carmen A Hip Hopopera.  She was also named People’s Most Beautiful woman of 2012. She’s had a whirlwind of a year and we’re only midway through.

The beginning of this year news spread across the internet that Beyonce would be the topic of a new course offered at Rutgers University. The course Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé focused on Beyonce’s music, videos, and career to explore issues of American race, gender, and sexual politics.

Kevin Allred, the instructor says the course examines the singer’s lyrics and videos in comparison to the writings of Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth.  He has also stated, “This isn’t a course about Beyonce’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend. She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”

Apparently Beyonce is not the only one in the family that has been the subject on university campuses. Jay Z was also the topic of a Sociology Class at Georgetown University.

One thing for sure Beyonce is constantly in the news for something and here’s another one she can add to her list. Most recently The New York Association of Black Journalists announced that they will be bestowing a writing award to Beyonce Knowles on May 15th.  Beyonce will be rewarded for her article “Eat, Play, Love,” which appeared in Essence in 2011.

This last accolade given to Beyonce has prompted me to address this issue and to no longer ignore it.  Last month while reading one of many blogs I came across rumors that Beyonce was seen heading into a building that houses the W. 35th Street Alternative Education Complex in Brooklyn, New York with a binder in her hand. The facility she visited offers GED tests and because of this sighting rumors are running rampant that Beyonce is getting her GED because she never received it. I really can’t say for sure how true this may or may not be, but this is what is being said.

Supposedly Beyonce dropped out high school at 14 or 15 and was receiving help from a tutor. Apparently no one knows for sure. But of course this still got me to thinking. For one I wonder why her parents did not insist that she continue her schooling.

This also leads me to ask if Beyonce really does not have her GED does this make her less of a role model.   Does she owe this to the thousands of young girls and women that look up to her? And more importantly does she owe this to Blue Ivy?

Obviously her educational level has had no bearing on her financial and professional success since she is talented and truly blessed to be placed where she is. But the question still lies.  If she does not have her GED is she sending the wrong message? Is she saying that it’s okay not to have your GED and that you can still be rich and famous without it?

We know that anything is possible.  But realistically what are the chances of that happening?

I enjoy Beyonce as a performer, but I would be even more impressed if she obtained her GED, if the rumors are true.  Imagine the impact she would have on young women around the world. She would truly show that girls rule the world.

Staff Writer; Eleanie Campbell

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13 Responses to “Is Beyonce Getting Her GED?”
  1. Tracy says:

    Am I losing my mind or is everyone turning a blind eye to the real world? Is the new real world based on celeb-reality?

    Maybe the distraction of Beyonce is a happy distraction versus the plight of minorities…and the reason why Beyonce is in the press constantly is because she is wealthy and so is her husband Jay Z thanks to the many sold out concerts, retail sales and newsstand sales and their growing empire thanks to people like you…the comment groupies.

    Instead of spending time worrying about Beyonce’s GED status – shouldn’t you guys be more concerned about the plight of black people in the USA. I will shed some light…38% of black men are in jail, the drop out rate is higher than 8%, and according to the recent unemployment report — blacks have a 13.6% unemployment rate compared to the average unemployment rate of 8%.

    These are the things that should get horrified comments but we are turning a blind eye and living in a land of celebrity because yes..Beyonce can help us with her songs…WAKE UP PEOPLE ….are you more concerned about a superstar that could not give a flying fig about you.

    All celebrities press mongers are money making machines and you are helping them to get wealthier…I wonder how are you benefiting?

    Ever thought about that?

    When is everyone going to stop this senseless celebrity idol worship? I mean really.

  2. TanChanta says:

    NO IT DOESNT MAKE HER A BAD PERSON OR LESS THEN A ROLE MODEL ITS MAKES HER A WOMAN BECAUSE SHE HAS LEARNED FOR HERSELF WITH NOT ONLY THE HELP OF HER WONDERFUL PARENTS BACK THEN SHE WAS TOO MUCH FOR A STUDY OF BOOKS BASED ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE SHE WAS NATURALLY BORN BLESSED JUST LIKE HER FATHER AND MOTHER AND DAUGHTER SISTER SOOO ON BECAUSE SHES LIKE A ANGEL GOD MADE HER WHO SHE IS BECAUSE NOT EVEN A HATER CAN DOWN HER SHE EVERY WOMAN IM ONLY TWENTY BEEN A BEYONCE FAN SINCE FOUR YEARS OLD AND I HAVE NO G.E.D I THINNK IT MIGHT JUST BE A LITTLE LOT BETTER THAT SHE DOESNT OWN IT IF THIS IS TRUE BECAUSE SHE CAN STILL GET IT AND ONCE AGAIN I CAN PROMISE SHELL BE A ENCOURAGEMENT TO SOMEONE THATS ONE OF HER BIGGEST FANS AND HATERS I LOVE BEYONCE SHES THE BEST SINCE AALIYAH

    AALIYAH WAS THE BIGGEST BEFORE BEYONCE BUT THE LORD CHOSE A GODESE INSTEAD OF JUST AN ANGEL TO HELP LEAD US YOUNG AMERICAN WOMEN NO MATTER WHATS THE RACE YA KNOW ALLL OF THESE RUMORS GOOD AND BAD CAN BE A HEADACHE AT TIMES JUST BE THANKFUL GOD BLESSED YOU WITH LIFE AND THE WORLD WITH BEYONCE AND JAY Z AND THEIR WHOLE FAMILES

  3. Speak ur mind says:

    are just that

    Sorry about the error, I write in haste in my previous post,lol, I meant . . .

    The feelings, viewpoint of @A Black Writer With A Degree! ARE JUST THAT, his/her feelings and viewpont.

  4. Speak ur mind says:

    I respect @A Black Writer With A Degree! to post what he/she feels. The feelings, viewpoint of @A Black Writer With A Degree! his/her feelings and viewpont. There are others who can relate to this same way about this woman. I see it all the time, similar feelings about Beyonce on blogs. Many people think that this woman Beyonce is “thrown” @ them in the media way too much so much so that she is said to be a media **or* and so overrated despite her beauty and enormous talent. So, as to the question of this posting, what’s the big deal about her getting her GED. The big deal is that she is to her fans a big deal and ANYTHING she does they are ear and eye to. For them, it is another accomplishment for her she is undertaking and I commend this.

    I am not going to make an essay like the previous poster here but i too respect ur post and I understand where u coming from.

  5. Imonetoremember says:

    Nobody really knows what her education level is. I think if she is going back to get her GED, it’s almost like becoming a top notch doctor and then going back to school for it. It’s not going to benefit her. It only makes her critics happy so they can feel she’s doing things the way they see fit.

    Why is so much emphasis being put on traditional education when the woman has gained plenty of education through her travels, business and her success? She’s not an uneducated person. She is in charge of her career and calls the shots. Many celebs can’t do this. Look at Britney, an adult that has to have someone in control of her spending and decision making because she couldn’t/can’t.

    Isn’t the goal of education is to use that knowledge to become successful and make good choices, which will have positive and lasting effects on you and your family? She has done this already. She said her self, in an interview that she was homeschooled, so nobody knows, from the time she dropped out of traditional school, to the time the private tutoring stopped, just where her level of formal education ended. One thing is for sure, whatever she was taught through formal education, or learned from experience was right on track, GED or not.

    @A Black Writer With A Degree! I really don’t think you know what you are talking about. As someone from the ’70’s myself, I think you sounds more jealous of her success and feel the need to criticize her, than anything. Perhaps you are the one that needs therapy. Generally the negativity we spew at others is a reflection of our own conflictions.

    Beyonce is a part of the black women making it happen, that you speak of, but you have nothing but disparaging comments about her. Look at her parents, her dad earned a 6 figure salary at corporate level, and her mom owned her own business, before Beyonce ever gained any fame. I suppose you attack them for their success as well. They obviously taught her the definition of hard work and drive. I can’t say that is a quality many kids of any race have today. Kids might look at her life, maybe get off those video games for half a second, and do something positive with their lives, considering her message is often about hard work and overcoming obstacles.

    It sound very contradictory to give the impression you support black women, that are making a positive impact, yet you condemn a woman that is one of highest ranking successful black women out there and has been involved in so many charitable causes and given so much back. You obviously don’t know much about Beyonce, except the rumors fed to you by the media, half the story from her Tumblr and one of her videos that you likely were angry at yourself for being turned on by. Why don’t you pick on someone who is always in the news for the trouble they get into, drug abuse or racist views and let’s quit downplaying the success of other black women?

    Your level of education should not be a measure your success if you are already successful in life. We have lots of educated idiots out there that don’t seem to have much more than that degree but seem to be very judgmental of others with no degree that are more successful than themselves.

  6. nazzy says:

    OMG!what is your problem?!you sound angry,bitter and jealous!Beyonce Knowles has worked hard her entire life to get where she is today.she has a huge fan base not just for her music but also for what she represents!You however don’t seem to wanna report the truth!I live in South Africa and Beyonce has such a huge fan base here!she is admired by both men and women here!If she is getting her GED so what!Education is Empowerment and we learn everyday!not just from books but life itself.I think you are just jealous of all Beyonce’s accomplishments!Get over it already!

  7. RoniReports says:

    Go Bey! Get that education!!

  8. Another Black Degree Holder says:

    A black writer with a degree – I second your opinion. I think Beyonce is a has been, passed her 15minutes of fame and in need of serious therapy. The only problem is therapy doesn’t work for everyone.

    She now has a child, another tool for seeking attention in Beyonc’s planet. Soon, Blue will be following her biological mother’s footsteps. Clinging on to a fireman’s pole while singing “female empowerment” songs and wearing a smile and kitten mules and looking like her father before he had plastic surgery.

  9. CW says:

    I am a little shock that Beyonce does not have a high school diploma, However, after reading some of these comments, with all the typo and grammatical errors, I see several examples of why an education is so important.

    Young people get your education. Fame and fortune will wait.

  10. fatu sankoh says:

    beyonce is smart and educated woman god and we her fans love her their is norting to hate about her she deserves the award the article she wrote for essence magazine is well written i still go the magazine were she is on the cover and still read that article i said to my self ge beyonce is realy a good writer even before she is about to be given this award so people stope hating on this woman long live our queen bey god bless you for life

  11. olivia Carter says:

    As a huge beyonce fan i believe that hre highest level of education is a high school diploma. so for whatever reason she was entering that building, i doubt it was to get her GED as those are for folks who were not fortunate enough to accomplish a high school diploma. however if my information just so happens to be false then i applaud Ms. Knowles wanting to better herself and farther her education and for expanding her role as a (my) role model to also include that education is power for all ages no matter who you are and that no one can take away from you.

  12. just saying says:

    Please stop acting like a tabloid magazine and do some real writing. You come across as a hater because there are many entertainers who have no formal education just Honorary Degrees whom the world adores. You are a black other the hill woman who should stop hating on Beyonce and start writing something of substance.

  13. A Black Writer With A Degree! says:

    Okay, I am going to be frank. It is cool that she is trying to get a GED (bout damn time–). I received a GED. However, today I have a Bachelors in English-Creative Writing, and now working on a graduate degree. It behooves me why she receives so much attention, when their are millions of Black women in the world making it happen.

    I for one will always say, if a woman has to alter her appearance, gyrate on stage, and publish pictures on Tumblr for attention…then she really needs some therapy. I will not go so far as to call her a dumb blonde–but she is well on her way.

    Perhaps, she may have a career like Lena Horne…ooops, I doubt that! However, I will add that individuals that follow her are not from Generation X (which are babies that were born in the 70’s and early 80’s). We know what is real.
    And, we can’t be fooled.

    In regard to her getting that journalism award is pure foolishness. The NABJ should close the NY-ABJ chapter!

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