WEEK IN WOMEN: Beyoncé’s BET Humanitarian Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

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BET Networks honors Beyoncé Knowles-Carter with the prestigious Humanitarian Award at the 20th Annual BET Awards.

The BET Awards, honoring prolific activists in the Black community and recognizing those who left us in 2020, airs from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday on BET and CBS.

A global phenomenon, Beyoncé is one of the most successful artists to date, with more than 100 million records sold worldwide, numerous awards – including 24 Grammys – and a catalog of timeless music.

Along with her illustrious music career, she has acted in films such as Dreamgirls, Cadillac Records and, most recently, Disney’s The Lion King, which became the highest-grossing animated film of all time.

On top of her numerous successes, Beyoncé is also a philanthropist who has created initiatives to give back to the world at large.

In 2017, as a part of her BeyGOOD initiative, Beyoncé established “Formation Scholars,” to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.