She’s a singer, actress, fashion designer/business woman and now she owns a school in Brooklyn, New York! On Friday (Mar 5), Beyonce and her mom Tina Knowles spoke at Phoenix House, a nonprofit recovery center for drug and alcohol addiction, to unveil the Beyonce Cosmetology Center.

The press release states that the program is “a seven-month cosmetology training course for adult men and women.” All of the products to be used at the center have been donated by L’Oreal, and Beyonce and Tina have made a commitment to donate $100,000 every year.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was also in attendance and spoke before Beyonce took to the podium.

While Phoenix House provides varied vocational training, “I felt like they needed something that was geared towards women — something that would teach them skills that would give them hope even after the Phoenix House,” Beyoncé explained about why she chose to fund a beauty school. Her mother also owned and operated a salon in Knowles’ hometown of Houston.

“I saw that a salon was a place for women to socialize, share stories, cry, laugh and get advice,” she continued about her experiences growing up around a beauty parlor. She was close to tears as she added, “Most importantly, I saw the joy it brought my mother, knowing she was a part of their transformation.”


10+ pictures of Beyonce, Tina and Ne York City officials at the unveiling of the Beyonce Cosmetology Center below…

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