Music News 4.25.17

Beyonce Turns Lemonade Into Free College Money

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Beyonce’s groundbreaking album Lemonade, and to celebrate, she announced the establishment of the Formation Scholars. Beyonce has partnered with four universities to offer one female student at each university a scholarship to begin or continue pursuing a degree in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies. Universities partnering in the Foundation Scholars is Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Spelman, and Parsons School of Design, and each will have one scholarship to “support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident.



Black-listed Madonna Screenplay Gets Green Light

The Black-list winning screenplay for Blonde Ambition, a biopic penned by Elyse Hollander focused on Madonna’s earliest years working on her debut album while battling the misogyny of the music industry has been picked-up. While the Material Girl Stamp of Approval remains unknown, one of film’s producers is Brett Ratner, who directed Madonna’s “Beautiful Stranger” video in 1999. Published on the second Friday of December since 2005, the Black List is an annual survey of the “most-liked” screenplays that have not been picked-up for production. Former winners include Spotlight, Juno, and Slumdog Millionaire.



-Taylor Wallace

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