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Beyoncé Is Collaborating With Balmain on a Charitable Capsule Collection

July 11, 2018

Just before Coachella was rechristened Beychella, Beyoncé Knowles and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing had an idea. It happened in a rehearsal, while Beyoncé and her dancers were practicing in their Balmain-made looks inspired by the marching band uniforms of America’s historically black colleges and universities. “When she saw all the dancers loving the outfit—and she was loving her own outfit—she realized that what we were creating on stage for her, for all the dancers, was something really impactful,” says Rousteing. It clicked: Why not make a Beyoncé x Balmain collaboration that could make those poignant graphics available to all of Bey’s fans clamoring for a piece of history?

On Friday, July 13, Balmain will launch a three-piece Balmain x Beyoncé collection in its Paris flagship, with the items going on sale on balmain.com and beyonce.com the following day. Comprised of the yellow and pink sweatshirts Beyoncé wore on stage at Coachella, the collection also includes a black tee with the same sorority-inspired graphic.

“I worked really long with her on the Beychella moments, and the fact that we can release this collaboration that is based on our creativity, Beyoncé and I, is really a big, big step for fashion and music together,” continues the designer. “Beyoncé, she’s such a perfectionist; she’s someone that is so strong and has such a great point of view. She’s about feminism, empowering women, and the idea of bringing that collaboration where we can share the same ideas, the same vision of music, the same vision of fashion, the same vision of what is going on in the world, it’s more than just clothes. It’s a strong message, and I’m really proud to be a part of that.”

Beyonce showers Scotland's sick kids with gifts

June 13, 2018

Superstar Beyonce has showered gifts on some of Scotland’s sick kids through a charity campaigner who devotes his life to making children’s dreams come true.

Queen Bey and husband Jay-Z wowed thousands of fans at Hampden on Saturday night during their On the Run II world tour.

And the music icon decided she wanted to give something back to charities in Glasgow.

One was the John O’Byrne Foundation, who aim to put the smiles back on sick children’s faces.

The foundation were gifted eight pairs of specially-made shoes for Beyonce’s dance crew.

The donation also included a stunning crib for a baby, which John plans to give to a family in need.

John O’Bryne, who battles brittle bone disease, started the charity four years ago with £50.

He had three children at the gig on Saturday with their parents and will give each kid a pair of the shoes. He also plans to give a pair to a child who was too sick to make the concert.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z Launch BeyGOOD/Do Good Campaign

June 4, 2018

Beyoncé and Jay-Z have teamed up with two of the world's most prestigious youth-focused initiatives, The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, to reward fans for being kind, charitable and doing good for others. Fans who volunteer through these organizations will be given the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the United Kingdom and European dates on the OTR all stadium tour.

The BeyGOOD/DoGood campaign kicks off in the UK on June 6 in Cardiff, Wales, with The Prince's Trust, the youth charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, to help change young lives. Beyoncé also partnered with The Prince's Trust in 2014 during her solo Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

Global Citizen continues the campaign in Europe starting on June 19 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. First launched in 2012, Global Citizen is an international advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty by 2030. In addition to performing twice at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, in New York City, Beyoncé has joined forces with Global Citizen through Gucci's CHIME FOR CHANGE with a focus on social issues faced by women and girls globally.

"The united efforts of BeyGOOD/DoGood, along with our amazing partners The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, are calling upon you to lift your voices, lend your hands and share your creativity as active and positive forces for doing good," states Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy (BeyGOOD) and Corporate Relations for Parkwood Entertainment. "Wherever you are and whatever skills, talents and resources you possess, are of value to others in your community, country and across the globe."

Beyoncé Partners With Google for Homecoming Scholars Award Program

April 23, 2018

Following the initial announcement of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, Beyoncé through her BeyGOOD initiative has partnered with Google to announce more scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Google.org will match her original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including, Texas Southern University located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Texas, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is her father's alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.

A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the previously announced Universities: Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce, Tuskegee, and Bethune-Cookman.

One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.

Click here to learn more.

Beyoncé Supports Figure Skating in Harlem

April 18, 2018

Beyoncé has amped up the visibility of her philanthropic work after her historic Coachella performance. On Monday, the singer revealed that she would be donating $100,000 of scholarship funds to HBCUs. The four schools included Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Bethune-Cookman University and Tuskegee University.

Bey is now using her activewear brand IVY PARK to help to empower young female figure skaters through the organization Figure Skating in Harlem. Through the collaboration, the young girls were gifted with product from the line to help encourage them to continue on in their sport.

FSHarlem was started by Sharon Cohen in 1997 as a means to give girls in the New York City community a space to participate. Figure skating can often times be exclusive to people of a certain class and demographics. Cohen believed that the discipline required to partake in figure skating would help to foster the tools needed to succeed in school and through college.

As a part of the campaign, the FSHarlem girls modeled the Spring line in a short film. Cohen says they were “in shock” when she revealed that they would be working for the pop star.

Beyoncé Announces Homecoming Scholars Award Program

April 16, 2018

Today, Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, announces the four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Universities, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.

On Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival's 19-year run.

The jubilant set, housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully in-sync, was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over one year.

The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.

National Philanthropy Day

November 16, 2017

Beyonce posted on her Facebook page on National Philanthropy Day:

"Today is #NationalPhilanthropyDay and there are so many ways you can lend a hand to those in need. Visit beyonce.com/beygood to help."

Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour Hat Is Up for Sale

November 4, 2017

Beyoncé is auctioning the massive black hat she wore during her Formation World Tour behind Lemonade. The winner of the auction will receive the iconic, 10x8 inch felt hat signed by Beyoncé as well as a photograph of her wearing it. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the the Lung Transplant Project. Find more information on it and place your bids here.

Facebook: International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2017

Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomForGirls now: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl


UPDATE: Beyonce also posted about the campaign on Instagram:

"Support girls around the world to realize their dreams. For more information and to make a donation go to: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl 🙏🏾 💕"

Beyoncé Drops 'Mi Gente' Remix for Natural-Disaster Relief

September 29, 2017

Beyoncé is fundraising for hurricane victims in the Caribbean in the most Beyoncé way ever: by dropping a surprise song.

The singer released a new remix Thursday to the reggaeton hit “Mi Gente” by Willy Williams and J Balvin. The remixed single features Beyoncé spitting a little bit of Spanish and dropping in a whole verse.

“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands,” she wrote.

She also linked back to the hurricane relief page of her website, which includes various ways people can donate to victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Watch the video below, buy the song on iTunes and read the lyrics under the cut!


Hand in Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief

September 13, 2017

During Tuesday night's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, Beyoncé appeared to make an emotional plea for viewers to call in and donate to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Beyoncé, whose hometown of Houston was hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey last week, gave a powerful speech about the importance of coming together to help those who were affected.

You can donate to Hand In Hand hurricane relief efforts on handinhand2017.com.

Beyoncé Meets With Hurricane Harvey Victims in Houston

September 10, 2017

Beyoncé returned home to Houston on Friday and joined the survivors of Hurricane Harvey at her home church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, with Senior Pastor, Rudy Rasmus - affectionately known to the global community as Pastor Rudy.

Joining Pastor Rudy and Beyoncé were her mother Tina Knowles Lawson, daughter Blue Ivy and bandmate Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, among others who were on hand to provide support and aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has profoundly impacted the region.

The Houston native thanked everyone who donated on her Instagram: "Thanks to everyone who donated to BeyGOOD and contributed to helping so many families in Houston. Thank you Pastor Rudy, Michelle, Ingrid and all at St. John's Church. Thank you to Trae Tha Truth and your crew. Y'all are so consistently dedicated to our community. Thank you!! There is still work to do so please continue to donate and do all you can to restore our city."




Beyoncé set for 'Hand in Hand' telethon

September 6, 2017

Celebrities are not finished helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon are among those set to participate in a multi-network telethon, Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, to assist those affected by the devastating storm. Hand in Hand will air Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC.

Houston native rapper Bun B teamed up with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun to present Hand in Hand, a one-hour special based in Los Angeles "with stages in New York, Nashville and a special performance by Country Music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert."

George Clooney, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and more also are set to participate.

Proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and more organizations.

Beyoncé Launches Hurricane Harvey Fundraiser

August 31, 2017

Beyoncé has launched a new initiative through her BeyGOOD Foundation to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. On a new page of her website, she asks fans to donate to Bread of Life and Greater Houston Community Foundation, two local organizations that “have been working with the displaced from the start of Hurricane Harvey's landfall.” Donations will be put towards “long-term revitalization” as well as the purchasing of various immediate needs for victims of the storm, including cots, baby products, wheelchairs, and more.

Learn more and donate here.

Beyonce's Pastor Says She Gives a Lot But Without the Fanfare

August 30, 2017

Beyonce doesn't name names or drop dollar amounts, but she's still having a huge impact in Houston ... with the help of her longtime pastor.

Rev. Rudy Rasmus from St. John's United Methodist Church told TMZ how he and Bey are mobilizing to help Hurricane Harvey victims, but added she commonly keeps her charitable efforts undercover. Might sound weird, but he says Beyonce's just not flashy ... that way.

Remember, Kevin Hart called out Bey and Jay-Z to donate to $25k. There are also rumors she's already given $7 million, but Pastor Rudy -- who performed the Carters' wedding -- says don't expect her to confirm any of that.

As for what he and Bey are doing for evacuees ... he explained what Houston's going to need most in the coming days.

Beyoncé pledges to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

August 29, 2017

Beyoncé has pledged to do her part to help Hurricane Harvey victims.

The Houston native released an exclusive statement Monday afternoon to the Chronicle regarding the devastating effects still being felt throughout the city.

"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help," she said.

"I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can."

BeyGOOD, launched in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter World Tour, is a philanthropic effort that partners with global charity organizations to get people employed and provide clothing, counseling, housing, food and medical assistance.

Beyoncé posted a black and white photo on Instagram of herself holding the Texas flag with the caption, "Texas you are in my prayers." In less than a day it's received more than 1 million likes.

Beyoncé launches BEYGOOD4BURUNDI

June 30, 2017

Beyoncé's BEYGOOD4BURUNDI and UNICEF have joined forces to help bring safe water to the most vulnerable women and children in the "Heart of Africa." Burundi is one of the most densely populated countries in Africa with nearly half of the population lacking access to clean, safe drinking water.

With your help, nearly half a million people will gain access to safe water, as BEYGOOD4BURUNDI and UNICEF will support building water supply systems for healthcare facilities and schools, and the drilling of boreholes, wells and springs to bring safe water to districts.

Go to www.beyonce.com/beygood4burundi to find out more.

Wearable Art Gala

April 30, 2017

Last night Beyonce attended the Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles. The singer auctioned off an autographed gold-plated microphone from the Formation World Tour. She congratulated her mother on creating the event on Instagram:

"I am super proud of my beautiful mother for creating such an awesome event. Close to $1 million was raised for The WACO Theater Center to benefit young people through their mentorship programs and the arts. Mom, you inspire us all to be generous, selfless, positive, to have empathy, to love and to praise creativity in the world. It brought tears to my eyes to be a witness to what you and Richard have created together. WACO is a safe place truly Where Art Can Occur. I love you."




Beyoncé Announces 'Formation Scholars' Program

April 26, 2017

To add to the celebration of the one-year anniversary of LEMONADE, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announces the establishment of Formation Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.

Four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. The schools selected for participation are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College. All details and application deadlines are available directly from the colleges.

Beyonce FaceTimes With Teen Fighting Cancer

March 23, 2017

Beyoncé made a sick teenager's dream come true when she FaceTimed with the girl, who is battling cancer, on Wednesday, March 22.

Ebony Banks, whose nickname is Ebob, has spent most of her senior year in the hospital after being diagnosed with a rare form of stage IV cancer, and her biggest wish was to meet Beyoncé.

"She's like my everything and my idol," Ebony told KHOU. "And if I ever met her, I would probably pass out."

So her classmates and family started a social media campaign to make that dream come true. They shared messages with the hashtag #ebobmeetsbeyonce, which got thousands of retweets.

"Beyoncé is one of her idols," Karina Gutierrez, a sophomore at Alief Hastings High School, told ABC13. "She admires her so much, so we're trying to put that on Twitter and Instagram to get Beyoncé's attention."

It worked, Queen Bey got the message and made a FaceTime call to the Houston-based teen on Wednesday.

A short video of their meeting was shared on social media and shows the pregnant Grammy winner smiling and waving and telling Ebony "I love you" as the teen, who is lying in a hospital bed, says the same thing to her.


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Boots, aka Jordy Asher, the mystery man behind a large majority of the production of Beyonce's self-titled album, has been casually releasing solo tracks from his upcoming mixtape, "WinterSpringSummerFall," over the past few months. Today, Boots dropped the album's final track, "Dreams," which sees him reconnecting with Bey for a song that is nothing short of magical.



If the smooth lovin' of this reunion weren't enough to steal your heart, then the fact that all profits from this song will benefit Day One, a New York City-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of teen dating violence surely will.

"The idea behind the mixtape was to release things in a different way than everybody else does," Boots said. "When Beyonce and I did the song together we started talking about, 'Well, what could we do with this?' Obviously we wanted to put it on the mixtape, but we decided there was an opportunity here that we didn’t want to miss. I already get messages from people all the time saying, 'I’ll buy your album! I don’t even care!' even though it’s going to be free. Two things that are very important to me are education and women’s rights, and the moment my friend sent to me it made the most sense and was the most important thing to me that I had come across. If people knew ... if there was more public knowledge about the organizations like Day One and the places that people could go, it would stop those situations from occurring, or reoccurring." Read more...
Beyonce posted a new video to thank all of her fans who have supported the #BeyGOOD campaign so far and encourage others to join in.


The singer also thanked her fans for the Dublin and Cologne concerts:

"Thank you Dublin! You were amazing."

"Germany! Thank you for two amazing nights!"

In related news, two new items were added to the Beyonce Store: Black Lace Bunny Ears and Yoncé iPhone 5 Case. Be sure to check them out!


Pushy, stubborn, bossy.

"Being labeled something matters," says Jennifer Garner in a new campaign – Ban Bossy – that's encouraging girls to be leaders.

The Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.org have teamed up in partnership with Lifetime television to create a PSA featuring Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenberg, Garner and others that points out that girls are discouraged from taking leadership roles because of labeling and name-calling.

"Girls are less interested in leadership than boys," Beyoncé says, and that's because they worry about being called "bossy" while little boys who step up are called "leaders."

"I think the word 'bossy' is just a squasher," Glee star Lynch says. The campaign seeks to empower girls by encouraging everyone to sign a pledge to ban the five-letter word at banbossy.com. Read more...
That there is a world filled with less fortunate people living outside her proverbial palace walls is not lost on Beyoncé. While she and rap mogul hubby Jay Z give their daughter, Blue Ivy, gifts whose cost could feed a small country, she understands the importance of giving back.

The pop star has set up a philanthropic initiative, #BeyGOOD, to help the homeless, sick children and the unemployed. While she's on her Mrs. Carter world tour, she will stop at six cities — Dublin; Cologne, Germany; Amsterdam; Antwerp, Belgium; Barcelona and Lisbon — where #BeyGOOD teams up with local charities. She hopes her celebrity will help raise funds for the charities, as well as awareness by her fans.

Last month, #BeyGOOD teamed up with the U.K.'s Prince's Trust for 12 concert dates, which included stops in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London.

For her March dates, fans who go to at least one of these six concerts will find donation tables for each charity in the main lobbies of the venues. Concert ticketholders who make a donation will not only get a #BeyGOOD sticker, but a chance to get a seat upgrade to the BeyHive or BeyStage.
Beyonce's global campaign #BeyGood is set to help UK youth charity, The Prince's Trust, change the lives of disadvantaged young people.

The superstar and Prince's Trust ambassador's #BeyGood campaign, which encourages people to be kind, be charitable and #BeyGood to each other and their communities, will raise vital funds for The Prince's Trust on the UK tour dates of the Mrs Carter Show World Tour.

Beyonce said: 'As a young child I was blessed to have the support of my family who encouraged me to reach for my goals. So many young people don't have this. I am honored to partner the #BeyGood campaign with The Prince's Trust to help young people beat the odds and create better lives for themselves.'

Fans wanting to be part of the #BeyGood movement are encouraged to make a £3 text or online donation to the youth charity to help disadvantaged young people across the UK into jobs at a time when one in five (20 per cent) are struggling to find work.

Concert ticket holders who make a donation or wear a #BeyGood t-shirt will be given an official #BeyGood sticker at The Prince's Trust donation site situated in the venue. They will then be given the chance to be randomly selected for a seat upgrade to an exclusive VIP area near the front of the stage.

A limited number of #BeyGood t-shirts will be available to buy at The Prince's Trust Tomorrow's Store in Liverpool Street. Fans can also bring used items of clothing to a donation site at each venue in return for a #BeyGood sticker, and these will be distributed to those in need.

To join Beyonce in support of The Prince's Trust, go to: www.princes-trust.org.uk/beygood where donations can be made online or text donate £3 by texting BEYGOOD to 70660. Read more...
After an arteriovenous malfunction that led to bleeding in the brain and a stroke, 15 year old Natasya spent months on recovery. Natasya had to learn how to walk again, had to do speech pathology, had to spend months on physio, had to remain positive. It was Beyonce, Natasya's favourite artist, who was a huge inspiration for her and gave her the hope to remain positive throughout. So when Beyonce sang to Natasya personally while on stage during a concert in her Mrs Carter Show World Tour, the moment was truly IRREPLACEABLE.

Natasya's Starlight Wish was an absolute dream come true for her. Her family got their hair and make-up done in the morning before a limo picked transported them to the venue where they had VIP front row seats. It was such an incredible experience for an amazing teenager like Natasya and we're so glad we got to see a snippet of her experience in this video, take a look for yourselves!

Join Beyonce' and Goodwill this holiday season and #BeyGOOD. For the chance at a free seat upgrade at the next Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in your city you can either:

Donate clothes to a Goodwill store near you and bring your donation receipt to the Beyonce' concert in your area
OR
Bring your donations with you to the concert and look for the Goodwill donation collection bins to drop your items off

From 7pm - 8pm, the first 100 to bring a receipt or donation will receive a sticker which will qualify you to be randomly selected for an SEAT UPGRADE.

#BeyGOOD this holiday season!


Also, be sure to check out the gallery for new meet and greet photos.

Tracks from The Beatles, Beyonce, Eminem, Bob Dylan and Muse are among those featured on a new charity album in aid of those affected by Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

‘Songs for the Philippines’, which is 39 tracks long and available to buy now on iTunes also features contributions including a remix of Katy Perry’s new single ‘Unconditionally’, Lorde non-abum track ‘The Love Club’ and various offerings from musicians as diverse as U2, Madonna, One Direction and Lily Allen.

Proceeds from the album will go to the Philippine Red Cross, while money gained from the iTunes ‘First Stream’ service will also go to help relief efforts in the country.

The full tracklisting of ‘Songs for the Philippines’ is as follows:

1. The Beatles, "Across the Universe"
2. Bob Dylan, "Shelter From the Storm"
3. Michael Bublé, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"
4. U2, "In a Little While"
5. Bruno Mars, "Count on Me"
6. Beyoncé, "I Was Here"
7. Eminem, "Stan" (Live From BBC Radio 1)
8. Cher, "Sirens"
9. Adele, "Make You Feel My Love"
10. Katy Perry, "Unconditionally (Johnson Somerset Remix)"
11. One Direction, "Best Song Ever"
12. Fun., "Carry On"
13. Lady Gaga, "Born This Way (The Country Road Version)"
14. Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"
15. Justin Bieber, "I Would" Read more...
Goodwill Industries International and Beyonce continue a partnership this holiday season for Beyonce's second North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour which includes 15 concert stops. With the exception of the November 30th date in Vancouver, Canada, the remaining fourteen stops will impact Goodwill headquarters in 13 communities, where Goodwill will encourage fans and concert attendees to #BeyGOOD this holiday season and support Goodwill's job training and community-based services that reduce unemployment and help people care for themselves and their families. Goodwill collected 27,500 pounds (or 14 tons) of donated clothes and goods through its partnership with Beyonce this past summer, equating to more than 800 hours of free on-the-job training at Goodwill career centers.

During the month of December, there are two ways to participate in Goodwill's #BeyGOOD initiative. Ticket holders are asked to bring donations to Goodwill and then bring their donation receipts to the concerts or bring clothes to the concert and look for the Goodwill donation bins to deposit their items. The first 100 ticketholders with their donor receipts or donations, who arrive between 7 and 8 PM, receive stickers qualifying for a chance to be upgraded to the BeyStage or BeyHive VIP areas. Number of available upgrades in each market will be determined the day of the show.

"I am excited to team up once again with Goodwill in supporting their efforts in finding and creating jobs for families in need," said Beyonce.

The donated goods collected during the partnership will be sold in the communities where they were collected, and the revenue will benefit Goodwill's employment programs for people with disabilities, disadvantages and other challenges to finding employment. Goodwill provides a variety of training opportunities, including resume reviews, mock interviews, and sessions on dressing for success, and it provides access to computers, fax machines and phones to meet with potential employers. In addition, Goodwill provides support services so that people have stability both at home and in the workplace. These services include child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and more.

"The people who come through our doors are a diverse group, from single mothers and recent immigrants to people with criminal backgrounds and adults who never finished high school. But everyone is looking for the same thing: a better life," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "We're proud that Beyonce is using her platform to share the positive impact Goodwill has on local communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people Goodwill assists each year. We are incredibly grateful for Beyonce's support of Goodwill's mission."
Beyonce has reunited with her "Aussie angel". The American pop singer took time out from her tour to meet terminally ill cancer patient Chelsea James in Sydney.

The pair are old friends. Beyonce sang for Chelsea when she last played shows here in 2009. Chelsea, 15, is in palliative care in Newcastle.

The reunion was organised by Camp Quality and took place backstage at Allphones Arena on Thursday night.

"I was so excited to meet Beyonce again," Chelsea said. "Last time Beyonce sang to me on stage. This time ... I actually got to meet her backstage and talk to her and laugh with her, which was so cool. I'll never forget this."

"My beautiful angel!," Beyonce wrote in a message to Chelsea after their reunion. "You have no idea how happy you made me seeing you. I will see you the next time I'm in Australia."

In 2009, Beyonce singled out Chelsea, then 11, in the audience and sang her hit Halo, changing the words to, "Chelsea I can see your halo - I pray you won't fade away." The YouTube footage went viral and was picked up by talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres. At the time, Chelsea was given a one per cent chance of survival as she battled a rare form of cancer, a primitive neuroectodermal tumour. The teen recently relapsed for the 14th time.

During Thursday's concert, the singer dedicated her performance of Survivor to Chelsea. "This was such an emotional reunion between Chelsea and Beyonce," Donna James, Chelsea's mother, said.

Leukaemia survivor Bronte Horswood, 12, and nine-year-old cancer sufferer Andrea Al Zened also got to meet Beyonce.
Beyonce fans are being asked to take donations of clothing to her Auckland concerts to support families in need.

Barnardos New Zealand is partnering with Beyonce's official global charity campaign, #BeyGood, to collect donations at her concerts.

The charity will host a donation centre at each concert, and fans are being asked to bring items of clothing to help Barnardos support children and families.

Barnardos chief executive Jeff Sanders said the charity was honoured by the opportunity to distribute the clothing to vulnerable families.

"We're proud that Beyonce is using her platform to share the positive impact Barnardos has on local communities. We're incredibly grateful for her support of Barnardos," Mr Sanders said.

Visitors to the Barnardos New Zealand mobile donation site will also have a chance to win surprise gifts from Beyonce including an official #BeyGood t-shirt, a personally autographed photo or a concert seat upgrade.

Beyonce's Mrs Carter Show is at Auckland's Vector Arena for four nights from October 16.

In related news, Beyonce will reportedly wear a new outfit designed by Dennis Kolpodinos starting Wednesday!
Cufa - Central Ăšnica das Favelas received a very special and inspiring visitor yesterday.

Cufa a not-for-profit organization has a primary goal of providing positive opportunities and alternatives for at-risk youth from low income aka "ghetto" communities.

Billboard singer of the millennium and Ms. Independent woman herself, Beyonce paid a visit to the kids of Cufa yesterday!

The singer spent quality time at Cufa where she watched the institutional video, interacted with the youth and surely made many of her fan's dreams come true.

Following her visit came a surprise that made memories for a lifetime!

Beyonce teamed with CUFA and her charity organization to provide these youth an exclusive escorted participation to her concert in Fortaleza. Her production team provided transportation that picked up the youth from the Favela of Lagamar and took them to spend the entire day leading to the show with her and her production team.

They participated in all of the making-of pre-production and press interviews and later had the opportunity to watch the diva live in concert.