Beyoncé is giving back to her adopted community and helping people get back on their feet by teaching them how to make folks look fab.
The “Sweet Dreams” singer and her mother, Tina Knowles, were on hand this afternoon to cut the ribbon at the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House.
The facility, which is decked out like a professional salon, will offer seven-month courses in hair styling, makeup design and skin care. The program is open to both men and women, and walk-in customers are welcome.
Opening this beauty school was something very near and dear to Tina, who owned her own salon at one time. As head stylist, Tina shared, she would often bring in troubled women and teach them how to do hair, and it always touched her when she saw how people lit up when they got to work on someone’s head and create something amazing. So, for Tina, opening the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center is like returning to a familiar cause.
“We all make mistakes,” Tina said with misty eyes. “But one thing my daughter has taught me, Beyoncé, is that it’s not how you fall down. It’s how you get up.”
Bey also got very emotional during her speech about the cosmetology center as she recalled seeing how happy it made her mom to teach and empower women.
The “Single Ladies” siren is very familiar with Phoenix House, a substance abuse treatment center, because it was where she prepared for her role in Cadillac Records there. She talked to recovering addicts about everything they go through with a powerful habit and overcoming it. Since then, she’s always wanted to return to Phoenix House and help with the mission of helping people do better for themselves.
She saw a perfect opportunity to not only carry on her mother’s good work, but also return to the facility by opening the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center. But this ribbon cutting won’t be the last that Phoenix House sees of the Knowles as both Bey and Tina plan to visit the beauty school from time to time. Tina may be popping in more frequently, though, stating that she plans to be very hands on at the facility.
– Sonya Eskridge