Edited by Veronica Chambers

Published by St. Martin's Press

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Bustle Book Club Book of the Month April 2019 Selection


"Beyoncé fans will eat it up." ― People

“Veronica Chambers' new essay anthology, ‘Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter,’ celebrates one of the greatest stars of our time — and finds the parallels between Bey's life and ours.” — Shondaland

"If Beyoncé is your queen (as she should be), your bookshelf needs this collection of essays dedicated to the legendary lady." —HelloGiggles

"Entertaining and illuminating, this essay collection will please readers no matter their Beyoncé fan status level." —Publishers Weekly

“Actors, academics and critics unpack the impact of a megastar in a collection of essays edited by Chambers. The group meditation on one of the world's greatest living icons features pieces by writer-producer Lena Waithe, comedian Kid Fury and scholar Brittney Cooper and examines Beyonce as a paragon of black female power, the model she sets for what a modern performer should be and more." ―Time

"With such a dynamic ensemble of opinions and reflections, the collection will be sweet reading not just for Beyoncé's superfans, but also for activists, feminists, and budding vocalists. An uplifting and resounding ovation." —Kirkus Reviews

"You don't need to be in the Beyhive to appreciate Queen Bey edited by Veronica Chambers. Voices including culture critic Luvvie Ajayi and actress and producer Lena Waithe give us a fresh take on Beyonce, who's arguably the biggest pop star of our time." ―Essence

“In a post-Beychella world, it's only right that there's a book devoted to the genius that is Beyoncé, whose name now auto-corrects on iPhones everywhere.” — Pop Sugar


Beyoncé. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, romance and sex appeal. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyoncé playbook more than half a dozen times. She is consistently provocative, political and surprising. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 100 million records. She has won 22 Grammys and is the most nominated women in the award’s history. Her 2018 performance at Coachella wowed the world. The New York Times wrote: “There’s not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year or any year soon.” Artist, business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist, Queen Bey is endlessly fascinating. 

Queen Bey will feature a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars.


"What Might a Black Girl Be in This World," an introduction by Veronica Chambers
"Beychella is Proof That Beyoncé is the Greatest Performer Alive. I’m Not Arguing." by Luvvie Ajayi
"On the Journey Together," by Lena Waithe
"What Beyoncé Means to Everyone," by Meredith Broussard with visualizations by Andrew Harvard and Juan Carlos Mora
"Jay-Z's Apology to Beyoncé Isn't Just Celebrity Gossip ― It's a Political Act" by Brittney Cooper
"All Her Single Ladies" by Kid Fury 
"The Elevator" by Ylonda Gault 
"The Art of Being Beyoncé" by Maria Brito
"Getting, Giving and Leaving" by Melissa Harris Perry and Mankaprr Conteh
"Beyoncé the Brave" by Reshma Saujani
"Living into the Lemonade: Redefining Black Women’s Spirituality in the Age of Beyoncé" by Candice Benbow
"Beyoncé’s Radical Ways" by Carmen Perez
"Finding la Reina in Queen Bey" by Isabel Gonzalez Whitaker
"Beyoncé, Influencer" by Elodie Maillet Storm
"The King of Pop and the Queen of Everything" by Michael Eric Dyson
"Style So Sacred" by Edward Enninful
"The Beauty of Beyoncé" by Fatima Robinson 
"Because Beyoncé." by Ebro Darden
"King Bey" by Treva B. Lindsey
"Meridonial: Beyoncé’s Southern Roots and References" by Robin M. Boylorn
"B & V: A Love Letter" by Caroline Clarke

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