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Beyonce lands journalism award

Beyonce has won a writing prize for an article about taking time out of the spotlight.

The Crazy In Love hitmaker took a nine-month extended vacation in 2010 to spend time with her family, visit museums, attend concerts and learn how to cook.

She documented her experiences for Essence magazine in a 2011 article titled "Eat, Play, Love" - a play on the title of the book Eat, Pray, Love, which became a movie starring Julia Roberts.

The piece impressed officials at the New York Association of Black Journalists, who have now honored the star with a writing prize for her efforts.

She will be handed the award in the Big Apple on 15 May (12).