Beyonce

Beyoncé Knowles, one of the world’s most powerful and influential musicians, was born and raised in Houston, where she attended Parker Elementary, a music magnet school. Our first story about her appeared in 2004, with Michael Hall’s profile “It’s a Family Affair.” Hall noted that her Texas pride was on full display even at a young age when, after winning a Sammy Davis Jr. Award at a citywide talent show, she went up to the mic and said “in a little voice: ‘I would like to thank the judges for picking me, my parents, who I love—I love you, Houston!’ Then she blew a big kiss.”

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