Beyonce in Brooklyn, Helping Substance Abusers

The Associated Press

NEW YORK – The president of Brooklyn has declared Beyonce an official Brooklynite.

Beyonce Knowles attends a press conference to unveil the Beyonce Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, March 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Borough President Marty Markowitz said Beyonce is a Brooklynite by marriage and by moxie. Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, is from Brooklyn.

The superstar visited the New York City borough Friday for the opening of the Beyonce Cosmetology Center at a residential substance abuse treatment center.

The Phoenix House offers programs for residents in carpentry, building maintenance, computer technology and culinary arts.

Beyonce said she thought it also should have more programs geared toward women. She said her mother’s Houston salon helped so many people feel good about themselves and better their lives.

Beyonce first spent time at Phoenix House when preparing for the role of Etta James in the 2008 film, Cadillac Records.