Last night, Ja-Niece Best tweeted this screengrab of an email she sent to her professor explaining she'd be absent from class today because it is "the Goddess that is Queen Beyoncé Knowles-Carter's birthday".
The graphic design student ended the note wishing her professor a "blessed day", and reminding him that he should remember to "Bow Down", because Beyoncé loves him.
Why did she decide to send this email? Her love of the musician, of course.
Best is a straight A student who has been on the Deans list every year at her University, and is an aspiring entertainer and actor herself. She told BuzzFeed: "I love and respect Beyoncé so much. I've loved her for fifteen years! Her music, her work ethic, her success at such a young age. But what I love most about her is her humbleness. Throughout all of the success she still remains a well-grounded sweet country girl and has never become big headed. Because she gives her all which is 100000% EVERY TIME and because she is such a nice person, I will continue to defend & love her all day every day."
Best has given the world an excellent idea: Let's make 4 September an international holiday in honour of Beyoncé's birthday!
Best has told BuzzFeed that the professor has not responded yet. She joked: "They're probably shocked at my email. I didn't mean to send it right away but without thinking. I ended up sending it so I was so speechless like 'What did I just do!?'"
She said the responses she's been receiving have been mixed: "Some have been calling me crazy, others have been thanking me because it really should be a holiday. As for those calling me crazy: I don't understand why, because if they can miss class for staying up partying and drinking all night why can't I miss class for Beyoncé's birthday?"
Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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