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Beyonce in Brooklyn, helping substance abusers

Tina Knowles, left, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Bloomberg and

Tina Knowles, left, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Bloomberg and Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo attend the unveiling of the Beyonce Cosmetology Center in Brooklyn. (March 5, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty Images

The president of Brooklyn has declared Beyonce an official Brooklynite.

The superstar was there Friday for the opening of the Beyonce Cosmetology Center at a residential substance abuse treatment center.

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

The school offers programs for residents in carpentry, building maintenance, computer technology and culinary arts. Beyonce said she thought it 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.

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

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