If You're Not Studying Beyoncé at School, Then You're Doing it Wrong
Not many people can stop the world like Beyoncé did back in April with the release of her visual masterpiece, Lemonade. And it wasn’t long after its debut that a plethora of think pieces and criticisms started popping up all over the web in response to Queen Bey’s attempt to highlight and uplift the experience of the Black woman. Lemonade become the album heard ‘round the world—and not just any album, but one that had something poignant to say about women and, in particular, black women. And so it came as little surprise when we heard that a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio founded a new course inspired by the visual album, Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture.
Created by Professor Kinitra D. Brooks, this crash course serves as a guide to black feminism and female empowerment today. But don’t be fooled; while Beyoncé certainly helped inspire the course and will be a focal point during the course’s first few weeks, the syllabus dives a lot deeper too.“I created the course myself,” Brooks revealed to Mic. “The students realize that these larger topics are interconnected… Everyone is able to come together over Beyoncé, but a month into the class we’ve already moved onto focusing on so much more.”
This also isn’t the first time Beyoncé has been integrated into a college course. Just last year, a class at Rutgers University was apparently exploring the “Formation” singer’s role in pop culture and black feminism. How much longer until we get a course on how to be Beyoncé?
Oh school, how we miss thee.
Image art by Bonnie Wang.
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