The class will be titled “Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture,” and will focus on black feminism and its history, and how Bey’s ‘Lemonade’ is a movement.
The course began this fall semester. It was created by and will be taught by Professor Kinitra D. Brooks, whose studies focus on contemporary African American culture and black feminism.
“The purpose of this class is to explore the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism,” says Brooks. “I was appreciative to Beyoncé because she got so many folks who wouldn’t normally be interested in black feminism, in West African religious practices, involved in those topics.”
Professor Brooks says the class is not limited to members of the Beyhive, African Americans, or any particular group. It is open to all genders, races, etc. The professor also makes it clear that as fun and entertaining a class about Beyonce sounds, her course is not to be taken lightly!
“Studying race, gender, class and pop culture theory is incredibly fun… and incredibly hard,” says Brooks in her syllabus for the course. “There is no shame in deciding you are not ready.”
The class will go into depth on all of the cultural symbolism in ‘Lemonade,’ beginning with ‘Formation’ and ending with ‘All Night.’ Additional literature for the class will include the works of Patricia Hill Collins, Toni Morrison and Warsan Shire, whose poetry was used throughout the visual album.
Beyonce is a creative genius who never fails to entertain with art that is always extremely thought out and intellectual. When analyzing “Lemonade,’ one will find the symbolism is never-ending from African culture to Black Lives Matter to feminism to police brutality, and the list goes on.
The course may be difficult, but definitely worth taking in our opinion! Time to get those books in formation!