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Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture

UTSA Professor Kinitra Brooks has drawn national attention with a course on black feminism, titled "Black Women, Beyoncé and Popular Culture." The course is based on the star's most recent hit album, "Lemonade," and the acclaimed video released with it. One of those trendy, hip courses designed to help your GPA? It seems not. Professor Brooks promised it would be difficult.

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This Beyoncé Lemonade college course is getting students everywhere in formation.

In Fall 2016, Dr. Brooks taught the ground-breaking Lemonade audiovisual project to a talented group of UTSA juniors and seniors. The course went viral and received local, national, and international press coverage. We began with the premise that Lemonade was a meditation on contemporary black womanhood. The purpose of the class was to explore the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism, which feature prominently in Lemonade. We used Lemonade as a starting point to examine the sociocultural issues that are most prominent in black womanhood through black feminist theory, literature, music, and film. In addition to blog posts compiled by ProfessorJanell Hobson, we read the following texts:


Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Radicalism,

         Patricia Hill Collins
Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture, Janell Hobson
Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, and
        Other Such Hoodoo
, Kameelah L. Martin
Sula, Toni Morrison
Mama Day, Gloria Naylor
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New
        Orleans
, LaKisha Simmons
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, Warsan Shire
Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class,
       Lisa B. Thompson


#Lemonade: A Black Feminist Resource List: 



Kinitra D. Brooks, PhD