Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture

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 #Lemonade: A Black Feminist Resource List, compiled by Professors Janell Hobson & Jessica Marie Johnson, 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