Views & Brews: Haunted History

Texas Public Radio

Getting in Line: Working Through Beyonce’s “Formation” by Red Clay Scholar

Beyoncé's "Formation" Video

Beyoncé Conjures ManMan Brigitte in New Orleans tribute

Dr. Brooks at OLLU

Dr. Brooks participated in a panel on race, place, and hauntings hosted by David Martin Davies. 

Dr. Brooks was interviewed by Panama Jackson from Very Smart Brothers about the "Black Women, Beyoncé & Popular Culture" course.

The Multiple Pasts, Presents, and Futures of Nnedi Okorafor's Literary Nigeria

The Big Talk: Race, Gender & Hollywood

Dr. Brooks was quoted on several blogs discussing Beyoncé's use of The Guédé (spirits of the forgotten dead) celebrated in Vodou

Beyoncé as Conjure Woman: Reclaiming the Magic of Black Lives (That) Matter by Janell Hobson

Dr. Brooks has been Outkasted! 

The Black Speculative Arts Digital Archive

This season 2 opener features Dr. Kinitra Brooks, Assistant Professor of English at University of Texas at San Antonio. We chop it up about the significance of OutKast's use of horror and the gothic in their work, her new book series (co-edited with former guest Dr. Susana Morris), and why HBCU parties always do it better.

My work centers on demonstrating and articulating how black women use genre fictions to recreate their own realities and define places of spiritual power and reclamation.

Big Talk on Race, Gender and Hollywood features writers JaNeika James and JaSheika James - story editors on Fox's award-winning show EMPIRE - and Dr. Kinitra Brooks - horror scholar who specializes in African American and Afro-Caribbean women’s literature and film. 

Moderated by recent graduate, Malcolm Farrell, this Big Talk features a free-flowing conversation around multiple topics, including but not limited to:

  • The lack of minority and female writers in the Hollywood
  • Beyonce's Lemonade album and its influence on Hollywood
  • Black women as content creators and writers and the visibility of people of color

Very Smart Brothas Interview

Dr. Brooks reviews Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon (2014) and The Book of Phoenix (2015) for the Los Angeles Review of Books​.

Photographer: Gus Bennett

Dr. Brooks gave a talk at Our Lady of the Lake University in celebration of Women's History Month.


The Black Speculative Arts Digital Archive is an online space that houses, documents, and archive the varied manifestations of Blackness and the speculative. The purpose of this archive is to save and label AfroFuturism, AstroBlackness, and the Black Speculative arts movement.

Kinitra D. Brooks, PhD