Since crashing billboard records, her behind being named after an endangered bee and inventing words like ‘bootylicious’ to be included in the dictionary is too mainstream, Beyonce’s Lemonade album has now been made into a set book for the study of black feminism in a recently launched English course at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).
The students will have a taste of Lemonade by exploring the album in depth through the ‘Black Women, Beyonce and Pop Culture,’ class which will use the singer’s most recent album as its foundation. The English course will focus on the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism and its relationship with Black culture. The class is scheduled to meet three times a week with the curriculum organized by the album’s themes and song tracks, starting with “Formation” and ending with “All Night.”
The course will be taught by Kinitra D. Brooks, an Assistant Professor of African American and Afro-Caribbean literature. “I have students contacting me and asking me questions about so many things—especially black feminism and theories of black womanhood,” Professor Kinitra Brooks said giving some insight about the class. “The course will be new, fun, and exciting—but I expect my students to come in hungry for knowledge and open to new theories about race and gender in popular culture,” she said on the school’s website. Lemonade is not just about ‘Becky with the good hair.’ There is a ton of material to cover in Lemonade including mass suicide of black slaves and black culture, especially female culture, in America.
Brooks’ previous courses include Black Women in Science Fictions, Fantasy, and Horror, The Supernatural in African American Literature, and she is also slated to teach a graduate course in Afrofuturism.
Beyoncé becomes the first RnB and female artiste to have her album studied at University. Rapper Tupac Shakur has a two-unit pass/fail course entitled ‘History 98, the Poetry and History of Tupac Shakur’ at Berkeley University, rapper Nas’ ‘Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship’ at the Harvard and rapper Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kids, Mad Cities’ at Georgia Regents University.
With hard work, there’s no reason you should get anything less than a ‘Bey’ in this class.