Beyoncé’s Lemonade Has Now Inspired an Awesome College Class
Plato, Aristotle, Descartes ... and, yes, Knowles. Beyoncé, one of the great thinkers of our time, is taking her rightful place among academia’s best and brightest at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where her instant-classic visual album Lemonade has inspired an entire college course. Black Women and Beyoncé, a class in the English department, will meet three times per week this semester, diving into Lemonade by track — beginning with "Formation" and ending in December with "All Night" — and exploring the "theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism," Professor Kinitra Brooks (aka everyone’s favorite new professor) wrote in the class syllabus, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Though it is a little hard to stay focused on said syllabus when it also includes the famous photo of Bey nose-deep in a fresh lemon.
Yes, simply doing as you do — listening to Lemonade on a loop and dissecting its cultural and historical significance—can now earn you college credits. UTSA, please say you allow journalists to Skype-audit the class. But Professor Brooks also warns students that Lemonade 101 won’t be a breeze by any means. She promises in course materials that she’ll push students to work harder "than ever before," and won’t "sugarcoat" the many provocative themes raised by Lemonade.
"Studying race, gender, class, and pop culture theory is incredibly fun ... and incredibly hard," Brooks wrote in the syllabus. "Do an internal check for your maturity and ability to handle such a self-directed course. There is no shame in deciding you are not ready."
The college course of the Beyhive’s dreams comes a semester after the University of Texas at Arlington offered a class on the music of Jay Z, titled The Life and Times of S. Carter, which studied his albums "Reasonable Doubt," "The Blueprint," "The Black Album," and "Vol. 2 ... Hard Knock Life." While we’re at it, might we suggest a seminar on the psychology of Drake and Rihanna’s musical and interpersonal collaboration?
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