This is not your mom's college course on feminism--unless, of course, Beyonce is your mom.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is offering a course titled "Black Women, Beyonce & Popular Culture" this semester, which means that a few lucky students will dive deep into Queen Bey's masterpiece visual album Lemonade and its relationship to black feminism.
Sign me up, please!
Professor Kinitra D. Brooks created the course and will also be teaching it. It meets three times a week and will cover each theme and track from the visual album--"Formation" to "All Night."
According to the class syllabus, this course is not going to be a walk in the park: "Studying race, gender, class and pop culture theory is incredibly fun...and incredibly hard," Brooks writes. "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."
Not only will students be listening to Lemonade, but will also have required theoretical, literature, and blog readings on African American studies.
According to Brooks, students are already loving the course. The professor told Mashable that students, "are excited about the Beyonce aspect, but that is just the beginning. This past class meeting, we discussed colorism in the black community as students submitted and discussed problematic memes and what gendered colorism means for black gender romantic relations."