Rutgers University Offers Course Titled “Politicizing Beyoncé”

Rutgers University plans to offer a course on Beyonce, exploring race, gender, and sexuality through the lens of one of America’s hottest entertainers:

Sister 2 Sister Magazine reports that Kevin Allred, a professor and doctoral student at Rutgers University, sees Beyonce, “as something even greater [than just a singer] with her capacity to effect social change.” Allred says, “This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” but rather about how she promotes feminism and pushes boundaries. He says, “While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”

I must admit I was giving this course a strong side eye when I first read about it, but Beyonce has made many waves in her career, from being an entrepreneur to a consummate performer and a role model. Even if you don’t appreciate her music, you can’t ignore her influence, and her impact (postive or negative) on black women’s understanding of sexuality, beauty, and style.

What do you think? If you could, would you take this course?
Source: Sister 2 Sister


Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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