The Academy is Silencing Beyoncé to Protect Racist White Feminism

As a graduate student in Race Politics and Black Feminism, I am entirely too familiar with what it means to be silenced and excluded from feminist theories and narratives which have historically been focused on middle class White women.

In my academic career at private White institutions (PWIs), I have had liberal White students – usually young women who consider themselves feminists – say things to me like “sorry we’re not all from the ghetto” and “this conversation is about women, not Black people.” These experiences are precisely why the Politicizing Beyoncé course at Rutgers University is so vital. But, it’s been cancelled. And, it is simply a travesty that the institutions meant to educate this country’s next generation of leaders and scholars do not use courses like these to disrupt the racist tendencies of mainstream White feminism. Instead, they reinscribe a status quo which ostracizes Black feminism and its most prominent members, namely Beyoncé.

‘The Wiz Live!’ gives us the representation we need

Forty years later, the creative retelling of  the 1975 Broadway musical The Wiz was revitalized when the The Wiz Live! aired on NBC on December 3rd. While watching, it wasn’t hard to connect with the familiar songs like “Ease on Down the Road” and “Home.” The live musical kept the same soul and excitement that made The Wiz a classic. However, The Wiz Live! added some flare the past adaptations did not have. There were ipads, dabs, superfly munchkins, vogueing in the Emerald City, but most importantly Dorothy, our all American girl, had natural hair. In essence, this new production gave us the prime time representation we have been waiting for.

WATCH: Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant, among other pageant firsts

Everyone is freaking out after Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday evening. This is probably the first time that ever happened. This year was also the first time a contestant wore dreadlocks in the Miss World competition. Suffice it to say, it was an exciting weekend in the pageant world.