It’s been approximately three years since Beyoncé has given the world a public interview. To be honest, I think the last interview she gave was with Oprah on Oprah’s Next Chapter before she released her documentary Life is But a Dream. Well, nevertheless, she is back gracing the covers of Elle Magazine Worldwide to discuss “Formation,” feminism, Ivy Park (her new athleisure line) and more. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
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.
Lupita Nyong’o continues to establish herself as a style icon at the frontier of fashion here on earth and, more recently, galaxies far, far away.
Students at Rutgers University are now earning college credit while studying Beyoncé.
The course, “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé,” is available to students for the summer semester. The class is part of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum.
Beyoncé will be featured on the cover of Out magazine’s annual May Power Issue (on newsstands April 22).
The singer/actress, who released her surprise self-titled video album late last year, is seen as “the perfect representation of what it means to be powerful” by the magazine’s curators.
Rutgers University will now offer a course on Beyoncé in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.
The class, “Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyoncé,” is being offered during the Spring semester at the college.
At the urging of others, I am taking a hesitant trip down memory lane. I was a 19 year old junior and president of the feminist group at Spelman College when you decided to hold a bone marrow registration drive on our campus on behalf of your sister, who needed a transplant. Your now-infamous video “Tip Drill” had started airing on shows like BET’s Uncut. It features, most memorably, a scene where you slide a credit card down the crack of a black woman’s butt. My group raised questions about the misogynoir in the video and lyrics, and when we heard that you were invited to campus by our Student Government Association, it seemed fair to us that we could ask you about the dehumanizing treatment of black women while you were asking us for our help.