This past week, Beyonce‘s new music video for her “Jealous” single, which is off her new self-titled visual album, was leaked online.
And if you’re looking for the coolest TA ever, look no further than the PhD at Rutgers University who just added a new course called “Politicizing Beyoncé,” reports Policymic.
“This isn’t a course about Beyoncé’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” says Kevin Allred, a doctoral student and lecturer in the school’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies who teaches the class. Rather, the performer’s music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender and sexual politics. Allred pairs Beyoncé’s music videos and lyrics with readings from the Black feminist canon, including the writings of bell hooks, Alice Walker, and even abolitionist Sojourner Truth. We can only dream of lectures spent watching the “Halo” music video and talking about Alice Walker.
None of this is new: Over 900 major universities in the U.S. now offer courses on hip-hop, according to the Hip-Hop Archive at Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Institute. However, these classes are more likely devoted to men and hip-hop proper rather than to a female genre-twisting superstar capable of carrying an entire Super Bowl show on her own.
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