New college course is about BeyonceFor years now, academics have been studying the influence of pop culture on our lives. Classes about the blues, rock n’ roll, and hip hop have sprung up across the country and are now staples on university campuses. But a new course aiming to study the “Politicizing” of superstar Beyonce Knowles is causing quite a stir.

While it’s hard to deny Beyonce’s strangle-hold on pop culture during the last decade, Rutgers University lecturer Kevin Allred is turning a critical eye to the singer’s work. Comparing Bey’s music along side the writings of Alice Walker and Sojourner Truth, the course covers such topics as, “Beyoncé’s control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical, and her more racy performances as her alter ego, ‘Sasha Fierce.'”

For those that think this is just a course for Beyonce’s stans, Allred explains, “This isn’t a course about Beyonce’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend. She certainly pushes boundaries. While other artists are simply releasing music, she’s creating a grand narrative around her life, her career, and her persona.”

The course will take a look at Beyonce’s impact along side that of other artists like Billie Holiday, Lady Gaga, and Nina Simone.

What do you think of the course? Would you take it? 

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  • divinnalafeme

    Why do people keep saying Black women are hating when??? First off Beyonce owes her whole damn career to black women @QoNew we make up at least 80% of her fan base so have a seat with this mess and just because everyone doesn’t agree on giving her a college course does not mean that people are hating. so stop with these generalizations because black women aren’t even the only ones who aren’t that are sometimes unimpressed with Beyonce which by the way I am not even one of them. But why are black women always generalizing other black women for having opposing opinions and calling them haters because they don’t agree? If you ask me that word is being extremely misused. And as I always say as a black woman Beyonce has so much of my money I couldn’t possibly hate her just because she don’t need to be taught at nobodies college doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy her music and support her but hell Mattew Knowles needs a course before she gets one but if you feel it is necessary then go for it cause I don’t attend this college so it doesn’t directly effect me but my opinion on it still stands and I have a right to have one with out being accused of a hating on another black woman by some fiendish stans,

    I also wanted to add that I think this course equals easy money for this college because Beyonce got almost more stans than money and surely some of them must attend this school so I predict this class will be full pretty quickly and I believe the ultimate goal of doing this is how can we capitalize off of her fan base especially at a time where she is being most talked about because of her pregnancy and I think it was the same with that bug they named after and the kids clothing line that they named after her daughter. But stans can go on believing she’s this profound character who should be studied when she really is just a beautiful over saturated and very talented pop star. And when people see her they see dollar signs. #wakethefuckup #idiots

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