Recently the Africana Studies at Drexel University along with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Women’s Studies program and the Drexel University Media Studies Group held a panel discussion on beauty, Black women, bodies and Beyoncé,

The lineup of speakers included:

  • Joan Morgan, cultural critic; author of “When Chickenheads Come Home to Roots”
  • Yaba Blay, PhD, co-director of Africana studies at Drexel University; author of “(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race”
  • Brittney Cooper, PhD, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University; co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective
  • Esther Armah, journalist, playwright and MSNBC political commentator
  • Dr. Kaila Story, associate professor, women’s and gender studies / Pan-African studies; Audre Lorde Chair in race, class, gender, and sexuality studies at University of Louisville
  • Treva Lindsey, PhD, assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the Ohio State University.

The discussion is available online to view here.

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  • CJ Hudsun

    ive been a follower of Treva Lindsey for the past 2 years so I was very happy 2 c her on this panel… she the sh!t/I was also happy to c u give us a link to watch the panel!!

  • Fifi Gongon

    They could have discussed the plenty of extremely diverse characters in african, african-american, caribbean, south american literature that represent black females for example. But having a course on Jay-Z in an ivy league or Beyoncé in college just seem odd to me, out of place. Not because they do not earn a college degree, that doesn’t matter, but because I don’t see what they bring as a knowledge experience. Moreover, I might be wrong but there is no course on Giselle Bundchen, Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears or whatever white female sensation, so why this need to bring Beyoncé in everything like it’s a “studenthook” or something ?

    • kiki80

      I watched it and was awed at the brilliance of the panel. Too bad it was wasted on such a shallow topic. Too much time was devoted to stanning and lusting for my taste.

  • D1Mind

    Unfortunately this watering down of African studies to focus on hip hop and black entertainment as “progressive” is 20 years old. I remember Michael Eric Dyson from his time at the University of Penn. Prior to that African Studies was all about protest and creating opportunites to stimulate true progressive thought in the black student population. And just as Hip Hop has become corporatized, corrupted and bastardized so too has the African Studies program in general. And unfortunately many of those behind this decay and corruption also hail from the halls of these same campuses….