Beyonce fans can now study the R&B diva’s new album as part of a new course offered at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Black Women, Beyonce, and Popular Culture will examine the singer’s ‘visual album’, which she released earlier this year, and how it relates to “theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism”.
The class will be taught by top race and gender scholar Kinitra D. Brooks, who insists her course is not intended for hardcore fans, but academics with an interest in what Beyonce stands for.
“Studying race, gender, class, and pop culture theory is incredibly fun… and incredibly hard,” she says. “There is no shame in deciding you are not ready. You do not have to be a member of the Beyhive. I simply ask that you are willing to be uncomfortable – to have your thoughts and ideas challenged – and then to work/read/write your way through that un-comfortability in order to become a stronger critical thinker.”
True Beyonce scholars will be able to hit classes in the singer’s sporty new clothing line – she launched her new 2016 Autumn/Winter Ivy Park leisurewear collection with a video ad featuring Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy.
She announced the new items in an ad on Instagram earlier this week , which featured Queen Bey narrating scenes of herself working out in the fresh apparel, stating, “I stretch my body out like the horizon. I teach my body every day that it can go even further.”
Her husband Jay Z and Blue Ivy, who the collection is partly named after, also feature in what appears to be home video footage – Blue holds hands with her dad in one adorable scene.
“When I’m about to give up, I picture that one person I love more than anyone,” Beyonce continued. “I picture myself wherever they are in the world, and I picture myself running towards them… I make it to the end, and I find love.”
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