Ain't I a Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy

Written by:
Kevin Allred
Narrated by:
Erik Bloomquist

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2022
8 hours 44 minutes
A pedagogical primer on integrating Black feminist thought, critical race studies, and America's most beloved pop star.

In 2010-long before the release of Lemonade-Professor Kevin Allred created the university course 'Politicizing Beyonce' to both wide acclaim and controversy. He outlines his pedagogical philosophy in Ain't I a Diva?, exploring the process of teaching Beyonce and what it means to use a superstar to blow up the canon. Allred brings his syllabus to life by pairing music videos and songs with historical and academic texts, and combines analysis with classroom anecdotes. Topics range from a capitalist critique of 'Run the World (Girls)' to the politics of self-care found in 'Flawless'; Beyonce's art is read alongside Black feminist thinkers, including Kimberle Crenshaw, Octavia Butler, and Sojourner Truth.

Interrogating the entertainer's career through a media studies lens, Allred attests that pop culture is so much more than a guilty pleasure-it's an access point for education, entertainment, critical inquiry, and politics.
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