When word got out that I was teaching a course on Beyoncé based on my research on feminism, sexuality and race in popular culture, there was a lot of media coverage and I did countless print, radio and television interviews.
The media coverage led to passionate conversations online and in person about the role of universities in society – some people were incredibly excited that I was teaching the course and others were disgusted. As a scholar with expertise in gender, race and performance I was particularly interested in the gendered and racial undertones of people’s reactions. I wrote an editorial for the Huffington Post that addressed some of those issues.
And, in response to requests to take the course from people who aren’t students or who don’t live near my University, I created a video series on my YouTube Channel that shared a bit about how I analyzed videos from Beyoncé’s album in the classroom.