Ain't I A Diva?
Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture PedagogyBook - 2019
A pedagogical primer on integrating Black feminist thought, critical race studies, and America's most beloved pop star.
"Proving himself a worthy member of the BeyHive, Kevin Allred takes us on a journey through Beyoncé's greatest hits and expansive career--peeling back their multiple layers to explore gender, race, sexuality, and power in today's modern world. A fun, engaging, and important read for long-time Beyoncé fans and newcomers alike."--Franchesca Ramsey, author ofWell, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist
In 2010, Professor Kevin Allred created the university course "Politicizing Beyoncé" to both wide acclaim and controversy. He outlines his pedagogical philosophy inAin't I a Diva?, exploring what it means to build a syllabus around a celebrity. Topics range from a capitalist critique of "Run the World (Girls)" to the politics of self-care found in "Flawless"; Beyoncé's art is read alongside black feminist thinkers including Kimberlé Crenshaw, Octavia Butler, and Sojourner Truth. Combining analysis with classroom anecdotes, 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.