She’s a star who has gone round the planet entertaining people on her musical tours. She has made money out of it. She has become role model to many because of her personality and achievements. She’s a mentor to many because of her characters. Now Beyonce Knowles is being presented to people in a unique way. She has been made to be a course by a certain professor.
Kevin Allred, a 33 year-old professor from Rutgers University, has designed a course by the name “Politicizing Beyonce: Black Feminism, US Politics, & Queen Bey” which he’s offering to 32 students. His class is filled to the capacity, most probably because he encourages students to come along with friends. “They usually sign up because they’re big fans of Beyoncé’s music, but they quickly start to make connections beyond just being fans,” Allred says.
Allred claims that he has been a fan of Beyonce for a long time, but viewing her as a politician did not occur in his mind till he read an essay about her by Yale Professor Daphne Brooks. “She argued that Beyoncé’s ‘B’day’ album should be seen in the same trajectory as more explicitly recognized black female protest singers,” Allred says. “I was compelled by the article and began to use Beyoncé in my teaching to spark students’ interest in having conversations around gender, sexuality, and race.” He added.
According to Allred, Beyonce has political power since she draws people’s attention. “Beyoncé is a political figure because she commands attention — perhaps the most attention of any entertainer today. People listen when she talks and people question things when she raises the question herself,” he says. He also adds that Beyonce’s music carries black and feminists texts which he loves. He says that will enable his students to know history of black feminist. “That way, students are getting an education in the history of black feminist theory in the US, just using Beyoncé as the focal point,” he says. “I let them be pretty fan-oriented on the first day, but urge them for the remainder of the semester to push past that and engage academically.” He added.
Just in the beginning of October, B92 FM, a radio in Huston aired only Beyonce’s music 24/7 after firing the presenters. Here again another report that the singer’s personality has turned to be a course for those who want to learn black feminist theory. This is making the singer more and more famous than ever before. So far it’s not known whether Beyonce is aware of it or not.