There is a camp of women who believe Beyoncé’s guerilla feminine energy is crude, stereotypical, unnecessary and ultimately degrading. They have asserted that she doesn’t warrant any more attention, much less a college course, to feed into the pandemonium her career has already encouraged. These women often prefer female-empowering artists which conversely display very little over-the-top sexuality, usually wear natural hair styles or head wraps, and always present themselves in a humble light. See: India.Arie, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill.
While some may disagree that Beyoncé has earned the privilege of a course study at the collegiate level, the question of validity stands tall. Will a course on Beyoncé teach college students something new about politicizing Black female pop icons? Has Beyoncé’s impact on the world really earned her a spot amongst, Tupac, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Prince and other artists who have classes in institutions?
One thing’s for sure, there is absolutely no dismissing her already amassed career achievements including 75 million albums sold, 16 Grammy’s, 11 VMA’s, a Billboard Millennium Award, and ranking first on Forbes list of the 100 most powerful and influential musicians in the world. It’s clear that Beyoncé is the front-runner of this generation’s most trailblazing stars, but a course—really?
Whether or not one respects and understands her guerilla feminine energy, Beyoncé’s ability to demand discussion is unparalleled in the 21st century. Perhaps the significance of the Politicizing Beyoncé course is the provision of a space to discuss how one Black female entertainer’s career has incited dialogue on social issues in American society.
Above all, Beyoncé is amongst a small but poignant group of historical artists who have excited, inspired, shocked, upset, but ultimately made people think—and speak out.