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Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism

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Making headlines when it was launched in 2015, Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley's undergraduate course "Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism" has inspired students from all walks of life. In Beyoncé in Formation, Tinsley now takes her rich observations beyond the classroom, using the blockbuster album and video Lemonade as a soundtrack for vital next-millennium narratives.

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by University of Texas Press
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Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a seriously misleading title and I wish this book was just a half of what I needed it to be and what it promised. Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley decided that it was a good idea to ride the wave and hide her thesis under a famous name of Beyonce and lure people into her queer propaganda. In no way I am saying that I have something against LGBT community and I root for good writers to dedicate time to write quality books that explore those subjects, but this… this is a smoke curtain for a perso ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
For all things black, queer, and femme found in the epic production that is Lemonade, look no further! Part memoir, part critical analysis of what Tinsley argues is the "most widely distributed black feminist text of the current moment." Tinsley breaks it down by focusing on a handful of key parts of Lemonade (lucky for me, she touched on my exact favorite songs from the album). This was another book that I found myself spending a lot of time highlighting because there were SO many informative b ...more
Zoe's Human
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Omise'eke Tinsley speaks of this book as being akin to a mixed taped, and she couldn't be closer to the truth. Beyonce in Formation is a fantastic blending of black queer femme feminist thought, personal anecdote, and adoring celebration of Queen Bey.

If you haven't seen Lemonade yet, you should most certainly treat yourself to enjoying it before reading this.** For one thing, Mrs. Carter is a master of her art. She does with the music video what Nabokov did with prose—layers upon layers of meani
Jay Gabler
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely expanded my appreciation of Lemonade and helped me see the album's many layers. I reviewed Beyoncé in Formation for The Current.
3.5. Interesting read that I'll definitely have to come back to after repeatedly watching Lemonade again.
Kerry Weinstein
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A smart and thoughtful discussion of the femme-inism presented by Beyoncé in her landmark project Lemonade. A must read for those interested in feminism and pop culture.
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DNF @ 15 pages

I think this is just too academic for me. Maybe if I were in a more academic setting or had to read it in preparation for a discussion, but as is, this doesn't work for me. I think I might recommend it to my sister, though, and maybe she'll someday convince me to give it another try.
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I'm NOT planning to read this book, but I felt like I needed to comment. What nonsense is that? From reviews I've read , this is essentially a personal memoir masquerading as academia. It's disturbing. What is even more disturbing is that there are people who seriously believes that Beyonce is a feminist icon.

The question isn't what has Beyonce done for black women or the black community, but would Beyonce produce Afro-American centric art if she couldn't make money AND praise out of it?

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