The Beyoncé/Rihanna Debate Heads to the Classroom

The Beyoncé/Rihanna Debate Heads to the Classroom

The African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas will be introducing a new (super exciting) class to its curriculum—hint: it involves two major pop icons. That’s right, The University of Texas will be offering a class about the Queen Bey, and bad gal RiRi.

The course, entitled “Beyonce Feminism, Rihanna Womanism,” is set to teach students “that there is far more than catchy melodies to Beyoncé’s and Rihanna’s music. They will not be simply listening to Beyoncé and Rihanna for fun or even comparing the roles of Beyoncé and Rihanna in popular culture, rather, students will be studying how the lyrics, music videos, and actions of these women express various aspects of black feminism such as violence, economic opportunity, sexuality, standards of beauty, and creative self-expression,” says the university’s It’s All Academic website.

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The primary goal set by the instructor is “for students to understand the role black feminism plays in popular culture as well as everyday life,” the site continues.

Are you wishing that your college had a course like this as much as I am? No doubt there will be many a debate—either on the two stars’ feminist/womanist viewpoints, or who had the better duet with Drake. Now that is worthy of a debate

 

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