Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism

Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism Review

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.

Woven with candid observations about her life as a feminist scholar of African studies and a cisgender femme married to a trans spouse, Tinsley's "Femme-onade" mixtape explores myriad facets of black women's sexuality and gender. Turning to Beyoncé's "Don't Hurt Yourself," Tinsley assesses black feminist critiques of marriage and then considers the models of motherhood offered in "Daddy Lessons," interspersing these passages with memories from Tinsley's multiracial family history. Her chapters on nontraditional bonds culminate in a discussion of contemporary LGBT politics through the lens of the internet-breaking video "Formation," underscoring why Beyoncé's black femme-inism isn't only for ciswomen. From pleasure politics and the struggle for black women's reproductive justice to the subtext of blues and country music traditions, the landscape in this tour is populated by activists and artists (including Loretta Lynn) and infused with vibrant interpretations of Queen Bey's provocative, peerless imagery and lyrics.

In the tradition of Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist and Jill Lepore's bestselling cultural histories, Beyoncé in Formation is the work of a daring intellectual who is poised to spark a new conversation about freedom and identity in America.

Title:Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism
Edition Language:English

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  • Scarlett

    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...

  • Zoe's Human

    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, perso...

  • Hanna

    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 ...

  • Avigail

    I absolutely loved this book. If you are considering reading it, do not be deterred by the criticisms left by other reviewers that because this is memoir a) it's not actually about Beyonce, and b) it ...

  • Kerry Weinstein

    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. ...

  • Alex

    I appreciated the way this was written and the detailed account of the Lemonade experience. I have never looked into an album this was and it was very intriguing to weave it into the real concerns of ...

  • Sarah (A French Girl)

    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...

  • Jordan

    I completely DEVOURED this book, I didn't want to put it down! Umise'eke Tinsley adapted the class she teaches at the University of Texas at Austin into this book, and it's fascinating. Treating Lemon...

  • Jay Gabler

    Definitely expanded my appreciation of Lemonade and helped me see the album's many layers. I reviewed Beyoncé in Formation for The Current....

  • Megan

    So good!...