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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Sierra

    3.5. Interesting read that I'll definitely have to come back to after repeatedly watching Lemonade again....

  • Genevieve

    DNF @ 15 pagesI 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 mig...

  • 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...