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Beyonce has written about striving for gender equality (The Shriver Report) and said that she identifies as a feminist. The song “Flawless” from her latest album also includes a recording of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s TED talk, We Should All Be Feminists . However, in another song on the same album, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z seems to mock domestic violence by repeating: “Eat the Cake, Anna Mae”–referring to a scene from Tina Turner’s autobiographical film What’s Love Got to do with It? , where Ike Turner forces Tina to eat cake, in a show of male dominance.
On Wednesday, June 18th, 9-10 PM, Joy of Resistance will explore the following questions: What are the images of African American women portrayed by the music industry–and does Beyonce conform to or break that mold? What constitutes being a feminist and does this description fit Beyonce?
The show will also tackle recent highly debated critiques of the singer, made by reknowned feminist scholar-activist bell hooks, as part of a forum on May 6 at The New School which included hooks calling Beyoncé a “terrorist” (in the context of how the media terrorizes women into conformity).
Guests will be: Christa Bell, a member of the Real Colored Girls blog, who co-authored “The Problem with Beyhive Bottom Bitch Feminism,” (a critique of Beyonce’s media role); and Nikeeta Slade, a women’s and queer rights activist, grad student in Pan-African Studies and an editor of Red Wedge Magazine who has written on Black women and intersectionality .
The segment will be co-hosted by Amanda Alcantara* and Lorena Ambrosio**, Joy of Resistance members who are making their debut producing a featured segment for this show. Fran Luck is the Executive Producer of Joy of Resistance.
The program will also contain our worldwide feminist news roundup, clips of the May 6 forum Are You Still a Slave: Liberating the Black Body and Beyoncé’s music.
On May 6, “Ain’t I a Woman?” author Gloria Jean Watkins, who goes by pen name ‘bell hooks’, was at a New School Forum discussing the subject: ‘liberating the black female body’. There she tackled the subject of the famous singer and her effect on young girls. “Would we be at all interested in Beyonce if she wasn’t so rich? Because I don’t think you can separate her class, power, and the wealth from people’s fascination with her, that here is a young black woman who is so incredibly wealthy,” she said.
Then she added “wealthy is what so many young people fantasize, dream about, sexualize, eroticize, and one could argue that even more than her body, it’s what that body stands for…The body of desire fulfilled, that is, wealth, fame, celebrity, all the things that so many people in our culture are lusting for.”
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Footnotes: bios of guests and producers
*Amanda Alcantara is a writer, a journalist, and a community organizer. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies and Political Science from Rutgers University where she helped relaunch the Latin American Womyn’s Organization. She writes at her personal blog RadicalLatina.com. Amanda grew up in the Dominican Republic and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
**Lorena Ambrosio is a former activist with Occupy Wall Street and was one of the organizers of its Feminist General Assemblies; she is a member of the radical singing/spoken word group Mahina Movement and has worked with National Women’s Liberation. She is an activist on Peruvian issues and lives in New Jersey.
***Fran Luck is Executive Producer of the Joy of Resistance radio show. She founded The Street Harassment Project in 2000 and the Joy of Resistance in 2002. She has worked with National Women’s Liberation and Redstockings Allies and Veterans. She is a lifelong feminist and a former housing activist on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.