Spring 2022 Black Women Artists

 

Spring 2022 Meeting Schedule

 

Week 1             Say Our Name

Jan 25               Introductions

Jan 27               Community Agreements & Read bell hooks, “Theory as Liberatory Practice.”

Week 2             Say Our Name

Feb 1                Community Building Exercises

Feb 3                Community Building Exercises, Read Patricia Hill Collins, “The Politics of Black Feminist Thought”

 

Week 3             Say Our Name

Feb 8                NC

Feb 10              Black Feminist Theoretical Frameworks

 

Read:

Melissa Harris Perry, “Crooked Room” (canvas)

Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics” (canvas)

 

Week 4             “If You Cant Be Free, Be a Mystery”: The Art of Billie Holliday

February 15       Billie (2019, Dir. James Erskine, Documentary 1 hour 36 minutes) (In Class)

February 17       Required Reading:

David, Margolick Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Biography of a Song

Dorian Lynskey “Strange Fruit: the first great protest song”

In-Class Listening Session: “Strange Fruit” “God Bless The Child”

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas on night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings. 800 word minimum.

 

Week 5              “I Put A Spell on You”: Nina Simone’s Sonic Protest

What Happened, Miss Simone – Official Trailer – YouTube

February 24       Required Reading:

“DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD”: Nina Simone’s Theater of Invisibility

Danielle C. Heard *

Callaloo, Vol. 35, No. 4 (Fall, 2012), pp. 1056-1084

 

NINA SIMONE’S TRIPLE PLAY

Daphne A. Brooks

Callaloo, Vol. 34, No. 1 (Winter, 2011), pp. 176-197 *

In-Class Listening Session: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood,” “Feeling Good,” “Young, Gifted and Black,” “I Put A Spell On You”

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

 

Week 6             The Literary Art of Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Trailer #1 (2019) | Movieclips Indie – YouTube

March 1            In Class: The Pieces I AM (2019)

March 3            Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye *

 

 

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

 

 

Week 7             Black Sonic Ingenue: Whitney Houston, “Crossover” Rhythm & Blues, & the Politics of Black Popular Music

 

March 8            Whitney (2018, Dir. Kevin Macdonald) (In Class)

March 10           Required Reading:

Robert Patterson, “Didn’t We Almost Have it All”: Reading Whitney Houston in Destructive Desires, Page Range: 125–164 *

 

“Anthem of Freedom: How Whitney Houston Remade “The Star-Spangled Banner”

By Cinque Henderson *

 

In-Class Listening:

Whitney Houston, “The Star Spangled Banner” (1990 Superbowl Recording), “I Will Always Love You,” “How Will I Know?” Whitney (Selections)

 

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

 

Week 8              The Masters Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House: Audre Lorde’s Black Feminist Poetics March 22           Audre Documentary (Watch Before Class)

 

March 24           Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Not Dismantle the Master’s House”

Audre Lorde, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury”

Audre Lorde, “The Uses of Anger

Audre Lorde, “The Uses of the Erotic”                                                                                                                            Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence Into Action”

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

*all essays available in The Selected Works of Audre Lorde, Edited By Roxanne Gay, 2020.

 

Week 9             The Art of Black Feminism

March 29           Nikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women A Movement Left Behind (1st Half) and continuation of discussion on Audre Lorde.

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

March 31           Nikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women a Movement Left Behind (2nd Half)

 

 

Week 10           “Ok, Ladies Now Lets Get in Formation”: Theorizing With and Alongside Beyonce Knowles

 

April  5             Watch: Lemonade

beyonce lemonade trailer – YouTube

April 7              Critical essays on Beyonce Knowles (on canvas, specifics to be announced)

 

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

 

In-Class Listening:

Beyonce Knowles, Lemonade

Beyonce Knowles, “Black Parade”

 

 

 

Week 10           Cardi B, Meghan the Stallion & Nicki: Black Women Rappers and the Sexual Politics of Hip Hop

April 12             Read: Erotic Revolutionaries, pt 1.
April 14         Read: Erotic Revolutionaries, pt 2.
In-Class Listening:
Cardi B & Meghan the Stallion, “WAP”
Meghan the Stallion, “Body Ody Ody”

 

Week 11            Lorraine Hansberry and the Responsibility of the Black Artist

 

April 19             Sighted Eyes Lorraine Hansberry Documentary

April 21             Discussion of Lorraine Hansberry Documentary

 

Come to class with 2 quotes from the documentary that you would like for us to sit with and discuss.

 

 

Week 12           For Colored Girls

April 26             Span of the Rainbow (Documentary, Dir. By Peter Ventrella, 2011)

April 28             For Colored Girls

 

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

 

Week 13           Anna Deavere Smith

Official Trailer | Notes From The Field | HBO – YouTube

May 3               Watch: Notes from the Field

May 5               Read: Notes from the Field

 

1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

 

Week 14           Open Session

May 3               Readings TBA in conjunction with student input.

Readings TBA 1 or 1.5 page (single spaced, Times New Roman 11 font) journal and discussion questions due on canvas the night before class by 8pm on this week’s readings.

 

 

Week 15          

May 10              Reflections

May 12              Reflections

 

 

 

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