[NEWS]: Austin University to Offer Course on Rihanna and Beyonce

Rihanna and Beyonce

I was so astonished to hear this news myself, but I would be elated if I was studied as a course in a mere college, not to mention an entire university. But Rihanna and Beyonce, two of the world leading female vocal stars are going to be studied as courses in the University Of Austin, Texas in the United States. According to reports, Professors at the University of Texas at Austin are offering a gender studies course that provides students with an in-depth analysis of the careers of two of today’s biggest female musicians.
With controversial projects that have put both artists in hot water with pop culture critics, the careers of Beyoncé and Rihanna are constantly under scrutiny. With songs like “Run the World (Girls)” and “Flawless,” which features words from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mrs. Carter has been criticized countless times for her stance on feminism and whether or not her image and the message of her music correctly aligns with the feminist perspective. On the other hand, self-proclaimed “bad gal” Rihanna has been the subject of many headlines for her no apologies given attitude, with many of her personal and professional actions leading to numerous online debates and opinion pieces.
Taking a look beyond just the music and lyrics of these two artists, the University of Texas course titled “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” will cause students to examine the message and image of these female pop stars as it relates to black feminism.
According to the course’s description, “Students in this class will learn 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.”
The course will focus on “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.”

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