Freedom//Justice

Lemonade was largely written by and for African American Women. I want to honor this part of Beyonce’s voice and history.

Therefore I am looking for powerful writers of all genders (specifically people of color) to speak to the injustices in this country. If you would like to be apart of this email me at eightdegreesofhive@gmail.com with a writing submission. Much gratitude in advance. freedom-beyonce

In the mean time I will repost articles and written word from women who are speaking to this movement. I hold myself accountable for the injustices in this country and I will use my voice to speak to these as well.

Visit my latest post from the Freedom//Justice page on Melissa Harris Perry and the Queen Herself: Freedom//Melissa Harris Perry & Beyonce Slay Us into 2017

Article reposted from AAIHS “African American Intellectual Historical Society” titled: #Lemonade: A Black Feminist Resource List. Excerpt below:

“Today’s post was co-compiled and co-authored by Jessica Marie Johnson and Janell Hobson. (Both writers have been interviewed by Karsonye Wise Whitehead.)

Once again, Beyoncé has created a text that excites, beguiles, enthralls, and challenges. No one can doubt that #Lemonade is committed to black women and illustrating a story of black womanhood. It is likewise true that black women as intellectuals–as thinkers, scholars, creators, mothers, daughters, lovers, and across generations–are diverse and complex, rich and ratchet, fleshy and sensitive to the touch. Our reactions to #Lemonade reflect this power and this complexity.

Below, once again, is a selection of posts on Beyoncé and #Lemonade that run the gamut from discussing feminism (as theory, as practice, as both), slavery, the South, infidelity, ancestry, motherhood, Afrxdiasporic systems of belief, sex and sexuality, capitalism and survival. In the tradition of front porch political strategy that black women (especially black southern women) have engaged in for generations and is being most recently articulated in the heart of New Orleans by the black woman-centered organization Women With a Vision, Inc., we welcome you to join us on our AAIHS front porch, listen in on our conversation, and drink some of our lemonade.

The first section is titled, “Before You Drink.” Here you’ll find a list of resources already curated or being curated by other black women, including the magnificent #LemonadeSyllabus. You’ll also find a list of ingredients–so you know what you are sippin.’ Who was that young woman masking as a Mardi Gras Indian? Who were the women on the front porch? What was that beat she sampled? Find articles on them all below.

The texts in the second section are intended to be read as part of a long and on-going conversation. The sections are organized by the way black women thinkers have engaged the visual album. For some the most poignant aspects were the cultural and historical elements. For others, the album forced them to turn a mirror on themselves. Within each section, black women/femme creators are centered. New Orleans-based folks to the front, creators from the South second, authors from beyond the U.S. South as third. Posts that are not by black women and femme writers conclude this list. [Authors, if you have been placed out of order, please say so]

This list is not exhaustive. It will be updated, please do check back for more. If you have a text you’d like to add–leave a comment or find Johnson and Hobson on social media. Please! We want to include as much intellectual production by black women as we can.

More than anything, we hope you learn and engage with love (“L.O.V.E. Love.”), with passion, and with generosity. Sip slow. There is much to digest in this text, much to feel, and–to riff off the beautiful poetry by Warsan Shire and shared in the visual album–much that cannot be contained.”-Taken from AAIHS, 5.12.16, http://www.aaihs.org

 

 

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