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Beyonce's 'Lemonade' an official college course at university in South Texas


Beyonce is hitting the books at a university in South Texas.

In April, the superstar -- who made her second "Formation" tour stop in Atlanta earlier this week -- released her visual album Lemonade, spawning lots of internet chatter about what it all meant.

Within weeks, one woman answered the call by curating an online syllabus filled with resources to help the public understand the source material that inspired Beyonce's work .

Now, at least one U.S. university is taking it a step beyond by offering an actual Lemonade-based course.

This fall, students at the University of Texas at San Antonio can take a course titled "Black Women, Beyonce and Popular Culture," which explores how Beyonce's Lemonade serves as a "meditation on contemporary black womanhood," reports the San Antonio Mercury News.

Three times a week, students will focus on coursework with themes such as "Formation" and "All Night."

"The purpose of this class is to explore the theoretical, historical, and literary frameworks of black feminism,"  said Professor Kinitra Brooks in the syllabus.

While it may sound like fun to spend a semester deconstructing Beyonce's art, Brooks warned students in her syllabus that the class isn't a bunch of fluff and they should expect to work hard and be pushed beyond their comfort zones.

It isn't the first time the UT system has tapped into the Carter family archives to educate students.

Bey's husband Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) was first in the family to get a class based on his work. Students at UT in Arlington can learn literature by studying Jay-Z lyrics.


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