Book Reviews

Beyonce in Formation

Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley published Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism in 2018, a title befitting of her roles as Associate Director for the Center of Women and Gender Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Beyoncé in Formation builds on Tinsley’s 2015 undergraduate course titled “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” to articulate how Beyoncé’s 2016 audiovisual album Lemonade “offers public space that visualizes possibilities for performing race, gender, sexuality, and region black femme-ly, in ways other mainstream representations currently don’t”(13). Read more here

Intimate Justice

The book Intimate justice: the Black female body and the body politic seeks to answer the question: To what extent do current notions of freedom and corrective justice empower Black women? Shatema Threadcraft outlines an argument about Black female body politics that reveals the need for theories of corrective justice to account for the historical subjugation of Black women through violence and inequality. For example, while most people argue Roe v Wade defined the primary advancement of women’s rights in the modern era, Threadcraft reveals how the case highlights White women’s relationship to the state because Black women sought to fight back against state-sanctioned sterilization. Read more here

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