Since the release of Beyonce’s epic visual album, Lemonade, so much has come as a result of the project–controversial reviews, a surge in the sales of the actual drink, catch phrases, and the overall excitement of black feminist thought.
The Lemonade Syllabus is the latest phenomenon to come from the project. Candice Benbow, a a lecturer of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University and PhD student at the Princeton Theological Seminary, launched the expansive reading list of over 200 novels, non-fiction works, black feminist studies, poetry, music, and more.
“After Lemonade aired sisters began to seek resources that would help them unpack the rich Black feminist and womanist themes that permeate the visual album,” Bendow wrote in her introduction for the project. “To accomplish this, the “Lemonade Syllabus” hashtage was created.”
Black women began suggesting via Twitter, books and works that should be included in the project. Bendow launched the completed list on May 6th.
Notable authors from the syllabus include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Helen Oyeyemi, Bebe Moore Campbell, Zora Neal Hurston, and more.
Will you be chipping away at the Lemonade Syllabus this summer?