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Image from Beyonce's Formation Music Video

Beyonce's Formation Music Video

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Ebooks

These ebooks discuss Beyonce in relation to music and culture.


Formation

Popular and scholarly articles critiquing Beyonce's "Formation" video:

"Beyonce -- Formation." Critical Media Project, https://criticalmediaproject.org/beyonce-formation-2/.

Harris, Brandon. "Here's the Problem with Beyonce's 'Formation' Video." IndieWire, 13 Feb. 2016, https://www.indiewire.com/2016/02/heres-the-problem-with-beyonces-formation-video-22050/.

Katariina Kyrölä. “Music Videos as Black Feminist Thought – From Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda to Beyoncé’s Formation.” Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, vol. 1, no. 1, Oct. 2017. doi:10.20897/femenc.201708.

Lewis, Shantrelle. "'Formation' Exploits New Orleans' Trauma." Slate, 10 Feb. 2016, https://slate.com/human-interest/2016/02/beyonces-formation-exploits-new-orleans-trauma.html.

Macpherson, Alex. "Beyoncé's Formation Review – A Rallying Cry That Couldn't be More Timely." The Guardian, 8 Feb. 2016, www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2016/feb/08/beyonce-formation-review-super-bowl-rallying-cry-black-consciousness.

McFadden, Syreeta. "Beyoncé's Formation Reclaims Black America's Narrative from the Margins." The Guardian, 8 Feb. 2016, www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/08/beyonce-formation-black-american-narrative-the-margins.

Beyonce and Feminism

For a general biography of Beyonce, see this encyclopedia entry:

"Beyoncé." Newsmakers, vol. 3, Gale, 2009. Gale In Context: Biography, https://link-gale-com.ezproxyrcc.helmlib.org/apps/doc/K1618004905/BIC?u=mlin_b_roxbury&sid=BIC&xid=1363811d.


In 2019, the journal Popular Music and Society dedicated an entire issue to examining Beyoncé's societal impact. Browse the articles in this issue by clicking here.


Popular articles debating Beyonce's approach to feminism:

Rankine, Claudia. "Claudia Rankine on How Beyoncé Became an Icon." Harper's Bazaar, 3 Sept. 2021, https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a37378121/claudia-rankine-beyonce-essay-september-2021/.

Cooper, Brittney. "Beyoncé Brought Wakanda to Coachella." Cosmopolitan, 16 Apr. 2018, www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a19827660/beyonce-coachella-review/.

Cooper, Brittney. "On bell, Beyonce, and Bullshit.Crunk Feminist Collective, 20 May 2014, www.crunkfeministcollective.com/2014/05/20/on-bell-beyonce-and-bullshit/.

Cooper, Brittney. "The Beyoncé Wars: Should She Get to be a Feminist?" Salon, 17 Dec. 2013, www.salon.com/2013/12/17/a_deeply_personal_beyonce_debate_should_she_get_to_be_a_feminist/.

Cooper, Brittney. "Why Feminism Needed Beyonce." Cosmopolitan, 14 Feb. 2018, www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a14479794/eloquent-rage-brittney-cooper-beyonce-excerpt/.

Harris-Perry, Melissa. "MHP Roundtable: How Beyoncé's Coachella Performance Changed the Game Forever." Elle, 17 Apr. 2018, www.elle.com/culture/celebrities/a19832093/beyonce-coachella-performance-why-it-matter-melissa-harris-perry/.

Marie, Riah. "Bell Hooks on Beyoncé: The Difference Between Being Sexualized and Embracing Your Sexuality." Soapboxie, 13 Mar. 2019, https://soapboxie.com/social-issues/Bell-Hooks-on-Beyonc-The-Difference-Between-Being-Sexualized-and-Embracing-Your-Sexuality.