On Saturday, January 20th (in the evening after the Women’s Marches), 60 people joined us at Jessica Todd to watch Beyoncé’s Lemonade, followed by a discussion of feminist theory with two feminist scholars: Dr. Aria Halliday and Dr. Courtney Marshall.
It was an exciting screening, and was (surprisingly, to us!) the first viewing for a vast majority of those in attendance.
Our conversation after started with some background of the panelists’ connection to Beyoncé (we had one panelist who identified as a superfan/Beyhive member, and one who did not necessarily identify as a Beyoncé fan).
We started with questions like:
Is Beyoncé a feminist — and does it matter?
What does Lemonade mean for the feminist movement, and Black feminism specifically?
Our group was very engaged, and our discussion ran over an hour, touching on topics including capitalism, hair, vulnerability, race, gender expectations and love in all its forms.
The evening was insightful, thought-provoking and filled with laughter and enjoyment of our community of feminists.
Official photos from Kate & Keith Photography are below.
Many thanks again to Jessica Todd, our partner and host, and our wonderful event sponsors, Celina Adams Consulting & the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation. Thanks also to Laney & Lu for nourishing us with delicious and healthy food, to DJ Skooch, our DJ and producer of all things AV. Learn more about our event partners & collaborators here.
Finally, so much gratitude to our amazing speakers, Dr. Aria Halliday and Dr. Courtney Marshall, who fed our minds by leading our discussion. Learn more about our panelists here.
Shared Resources from Feminist Theory + Lemonade:
- Lemonade Syllabus by Candice Benbow
- “Moving Beyond Pain” bell hooks on Lemonade
- “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” by Audre Lorde
- Why you should create and celebrate your own feminist holidays (our own blog post, inspired by Dr. Courtney Marshall’s final action item for us at this event)
Event photos by Kate & Keith Photography:
Feminist Oasis presents:
Feminist Theory + Lemonade
Meet feminist womxn in your community.
Watch Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
Discuss it with feminist scholars.
1/20/18 @ 6:30pm
Jessica Todd Salon
Registration opens 1/12/18 @ noon
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