Live Chat: Scholars Discuss Beauty, Black Women, Bodies–and Beyoncé

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By Julianne Hing May 01, 2014

Yet another must-see live chat is set for this evening. And this one’s titled: "Beyoncé: Beauty. Body. Blackness."

Tonight, leading black female scholars and public intellectuals will gather at Drexel University from 6-8:30pm ET to discuss black women, beauty, bodies and blackness all through the lens of Queen Bey herself. The event will include a viewing of Beyoncé’s visual album, and promises to be a rich conversation. 

The lineup of speakers includes:

  • Joan Morgan, cultural critic; author of "When Chickenheads Come Home to Roots"
  • Yaba Blay, PhD, co-director of Africana studies at Drexel University; author of "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race"
  • Brittney Cooper, PhD, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies at Rutgers University; co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective
  • Esther Armah, journalist, playwright and MSNBC political commentator
  • Dr. Kaila Story, associate professor, women’s and gender studies / Pan-African studies; Audre Lorde Chair in race, class, gender, and sexuality studies at University of Louisville
  • Treva Lindsey, PhD, assistant professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the Ohio State University.

Tonight’s event is hosted by Africana Studies at Drexel University and co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Women’s Studies program and the Drexel University Media Studies Group.

The conversation is set to be live-streamed here, starting at 6pm ET.