The Lemonade Reader

A collection of essays and editorials exploring Beyonce’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade

edited by
Kinitra D. Brooks and Kameelah L. Martin
(Routledge, 2019)

Friday, November 1st
6 - 8 pm

 Institute of African American Affairs & Center for Black Visual Culture-NYU
14A Washington Mews, 1st floor space

Join editors Kinitra D. Brooks (Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University) and Kameelah L. Martin (Professor of African American Studies and English at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and Director of the African American Studies Program) and other contributors as they discuss The Lemonade Reader, an interdisciplinary collection of essays and editorials that explore the nuances of Beyonce’s 2016 visual album, Lemonade. Envisioned as an educational tool to support and guide discussions of the visual album at various classroom levels, The Lemonade Reader critiques Lemonade’s multiple Afrodiasporic influences, visual aesthetics, narrative arc of grief and healing, and ethnomusicological reach. The essays, written by both scholars and popular bloggers, reflect a broad, yet uniquely specific Black feminist investigation into constructions of race, gender, spirituality, and southern identity. The collection gathers a newer generation of Black feminist scholars to engage in intellectual discourse and confront the emotional labor around the Lemonade phenomena. The Lemonade Reader is the premiere source for examining Lemonade, and is a text that will continue to have a lasting impact on Black women’s studies and popular culture.
Program introduced and moderated by cultural anthropologist Alexis Alleyne-Caputo. Co-sponsored by Africana Studies, Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU.

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Dr. Kinitra Brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University. Dr. Brooks specializes in the study of Black women, genre fiction, and popular culture. She currently has three books in print: The Lemonade Reader (Routledge 2019), an interdisciplinary collection that explores the nuances of Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album, LemonadeSearching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror (Rutgers UP 2017), a critical treatment of Black women in science fiction, fantasy, and horror and Sycorax’s Daughters (Cedar Grove Publishing 2017), an edited volume of short horror fiction written by Black women. Her current research focuses on portrayals of the Conjure Woman in popular culture. Dr. Brooks recently served as the Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University during the 2018-2019 academic year.



Kameelah L. Martin is Professor of African American Studies and English at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, where she is also Director of the African American Studies Program. Dr. Martin’s research explores the lore cycle of the conjure woman, or Black priestess, as an archetype in literature and visual texts.  She is author of two monographs: Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, & Other Such Hoodoo (Palgrave 2013) and Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema (Lexington 2016). She is the Assistant Editor of the College Language Association Journal and has published in Studies in the Literary Imagination, Black Women, Gender, & Families, as well as the African American National Biography. She has edited special issues of Genealogy, South Atlantic Review, and co-edited a section of the Routledge Anthology of African American Rhetoric (2018).



Bahamian-American, Alexis Alleyne-Caputo is an anthropologist, award winning and commissioned interdisciplinary artist, writer and filmmaker. Her interests are auto/ethnography, cultural, social, women, gender, black feminism, critical black and oceanic studies, folklore, poetry, spoken word, visual discourses (film, photography, mixed genres) and performance.

She is a graduate of Goddard College, M.F.A., New York University, B.S./M.A. (dual studies).  Her master project, Afro Diaries is an artifact permanently housed in the Eliot D. Pratt Library at Goddard College (copyright applies) and is listed in the archival works and special collections of the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator Records at the University of Miami Special Collections,(1996-2013). Afro Diaries represents collective work by, for and about women of color, is centered, compelling and offers a window into the landscape of miscarriages women endure.  Whether addressing the critical issue of identity, cultural differences, social, political, and human rights issues, these and other concerns create conflict and inequality in society.


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