Beyonce, Lemonade, & African Spirit Justice
“Black Girl Magic” is a term used to encapsulate the collective ways that Black Women inspire awe on a universal level in mind blowing ways. It primarily is loosely used as an expression to add emphasis and draw attention to the celebration and pride amongst Black Women when other “Black Girls” do “Magical” things. In the context of this course, Black Girl Magic will represent many of these “metaphoric” magical ways that black women are “magical,” however, the emphasis of “magic” here is related to the African Spirit Religions and Black Spirit themes represented throughout “Lemonade.” Students will be asked to engage various sources of learning that will provide an intro level knowledge of African Spirit religions, African Spirit Deities and Black Spirit themes and to consider the ways that these religions have been or could be strategic and intentional conduits for the black woman’s reality of self healing, self actualizing, radical self love in an Anti-Black oppressive system and for manifesting veritable social justice realities within her community historically and in the future.
EbonyJanice Moore is a womanist scholar and activist doing community-organizing work, most specifically around black women’s body ownership as a justice issue, and equal access to education and pay for women of color in the U.S. and in several African countries. She has created curriculum for leadership development for high school aged girls in Kenya and South Africa, developed programming for teenagers in housing projects in Decatur, Georgia giving them exposure to culture, STEM programs and the arts, and she teaches a bimonthly workshop on issues involving interrupting racism, individual civic responsibilities, and intersectional advocacy.
Her research interests include issues pertaining to blackness, woman-ness, and spirituality - most specifically black women's use of spirit, conjure, and/or the supernatural as a tool to impact social justice, and the pluralism of Black Christianity and the interconnectedness of the Southern Black Christian experience with Indigenous African religions and African Spirituality. EbonyJanice has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Social Change with a concentration in Spiritual Leadership, Womanist Theology, and Racial Justice. She is also a certified Body Justice Advocate and Holistic Healer.