Seminole State Speaker Series presents author Dr. Kinitra Brooks

Topic: Is this Lemonade Organic? Placing Beyoncé in Zora Neale Hurston’s Legacy in Conjure Feminism

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Written by: Mark Richardson

Seminole State College of Florida's Speaker Series, in partnership with the 31st Annual Zora Neale Hurston™ Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA!™ Festival), will present Dr. Kinitra Brooks who specializes in the study of black women, genre fiction and popular culture, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.

Dr. Brooks is the Audrey and John Leslie Endowed Chair in Literary Studies in the Department of English at Michigan State University and is the author of The Lemonade Reader: Beyoncé, Black Feminism and Spirituality.

Dr. Brooks will discuss how Beyoncé embodies the conjure woman in her iconic audiovisual work Lemonade as a contemporary revision of Zora Neale Hurston’s groundbreaking study of conjure and its place in black women’s spirit work.

The free event will be followed by a reception and book signing. 

 Dr. Kinitra Brooks

  • When: Jan. 29, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Building C, Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
  • Topic: Is this Lemonade Organic? Placing Beyoncé in Zora Neale Hurston’s Legacy in Conjure Feminism

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