Monday, April 7, 2014
BEYONCE: A MASTERCLASS IN FIERCENESS
907 Floyd Ave
We’re in a Beyoncé moment. The pop sensation has more fans, more fame, and more cultural influence than ever before. But what makes her so iconic? What is her relationship to “fierceness”? What is “fierceness” anyway? And why do we love her so much? BEYONCE: A MASTERCLASS IN FIERCENESS is a meditation on the pop singer’s unique place in culture, but it also touches on what the power that performances of fierceness offer to gay men, women, and other marginalized groups. Bring your lace fronts.
madison moore (Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University, 2012) is a freelance writer / DJ / Thought Catalog + Splice Today staff writer / and Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA. Trained in performance studies and popular culture, madison is a pop culture scholar with expertise in electronic dance music culture, fashion, queer studies, contemporary art, alternative subcultures and urban aesthetics. His writing has appeared on The Creators Project, Interview magazine, Art in America, the Journal of Popular Music Studies and THEATER magazine. With Francisco Raul Cornejo, he is also guest editing a special issue of the Journal of Popular Music Studies on Nightlife and Club Cultures.
A 2006 Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral scholar, madison has been profiled by places such as Color Lines, Black Book magazine, “Page Six” of the New York Post, and he also appeared in a front-page profile in The New York Observer. As a public intellectual, madison has appeared on HuffPost Live, in a Vice documentary on nightlife culture and recently gave a TED talk on “Communicating Brooklyn Style.”
madison is the author of the Thought Catalog original e-book HOW TO BE BEYONCE, available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, Google Play, Kobo and Audible. He is currently working on a second Thought Catalog e-book, a memoir titled BROKE BUT FABULOUS, and his first print book is THE THEORY OF THE FABULOUS CLASS and will be published by Yale University Press.